What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing. The origin is a Sanskrit word Yog meaning union. Yoga is a union of the organ systems in the body with the consciousness in the mind. Yoga is commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health and fitness. A regular yoga practice can promote endurance, strength, calmness, flexibility, and well-being.

How to Incorporate Yoga into Your Life

Yoga can be adapted and modified for every body type, young and old alike. You do not need to attend a ninety minute class to feel the benefits of yoga. Yoga can easily be implemented in your daily life. A good way to develop a pattern or rhythm of practice is to spend some time analyzing your daily routines and look for moments or junctures that could be used for yoga. If your work involves standing and walking, you can bring awareness of your body’s weight distribution and alignment throughout the day. If you are working at a desk, there are a variety of yoga activities, exercises, and postures you can incorporate.

How Do Yoga and Chiropractic Go Hand in Hand?

Generally speaking, the goals of chiropractic care are to align the spine, correct misalignments in various areas and also help the nervous system function to its full potential. It is also used for neck, spine and extremity pain of varying levels, from specific injuries to chronic pain concerns. Yoga provides several specific benefits that directly relate to making chiropractic care easier and more effective. Yoga helps stretch the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the body on a regular basis. This keeps the muscle loose and flexible for gentler, easier chiropractic adjustments. It is also known to lower blood pressure and stress levels, plus increase stamina. Perhaps most importantly, yoga has been proven to help aid the body’s natural healing process. Depending on the severity of the individual’s specific condition, chiropractic patients may need several visits to “prep” their bodies before the main issue can even be addressed. Yoga sessions increase a body’s flexibility and help with the range of motion in the neck, back, hips, and other joints. By going into a chiropractic treatment equipped with better range of motion, the patient is more pliable, and the visit is able to offer more in-depth adjustments, for greater results.

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