Yoga Poses and Workouts
Yoga has many health and psychological benefits among which are stress reduction and heightening one's focus and awareness. There are a number of yoga postures and slow movement games and exercises that are fun and appropriate for children. The following examples are from a wonderful book (apparently no longer in print at this time), that was written by Holly Young Huth, a relaxation consultant and teacher specializing in early childhood education. This book, Centerplay Focusing Your Child's Energy (Huth, 1984), teaches back, stomach, and sitting postures through pretending to be a rag doll, scarecrow, popped balloon, candle, plow, bike, fish, bridge, snake, bow, boat, flower, crocodile, and others. Singleton, in Yoga for You and Your Child (2004), teaches the postures of rocking the boat, rocking chair, dead bug, tiptoe tree, windy tree, helicopter, puppet, and others. This is a wonderful book designed for parents to teach and practice yoga together with their child. He shares, for...
Treatment consists of daily physical therapy focusing on core body strengthening and hamstring flexibility. Weight control measures are important to discuss with overweight adolescents. Heating before activity may help to increase stretch of muscles. Pilates and yoga are excellent activities for this group. Pain medications may be used but are not particularly helpful for relieving discomfort. Proper posture, workspace computer ergonomics, use of a lumbar support pillow for sitting and shoewear with good arch supports during prolonged walking may benefit adolescents with muscular low back pain.
Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, has argued that there are certain cognitive structures (what he called 'eidetic essences') that are common to all people regardless of their cultural context. That is to say that the basis of any near-death experience is found in the same source or power ('energy'), independent of what has been experienced. Eastern traditions have grasped this concept in various ways. For example, we find the idea of Purusa in Yoga, Atman in Vedanta, Tao in Taoism, which all refer to the field which is called our 'authentic self' (Nishida 1990).
American Lama Surya Das writes, When we are recovering from loss of any kind, we need to find ways to reconnect with our basic sanity and essential, authentic selves we need to find kind ways to heal and put ourselves back together again. . . . Chanting, mantras, prayers, and meditation practice can be very healing and nurturing. Yoga and spiritual exercise, like physical exercise, is a beautiful way of being good to yourself.
When traditional ways of treating cancer through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation do not seem to be working or become difficult to take, some patients turn to alternative treatments. These may include radical diets, herbal remedies, yoga, acupuncture, and homeopathy. (Homeopathy is a method of treating a disease by giving patients a minute amount of a substance that causes symptoms similar to those resulting from the disease.)
Sports-specific demands are also important considerations. Factors to evaluate include required flexibility, the amount of repetitive load, and the potential for high impact and contact. Although yoga and Pilates raise a surgeon's concern for hip dislocation, these activities may not be contraindicated (Fig. 2). Although some yoga positions extend beyond the limitations of traditional posterior hip precautions, participants can often substitute an alternative position with the instructor's guidance. Regarding martial arts, patients should avoid sparring and high kicks, but may return to technical forms. Surgical technique, approach to the hip, and implant choice may also increase the relative safety of returning to these exercises.
Weight training exercises that utilize large muscle groups like the back and legs are extremely effective for stimulating the metabolism and for stimulating the hormones that increase fat burning. High rep compound leg exercises (squats, lunges, leg presses, etc) are particularly effective for this purpose. Toning classes, yoga, pilates and similar activities have some fantastic benefits, but for the endomorph, this type of activity is NOT the ideal way to lower body fat. Participate in these activities as a supplement to your regular weights and cardio, but not by themselves.
Some participants claimed that their experiences with ketamine had a significant impact on their interests and activities. Some became more interested in practices such as yoga and meditation. A participant commented 'After my ketamine experiences I became attracted by the idea of karma and reincarnation. I am sure that death doesn't exist, and that the human soul is immortal.'
Chronic stress is a risk factor for heart disease, and acute stress can trigger heart attacks. Regular yoga or other exercise may help prevent both conditions by releasing stress and strengthening the heart muscle. AP Wide World Photos. Reproduced by permission. Chronic stress is a risk factor for heart disease, and acute stress can trigger heart attacks. Regular yoga or other exercise may help prevent both conditions by releasing stress and strengthening the heart muscle. AP Wide World Photos. Reproduced by permission. Establishing good exercise and dietary habits early in childhood is important to prevent heart disease. Regular activity and proper nutrition decreases reactivity to stress and makes the heart stronger and more efficient. At least thirty minutes of moderate exercise daily is recommended to prevent heart disease. Stress management helps to prevent high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to heart disease. Techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation...
In order to investigate the phenomenon of enhanced spirituality and posttrau-matic growth in greater depth, we chose to conduct qualitative interview research with a specific subgroup of our MBSR participants.122 Nine cancer patients who had participated in the 8-week MBSR program, and who continued to attend weekly drop-in MBSR sessions, which consist of meditation and yoga practice, were interviewed for this study. Qualitative research was conducted using a grounded theory model. Participants were between 43 and 77 years in age (average age 60.8 years). Additionally, participants had been active in the drop-in group for between 1 and
One week before her wedding in 1979, Joyce Kulhawik noticed a suspicious mole on her thigh. A biopsy showed it was a malignant melanoma. She walked down the aisle with her leg in seventeen stitches, which her husband removed on their honeymoon. Nine years later, while practicing yoga, Kulhawik experienced a high temperature, chills, and abdominal pain. Doctors gave her antibiotics and two weeks later decided to operate on her appendix. Instead of appendicitis, they discovered a tumor on her left ovary. The cancerous ovary was removed. A year later Joyce experienced more pain and had emergency surgery to remove her remaining ovary, which was also cancerous.
