September is National Yoga Awareness Month

The National Institutes Of Health (NIH) has designated the month of September as National Yoga Awareness Month. According to the NIH, the objective for this observance is to help more people become knowledgeable regarding the ways that yoga can improve physical and mental health, while also reducing the risk of participants to experience several serious health conditions.

This should compel more people to take full advantage of the opportunity to embrace yoga, as this activity can become an excellent resource toward a healthy lifestyle. Yoga originated in India somewhere between 5,000-10,000 years ago. But it has become increasingly popular in the U.S. due to the degree to which it can improve and sustain your flexibility while also bolstering your strength. It can also increase your mobility regardless of what level of classes that you are involved with.

In addition to these physical improvements that can develop through the practice of yoga, you should also notice a change in your stress level during and after each yoga session, as the movement and meditation combine to reduce anxiety, soothe your mind and generally leave you in a desirable emotional state. This not only is beneficial toward improving your mental outlook, but it can also bolster the quality of your sleep.

This is accomplished in part due to the consistent focus on breathing techniques throughout each yoga session. The results that have just been discussed will also decrease blood pressure, reduce your cholesterol level, and become beneficial for anyone who is contending any form of heart disease. It has also been stated by the American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) that some issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tennis elbow can be improved through participation in yoga.

Involvement in yoga and meditation has also increased in recent years according to several reports that have been released by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Different Forms Of Yoga

Most yoga classes will usually begin with breathing exercises that advance into the poses and the process of meditation. There are also different forms of yoga that you can become involved with, and each will contain variances that emphasize certain aspects of movement, poses, and breathing.

Examples of the various types of yoga include Ashtanga, which is derived from ancient teachings and is designed to focus on a sequence of poses in a specific order.

Hatha classes present a more moderately paced introduction to yoga. These provide great emphasis on stretching, along with the ability to sustain poses while remaining focused on the breathing process.

Restorative yoga delivers a soothing approach by utilizing props to assist in the process of maximizing relaxation. These classes also place a priority on holding poses for a longer period of time.

There are also several types of hot yoga including Bikram, in which poses are held amid temperatures that reach between 95-100 degrees. It will not be surprising to read that participants in these classes will experience a significant amount of sweating.

These are only some examples from among the many options that are available for anyone who is considering participation in yoga. If you are considering becoming involved with this activity for the first time, or if you are interested in expanding your level of participation, there are important steps that you should take to safeguard your health.

How To Reduce The Risk Of Injury

It should be noted that in addition to endorsing the benefits of involvement with yoga, the AAOS has also delivered a reminder that it should be practiced properly at all times. Otherwise, there is a risk of sustaining an injury to your muscles or ligaments.

Among the more prevalent health issues that can occur is muscle strain as the result of repetitive use, along with problems in multiple areas of the body due to overstretching. The AAOS has presented a collection of recommendations concerning how to decrease your chances of experiencing a health issue while participating in yoga.

This begins with having a conversation with your doctor to inform him or her of your interest. Once your physician has endorsed your involvement, It is also important to make sure that any yoga instructor you are working with is qualified. If they have a sufficient level of experience, then you should alert the instructor if you are new to yoga. It is also critical for anyone to inform your instructor of any prior injuries that might necessitate a modification in how you participate during class. This is critical regardless of your level of experience.

It is also helpful to remember that since there are multiple forms of yoga, some variations will place different demands upon your body than others. Anyone who is a novice should make sure to undertake a gradual learning process and avoid overstretching during the early stages of development as a participant.

It is also beneficial to make sure that you warm-up effectively prior to every session. This will provide a safeguard against encountering an injury. Remaining hydrated will also diminish the possibility of a problem, and it is also essential that you stop participation if you are in pain.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help

If you have any questions about yoga or any type of exercise that will reduce your risk of encountering issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care. This includes our assistance in obtaining vaccinations and immunizations.

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Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, whenever they would like to have it. This includes:

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Our Urgent Care

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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