Apr 12

Cancer survivors benefit from Georgia yoga classes

Our practitioners are often looking into making personal changes, particularly when it comes to modifying a lifestyle to accommodate illness. The regimen can help soothe the aches and pains of some serious conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and even the lingering effects of cancer. As WRBL News 3 recently reported, yoga is becoming an increasingly popular complementary therapy for cancer survivors.

Yoga instructor Judy Barnett teaches classes to survivors in Columbus, Georgia. She told the news source that the benefits of holistic healing are in the head and the body.

"Mentally, we do a lot of breathing exercises, we do meditation practices and all those things are wonderful, a stress relief," Barnett explained. "[When] you find out you have cancer, you're usually very anxious, and most people don't use their breathing to control their anxiety."

The news channel noted that more and more Georgia yoga classes are offering instruction to patients who have overcome carcinomas.

Such interventions certainly have the research to back them up. Study after study has shown that yoga and meditation can help survivors reduce their anxiety, increase their range of motion, improve quality of life and soothe aches and pains.

Mar 12

What yoga accessories do I need in Georgia yoga classes?

So you've noticed a Dahn Yoga Georgia community center in your area, and you're interested in taking a class or two. What will you need to bring? Here's a list of yoga accessories you might find helpful in Georgia yoga classes, as well as a few you can skip.

- Wear loose-fitting clothes. Believe it or not, all those tight, clingy yoga outfits you see on TV aren't necessary. If anything, they get in the way of a good yoga experience. Instead of buying uncomfortable, synthetic or expensive tops and tights, try using a simple, billowy long-sleeved shirt and pants. Those woven from natural fibers are best!

- Try yoga socks. It's customary to take off your shoes at the door of your yoga studio. Since the floors may be slippery or polished, wear socks that have grippy pads affixed to their soles.

- Ditch the mat. A yoga mat is an unnecessary and costly addition to any yoga routine. As long as you're comfortable in your bare feet or in yoga socks, then mats can fall by the wayside.

Jan 12

Georgia yoga classes include more baby boomers than ever before

As we age, healthy living becomes more and more important. Besides eating a good diet and maintaining an active mind, elderly Americans need to get regular exercise in order to keep their bodies in working order – something many senior citizens in Newnan, Georgia, are doing with yoga.

According to the town's Times-Dispatch, local yoga studio owner Yvette Monet teaches yoga and tai chi to seniors, many of whom say that the regimen has kept their bodies healthy and their minds strong.

The newspaper emphasized that Georgia yoga classes aim at mind-body balance, which is an equilibrium between physical motion and mental clarity. Monet noted that the psychological side of yoga and tai chi is not to be underestimated.

"Emotionally, yoga calms you and helps you through a lot of wrong choices in life," she told the news source, adding that the holistic system also soothes nerves and prevents anxiety.

These effects may be especially helpful for aging adults. Of the nearly 16 million Americans who practice yoga, 18 percent are over the age of 55, according to a poll conducted by the Yoga Journal.

Dec 11

Georgia yoga classes pop up in universities across the state

It might seem like finding Georgia yoga studios isn't all that easy, but these days it is simpler than ever to locate holistic healing classes here. In fact, Georgia yoga classes have begun showing up in institutes of higher learning throughout the Peach State.

For instance, Georgia State University offers a number of yoga clinics for its students. These instructional non-credit classes teach registered students the basics of yoga, meditation and the so-called "soft martial art," tai chi.

Emory University has also started holding half a dozen yoga classes. The institution's athletics website states that these offerings focus on poise, flexibility, balance and inner equilibrium.

"With emphasis on breathing and core stability, this athletic class will focus on flow, movement, balance and intention," the site explains. "Open your heart and free your spirit as you burn calories; improve your balance, flexibility and endurance; de-stress for the week; and have fun."

However, you don't have to be a college student in order to take a great yoga class. Holistic healing groups can be found in nearly every major city and town in Georgia, often for a discounted rate.

Oct 11

Study focuses on benefits of Georgia yoga classes

Every day, thousands of eager practitioners flock to Georgia yoga studios, where they engage in stretching, deep breathing and mindfulness meditation. But what's the big deal, anyway? Why are Georgia yoga classes so popular?

A scientific investigation published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy offers one potential answer. Simply put, the study found that enthusiasts tended to report better health outcomes following several months of yoga classes.

The authors, who hailed from the Athens Regional Medical Center and the University of Georgia, based their findings on a group of 54 practitioners, all of whom attended Georgia yoga classes as a holistic healing therapy for various physical ailments.

Most individuals reported experiencing greater gains in mindfulness and well-being than they had prior to adopting a yoga-based regimen.

"Attending therapeutic group yoga classes can improve health perceptions and mindfulness," the research team concluded after describing the class exercises in detail.

It's little wonder that millions of Americans go gaga for yoga. After all, the Eastern system has been helping people heal for millennia, which may explain its worldwide renown.

Currently, nearly 16 million people in the U.S. count themselves as yoga enthusiasts, according to the Yoga Journal.