On the Benefits of Yoga
by Linda Gould
“I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it’s unequaled. ”
I’ve never done yoga before, don’t know the poses, and am not very flexible. Is yoga for me?
Absolutely! Before participating in any classes, each student will participate in an introductory class that will teach you the poses so you are comfortable in classes. And the wonderful thing about yoga is that you do the poses to your own ability–no stress, no pressure, and no pushing to match someone else’s ability.
Who should do yoga and why?
Yoga is literally for everyone–every age, body type, physical ability, flexibility, or medical history. Many people know yoga as a way to ease chronic pain or help relax a tired back, neck or shoulders. And while many people may first begin yoga to ease their pain, they quickly discover that its emphasis on mental focus, controlled breathing and relaxation vastly improves their overall health and quality of life.
Many people do yoga because of the feelings of contentment and inner peace that it brings, but others have very practical uses for yoga. Some sports teams in the US have added yoga to their training programs to reduce injuries, prisons hold yoga classes to help inmates focus and calm their demons, and doctors suggest yoga to ease chronic pain, depression, and a host of other ailments.
What should I bring to class, and what should I wear?
Linda Gould of Riverside Yoga
Linda Gould is a very good yoga instructor, and teaches in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. I have attended many of her classes and recommend her if you live in, or travel to the area!