Practicing Yoga for Improved Health & Personal Wellness
Yoga has been practiced for over 2,000 years and has a number of health benefits. However, yoga is often treated as “exercise” performed on your own, or in a one-routine-fits-all class. Instead, Confidia incorporates Yoga as an important part of your primary care – and offers personalized, certified instruction right inside our Institute.
Symptoms & Conditions
Flexibility & Balance for Functional Athleticism
Adults can lose 4-5 inches of lower back and hip flexibility over their working lives, and more after retirement. Regardless of your age, yoga can help increase your flexibility and balance while positively impacting several health issues at once.
Confidians report that Yoga has helped them with a variety of conditions, including:
- Focus & mental clarity
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Joint pain
- Muscle strength
- Sinus conditions
If you’re wondering how Yoga can get you closer to True Health, schedule a True Health Evaluation™ today.
Inside The Science
The Power of Yoga
In the last four years, the number of yoga practitioners in our country has nearly doubled. Over 36 million Americans practice yoga to reduce their stress, improve their mental health, and expand their physical abilities. Yoga is particularly powerful because it incorporates aspects of psychology, sports science, neurology, physical therapy, gymnastics and personalized fitness routines within a single activity.
Yoga & Brain Chemistry
Yoga helps release several chemicals within your brain – including Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, and dopamine, which help the body feel relaxed and content. Low levels of these neurotransmitters are often the cause of depression and anxiety. Yoga can help replenish neurotransmitter levels. Yoga also helps regulate emotions through increased focus and self-awareness – by causing long-term changes in the portion of the brain that controls emotion, called amygdala.
Yoga has been used to help individuals deal with, and overcome, trauma such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition to the mental and emotional benefits listed above, yoga can help those with PTSD feel reconnected with the world around them. This helps them reintegrate with society better. Yoga is regularly taught in hospitals and nursing homes because of its therapeutic benefits.
Confidia Yoga Outcomes
The physical motions and breathing exercises involved in yoga help strengthen your core, which helps improve the body's balance and natural reflexes. Yoga also helps the brain learn how to better control the body in space, which is essential for balance. Because of this, everyone can benefit from regularly practicing yoga.
Yoga not only helps to relieve physical stress but also to combat depression. The simple act of moving one's body can have a profound effect on one's mood, and many yoga movements are similar to self-soothing techniques that psychologists teach. Yoga also helps you practice self-awareness, self-monitoring, and adaptation – which all can help combat depression.
Yoga poses include a wide range of motion, which helps improve flexibility over time. Chair yoga can be helpful if you have difficulty with floor poses, letting you work through a smaller range of motion while still expanding your capabilities. Many poses have variations in levels of difficulty to better accommodate your particular range of motion.
Yoga can help alleviate joint pain by working joints through a range of motion slowly and safely. Also, increasing your muscle tone and strength can help alleviate joint pain by distributing joint stress across your muscles.
Yoga can help relieve high blood pressure a number of ways, by helping you relax, alleviating your joint pain, and increasing your mobility. More specifically, Tai Chi can help with high blood pressure and has been shown to lower blood pressure by as much as 15 points systolic – the “top number” in your blood pressure reading.
By helping you relax and increase self-awareness, yoga has been shown to bring both short- and long-term improvements to mental clarity. Yoga can help cut through brain fog and increase your productivity.
Yoga poses, and the transitions between them, help improve muscle strength. With a focus on isometrics, yoga builds muscle without the stress of weights.
The act of moving meditation like yoga and tai chi has been shown to help people relax, both in the short- and long-term. Physically, yoga helps work out muscle kinks that can cause stress and prevent relaxation. Mentally, yoga teaches self-awareness and adaptation, which can also help you relax.
By helping the mind and body relax – and tiring your body out, while decreasing your aches and pains – yoga can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
Yoga can help with sinus conditions in a variety of ways. Deep breathing and increased heart rate increase your oxygen levels, which can decrease inflammation. Many yoga poses place your head in different orientations, which can help dislodge sinus blockages. Yoga can cause the body to sweat, which helps expel toxins and infections that lead to sinus problems.
Why Confidia Is Different
- Confidia Health Institute is a primary care practice with services like yoga in-house. Confidia yoga instruction is led by a Certified E-RYT Yoga Teacher.
- Along with Traditional Yoga, Confidia offers Chair Yoga and Tai Chi – which are all designed to increase your flexibility and balance.
- As a Confidian, you have access to the Yoga Studio inside our Institute. Come in for a yoga session with our certified instructor once per week.
True Health Begins at Confidia
To see how yoga can play a part in your personalized care plan, start with a True Health Evaluation™. During this introductory session, we’ll cover aspects of your health history and habits to get you on Your Path to True Health.
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