Of course, writers have a creative mind. It is the nature of being a writer. However, when the writer stumbles into the abyss where, occasionally, all creativity seems to have been zapped into nonexistence, practicing yoga can be of tremendous benefit.
If taken beyond just poses and stretches, yoga has a meditative component as you concentrate on the single breath tied to each movement. This meditative aspect creates calmness that opens the mind to possibilities and allows the creative process to flow, especially helpful if a writer is experiencing a block of any kind.
When practicing Hatha Yoga, the breath/body link is a cleansing breath that literally blows away the cobwebs that might be blocking or trapping the creative thought and hampering your writing.
Yoga is especially relevant to creativity because of the spiritual aspects of the practice. When you consider that the practice of yoga originated from that need for the individual to somehow unite with the universe, how can we not proceed to harness that energy for creative thought? Yoga provides that pathway to the creative thought making it particularly helpful to the writer.
The word yoga actually means union. Union of breath, body and spirit. It can be traced to the Vedic Culture which existed around 2800 B. C. Without delving too much into the different practices separately, it is important to know that there are six main paths of yoga and they can be practiced as separate disciplines or they can be practiced accessing various, single aspects of each.
Hatha yoga is the probably the most common practiced in the US. Hatha yoga is the path of physical control. When practiced with the intent of meditation it is purported to be an excellent tool for the mind and the body.
Tapping into the creative spirit, using controlled breathing as a part of the poses, there is a stillness and calmness that overtakes the mind, dampening conscious thought and clearing the way for free flowing thought or even the absence of thought. Writer's need a reprieve from constant thought.
While in this state, anxiety is found to be reduced and emotional tension dissolves. This can certainly be beneficial if the angst is caused by "writer's block." Mood swings are said to become less dramatic, clearing the way for creative thought and improved concentration.
Ultimately, the practice of yoga is what you make of it, but with an open mind it has been demonstrated that yoga coupled with cleansing breaths may clear troubling aspects hindering the creative flow. Writers, artists, photographers, in fact many others, may suffer from self esteem issue that are interfering with creativity. Yoga could free stored emotions and unlock the door to creativity, giving you permission to access the passion for making something new and wonderful exist where it was not before.
Improved posture is a good reason for writers, or any other creative minds that are fairly stationary, to practice yoga. Asana yoga is the mainstay of Hatha yoga and it actually means posture. Think about it: writers sit, hunched over computers or journals, neck bent and back contorted in a C. This is neither healthy nor attractive and certainly not comfortable. Practicing a few yoga poses can actually counteract the affects of sitting too long in one position.
While it is great to have a yoga teacher, if you are unable to find one, you can practice yoga on your own. There are may tutorial on Youtube. However, since yoga is a form of exercise, it is important to check with your doctor before starting a yoga routine. In fact, there are poses that may be contraindicated in cases of some illnesses or conditions, such as high blood pressure or back problems. Consult your medical professional.
A yoga mat will provide you with an even surface that's good for maintaining a flawless balance. This will help you to accomplish even the most demanding yoga position. In choosing the yoga mat to work with, you might want to take in consideration how much you perspire. If you perspire a great deal, it's likely that it's going to trickle right down to the mat forming a few slippery places. Due to this, the mat that you need to be using is the one that can easily soak up fluids well.
The conventional or most common yoga mats are rectangle in shape, about 24 inches by 68 inches. For folks of common height and weight, this configuration will likely work well. You'll have ample horizontal space to carry out seated poses and twists and ample length so that vinyasas and supine postures don't get you dangling from the back end of it.
If you prefer the look of a patterned yoga mat there different designs such as tree of life, lotus, dragonfly, damask, wisdom, or simple peace on earth, prints. To really make it even more personal, some stores offer features such as putting a graphic picked out by you on the designs of the mat. To look for such yoga mats it's possible to use the web. With such mats, you may now perform yoga with your own personalization. In fact, if you're just not quite sure how to get started on looking for or getting more information on the various types of yoga mats and what might work best for you, simply just browse over to an excellent yoga place to begin with such as www.gaiam.com. They've got all the various sorts of yoga mats and all sorts of yoga gear, props, and videos that will enable you to get started or even go further with your yoga routines.
Should you be a traveler or going to a yoga class and you simply prefer to personalize your mat, then the light-weight rubberized mat is best for you. You'll be able to fold and roll it right into a carrier for simple transport. This sort of mat is usually the kinds suitable for those who are constantly on the move. You can go to work with the mat in your carrier and go to yoga class right after your job.
Yoga mats vary in length and breadth, and bigger mats are usually more comfortable. Nevertheless, understand that larger mats are weightier and bulkier, and a lot more difficult to carry to studio. Mat yoga is all about stability, so the best idea is to have one bigger mat for home routines, one light and thin mat for traveling, and a regular mat, and even a tote, for transporting to studio. Newbie students typically prefer the plumper mats. Having a thicker mat is a lot easier at first, but when you become more advanced, too much depth can be a distraction. At the end of the day, thickness is more of a personal preference than just a requirement.
