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Yoga As Therapy for Various Illnesses

Updated on December 27, 2015

Yoga As Therapy

If yoga is determined to boost your health and several body processes, then maybe it also has the capacity to treat various illnesses. True. Yoga therapy is a branch of yoga practice intended specifically to address any existing health issues and utilizing the principles of yoga in curing them or reversing their effects.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy for Back Pain

About Yoga Therapy

Modern science has its own limitations in terms of its capacity for curing illnesses. Meanwhile, yoga is a practice observed for several years that has been proven to cure various illnesses and boost your overall health. Despite of its intrinsic therapeutic capacity, yoga has never emerged as that until recently.

Yoga therapy is therefore gaining more attention in terms of using its techniques in health care and other medical practices. Even those individuals who have been battling their diseases for several years are opting to include yoga in their treatment plan in the hopes of it delivering the relief that some other modern medicinal practices failed to deliver.

Like the philosophy of yoga practice, yoga therapy encompasses a holistic approach at healing and providing therapeutic benefits to health patients. Yoga can help manage a particular health condition, reducing or controlling symptoms, increasing your body's vitality, producing balance in all of your health systems, and creating a positive outlook, which is most essential when battling illnesses.

Treating Chronic Illnesses

Yoga practitioners and teachers are looking at ways in which they can help people suffering from complicated and chronic diseases cope with their illness using yoga techniques. Since they have special needs, so must the techniques applied in battling those illnesses be. While most people who encounter yoga for the first time associate it with precise body movements and postures, the non-movement oriented practices involved with yogic philosophy also has its own set of profound impact on the body.

Indeed, yoga is able to treat common health complaints as back pains or fatigue, as well as more complex diseases like diabetes or cancer. Among the benefits experienced by cancer patients who opted to include yoga in their treatment plan have noticed an improvement in their sleeping patterns and they feel more relaxed – mentally and physically. Some other health journal also reports that the proper regulation of hormones and improved circulation helps prevent the possibility of breast cancer in most women.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga for Mental Health

The body-mind integration of the yoga practices has been on its strongest suit. Hence, the ability to produce dynamic balance has led many to consider yoga as the best means to attaining optimum function in your body.

There is a technique called Yoga Chikitsa, which is done to enable one to attain a state of equanimity. When a person reaches this stage, s/he is able to block out external distractions and produce a stronger mind capacity. But in order to attain this deep mental state, you need to go through the eight yoga stages: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharna, dhyana, and samadhi.

Both yamas and niyamas serve as the foundation towards attaining complete mental clarity. In this stage, you block out any violent thoughts from the outside world and replace it with your own psychological atmosphere. The ability to control your own psyche and world view is believed to be your first step towards attaining the best possible yogic standpoint towards improved mental health.

The Five Bodies and Yoga Therapy - Part 1

The Five Bodies and Yoga Therapy - Part 2

Maintaining Health

Prevention is still better than cure. This same principle is observed in the yoga teachings using a variety of yoga applications. The combination of various techniques such as massage, circulatory pattern alterations, and stretching promotes the vital functions of your joints, muscles, and organs.

Learn more essential yoga concepts and how each one contributes to a better physical health:

*Exercise – This is helpful in stressing and elongating your muscles that produces a satisfying feeling and relief on your body.

*Hatha yoga – This is a collective name for the series of poses you have to do in yoga, which focuses its core principles on the flexibility of your spine. Its main objective is to relax your muscles to provide a wide range of motion.

*Breathing – This is another vital component that is needed in a more successful yoga practice. Breathing is also important in attaining the right state of mind to begin your yoga session.

*Awareness – Self-awareness, in particular, is integral in yoga practice and the ability to attain emotional balance. It is your first step towards change and determining the steps needed to attain the desired change.

Recovery From Illnesses

To recover from a given illness, a patient has to undergo several healing stages. It will help ensure that s/he is able to attain full recovery from the disease:

*Physical: The first healing stage involves alteration and movement of the vital forces in your health system. It begins by identifying the source of problem and applying techniques that can reverse those effects.
*Psychological: After the physical transformation, yoga also promotes self-knowledge using various calming techniques to gain more mental and spiritual stability.

Emotional Healing

This factor is vital in helping a patient recover from a given illness as rapidly as possible. Yoga therapy techniques produce a calming effect on the body that facilitates in helping your body attain the right relaxation state needed to further its recovery process.

People who are suffering from a particular disease, whether terminal or not, often feel stressed about their situation. The unpredictability of suffering from a disease is indeed causing massive amount of stress. The yoga practices and therapy methods are a good way to relieve stress and tension off your body so you can focus solely on your treatment plan.

Role of Food

As you all know, food is vital in producing the energy needed to fulfill your daily activities. But when incorporated with yoga practice in an effort to produce better health, it involves the right choice of food in its right amount to produce the benefits you desire. In fact, yoga experts would go as far as suggesting that you cannot expect other healing modality unless you eat the right type of food.

Food Guide

Here are some basic attributes of food believed to be essential in enhancing the benefits of yoga practice:

*The food you intake must not be exposed to harmful chemicals such as pesticides, preservatives, additives, irradiation, canning, and some other artificial methods of food preparation.
*Your choice of food varies according to the following factors: physical and mental constitution, current season, quantity of intake, method of intake, food combination, digestive ability, and other similar factors.
*You have to keep in mind that the state of food you are intaking will ultimately affect your own state of mind. Hence, opt for fresh foods to get the best results.
*Your manner of eating also affects your mental and physical well-being. Which is why it is often advised to eat your food thoroughly as opposed to eating them in a hurried manner.

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