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Yoga

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Transcript of Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. It combines physical and mental disciplines of body and mind, helping one relax and manage stress. Best of all, anyone at any age can participate.
Components
Formed by "eight limbs" or steps.
History of Yoga
Stress Reduction
A number of studies have shown that yoga helps reduce stress and anxiety. It can enhance ones mood and overall sense of well-being.
YOGA
Yoga is believed to have originated in India 5,000 years ago but possibly even longer than that.
Yoga means "yoking together" which refers to bringing together the body and mind. It is used as physical, mental and spiritual practices.
Whether it's from increased stress or its popularity in Hollywood, the benefits of yoga are many.
Yama: Universal Morality
Niyamas: Persobal Observances
Asanas: Body Postures
Pranayama: Breathing Excercises and Control of Prana (Energy).
Pratyahara: Control of Senses
Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana: Meditation and Devotion
Samadhi: Superconcious State

Controlled breathing is an important part of yoga. Breathing signifies vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlled breathing helps you control your body and quiet your mind.
Breathing
Reduces sodium levels in the body. and also gets the lymphatic system flowing, which boosts immunity and reduces toxins in the body.
Improved Fitness
It can lead to better balance and coordination, flexibility, range of motion, strength and toning. This means less chances of injuring yourself in other physical endeavors or daily activities.
Lowers triglycerides in the blood which lowers the risk for heart disease and hypertension.
Detoxification
By stretching the muscles and joints, along with massaging the organs, yoga optimizes blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps flush out toxins from the body, and provides nourishment. This leads to energy, and delayed aging.
Depression
Yoga's method of actions is described as the modulation of the autonomic nervous system, specifically a reduction in sympathetic tone. This process allows the body to more readily enter into a state of relaxation and maintains a connection between mind and body helping with depression.
Lack of/Absence of Side Effects
Yoga presents no side effects. It encourages participants to "practice within your scope", which means to do only what you are capable of. In other words, if there is a move or position that your body is unable to perform, don't do it or perform an adaption of the move.
What is Yoga?
What will it do for me?
Do I have to be flexible?
What age population can participate in yoga?

Medical Benefits
Yoga Lowers cholesterol by increasing blood circulation and burning fat.
Helps regulate hormone secretion, which improves better overall physical and emotional health.
Has been shown to increase levels of red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body, thus reducing the risk for anemia and low energy.
A study done showed the benefits of yoga on patients with asthma. 53 patients with asthma practiced yoga for 65 minutes a day. Patients who practiced yoga were compared to 53 patients also with asthma that didn’t practice yoga. The group that performed yoga showed significant improvement in their asthma symptoms and the number of weekly asthma attacks decreased compared to the group that didn’t partake in yoga.

Research
Studies
Benefits for the Body
Evidence suggest that yoga may lower blood glucose levels.
A recent study conducted with 343 participants (with approximately half being used as control) over a mean duration of 7.7 weeks, showed the effects of yoga on different psychiatric conditions with depression and anxiety being the most common. The study found that there were different degrees of efficacy related to the number of yoga components utilized, such as Pranaya, which promotes breathing, helped reduce stress and anxiety.
http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/research_papers/Default.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3219516/
Panic Attacks
Practicing "Pranayama" and "Tratak" are techniques that are effective in controlling typical effects of panic attacks.
Post-Questions
Justin Brown - Brenda Ponton - Tony Serna
NUR113 - Ms. Bosch
What are two medical benefits of yoga?
What are two benefits of yoga to the body?
What does "yoking together" refer to?
Yoga Alliance: National Registry for Yoga Instructors.
Require 200-500 Hours
Studios require a minimum of 200 hands on training before being able to teach a class.
How to become a Yoga Instructor
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