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Yoga for Healing

Updated on December 20, 2020

Yoga for healing doesn’t have to be complex to be effective!

Title: Morning Yoga I ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: Shayan (USA)
Title: Morning Yoga I ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: Shayan (USA)

Can I really practice yoga for healing?

Many people wonder if it is really possible to use yoga for healing. One very special aspect of yoga is that ,for a fairly quiet and noncompetitive form of exercise, it has truly tremendous benefits for well being and health.

Who practices yoga? People all over the world, in many different cultures practice yoga. There are many forms of yoga, and it has enjoyed popularity for over 10,000 years. What’s so effective about yoga for healing that causes everybody from naturopaths to medical doctors to practice it, recommend it and endorse it? Simply put, yoga is good for everybody. No matter how old or young, we can all benefit from yoga practice in body, mind and spirit.

Where did yoga come from? In olden days, spiritual people of all kinds practiced yoga as an enhancement of meditation. In modern times, many people practice yoga simply as a way to unwind and enjoy effective physical exercise. Yoga has the power to heal all sorts of ailments both, acute and chronic, because it works at very deep levels within the body. There are many good reasons to practice yoga.

Enjoy yoga for weight loss! It may surprise you to know that yoga can help you lose weight. This is one reason why many people find you a very special and why it is so very popular. When you lose weight would yoga, your body sheds pounds naturally as you gain flexibility and strength. You don’t have to take any drugs or perform dangerous and potentially harmful exercises.

Practice yoga for detoxification! Yoga provides all-natural detoxification benefits without the expense and potential harm caused by faddish detoxification diets and cleansers with “proprietary blends” that do not reveal their true ingredients. When you practice yoga, the deep intake of breath and the increased blood flow help flush toxins from your system and renew and heal your body.

Yoga helps you look younger and feel younger! The natural increase in detoxification and joint lubrication, along with the rejuvenation of your central nervous system and inner organs will give your skin a healthy glow and put a twinkle in your eyes! When you practice yoga’s physical postures known as Asanas, you will build excellent muscle tone, and you’ll become very flexible. In addition, if you have stiffness in your joints, practicing yoga will help you resolve it. If you are older, yoga practice will help you attain and improve your range of motion.

Use yoga for healing and relieving pain! There are a number of reasons why people might experience pain. Among them are:

  • Many hours sitting in front of the computer
  • Recovery from and injury or surgery
  • Chronic illness or health condition
  • Strenuous manual labor
  • Long hours driving
  • Excessive exercise

Become more flexible! When you practice yoga, you increase your flexibility, improve spinal cord and skeletal alignment, and stimulate lubrication of the joints. Your ligaments and tendons will become better lubricated and much more flexible and your muscles will strengthen. Additionally, yoga practice will help your inner organs function well as they are intended to.

Heal with yoga! Yogic breathing can help control allergies and sinus problems, as well as asthma. Yoga practice is beneficial for your central nervous system and calming for your mind. You get stronger lungs and greater breath control when you practice yoga. Yogic breathing helps you will learn to control your breath and make the most of each breath by breathing deeply. In addition to helping treat problems such as asthma, allergies and sinus ailments, yoga can also help in the treatment of chronic maladies such as hormone imbalance, high blood pressure and even thyroid disorders.

Yoga tones your memory! Another added benefit of the increased blood flow and stimulation of the central nervous system provided by yoga is memory improvement. When you breathe deeply, stay relaxed and calm and order your thoughts with yoga practice, you will find yourself less distracted, more alert and better able to remember both the big things in the little things.

Relieve stress with yoga! Both the day-to-day small stuff and major stressors such as diagnosed emotional and mental disorders can be helped with yoga practice. Deep breathing, centering and focus have a tremendous positive affect on emotional distress of all kinds. Phobias, depression, anxiety and simple stress can all be relieved with regular yoga practice.

Yoga is good for what ails you! No matter what condition you are in now, yoga for healing will support and enhance other treatments and therapies and help you attain optimum health!

