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The Healing System of Yoga

Updated on February 17, 2018

The Healing Energy of Yoga


Yoga is an ancient practice dedicated to achieving a healthy mind and body. Its capacity to provide healing is just one reason for its popularity. Add to that the wellness benefits it provide, which can improve your body's capacity for preventing certain diseases.

The good thing about yoga is that it provides a holistic approach to treating various conditions instead of curing specific illnesses only.

Healing Energy of Meditation

Treating Common Health Conditions

Yoga has been studied and assessed for its capacity to treat various conditions. It has the ability to treat simple to complex health conditions. Plus, there are variant styles available for you to choose from depending on what condition you are suffering from.

Below is a list of common conditions and how yoga can be beneficial to them.

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory ailments is a common condition shared by men and women alike with varying degree of the problem. Some of the more common respiratory problems include asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, all of which are characterized by one's difficulty to perform even normal breathing. To date, there are various medical therapies and treatment methods suggested for people with such problems but yoga is considered as a legitimate alternative medicine for breathing problems.

As you know, breathing (pranayama) is one of the eight stages of yoga. Therefore, participants are required to undergo breathing exercises and proper breathing control methods that help them relax and improve stamina. When combined with yoga workout and exercises, it significantly improves an individual's ability to tolerate exertion and cope with that quite easily. An important factor in the improvement of respiratory conditions come after a person has practiced proper methods of controlling their breathing.

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Healing Meditation

Chronic Pain

The ability to deal with and manage pain is one of the biggest benefits that can be derived from yoga. Pain is sometimes mental more than it is physical. Hence, this is where yoga becomes quite effective. When you practice yoga, it targets the brain's control mechanism that sends signals of pain all throughout your body. It causes your body to release its natural painkillers to help reduce the amount of pain currently being experienced.

Breathing is another crucial component in managing pain. The more you are aware of your breathing and slowing it down can cause your muscles to relax and stay calm. Eventually, your muscles relax as well as tension is released as you exhale.

Some other techniques involved in yoga practice also improve your ability to reduce pain. For example, meditation and relaxation.

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a potentially life-threatening condition. Hence, finding an effective treatment or adapting preventive measures is vital in maintaining an overall healthy condition. Yoga is composes of various exercise and relaxation features that regulates your blood pressure.

There are several reasons why an individual suffers from hypertension. However, stress is pointed out as one of them. Yoga is an effective stress reliever, which when you are able to regularly practice yoga, it also eliminates stress in your life and the risk of hypertension.

Yoga for Diabetes

Yoga for Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition characterized by the improper use and production of natural insulin in your body. Finding an effective cure against diabetes is important given the fact that it is one of the leading causes of death in America. Insulin is the type of hormone responsible for converting sugar and other starchy foods into energy that the body can use. There are also several factors that cause diabetes such as genetics, lifestyle choices, obesity or stress.

It is important to note, however, that yoga does not claim to cure diabetes. What the practice of yoga basically does is to complement or enhance whatever lifestyle changes you are already practicing to keep the symptoms under control. For instance, performing sun salutations is beneficial for people with stress as it boosts supply of blood and its assimilation throughout various parts of the body.

The same goes with the performance of yoga asanas as muscular exercises help lower your blood sugar level. Recommended yoga exercises for diabetes include Posterior Stretching Pose, Jalaneti, Kapalbhati, Anuloma-viloma, Shavasana (or Dead Body Pose), and Vajrasana.

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Yoga for Sleep, Insomnia, or Deep Relaxation

Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful condition affecting the joints, which make it impossible to bear weight on the specific joint affect by arthritis. Rheumatologists have studied this condition for several years now in an effort to find an effective treatment, but most of them have only provided temporary relief from the condition.

Exercise has been identified as an effective cure against arthritis, however. Therefore, it only made sense to utilize yoga as a treatment for arthritis as the exercises comprised in yoga allowed a wide range of motion for your joints and reestablish stability in the area. The good thing about executing yoga postures is that it eases you into the practice without necessarily causing strain or pain, and yet you are also adding flexibility into the body in the process.

Slow rotation exercises are highly recommended for those with arthritis. Stretching exercises are also beneficial for arthritis, so make sure to try a few ones. If you have arthritic fingers, you can perform the Flower. To do this, simply make a tight fist. Hold it for at least 5 seconds and release your hands while wide open this time. Try to stretch your hands as far as possible.

Insomnia

Chronic sleeping disorders such as insomnia can impact the body in a major way. Hence, looking for ways to improve your sleeping habit or quality of sleep is vital to improving your health condition. Here are three ways wherein yoga can be helpful for those people suffering from insomnia:

  • Yoga helps to relieve your central nervous system by increasing blood supply to the brain, therefore normalizing your sleeping pattern.
  • The longer you perform yoga, the less sleep it is required for your body to stay healthy and for it to function properly.
  • You can easily fall asleep given that both your mind and body are in a relaxed state.

Yoga Warrior Pose

Mental Health

The mental aspect of yoga is probably the biggest source of benefit that yoga can provide. The ability to reduce mental tension or worries and develop a positive outlook through the practice of yoga is very beneficial as it affects you physically as well.

Mental health is very important for you to function at your peak on your daily activities. That way, you can solely focus your energies on activities that will reap positive results.

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