Yoga & Your Balance

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Yoga & Your Balance

Ridgeview Apartments hosted Yoga & Your Balance on Tuesday, August 16 presented by Rebekah Bjelland and Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. Rebekah went over the history, benefits, and postures of yoga. Everyone in attendance was given an informative session on how to properly perform each movement via chair yoga.

Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, and has since evolved and expanded into our Western culture to what is commonly known today as Hatha Yoga. This type of yoga is a combination of physical movements and postures with coordinated breathing. It is exercised based and a great workout for any levels of fitness.

There are numerous benefits to practicing yoga. One of the top reasons people begin yoga is to reduce stress and pain. Also, the slow, deep breathing that is associated with yoga improves lung function. Another major benefit is improving flexibility and mobility which in turn increases range of movement and reduces aches and pains, as well as improves posture. Yoga increases strength, can help manage weight, improves circulation, and provides cardiovascular conditioning. Finally, yoga helps to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health, and find an inner peace through meditating.

Focusing on deep breathing is a very important aspect of yoga. The type of breathing practiced during the presentation is called Three-Part Breath. This type of breathing helps to increase blood oxygen levels and decrease carbon dioxide. To practice this: Sit tall and inhale, bringing your breath deep into your abdomen, then fill the ribcage, and finally into your chest and throat. Exhale completely, starting from the throat, then chest, ribs, and ending in the belly. This type of breathing is a great way to relax and relieve tension anytime of the day.

We have some great yoga workouts that you can download and print:

Before practicing yoga, it is important to know your limits! Please consult your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program. It’s also important to remember not to push yourself too hard or rush through the movements. Focus attention to proper alignment and deep breathing. If you are interested in the chair yoga poses discussed, please contact Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists at (715) 263-4103.