We all know how good yoga is for us. The benefits are in the news almost daily, and are being recognized by doctors as they prescribe yoga more and more. Yoga can offer substantial benefits for common issues associated with Turner’s Syndrome.
Yoga is an individual practice; no one can do a pose for you. On the mat we have the opportunity to challenge ourselves, physically and mentally, to learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and to find our edge. These skills help us realize what our bodies are capable of, which translates into more confidence, daring to take on challenges and better body image off the mat.
Yoga is also an isometric practice, which means you are using your own body weight to build strength. This promotes strong bones, which can help maintain good bone density over time.
A regular yoga practice can also help develop spatial awareness as you learn to pay attention to your body and learn where it is in space at any given time as you move through space from one pose to another. Paying more attention to our bodies on the mat can help us pay more attention to how we’re feeling off the mat, helping us make better choices about what we eat and do, and how we do it.
The focus it takes to perform yoga postures, particularly more challenging postures and balances can calm and focus the mind. Meditation, physical yoga’s sister’s practice (the 7th limb of yoga) can further increase concentration, which can be particularly helpful for those struggling with executive function, learning challenges or anxiety.
Yoga can also benefit some specific conditions related to TS, such as scoliosis and high blood pressure. While yoga is not a medical treatment or cure, many people experience great benefit from a practice with specific emphasis on certain postures.
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