Wake Up with Yoga: Coffee or tea may help start your day, but studies are showing that yoga can help you shake off your grogginess, too. Case in point, a small 2014 study published in the journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome who added 20-minute gentle yoga sessions to conventional therapy experienced a significant drop in fatigue both immediately after their practice and at the end of the two month study. Likewise, a 2011 meta-analysis reports that yoga “increases blood flow and levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which allows for more oxygen to reach the body cells.” In turn, this allows your vital organs to function better.
“When we wake up our spine and set intentions for the day, we wake up our potential, and we make space for ourselves to ask the universe for whatever it is we need,” explains certified yoga instructor Francesca Bove, a teacher at sonima.com, which offers free online yoga classes. “With the breath and the body open and steady, anything can happen.” Namaste.
According to a survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), Americans are consistently experiencing stress at levels higher than they think is good for their health. Although 61% of respondents said they believe managing stress is important, 80% said stress levels have increased in the past year, and 20% say their stress is an 8, 9, or 10 on a 10-point scale. Feeling stressed? Studies have shown that getting 30 minutes of daily moderate exercise, reducing your caffeine intake, and eating a balanced diet can help.
Article from November/December 2015 Living Healthy Everyday Magazine. Download your copy here.