Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Take a Yoga Break

Yoga has been around for 5,000 years and is now practiced in many different settings. While yoga can improve strength and flexibility, it can also decrease stress, improve sleep and can even be beneficial in controlling the side effects of chemotherapy.

There are many different forms of yoga, ranging from Power Yoga, also known as “gym yoga” as my friend Jude calls it to restorative yoga. The latter is very relaxing and calming. Using a variety of props (pillows, blankets, towels, chairs, walls etc.) the body is fully supporting allowing for a deeper sense of relaxation in the various poses.

While classes are a great way to practice yoga, this isn’t always possible. Thanks to the internet, you can learn about the different types of yoga, and practice it, even if it’s only for five minutes at a time.

Kripalu Yoga Break

Video: Yoga for Stress Management from the Mayo Clinic

Yoga Journal’s Yoga Poses

Free Downloads of Yoga classes from Yoga Journal 

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