After an intense summer of heat, earthquakes, hurricanes, beach erosion, and power meltdowns, all of us are now approaching autumn, with gorgeous colors from nature, trees, flowers, sunrise, and sunset. The weather becomes cooler as the celebration of 9/11 continues through September, breast cancer walks for cure appear, and everybody wants to stay healthy and strong into the cooler season. Philadelphia workshops are everywhere teaching people how to be flexible, well-balanced and strong. Common colds and headaches can be cured and prevented through yoga and pilates movements.
Yoga provides the perfect means of keeping the immune system strong on a day-to-day basis. It can help you gain strength when you fall ill. Asanas (poses) work by lowering stress hormones that compromise the immune system. They condition the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulate the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bring oxygenated blood to the organs. Yoga movements such as Downward-Facing Dog, Camel Pose and Cobra Pose are good choices if bronchial congestion has you struggling for air. Fresh blood flow to the sinuses builds your resistance to viral and bacterial infections. Practiced regularly throughout the winter, and adding pilates to your yoga mix, will support and strengthen your immune system.
Pilates is excellent and it is intensified movement to reduce headaches, which can be triggered by the lack of sleep, stress, and hunger. Pilates will encourage you to take stock of your posture. Rounded shoulders, a curved upper back, and a head pitched slightly forward can all add up to muscle tension resulting in head pain. Sit and stand tall. Check your posture and pull your abs toward your spine. Get into the habit. Seventy-five percent of all headaches arise from muscle tension in the back of the neck, specifically throughout the spinal column, due to problems in posture. Because the muscles of the neck and upper back connect to the head, tension in these areas can be refered to the forehead and behind the eyes. Anything that distorts the spinal curves has the potential to cause headaches; therefore, try prevention techniques through pilates, yoga, or both, to calm you. Breathe deeply and slowly during all the postures that you do in your practice. Remember to always relax the forehead, eyes, jaw, and tongue.
Jump into a strong movement-art program this season. Professional yoga and pilates instructors are in every section of Philadelphia, and the suburbs, to assist you. Try a private trainer. Start stretching and releasing tension before your muscles go into spasm. Stretch everyday and foster a new awareness of your body’s unique trouble areas. Headaches and colds will be reduced, with commitment to releasing stress, and you’ll be able to enjoy activities this fall and winter without being ill. Let inner peace and contentment replace irritability and fatigue.