Have you ever heard of down dog? Or happy baby? Some of you may know these yoga poses. If you are not familiar with these terms, don’t worry, September is National Yoga Month!  Yoga was taken from the Sanskrit, an ancient Indian text.  It is said that the practice of yoga is the Sanskrit in action.

Designated by the Department of Health and Human Resources in 2008, Yoga Month helps encourage individuals to get involved in yoga and lead a healthier lifestyle. Not only is yoga good for your body, it also promotes harmony in the lives of those who participate.  Yoga helps your body and mind and can help lessen the negative effects of some diseases including diabetes, chronic back pain, and depression, among many other benefits.

Yoga can also reduce stress in the workplace.  Getting into a practice of meditation can help you relax, open your mind, and be more productive during your work day.  Using a relaxation method such as meditation or yoga can help separate your work life from your home life.

Did You Know?

  • There are over 100 yoga poses
  •  Yoga can lower blood pressure and heart rate
  •  Yoga is a low impact activity and is safe for most people who practice correctly
  • The practice of yoga includes postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy

5 Calming Yoga Poses

Sometimes it can be difficult to get back into a schedule when fall comes back around. Try these five poses to get your day going.

  • Child’s Pose
  • Warrior
  • Tree Pose
  • Goddess Pose
  • Seated Forward Bend

 

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.