Health Benefits of Yoga

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Yoga was first practiced thousands of years ago in India, and over time, this practice was taught to people in India and around the world. These early yogis (males) and yoginis (females) observed the world around them and learned about ways to promote health in body, mind, and spirit. They developed techniques to regulate their bodily functions, ate foods that made them healthy, and created techniques to focus their minds and relax their bodies.

A dedicated yoga practice helps us to be healthy. We learn deep breathing techniques to relax us and expel impurities from our bodies. We eat wholesome foods to nourish us. In yoga, we have a physical practice that tones our muscles, strengthens our bones, calms our nervous system, and massages our internal organs. All of these practices keep us healthy.

People living with cancer can benefit from a dedicated yoga practice. We will review research studies that support how yoga techniques help with fatigue and recovery.

Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, MPH, RN, HFS
Blog Info
This blog highlights the current evidence for integrating yoga into cancer care. Strategies for practicing the eight-limbs of yoga are posted and shared. Video links allow for demonstration of yoga practices that benefit everyone.
Author Bio
Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, RN, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT). She serves as a co-investigator on research projects related to yoga in women with osteopenia and individuals at risk for type-2 diabetes. Dr. Bernardo is an ACSM-certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Health Fitness Specialist. She maintains a private practice in mind-body fitness using yoga, Stott-Pilates, and Gyrotonic to serve individuals with special healthcare needs.
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