Yoga Specialist

Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine

Wellness Center located in Ridgewood, NJ

Weekly strength-training exercises are an important part of your fitness routine. But you don’t have to lift weights or do crunches to improve muscle strength and health. Yoga is a type of strength-training workout that not only improves muscle health, but also calms your body and mind. Amita Kalia, MD, and the team at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine in Ridgewood, New Jersey, specialize in fitness and health and can talk to you about the many benefits of yoga. To schedule a consultation, call the office, or use the online booking tool.

Yoga Q & A

What is yoga?

Yoga is a form of exercise that works out both your body and mind and has been practiced for thousands of years. Initially, yoga was a spiritual practice; however, modern yoga focuses on your physical and mental wellness.

Though there are many ways to practice yoga, the premise of the exercise centers around body poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. 

What are the types of yoga?

There are several types of yoga styles. No single style is better than another, but you may find certain styles a better match for your fitness needs. 

The types of yoga include:

Hatha yoga

If you’re new to yoga, you may want to consider hatha yoga. This gentle style of yoga teaches you basic yoga poses and may serve as a foundation for other types of yoga.

Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga yoga uses a sequence of poses that link your movement to breath. 

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar yoga focuses on body alignment using various props as you move through your poses. 

Jivamukti yoga

Jivamukti yoga is a more spiritual form of yoga that focuses on the flow of movement as you go from pose to pose. 

Bikram yoga

Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, is a specialized form of yoga performed in an artificially heated room. This type of yoga focuses on 26 yoga poses and specific breathing exercises.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga is a mind-body exercise that offers many health benefits, no matter what type of yoga you choose. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved muscle strength and balance
  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep
  • Enhanced emotional and mental well-being

Yoga also benefits specific health issues and needs, including back pain, menopause symptoms, anxiety disorders, and depression. Adding yoga to your regular routine may also support your weight loss efforts.

Is yoga right for me?

Yoga is considered a safe form of exercise and benefits almost anyone at any fitness level. The team at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine can help you determine if yoga makes a good choice for you during a consultation. They can also help you find the type of yoga that best meets your fitness needs and wellness goals.

Contact Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine by phone or online today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how yoga can benefit your health.