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:March 20, 2012


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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Texas

    Yes, yoga is a lifelong form of exercise. I have been practicing it off and on since I was in high school and watched Kathleen Hitchcock's Hatha Yoga on PBS every night. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

  • dearabbysmom profile image


    6 years ago from Indiana

    I've been easing into a yoga routine now for a couple of months, and have experienced nothing but positives. Was surprised how sore I was for awhile--obviously we don't realize when we stop using groups of muscles. Yoga really helps increase flexibility and balance--great things for members of the AARP crowd like me!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Sweetie! Yes, it is very interesting that just a little bit of yoga every day can have a tremendous effect on your overall health! :)

  • sweetie1 profile image


    7 years ago from India

    very interesting Hub. I also do two asanas daily, alom vilom and kapal bhati. Voting it up and awesome.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Well, you can always practice on your own! :D

  • cashmere profile image


    7 years ago from India

    My yoga class is on a break for a month. Wish my teacher would hurry back :) Its just amazing what a good session to start the morning can do for you.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Yeah, you know, you don't have to exactly replicate the poses. The most important thing is form. You don't want to struggle or strain and you want to keep your frame in alignment. So, for example, if the "perfect" pose is to sit with legs extended and toe up and bend straight forward to place the palms of your hands on the soles of your feet, it is more important to keep the toes pointing up and your back straight than to place the palms on the soles of your feet. If you can only reach your ankles, you will get the same benefit as a person who can reach his or her feet.

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I think my days of being a contortionist are long past at my age. Ha! Actually I was never that great at it even when younger. Simple stretches...that I can do! Going to add this to my health related board on Pinterest and will share.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Peggy! Yes, you can do very simple yoga stretches and moves and still reap lots of benefits. You don't have to be a contortionist! :D

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    I should probably look into doing some yoga. I know little about it but your hubs are very convincing. Up and interesting votes.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! Glad I could be of help! :)

  • Shelly McRae profile image

    Shelly McRae 

    8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Great hub, justmesazanne. I swear, if it wasn't for yoga my back would just seize up and I would be prostrate for life. Thanks for sharing.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Hi all,

    Thanks for your comments. I have been away for a couple of days and unable to respond. I have recently gone through all my exercise videos and gotten the yoga videos out to use more often.

    PK: Great observations! You should write a HUB about your thoughts! :)

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    8 years ago

    Dear Sir, First we must understand there are two division in yoga, namely yoga asanas which deals with health of our body. There are many asanas to cure most of our ailments, the our part is thr proper yoga of meditation which evolve us to spirtuality. At preant both are called as yoga.

    The founder of yoga is LORD SIVA who taught this some 1400000 years ago during THRETHA YUGA to four saints including JANAKAR, the father of SITA WHO IS THE WIFE OF RAMA.Later recently around 200 BC one saint called as PATHANJALI,compiled and wriiten what all he could get in palm leaves and this is the first venture in writting because up to that time these teachings were done orally and nothing in writtings.So we got the PATHANJALI SUTHRA. Now his work is considered as Bible of yoga. But there are many yoga of meditation secrets not found in this book which are kept by other saints and these techniques are with gurus belonging to old PARAMBARA

    At present yoga assanas are a traded subject and more establishments are there to earn billions of money at America and other western countries. As most of asanas will stimulate harmones there are trents to earn more money on asanas stimulating sex and so much so,THE SAINTS PATHANJALI would have regretted for having written the SUTHRA BOOK. but this trent is gradually coming in India also.Good gurus are still available globaly.

    If some one gets offended by these obsrvations, then I request to parden me.




  • VioletSun profile image


    8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    You absolutely have convinced me to look more into Yoga. My late mom had a friend who practiced Yoga all her life. When she was in her late 70's (which was a different "old" years ago) she was still very sharp and practiced law part time. When she would visit us from overseas, me and sis who were teenagers would get exhausted from her non-ending walks all over the city. She would not get tired, still had a lot of energy to make more plans for the evening!

    Again, thank you for this hub - I am looking into Yoga.

    Voted up and beautiful, awesome, useful and interesting. :)

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    Maree Michael Martin 

    8 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Thanks for a great hub reminding me to get off my you know what and get back into some yoga!

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    Healing Herbalist 

    8 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

    I would love to practice yoga. I think it would be beneficial for me. I wish I could find a place to "teach" me. Thanks for all the great information!


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