Are you someone who has been considering taking up a yoga class, but you’re just not sure if it’s right for you? The truth is that any time we’re thinking about trying something new, there’s usually something deep within that tempts us to be a bit skeptical about it. However, when it comes to the mental and physical disciplines of yoga, it actually comes with many benefits.
There are many studies supporting the fact that yoga increases our outlook on life, is a wonderful natural sleep aid, improves our balance and flexibility and helps to relieve our aches and pains. Also, being that lots of us spend hours on end sitting in front of a computer typing, there’s a great chance that at one time or another, we have needed some back and neck pain relief. In those instances, sure a chiropractor is a helpful remedy, but the truth of the matter is that being a part of a yoga class is a great one too.
So, how can you use yoga to relieve back and neck pain? We’re glad that you asked.
Yoga provides posture awarenessUnfortunately, something that a lot of us have is extremely poor posture. When it’s not corrected, this can put unnecessary pressure on our spine, which can lead to numerous neck and back problems up the road. Yoga is a helpful aid when it comes to teaching us how to breathe deeply and relearn proper posture positioning. Deep breathing helps with neck tension because it prevents the muscles in our neck from contracting while subconsciously encouraging our bodies to broaden our chest and collar bones. This, in turn, puts our bodies in a position that better supports our spine.
Yoga strengthens back musclesDid you know that there was a study conducted in Spine magazine that revealed that people who take two 90-minute yoga classes, two days a week, eased the soreness that was in their bodies by as much as 56 percent? The results were directly contributed to yoga posing (positions that are learned during a yoga class). One pose, known as the Uttanpadasana, is a simple raised leg pose. All you have to do is lie on your back and bend your knees, with your feet placed firmly on the ground. Then you inhale and raise up your right leg (fully extended, if possible). As you exhale, place your hands around your shin and then alternative with the left leg. This exercise not only helps to strengthen your leg muscles, but it also helps in both preventing and healing spinal disorders.
Yoga tones the bodyWhether you go to in Seattle or anywhere else in the country, one of the things that they will probably tell you in your session is that developing good muscle tone is a preventative way to keep from having to deal with neck and back pain. Yoga is a great way to do this because it’s a form of strength training. This is because you are actually using your own body weight in order to put yourself into certain poses and positions; as you’re transitioning out of one and into another, you are lifting your own body mass in order to do it. Toned muscles support the overall body. It’s definitely a great way to protect your neck, back and improve the overall state of your well-being.
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