On the Ninth Day of Well-Mas, Santa gave to me Nine Peaceful Yogis.

Yoga PosesYoga is aimed to unite the body, mind and spirit, and there’s a reason why it has been practiced and studied for over 5,000 years! It explores the view that the body and mind are one, and given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Therefore yoga is considered therapeutic.  Not only does yoga improve your flexibility and reduce stress, it has many other health benefits too, most of which fall into three categories – physiological, psychological and biochemical effects. Here are lists of some of these benefits that I’ve taken from various websites; you may even find some surprising!

Physiological Benefits

  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Gastrointestinal and endocrine functions normalize
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Energy level increases
  • Sleep improves
  • Balance improves

 

Psychological Benefits

  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Mood improves
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increases
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Depth perception improves

 

Biochemical Benefits

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
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About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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