Today I will be doing something different. I want to introduce you to Dr. David Kulla. He was kind enough to write about Yoga, since I have no knowledge, and I wanted to share his article!
Building flexibility will help you maintain a strong and healthy body, whether you are 10 years old or 100. Your flexibility will help you move and adjust with minimal problems, and it will also allow you to heal quickly from any injuries or illnesses you encounter. Many athletes build their flexibility by stretching before and after a workout. You can become more flexible by adopting similar stretches, or by beginning a yoga practice that will help you build your strength and stamina.
Yoga is good for flexibility because it requires you to work with your body on how it sits, stands and moves. When you attempt to put your body into yoga poses, you are making yourself more flexible. As you become more skilled and able to master more poses, you know your body is growing more flexible. In addition to helping you become more flexible, yoga also makes you stronger and provides you with more endurance. All of these benefits work together to promote better long term health and short term healing.
Yoga might seem intimidating to a person who has never worked on flexibility before. If you feel like you are unable to do yoga because you are not flexible, you are mistaken. The dramatic yoga poses you often see skilled practitioners doing are developed over a long time, and they require much practice and skill. You have to start from somewhere, and the basic yoga poses you will learn in any yoga class will set you on a path towards greater flexibility and better health. Don’t worry about trying to master too many poses too
quickly. Give your body the time and space it needs to stretch out and figure out the best way to move. As you develop your breathing techniques and your stretching abilities, you will notice greater flexibility. That flexibility will not only show up in your yoga; you will notice it in the way you move, even if you are simply walking across a room.
Your muscles benefit from stretching when you do yoga, but so do your tissues and nerves. All of the ligaments and tendons that surround your muscles are getting a workout when you practice yoga. This makes your nervous system and skeletal systems work in better harmony. The regular practice of yoga keeps your entire body aligned, which is good for all aspects of your physical and emotional health.
People practice yoga for a variety of reasons. Some people do it because it keeps them balanced and calm on a mental level. Others practice yoga because they want to keep their bodies fit and toned, without doing a lot of intense or high impact activity. Many people practice yoga to bring their physical and spiritual existence into harmony. There are many good reasons to incorporate yoga into your life, and flexibility is one of them. You might worry you are too old, too tall, too heavy or too uncoordinated to benefit from yoga. The truth is, everyone can benefit from yoga, and it is especially useful to those who think there
is a reason they can’t do it.
This post was written for Never Ever Been Skinny Blog by Dr. David Kulla.
Dr. Kulla is a licensed New York Chiropractor and a nutritionist as well as owner of Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.