Yoga’s Place in Your Recovery Journey

Holistic Health is a broad perspective on taking care of yourself. When we think of our wellbeing we often think that a healthy lifestyle is about eating well or going for a run. In fact, the key to feeling whole and well is approaching all areas of your wellbeing, as we have discussed in previous posts.

We talked about the physical dimension of wellness in a previous post. Movement is important to our holistic health – the old adage “if you don’t use it you will lose it” is a good mantra to have.

Our body needs to move, not only as a form of conveyance, but internally, movement aids digestion, detoxing, healing, breathing, hormone release and flexibility.

The body loves to move! Ask any athlete how they feel when they are at their best and the answer is always the same whether it be a dancer, swimmer, tennis player – they feel powerful and strong.

Studies in 2013 showed that more than 76 million adults (US) suffered from hypertension, and not treating it can lead to severe health implications (1). Yoga aids in the muscle and organ development to the body.

A small body of research done through Harvard Medical School (2) shows that the combination of yoga and stretching, deep breaths and mindfulness can have benefits for those with cardiovascular disease.

Yoga helps relax your body, which reduces high blood pressure, assist with flexibility, stretches your muscles and helps improve your balance. Yoga is a very comprehensive physical practice, as it encompasses correct breathing, stretching, strengthening, weight-bearing and cardio.

To prevent injury, it is important that the body has a cellular and muscular memory which is achieved by regular and varied exercise. This memory means that when the body is required to perform a movement, whether in exercise or in daily living, it can be executed without injury. Some injuries occur when the body only has a muscle contracting memory, and this is where Yoga comes in it’s own. As stretching and lengthening are an intrinsic part of the practice, yoga is an all-encompassing exercise regime. It’s good for body, mind and soul.

The Banyans Health and Wellness is proud to offer yoga classes as a part of our programs. Our yoga instructors come with over 20 years experience in the industry.

Designed for integrated restoration, and with an expert team of therapists, health practitioners and wellness coaches, The Banyans Health and Wellness Residence is a place where body and soul prosper in an environment of rest, wellness, and inspired living.

Call us now on 1300 BANYAN (1300 226 926) or email welcome@thebanyans.com.au for a confidential discussion about how you or someone you care about can benefit from The Banyans. 

References:

(1) https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/649836/citations/

(2) http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/its-no-stretch-yoga-may-benefit-heart-disease