If you practice yoga on a regular basis, you know the benefits it provides. You know the light, uplifted feeling of exhilaration that…
Do you know why students come to your classes? Do you ever ask? You might think stress or weight loss and you might be right, but the truth is there are many different reasons. Some students want to belong and some want a sanctuary from anxiety, depressed feelings and the pressure of life. Yoga teacher training has equipped instructors with the tools to offer a haven where students can recover and restore emotional health.
Yoga, Pilates, and progressive weight resistance are treatments that show much promise. Each of these methods require a trainer, instructor, or teacher who is experienced and certified. With the supervision of a trained, experienced, and certified yoga teacher, asana (yoga posture) is the perfect exercise for a person with osteoporosis.
At first, breathing this deeply and thoughtfully probably won’t come naturally. You’re sure to spend most of your day breathing shallowly. To start incorporating yogic breathing into your daily life, try setting an alarm on your smartphone. Whenever it goes off, set aside a minute or two to practice pranayama. You can do this anywhere you happen to be. Even if you’re at the gym engaging in intense cardio, you can force yourself to be mindful of the way you’re breathing. If you’re just sitting at a desk or otherwise being sedentary, it’s especially easy – and beneficial – to engage in this type of breathing.
As you continue to breath, feel the rooting of your left foot into the floor. When you are ready, you can lean forward over the end of your Yoga mat and “fly” like an Eagle. This is a great posture for practicing balancing skills. This Yoga posture will also strengthen your quadriceps.
Come to Extended Child’s Pose on your Yoga mat with your knees apart and your arms extended out in front of you. Take a few deep breaths as you enjoy a nice stretch. To come into Threading the Needle pose, with an inhale come to your knees and raise your right hand up toward the ceiling and parallel to the wall.
We need more medical studies to figure out how Yoga lowers blood pressure, but we can use the information we have to stay healthy in the meantime. Medical and scientific research regarding Yogic techniques for high blood pressure is hard to come by, which leaves us with more anecdotal information than we have from medical studies at this time.
These types of kramas or Yoga asana sequences certainly do help to boost students’ metabolisms, burn calories and expedite weight loss. However, it is also important to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of your students through a regular practice of pranayama exercises, in order to facilitate mental well-being and hormonal balance.
Teaching Yoga at a gym may also offer instructors a predictable weekly source of income and supplement a private studio. Gyms typically pay instructors per class, rather than per student, making budgeting easier. Teaching at a gym can also be a good way for a new Yoga instructor to get established in a new city or area. Yoga mats and props are usually provided by the facility, so no start-up costs are involved.
Yoga has proven remarkably beneficial for health. However, the one common question lingers: “Can you improve your eyesight with Yoga?”