Yoga

Georgie Palmer (Physiotherapist – Burnie)

Most people will have heard of yoga, it is the eastern philosophy that has become increasingly popular in the west. Many people may be apprehensive to try yoga, worrying they aren’t young enough, flexible enough, fit enough, or they have a pre-existing injury or illness.

This blog post today aims to let people know a little about yoga and that yoga can be for everyone!

Yoga (meaning union) at its core is a spiritual practice. It is an ancient tradition passed down in order to allow practitioners to connect the body mind and spirit. It incorporates the breath, mindfulness or meditation, physical poses and provides guidance on how one should live one’s life to achieve enlightenment.

What we often think of as yoga is the physical poses – maybe with some breathing/meditation thrown in for good measure. The focus on physical poses is really quite recent – this was popularized when yoga masters came to the west from India in the 1800’s. Yoga originated over 5000 years ago, and traditionally the poses only really focused on what was a comfortable seat for meditation, not bending yourself into weird and wonderful positions like many people imagine yoga to be!

Yoga has many wonderful health benefits which research is beginning to show us. The benefits include:

  • Increases flexibility of muscle, joint and nervous system
  • Increases muscle strength and tone
  • Improves balance
  • Maintains bone density
  • Hydrates cartilage
  • Improves respiration, energy and vitality
  • Improves circulation and lowered blood pressure
  • Improves lymphatic drainage and increases immunity
  • Improves metabolism

Many of these benefits can be attributed to general exercise, yoga can offer some further benefits due to its focus on breathing and mindfulness/meditation.

  • Increases self-awareness
  • Improves focus
  • Improves stress management
  • Improves coping with pain
  • Encourages self-care

A yoga class run by an allied health professional means that you can attend knowing you are in safe hands. Our knowledge of anatomy and physiology means that we can modify positions or movements to suit individuals with injuries or health concerns.

If you like the idea of attending a beginner’s yoga class at Coastal Physiotherapy, please give the Burnie clinic a call to register your interest.