Benefits of Meditation and Yoga
posted by The Live Better Team | October 12, 2017
For many people, finding ways to combat stress and promote relaxation is a lifelong pursuit. There are a number of different strategies people use, including yoga or meditation. What exactly are these techniques and how can they benefit overall health? Here’s a look.
Yoga is an exercise focused on the body’s natural tendency for health and self-healing. It’s designed to create strength, awareness and harmony within both the body and the mind, and it accomplishes this through a combination of breathing exercises, meditation, and posture and stretching work.
Yoga helps many people stay healthy by promoting many of the body’s self-healing methods that are already naturally present. It can lower chronic pain and arthritis, as well as headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Other benefits of yoga on the body include:
There are numerous different kinds of yoga practices—over 100 different types, or schools, in fact. Anyone can learn yoga, whether or not you’ve done it before and regardless of your physical fitness level.
Meditation, or the process of training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts, is increasing in popularity as more people understand its benefits. It’s great for reducing stress and increasing concentration, and it can also have several other benefits, including:
Through cardiovascular exercise, strength training, aquatic activities and specialty classes, members can increase productivity, manage chronic conditions, improve general health and get more enjoyment out of life. Members have access to various cardiovascular and strength training equipment including free weights. A full range of fitness, weight loss, nutrition and wellness classes are available for member convenience.
“The Benefits of Yoga.” American Osteopathic Association. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx
“12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation.” Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section1
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.