The therapeutic aspects of yoga in healing or preventing stomach disorders are being widely researched, and research studies have started to reveal positive aspects of yoga in treating stomach disorders. As a good practice, we recommend you to include yoga as a part of your daily activities. However, when considering yoga to treat any disorder, be it stomach disorder or any other health problem, be sure to consult with your doctor before proceeding with yoga.
By Sangeetha Saran Yoga can be a very emotional and mentally stimulating practice. However, no one can deny that it has a strong physical component as well. Yoga uses every muscle of the body and requires the practitioner to stay focused and engaged physically throughout the class. This is why many teachers focus on addressing [...]
By Faye Martins Where do you start with beginners when teaching pranayama? Should you begin by teaching calm and relaxing breathing techniques? Some students might find the basics boring, but it is your task to give them a safe foundation and keep them interested at the same time. Most of all, some beginners get restless [...]
During your yoga class you may realize that some of the poses are reminiscent of some stretching and cool down exercises that you did in aerobics class during the '80s or '90s. It is true that some of the physical movements of yoga postures are similar to basic fitness stretches. What you won’t remember in these other types of fitness classes is the practice of Pranayama.
"Fitness yoga" has become extremely popular, worldwide, as more people realize how much yoga has to offer as a form of exercise. In fitness-based sessions, it involves focusing primarily on yoga as an intense bodyweight workout. Most classes borrow various asanas, flows, and sequences, from several different types of yoga, in order to produce an exercise routine that is physically rewarding for the students. Fans of physical yoga workouts report that they have increased flexibility, better posture and balance, and improved muscle tone. However, are there any drawbacks to the rise of fitness-based yoga classes? Does its popularity affect the idea of yoga as a meditative practice? What can yoga instructors do in order to keep a healthy balance between fitness-based classes and more traditional yogic methods?
The Vagus Nerve is associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls our relaxation responses. This nerve can become under-developed/deactivated because of the body’s constant state of fight or flight from stress and the anxiety of living in today’s society, which keeps the sympathetic nervous system in ‘survival’ overdrive. The breathing becomes rapid and shallow, the heart rate is increased and digestion becomes impaired. In this particular case, ‘The Wanderer’ is being starved of the essential nutrients it needs to help you survive.
A holistic and balanced practice of Yoga includes the traditional physical postures, in addition to breathing exercises, meditation techniques and a detailed system of ethical recommendations and injunctions. Study of sacred scriptural texts and the recitation of sacred mantras are also key components of a balanced practice of the ancient art of Yoga.
Hippocrates, who is called the Father of Naturopathy defined human beings as a combination of mind, spirit and body. Hence, any disturbance in the natural harmony within a human body is best treated by Naturopathy.
Students who are just beginning an exercise regime or who are not in optimal physical condition will need to begin practicing Yoga at a slower pace with some modifications. The same is true of students who are contending with injuries, chronic illness or healing from surgery. As a Yoga instructor, it is important for you to be aware of the general fitness level of your students and any heart conditions, injuries, illnesses, or other limiting physical considerations.
Yoga is for the most part known as a physical form of exercise for increasing balance, agility, flexibility, and power. When used with the combination of powerful breathing techniques though pranayama, yoga helps overall living.