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Yoga is just as good for you as meditation.  Some may consider it medicine.  Many say it has healed their ailments – from bad backs, to MS, to rheumatoid arthritis.  Others consider it the best medicine for stress reduction.

There is proof that yoga has a number of health benefits, from physiological changes to stress relief.  Many turn to yoga as a form of fitness, but could it be a part of your overall healthcare routine?

Many true yoga practitioners swear that yoga has helped heal them faster when they are injured.  One health practitioner, Tiffany Cruikshank, literally prescribes yoga moves to her patients.  When they came in with back pain, she would teach them yoga moves to help with the pain and would find they would get better much faster.  As an internationally-renowned yoga teacher and holistic health practitioner, she treats the whole person – not just the symptom.

She’s not looking to replace modern medicine – but to enhance it and work together with it in a more synergistic way.

But just like any medicine – too much is a bad thing.  Modification and other healthcare practice are important for some illnesses such as massage and chiropractic medicine.  But with daily practice of yoga, she has seen proven results in patients’ injuries and chronic pain.

Yoga as Stress Reducer

Twisting yourself into a pretzel may not seem relaxing and stress relieving, but it really is.  Yoga can calm the mind while also giving your body the attention it needs.

Calming the mind and de-stressing is the perfect way to balance family and work life.  Try out these yoga poses to combat stress:

  • Downward Dog: This is one of the most practiced yoga poses.  The effects help stretch, strengthen and neutralize the spine while rejuvenating the mind with its slight overturn.
  • Seated Forward Fold: Use a small pillow to raise the butt off the ground and dive into a seated forward fold.  Staying in this pose for a solid three minutes can help relieve tightness in the hamstrings, which pull on the lower back and will help relieve tension.
  • Legs up the Wall: This supported inversion releases bad energy and drains the body of toxins.  Changing the path of blood flow creates new energy, reduces headaches, anxiety and insomnia and depression.
  • Child’s Pose: The therapeutic benefits are endless when you sit in a child’s pose.  Calm your brain, relax the hips, and gently stretch into the ankle joints.
  • Easy Seat: Get into a comfortable cross-legged seated position, let your hands rest easy, close your eyes and enjoy a minute of peace.  It’s as easy as that.
  • Corpse Pose: Although normally the pose to end a yoga session, it has many benefits.  It allows your body to melt into the mat and helps to ground the mind, slow the breathing and help release stressful thoughts.

We have lots of yoga mats for your practices from brands such as; SPRI, Gaiam and Natural Fitness.  Wholesale Point has plenty to choose from, ranging in price from $16 to $75.

Keep checking our website for details on new products and brands as we expand our catalog! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily reminders and updates!SPRI-3MM-PVC-Printed SPRI-05-59141 Natural-Fitness-YESM69BMDL6

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There is no doubt that the best way to keep your body and mind in top shape is to be physically active through some type of exercise. There is no reason why everyone, no matter what his or her physical condition, cannot engage in at least some form of exercise.

With so many forms of exercise to choose from today – anyone and everyone can participate - from dancing, to yoga, to Zumba (in and out of a chair or water), to walking, running, biking and more.

What’s most important is the reason WHY to keep physically active. It’s not just about the physical aspects of the body anymore – but it helps the mind too. Here are ways exercise can help keep you in the best shape mentally and physically:

1. Builds aerobic power. Your aerobic capacity is how much oxygen your body can consume during exercise. Usually, people lose about 10 percent of their aerobic power per decade, so by the time they reach age 70 they could have lost 30 percent already. By regularly exercising, you can cut that loss in half.

2. Reduces blood pressure. During exercise, the arteries widen, allowing blood to flow through more freely, dropping the blood pressure. Because your heart is also a muscle, it’s also getting a workout, so as your heart gets stronger, its ability to pump blood through the arteries gets better, which also helps to reduce your blood pressure.

3. Lowers Type 2 diabetes risk. Regular exercise will improve your body’s ability to metabolize glucose, the key to delaying Type 2 Diabetes which is becoming a world-wide crisis among adults around the world.

4. Maintains immune functioning. Simply put, exercising helps keep your immune system alert and healthy to fight out infections and disease which will help keep you healthier and happier.

5. Reduces body fat. A regular exercise program will help reduce your body mass index (BMI), burning body fat and building muscle.

6. Keeps bones strong. At least one hour a week of resistance training (weight-lifting) is the key to build strong healthy bones.

7. Improves breathing. Exercise can improve your breathing by strengthening the muscles that help your lungs open up to bring in oxygen and push out carbon dioxide.

9. Brings better sleep. Exercising during the day helps you sleep better at night!

10. Improves mood/lowers anxiety. Your body releases endorphins during exercise after about 20 minutes of working out. These “feel good” neurotransmitters eventually improve your overall mental health diminishing your feelings of worry and anxiety.

11. Boosts memory and intelligence. Studies have actually proven that exercise helps your neurons stay in shape and boost your memory. Along with memory, your intellectual skills benefit from regular physical activity as well.

We have tons of fitness equipment and supplies at Wholesale Point to get you started on your exercise regimen right away!  From pedometers to yoga/pilates mats, to strength training and more!

Keep checking our website for details on new products and brands as we expand our catalog! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily reminders and updates as well!

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