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Live Whole Health #211: Exploring the full spectrum of yoga

Many people think yoga is just the postures and movement (asana) part of the practice, but there are actually several additional components, including meditation (dhyana), breathwork (pranayama).

Yoga is an adaptable practice, with both physical and mental/emotional benefits that can be suited to a wide variety of individuals and abilities. The various components of yoga can be practiced sitting, standing or lying down, and with different props—such as chairs, blocks and cushions to meet the unique needs of the individual practicing.

Yoga is being studied for its effectiveness in addressing various physical and mental health ailments. One study shows that yoga can offer relief to people who are suffering with Parkinson’s Disease. In this study, it was shown that yoga can help people with Parkinson’s improve mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, mood and sleep. Read more here.

Join Katherine Hillgren from the St. Louis VA in this 20-minute, gentle standing yoga sequence where she uses a chair for support. Although this session is taught standing, you could adapt it and follow along in a chair (with locked or no wheels).

Yoga is one of the complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches within the VA Whole Health System of care covered under the Veteran’s medical benefits package. To learn more about CIH services available at your facility, connect with your local Whole Health Facility Contact. You can also check out Whole Health Evidence-Based Research or the Complementary and Integrative Health.

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