Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Yoga for Beginners

By definition, Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a dysfunction of the body’s stress-coping mechanism resulting in adverse health consequences. Increased levels of stress can be detrimental to the mind. Similarly, these effects are likely to increase in the absence of physical activity. Low to moderate intensity exercise is proven to boost mood and reduce anxiety. Research shows that hitting the gym does wonders not only for your physical well-being, but also your mind.

Yoga is a great low-intensity workout to relieve stress and anxiety. Here are a few beginner poses that you can do daily to wind down as well as improve your well-being:

Upward-Facing Dog: Focus on elongating the spine and breathing while you are in this pose. Hold for as long as you feel comfortable. Attempt to keep your palms flat on the mat and your hips on the ground, if possible.

Downward-Facing Dog: The inverse of the previous pose, this move is a great lower back and hamstring stretch. As with any yoga pose, remember to focus on controlled breathing.

Child’s Pose: With this pose, the goal is to keep your bottom on your heels as you reach your arms out as far as possible. With focused breathing, you should feel a gentle stretch in your hips and your spine.

Corpse Pose: Don’t be put off by the name. This is probably the easiest yoga pose of all. Lie on your back in a supine position with your legs and arms spread. Focus on deep breathing and relaxing in this pose. Let your mind take you to your favorite place to unwind. This pose is best done at the end of a yoga session so you can leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Fortunately, the fitness community is supportive of the military! Many gyms offer great discounts for military members and veterans.

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Posted on June 20 2016 in Blog

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