The sticky yoga mat is likewise getting popular lately. The mat provides great traction letting the user to perform even the most complicated yoga postures. This will help stay away from accidents experienced from unintentional sliding when trying out a yoga position. This kind of mat can be found in retailers that particularly target yoga equipment and apparels.
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Does your doctor ever talk to you about nutrition or exercise? No? You're not alone. Polling shows that fewer than one-eighth of visits to physicians include any nutrition counseling and fewer than 25 percent of physicians believe they have sufficient training to talk to patients about diet or physical activity. And the number of hours devoted to teaching future physicians about nutrition in medical school has actually declined recently, from 22.3 in 2004 to 19.6 in 2009. (The National Academy of Sciences says it should be 25 to 30 hours.)
Meanwhile, a good number of physicians are overweight and don't exercise regularly themselves. And nearly 15 percent of Americans face food insecurity; it's difficult to worry about adequate nutrition when your primary concern is making sure your children don't go hungry.
This worrisome glimpse of one of the obstacles to addressing the U.S. obesity epidemic is contained in a comprehensive report scheduled for release Tuesday by a group of organizations that are calling for major changes in medical education and other aspects of the health care system to combat the chronic diseases that stem from our unhealthful lifestyle.
"We need to look at the nutrition of children in that first 1,000 days, from conception to the second birthday," said Ann Veneman, former Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank founded by four former U.S. senators that produced the report.
Along with the American College of Sports Medicine and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the group issued nine recommendations for reform and held a briefing on them Monday.
The most far-reaching include developing a "standard nutrition and physical activity curriculum" for the nation's 170 accredited medical schools and other health professional schools, encouraging more testing on nutrition and physical activity when health professionals take licensing and certification exams, and providing better insurance reimbursement for preventive care such as nutrition and exercise advice. The latter must be done as part of a long-term shift toward more emphasis on prevention and less on cure, the group said.
"As long as the health care marketplace undervalues preventive care, health care professionals will lack financial support to address these issues with their patients and medical schools will have less incentive to train their students accordingly," the report notes.
Donna Shalala, who headed the Department Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton and is the co-chair of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, noted the glacial pace of change in medical school curricula, and higher ed curricula in general. (Shalala is president of the University of Miami.)
"As we're discussing cost containment in health care, this 1/8 shift toward prevention3/8 is a critical piece of cost containment," she said.
The report notes that, at least in piecemeal fashion, some of this is already occurring. The University of Colorado's medical school has added nutrition education to instruction during all four years, and offers nutrition electives for internal medicine and pediatric residents. Faculty and students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville have organized nutrition and fitness activities that include running, cycling and yoga groups.
And the trend toward private employers' taking an active role in employee wellness continues to spread. "Prevention is becoing a core part of their health strategy," said Dan Glickman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and another co-chair of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. "This is not new stuff. Companies are finding that people who are healthy work more and are more productive."
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Back and neck pain are the chief complaints for which patients seek chiropractic help. Through manual spinal manipulation, chiropractic care is a holistic therapy that focuses on maintaining healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems to ensure overall wellness.
The research about chiropractic care is growing. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, recent studies show that spinal manipulative therapy performed by a chiropractor, along with exercise, relieve neck pain more effectively than medication.
Furthermore, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that an integrated approach to health care -- including chiropractic care -- results in a 51.8 percent reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions.
You should consider seeing a chiropractor if you experience frequent pain in your back, neck or joints, as well as headaches. This is especially so if intense soreness follows accidents, household chores or prolonged periods of poor posture.
Back and neck pain
Chiropractors are best known for safely and effectively treating acute back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and an orthopedic doctor might suggest surgery, a chiropractor will treat your back problems by hand, through manipulation of the spine.
Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, sees more and more referrals from medical doctors: "They (patients) are tired of the drugs and want answers to what is causing their problems."
Chiropractors bring the musculoskeletal structure into proper alignment. Chiropractors change the position of your body and apply pressure to particular points along the spine that are not properly aligned. This results in a popping noise similar to the one created when you crack your knuckles. The noise is created by a change in pressure in your joints as gas bubbles are released.
By adjusting the spine with their hands at particular pressure points, chiropractors unblock nerve energy and allow it to flow better down your spin and throughout your entire body. Repeated visits can, over time, realign your spine to optimize overall health.
Chiropractor Brian Elwartowski said the brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out through the nerves to the rest of your body. If certain nerves are squeezed by a twist in the spine, they won't function as well as if they were straight. "Chiropractic [care] allows the nerves to work at their most optimum ability," he said, "allowing the body to heal at its optimum ability."
Many chiropractors seek to care for the whole person, from general wellness to disease prevention. They examine every patient, not only for the reason of their visit but also their level of health. After diagnosis, a chiropractor develops a treatment plan.
Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association, said, "This may include combinations of chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and rehabilitative procedures for many musculoskeletal problems."
Some chiropractors provide nutrition advice, exercise recommendations, ergonomic and lifestyle counseling and so on. The successful management of chronic conditions may require a combination of these major components. This holistic approach can reduce the need for potentially addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.