What Is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that originated in India. Yoga incorporates techniques from meditation and relaxation into a series of poses or postures held for regular periods on the body.
Yoga is a strength-building exercise that also promotes healing through body awareness. It can reduce stress, create deeper concentration levels, help with concentration disorders, boost memory retention, reduce pain following injury or surgery by helping with balance. Furthermore, yoga can increase flexibility which has been shown to improve bone density leading to stronger bones and enhancing overall health by reducing BMI (Body Mass Index). This will reduce the risk of falls and serious injuries.
How to Do Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that originated in India. Yoga incorporates techniques from meditation and relaxation into a series of poses or postures that are held for steady periods on the body. Yoga can be performed with your eyes open or closed; however, some people find it more effective when they close their eyes while doing yoga. Many people try to combine their second nature with yoga by taking up more outdoor activities to get more exercise while getting outside for fresh air. In addition, many people choose to practice yoga regularly to maintain their health through exercise, meditation, and healthy eating. Some people have been known to say that they feel their best during rest times, which is why it is highly recommended that you go for a nice long nap now and then.
What Are the Benefits of Doing Yoga?
Some people believe that yoga can also help you lose weight, and it does, but not only does it help with overweight issues, but it has also been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition to this, Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine from India based on the belief that all physical and mental health problems stem from a disturbance of the balance of the five elements–air, fire, water, earth, and ether. The five elements affect a person’s life energy (prana), which is circulated through the body by the Vayu (the air element) and transmitted to various organs through pranas called shakti (the fire element). By balancing these five elements and calming the mind and body, a person can attain total health and well-being.
Yoga Positions for Wheelchair Users
There are many great benefits of yoga. Many people choose to practice yoga on a regular basis to maintain their health through exercise, meditation, and healthy eating. Some people have been known to say that they feel their best during rest times, which is why it is highly recommended that you go for a nice long nap now and then. Another suggestion to get better sleep at night is to make sure your room is completely dark when you go to bed. Many studies have shown that the light from outside can be disruptive to your body’s natural circadian rhythm. It is also suggested that you keep your room cool while trying to fall asleep by turning down the heat. One last thing to consider is the food you are eating before bedtime, and if it contains too much sugar or sodium, it can lead to nightmares which will wake you up in the middle of the night, not allowing yourself to get a full nights rest. After all, getting good sleep is essential for being able to have a healthy lifestyle.
These poses and positions work very well with wheelchair users. As a lot of task from the physical aspect of wheelchair is needed, yoga can help you to achieve a healthy physical activity
1. WARRIOR POSE:
The warrior pose is a great starting pose for wheelchair users. It is a perfect balance of strength and flexibility and is super easy to do. One of the most important things to remember while doing warrior pose is to keep our head straight and eyes on the front of our chest. Our arms should be up straight as well as always facing forward, like an arrow towards the front of your body. We can also choose to bend our legs as well as bring them closer to us, bringing those close thighs up above us, which will help open our chest and shoulders even more. This way, we can connect with all parts of our body instead of just focusing on one specific area.
2. STRAIGHT LEG STANDS:
Straight leg stands is a physically demanding pose that can help increase our range of motion and flexibility. Most people will have a hard time with this pose because of the weight from our legs, so we need to make sure our backs are straight, and we have tight core muscles to help out. It helps if you have someone hold your legs up while doing this because it can be difficult for someone in a wheelchair or even for someone who can stand on their feet.
3. CHILD’S POSE:
A child’s pose is one of the most accessible and simple poses that you can do compared to other poses. It helps us to stretch out our back and core muscles, hopefully getting the blood flowing again after an intense stretch or exercise.
4. SUPPORTED SHOULDER STRETCHES:
Supported Shoulder stretches are an excellent pose for wheelchair users because it also helps with rheumatoid arthritis or any other shoulder pain associated with using your arms in your everyday life in a wheelchair. This will help to open up our shoulders, chest, and upper back while still being able to benefit from the support under our shoulders.
5. SITTING TWIST:
Sitting Twist is a great pose for those who have back problems as well as those who have issues with their digestion system. This pose will help to improve our posture, as well as helps to relieve muscle tension in your back and spine. It also stretches your hips and shoulders, as well as helping relieve stress and anxiety. Some things to remember while doing this pose; we need to make sure we keeping our back straight and not slouching our shoulders over. Make sure we take deep breaths during the entire process and that we engage in all of the five senses during this time.
6. BENT KNEES WITH LIFT:
Bent knees with lift is another pose that can be very beneficial for someone in a wheelchair. It stretches our lower back, hamstrings, and hips simultaneously, which helps to relieve stress, tightness, and bad backs. The great thing about this pose is the fact you will not face any problem with mobility because of bending your knees. But, you might need someone to help lift your legs up while doing this pose.
7. SIDE SITTING TWIST:
Side sitting twist is another one of the physically demanding poses that can improve body flexibility for wheelchair users. This pose will help you stretch out your spine and help release any tension you may have in your lower back.
8. SHOULDER STRETCH:
Shoulders stretch a great pose that anyone can do regardless of size, sex, body type, or any other physical limitations that might present themselves throughout the day. This pose will help to open up your shoulders and chest. It also opens up our minds for improved focus, relaxation, and less anxiety/stress throughout the day.
9. WARRIOR 1:
Warrior one pose is a great pose to work on your stability as well as helping you to stretch out your legs and hips. It also improves our balance and posture as we hold this pose. Make sure you keep both of your shoulders down and back; we want to make sure we keep our head facing forward and not looking at the ground. Warrior one pose will help anyone who has trouble keeping their legs straight, like those with arthritis or any other physical limitations that may cause trouble in different poses.
10. SIDE ANGLE STRETCH:
Side angle stretch is a great pose for those who have bad backs or other issues that can affect us while sitting for long periods.
What Is Wheelchair Yoga?
Wheelchair yoga is a very good workout. Wheelchair yoga is gentle, a free-form fitness class for people with physical disabilities who require a wheelchair. Participants are encouraged to move at their own pace, finding their balance between moving forward and backward, side to side, or rolling in place. Wheelchair yoga has been proven to be beneficial in the prevention of falls for people with disabilities. A study done by researchers at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, showed that participants who participated in wheelchair yoga had significantly lower fall rates than the non-yoga participants during the follow-up period.
There are many different yoga poses that wheelchairs users can do. Some of the poses might be extremely easy for wheelchairs users to do, while some may be more complex for wheelchairs users. But, the great thing about wheelchairs is that you can still connect with your body while doing these poses. Just because you are in a wheelchair does not mean that you cannot do yoga.