Yoga is a wonderful exercise that is beneficial for our bones, joints, and muscles as it helps to strengthen the body because it involves many muscle groups from head to toe! There are various levels of yoga from gentle Restorative Yoga to vigorous Vinyasa—there’s a yoga for everyone! All levels have a healthy impact on your bones, joints, and muscles.
Increased flexibility is a result of yoga which helps joints, tendons, and muscles stay limber. More vigorous forms of the exercise means more motion to improve the abdominal muscles or “the core”. Strengthening the abdominal muscles can lead to an improved posture and a reduction of back pain. Vinyasa yoga is excellent for core strength and provides a great workout!
Yoga (particularly Hatha) offers a gentle way of stretching the neck and upper back muscles that are commonly caused by repetitive strain. It helps to improve the range of motion in the shoulder blades, which can alleviate pain and stiffness. It is an alternative to weight-bearing exercise that is so beneficial for women, especially as they are nearing menopause due to the positive effects on bone density.
Another benefit of the various poses are the results that it has on tendons. It helps to increase muscle mass and make them more flexible; therefore helping with stability, which is important for reducing the risk of injury as our bodies age. Often, knees can be a source of pain. Yoga helps to build the muscle around the knees making them stronger, which can aid in preventing injury during sudden movements. Our joints contain synovial fluid, which is a lubricating fluid that allows them to move freely. The movement during a yoga class is excellent for helping the circulation of this fluid.
Each person, no matter their level, can benefit from yoga’s different poses for the entire body! For more information on any of our yoga classes, contact CNY Healing Arts Center at the location nearest you and visit our website www.cnyhealingarts.com for our yoga workshops!
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195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
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38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
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2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2