4 Ways Yoga Relieves Lower Back Pain

Yoga is one of the non drug, nonsurgical therapies that has been shown to benefit back pain. In 2005 a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a yoga program was more effective in treating low back pain than another exercise regimen or educating yourself about proper back care. In October 2007 the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society released guidelines that recommend therapies that include massage, Viniyoga (a gentle, therapeutic yoga style), acupuncture and spinal manipulation for persistent back pain.

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Can yoga really help you lose weight?

With its countless and often-advocated health benefits, including everything from lowering stress levels to lengthening spines, yoga is attracting more students than ever before.

Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga for Weight Loss

And in a day and age when many of us are looking to see smaller numbers on our scales, it comes as no surprise that people are turning to the ancient discipline to help battle the bulge. But can yoga actually help you lose weight?

“There’s always a bit of a hesitation for anyone to broach the subject, because losing weight isn’t exactly what yoga for weight loss is all about. That said, there’s a huge transformative aspect to yoga,” explains Natalya Grod, a Toronto-based yoga and Pilates instructor who has nearly a decade of teaching experience. “With other forms of exercise, weight loss can be a very harsh and judgmental process, whereas yoga provides a more positive and welcoming environment for it.”

The benefits of yoga

The hallmarks of any yoga practice are controlled breathing, meditation and a wide range of body postures performed in a quiet, non-judgmental, non-competitive setting — which is a marked departure from the loud, often-intimidating scene at your local gym. And with the wide range of yoga styles, from the slow and purposeful postures of hatha yoga to the fast-paced flow of ashtanga yoga, there’s something in it for everyone.

Some Food Tips for Glowing Skin

Some Food for Glowing Skin

Food for Glowing Skin

Food for Glowing Skin

Pumpkin Seeds

Another seed with a powerful skin-beautifying effect, pumpkin seeds get their power from both the beauty mineral, zinc, and essential fatty acids including omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9. Like hemp seeds, they help reduce inflammation in the body. Try them sprinkled on salads, in smoothies, or simply by the handful.

Arugula
This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of two of the keys to gorgeous skin: Vitamin A and sulfur. The chlorophyll in arugula is a potent detoxifier, too.

Try a raw arugula salad topped with the rest of the foods on this list for a delicious dish that will get your skin glowing.

Radishes
Raw food advocate David Wolfe claims these are one of the most beautifying of all foods. Radishes contain a number of minerals and compounds that benefit the skin. They are high in sulfur, silicon, and Vitamin C, which work together to create glowing skin by boosting collagen, strengthening skin, and stimulating the circulatory system

Slice radishes into salads, or have as a snack on their own or with a dip.

Avocados

This creamy fruit delivers a healthy dose of vitamins on its own. Even better: when you pair avocado with a carotenoid-rich food, such as tomatoes, carrots, or bell peppers, it can help you absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta carotene.

Tips to avoid back pain

back pain

Here are some of the simple tips to avoid the back pain :

  • Exercise & Life Activities:

Lazy life is the worse life of any human being, if you want to live a healthy life so you need to be active. How will you be active, through your job, work etc. If you do the sitting job like in any office etc. so you should do the exercise every day. Don’t avoid exercise and playing the active games, it strengthen your muscles and keep your spine strong. Most important muscles you should care about are your abdominal muscles, abdominal muscles directly impacts upon your back and causes the pain. You should include stretching in your exercise, which helps you avoiding stiffness, stiffness is one of the big cause of back pain.

  • Tips to apply while lifting anything:

If you work anything related to lifting the things and moving the objects from one place to another, or you do it occasionally in your home or any place so be careful while lifting any object.
Before lifting anything from floor, bend the knees and lift the object closely to your body. Avoid unsafe lifting techniques to avoid the back pain and it’s better to follow the lifting techniques.

  • Drink Water:

Water is life and live a healthy life you need water, so drink the clean and pure water as much as you can. You must have listen about the water therapy, to get rid of many disease. A normal human being should drink approximately 6 to 8 ounce glasses per day. Initially you can face some problems while drinking water but start it with 2 or 3 then increase day by day and after sometime your body will start accepting the water and you will see the very positive change in your life and mood as well.

  • Maintain your weight:

A  healthy human being with well-maintained body weight is perfectly saved from all diseases. So you should maintain your body weight and don’t gain the extra weight, be careful about your extra weight. Best time to maintain the weight is avoid junk foods.

Extra weight on your body will cause problems in your movements and performing a daily routine works as well as it will impact on your knees and back.

  • Best sleeping positions:

Best sleeping positions and places prevents you from strain and back or neck pain. So choosing the sleeping place and style is really very important in the life of human being.

Always sleep in back position. It prevents you from back pain and neck pain as well as reduces the wrinkles. 2nd best is side position. The worst position is downside so avoid sleeping in downside position.

  • Long sittings:

Avoid long sitting, try to get up from your chair as much as you can, because long sittings impacts upon your spine and compresses the back disks. May be you are sitting due to your work but try to get up from your chair as much as you can and apply the right sitting ways which sitting on computer or your office desk. This attitude can cause the posture problems.

