Originally written by Nikki Prosch, former SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist.
The practice of yoga uses postures, breath work, and meditation to bring balance to the mind and body. There are many styles of yoga with each of them having benefits of their own. Finding a style of yoga that works for you is an important part of establishing your own practice. Gentle yoga uses physical postures that are accessible to most people and that are done at a slower pace while being held for longer.
Gentle yoga is accessible to most and promotes mobility of the muscles and joints through strength, flexibility and relaxation. It encourages mindfulness that can be applied to your everyday life. Practicing gentle yoga will work to decrease your stress and anxiety and promote a clear and balanced mind.
How to Practice
You can practice at home by following the postures below in the sequence they are in or pick a few of them that you may need the most. Hold the postures for 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on how you feel. End by taking a few deep breaths.