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by Michele Shackelford, staff writer
The three main elements of yoga are exercise, breathing, and meditation. Yoga exercises focus on the glandular systems of the body thereby increasing overall health and efficiency. Breathing techniques are based on the theory that breath is the source of life, and breath control helps improve health and body-mind connection. These two elements prepare the body for meditation, allowing for a quieted mind and freedom from everyday stresses.

Women go through many stages in life, and each stage—childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, motherhood, menopause, grandparent—and each stage brings with it physical, mental, and emotional changes. Yoga enables women to balance the many stresses they face during each of these stages. Different yoga exercises address different changes at different stages in a woman’s life. For example, the abc-of-yoga.com Web site offers a list of videos that demonstrate exercise to help women with specific problems: “Yoga for Menstrual Cramps and PMS,” for example, and “Yoga for Menopause,” pregnancy, and lifestyles.

In addition to specific benefits yoga helps tone the body, eliminate excess fat, and make the body more flexible and strong. Yoga has recently become very popular because of its great toning and slimming benefits.

Yoga allows women to have a sense of stability and strength. It opens the mind and nourishes the body, allowing for overall self-improvement. Yoga enables a woman to work on herself as a whole, growing in her physical, mental, and spiritual areas of life. The improvement of these areas in the self, allows for improvement and happiness in all other areas of life.


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