I offer in Pilates, Back Rehabilitation exercise, Posture Correction, Bio Mechanics and Sport Massage in Warwickshire and North Norfolk..
My specialist area is core stability/backcare and postural faults.
I write about subjects relating to the work that I do and opinions I have about the world of health, fitness and well being.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
The Science behind Yoga (and other exercise programmes)
The Science behind Yoga (and other exercise
I recently shared an article about science
and yoga. It was interesting as it focused
on changes within the brain brought about through yoga practice. What I found most interesting was that these changes
are brought about by the focusing of the mind rather than the performance or achievement
of yoga poses. This means that the benefits
can be gained by any mindful exercise programme which encourages you to focus on
breath, link your mind to your body and gain relaxation.
Much of the benefit yoga is proven
to provide is associated with the management of stress. The article claimed that 90% of all the
illness we suffer is stress related. I haven’t
been able to verify that figure but stress certainly has a big impact your health
and your ability to recover.
Do you suffer any of these basic symptoms
resting heart rate.
in your neck and/or tight shoulders.
of fast shallow breathing.
perspiration (e.g. sweaty palms)
stomach upset, nausea and/or diarrhea.
Or any of
these which are more likely to develop over a longer period:
often off sick
• You have high blood pressure
• You suffer chronic neck, shoulder,
or low back pain
• You suffer reflux disease or IBS
• You have low fertility, problems
during pregnancy, or painful menstrual periods.
• Your arthritis, asthma or other
chronic conditions worsen
• You have skin problems such as
acne and psoriasis.
If any of these sound familiar then
the regular practice Yoga, or a programme with the same benefits, could
certainly help you to better health.
The main elements in Yoga that have
been found to improve a person’s stress levels are: breath, movement, mindful attention
Breath is a particularly powerful
tool and can be used to control the stress response of the body. By filling the
lungs, taking fewer breaths, making them deeper and longer you control the
breath and lower blood pressure and stress response. By focusing your mind on each breath, you
regulate your thoughts, give yourself space and empty your brain. In research, focus on breathing has been shown
to change the way in which the brain (prefrontal cortex) behaves. Particularly
in reducing depression and changing behavior to be more positive. Neurotransmitters work more effectively and
the interbrain links are improved giving a variety of benefits to the body.
By combining breath, movement, mindful
attention and relaxation we can change how we feel and in time even change how our
In fact you can get all these benefits
from most of our classes at the Studio.
·In IMF Pilates we spend time training our brains to consciously connect
to different muscle groups and to identify and engage specific muscles we want to
work. This connects the mind to the body
in a practical way. By having to
concentrate on each position the mind is forced to empty other thoughts. In this way you can achieve relaxation and
stress relief through simple movement.
·In Yoga For Healthy Backs we use the power of breath and relaxation
techniques to reduce specific back pain.
·In All Woman IMF Pilates we additionally focus on the relaxation of each
part of the body. This helps you to connect more fully with your body and to
enable complete relaxation. Brilliant
for pregnant clients, particularly useful through labour, and menopausal women
suffering from stress and anxiety.
·In Janey’s Yoga, using classic poses, she has an approach she calls ‘help
yourself to find yourself’. She positions herself as a facilitator to help you
find yourself rather than a teacher of Yoga, The article I mentioned earlier used the line ‘Use
yoga to find out who you really are’, this is clearly aimed at the type of Yoga
The image of yoga, often shown by
the media, and presented by Yogis themselves is of skinny flexible, capable
people adopting difficult and complicated positions. In reality, the benefits can be obtained by
almost anybody. If you are busy,
stressed, unfit, overweight, inflexible, not used to exercise or not sure about
joining a class, whatever your age, we can still help you. None of these are a valid excuse for doing
nothing. Movement is vital if you are to
improve any of the above conditions.