Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A little info about Yoga...
Yoga is considered a type of a mind-body practice, which involves an introspective component. The yoga practice is an excellent way to improve the quality of life, as it enhances both the psychological and physical well-being.
The word yoga means to "yoke" or unite.
Yoga originated in India approx. 5,000 years ago. It gained acceptance and recognition in the western world in the 1950's.
The primary purpose of yoga is enhance and maintain health of the physical body while creating a calmness within the mind.
Improvements are seen in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, endurance, body composition, flexibility and lung function after approx. 8 weeks of training participating in a yoga program 2 days per week.
There are many types of yoga, from gentle and therapeutic to the very challenging forms, such as hot yoga or power yoga.
Tantra yoga is a ceremonial form of yoga.
Bhakti is the yoga of devotation.
Hatha yoga is the physical postures which happens to be the most common type of yoga offered in fitness settings.
Yoga is often recommended as a preventive and remedial measure for the spine and stress reduction. Yoga as also been found to be an effective means for relieving low back pain.
3 common injuries that associated with yoga
1) Hyperextended knees or elbows: which can result from triangle pose or upward facing dog. These poses can place additional stress on stabilizing ligaments and tendons, also causing potential inflammation of joint structures.
2) Muscle strains resulting from deep lunges, and low back (over flexing the lumbar spine in forward or seated bends).
3) Bursitis or tendonitis in the elbow or shoulder joints, possibly resulting from performing downward-facing dog or "yoga push-up."