Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic discipline widely used to promote health and relaxation. It uses a series of breathing controls, simple meditation, and adaptation of specific body postures. There is a wide variety of yoga styles that have emerged throughout the years. Each style of yoga focuses on specific goals to improve the body, whether they are for relaxation, flexibility, strength, breathing, or any combination.
There is a short list of yoga equipment that is used within any of the above noted styles. The list of yoga equipment includes the yoga mat, yoga blocks/bricks, and yoga straps.
- Yoga mats are used mostly in Hatha Yoga in order to prevent the slipping of hands and feet when in any given yoga position.
- Yoga straps are used to assist in achieving poses that may be slightly out of reach for some, and to assist in reaching the pose comfortably. They are useful for those who are new to yoga and may not have achieved the level of flexibility required to perform a given pose.
- Yoga bricks/blocks are used to help achieve various yoga poses, especially when you may need assistance achieving a higher level of flexibility and/or stability.
Yoga has been known to help with symptoms of some health conditions such as hypertension, mood disorder, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. Yoga helps with hypertension and mood by promoting relaxation, which in turn can assist to reduce high blood pressure. Yoga tends to have a positive effect on mood, and can reduce anxieties that may be associated with hypertension and depression.
Yoga is also thought to relieve, and possibly even prevent diabetes. There are poses that are directed at stimulating the pancreas, and in turn can aid in insulin production. Yoga can also assist to reduce blood sugars, and it can relieve many symptoms of hypoglycemia associated with diabetes. It can be used to assist in preventing diabetes when you are aware of some of the pre-indicators of diabetes.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be quite painful, and yoga can assist to alleviate some of this pain as the poses are focused on stretching, strengthening, and opening the joints in the upper body. Generally, there some modifications are done to the poses when dealing with carpal tunnel such as using a fist instead of flat hand to floor to avoid too much pressure to wrists.
Yoga can assist to help with asthma by using poses to open the chest and promote better flow of air through the lungs. There are various styles of yoga that can be used to treat and also to prevent asthma attacks using controlled breathing through poses.
There is a large collection of yoga videos that are available to assist with improving the symptoms and side effects of these health conditions. The yoga videos walk through a routine of poses that will promote joint health, stress reduction, controlled breathing, and flexibility to assist with the management of these conditions.