More than just a stretch; Yoga for chronic diseases

Derived
from the Sanskrit word ‘’yuj’’, yoga is not just a physical exercise where the
body is twisted, stretched with controlled breathing. These are a few
superficial aspects of a very deep and profound practice that actually unfolds
the limitless potential of the mind, body, and soul.

 “yoga
is the real secret to better health and greater happiness”, Sri Sri Ravi
Shankar.

The
regular practice of yoga has brought about not only a remarkable lifestyle and
behavioral changes. There have been many cases wherein people with chronic
diseases have experienced positive relief through yoga.

Let’s
look at some of the chronic diseases where yoga has proved to be beneficial.

Yoga in
cancer

The worst
part of cancer is not the symptoms of the disease but the debilitating fatigue
and the traumatic side effects of the treatment. Be it scar tissue or nausea
& weakness.

Yoga
poses work wonders for cancer patients who find it uncomfortable to follow a
regular exercise regime and prefer the ideal, balanced ‘’whole body’’ gentler
form of exercise.

  • The deep relaxing breathing
    increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the tired cells that need vital
    nutrients and this helps in flushing out toxins accumulated during the
    treatment.
  • Yoga asanas enhance the
    internal purification process by increasing the blood flow, balancing the
    glands and improving the lymphatic flow in the body.
  • The asanas stimulate the
    muscles and increase their strength. Post-surgery, yoga helps in restoring
    motion and flexibility of the body.
  • Stress diminishes the body’s
    immune system. Yoga helps cancer patients dissipate tension and anxiety,
    thus increasing their chances of recovery.
  • Yoga serves as an internal
    anchor and provides a great sense of calmness and well-being to patients.

Yoga for
heart diseases

‘’A
review of yoga and cardiovascular disease’’ published in the European Journal
of Preventive Cardiology, indicates that yoga helps lower heart diseases as
much as brisk walking does.

  • Dr Gloria Yeh, an associate
    professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, explains that yoga
    involves breathing, meditation and physical exercise. All these elements
    that positively affect the cardiovascular risk factors individually, when
    used in a combined way show remarkable results.
  • Practising Yoga makes the
    muscles sensitive to insulin which is important for controlling sugar in
    diabetes.
  • Breathing helps lower the
    blood pressure and calms down the nervous system as constant stress wreaks
    havoc on the cardiovascular system.
  • Inflammation is the body’s
    way of reacting to injury, harmful situations or stress and is at the base
    of all pathologies including heart diseases. Yoga helps reduce
    stress-related inflammation.

Yoga for
kidney disorders

Yoga
helps in decreasing or preventing the damage to the kidneys thereby improving
the overall health of this vital organ.

  • Practicing pranayama and
    kriyas often acts as cleansing techniques, keeps all the internal organs
    healthy and improve the overall function of the kidneys. 
  • Asanas like gentle twists
    and backbends massage and contract the kidneys helping them to function
    more efficiently.
  • As mentioned earlier yoga
    helps reduce blood pressure and this is also beneficial in chronic kidney
    disorders.

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