Archive for May, 2014

The Effects Yoga Can Have on Your Body

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Recently, a long-time patient of ours and a good friend, Mr. Don Carter became a certified Yoga Instructor.  For years now, Mr. Carter has been telling me about all the wonderful things Yoga has done for his body’s fitness of the years.  He had gotten such wonderful results from doing Yoga that he took the time to become an instructor.  Don holds classes at both 4025 Yoga and within the workout programs at Cool Springs Church.

Yoga helps to influence the body through chain reactions.  The first step is helping to reduce stress.  Yoga can reduce anxiety by calming the sympathetic nervous system.  People who practice yoga regularly are better at regulating stress and having increased focus.  This in turn helps to reduce the cravings for junk food which is more calorie-dense.

Yoga has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that makes your midsection a magnet for belly fat.  The activity of yoga has been shown to decrease symptoms of depression and research shows that happier people tend to be more active in all walks of their life.  Studies have also shown that people who practice yoga regularly improve their overall sleep quality.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain and decreased levels of the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin, which makes it harder to resist high-calorie foods.  This is yet another way Yoga can help you control your diet!

People who do Yoga tend to be more mindful of their body.  They slow down and pay attention to how their body reacts to different things occurring in their lives.  They pay attention to the smaller details of their hygiene, and in the case of our office, this might mean more detail and time with their oral health care by taking the time to brush and floss correctly.

So if you have ever had an interest in Yoga, this may be a good time to try a class.  You can find Mr. Don Carter at or try any of the other facilities for better health and well-being.

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