May 11

When it comes to yoga clothing, simple is often best

Even though yoga, meditation, tai chi and qigong may technically be done in any kind of attire, certain outfits are better than others at facilitating relaxation, introspection and peace. Dahn Yoga clothing typically consists of simple, long-sleeved apparel made of natural fibers, which many experts say is better than synthetic cloth.

An article on the Mother Nature Network recently noted that more clothing companies are beginning to specialize in yoga togs that are made with organic fibers while still maintaining their tight and apparently fashionable fit.

The news source pointed to several brands in particular, all of which offer clingy outfits that adhere to the common conception of what yoga shirts and pants should be – form-fitting, stretchy and too small to cover the midriff.

While these clothes are quite popular, they do not always afford the relaxation and range of motion that they should. Clothes that are tight and restrictive can break one’s concentration during meditation, not to mention ride into body crevices where they do not belong.

In Dahn Yoga, members are encouraged to wear a loose, comfortable two-piece outfit consisting of a long-sleeved shirt and long cotton pants. This garb maintains a cool body temperature and allows the limbs and trunk an unrestricted range of motion.

Feb 11

Yoga-based wellness system improves employee health

Using the Dahn Yoga health and wellness system may be able to relieve stress, improve bodily health and facilitate weight loss – even at work. A group of experts from the Mayo Clinic recently determined that yoga-based employee wellness programs can lower blood pressure and body mass index in those who volunteer.

In a study published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, a team of physicians and biomedical statisticians monitored the health indicators of more than 50 employees at a company in Rochester, Minnesota.

The participants took part in a yoga-based healing program for one hour every day. Like the Dahn Yoga health system, the program was intended to “cultivate a deeper connection between the mind, body and spirit through the daily practice of yoga, meditation, personal reflection, mindful eating and community support,” the researchers said.

After six weeks, those who had participated in at least 90 percent of the classes had experienced some positive physical changes. The average weight loss was nearly five pounds, and each participant reduced their body fat percentage by almost two points.

No matter where its techniques are performed, Dahn Yoga may contribute to a healthier connection between brain and body.