Introduction Yoga and FAQs
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a multidimensional practice that offers benefits on many levels for a person. On a physical level, yoga offers all the benefits possible: weight loss, better range of motion, strength, toning, core abs. On the level of the mind yoga offers a means to experience meditation and alleviate stress by teaching us skills to help us transcend the thinking mindâ€¦ the source of our suffering. For those who are so inclined yoga is a spiritual practice that helps us to realize our true nature, which is eternal and divine.
Is Yoga a Religion?
Religions are for politics mostly. Yoga is a spiritual tradition that can be practiced by people of all faiths. In fact yoga is likely to help people practice their own religion with more authenticity to the original spiritual sources.
Can Yoga Improve my sex life?
Absolutley! Yoga brings better circulation to all parts of the body and circulation issues are at the heart of erectile dysfunctions. Yoga and eating less garbage are the keys to a much better sex life!
Is Yoga just stretching?
No yoga is much more than stretching since it operates not only on the level of the physical body but also with the mind and spirit.
Can i do yoga if i am not flexible?
Yes very few people actually start their yoga career flexible. That is why we practice yoga- to increase our range of motions and feel better than we did before we found the practice.
Will Yoga help me lose weight?
Yes Yoga will likely help you lose weight for two reasons. The exercise daily and the burning of calories is one reason and the other is the awareness that is developed that helps us to transcend the unconscious patterns that were keeping us from losing weight.
How yoga can help
Yoga can provide several healing benefits for people with various types of back pain. For example, yoga can help by:
- Healing injured back muscles
- Speeding time to recover from an injury
- Preventing re-injury
- Helping maintain a regular level of daily activities and avoid disability
Among other things, yoga helps ease lower back pain by gently stretching and strengthening the muscles of the lower back and legs and increasing blood circulation, which in turn brings healing nutrients to the injured tissues.
Yoga is approximately 4,000 years old and is a scientific methodology aimed at uniting the mind, body, and spirit. This bonding that occurs through yoga is said to bring about not only physical benefits, but mental benefits as well, taking the individual to a level that could not be reached by manipulating one factor alone. This unique characteristic has prompted many back pain patients to incorporate yoga as part of their treatment program.
Main components of yoga
There are many different types of yoga, each stressing a particular theory or mindset, and each is comprised of numerous postures and areas of focus. While the actual practice of yoga is extremely extensive and detailed, in its essence yoga focuses on three main components:
- Body position/posture
- Meditation/state of mind
In general, yoga is a very safe form of exercise for most people. For those with specific back conditions, it is advisable to speak with one’s treating physician prior to starting yoga (or any exercise program). Anyone with severe or ongoing back pain should be evaluated by a health professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment program before beginning yoga.
Many conditions can cause back pain. Depending on the individual’s specific diagnosis, a yoga program can often be modified to maximize the benefits of yoga and avoid aggravating the condition. A good yoga teacher can usually provide instructions on special modifications for specific medical conditions.