The next study conducted by our group was a pre-post MBSR intervention with early-stage breast and prostate cancer survivors who were all at least 3 months posttreatment. Outcomes included biological measures of immune, endocrine, and autonomic function in addition to similar psychological variables as previously.104,105 Fifty-nine and 42 patients were assessed pre- and post-intervention, respectively. The 59 patients attended a median of eight of a possible nine sessions over the 8 weeks (range 1-9). They also practiced at home as instructed, reporting an average of 24 minutes day of meditation and 13 minutes day of yoga over the course of the 8 weeks. Significant improvements were seen in overall quality of life, symptoms of stress and sleep quality.
Carrie was forty-eight years old when she started my plan because she wanted to lose about 20 pounds. Although she had once been very active, jogging and going to weekly yoga and dance classes, she had become fairly sedentary in the last seven years. Carrie was especially concerned about the amount of fat she had gained in her abdominal area because she had read about the health risks associated with abdominal fat. She wanted to halt the trend of her fat gain before it became a serious problem.
Yoga has become a very popular activity for many people. Yoga for people with MS can be beneficial in improving overall flexibility and body awareness. In addition, yoga is performed at the level of the participant, so fatigue and balance problems can be minimized. Yoga can be performed through organized classes or by using video tapes to guide you through the different poses. When researching yoga classes, discuss with the instructor any limitations you may have and how they will be accommodated during the class. Many MS clinics and local chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offer yoga classes specifically for people with MS.
Cancer patients most commonly try special dietary regimens, herbs, homeopathy, hypnosis, imagery, meditation, megadoses of vitamins, relaxation, and spiritual healing. Progressive muscle relaxation, imagery, hypnosis, prayer, and meditation are all reasonable to try. They may help reduce stress and pain and have essentially no side effects. Some treatments, such as massage and acupuncture, are usually fine to try, though in rare instances your doctor may not want you to use them. For example, if your immune system has been suppressed by cancer treatment or if you are taking anticoagulants, then both massage and acupuncture may be unwise (not always check with your doctor). If you have extremely brittle bones from osteoporosis, then deep-tissue massage might not be the best treatment for you to try. Some doctors also recommend that you not have massage over an area where you had or have a tumor. Yoga is usually well tolerated unless extreme positions are used. Check with your doctor...
Yoga Yoga is an ancient Indian discipline designed to integrate the body and mind. The word yoga literally means to yoke or union. The basic components of yoga include breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, and performing the different postures or movements called asanas. Movements can be performed while seated, standing, or in a reclined position, and at a slower pace if you have trouble performing certain movements. The benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, balance, muscle strength, and endurance. There are many different styles of yoga, so find the appropriate style that matches your needs.
There is a belief among many experts in fitness and recreation that participating in physical activity is a close second in terms of its importance to eating and breathing. What would your life be like if you weren't able to participate in all sorts of leisure, fitness, and recreational activities In a society filled with many stressful events, the need to release by moving in any way, shape, or form that is comfortable and enjoyable to you is critical for maintaining overall balance in your daily life. For some people, yoga, meditation, and relaxation exercises fit the bill. Others must hop on a stationary bike or go for a jog to feel invigorated. No matter what type of multiple sclerosis (MS) you have or how much you're able to move, exercise, recreation, and physical activity can be adapted to meet your needs. Don't ever underestimate what you're capable of doing. Many experts in engineering, technology, and exercise have found ways to adapt all kinds of physical activity to meet...
Many of the available therapies are geared towards improving general wellbeing and emotional health. Massage therapies, reflexology, yoga, meditation, stress management, relaxation and aromatherapy are all ways to help you handle the stresses of life and many infertile couples find these forms of therapies helpful.
You can make some nonmedical lifestyle changes to ease your pain. In Chapters 13 and 14, I tell you how you can control stress using relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy, meditation, and yoga, and provide details on how to get a good night's sleep. In Chapter 15, I include important information on exercising, losing weight, and making key dietary changes that may help considerably. In Chapter 16, I cover dealing with the emotional fallout of FMS, and, if you need a therapist, I offer advice on finding a good one.
The journey to educate myself started with Team WILD (Women Inspiring Life with Diabetes). Through Team WILD, I was able to get the information I needed about what it takes to be an active and healthy person. Before Team WILD, I looked at myself as a person with diabetes first and a human being second. Now I know what nutrition my body needs to stay active and fit, first and foremost. Through the support and education of WILD coaches, medical staff, and teammates, I can not only swim, bike, and run safely and successfully but I can also hike, do yoga, Pilates, and even take long, leisurely walks in the park with confidence and security.
