FOR HEALTH PROBLEM
to Yog health is an integrated state of body, mind and spirit.
There is a harmony in all the psycho-physiological functions.
It is well coordinated and balanced condition of body and mind
wherein the homeostasis is adequately maintained. Therefore a
feeling of happiness and contentment are essential factors for
sound health. Diseases, on the other hand arise when dissatisfaction,
frustration and dejection are dominant. Although the primary objective
of Yog is spiritual advancement, it has been observed that many
psychosomatic disorders are controlled best with the help of Yog
practices and the persons who practice Yog regularly (Sadhana),
can very well maintain their health, throughout their life. This
indicates that the resistance power against the diseases i.e.
immunity is improved due to the regular practice of Yog. The long
life span of the Yog practitioners also indicates that the Yog
practice can slow down the aging process.
several people are resorting to this preventive and promoting
aspect of Yog. There however is a growing tendency to apply yogic
methods as the last resort for each and every disease, irrespective
of its severity, duration and the age of the patient. This is
however a wrong concept of Yog therapy.
order to stay away from diseases Yog lays emphasis on the following
of 'nadis' by removing the obstructing toxins from the body.
of the neuro-muscular and glandular system so that adequate
immunity is regained.
of proper to increase the ability of the individual to cope
with the stressful situation if any.
living being is well equipped with the healing power. Yog recuperates
this natural strength of the body and mind to eliminate disturbing
factors. Thus, Yog supports and enhances this healing power by
maintaining the equilibrium or homeostasis, through the development
of optimum muscle tone. This, in turn, provides proper mental
thus, has the power to heal various diseases. People suffering
from diseases, like, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, spinal problems
can resort to Yog as it activates the muscular system. Yog also
helps to shape long, lean muscles. Another common pain is back
pain. It causes tightness and spinal compression. Yog, through
increased flexibility and strength, can help prevent the causes
of some types of back pain. Apart from the muscular system, Yog
contributes to the respiratory system as well. Breathing shallowly
into the lungs and not giving much attention to the pattern of
personal breathing is a common characteristic of most individuals.
Yogic practices, like Pranayama, focus on the breathing process
and thus, teach one how to use the lungs in a better way. Certain
types of breathing exercises can also help to clear the nasal
passages and even calm the central nervous system.
improves the circulatory, muscular, cardiovascular, endocrine,
respiratory and other systems in human body. But traditionally
Yog is not related to aerobic fitness the way running or cycling
are. Most forms of Yog emphasise deepening and lengthening the
breath. This stimulates the relaxation response and the opposite
of the fight-or-flight adrenaline boost of the stress response.
Perhaps one of the most wanted and treasured health benefits of
Yog is its effect on heart diseases. Yog has long been known to
lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate
can benefit people with hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
On a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant
effect of Yog. And Yog has been associated with decreased cholesterol
and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.
of Yog, although, intensely physical, yet it has immense psychological
effect. Concentrating so intently on what the body is doing has
the effect of bringing calmness to the mind. Yog also introduces
its students to meditation techniques, such as, watching how the
person breathes and disengages from the thoughts, which help calm
the mind. These procedures often heal heart problems. It is known
that physical activity is always good for relieving stress, and
this is particularly true in case of Yog. Because of the concentration
required, a person's daily troubles, both large and small, seem
to melt away during the time one practices Yog. This provides
a much-needed break from the stressors, as well as helping put
things into perspective.
Yog's anti-stress benefits lies an array of biochemical responses.
Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This
is the so-called "trust" and "bonding" hormone
that is associated with feeling of staying relaxed and connected
to others. Yog benefits a human body and mind in countless ways.
Concentration and the ability to focus mentally are common benefits
the Yog students talk about. The complicated mental diseases like
depression, fear, anxiety and so on can be cured by Yog within
no time. Yog is even being studied as an adjunct therapy to relieve
symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
therapy is used also used to treat specific medical conditions,
from clinical depression to heart disease. Yog is also beneficial
for other diseases like asthma, gastritis, cancer, arthritis,
insomnia, multiple sclerosis and others. Some studies have suggested
that Yog may have a positive effect on learning and memory. Other
researchers have been studying whether Yog can slow the aging
process, increase a person's sense of self-acceptance, or improve
energy levels as well. Some potential benefits of Yog are difficult
to title scientifically. Yog considerably increases spiritual
awareness as well.
results of Yog therapy, however, will vary from individual to
individual. These results depend on two factors: the technique
of Yog practices and the constitution and nature of the patient.
For the desired effects from the Yog therapy one should ensure
that the technique adopted is correct from the traditional as
well as the scientific point of view. Useful physiological changes
only take place when the proper techniques are followed. For this
one would require a Yog guru. Besides this, the disordered physical,
mental and spiritual state of the patient, known as, Prakriti,
should be considered before beginning the healing process. Most
of the time, the preliminary reconditioning of the individual
patient is necessary before starting the main yogic treatment.