Over my Christmas vacation I restarted practicing yoga and my kids have been joining me. How fun!! This has been a wonderful experience for us. I have been feeling calmer and more focused. The girls have been enjoying themselves also. Even my husband said he may want to start taking it up. Santa brought my oldest a yoga mat so we are side by side. I knew she had an interest in it. And we all know it is always more fun to do things with a partner in crime.
I haven’t really done yoga consistently since I was in college (which was a really, really long time ago). My husband also got me a fitbit for Christmas which I have to say is pretty damn awesome. And its in my favorite color! It keeps track of my steps, heart rate, miles walked, calories burnt, and it tracks my exercise which includes yoga.
Over this upcoming year, I am also going to attempt to implement some of these practices in my treatment regimens. As many of my patients can already attest, I only prescribe meds when I deem necessary. I always try to encourage diet change and exercise first. I spend an extensive amount of time trying to understand the stressors that may be leading to the symptoms that my patients are feeling.
Yoga has been studied in the treatment of IBS to aid in symptom relief if done on a regular basis. Also in the autistic population, children with anxiety, and children with functional abdominal pain can benefit from yoga as well. I will be learning more about these various yoga poses, techniques and methods so that I can share them with you over the next weeks to months.
I hope that this new year will be one of Education, Enrichment, and Enlightenment! Stay Healthy and Be Well!!
As always I look forward to hearing your thoughts and reading your comments.