Benefits of practicing yoga

Miss Mevi recommends practicing yoga Hello everyone! Have I told you that I really love yoga? I just finished doing today’s routine, you get to meet new people when you practice on a new gym. Many people still don’t think of yoga as an exercise, but is a very complete workout that help us a lot. Let me tell you some of the benefits of practicing yoga, you will be amazed for some of them, take a very good look at numbers 3 and 4 ;O)

1) Emotional Health Boost
All exercise has been shown to help people with depression feel better, and yoga is no exception. In fact, a study from Duke University Medical Center suggested that yoga could benefit those living with depression, schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions, and sleep problems.

2) Back Pain Treatment
Multiple studies have found yoga to be a more effective treatment for chronic back pain than usual care. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people living with chronic lower back pain reported better back function, though similar levels of pain, after a few months of practicing yoga.

In another study of 80 individuals with chronic lower back pain, the group that participated in just one week of yoga showed less disability and greater flexibility than patients who completed other physical exercises. Even if you don’t have chronic pain, yoga’s stretching exercises can improve your spinal flexibility.

3) Fertility Aid
In recent years, couples have increasingly turned to yoga as a means of decreasing stress and increasing their chances of conceiving a child. And though there are few studies that indicate that yoga benefits include enhancing fertility, it has been shown to reduce stress and could indeed play a role.

4) Hangover Relief
After a night of drinking, yoga may be the last thing on your mind, but Shaw says it’s exactly what you should do.

5) Heart Disease Helper
In a study of 19 patients with heart failure, adding eight weeks of yoga to the treatment of nine of the patients increased their capacity for exercise, improved their heart health, and enhanced their overall quality of life. “Yoga plays a huge role in reducing your risk of heart disease,” Shaw says. “The cardiovascular benefits of yoga also help reduce arterial plaque.”

6) Asthma Ease
In a study of 57 adults with mild to moderate asthma, adding an eight-week yoga session to their conventional care dramatically improved asthma symptoms. “Breathing practice, known as pranayama, is an essential part of yoga, and such exercises have been shown to help ease the symptoms of asthma,” McGrath says.

7) Arthritis Fighter
When it comes to the benefits of different types of yoga, a study indicated that iyengar yoga, known for its use of props like belts, blocks, and other positioning aids, might help people with rheumatoid arthritis. This pilot study of eight people with rheumatoid arthritis showed that a six-week yoga program improved pain, pain disability, mental health, depression, vitality, and self-efficacy. Other types of yoga might help arthritis symptoms, too. “Arthritis loves gentle movement and heat, so styles like bikram or gentle yoga can be very beneficial for arthritis,” McGrath says.

8) Insomnia Buster
According to a review article that looked at several complementary and alternative medicine strategies for treating insomnia, yoga was one of the most effective approaches for getting a good night’s sleep.
“When experiencing insomnia, practice relaxing asanas or postures, such as forward fold (uttanasana) or lying on your back with your feet up the wall,” says Tamal Dodge, director of the Tamal Yoga School. “This will help with circulation as well as calming your body and, most importantly, your mind.”

9) Multiple Sclerosis Help
The loss of muscle function, coordination, and other issues that come with multiple sclerosis can be frustrating, but some research indicates that yoga might help with MS by improving both physical function and mood. A study of people with multiple sclerosis found that six months of weekly yoga classes improved fatigue to the same degree as six months of weekly traditional exercise classes.

10) Memory Boost
The benefits of yoga may even extend to your brain. “I like to refer to yoga as ‘taking out the trash’ physically and mentally,” Shaw says. “By reducing mental stress and physical tension, we are able to recall easier and have more organized thoughts. Improved cognitive function happens when we are able to clear our minds and refresh. From a place of peace and calm, we are able to use our mental facilities more efficiently.”

11) PTSD Benefit
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga could be a beneficial adjunctive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This pilot study evaluated the effects of 12-session Kripalu-based yoga versus no yoga intervention in 38 women with symptoms of PTSD. The women randomized to the yoga group experienced greater reduction in PTSD symptoms than women in the control group. The results of this study hold promise for people with PTSD who have found little success with traditional psychotherapy.

For 5,000 years, hardcore yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s mental and physical powers. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits — adding just a few poses to your daily routine can help your health in all kinds of unexpected ways.

