Is it time to stretch your workout with yoga?

If every day seems to pick up speed and relaxing moments are almost non-existent, yoga could be your constant stress reducer.

Lori Brothers in New Castle News explains the impact. “Researchers believe yoga can reach every system in the body. When you consistently include gentle stretching and breathing in your daily routine you can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, ease sleep problems and pick up strength and flexibility. Gastrointestinal issues improve too. Cardiovascular disease benefits from increased circulation and more oxygen in the body, with a slowing of the heart and respiratory rate.  Cholesterol levels also improve.”

Brothers adds, “Yoga’s stretching and breathing helps combat aging through a natural detox process, releasing toxins and tension. Much of the aging process is due to the breakdown of our skin and tissues from toxins that remain trapped in the body.”

Timothy McCall, M.D., Yoga Journal’s Medical Editor explains “Why Yoga Helps:  Chronic emotional stress makes plaque build up twice as fast in the coronary arteries that feed the heart. Stress also causes coronary arteries to constrict, reducing blood flow to the heart. It makes the platelets stickier and more likely to form blood clots that may precipitate a heart attack. Yoga is perhaps the most effective stress-reduction method ever invented. If you want to keep your heart healthy,  try yoga.”
• “Do a yogic relaxation for at least a few minutes every day. It will increase your resiliency to stress—and, by extension, to heart disease.
• Balance your emotions. Yoga helps diffuse  anger, hostility, and impatience, all linked to heart attacks.
• Combat loneliness as you become part of a yoga community. Loneliness is another risk factor for heart disease.
• Offer karma yoga to those less fortunate by volunteering in a food pantry, or teaching a free yoga class in a retirement community.
• Don’t over exercise; recent studies suggest extreme exercise, like running 10 miles,  may actually promote inflammation.
• Get 20 to 30 minutes of slow to moderate walking daily.
• Practice gentle asanas— such as the Half Lord of the Fishes pose or the supported shoulder stand with feet on the wall, and Savasana, the corpse pose. 
• Do three part breathing and meditation daily. “

If this sounds good to you, look for a class in a local yoga studio, community class or gym.   Look for a gentle movement class or one specifically for beginners. If this seems too challenging, find out more about the benefits of a “chair yoga” class. Be willing to try more than one class and more than one instructor until you find the right fit. Also, look for the following DVDs for home support: “Yoga For the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis,” with Peggy Cappy, and “Yoga For the Young at Heart,” with Susan Winter Ward.

As always when starting a new exercise routine talk with your doctor first.

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