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Exploring the Benefits of Yoga for Women

September 29, 2012

Now, more than ever, physicians are emphasizing the importance of exercise for women, as obesity rates are on the rise across the country. Many women have started to explore the benefits yoga has to offer. Deep breathing, slow movement, and muscle control are all characteristic elements of yoga that help women become healthier.

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Health Benefits of Yoga

Even though yoga is a lower-impact form of exercising, it holds a wide array of benefits for any individual. In fact, it is commonly known as an efficient stress reducer. Many types of yoga require complete concentration on the poses at hand; therefore, it reduces wandering thoughts and worrying minds and substitutes concentration. Additionally, as with any other type of physical exercise, yoga is effective at increasing a woman’s fitness level. By practicing this form of exercise women can gain flexibility, strength, and improve joint health through mastering complex poses. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Seth Greenky, regular physical exercise is critical to ensuring healthy bones. Not to mention, it can also be used as a weight loss aide for those who are looking to shed a few extra pounds. In addition to providing short-term healthy benefits, yoga can also be used to control chronic health issues. Women who experience cancer, depression, anxiety, or insomnia can experience a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate from regular yoga sessions.

Yoga: Not for the Faint of Heart

Not all types of yoga are as simplistic in nature as others. Like many types of exercise, movements can be modified in order to meet each woman’s capabilities. This practice combines physical and mind coordination in order to strengthen both the body and mind and achieve peace between these two entities. Whether a woman is searching for a way to deal with a current life issue or improve their physical endurance, yoga achieves both goals simultaneously.

Importance of Various Yoga Types

Different types of yoga can be used to achieve a wide array of health benefits. In general, Hatha yoga is known as the beginner type of yoga. With more simplistic movements and a slower paced rhythm, Hatha yoga is great for beginners or those who use yoga as a relaxation mechanism. Oppositely, Bikram yoga is focused on introducing various components of fitness. It is the only type of yoga that is exclusively performed in a heated environment. Similar to Bikram yoga, Power yoga focuses on improving strength and flexibility through the natural flow from pose to pose with no pause in between movements. Featuring toe touches and push ups, it is an intense aerobic workout that torches calories and builds endurance.

Although yoga is not the ultimate solution for any mental or physical health issue, it can be used as an effective aide in the maintenance of such issues. Improving one’s health and mental well-being simultaneously is just one of the many great benefits that this practice offers for female participants. It is a viable option for women of any age or physical level.

Interested in learning more? In Other Words hosts two weekly yoga classes: Yoga for Personal Growth on Tuesdays at noon and Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Thursdays at 9:30AM.

This article was contributed by Carolyn Fallon. Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com!

 

Editor’s note: This article was contributed by a Portland feminist community member.  If you’re interested in adding your voice to the In Other Words blog contact communications@inotherwords.org.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 22, 2012 7:16 pm

    This is a great resource! I always feel wonderful after doing yoga, both mentally and physically. :)

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