We have all heard that Yoga is good for us Here are some reasons you may not know!
PERFECT YOUR POSTURE
Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.
PREVENTS CARTILAGE AND JOINT BREAKDOWN
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.
INCREASES YOUR BLOOD FLOW
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation,especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inverted poses,such as Headstand,Handstand,and Shoulderstand,encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. This can help if you have swelling in your legs from heart or kidney problems. Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.
LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR & BLOOD PRESSURE
Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol. In people with diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways: by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin. Get your blood sugar levels down, and you decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness. Two studies of people with hypertension, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, compared the effects of Savasana (Corpse Pose) with simply lying on a couch. After 3 months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number—and the higher the initial blood pressure, the bigger the drop.
COME JOIN US FOR OUR YOGA “TRY IT DAYS”
COME SEE WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE OUR YOGA CLASSES PART OF YOUR WELLNESS ROUTINE!
YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS & PARKINSONS with Freya Sean Giroux – Free Try It Day – Monday, June 3rd!
Yoga is one of the best exercises for seniors – especially so For those with Arthritis and Parkinsons. Join this class to increase range of motion, loosen muscles and increase flexibility. You will also focus on improving balance to enhance your quality of life.
INTERMEDIATE YOGA with Pat Wong – Free Try It Day – Friday Friday, June 7th!
Yoga has proven benefits for improving overall well-being as it directly relates to the mind, body and soul. If you have been practicing yoga for a while and are ready to take the next level of yogic breathing, relaxation and meditation, then this class is ideal for you.
YIN YOGA with Linda Vaudan – Free Try It Day – Thursday June 13th!
Yin Yoga is such a good compliment to active lifestyles. This balancing and calming practice consists of sustained, passive seated lying down yoga pose holds. Yin Yoga is designed to target deeper, connective tissues around the joints, allowing release, and increasing the range of mobility. Relaxing in the Yin Yoga poses provides an increased sense of calm and balance, a more relaxed body and a centred mind.
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PURCHASE A YOGA PASS
Purchase a yoga pass for our 3 Try It Day Yoga Classes – Yoga for Arthritis and Parkinsons, Intermediate Yoga, and Yin Yoga –
- 5 classes for $35 or
- 10 classes for $70
- Mix and match any of these 3 yoga classes!
YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS & PARKINSONS
– Mondays – May 27 – June 24 (5 classes)
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
INTERMEDIATE YOGA with Pat Wong
– Fridays – May 31 – July 5th (6 classes)
10:45 am – 11:45 am
YIN YOGA with Linda Vaudan
– Thursdays June 13 – July 11 (5 classes)
11:15 am -12:15 pm
HOW TO BUY YOUR YOGA PASS
*** LIMITED NUMBER OF PASSES AVAILABLE ***
- To purchase a yoga pass and to register for your individual classes, please ask for Shelley or Heather at the front desk.
- They will get you to choose your 5 or 10 yoga classes and the dates you would like to attend. Remember you can mix and match so make sure to try all 3 of the classes!
the above article was written by Timothy McCall, M.D.
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