What is Yoga?

Many people think that yoga is just stretching, but there’s more to it than that. While stretching is part of the exercise, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done by positioning your body into various poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly to create body heat through movement or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the body’s alignment. The poses remain the same across the different forms, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

How can practicing yoga help me live a pain-free life?

Yoga encourages proper posture and elongation of the spine, which can be especially important for people with sedentary professions. The different poses are very effective when it comes to stretching shortened muscles. As well, when practiced properly, the poses are very relaxing and encourage the parasympathetic nervous system to predominate. Pain is eased and rehabilitation is sped up once the body has tapped into its innate healing capabilities.

What should I expect at Life Therapies?

At our Ottawa clinic, Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Yoga Teacher Tamara Bond-Vlad often prescribes yoga poses to help treat her clients’ musculoskeletal conditions and aid in strength development. We believe that yoga is about experiencing the truth and inner goodness of who you are. By calming the mind, grounding the energy, moving mindfully, breathing deeply, being in the present moment, and nurturing the body, mind, and soul, one may listen inwardly and find peace.
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