Yoga consists of exercises which help to increase the flexibility, strength as well as the breathing of the person and it improves the mental and physical well-being of the person too. Yoga consists of different postures, and this originated in India at least 5000 years ago.
Yoga is beneficial to people suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, pains and aches as well as stress and depression.
Yoga is usually not strenuous enough to count towards the 150 minutes which are set out by the Government guidelines for a person to get moderate activity. However, yoga counts towards strengthening exercises, and if done at least twice a week, the muscle strengthening guidelines can be met. This along with tai chi improves the co-ordination and balance and reduces the risk of falling in older adults.
The way yoga prevents falling is that the lower body is strengthened especially the knees as well as the ankles and therefore, the chances of falling are minimal. Yoga also helps those who have arthritis as it increases the strength and flexibility. It decreases the pain as well.
People of all ages can practice yoga, and even those in their seventies can start yoga. The person doesn’t need to be fit either. However, it is better to join those classes which are more suitable for those with weak fitness levels.
Yoga increases the flexibility of the person, and they do not need to be flexible at all, to begin with. Also, there are very uncommon yoga-related injuries, and so it is perfectly safe.
Yoga is of many kinds and styles. There are the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda styles. There are other teachers who develop their styles as well. None of these necessarily are better than the other and generally, each session lasts for 30-45 minutes.
There is no limit to technology and the use we put it. In fact, there are e-skins which theoretically can be used for accomplishing various tasks which include monitoring of vital signs and even these make the wearable electronics even more wearable.
These smart skins are being worked upon and the goal is to have electronic sensors which are packaged into super flexible and super thin material. It could be so thin and flexible that it would resemble a temporary tattoo.
These smart skins have the ultimate goal of having a display screen. This will allow vital signs being monitored by hospitals by just using a stick on patch. People in normal day to day lives could have all the capabilities which are offered by a smartphone literally in their palm or wherever else they want.
Due to mobile phones, the communication tools are decreasing in size and they are getting more discrete. In fact, if there were displays which could show stress levels, emotions and unease it could be put to multiple uses. It could lead to a whole different dimension of communication. This skin which is being developed can last for more than a day and it has a coating to prevent vapor and air from entering into it.
Tesla motors are testing out beaming of software through the cellular network to update the autopilot driver assistance program. This is being tested on 70,000 of the cars. This capability of downloading of fixes and enhancements are very similar to what Apple does for iPhones. This, however, has never been tried by any automaker.
The company stated that the updated would avoid errors which resulted in the crash of the Tesla owner in May on a highway in Florida. This update reminds the drivers that they need to keep the hands on their steering wheel and this reminder is not only visually but also communicated through audio means.
The Autopilot is a beta system, and these are being experimented on public highways. They are continuously improving though, and they are putting forth some software patches which irons out all the bugs there are in the software.
There are new self-driving guidelines which have been issued by the Federal government this week, and this autopilot coincides with them.
This policy states that the human driving needs to be alert and ready that at any moment they can take control else, there would be a risk to safety. However, detractors say that this handoff is not possible to happen quickly enough.