[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Yoga” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]As a practice, we recommend yoga to a lot of our patients.   We thought it might be helpful to take some time to discuss some of the benefits of yoga along with a description of a few different types of yoga that could be great to include in your health routine.

Some specific benefits of yoga are: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improvement in  respiration, increased energy and vitality, helping to maintain a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, protection from injury, helps decrease anxiety, can improve sleep, can improve chronic pain, helps decrease depression, releases stress, decreases migraines, promotes healthy eating, improves mindfulness and helps establish a breathing practice. 

There are many different types of yoga but here are a few common types practiced in the US:

  1. HATHA- is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga. When a class is marketed as Hatha, it generally means that you will get a gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures. You probably won’t work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
  2. BIKRAM-  often referred to as Hot yoga- follows the same sequence of 26 poses including two breathing series. The classes typically last 90 minutes. Sweating is very healthy for the body and can help promote detoxification. 
  3. VINYASA- is a very common type of yoga. It consists of various postures that flow from one to the other. The instructor can vary the intensity as well as the flows that they use in any class. 
  4. RESTORATIVE- in this type of yoga each practice consists of only a handful of poses which are held for extended lengths of time with support from props. It helps align the body and mind and helps you practice stillness. These passive stretches can be very beneficial for tight and sore muscles and for overall relaxation.

Yoga can be very beneficial to your health and a great addition to your weekly routine.  It can also be convenient with yoga studios popping up all over our neighborhoods along with a lot of resources and options online which enables us to practice yoga in the comfort of our own home.  If you have any questions please let us know. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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