The word yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated.  In Yoga this is thought to refer to the union between the mind, body and spirit.

The specific health benefits you can expect to enjoy from doing yoga regularly can include:

  • Stretching your body in new ways will help it to increase flexibility so helping to achieve a greater range of motion to muscles and joints;
  • Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body including balancing on one leg, Some exercises require us to move slowly in and out of poses, which also increase strength. As a by-product of getting stronger, we can expect to see increased muscle tone;
  • Increased flexibility and strength can also help with the prevention of some types of back pain. Yoga also improves alignment both in and out of class, which helps prevent many other types of pain;
  • Yoga breathing exercises teach us how to breathe better, which benefits the whole body;
  • Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. You will almost certainly find that you leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

Doing yoga will give us an increased awareness of your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.

21 Dec, 2011

14 thoughts on “Yoga

  1. I always thought Yoga was a bit of a ‘girlie’ activity, but I can certainly see how it might benefit me too.

    I do suffer from time to time with a lower back pain and I sit at a desk most days, or I am out driving to meetings.

    I might just give it a go in the New Year.

    1. I think it can be beneficial to all of us. It would be great if you gave it a go. Now there’s a challenge! Let us know how you get on.

  2. I’ve always loved yoga.

    I have several dvd’s and the equipment to do it at home, I just have to do it!

    It is very beneficial to almost everyone in some way or another. It would help me deal with stress, pain and fatigue and with my diabetes also.

    I used to be a student of dance and ballet but I’ve lost my flexibility and I probably couldn’t stand on point anymore. The yoga would help me get some of my flexibility back too.

    1. Wow Lisa… I am sure within weeks you will start to see a difference with your flexibility if you manage to get back into Yoga, particularly as you’ve done dance and ballet as well. You must have been moderately fit.

      Let me know how you get on. That would be so cool.

  3. I haven’t really tried yoga out, but I guess I’ll have to get around to it sometime soon.

    I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to get some exercise.

    1. I think you’re right Randy, it wouldn’t hurt for any of us to do some form of exercise!

      The hard part is starting any form of exercise but from my own experience, it gets easier once you’re in an exercise routine.

  4. I took a couple of beginning yoga classes, it was fun and surprising that you actually do break a sweat doing it. It is one of the things that I will be doing at the gym while I begin slowly on my journey to weight loss.

    Like you said stretching can help relieve back pain (due to improper posture, arthritis, weight) any relief of that would be great! I am looking forward to November the start of my Yoga classes; hopefully they won’t kill this beginner!

    1. I’m sure you’ll do fine Maria. With your new diet, fitness regime and a great teacher they’ll be no stopping you! Let us know how you get on.

  5. I’ve been looking online for yoga and its recommended greatly for people with MD.

    There’s an exercise I do that strengthens stomach muscles without doing sit ups. I also do pushups using only the upper half of my body. Its an instant pain killer too!

    It looks goofy but it works wonders!

    1. Thanks Bonnie. I think you’ve got to do what you can do; don’t feel guilty or try to explain yourself. Those that understand and care will support your choices, rather than judge or criticise; telling you’re doing it wrong.

  6. Thank you! I’m still researching and following more videos. I have a herniated disc in my lower back, so have to be careful with certain exercises.

    I see the Neurologist this week and I’ll ask about the Physiotherapist. I also get my driver license back!

    1. I get the having to be careful thing Bonnie. I hope your back isn’t too troublesome. I also have back problems because of Cerebral Palsy. I have to remember I have Cerebral Palsy. It’s easy to overdo exercise, when we’re feeling strong.

      Way to go on getting your drivers licence back.

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