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3 Reasons to Combine Yoga and Physical Therapy

Of course, yoga has so much more to offer than improving posture or flexibility. When combined with physical therapy, yoga will help build strength, relieve pain, and recover from and injury or surgery.

Yoga is an ancient practice with roots spanning back thousands of years. Originating in India, its purpose is to establish a more positive outlook plus a sense of serenity and peace. The word “yoga” means “union” and “union with the divine.” However, many people overlook the spirituality of yoga. Therefore, many think of it as athletic people performing impossible feats of flexibility and adjusting their bodies into ridiculous positions.

No matter your age, size or shape, you can find a yoga practice that’s perfect for you. In addition, you can adjust a yoga regimen to accommodate your individual needs. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why you should be doing yoga.

1. Yoga is Great Exercise

First and foremost, yoga is a fantastic way to exercise. It’s a workout system that you can adjust in order to meet your personal level of intensity and consistency. Therefore, no matter which exercises you choose, the practices will always be part of a great workout routine.

A key to stabilizing your body through physical therapy is building muscle for body stability. And, yoga is a great way to build muscle through holding positions to keep you upright. Furthermore, yoga eliminates the need for struggling with weights and exercise objects by using your own body weight. This makes it more accessible to patients still recovering.

Of course, there are some amazing yoga movements that are perfect for every kind of day and person, regardless of athleticism. Basically, this means there’s no reason for you to not try it today!

2. Yoga Gets You In Touch With Your Body

Similar to physical therapy, yoga revolves around the idea of adjusting your body to improve strength and flexibility. Therefore, incorporating yoga into your at-home PT routine will increase the symbiosis between you and your body. Improving this connection between mind and body will help you be much more aware when something is potentially wrong and prevent new injuries.

Of course, this does have some negatives. It can be discouraging when some exercises don’t work for your body the way they used to. However, it has a lot more benefits, and it improves your physical state in way that’s more noticeable.

3. Improves Breathing Technique

One of the most important attributes of yoga involves breathing, or pranayama. Breathing is indispensable to every yoga position. Yoga exercises encourage a much more focused way of breathing. Many passionate yoga enthusiasts bring these breathing techniques into their everyday lives and use them for mental health and effective stress management.

In addition, common yoga breathing techniques can help with certain breathing disorders, like asthma. Pranayama can help those struggling to breathe normally to consciously use their lungs and explore the benefits of focused breathing.

Conclusion: Integrate Yoga with your Physical Therapy!

Of course, we’ll never discourage any beneficial exercise like yoga. In fact, yoga can have countless additional benefits on those who practice it. However, these three central advantages are the most universal and generally have the most positive effects on everyday lives.