What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice which originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The Sanskrit word yoga is often translated as “to bind” or “to unite”. It’s a system which was designed to empower health and a greater sense of ‘Self’ connecting the body, mind and spirit. It has been passed down through generations of teachers and was introduced to the West in the late 19th century. It is now a widespread discipline which is practiced all over the world.
Yoga as we know it in the West is a low-impact type of exercise that can be started and practised at any age. It involves breathing exercises, physical yoga poses that take the body into its full range of motion, meditation and relaxation.
How can Yoga help me?
When we practice yoga, we develop mental and physical focus. We develop strength, flexibility and greater body awareness. Combining yoga poses and breathing exercises (pranayama) can help to improve posture and alignment and address asymmetries in the body.
Yoga can help with the reduction of stress and anxiety. The relaxation element and breathing techniques help to switch off the sympathetic nervous system (fight of flight response) and active the parasympathetic (rest and digest system). Yoga helps our ability to manage emotions and to self-regulate in stressful situations.
Benefits of Yoga
* Increase flexibility
* Increase muscle strength
* Improve balance & coordination
* Reduce restress & anxiety
* Improve posture
* Can help with insomnia
* Regulates blood pressure
* And more!
Yoga for Scoliosis
Yoga can be very beneficial for those suffering from scoliosis where surgery is not an option but long-term management and exercise is recommended.
In Yoga for Scoliosis we work on developing breath awareness, lengthening and de-rotating the spine. We work on strengthening the body and core and realigning posture. Due to the nature of scoliosis this means that the two sides of the body are usually addressed in a different way, meaning that arm or leg positions could be different to one side of the other or we hold poses longer on one side than the other.
It can help to release muscles that are tight on one side and strengthen muscles that are weak on the other side. With regular practice muscle memory will help to realign the body and we generally feel taller and more balanced.
Our Physiotherapy Clinic Services
The West Wimbledon Physiotherapy Clinic aims to provide a selection of services to maintain and enhance health and wellbeing. Although primarily a physiotherapy clinic, a range of other treatments are available.