Slow Down to Speed Up Change: Improving Your Health with Yoga

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New YOU Resolutions: Growing your Daily Home Yoga Practice Workshop 
Time: 6:30pm on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Location: KareBoost Health 107 Cedar Grove Lane, suite 100, Somerset, NJ  08873
            In today’s post, we will discuss the health benefits of developing a consistent yoga practice.  Perhaps you are considering starting yoga because you would like to improve your health, or your doctor recommended yoga.  The health benefits of yoga are very accessible, even to beginners.  However, yoga is different from other physical workouts and exercise classes.  Many of the researched and documented benefits of yoga actually come from practicing quieting restorative poses, breathing techniques and relaxation.  That makes yoga a great choice if you are seeking to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your health!    
            Many of the health benefits associated with yoga stem from the relaxation response.  When you are in a stressful situation, whether it is a deadline at work or bad traffic, the body’s fight-or flight response, or sympathetic nervous system, is triggered.  The fight-or-flight response is necessary for us to recognize and respond to real danger, however, when you are constantly stressed, this can start to affect your mental and physical health.  Long-term stress has documented health effects, such as inflammation in the circulatory system and problems for heart and blood vessels.  Stress impacts the gastrointestinal system; indeed, most of us are probably familiar with the “upset stomach” feeling a stressful event can cause!  Additionally, the sympathetic nervous system triggers the adrenal system to increase the production of two stress hormones, cortisol and epinephrine.  Your heart beats faster, respiration increases and your body prepares to either run or fight.  The response of the adrenal system has a direct effect on your blood sugar, raising glucose levels.
            Yoga and relaxed, conscious breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, or parasympathetic nervous system.  Slow, calm breathing tells your body that it is safe and can relax.  Restorative poses – poses where the body is supported by props – and breathing exercises replenish overworked adrenals.  As your immune system relies on information from your nervous and endocrine systems, a regular yoga practice can help boost your immunity by lowering cortisol levels.   
            The wonderful news is that you do not have to stand on your head or have the flexibility of a circus performer to get these benefits!  Just starting a gentle yoga practice that moves your body and allows you to calm your breathing will benefit your mind and body. 
            For further reading and sources, please see The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden and Yoga: Mastering the Basics by Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik, Psy.D.   
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  We even have a workshop dedicated to Growing Your Daily Home Yoga Practice on January 10, 2017 at 6:30pm
Kara Unal JD, RYT
KareBoost Health