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Posted by Sarah Toward on 02 Jan 2016

I'm sure by now everyone has heard of yoga and many have been advised to do yoga. Either by your friend, doctor, midwife, osteopath, physiotherapist, etc. The reason each of these people give their recommendation will differ slightly. Your friend might rave about it because they have toned up and feel amazing. Your doctor because it helps ease anxiety and stress. A midwife knows that breathing is crucial during labour and delivery. Osteopaths and Physiotherapists have a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal system and recognise the benefit of regularly practising yoga as a way of easing pain and reducing injury.

But how?

How does yoga ease pain and reduce injury?

The short answer is, by stretching, strengthening, aligning, stabilising, twisting and improved breathing.

If you're happy with the short answer then go and roll out your yoga mat and get stuck in :-) But if, like me, you always want to know more, then read on...

Bones

Bone is the dynamic living tissue that forms the body's framework. Regular practise of yoga is beneficial for your bones because healthy stresses are applied in unusual directions. This strengthens the bones, as they respond to stress by depositing layers of calcium into the bone matrix. Ergo lack of healthy stress on bones = weak bones.

Bone mass decreases in Osteoporosis. Studies have demonstrated that resistance exercises maintain bone mass, thus helping to reduce the likelihood of developing Osteoporosis.

Spine

"Lengthening the spine" is something you hear a lot during a yoga class.

But why?

Creating space between the bones of the spine, the vertebrae, is vital because nerves connected to the organs and structures of the body branch out from the spinal cord between the vertebrae.

If the curves of the spine become distorted, the spaces between the vertebrae are compressed. This can cause disk problems and other parts of the body may decline as they are stimulated by the nerves.

The individual vertebrae are separated and cushioned by disks of cartilage and water. These disks act as shock absorbers, allowing for weight and stress to pass through each vertebrae.

Rather depressingly, by the age of 30, the blood supply to the...

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