The five basic principles of yoga are relaxation, exercise, breathing, diet and positive thinking/meditation. All these principles help to raise awareness of how our body and mind feel, both during and outside the times of practice.
And practice, we should! According to the Yoga Alliance Foundation there is a long list of benefits that hold great potential in offsetting the many conditions that plague Americans.
Current research suggests, through breathing techniques, postures and meditations, a yoga practice has the potential to:
- Reduce stress, tension and pain
- Increase flexibility and muscle strength
- Improve weight management and cardiovascular health
- Decrease periods of depression, anxiety and rumination
- Impart greater inner peace
- Increase self-regulation (the ability to manage one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors)
- Improve learning, concentration, memory and goal attainment
It’s no wonder why a growing number of schools are replacing detention and office referrals with yoga as well as building it into their classroom strategies and curriculums. Yoga provides us with the awareness and the skills to positively attend to the stressors that knock us off balance, so we can maintain adherence to our daily and overall life goals and intentions.
We can implement the practice at any time, in any place, in any condition and just about any age. While there are benefits to engaging with mindful communities, we don’t need expensive, fancy yoga studios to participate in the practice. For newbies, there is no shortage of resources to get us started—from free Apps to Youtube videos to a growing number of free or affordable community classes.
These materials are provided to you by Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s
Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Outreach Program.
For more tips and information, please visit www.blythedale.org/kohls.
Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.
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