A lternative and complementary medicine (CAM) are two different but interrelated approaches to health. Alternative medicine refers to those therapeutic practices, systems, and products that are employed instead of conventional or allopathic medical means, while complementary medicine refers to those practices used in conjunction with allopathic ( medical ) treatment. Conventional or allopathic medicine is practiced by MDs (doctors of medicine) or DOs (doctors of osteopathy) and their allied health professionals. Ayurveda, acupuncture, and homeopathy fall into the category of alternative medicine, as they are based on systems of medicine radically different to the allopathic approach. Yoga and meditation, for example, would be characterized as complementary therapies in that many hospitals and medical centers incorporate them into their treatment programs.
Meditation techniques have been used in clinical setting to enhance the immune system, reduce stress, manage pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve blood circulation. Those adept at yoga have learned to control the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.
Most patients, however, do not do the exercises prescribed Providing they are really motivated to do them, carefully designed exercises of a stretching or strengthening nature make sense. Many patients find that exercise rather than exercises is preferable. They may be persuaded to walk, swim, do yoga or dance rather than perform specific exercises. Some will assiduously follow instructions. Some will overwork themselves in an attempt to get a quicker result, and some will do nothing and feel guilty about it. Each case must be judged on its merits.
Some people with FMS report that praying helps them feel much better. Prayer may act much in the same way as meditation and yoga do, instilling calmness and an acceptance that you're really not in control, that you can't be expected to be accountable for everything, and that you don't need to frantically rush about trying to solve difficult problems right away. Instead, you give yourself a break and at least temporarily leave the resolutions of your pain and your problems to the cosmos.
Teach children how to take conscious, deep breaths to relax, while listening to the sound of the air coming in and out. Show them how to inhale deeply (preferably through the nose) and slowly exhale through the mouth. When inhaling, the abdomen rises and expands. Students can do relaxation breathing in their chairs, seated on the floor cross-legged with eyes closed, lying down, or even standing. There are different breathing (pranayama) exercises in yoga that can be taught to children, such as wave breathing, balloon breathing, up and down the mountain, straw breathing, bee breathing (Singleton, 2004).
An endless list of available exercises to consider for overall health promotion exists (i.e., weight lifting, conditioning, isometric pilates, aerobic, stretching, martial arts, specific sports, etc.). Exercise can positively impact any person's health and in particular a person with PD by increasing muscle strength (thereby increasing one's ability to get up, walk, swallow, speak, and breath), flexibility (reducing muscle rigidity joint stiffness and increasing range of motion), and bone density (reducing the risk of a limb fracture related to falling). Additional benefits include enhanced cardiovascular and respiratory function and subsequent blood flow and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Exercise may also increase daily energy levels, reduce emotional and mental stress, improve mood by raising endorphin levels, and result in better sleep patterns. Many controlled, randomized clinical studies of the benefits of exercise in the elderly can be found in the medical...
Loss of calcium from bone causes osteoporosis and is found most frequently in postmenopausal women and men in their 70s. Symptoms are low back pain, stooped posture, loss of height, and increased risk of fracture. Heredity, exercise, and diet are the most important factors in the condition. After the age of around 30, calcium no longer builds bone or adds to bone mass. However, sufficient dietary calcium is still necessary to maintain bone mass and retard bone loss. After menopause women need to eat sufficient amounts of estrogenic foods such as soy to prevent further bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, weight lifting, yoga, and T'ai chi help build bone density. Yoga
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Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medical system in India, which has existed for over 5000 years. The term Ayurveda literally means science of life or life knowledge. PD is documented to have existed in ancient India and was called Kampavata. Similar to the TCM system, physical illness is thought to result from emotional imbalance, unhealthy lifestyle, and toxins that ultimately upset the balance of the three doshas or regulatory systems of a person (5). These three doshas are vata, which symbolizes physical movement, pitta, which represents heat, metabolism, and energy, and kapha, which stands for physical structure and balance. Although all three systems may be affected in PD, therapy focuses heavily upon treatment of the vata disturbance through oleation with massage along with enemas and ingestion of oils. Proper harmony of the three doshas is achieved by specific diet and nutrition, a number of herbs, meditation, breathing exercises, massage, and yoga poses. Stress reduction...
Up your muscles or improve your heart rate, but they will keep you flexible and limber. Try Tai Chi or yoga, which are very good for maintaining flexibility. Tailoring an exercise program to your particular needs may require working with a physical therapist trained in PD. Thus, if your problem is rigidity of the trunk, your exercise program may be different than if your problem is rigidity of your arms or legs. If your problem is curvature or flexion of your spine, you may require a different program than you would if your problem is flexion of your feet.
Moving into various positions and holding them for a certain amount of time (a few seconds up to a minute). Dynamic balance is the ability to maintain your balance while moving. Static balance activities are commonly used in various types of yoga positions, which is an excellent way to maintain and improve your static balance. Yoga can be performed in a chair, lying on a mat, or standing.
Unite Mind Body Spirit With Yoga
Practitioners of yoga talk about a unification of body, mind and spirit acquired through practicing the yoga exercises and techniques. Learn more within this guide.