Want to improve your overall health holistically? Then, roll out your yoga mat and get started. It is the best answer to the 21st century’s lifestyle-related health woes.
Whether one is suffering from cancer, diabetes, thyroid, sinusitis, insomnia, migraines, chronic back pain, and/or knee pain yoga can help them ease some of their mental, physical, and emotional pain.
Correct breathing, balancing, and meditation techniques of yoga help you channelise your energy for the well-being of your body thus giving an efficient boost to your immune system.
There are different yoga asanas/postures to be followed for different ailments. Some of the common diseases along with the most appropriate yoga poses that can help treat them are listed below.
Most cancer causing mutations are acquired due to risk factors in the environment, lifestyle and diet. Yoga improves metabolism, immunity and reduces stress and toxins. It makes the body less prone to cancer causing triggers such as inflammation, free radical damage and hormonal imbalance. It helps those with cancer to recover and deal with it better.
Pen down the thoughts that disrupt your sleeping patterns, design a sleep schedule and practice yoga everyday. Seated Forward Bend stretches and relaxes your hamstrings, Standing Forward Bend regulates blood flow to the head. Knees to Chest Pose relaxes the thighs, abdomen and neck. Reclining Bound Angle Pose stretches your hips and groin. Corpse Pose helps you relax.
Yoga asanas like Shoulder stand, Inverted Pose, Plough pose, Fish pose, Camel pose, The cobra pose, Bridge formation pose, Headstand pose, Bow pose help balance and regulate the functioning of the thyroid gland. Ujjayi Pranayama also works wonders by re-balancing metabolism and improving reflex pathways within the throat to cure thyroid imbalance.
Tadasana stretches the body, improves focus and increases body balance. Warrior pose improves blood circulation and functioning. Half moon pose improves muscle and joint mobility and tones shoulder and arm muscles. Tree pose improves overall body balance and relaxes muscles and joints. Triangle pose stretches key body organs improving mobility.
Menstrual cramps are really painful and tend to disrupt our routine. Most of us experience that throbbing, sharp and nauseating pain in the abdomen and back during our cycles. These cramps are usually caused due to uterine contractions and are further aggravated by emotional stress. Yoga poses like Wide Child’s Pose, Reclining Twist, Arching Pigeon helps you counter menstrual pain.
It is true that kidney stones can be treated through Yoga. Moreover, not only does yoga help get rid of the kidney stones, but they also promote better health in the organs and can be performed as a regular part of your health program in order to prevent the onset of issues like kidney stones. Bow pose, Camel pose, Wind Relieving pose, Plow pose, Cobra pose, leg raises, restorative poses and Pranayama can help eliminate kidney stones when practiced regularly.
Check out this 8-minute video that will help you learn healing yoga breathing techniques to treat allergic sinusitis. These techniques will help you get through the allergy season by expanding your airways and boosting your immune system.
To relieve recurrent back pain from sitting all day and to improve flexibility in your spine try Jatara Parivartanasana (revolved abdomen pose), Upavista Konasana (wide seated forward bend), Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), Marichyasana (seated twist), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), and Shavasana (corpse pose). Add these into your daily yoga routine.
Yoga for arthritis pain relief does not necessarily have to be pain staking. It can be tailored for different joints and does not have to be the hard ones. Yoga helps to create heat in the joints through deliberate breathing and movement, which eases chronic arthritis pain. Poses like Padmasana, Vajrasan, Paschimottasana, and Pawanmuktasana do help a lot.
Do not disregard pain. You should feel no twitch or pain around the knee area. If you do, stop and re-align. Warm up – knee pain could be a result of hips area lacking flexibility. Warm up before your yoga exercise. Use your feet – pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Micro bend your knees – give your knees a little bend without locking them. Use props.
Boat Pose – Stretch your legs and arms straight out parallel. Straighten your knees, raising legs so toes are above eye level. Release the legs with an exhalation and sit upright on inhaling. High lunge twist, 1-Legged downward dog pose and plank pose also helps the process of digestion, relieve stress, depression, strengthens the arms, and tones the abdomen.
Overeating, erratic sleeping habits, lack of physical activity, stress, alcohol and substance abuse can cause insulin imbalance and inappropriate blood sugar levels. Fenugreek seeds help moderate blood glucose. Two asanas that are beneficial in diabetes management are nishpanda bhava (the no movement pose) and savasana (the corpse pose). Make diabetes a myth!
Pacifying the body’s Pitta energy can prevent liver diseases. Avoid spicy, salty and fermented foods. Avoid hot yoga or exercising when it is hot. Ardha masyendrasana/ Bhujanghasana are poses that can help pacify pitta. Detox your liver with herbs like Bhumiamalaki, Kutki and indulge in sweet, bitter and cooling foods like coconut water, carrots and aloe vera.