to yoga health is an integrated state of body, mind and spirit. There
is a harmony in all the psycho-physiological functions. It is well coordinated
and balanced condition of body and mind wherein the homeostasis is adequately
maintained. Therefore a feeling of happiness and contentment are essential
factors for sound health. Diseases, on the other hand arise when dissatisfaction,
frustration and dejection are dominant. Although the primary objective
of yoga is spiritual advancement, it has been observed that many psychosomatic
disorders are controlled best with the help of yoga practices and the
persons who practice yoga regularly (Sadhana), can very well maintain
their health, throughout their life. This indicates that the resistance
power against the diseases i.e. immunity is improved due to the regular
practice of yoga. The long life span of the yoga practitioners also
indicates that the yoga practice can slow down the aging process.
several people are resorting to this preventive and promoting aspect
of yoga. There however is a growing tendency to apply yogic methods
as the last resort for each and every disease, irrespective of its severity,
duration and the age of the patient. This is however a wrong concept
of yoga therapy.
order to stay away from diseases yoga lays emphasis on the following
living being is well equipped with the healing power. Yoga recuperates
this natural strength of the body and mind to eliminate disturbing factors.
Thus, yoga supports and enhances this healing power by maintaining the
equilibrium or homeostasis, through the development of optimum muscle
tone. This, in turn, provides proper mental relaxation.
thus, has the power to heal various diseases. People suffering from
diseases, like, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, spinal problems can resort
to yoga as it activates the muscular system. Yoga also helps to shape
long, lean muscles. Another common pain is back pain. It causes tightness
and spinal compression. Yoga, through increased flexibility and strength,
can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Apart from the
muscular system, yoga contributes to the respiratory system as well.
Breathing shallowly into the lungs and not giving much attention to
the pattern of personal breathing is a common characteristic of most
individuals. Yogic practices, like Pranayama, focus on the breathing
process and thus, teach one how to use the lungs in a better way. Certain
types of breathing exercises can also help to clear the nasal passages
and even calm the central nervous system.
improves the circulatory, muscular, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory
and other systems in human body. But traditionally yoga is not related
to aerobic fitness the way running or cycling are. Most forms of yoga
emphasise deepening and lengthening the breath. This stimulates the
relaxation response and the opposite of the fight-or-flight adrenaline
boost of the stress response. Perhaps one of the most wanted and treasured
health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart diseases. Yoga has long
been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower
heart rate can benefit people with hypertension, heart disease, and
stroke. On a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant
effect of yoga. And yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol
and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.
of Yoga, although, intensely physical, yet it has immense psychological
effect. Concentrating so intently on what the body is doing has the
effect of bringing calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces its students
to meditation techniques, such as, watching how the person breathes
and disengages from the thoughts, which help calm the mind. These procedures
often heal heart problems. It is known that physical activity is always
good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true in case of
yoga. Because of the concentration required, a person's daily troubles,
both large and small, seem to melt away during the time one practices
yoga. This provides a much-needed break from the stressors, as well
as helping put things into perspective.
yoga's anti-stress benefits lies an array of biochemical responses.
Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This is the
so-called "trust" and "bonding" hormone that is
associated with feeling of staying relaxed and connected to others.
Yoga benefits a human body and mind in countless ways. Concentration
and the ability to focus mentally are common benefits the yoga students
talk about. The complicated mental diseases like depression, fear, anxiety
and so on can be cured by Yoga within no time. Yoga is even being studied
as an adjunct therapy to relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
therapy is used also used to treat specific medical conditions, from
clinical depression to heart disease. Yoga is also beneficial for other
diseases like asthma, gastritis, cancer, arthritis, insomnia, multiple
sclerosis and others. Some studies have suggested that yoga may have
a positive effect on learning and memory. Other researchers have been
studying whether yoga can slow the aging process, increase a person's
sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels as well. Some potential
benefits of yoga are difficult to title scientifically. Yoga considerably
increases spiritual awareness as well.
results of yoga therapy, however, will vary from individual to individual.
These results depend on two factors: the technique of yoga practices
and the constitution and nature of the patient. For the desired effects
from the yoga therapy one should ensure that the technique adopted is
correct from the traditional as well as the scientific point of view.
Useful physiological changes only take place when the proper techniques
are followed. For this one would require a yoga guru. Besides this,
the disordered physical, mental and spiritual state of the patient,
known as, Prakriti, should be considered before beginning the healing
process. Most of the time, the preliminary reconditioning of the individual
patient is necessary before starting the main yogic treatment.