The advantages and disadvantages of yoga are still being determined to some degree. Studies from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicate that there are many types of benefits and some significant risks in practicing yoga.Continue Reading
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, some advantages of doing yoga include relief of back and shoulder pain; stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia relief; improved cardiovascular health; increase in sex hormones (particularly testosterone); and increased flexibility, strength and overall physical health. Yoga can also be a spiritual practice for many, but it is not a religion.
Some disadvantages of yoga include certain medical conditions that could prohibit individuals from participating. For example, women who are pregnant should not engage in inverted poses because of the danger of air embolism. Instead, they should work on daily breathing exercises. People suffering from glaucoma, sciatica or high blood pressure should avoid or modify some yoga poses. Another thing to be wary of is the danger of some strenuous poses like the shoulder stand that can damage small arteries in the neck. In the full expression of the shoulder stand, the neck is at a 90-degree angle, which can tweak the small arteries, especially if practiced often. There are some conditions that may not benefit from yoga, including asthma and arthritis, notes the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.Learn more about Yoga
According to the International Journal of Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya is a type of yoga focused on breathing exercises aimed at improving mental well being and organ function. For some, it can alleviate depression, anxiety and stress by providing a feeling of calm, and it may have long term effects.Full Answer >
According to FitDay, a typical 60-minute Ashtanga yoga class burns around 300 calories. This rate of calorie burn is approximately equivalent to walking four miles in one hour.Full Answer >
Using yoga pose pictures to improve technique is a question of careful observation and mimicry; yoga pose pictures can also give details about pose variations that may not be clear from simple descriptions. Using a mirror to check on poses as they are performed can help to perfect one's practice.Full Answer >
To do yoga at home, follow a sequence of poses that opens by warming up your muscles and then focuses your practice and helps to regulate breathing. The sequence should become progressively more challenging, then wind down with poses that relax your body and mind.Full Answer >