Yoga: practice goes beyond physical activity and promotes balance


A physical activity able to work so complementary issues related to stress, anxiety, as well as collaborating in the treatment of depression and insomnia. Yoga has Indian origin and also improves physical fitness and gives strength and general flexibility.
The practice, widespread in gyms and parks scattered throughout the country, is also part of the National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC).
Brazil is a leading provider arrangements in primary care of the public health system. The PNPIC was published in 2006 and now 29 are complementary and integrative practices offered to the population with 1.4 million unique visits and 5 million Brazilians attended, including 35 000 sessions of Yoga.
“Complementary practices have a careful approach that expands the vision of health professionals and treatment options. Meditation, Yoga Tai Chi are not simple physical activity practices. They promote self-care and self-knowledge, and improve breathing movement of joints, “explains Daniel Amado, National coordinator of Integrative Practice and Health Ministry’s Supplemental.
The goal of integrative practices is not to replace conventional treatment. A professional who makes an assessment of a patient with continuous use of medication for hypertension, for example, can prescribe physical activity, dietary changes and work indicate other issues such as family problems. It is a more extended look, “explains Daniel.
More about Yoga
Yoga works various aspects of body, mind and spirit. The first scientific studies were conducted in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda, which is considered the pioneer of yoga therapy.
The activity works practitioner in your physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects for unification of the human being in himself and for himself. It consists of several levels, one being Hatha Yoga Yoga Branch which strengthens the body and the mind through psychophysical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), concentration and relaxation.
Among the main benefits we can mention reducing stress, regulating the nervous and respiratory system, sleep balance, increased psycho-physical vitality, balance hormone production the, strengthening the immune system, increased ability to concentrate and creativity and the promotion of mental re-education with consequent improvement of mood pictures, which reverberates in the quality of life of practitioners.
obesity reduction and other benefits
With over 30 instructors in the Federal District for Integrative Practices Management in Health, Hatha Yoga promotes, according to practitioners, as benefits the improvement of sleep quality, anxiety reduction, improved posture, flexibility and sense of well-being . Information provided by Cristina Serafim, District technician responsible Hatha Yoga of the Federal District Health Department, which stresses that this practice can not be seen just as a physical activity.
“Yoga should not be defined simply as physical activity, since it is a comprehensive system and age-old knowledge and practice is distinguished by the psycho-physical postures, coordinated movements with breathing and an attitude of mindfulness. Integra body, mind and vital energy and its physical and psychological benefits are proven by scientific evidence: preventing osteoporosis, improves the lymphatic system flow, reduced back pain, promotes postural and physical balance, increase muscle mass and tone, improves issues breathing, improves blood circulation, supports weight loss therapies, and is also great for people with joint problems to be low-impact exercise. “


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