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- Yogic breathing does not increase level of oxygen in your body. Your body's consumption of oxygen does go up and down, but in relation to muscle activity, metabolism and heart rate - not breathing styles.
- Yoga is extremely effective at reducing stress (and all the nasty side-effects), depression, and lowering the risk of a broad range of cardio-vascular and other diseases.
- Yoga can minimize the negative impacts of aging. The physical benefits include increasing strength, less deterioration of the disks that lie between the spinal vertebrae, and increased flexibility and balance. Most amazing are the psychological and cellular level benefits - including increased levels of telomerase.
- Practicing yoga in absence of any other type of exercise is not sufficient to achieve cardiovascular fitness (i.e., a typical yoga session does not meet the minimal aerobic recommendations of the world's health bodies).
- Because yoga causes your bodies metabolism to slow, it actually "creates a propensity for weight gain and fat deposition".
- Yoga injuries are pervasive, serious and sometimes even deadly.
- Because it lowers stress and causes increases in testosterone production, yoga can greatly increase sexuality and arousal (as opposed to vegetarianism and running, which reduce testosterone).
- Kundalini is some crazy stuff.
- My favorite pose, shavasana, is also one of the most beneficial.
Both reading Broad's book and articles, and talking to Michaelle Edwards, founder of YogAlign, have made me even more committed to listening to my body, not the teacher or my ego while practicing yoga. Bottom line, if a pose doesn't feel good for your body, you should always feel fully empowered to back off, adjust or just rest. A good instructor should recognize what is appropriate for you as a student and should never, EVER chastise or force you into anything that pushes you beyond what your body or mind are ready for. A gentle nudge to teeter on the edge is okay - as long as you know how far the fall will be.
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