The best gift you can give yourself is staying fit, flexible and younger. This gift is known as ‘Yoga’.
If you practice yoga regularly it can help you remain free from many illnesses. Yoga is a holistic approach and works on the body, mind and spirit simultaneously. Yoga is not only a preventive methodology but also helps in managing numerous common problems such as Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid disorders etc. Yoga therapy as a whole includes Loosening practices, Breathing exercises, Asana (physical postures), and Pranayama and Relaxation techniques. Read further to understand how Yoga can help you manage common health problems.
It is a condition in which your airways become inflamed and narrow thereby making it difficult to breath. One of the main trigger point of asthma attack is frictional stress in the airway wall
Yoga for Asthma
Yoga for Asthma, when practiced considerably decreases tidal volume in the lungs and breathing rate. Certain postures help expand the chest, increases breath holding time and vital capacity. One of the triggers for asthma is mental stress and through yoga one can stay calm, have better breath and body awareness. Yoga practices which include Chair breathing and pranayama regularly reduces the severity of the attack, decreases the occurrence of asthma attack and your dependency on drugs.
Back pain is very common and 30-40% of the population has back ache and 80-90% experience back pain at some time in their life. This vulnerability is due to weak back muscles.
Yoga for Back Pain
Yoga for back pain is most commonly practiced Along with addressing factors which contribute to back pain, yoga helps in stretching shortened tight muscle and strengthen weak elongated muscles. Slow body movement followed by practices of deep relaxation useful to maintain strength and flexibility of spine. By giving very deep rest to the mind body complex, even acute back pain can be managed. Yoga therapy which includes practices such as Bhujangasana and Lumbar stretch are useful in the management of back pain and are based on the principle of stretch, strengthen and relax.
GERD (Gastro oesophageal Reflux disease)
It is a digestive disorder that affects the lower oesophageal sphincter, the ring of muscles between the oesophagus and stomach. Multiple factors are responsible for GERD such as abnormalities in oesophagus, impaired stomach functions, gastric surgery, genetic factor, pregnancy and certain drugs
Yoga for GERD
Lifestyle modification is the best method to manage GERD. Yoga, being a lifestyle science, helps manage severe GERD thereby delaying or avoiding the need of invasive procedure. Doing yoga increase diaphragmatic tone, thus decreasing the reflux from stomach to oesophagus. Yoga also promotes improved digestion, gastrointestinal motility and balances the autonomic nervous system which in turn regulates digestion. Stress is also a major cause for GERD. Practices such as Nadishuddhi pranayama and Cyclic meditation helps manage stress and therefore regulates gastric acid secretion. Yoga may therefore be seen as potential treatment for GERD.
It is a condition where the thyroid gland is not producing sufficient amounts of hormones. People with mild hypothyroidism may not show signs and symptoms, but as it progresses there is slowing down of metabolism leading to problems like digestive complaints, weight gain and menstrual disturbances in females.
Yoga for Hypothyroidism
Along with dietary advice yoga is an effective adjuvant therapy. It helps to prevent subclinical hypothyroidism from developing into full blown hypothyroidism and to avoid replacement therapy as long as possible. Inverted postures like Viparitakarani and Sarvangasana help to increase blood flow to the head region, where the pituitary gland is situated, thus regulating the secretion of hormones.
To summarise we described only a few disorders for which Yoga is beneficial. It’s therefore important to understand that daily yoga routine can help ease, and in some cases completely eradicate many common health conditions. Yoga can be practiced across different age groups with ease.
It is important to shift from matter towards mind. In doing so integrated approach to Yoga is most beneficial holistic approach in the management of various disorders.