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18
Aug

Why I am writing about Yoga

It is quite simple. I have taken a yoga class here and there some time ago but only took a few lessons because it seemed to make things hurt much more than they did before. I later found out that like anything else, you have to give anything that may be worthwhile a chance.

I have had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders and as a result developed arthritis in both shoulders. The arthritis I had was enough to stop me from playing golf every Wednesday with my friends.

My wife has been involvede with Yoga for years and finally convinced me to try it again.
I did and I did with the idea in mind that this time I am going to give it a chance.

I take Yoga twice a week and to be perfectly honest with you, the stretching I have been doing, just as the Yoga teacher shows has actually reduced the pain in both shoulders to approximately 50% of what it was and I hope to bring that % as close to zero as I can.

Now it is not only my shoulders that benefited from Yoga. I am more limber, I sleep better, and best of all, I feel better. I am not the poster boy for Yoga but I will say that I think every man and woman young or old should start thinking about thier health and yoga.

A.F. Marton

 

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17
Aug

Curing Numbness through Yoga

Everybody knows what it feels like to sit too long in one position and have a foot “fall asleep” or become numb. This tingling, or loss of feeling, may occur anywhere on the body, and can result from a variety of causes. However, it is most commonly found in the extremities – the hands, feet, toes, and fingers. Numbness is usually caused by nerve damage, or a lack of blood supply to a part of the body, but it may also result from inflammation, injuries, infections, strokes, diabetes, and tumors.

Seeing a doctor to rule out life-threatening illnesses, and prevent further damage, is especially important when dealing with numbness. However, the everyday problems that result from poor posture or a lack of blood supply may be managed through a good program of Hatha Yoga. Numbness in the neck, feet, and hands is often accompanied by anxiety or muscle spasms and often responds well to the gentle stretches and relaxation that Yoga offers.

Numbness in the hands and arms is frequently the result of bad posture or sleeping in a less than optimum position. When muscles that support the head become tight and contract, blood flow to the hands and arms slows down, causing tingling and loss of sensation. Repetitive stress injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome, can occur as a result. Yoga poses – such as neck stretches, chin tucks, pelvic tilts, and back stretches – help to reduce numbness and restore the blood supply. Downward Facing Dog, a posture that lengthens the neck and spine, is especially effective.

A loss of feeling in the feet and legs is common after getting out of bed in the morning, or after being seated for long periods of time, and plantar fasciitis – or inflammation of the foot’s arch – is often a culprit. To counteract the loss of feeling in the feet and legs, poses that stretch the feet and legs, the hands and feet, and the top of the foot are beneficial. Postures that lengthen the back, and strengthen the legs and abdominal muscles, help to prevent sciatica and piriformis syndrome, as well as help to relieve numbness in the lower body.

Although Yoga is a powerful ally in the fight against numbness, it is important to remember that bulging disks or impinged nerves can be made worse by the wrong exercises. If a posture causes numbness, it should be discontinued immediately. It is also a good idea to work with a competent Yoga instructor who has experience, in order to develop a program to address specific needs. Flexible muscles and a healthy lymphatic system can prevent many cases of numbness before they start.

© Copyright 2011 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA. He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive Free Yoga videos, Podcasts, e-Books, reports, and articles about Yoga, please visit: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/

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17
Aug

About

About

I am A.F. Marton, born, raised and educated in Chicago, Illinois and I am a graduate of the University of Ilinois College of Pharmacy, 1959 and a graduate of the Autonomous
University of Guadalajara, Mexico School of Medicine and Surgery 1972

I am now retired and reside in a suburb of San Diego.

To see my profile in more detail, please click on:  Why I am writing about Yoga. –>

Thank You

17
Aug

Yoga and your Health

Everybody knows that Yoga relaxes the body and increases flexibility, but is it enough to keep the body fit? According to some Yogis, the answer is: “yes.” Strength can be developed by holding postures for 20 seconds or longer.

Yoga styles that hold postures for minutes will develop strength levels in their students without an increase in body weight. In contrast, flowing styles such as Vinyasa Yoga develop flexibility and strength through repetitive movement.

While the exact definition of fitness can vary from one person to another, there are several components that all degrees of fitness have in common. According to some schools of thought, physical fitness relates both to the ability to perform physical activity and to prevent or manage health related concerns, such as heart disease.

In the purely physical sense, there are five major areas to which fitness applies: body fat to lean muscle mass ratio, health of internal organs, flexibility, condition of the muscles, skeletal health, and the cardio-respiratory system. When analyzing Yoga to determine whether it is enough to stay physically fit, it has been found that results depend not only on the type of physical routine, but also how much time is dedicated to the practice.

The same rule applies to other physical activities such as a walking program. In the case of walking a minimum of 20 minutes a day is considered a low end benchmark. What makes anyone think any other physical activity should be different, when considering a minimum standard for physical benefits. From a holistic viewpoint, a balanced Yoga routine requires a combination of flowing movements and weight-bearing poses for a minimum of three hours per week in addition to breath work (pranayama) and meditation.

12 Yoga Moves that Really Help You Stay Fit

• Sun Salutations

• Moon Salutations

• Warrior Poses

• Shoulder Stand

• Bridge Pose

• Plank Pose

• Tree Pose

• Triangle Pose

• Seated Twists

• Downward Facing Dog Pose

• Upward Facing Dog Pose

• Boat Pose

5 Popular Styles of Yoga to Help You Stay Fit

• Hatha – focuses on gentle stretches and breathing techniques; great for beginners

• Iyengar – concentrates on body alignment and balance; uses props; also great for beginners

• Kundalini – uses fast movements while chanting and breathing; emphasizes energy systems

• Ashtanga, or Power Yoga – incorporates quick moves designed to build stamina and endurance; usually does not include meditation

• Bikram – takes place in 105 degrees Fahrenheit room; cleanses toxins and loosens muscles

Regardless of whether staying fit means maintaining the energy and stamina to pursue a daily lifestyle or the endurance and vigor to perform athletic feats, there is a style of Yoga and a selection of poses to meet the designated goal. The needs, abilities, and aspirations of every person are different. Therefore, it is helpful for students to seek the help of an experienced Yoga instructor when setting up a fitness plan.

© Copyright 2011 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, has written many books on the subject of Yoga. He is a co-owner and the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at: Aura Wellness Center, in Attleboro, MA. He has been a certified Master Yoga Teacher since 1995. To receive Free Yoga videos, Podcasts, e-Books, reports, and articles about Yoga, please visit: http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/

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