Our bodies have natural tendency for self-healing and much of it relates to simple actions and mindsets. The practice of yoga is one of the most accessible and helpful ways your patients can core develop and maintain core strength, flexibility and also reduce stress and inflammation.
In addition to physical strength one of the reasons yoga is such a powerful tool in improving health and wellness for your patients is that it creates awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.
With 100 different schools of thought in yoga a typical beginner or basic session typically includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. There’s no need for your patients to feel intimidated about exercise but it’s one of the reasons for non-compliance and why patients don’t succeed or get on a path to wellness.
Here’s a very basic routine that your patients can accomplish at their own pace to take a few steps towards basic strength, flexibility and relaxation through a simple mind body connection. The connection is a natural result of the presence even basic yoga requires.
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Balancing metabolism
- Reducing weight
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
In addition to physical benefits of yoga, it helps a person manage their stress, which can have deleterious effects in both body and mind. When people are stressed and not managing it properly, it can then manifest itself in countless ways, including neck or back pain, sleep inefficiency, substance abuse, and failure to concentrate, all of which can create a vicious cycle as daily failures to manage those issues create more stress and so on. Yoga can be an excellent tool for patients to learn coping skills and break that cycle.
All ages and activity levels can try yoga and start small, working their way up to more and more strength, flexibility and concentration to breathing and awareness.
If you want an easy way to guide patients through a plan for wellness that includes yoga, or other exercise and even a full plan for how to eat with lifestyle recommendations, consider using a digital health guidance system like BodySite.com to guide your patients between office visits. You can try it free at http://bodysite.com
If you’re already using BodySite, simply copy our 12 Days of Stretching Plan inside of your wellness plans templates. Enjoy!