Yoga

Yoga  Introduction: Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga therapy is now emerging as a discipline itself. As Yoga techniques are researched, a new data is gathered, it become easier for science and the medical establishment to understand and accept the benefits of Yoga Therapy.  Yoga Therapy: Yoga therapy is type of therapy that uses yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and guided imagery to improve physical and mental health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body and spirit.  Yoga therapy is preventive in nature as is Yoga itself, but is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others and curative in many others.

Six steps of yoga therapy

1) Right Postures (Asanas)

2) Right Breathing Pattern (Pranayama)

3) Six Cleansing Techiques (Shadkarmas)

4) Proper Diet (Balanced Yogic Diet)

5) Relaxation (Shavasana)

6) Meditation

Common diseases managed by yoga therapy

Haedaches: There are different type of headches like psychogenic, vascular, migraine and muscle tension headaches. Yogasanas, Shadkarmas and Pranayamas help in reducing the frequency of attacks.

Thyroid disorders: Disorders like Hyper/ Hypo thyroidism have symptoms like weight loss/gain, irritability, lack of energy, menstrual disturbances, fatigue etc can be managed by practising few asanas like sravangasana, mudras like manduki mudra, and pranayamas like ujjayi after proper diagnosis by a doctor.

Respiratory System:

Disorders like Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, COPD, Common Cold, Sinusitis, Allergic conditions, Chronic Bronchitis, Eosinophilia could be effectively managed. However during acute conditions yogasanas should not be practised at all, complete rest will be required.

Chronic bronchial asthma can be better managed by Yogic therapy, it restores depleted and blocked pranic energy channels

Gastro Intestinal Tract:

Yogic management aims at enhancing the digestive power so that formation of the offensive undigested wastes will be reduced and there will be good health. It is proved that the newly diagnosed diabetes has excellent prospects of completely controlling and correcting if one adopts proper yogic practices and lifestyle under guidance.

Joints and Musculo Skeletal System:

Common issues like arthritis, cervical spondylosis, back pain, sciatica etc can be managed by combining Yoga therapy, Panchakarma, Ayurvedic medicines and also Physiotherapy. In the science of yoga, arthritis is not considered as a disease in itself but as one symptom of a widespread metabolic and pranic malfunction which begins early in person’s life. Yoga offers a way to arrest this process.  Asanas act by reducing muscular tension and spasm also by correcting the postures.

Yogic Management of Skin Diseases:

Skin is an index of good health, Surya Namaskara, Pranayama, Shadkarmas, specific diet will be very much beneficial in treating the skin diseases. Auto immune skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema are well managed by yoga therapy after proper examination along with Ayurvedic medicines and panchakarma procedures.

Conclusion:

The golden rule in acheiving optimum results through yoga is regularity and punctuality, only Abhyasa (regular practise) can produce desired results over a period of time. It helps reduce illness, increase vitality and vigor, restore balance and enhance attitude to life which is also why yoga tutor prescribes specific regimen to suit individual needs. Research has conclusively proven the effectiveness of yoga therapyin healing psychosomatic stress related conditions also.

For optimum benefits yoga therapy should be combined with Ayurvedic medicines, Panchakarma procedures, balanced diet and physiotherapy.