These symptoms include:
Hatha yoga is a slow, gentle form of exercise which not only strengthens the joints and muscles and improves posture, flexibility and mobility, but also relaxes tight, tender muscles, relieves stress and promotes calm. The word 'hatha' comes from Sanskrit words 'ha', meaning sun and 'tha', meaning moon. It means balance, which sums up the balancing effects and postures and breathing exercises have on the mind in body.
In 2010 researches at Oregon Health and Science University carried out a randomized controlled pilot study, involving 53 woman diagnosed with fibromyalgia to find out the effects yoga had on their symptoms. Twenty five woman took part in the study. The were required to take eight weekly two-hour yoga sessions while the others received standard care. Those who practiced yoga reported greater improvements in functioning, pain, energy, mood, and ability to cope compared to those who didn't.
It is great support to be part of an actual class, but may be undesirable for those who have to work each day. Coming home fatigued makes it impossible to climb into the car for an actual yoga lesson. You can still get these great benefits by purchasing a DVD for personal instruction. Or, place one on reserve at your local library.
Yoga internet sites are also a great place to begin your new adventure:
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