Skipping yoga?.. not a good idea.

 

Mae Jacolo Aguilar”apple”, B.S. Nursing from West Negros University (2010)

 

 

Is it okay to skip Yoga sometimes? Can we afford to skip Yoga for a day sometimes?

The amount of stress you face everyday should determine how much meditation your body requires. Mine is more of having my alone /yoga treat everyday. I consider it as my daily vitamins that fuel my system to go about the day’s tasks.

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.” Benefits of Yoga | American Osteopathic Association

Truth. This was probably the reason why I had to go the emergency last time. I was diagnosed with activity-induced asthma by my Pulmonary Doctor (second opinion), travelling within the country and being assigned to different mental health facilities as a Nurse…. stress and fatigue really wear you down, and yes, being vegan does not mean you are a man of steel. Perhaps I made a mistake skipping a yoga session.

According to Emma Newlyn, “Yoga helps you to breathe better. The emphasis on breathing in yoga is something beginners often struggle with, but over time moving with the breath becomes second nature. Just the ability to breathe more fully and deeply can have a very profound impact on overall health, and is worth practicing every day.

You might not have the postures with you for your whole life, but you have your breath in every moment.”

I could not agree more.. I was perfectly doing great, no shortness of breathing what so ever, until I decided to play super woman and skipped meditation.. I was primarily having DOB (DIFFICULTY OF BREATHING) in the ER and needed oxygen therapy. DOB is such a serious condition you become disorientated and your body temperature starts to drop due to low oxygen in your system. Again, there could be a variety of underlying causes, in my case, activity-induced/fatigue which has led to swollen bronchioles and eventually Bronchial Asthma.

 

  • DOB (DIFFICULTY OF BREATHING)

 

That one yoga skip was not a good idea. What was I thinking? Well, I must admit I was being stubborn ignoring what my body was actually telling me.. The warning signs.

” Breathing difficulties are fairly common and can be a part of everyday life for some active people. One-quarter of the population experiences dyspnea, and it is one of the most common reasons that people visit a hospital emergency room. Signs of severe breathing difficulty include a rapid respiratory and heart rate, gasping, wheezing, rib retractions, nasal flaring, and cyanosis, where the hands and feet turn bluish because of lack of oxygen.

A person with severe breathing difficulty uses their neck and chest muscles to breathe. Shortness of breath can be associated with symptoms of chest pain, pain with inhalation (pleurisy), anxiousness, dizziness, fainting, cough, wheezing, bloody sputum, neck pain, and chest injury.

Some people have difficulty breathing while exercising or exerting themselves physically, so it might help to slow down or stop moving altogether, although you can also have shortness of breath at rest or while lying flat.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, try to relax your muscles, don’t panic, and consider the causes. You may have a problem with the airways leading to the lungs, including blockage of the air passages in your nose, mouth, or throat, or you may be choking on something stuck in the airways. If your breathing difficulty continues to worsen, go to the emergency room immediately.” https://www.everydayhealth.com/b…

 

  • PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION

 

Thanks to the ER staff of BACOLOD RIVERSIDE MEDICAL CENTER, for the prompt care I received, especially to the three nurses on duty last September 11, 2018 past midnight. Initially we were told that there were no rooms available, fortunately one of the nurses was able to take note of that one vacant room, as He was the one logging the patients name during that shift, and I was able to occupy it right away —- Initiative

The two other triage nurses were particularly skilled professional and competent in handling their patients as well.—- Critical thinking and Efficiency

I believe in giving credit to where the credit is due.. Kudos! to my fellow nurses.

 

  • HOW YOGA IMPROVES BREATHING

    The studies were generally of poor methodological quality and demonstrated great heterogeneity with different experimental designs, yoga practices, time periods, and small sample sizes. Studies report yoga practices to have profound metabolic effects producing both increase and decrease in oxygen consumption, ranging from 383% increase with cobra pose to 40% decrease with meditation.

    Compared to non-practitioners, basal oxygen consumption is reported to be up to 15% less in regular yoga practitioners, and regular yoga practice is reported to have a training effect with oxygen consumption during submaximal exercise decreasing by 36% after 3 months. Yoga breathing practices emphasize breathing patterns and retention ratios as well as unilateral nostril breathing, and these factors appear critical in influencing oxygen consumption. A number of studies report extraordinary volitional control over metabolism in advanced yoga practitioners who appear to be able to survive extended periods in airtight pitsand to exceed the limits of normal human endurance. More rigorous research with standardized practices is required to determine the mechanisms of yoga’s metabolic effects and the relevance of yoga practices in different clinical populations.” http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/…

 

  • YOGA DAILY

So why should I stick to my daily yoga routine? Two things, learning from experience and listening to your body. People have different needs and our bodies are unique so the best thing to do is find out what works best for you on a daily basis. Make sure to protect your self from fatigue and potential stressors.(nature of job, lifestyle etc..)

For people such as myself travelling and need to be dealing with other people all the time , I would recommend a daily dose of YOGA and here’s why…

 

  • DAILY YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME

 

References:

  1. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
  2. https://www.everydayhealth.com/breathing
  3. Benefits of Yoga | American Osteopathic Association

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Mae Jacolo Aguilar”apple”THE MULTI- TOPIC BLOG- writes about personal interests& passion.specializing on HUMAN BEHAVIOR. elicits toxic reaction by annoyance.certified weirdo& a nurse.


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