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Gentle Yoga at Limestone
Mondays
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Choir Room

       
  "Gentle yoga is a style of yoga that is far less strenuous than other forms. It is less intense, so it can be very useful for people who are not capable of fulfilling the demands of other practices, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, practitioners who are recovering from injury, those who are in very poor physical condition, or even those who are simply looking for a more relaxed workout. This practice can also be beneficial to those who already are quite fit but who lack the overall flexibility to be able to do some of the more intense yoga poses." 

Our teacher also teaches at the YMCA and is a member of St. James Episcopal Church. You need a yoga mat ($5 at the nearby Five Below store in Midway Plaza, 4615 Kirkwood Highway; same mat is $7 at Kirkwood YMCA). Cost will be $12 per session (Susie Esterly says $18 is the typical cost for a yoga session). Please pay for each individual session when you come.

The first session is FREE for anyone who would like to check out this wonderful program.
 
                       
  The following is from "Unexpected Health-Promoting Benefits of Yoga" (Everyday Health):

Emotional Health Boost
All exercise has been shown to help people with depression feel better, and yoga is no exception. In fact, a study from Duke University Medical Center suggested that yoga could benefit those living with depression, schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions, and sleep problems. "Practicing in a group setting, such as a yoga class, stimulates the production of oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone," McGrath said. "Practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation also results in higher serotonin levels (the happiness hormone), and long-term practitioners have shown more mass in the areas of the brain associated with contentment."

Back Pain Treatment
Multiple studies have found yoga to be a more effective treatment for chronic back pain than usual care. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people living with chronic lower back pain reported better back function, though similar levels of pain, after a few months of practicing yoga. In another study of 80 individuals with chronic lower back pain, the group that participated in just one week of yoga showed less disability and greater flexibility than patients who completed other physical exercises. Even if you don't have chronic pain, yoga's stretching exercises can improve your spinal flexibility.

Heart Disease Helper
In a study of 19 patients with heart failure, adding eight weeks of yoga to the treatment of nine of the patients increased their capacity for exercise, improved their heart health, and enhanced their overall quality of life. "Yoga plays a huge role in reducing your risk of heart disease," Shaw said. "The cardiovascular benefits of yoga also help reduce arterial plaque."

Asthma Ease
In a study of 57 adults with mild to moderate asthma, adding an eight-week yoga session to their conventional care dramatically improved asthma symptoms. "Breathing practice, known as pranayama, is an essential part of yoga, and such exercises have been shown to help ease the symptoms of asthma," McGrath said.

Arthritis Fighter
When it comes to the benefits of different types of yoga, a study indicated that iyengar yoga, known for its use of props like belts, blocks, and other positioning aids, might help people with rheumatoid arthritis. This pilot study of eight people with rheumatoid arthritis showed that a six-week yoga program improved pain, pain disability, mental health, depression, vitality, and self-efficacy. Other types of yoga might help arthritis symptoms, too. "Arthritis loves gentle movement and heat, so styles like bikram or gentle yoga can be very beneficial for arthritis," McGrath said.

Insomnia Buster
According to a review article that looked at several complementary and alternative medicine strategies for treating insomnia, yoga was one of the most effective approaches for getting a good night's sleep. "When experiencing insomnia, practice relaxing asanas or postures, such as forward fold (uttanasana) or lying on your back with your feet up the wall," said Tamal Dodge, director of the Tamal Yoga School. "This will help with circulation as well as calming your body and, most importantly, your mind."

Memory Boost
The benefits of yoga may even extend to your brain. "I like to refer to yoga as 'taking out the trash' physically and mentally," Shaw said. "By reducing mental stress and physical tension, we are able to recall easier and have more organized thoughts. Improved cognitive function happens when we are able to clear our minds and refresh. From a place of peace and calm, we are able to use our mental facilities more efficiently."

PTSD Benefit
A study published online in March 2014 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga could be a beneficial adjunctive treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This pilot study evaluated the effects of 12-session Kripalu-based yoga vs. no yoga intervention in 38 women with symptoms of PTSD. The women randomized to the yoga group experienced greater reduction in PTSD symptoms than women in the control group. The results of this study hold promise for people with PTSD who have found little success with traditional psychotherapy.

See also Yoga For Older Adults: 5 Health Benefits Of The Practice For Post 50s

 
                       
 

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