Yoga – More Than Just an Exercise for Nimble Limbs

Yoga is one of the most popular practices in the USA, with over 22 million people having taken up this ancient exercise. Yoga is renowned for its spiritual, emotional and physical benefits and the union of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga helps to connect all these aspects of a person, moving energy, expelling old breathe and strengthening the muscles. the ancient practice of yoga stems from India and according to the philosophy, all the various stretches and poses have an impact on psychological aspects of your life and in turn you health. The popularity with yoga in relation to health and well-being is rising and more people are turning to this practice to combat illness as well as a method of exercise. There are dedicated yoga videos, such as the ones shown on yome’s website, which detail the poses that are helpful for different types of illness. With access to online yoga tutorials it has never been easier to bolster your yoga practice at home, in between classes.

Why Practice Yoga?

Many people report yoga gives them, not only a toned body, but that sense of peace that comes from the quiet time during meditation. The sequence of poses dispels toxins that have gathered in the muscles and can be extremely challenging physically. However, because there are many forms of yoga, people all over the world use this practice every day, and those with mental and physical health problems have been seeing amazing results.

Yoga for Mind

There is a long history of research relating to the benefits of yoga. The practice stimulates the muscles, helps to release endorphins and generally is very good at cleansing the body. Now it seems that research has stretched to include studies surrounding yoga combating anxiety and OCD. A recent report has shown the results of further research carried out at the Dev Sanskriti University of India. Here a there have been a collection of tests carried out, with participants suffering with the anxiety disorder OCD. Participants were given herbal medicines supported by 20 minutes of yoga and pranayam and Gayatri Mantra for ten minutes. The results of the study were astounding and it was discovered that the holistic approach, using herbal remedies coupled with breathing techniques and yoga, actually produced a significant reduction of the levels of OCD in the participants.

Yoga for Addiction

Addiction can ravage the body and the mind. It can have a devastating effect on someone’s life and the lives of everyone in contact with that person.  Thankfully, due to the healing aspects of yoga, it has been introduced to aid many recovering addicts, sometimes through treatment centers and certainly in the months following a detoxification center, in order to help as a vehicle to get them on the road to recovery. Yoga works by centering the mind and can help those struggling with addiction to channel their energy into something positive. Yoga can also help with reparation to a body that may be internally damaged through abuse and neglect. Yoga is amazing at gently unwrapping inner, hidden emotions, enabling people to connect to their true self through the poses  in a regulative and natural way. According to information on Recovery.org’s website, “it is helpful for an addict who is rebuilding their life to find hobbies, get enough sleep and exercise.” In this way yoga can also offer a routine that helps keep the person focused and supports the body, mind and soul on a routine basis.

Yoga For Cancer Patients

Another surprising report from REP-AM.COM has explained how Nancy Scholberg swears by yoga to help her following her double mastectomy 11 years ago. She talks about how yoga eases stress, improves her quality of life and the stretching poses found in the yogic sequence helps her enormously with the movement surrounding the scar tissue and affected areas. Nancy goes on to say that she believes that yoga should be suggested to those who are going through cancer treatment, as chemo and operations can be so traumatic on the body and mind, that by practicing yoga there can bring a sense of peace during a fraught and intense experience. David Sunshine from the Dallas Yoga Center went on to say that although “yoga doesn’t necessarily heal cancer, but it is scientifically proven to help in many ways getting through the process of recovery. It’s about making the body a safe place to feel comfortable and return home to…”

We all know the extraordinary benefits of this practice, but how many people delve deeper and actually try to use yoga for the good of their mental health also, is so worthwhile. With so many forms of the practice available and so many lessons at centers in our local area, there has never been a better time to pursue this interest a little deeper. Begin by taking a look at some of the yoga videos on yome’s website and see if there is something that you can connect with to enhance your mental health and well-being.

Resources:

Yoga for psychological disorders

Yoga for recovering addics

Yoga for cancer