Feb 12

Pain management techniques can prevent difficulties for massage therapists

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 122,000 massage therapists working in America as of 2008. This number is expected to grow to more than 145,000 by 2018. While these workers provide pain relief to clients, therapists themselves may be vulnerable to injuries from repetitive stress. Thankfully, yoga offers pain management techniques that may help avert these problems in the first place.

Massage Magazine recently wrote a book review of Yoga for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers. In it, author Karina Braun, L.M.T., R.Y.T., describes how performing barefoot massage caused injury to her body. Following her recover, she realized how valuable yoga can be to her fellow therapists.

"As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we have to keep our bodies in top quality condition just like athletes. Even though we are not competing with another person, the work we do requires [the] proper body mechanics and alignment that yoga provides," Braun told the news source.

In her book, she states that yoga can help massage therapists integrate the mind-body connection, increase core strength and facilitate relaxing breathing. This can be important, considering that therapists rarely are able to afford sick days, she said.

However, massage therapists living in Nevada should look into Dahn Yoga pain management. This can help them maintain on-the-job wellness, thus helping both them and their clients. Everybody wins!

Feb 12

Nevada yoga classes can support willpower to sustain life changes

If people feel they're stuck in some sort of rut – a job they hate, poor physical fitness, intellectually unstimulating activities and so on – they may make resolutions to pull themselves out. But resolutions can be hard to keep. Thankfully, Nevada yoga classes can provide a powerful jolt to an individual's willpower.

"We're so burnt out dealing with everyday stress that we don't have the energy to develop willpower for what matters," said fitness author Kelly McGonigal, as quoted by the Taunton Daily Gazette. "The best way to get willpower is to rest, to stop running around all the time and to reset yourself so you can pursue what matters most to you."

Willpower is not rigid self-control, but the ability to do what matters in spite of difficulty, McGonigal said. When people are tested by negative temptations, they may feel tension in their body. However, breathing exercises for anxiety can help people work through this tension, enabling them to pass up such temptations.

Other yoga exercises can strengthen willpower. As McGonigal points out, poses can be challenging, but breathing and working through them can teach an individual to steel his or her resolve.

The supportive community offered through classes may also help. According to the Yoga Journal, 15.8 million American adults were practicing the mind-body regimen as of 2008. You can't find much more support than that!

Feb 12

Dahn yoga exercises can help you find your breath

We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life: school, work, raising a family and so on. In all of these settings, it can easy to lose your cool. But you know how conventional wisdom tells you to stop and take a breath? As simple as it seems, it really does help you feel better, according to the Huffington Post, and Dahn yoga exercises can help.

Health blogger Maggie Lyon discussed several ways that mindful breathing can help. First, fresh oxygen can help the body cleanse itself of toxins. Secondly, directed breathing can relieve muscle tension. Furthermore, slow and steady breathing can help promote clear thinking in times of anger and frustration.

Outside of the experience of negative emotions, mindful breathing can also help someone feel centered amid the chaos of everyday life. It helps that this meditation exercise is discreet, so it can be performed anywhere!

Finally, breathing is essential to the connection between the mind and body.

"Yoga poses can be wonderful precursors to a quiet sitting breathing practice, and are inherently supportive of the body-mind-spirit triad," Lyon wrote in the blog.

Anyone interested in learning breathing exercises for anxiety should check out their local yoga center. It shouldn't be hard to find like-minded people in the community. A study published in the Yoga Journal revealed that in 2008, 15.8 million Americans were practicing the mind-body regimen.

Jan 12

Breathing exercises for stress help Gisele Bundchen ‘turn inward’

The Belfast Telegraph describes supermodel Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriot Tom Brady, as one-half of the American equivalent of Posh and Becks. However, Bundchen herself would like to think that there is more to her life than the glamorous fashion shoots and chic lifestyle. With the help of breathing exercises for stress, she reflects on the life experiences of people who live in different parts of the world.

She told the news source that "yoga for me is a philosophy, it's another tool to help you go inward, because my whole mission in life is just to keep going inward."

When she isn't preparing to grace the cover of yet another magazine, Bundchen is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Program. She also founded Luz, her own charitable organization to channel proceeds from her line of flip flops to a new cause every year. She was recently seen visiting a village in Kenya, where she checked on the progress of bio-gas centers that convert human waste into fuel.

For fans who feel inspired by Bundchen's devotion to meditative practices, Las Vegas yoga classes may be a suitable venue. They would certainly be in good company – a study published in the Yoga Journal reported that 15.8 million American adults were practicing the mind-body regimen in 2008!

Jan 12

Breathing exercises for stress should be from the diaphragm

One of the most important aspects of yoga is breathing. This simple but life-essential act can help increase one's sense of awareness and calm. But how do you make sure you're taking a deep enough breath? People who do breathing exercises for stress need to remember that this act is done slowly, with the shoulders pulled back and from the diaphragm.

The health bloggers from FitSugar offer these tips to help teach people what proper breathing feels like:

1. Lie down with a magazine on your stomach.
2. Exhale the air from your lungs as completely as you can. Inhale slowly and focus on making the magazine rise. Try to count to five seconds, breathing in the entire time.
3. Breathe out slowly at the same rate, counting down to five, making sure the magazine goes down.
4. When you try this technique standing or sitting up, use your hand instead of a magazine.

"Make this type of breathing your normal breathing to help beat stress and also condition your lungs to take in more oxygen, whether you're sitting at your desk or on your daily run," wrote fitness blogger Leta Shy.

