Yoga as Medicine


Is Yoga Medicine?  Yoga benefits the healthy as well as the sick.  Yoga as medicine is a concept, a complement to traditional medicine that heals and becomes more effective over time. No matter what your state of health, once a dedicated practice is established case studies have shown positive results in cultivating peace of mind which in turn lowers cordisol and stress levels, and builds a more resilient nervous system.  Studies have shown that Yoga heightens cardiovasular conditioning, increases the oxygen supply to the tissues, lifts mood, strengthens the body’s immunity to disease, along with bones, muscles, tendons, and ligments in your body helping to prevent injury. You become more aware of your breathing  which in turn implements deeper, slower and  more regular breaths to aid in relaxation wherever you are.  Yoga increases flexibility, improves balance,  lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, heightens sexual functioning and fulfillment, and promotes spiritual well being.  Yoga can change your life for the better if you are open to it. Many people begin to feel the benefits immediately, but don’t expect overnight cures.  It is slow medicine that builds on itself,  a cumulative effort of your mind, body and spirit that becomes more effective over time.  Establishing a regular practice is a proactive key to improving your health in many ways. It is not meant for acute problems or to take the place of conventional medicine; but it does complement them. The longer you stay with yoga and practice, the better you get and the more you will get out of it.

 

Various excerpts above taken from Yoga as Medicine, Dr Timothy McCall 2007.

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