Yoga is integral to a healthy lifestyle and can improve overall health and physiological function, in conjunction with regular exercise, a balanced diet, raw foods and juices and sufficient sleep.
- Stretch and tone your muscles
- Relax your nervous system
- Strengthen your immune system
- Increase your energy levels
- Increase your metabolic efficiency
- Release toxins from your system by increasing lymph flow
- Increase circulation by stimulating blood flow
- Stimulate your spine to relieve back and muscle pain
- Oxygenate your cells to promote cell repair and rejuvenation
Who can practice Yoga?
People of any age can Yoga. A good Yoga teacher will always ensure that the students are totally involved; physically, mentally and emotionally in their practice.
Introducing yoga to children develops in them the attributes of courage, concentration and determination. Children can be playfully introduced to yoga but they should never be forced as this can damage their spine. They should be taught the yamas and niyamas with the help of stories and anecdotes.
Guruji was the first to introduce yoga to schools in India. Now yoga is part of the curriculum of the ICSE board and most of it is Iyengar yoga. Iyengar yoga is a regular course at many International universities including University of California, Riverside.
Yoga is a gift to older people when the recuperative power of the body is declining and resistance to illness is weakened.
Which health problems can be treated with Yoga?
Therapeutic Yoga provides relief from chronic health problems. Guruji's innovations with props has made yoga the answer for all kinds of medical problems.
Some of the chronic ailments for which people have benefited from Yoga Practice are :
Skeleto-muscular Disorders: Arthritis of the knee, shoulder, Cervical Spondylosis, Lower back pain, Slipped Disc, Ankylosing Spondylosis and Sciatica Pain.
Circulatory Disorders: Heart problems, Relief from Angina pain, Hypertension, Circulatory problems in the legs.
Constipation, Acidity, Flatulence, Diabetes, Colitis, Hiatus Hernia.
Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, Sinusitis and Bronchitis. Nervous Disorders : Headache and Migraine.
People who are HIV positive are finding an improvement in the quality of life after Iyengar Yoga. There are special classes for such people in USA and France. Special centres are also teaching for drug addicts.
Yoga and Women
Yoga can be practiced by women of all ages. Women can practice asanas and pranayama even during menstruation and pregnancy but the practice needs to be restricted and modified.
Certain asanas are extremely helpful for a women's physiology especially to over come menstrual disorders. It also helps to withstand the physiological and emotional changes accompanying menopause.
Yoga practice during pregnancy is beneficial to the mother as well as the baby. It helps the mother to have an easy delivery and good nourishment to the growing baby. Many countries have special pre-natal classes for pregnant women. However it is advisable to practice under the guidance and advice of an experienced teacher.
The Benefits of the Yoga Swing
The Yoga Swing is the ideal way to safely practice inversion therapy, for gentle stretching of the spine. It relieves pressure on the vertebrae caused by your own body weight, gravity, poor posture and lack of exercise.
Comfortable and flexible, the Yoga Swing can be quickly and easily adjusted for a variety of positions and is versatile enough to provide a real workout and overall yoga development in a safe environment.
The Yoga Swing can be used to practice many yoga postures, such as downward dog, providing additional support to help train your mind and body to achieve the correct posture.
Ideal for both teachers and practitioners, the Yoga Swing is great for people wishing to differentiate their teaching and add a new dimension to the yoga class, by outfitting your studio with several swings.
The Yoga Swing is ideal for couples practising partner stretching. It can also be used to open the heart chakra and is great fun as a Sex Swing, exploring a variety of positions you can only imagine without one!
Light, durable and compact, the Yoga Swing can travel with you everywhere, even when you’re backpacking, for yoga everywhere you go.
Easy to install, it will soon become a regular part of your daily life.
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The Benefits of Inversion Therapy
In today’s society, back pain is becoming increasingly common in both men and women. Most back problems are caused by stress or by weak muscles, often due to sedentary work, a lack of exercise or incorrect posture / lifting.
We need strong back, abdominal and hip muscles to resist gravity, hold us upright and keep the spine and pelvis in alignment. Inversion can give an excellent controlled workout to the muscles necessary for a healthy spine.
Muscles are used for three basic functions: support, movement and posture control. Many back problems are due to gravity’s chronic downward pull on our bodies; free of gravity the Yoga Swing reverses this.
Using the Yoga Swing can begin reversing the flow of gravity without any special strength, balance or agility. Any level of flexibility or age will enjoy hanging in the Yoga Swing and flowing through different positions.
The Yoga Swing helps to strengthen the lower abdominal muscles, creating a strong central core in the body which enables the entire bodily structure to become strong and unified.
Practising inversion positions for two to three hours per day has fantastic benefits for your body, which can help to reverse the ageing process.
Inversion therapy promotes blood and lymphatic movement and exchange and aids in tissue rejuvenation, just five minutes of inversion is said to be the equivalent of three hours’ sleep.