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Novice Guide To Yoga

Novice Guide To Yoga
The history of yoga dates back to the Upanishad's. The Upanishad's a part of the Veda's and form part of the Hindu scriptures was written before the 7th century BC, which makes it one of the oldest texts known to man!
For many people in the west, the meditation aspects of yoga is known, however, there is more to yoga. Doing yoga for many people practicing yoga, is also a way to spiritual growth, and spiritual enlightenment.
Benefits of Yoga
When you start to do yoga, you will find many benefits, not just spiritual or physiological, but also psychological, and biochemical, not to mention the many more benefits of you doing yoga.
Some of the benefits of yoga, you may be able to get are your mood improves and subjective well-being increases, your level of Anxiety and Depression decreases, sleep improves, pulse rate decreases, and your weight normalizes. This is only a very small handful of the benefits of doing yoga.
For people who may be looking for the health benefits which can help heal certain ailments, you may be glad to know glucose and sodium levels in the body go down because of doing yoga. So the steps you are taking now can greatly benefit your health in a positive way.
As always, remember to get these health benefits from yoga, you will need to remember to keep to practicing yoga regularly. If you have old health issues, then also make sure you speak to your doctor before embarking on any new healthy health exercise regimen, such as yoga.
Beginning Yoga
Beginning yoga is much easier today, thanks to the major interest in yoga over the last few years, more and more yoga classes are being started. The first step in beginning yoga, is to decide to start! At this point, most people may wonder if they have what it takes to start yoga, what will be involved etc. Relax, yoga classes can teach you from beginning, even if you do not know the first thing about yoga.
Whether you want the spiritual benefits of yoga or the physiological benefits of yoga, you can get them by doing yoga at a yoga class. It is best to go to a yoga class to learn how to correctly do yoga. There are many great books and videos about yoga, and they can be beneficial. However, a yoga class can help you get the right yoga postures, and get the full benefit of yoga.
Finding a yoga class can be as easy doing a search online to find local classes. Perhaps speak to someone who you know who has an interest in yoga, check local adult education institutions. As more and more yoga classes are available, you can find a local yoga class.

Finding the Ultimate Yoga Bag For Your Yoga Practice

Finding the Ultimate Yoga Bag For Your Yoga Practice
Yoga bags are the easiest way to carry all of your belongings, including your yoga mat and all of your yoga props.  They are ideal for carrying things to a Yoga class, or back home. Yoga bags are not just made out of natural materials, some of the newer Yoga bags are made from recycled materials and are gaining in popularity recently. 
Yoga Bag Material
Some bags are mixed fabric-mesh and zippered and they make for mat bags that are hip and stylish, while still providing access to your yoga mat. When you practice yoga anywhere but at home, you are sure to need a nice yoga bag to carry your accessories and personal items with you.
  Many yoga bags were made with this in mind, ready to go from plane, to train or bus, and to yoga classes and training if required, all the while being able to do this in less than ideal weather.  Some yoga mat bags are lined with satin instead of cotton as this helps you to get your 'sticky yoga mat' to slide in, and out. 
Functional Yoga Bags
Many yoga teachers spend a lot of time on the road and they need a bag that is functional, eye catching, and durable as the fabric can allow.  For serious students of yoga, a yoga bags is a convenient and a necessary accessory for handling and carrying props and personal belongings.  Not only will a bag help you to stay organized, they also offer an excellent storage place and a great way to carry a mat and all of your accessories to and from a yoga class or even an outdoor meditation session. 
Cost of Yoga Bags
Should shoppers pick just any bag and hope to get lucky? No, not at all. One thing to keep in mind: none of the top rated yoga bags are cheap.  And if you believe it is better to spend a bit more up front to enjoy a durable and easy to use bag for years to come, instead of saving a few bucks now - remember that many end up trying to carry their bags back to the store for return after they fall apart. Pick a bag that is both durable and functional for you. 
Yoga Gifts
Yoga inspired bags make great gifts for the modern yogi and yogini.  Some of them even feature eco-fashion and original designs that you won't see anywhere else.
  Many are designed to be worn over the shoulder, and most yoga mat bags (yoga bags) should be able to accommodate any thickness (or stickiness) of yoga mat, while at the same time remaining comfortable to carry. 
 Yoga bags are the very best way for you to carry your belongings to a Yoga class.  They are also the easiest way to carry your yoga mats and all your yoga props.  A long-lasting bag will make your life easier and more comfortable, especially if you find yourself always juggling too many things. 
Yoga Bags and Mats
You will love to carry your mat in a simple and elegant yoga bag that is usually suitable for both men and women.  When you practice yoga outside of the home you are sure to need a yoga bag to carry your accessories and personal items with you.  They are irreplaceable, you will soon find out.

Yoga - The Antidote to Arthritis and a Key to Healthy Aging

Yoga - The Antidote to Arthritis and a Key to Healthy Aging
Forty years ago, when I first became interested in yoga and therapeutic exercise, I was assisting an older woman who was immobilized in her wheelchair by arthritis. Long before I understood the degree to which yoga can rehabilitate the body, I was helping people who were unable to dress, bathe or feed themselves independently due to the pain and stiffness in their joints. This has helped me understand the extreme suffering that can be inflicted by arthritis.
Back then, people with joint pain and swelling were advised by doctors not to move! The thinking was "If it hurts, don't move it." We now know that inactivity is one of the worst responses for someone with arthritis.
As Loren Fishman, MD, points out in his book, Yoga for Arthritis, "Arthritis restricts movement, yoga increases range of motion-these two were made for each other."
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in this country, limiting everyday activities for millions of people. Drugs, surgeries, and steroids can alleviate some of the discomforts, but study after study has shown that exercise is most beneficial to most forms of arthritis, specifically low-impact, flexibility-enhancing exercises such as yoga.
Osteoarthritis, a painful and often debilitating condition caused by decades of wear and tear on the joints, is considered to be one the side effects of living longer. By the time we reach age sixty-five, X-rays for at last a third of us will show some signs of osteoarthritis, the most common of a group of diseases collectively referred to as arthritis.
Arthritis in its many forms affects more than seventy million (or one in three) American adults, according to estimates by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Arthritis is so common in our culture that most people consider the pain and discomfort it brings to be a normal part of aging. Arthritis makes normal activities increasingly painful and difficult and diminishes or destroys the quality of life.