If you are still wondering if yoga works for you or not, try practicing for one day, some of these benefits can be felt immediately.

Until the next time!

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Original source: everydayhealth.com

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Benefits of running in the night

Miss Mevi invites you to run afterdarkHello everyone! As you all might already know, I love a lot my family and spending time with them, then I love eating healthy and specially avocado dishes, and after that I love my work. But of course, I love working out, I practice yoga and running. Running is a simple and flexible form of exercise that requires little in the way of special equipment or facilities. In comparison to running, jogging is gentler on your knees, hips and ankles. You can lose weight practicing any of them.

Running late at night has certain distinct benefits from running in the evening. In terms of scheduling, running late at night allows you unrestricted time between the end of a typical work day and your bedtime.

Jogging for weight loss works best when worked into your daily routine at a consistent time, and you may have more availability to jog at night than in the mornings before the day’s commitments.

In hot climates, night-time temperatures are more favorable for jogging, and you will avoid the risks of sunburn or heatstroke associated with running during daylight.

While running in the night you won’t be thinking about the daily activities waiting for you at work, so you might feel much more relaxed.

Besides, you will burn out all the energy gathered from all your daily meals. Burning out all that energy will help you to sleep better and deeply, so say good bye to insomnia!

Runners training at night should also adhere to other common sense guidelines:

  • Run against traffic. It’s easier to avoid traffic if you can see it and they can see you.
  • Wear light colors at night. White running attire is the easiest to see at night, but orange and yellow are also appropriate. Black, brown, dark blue or green are not recommended.
  • Run behind vehicles at intersections. Even if a car or truck has stopped at a stop sign, there’s no guarantee the driver has seen you.
  • Don’t wear headphones. Wearing headphones diminishes a runner’s ability to hear a car horn, a voice or a potential attacker.
  • Wear a billed cap and clear glasses. The bill of a cap will hit an unseen tree branch or another obstacle before the obstacle hits your head. Clear glasses will protect your eyes from bugs and other unseen obstacles.
  • Vary your routes. A potential attacker can watch for runners’ patterns and loom in a particularly dark or isolated area.
  • Run with a partner. There’s strength in numbers. If you don’t know runners who enjoy working out at night, you have one more excuse to meet new friends!
  • Try to make eye contact and acknowledge a driver. The interaction, however brief, could save your life.

Please be safe while practicing any exercise. I hope you enjoy running afterdark, if you do tell me how do you like it!

Until the next time!

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Original Source: LiveStrong.com

5 reasons to eat avocados when you practice sports.

Miss Mevi shares the reasons to eat avocadoHello everyone!

I want to share with you the most important reasons to eat avocados when you practice sports.

A whole, medium-size avocado (about fiveounces) has 226 caloriesand contains about three grams of protein and nine grams of fiber.

Avocados have more potassium than bananas. Potassium is a nutrient that helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells and serves various important functions.

Fiber is another nutrient found in relatively large amounts in avocado. Fiber is indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases.

Eating avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Studies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil with veggies can dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants you take in.

Need more reasons to eat avocado? ; O)

Until the next time!

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Benefits of Yoga for kids

Miss Mevi shows you why Yoga is great for kids.Hello everybody!

How are you all today? I’m having a great day because I just finished doing yoga today. Are you aware of the benefits of Yoga for kids? It’s so good that lots of schools are encouraging the practice of yoga among kids. Why is that?

Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.

The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process:

  • Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
  • Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
  • Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
  • Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
  • Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
  • Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day
  • Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters)
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory
  • Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves listening skills
  • Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed
  • Enhances organizational and communication skills
  • Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
  • Enhances motor skills and balance
  • Improves mind/body awareness and connection
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages respect for oneself and others
  • Creates a calm, harmonious classroom

The following are just some of the recognized benefits of yoga for children (and adults):

Body:

  • Assists neuromuscular-development
  • Promotes development of the vestibular system
  • Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Develops strong and flexible body, core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment

Mind:

  • Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions and promotes thinking and memory

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Enhances team skills and social interaction
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:

  • Improves mind/body connection
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being

I hope this helps you decide having your kids practicing yoga.

Until the next time!

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Original source: yoga4classrooms.com