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Try Yoga For Better Health

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2009

When you hear the word “yoga” what do you think of?  You may think you know all there is to know about yoga, but there is a good chance that you don’t.  Let’s take a look at some of what women are blogging on the topic of yoga.

Have you heard of Hot Yoga?

From Fat Fighter TV – Hot Yoga

Benefits of Bikram Yoga are said to include:

  • toning, strengthening, and lengthening your muscles
  • strengthening your spine
  • increasing flexibility
  • improving circulation
  • flushing toxins from your body
  • improving digestion
  • reducing stress
  • improving cardiovascular health
  • helping with weight management

From Mama’s Musings – It’s quite a stretch

It started promptly at 6:30 pm with the guru himself greeting us in his tight black speedo-like pants. In my yoga hot pants and Jockey top, I felt clearly overdressed. He was nothing like I thought he might be. In fact, he was incredibly down to earth. I knew the moment I overheard him say to the reporter who interviewed him before class, “You tell your boyfriend that and you’ll have the best sex of your life!”, that I was in good hands.

Would you consider trying Partner Yoga?

“Partner yoga is the medium to building stronger communication and intimacy between human beings in any relationship,” explains Cain Carroll, co-author of Partner Yoga: Making Contact for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Growth. “Postures and flow sequences are designed to bring communication into a tangible, physical form, and help you witness the dynamic of relationships.”

Whether you practice periodically, or flow together in the midst of a fight, partner yoga compels companions to lay aside their differences and work to achieve a common goal. The simple act of breathing together and participating in a practice grounded in acceptance, unity and love translates to more productive, open and caring communication between partners. So, though disagreements are still bound to occur, you’ll be less likely to shout, and more likely to communicate effectively.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full yoga regimen, give hand yoga a try

1 – Hand Yoga For Liver and Better Digestion:

Create a fist with your fingers, resting the thumb on the ring finger. This mudra is believed to activate the liver and stomach energy for better digestion and elminination. It is recommended you practice for 15 minutes each day.

2 – Hand Yoga To Release Tension:

Curl the index finger into the base of the thumb. Now bring the tips of your middle and ring fingers to the top of your thumb. The tips of your thumb ring and index fingers are all touching. Your little finger is stretched out flat. Bring your elbows close to the side of your waist. Close your eyes, focus on soft breathing into your belly and relax.

3 – Hand Yoga to release toxic emotions & open the flow of energy to your heart:

I recently learnt this particular hand mudra from a Deepak Chopra newsletter. Its called the kapittahaka mudra. I’ve been practising it for five minutes every morning and keen to see what changes I notice over the next few weeks.

Sit comfortably. Tuck your ring and pinky fingers inside your palms. Rest your thumbs over the tucked fingers. Keep the index and middle fingers next to each other and extended. Hold your elbows in toward your body. Photo above. Focus on your breath and allow your body to do the rest.

Even your children can get into the yoga act.

Breathe, Giggle, Repeat

Children’s yoga classes are popping up all over my city, and you can probably find some in your area too. But as super-busy mommies, if you simply can’t fit a yoga class into your already jam-packed schedule, you can find 5-15 minutes each night to breathe with your blessing of a child, right? Sure you can! To make it easier, here are 3 tips straight from our house to yours:

If you’re looking for a giggle, check out this video of Laughter Yoga.

So, what is laughter yoga?  Here is a video from an Oprah show on the topic…

Check out 10 Good Reasons To Laugh For No Reason.

Here are some mom’s taking yoga classes

The mommy blog for worried mothers:  Exercise

Rosemarie’s Niche – Advanced Yoga Class (pictures)

Prenatal Yoga

Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom

5 Minutes For Mom

Earthy Yoga Mom

If you’re not looking for a class and want to try yoga on your own at home, you could try wii fitness yoga.

Here are some informative articles from My Yoga Online

Prevent Yoga-Related Neck Injuries

Have you ever panicked in the middle of a yoga pose for fear that you might be injuring yourself-many of us do not understand the objective behind most yoga postures, never mind the anatomy and biomechanics of the body. We all want to benefit from yoga, but we should also know if we are injuring ourselves instead of achieving therapeutic gains.

7 Tips For Developing a Comfortable Yoga Posture

The seven points of meditation posture have been used for thousands of years by great Masters and Yogis and have proven to be highly effective for creating successful meditation practices. These meditation cues are a necessary foundation to become successful in taming your mind through this ancient practice. Whenever preparing to meditate, check into your body and encourage that all 7 points are in position.

Are You Breathing Properly?

Chronic mental and emotional stress or a medical/structural problem can create tension in the muscles and nerves in the entire body including the muscles of respiration. When you are physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed, your breathing is naturally slow, deep and relaxed. You can change your breathing if it is tense or incorrect by putting yourself in a state of relaxation and practicing relaxed breathing.

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Correct Process of Breathing

Neck and shoulders remain relaxed. As the breath goes downward, the chest expands, the rib cage elevates, diaphragm goes down and the belly comes out. The area between sternum, navel and perineum feels stretched. The upper back widens and the lumbar arch slightly deepens.

Neck and shoulders remain relaxed. Diaphragm relaxes, chest and ribcage retract to their pre-inhalation size and position, the belly goes in, navel slightly pulled in towards the back and the lumbar arch in the low back slightly flattens.

What do you think about yoga?  Have you always wanted to try it?  Are you already doing it?  Hate it?  Love it?  Let us know in comments.

Also See:

Weight Loss: Curb Emotional Eating With Yoga

Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Chronic Illness?

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan.com and Women4Hope


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