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Yoga

An important stress management Tool in Today's World

Yoga is mainstream. It’s here to stay. Numerous studies confirm the benefits of yoga. Yoga can be practiced by anyone. It’s an important aspect of patient-centered health care because it is an easily accessible practice, that within minutes alleviates the negative effects of stress.

Patient-centered health care puts the patient at the center of the solution to his or her condition. In this model patients are actively involved in creating their own better health. Yoga, in patient-centered health care, is a tool of personal empowerment. The American Academy of Family Physicians states that patients who are sensibly involved in their health usually have better outcomes, than those who are not. Managing stress through yoga is a form of personal preventative health care. As the world embraces the preventative health- care model as an important, cost saving aspect of future health care, yoga is more and more recognized as an effective tool persons can use, to obtain and maintain good health.

Thousands of individuals today suffer from chronic problems because they do not know how to adequately alleviate the negative effects of stress. Headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue and anxiety are all common disorders created by stress. Yoga offers meaningful solutions and simple techniques that persons can easily fit into their daily lives, to counteract stress. Part of my job involves educating my clients on yogic exercises that will improve their health.

Since 2004, I have been using Forrest yoga to improve not only my life, but the lives of those who practise with me. Forrest yoga is a modern school of hatha practice. It offers today’s yoga practitioners meaningful tools that address their needs and concerns. The areas of the body highly affected by the stress of modern living, for example the neck and the shoulders, are always addressed in a Forrest yoga class. Creator of Forrest yoga, Ana Forrest speaks passionately of “mending the hoop of the people, encouraging and aiding individuals to walk the earth in a beauty way, in a balanced way.” Home care for my clients usually involves some sort of breath work or physical posture, more often than not drawn from Forrest yoga. This tool is very important, as it allows clients to be responsible for their health.

There are yogic practices that can help sufferers of lower back pain. Yogic practices are also helpful in those who experience the effects of stress in the form of headaches, little to no energy, abdominal discomfort or poor sleep.

For centuries acupuncture and other modalities of TCM have been used to create balance. Yoga has been used for centuries to create balance as well. It is truly my passion to be able to combine these ancient eastern modalities, to empower better health.

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