There is a large divide among the medical community when it comes to activities such as yoga. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we like to think that anything that gets you moving is good. While certain things like running or jogging have been shown to improve your health, it has also been shown to create great impact upon your joints. Yoga is one of those rare things that makes you move, focuses on balance, and yet does not cause the joint problems that many other activities do. Here are a few things that yoga has been shown to have a possible effect on.
- Mental Health. One of the biggest things that yoga is known for is the mental health benefit. Many people who spend time doing yoga, even just an hour or so a week, report that their mental health improves drastically. This is for a few reasons and while some of them have not been scientifically tested, it has been shown that exercising releases endorphins. Endorphins help to increase those feel good chemicals in your brain which can increase the production of a balanced brain even after you stop exercising. While some people argue that yoga is not exercise, we challenge them to attempt even moderate levels and see just how easy it is. Remember, no one starts from the top so even the simple positions are huge steps in being a healthier you.
- Balance. As we age, it is more and more difficult to keep our balance. This is for a multitude of reasons, but many of them have been shown to be helped or even corrected by practicing yoga. It becomes dangerous for older people to do simple tasks, such as walk up and down stairs, but helping your balance may mean extended independence. Even if there is only a remote chance that yoga can help you keep your current style of living, why wouldn’t you give it a shot?
While we aren’t saying that yoga is a miracle cure, here at DiBella Chiropractic we believe in using every tool in your arsenal. If one of them happens to be yoga, then we say go for it! Come in for a spinal adjustment and talk to us about starting a yoga program if you think it is right for you.