Ground Hog’s Day
The anniversary of the launch of Facebook
The beginning of the Chinese New Year (It’s the year of the boar.)
Black History Month
American Heart Month
We live the values of yoga. Yoga teaches us the importance of helping others and Sunrise Yoga Studio has supported the Clemmons Food Pantry throughout our business history.
According to the Clemmons Food Pantry, in Forsyth County, 17% of residents are food insecure and almost 26% of children regularly face hunger and don’t know where they will get their next meal. A family of four can be fed for one month for $144. How many months can we help a family? Every donation will be a blessing to someone in our community.
Learn more about the Clemmons Food Pantry. And be a good yogi always, but especially in the month of February.
We thank you in advance for your generosity!
Statistics seem cold and harsh. No one wants to be “just a number.”
But, we are all statistics . . . just by existing, each of us is a statistic. As statistics, we are measured in good ways as well as some not so good ways. From the time we are infants, we are measured in percentiles for height and weight, for instance. As we age, we might show more concern for the percentiles in which we fall for these two measurements.
Statistics help identify trends. “In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67 percent by 2019,” according to Wikipedia. Regardless of how you feel about cell phones, if you own one, you are part of that statistic and helped grow that trend!
As yogis, you are part of another trend . . . and this is a really good one! And, this trend is thousands of years in the making, not a fad that will disappear in a year or two!
Channel Signal, a consumer analytics firm, notes, “When compared to other similar forms of indoor recreation, yoga not only dwarfs the competition, it’s the only activity experiencing steady growth.”
The Good Body, an organization that reviews and provides case studies, insights, and analysis for health products, equipment and gadgets, provided the following data on yoga:
Where in these lists do you land? You’re a GOOD statistic after all. Where else within yoga would you be a good statistic?
If you aren’t yet a yoga statistic, let us help you get started! We have many yoga classes available to get you started. Find available classes through our Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.
Using instructional yoga videos is a way to not only develop your yoga practice but fine tune your techniques, perfect your positions, and slow a lesson down so you can see and hear all the important details.
Today’s instructional yoga video is for Cow’s Face Pose, Arms Only, also known as Gomukhasana. This yoga pose stretches the arms and shoulders, biceps and triceps, upper back and chest. It can help relieve stiff shoulders and neck as well as sciatica.
Do you have a list of yoga poses you would like to view in an instructional yoga video format? Please comment to let us know! Or, send an email to Info@SunriseYoga.net.
In this digital age of laptops, iPads, smart phones, and gaming devices, our hands, particularly our wrists, get used (and frequently abused). Typing, texting, and taking out the enemy all take a toll on our hands.
“Carpal tunnel syndrome is perhaps the most common nerve disorder experienced today; and while it is usually very treatable, that doesn’t lessen the fact that it affects the lives of 4-10 million Americans,” notes rmhealthy.com. “Musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, are among the most prevalent medical conditions in the U.S., affecting 7% of the population; account for 14% of physician visits and 19% of hospital stays.”
That numbness and tingling in your hands may be carpal tunnel, caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist. That compression often develops as a result of repetitive motion like typing, texting, and taking out the enemy. “Symptoms of CTS include tingling and numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger (median nerve distribution); burning, pain, and weakness in the fingers and hand; aching in the forearm that can radiate to the shoulder; and clumsiness or a weak grip. The numbness may become constant over time,” says Ram Rao, Ph.D in yogauonline.com.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist fracture can narrow the carpal tunnel and irritate the nerve, as can the swelling and inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis.”
Quite a lot of yoga is done on the wrists so any evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome can make some yoga positions uncomfortable if not very difficult. Planks, downward dog, and handstand among other yoga positions require strong and healthy wrists to hold the positions properly.
A study led by Dr. Marian Garfinkel, a senior Iyengar yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience, evaluated “whether a program of yoga and relaxation techniques might offer an effective treatment alternative for patients with CTS. Yoga was proposed to be helpful because stretching may relieve compression in the carpal tunnel, better joint posture may decrease intermittent compression, and blood flow may be improved to decrease ischemic effects on the median nerve.”
The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and summarized in the Ram Rao article mentioned above, reported, “After eight weeks, when the groups were tested to gauge the intensity of carpal tunnel syndrome, the group that practiced the yoga postures saw significant improvements in pain and grip strength, giving credence to the practice of yoga asanas in facilitating wrist healing and rejuvenation. Since CTS aggravates primarily with improper alignment, yoga asanas can prevent CTS by counteracting the repetitive movements that created the misalignments.” The yoga group in the study practiced 11 yoga postures twice weekly for eight weeks.
In addition to practicing yoga to help counteract and prevent CTS, other strategies can help keep CTS at bay.
The Mayo Clinic suggests the following:
☼ Reduce your force and relax your grip.
☼ Take frequent breaks.
☼ Watch your form. Avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down.
☼ Improve your posture.
☼ Change your computer mouse.
☼ Keep your hands warm.
We would like to show you specific yoga poses to help you have strong and healthy wrists! Whether you think you may have symptoms of carpal tunnel or you’d just like to feel more comfortable in the poses that use the wrists, we can help.
What questions do you have about yoga for healthy wrists? Email us at Info@SunriseYoga.net.