An Overview of Arthritis

The word arthritis means "joint inflammation." Modern medicine recognizes more than a hundred varieties of conditions that produce deterioration in joint structures. The common thread among these conditions is that they all affect the joints-those nearly 150 ingeniously designed structures located where two or more bones come together.
Arthritis-related joint problems may include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joints. Joint weakness, instability and visible deformities may occur, depending on the location of the joint involved.
Arthritis is classified into two main types. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder, resulting in stiffness in the joints and muscles, joint erosion and pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that erodes the cartilage in joints, which leads to bones rubbing together. Osteoarthritis frequently occurs in people who are overweight or whose joints are painful from extreme overuse.
In spite of the prevalence of arthritis, be careful not to jump to the conclusion that your achy joints are necessarily due to it. Overuse and injuries can also result in tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other fairly common conditions that are unrelated to arthritis.
Arthritis and Exercise
To remain healthy, muscles and joints must move and bear weight or they will lose strength. This weakness, coupled with joint swelling, will make the joints unstable. Joints in this condition are vulnerable to dislocation, increased injury and pain. Thus, regular gentle movement helps to reduce pain and to maintain mobility.
Physical movement promotes health in many systems of the body. It increases circulation, which in turn reduces swelling and promotes delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. With immobilization, a cycle of deterioration begins.
Because movement is crucial to so many physiological processes, the arthritic person's overall health tends to deteriorate without it. The normal functioning of the immune system declines, infections and illnesses occur, and the person often becomes frustrated and depressed. This cycle is self-perpetuating.
When someone comes to me with arthritis, I teach them how to practice yoga safely with the support of yoga props. For those who are new to yoga, the term "yoga props," simply refers to any object, such as a wall, a sturdy table or a chair, a folded blanket, a firm pillow, a strap or other item that makes practicing yoga safer and easier. Yoga props are especially helpful for older beginners who may have balance problems and are coping with common health issues such as arthritis and osteoporosis. In addition to common household objects that can be used as yoga props, there are professional yoga props such as a sturdy wooden bar known as the "yoga horse," yoga wall ropes, yoga bolsters in many shapes and sizes, yoga straps, special yoga chairs, yoga blocks, firm yoga blankets and more elaborate props like yoga backbenders that give people with arthritis and other common health conditions new hope and confidence.

The Process of Yoga

The Process of Yoga

The Best Times To Practice Yoga
While you can practice yoga anytime, many people like to practice right after they wake up and before they go to bed. If you prefer to only practice in a classroom setting, then you must wait until class is in session. Having a yoga session first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up your body and to set your intentions for the day. Even if you only have 20 minutes to set aside before rushing off to work or to get the kids ready for their day, you will be better prepared for the day.
Ideally you want to include a yoga session in the evening before you go to bed. It will help you to release all of the action and any stresses accumulated from the day so you might be able to have a more relaxed and better night's sleep.
There might also be ideal moments throughout the day that you can add in some mini yoga sessions to help with relieving any extra intensive or stressful events - 5 or 10 minutes would help you if you can manage it, even it you have to practice in the bathroom! It's better to relieve any stresses immediately if possible, so that it does not stay in your body which can build up over time to help create disease that you don't want.
Yoga can be about escaping reality by focusing your mind on your yoga practice in the here and now, but you should also want to better yourself to achieve maximum results body, mind and soul. The best way to start and maintain a relaxation practice is to incorporate it into your daily routine. The most important thing is to listen to your body when practicing yoga so that you may gain the maximum benefits and to learn what is best for your body.
Relaxing Your Muscles
The practice of relaxing the muscles of the body will bring rest to the body and to the mind. Yoga helps you to create symmetry throughout the body by training you to be strong, flexible and balanced.
 Yoga is an excellent way to keep your body and mind healthy. Yoga will improve your flexibility, overall health and put your mind and body in a more peaceful state. Yoga has always been a source of numerous health benefits, both for the body and the mind. Due to the strong mind-body connection of yoga, there are many emotional benefits to be gained from a consistent yoga practice.
Popular Yoga Styles
There are several different styles of yoga in the world. Two of the most popular forms of yoga are Bikram yoga and Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world and is great for beginners; Bikram yoga is most popular with people who like to do yoga in the heat - which is beneficial for muscle and joint issues provided you don't have high blood pressure or heat sensitivity. Yoga has become very popular here in the West in the last couple of decades.
A Challenging Series Yoga Postures And Breathing Exercises
Yoga postures and breathing techniques will help you learn to release muscle tension and relax the body. Children can learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax, and concentrate.
 Older people are able to get back in shape relatively safely in case 'life got in the way' or begin to learn how to improve physical limitations that tend to occur as you get older. Athletes are able to cross train with yoga to help expand their performance and help with reducing injuries or the help heal themselves from injuries that have occurred.