Yoga : The Ounce of Prevention
This body is like a vehicle that we are driving. We need to look after this very important vehicle to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, yoga is the perfect ounce of prevention. This is why I make a variety of yoga TV Shows for people at different levels—so that everyone, from kids to the elderly, can experience the benefits of yoga.
Norma is a good example of someone who has used yoga as her ounce of prevention. At 85 she is still teaching yoga asanas, helping many seniors get much-needed exercise and experience a better quality of life.
The benefits are shown by people remarking how youthful I look and “what’s your secret?” and I tell them “Do Wai Lana Yoga, she’s the best”. First of all, I studied under many teachers, and I myself am a yoga teacher. When I first came in contact with Wai Lana on TV something clicked. Her teaching just resonated with me, and so when you’re seeking a teacher, and when you find the right one, it’s almost like an “ah ha” moment. This is the person I want to study under, so I’ve been doing yoga with Wai Lana over the years and every session with her I feel so peaceful, my energy is so good, and I can face my day much better. For me Wai Lana is very inspiring. I feel very fortunate to be able to do her postures.
Yoga Improves Posture
Many viewers who suffer from a sedentary lifestyle have written to tell me that practicing yoga poses has helped their posture. Combine lack of exercise with hours slouching at a computer, driving a car, or lounging in front of the TV, and we’re likely to have problems as our body ages. Chronic poor posture can lead to back and neck pain, pinched nerves, poor breathing, reduced circulation, sluggish digestion—even depression. But we can reduce or even prevent the problems caused by poor posture simply by cultivating good posture. Practicing yoga poses regularly helps us be aware of our posture. This awareness helps us make a conscious effort not to slouch, and to sit and stand in a way that supports the natural curves of the spine.
If you haven’t exercised much over the years, you may have lost some of your strength and mobility. It’s subtle and gradual, so we often don’t notice—until all of a sudden we have difficulty doing something that was easy before. Well practicing yoga poses will help you regain strength and flexibility. These asanas are also great for improving your balance and keeping you mentally alert. So after practicing asanas regularly for a while, you may even be able to go back to the activities you love—activities you once thought you had to give up.
Wishing you well