Great Tips for Yoga Beginners

February 27, 2013 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Yoga

Yoga is a great form of exercise that includes balance, increases strength and incorporates stretching.  These are all good for people with diabetes.  Yoga originated in India and there are hundred of different schools of yoga.  The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation.  No one knows exactly when Yoga began, but it certainly predates written history. Stone carvings depicting figures in Yoga positions have been found in archeological sites in the Indus Valley dating back 5,000 years or more.

Yoga is suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition. Because of the non strenuous nature of our approach to exercise, even those with physical limitations can find a beneficial routine of Yoga.
The best way to get started in Yoga is to either find a qualified teacher or buy a good book or tape.  The heart of any yoga practice is the performance of yoga positions (called asanas), each of which has specific physical and mental benefits.  The names may seem unusual to you at first- for example, Downward facing dog, Child’s pose or lion posture.  You may want to get a book before your first yoga class to familiarize yourself with these positions.

Yoga is great for people of all ages, shapes and sizes.  It not only helps with balance and strength but it can help lower blood pressure and be used as stress release.

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