Mayo Clinic offers ‘Yoga to enhance mood’

ypga poses-webRedwing MN Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota is offering six-week class on “Yoga to Enhance Your Mood.” This six-week yoga class will include “yoga postures, breathing practices and meditation techniques”.

“Research has found that the practice of yoga has a positive effect on changing your mood and promoting a state of relaxed alertness”, according to an announcement from Clinic.

Researchers are learning more about the health benefits of mind-body techniques. Yoga is an ancient Hindu practice combining meditation, breathing and body postures to relax the mind and body together.

There are many types of yoga. The most common form used for health conditions is Hatha Yoga because it has easier movements and a more relaxed pace.

Researchers have noticed positive benefits for cancer survivors. One of the major concerns that cancer survivors may experience long after treatment is over is lack of energy and fatigue. When studied with a group of breast cancer survivors, those who used yoga had a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, improved energy levels and mood.Along with decreasing stress levels, other benefits include an increase in muscle strength and flexibility, and improved balance.

The Prenatal Yoga class is also offered at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program located at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Rochester, MN. Designed for beginners of all ages, class size will be limited to 10. Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures, breathing practices and meditation techniques.

According to US National Institutes of Health, Yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga.

Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that yoga, referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, was a mental and physical discipline for everybody to share and benefit from. It is a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all.

According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical. Zed added.

Mayo Clinic Health System is a family of clinics, hospitals and health care facilities serving over 60 communities in Iowa, Georgia, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is part of Mayo Clinic; a leading caregiver with over 150 years of patient care, research and medical education expertise. It was ranked number one in more specialties than any other hospital in the nation. It served over 1.3 million people last year.

Headquartered in Rochester (Minnesota), Samuel A. Di Piazza Junior is its Trustees Chair, while John H. Noseworthy is CEO.

Neela Pandya

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