If you're interested in practicing Dahn Yoga exercises within a community, visit a center near you. You'd be in good company – a study from the Yoga Journal revealed that as of 2008, nearly 16 million people in the U.S. were practicing the mind-body regimen!

Jan 12

Yoga’s pain management techniques may help college students

College students may be susceptible to a delusion common among all youth: invincibility. Hence all the keggers, the Freshman Fifteen or, for more studious individuals, all-night cram sessions. But even though back pain may not be a big worry in this population, small problems that aren't addressed early may become major issues in the future, one reporter wrote in The Daily Nexus. However, the pain management techniques of yoga can nip this problem in the bud.

One study conducted at the University of York, and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, demonstrated that yoga may be more effective in treating back pain than other exercises, the news source said. Furthermore, subjects who practiced yoga experienced improvements in back function, flexibility and mood.

"[Given] all the hours we spend sitting at home or in class, we can all benefit from weekly yoga on the beach for both our physical and mental health," Kiyan Rajabi wrote in The Daily Nexus.

Any college students interested in Dahn Yoga pain management should feel free to pop their head in on a class. After all, this mind-body regimen isn't just beneficial for back pain, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It may also help improve physical strength and stress management ability.

Jan 12

Two-thirds of Americans can benefit from breathing exercises for weight loss

While improving physical fitness is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions, people may not be aware of just how bad a public health threat weight problems have become. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a little more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. Thankfully, people can learn breathing exercises for weight loss and other techniques from yoga, according to one instructor.

Unlike fad diets, which can be difficult and, without a proper balance of nutrients, dangerous, yoga may prove to be a sustainable weight loss regimen. Past studies have shown that these mind-body exercises can actually burn calories, according to the Huffington Post. One of the larger studies included more than 15,000 adults around the age of 55.

"The researchers found that overweight middle-aged participants who practiced yoga at least once a week lost an average of 5 pounds. In contrast, the participants who didn't practice yoga gained 13 pounds," yoga instructor Elaine Gavalas wrote in the news source.

So if you resolved to lose weight in 2012, you may want to check out Dahn Yoga exercises! Not only would you be burning calories, but you'd also be exercising stress relief. And these days, who doesn't need a little R&R?

Dec 11

Yoga’s pain management techniques may help people with digestive problems

People who have conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, acid reflux or other painful digestive problems may not prioritize physical activity in their lives. After all, why would you want to move around when you hurt so much? Well, according to one practitioner, yoga may offer some useful pain management techniques to these people.

There are different yoga poses that can gently move the abdominal organs, K.C. Dermody wrote in Yahoo! Sports. Additionally, yoga's breathing exercises for stress can be helpful in relieving pain.

"If you can only do one thing, practice belly breathing," Dermody wrote. "The pain relief experienced by practicing yoga is well worth the time and effort. If you don't feel comfortable joining a community class, there are many DVDs available that will enable you to practice from the comfort of home at your leisure."

And if you are interested in joining a community class, it shouldn't be too hard to find one. A report published by U.S. News and World Report stated that as of 2005, there were about 70,000 certified yoga instructors across the U.S. Furthermore, the number of people practicing the mind-body regimen went from 4.3 million in 2001 to 14.3 million in 2010.

Dec 11

Las Vegas yoga classes enhance experience with style

Whatever reason people have to visit Las Vegas, odds are self-denial is not one of them. In a city that offers gambling, Michael Jackson impersonators and endless buffets, it can be hard not to go wild. But for people who never fail to be health-conscious, Las Vegas yoga classes are also available at certain resorts – and some of them include a little more style to enhance the experience.

The Mirage Resort and Casino hosts yoga classes in the middle of a small zoo, flanked by dolphin tanks, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"It's quite relaxing for [the yoga students] because here you are sweating trying to hold some yoga position," said Mirage spa director Stephanie Doud, "and you're watching these graceful dolphins swimming by and you get this very peaceful feeling."

And for those looking for healthier dining alternatives in a sea of indulgence, certain hotels offer vegetarian options as well as gluten-free food.

But what happens in Vegas doesn't have to stay in Vegas. People who want to practice the pain management techniques of yoga outside an animal sanctuary can look for classes within their own communities. As of 2005, there were more than 70,000 certified yoga instructors in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report, so finding a class shouldn't be too hard.

Dec 11

Poker star Daniel Negreanu relaxes with breathing exercises for stress

Gambling is not for the faint of heart. In addition to being a razor-sharp strategist, one has to have nerves of steel and a face that betrays not one thought. Even the coolest cucumber can need recharging every now and then, which may be why poker star Daniel Negreanu has turned to yoga's breathing exercises for stress.

Negreanu was feeling mentally and physically exhausted after a recent trip to Europe, as he wrote in CardPlayer.

"On the last leg of that trip, EPT San Remo, I played good for the first three hours or so, then just collapsed and had no interest/energy to continue," Negreanu wrote. "I was spent, and played terribly, hoping to either get lucky and double up, or catch the next flight home. I can't remember the last time I mailed in a tournament like that, but I just didn't have it."

While resting up, Negreanu has turned his attention to yoga and volunteer work with the Three Square kitchen in Las Vegas.

However, he still manages to enter small field events, such as last weekend's tournament at the Bellagio.

High-rollers aren't the only ones benefiting from Las Vegas yoga classes and similar courses. A survey published by the Yoga Journal found that about 15.8 million American adults practiced the mind-body regimen.