Yoga For Women
5th Aug, 2009 | Source : Carrie Demers
There are many styles and branches of yoga you can choose from today. Many branches, such as Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Himalayan Institute yoga, were brought to America by Indian teachers. Others are American innovations, such as power yoga.
No matter what style you choose, when practiced properly, yoga poses (asanas) will relieve muscle tension, build flexibility and strength, and balance the endocrine and nervous systems. And with the help of an experienced teacher, you can practice poses to relieve specific problems like PMS, hot flashes, back pain, arthritis, and indigestion. Breath work (pranayama) slows your respiration rate and activates “the relaxation response”. Meditation calms and focuses your mind.
By practicing body-mind awareness, you can gain a sense of self control and equanimity. And the teachings of yoga philosophy can help you realize that many of the things that upset you aren't worth getting stressed about. Numerous yoga centers and institutes can custom-tailor a program for a woman’s individual needs. The Himalayan Institute is a nonprofit educational organization that offers people of all ages the best yoga, meditation, and natural health practices for a balanced, peaceful life.
Carrie Demers, M.D., Medical Director, Himalayan Institute Total Health Center
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