Why 2016 Should Be Your Year for Yoga

14 Jan



Yoga can be beneficial for numerous health and mental health issues. Here are some great reasons to get started with yoga fitness this year.

Each year, many people fall short of their goals. But it’s not necessarily their fault. Too often, they get pulled into gimmicky exercise trends that do not deliver the results they promise. Yoga, by contrast, is here to stay – because it works. Here’s why:

  1. It’s convenient.

Nobody has the time to spend hours working out. If you do spend more than an hour exercising, you’re not optimizing your productivity. In other words, your time could be better spent elsewhere. Many yoga sequences are short and powerful and only take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Yoga does not require any equipment; just your willingness to get it done. You can practice yoga anywhere, anytime. The luxury of being able to work out at home increases the probability that you will do it and stick with it for the long haul.

  1. It’s safe.

I am all for mixing up your workouts. But if you have a history of injuries, it can be dangerous to adhere to hyper-competitive, high-impact, over-complicated types of training. Yoga demands that you slow down and move with your breath. The biggest rule in yoga is: If it hurts, don’t do it. While yoga flows will challenge you to your edge, the practice asks you to err on the side of caution rather than push past what is safe.

  1. It’s fun.

If you don’t enjoy your training program, you’ll likely feel burnt out and either jump from one routine to the next without anything to show for it or quit altogether. Yoga offers a light-heartedness that is unlike any other workout. Learning new poses and different flows will help you take a more youthful perspective on your physical practice. That, in turn, translates to the way you see the world around you.

  1. It’s encouraging.

While some other training philosophies provoke you to do more and suggest that you are not good enough by demanding you to try harder, yoga’s philosophy suggests that you should be content as you are while you challenge yourself completely. Yoga builds you up with positive reinforcement and prioritizes self-care. We are already saturated with enough pressure-packed situations in life; your workout should not feel degrading or negative. The underlying sentiment in yoga is to see the good in yourself first while you strive to be better each time you practice.

  1. It’s effective.

The most important quality of a strong yoga practice is that it works. Yoga can build strength, flexibility and endurance in the same workout. If your goal is to burn fat and lose weight, yoga can do the trick. Some body weight exercises, for example, can be performed in a circuit (meaning you do one after the other), so they pack a punch and will rev up your metabolism. This technique will help you become surprisingly strong without bulking up.

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Related CE Courses for Mental Health

This CE test is based on the book “Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing” (2007, 592 pages). This course is intended to correct common misconceptions about yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the conditions under which yoga may be beneficial for a variety of health and mental health issues. The general health benefits of yoga are discussed, followed by a discussion of yoga’s role in treating anxiety and panic attacks, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. This course is intended for health and mental health professionals who have an interest in integrative and alternative medicine.


Rebecca E. Williams, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, clinical supervisor, and award-winning author.  She specializes in recovery from mental illness, addictions, and life’s challenges.  Dr. Williams received her master’s degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She is currently a clinic director at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.  Dr. Williams is Associate Clinical Professor of Psyc…


The breath is intrinsically linked to the nervous system and has a powerful effect on both the mind and body, yet has been largely overlooked as a mechanism of change within medicine and mental health. This course is based on an audio book by Andrew Weil, MD, Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing (1999), in which he describes the physiological mechanisms by which the breath affects the mind and body. After an introductory lecture, he teaches several calming, relaxing breathing techniques, as well as an energizing breathing technique. This audio book is a valuable resource for therapists and medical professionals to learn these techniques and to use with clients.


This course will give you the mindfulness skills necessary to work directly, effectively and courageously, with your own and your client’s life struggles. Compassion towards others starts with compassion towards self. Practicing mindfulness cultivates our ability to pay intentional attention to our experience from moment to moment. Mindfulness teaches us to become patiently and spaciously aware of what is going on in our mind and body without judgment, reaction, and distraction, thus inviting into the clinical process, the inner strengths and resources that help achieve healing results not otherwise possible. Bringing the power of mindful presence to your clinical practice produces considerable clinical impact in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, colitis/IBS, and migraines/tension headaches. The emphasis of this course is largely experiential and will offer you the benefit of having a direct experience of the mindfulness experience in a safe and supportive fashion. You will utilize the power of “taking the client there” as an effective technique of introducing the mindful experience in your practice setting. As you will learn, the mindfulness practice has to be experienced rather than talked about. This course will provide you with an excellent understanding of exactly what mindfulness is, why it works, and how to use it. You will also develop the tools that help you introduce mindful experiences in your practice, and how to deal with possible client resistance.


Nearly every client who walks through a health professional’s door is experiencing some form of anxiety. Even if they are not seeking treatment for a specific anxiety disorder, they are likely experiencing anxiety as a side effect of other clinical issues. For this reason, a solid knowledge of anxiety management skills should be a basic component of every therapist’s repertoire. Clinicians who can teach practical anxiety management techniques have tools that can be used in nearly all clinical settings and client diagnoses. Anxiety management benefits the clinician as well, helping to maintain energy, focus, and inner peace both during and between sessions. The purpose of this course is to offer a collection of ready-to-use anxiety management tools.

Professional Development Resources is approved to offer continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board and Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs; and by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists and State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

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