Recover from the Holidaze with Yoga
By Sheila Palmquist E-RYT, RCYT, RPYT, Founder & Director of Lincoln Yoga Center
This is your year for it to “click,” and stick! How? By adding Yoga to your wellness plan for 2012. Practicing Yoga is an excellent way to be proactive concerning your overall health and wellbeing. Exercise should be viewed as a reward for the body not a punishment. I invite you to change your perspective. The real challenge comes with changing the mind and relationships (emotional connection). The physical benefits will come, and last if we do the work from the inside out, though a practice you enjoy.
The only way to insure your health is to find a balance that keeps your body, mind and spirit at peace and working together. The current research proving the healing power of Yoga is making many western physicians add Yoga and Meditation to their list of complimentary therapies. I have seen many of my students experience the benefits of proper breathing to combat stress and anxiety. Moving the body in gentle ways to relieve pain or let go of the sense that the body has betrayed them. When going through cancer treatment, living with chronic pain or heart disease your mind and spirit are some of the defining factors of your recovery. We cannot treat one and ignore the other, each affects the other. We are human beings, what is the being part of this factor? Strive for a life of quality, not quantity. It is up to us to be kind to ourselves, our whole selves so we can be whole.
If you control the breath you can gain control of the mind. When we hold our breath the body and mind react with tension. Start to be aware of your breathing when you are under stress. When we take a deep breath the body and mind react with a sense of calm. By breathing diaphragmatically you bring 7x more oxygen into the body per breath! To maintain a good quality of life we must take care of our vehicle (body). Keep moving, a combination of stretching, strengthening, and cardio exercise is necessary. Make modifications that work for your body. Slow down, by holding many of the standing or weight barring yoga postures your body initiates the process of growing new bone. Whether you are recovering from an injury or a seasoned athlete looking to stay injury free and focused there is a practice for you. Everyone’s journey to find a life of balance is as individual as we are. The path may be different but the destination is the same, give Yoga a try. There are many different styles of yoga to suit all needs. Find a registered instructor and a practice that you like. Keep in mind, yoga is non-judgmental and non- competitive this includes not judging or competing with yourself. Be present; learn to be okay with things as they are, without wishing them different. The difference between illness and wellness is the “I” and the “we” so let’s work together and live consciously. Namaste. Visit www.LincolnYogaCenter.com to enjoy your first class FREE!