Yoga Physical and Psychological Benefits
Yoga practice acts as a therapeutic tool to heal the body and the mind. The yoga poses (asanas), peathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation, come together to produce many immediate results:
2. Increased Muscle Strength and Tone
3. Improved Breathing
4. Improved Energy
5. Weight Reduction
6. Maintaining a Balanced Metabolism
7. Cardio and Circulatory Health
8. Improved Athletic Performance
9. Protection from Injury
|1. Improve concentration and attention|
2. Decrease anxiety, stress, and depression
3. Improve mood and sense of well-being
4. Increase self-acceptance and self-actualization
5. Improve learning efficiency and memory
6. Increases somatic and kinesthetic awareness (body/mind connection)
7. Decrease aggression and hostility
8. Increase social skills
9. Improve depth perception
This list is compiled in the top 10 reasons for yoga.
Yoga and Chiropractic Care
The complimentary facets of chiropractic and yoga jointly provide a system of lifelong therapeutic benefit and illness prevention. Both fields are grounded in sound science and draw parallels in recognizing the important benefits to both the mind and body in keeping the spine aligned. The physical benefits of chiropractic are similar to those of yoga. It can reduce the effects of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, allergies, chronic overuse syndromes, asthma, degeneration, arthritis, stress, and digestive ailments.
The primary goal of the chiropractic physician is to ensure that the motion between all joints in the body is proper and sufficient. If the musculoskeletal system is not in proper alignment, the central nervous system cannot properly relay information to the body and illness may soon follow.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of chiropractic is that it can be fast acting and ideal for acute conditions. By promptly seeking the care of a chiropractic physician, you can prevent a condition from becoming chronic. Chronic conditions are managed equally well with chiropractic or yoga. While yoga mainly helps correct the spine thru asanas (poses), chiropractic utilizes adjustments to make these spinal corrections. The adjustment delivered is a manually directed quick, pain-free thrust to the joint. Adjustments are not limited to the spine, but can be delivered to the extremities as well.
Yoga is an ancient system with no religious affiliation. There are various traditions of yoga, most of which, aim to unite the body and the mind. Asanas are perhaps the part of yoga most practiced in the US, but many people do not realize that when performed regularly, yoga has much more to offer than simply another form of excercise. In addition to re-aligning the spine, yoga helps us control the breath, the mind, and also improves internal awareness. In addition, asanas help regulate our organs and restore balance to the body. By balancing our mind and body, we can reduce the effects of our daily stress, and ultimately, lead happier, healthier lives. Yoga helps put your health in your hands.
The breathing techniques used in yoga (pranayama) aid in removing toxins from the body, and allow the body to extract more oxygen from the air. More oxygen from the air, equates to more life sustaining oxygen to all the cells, including the pain. Only when enough oxygen is getting to all the tissues, can full repair and growth occur. For these reasons, yoga poses can ideally complement the chiropractic rehabilitation program.
Too often we keep pushing through our daily routines, hoping that our stressful lives will change at some point, but not examining the causes of this stress. For many, stress leads to heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. Chronic stress can often lead to depression and anxiety - but, instead of examining the root of the problem, people immediately turn to medication to dull the often overwhelming, pain, sadness or nervousness.
Come to Prairielands Chiropractic Clinic to learn yoga for relief of stress and increased physical and mental health.
We are currently not offering group yoga classes. Call to inquire about your own session.
We are currently offering corporate wellness classes for groups by scheduled appointment.
ABC Yoga Club
ABC Yoga Club was founded in Council Bluffs by Shamani Langille, one of our massage therapists, as a program to teach children life skills through yoga practice. Let your children lead healthy, balanced lives when you get them involved in Kid Yoga. Read more about ABC Yoga.
Refer a friend who gets a massage or buys a yoga class series, and you will receive a $10.00 off coupon postcard to use for your next massage or yoga class!
These basic guidelines are to help enhance your yoga practice and aid in the collective experience of the sacred. Please help keep our space a sanctuary for all by observing the following:
- Absolutely never bring a cell phone or pager into the wellness room of the clinic. This doesn't mean turn off the ringer because sooner or later you will forget. Leave it in your car. If you can't be out of touch for an hour and a half, this is indicative of an imbalance in your life. Remember, 90% of stress is self-induced.
- If possible, bathe prior to your practice. Please do not wear perfume or any scent. You may love your perfume or oil, but there will be people who don't and they may be doing deep breathing two feet away. Also, people with allergies can be very sensitive to them.
- No shoes in the wellness room of the clinic, please. In yoga, people put their hands, and sometimes their face, on the floor. You're going to take your shoes off anyway, so please remove them at the wellness room door.
- Arrive a few minutes early. Entering class constantly late is very disruptive and disrespectful to others, and also to your nervous system. If you do arrive a few minutes late, take a breath, unravel your mat outside, and then enter as slowly and quietly as you can. Consider being prompt as a part of your yoga practice.
- Acquire and use your own yoga mat. Using the public mats is not as hygienic.
- Please never enter or leave the room when the class is in meditation, prayer, or savasana [(deep relaxation) (final relaxation)].
- Enter the wellness room in silence. Please do not enter and start visiting. Go right into meditation or stretching. Yoga practice starts when you walk in.
- Keep your eyes on your own practice. We practice inwardly (inside to outside). When you can finish your practice without knowing what the person next to you was wearing or even whom else was in the room, then you'll know you were truly focused.
- Abandon the competitive mind set. Yoga is absolutely non-competitive. It is not just a "work out." It is not just "cross-training." It is a spiritual practice, which makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally much healthier. But the aim is to calm the mind, open the heart, and accelerate our spiritual evolution.
- Practice on an empty stomach. It is recommended that you do not eat at least three hours before practice. If a serious condition prevents this, eat easily digested foods, i.e., fruit or yogurt, one hour before.
- No food or beverages in the wellness room. If necessary, bottled water is okay, but it is recommended to avoid constant sipping. We aim to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water, which we offer in our waiting room.
- Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Rest sometimes. "Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are." Remember, "Wherever, whenever in our life we begin, yoga is perfect. No experience or flexibility is required." If any medical condition has changed since you completed the Health Intake Form, please mention any pre-existing or special condition to the teacher at the beginning of the class so that you can be helped.