Weight Loss Workout secrets

Here are 5 weight loss secrets to can be useful to you to lose weight.

weight loss secrets

1.Weigh yourself regularly as a way to stay motivated when losing weight. This varies from person to person.

First of all, strength training can be done by almost anyone. Even people with enormous amounts of weight to lose who would have trouble doing things like running or even walking very far can do some form of strength training.

2.Drinking eight glasses of water per day will help you drop pounds. Drinking plenty of water keeps you from quenching your thirst with unhealthy, sugary sodas.

Anyone starting an exercise to lose weight can benefit from using these types of tools. Even the most out of shape person can sit in a chair and do arm exercises with these bands. Standing on the end of the band and pulling it up simulates a bicep curl. Simply holding it with both hands and pulling arms outward tones your arms and your chest.

3. Have amazing weekends, always do something physical on weekends, go hiking, bike riding or walks or just keep busy aground the house, don’t do the same thing over and over or else you will get bored and lose interest. Check your weight at most once a week or at least once every two weeks. Don’t check your weight regularly as this will not be exciting for the first few weeks because weight loss takes time.

4. You can help reach your weight loss goals by consuming more low calorie fruits. Certain fruits, such as grapes, can be high in calories.

An excellent way to start exercising, especially if you haven’t been exercising for a long time, is to simply take a walk. Start out slowly and don’t push yourself too hard at first, because you don’t want to injure yourself or burn out too quickly. There’s no need to start out on your very first day with a power walk that makes you gasp for air.

Do something that you enjoy like walking or swimming at a pace that doesn’t push you too hard in the beginning. The best form of exercise for weight loss is one that you’ll do consistently, so it’s important to choose something you enjoy.
5. You need a plan. Not Just any plan. A good weight loss plan. Start slowly by cutting down things you can do without. Don’t get discouraged when you see no results instantly, losing weight can take time and effort. Many people do this mistake by quitting their program after a few days because they think losing a lot of weight can happen overnight.

Feeling Stressed? Yoga is the Way to getout of Stress

Studies have shown that chronic stress can decrease immunity and result in greater vulnerability to disease. However, recently evidence has suggested that a regular practice of Hatha Yoga for Stress may help to decrease levels of inflammation in the body and increase overall health, fitness, and well being.

Yoga for Stress

Yoga for Stress

This study will examine the effects of a regular Hatha yoga practice on chronic stress levels and the immune system in women. More specifically, it will look measures of psychological stress (using surveys), as well as looking at the various biochemical markers of oxidative stress, and how they are affected by a Hatha yoga practice.

The purpose of this study is:

To evaluate the effectiveness of a Hatha yoga practice in reducing chronic stress

To examine the mechanisms through which a Hatha yoga practice affects practitioners

To identify changes in biochemical markers of oxidative stress during a Hatha yoga practice

If you have been experiencing high levels of stress for at least one month, then you may be eligible to participate. Click here to find out if you are a candidate!

Participants are randomly selected (like by flipping a coin) to have the option of giving a blood sample. Those selected will receive a complementary Blood Test that provides information relating to their blood cells. This is not a complete blood check, but abnormally high or low blood cell counts may indicate anaemia, infection or a blood disease.

The Ways Yoga Affects Your Health

Regular stretching and use of breathing techniques can go a long way. Yoga is famous for improving flexibility and encouraging relaxation, but more and more research shows that the practice offers benefits that go beyond calming you down. For example, a study in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicinefound that 75-minute yoga sessions, performed three times a week for 10 weeks, eased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a group of women between 45 and 75. The yoga classes also improved their disability related to RA, improved their balance, and decreased symptoms of depression in the women. Read on for other ways you can use yoga to improve your health.

The Ways Yoga Affects Your Health

The Ways Yoga Affects Your Health

1. It helps you fight food cravings.

Keeping off unwanted weight can be a little easier with a regular yoga routine. In a study of 15,500 average-weight adults, people gained three fewer pounds annually over the course of four years if they followed a routine of 30 minutes of yoga per week. The weight loss may be a result of creating a closer relationship between mind and body during yoga, allowing participants to fight overeating. Move into a simple yoga pose when food cravings threaten to overwhelm your better judgment; for the best, most relaxing positions that curb cravings, check out the videos and photos at iYogaLife. Cravings generally strike when our bodies are tense. Loosening muscles with yoga movements makes it easier to reflect on whether or not you really need that candy bar.

2. It helps you have a healthy pregnancy.

Honing in on your happy and calm place with yoga meditation may insure your little one arrives just as relaxed.  A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that doing yoga while pregnant increased the odds of a healthy delivery. The 335 women studied added a yoga routine during their second trimester; the result was higher birth weights and lower pregnancy-induced hypertension compared to non-yoga-practicing participants.

3. It boosts your performance in the bedroom.

Spice up your love life with yoga moves that focus on body alignment increase blood flow and sexual desire. Many yoga poses send blood flow directly to the pelvic region, heightening sensitivity and desire. Poses that focus on balance and abdominal contraction will strengthen your core as well as your orgasm because of the focus on pelvic muscles. Overall body awareness, vital to yoga workouts, also boosts confidence—making you more assertive.