Benefits of Yoga Therapy
| February 11, 2009
People worldwide are taking up yoga for its therapeutic effects. Large numbers of people are attracted for the physical benefits of yoga. Gradually people are realizing the mental and spiritual aspect of yoga which is the actual essence of yoga therapy. With yoga the body and the mind work simultaneously. Yoga ensures perfect health, harmony and equilibrium.
We are now living in a competitive and challenging environment. The social and economic aspirations of individuals have only added top the burgeoning stress levels. Expectations and egos are sky high. People suffer from low endurance levels, as our happiness is dependent on external factors which are at a superficial level. The resultant stress and possible depression can cause physiological and psycho-somatic ailments like high blood pressure, ulcer, diabetes, asthma, migraine, arthritis, rheumatism, hypertension, insomnia, and feelings of indecisiveness, a lack of confidence, an inferiority complex, and nervousness amongst others.
Happiness and mental well being have to come from within. Yoga paves the way for self-development, helps in attaining deeper consciousness of the inner self and eliminates psychological causes of all our problems.
Yoga comprises of many elements. However, Pranayam (controlled breathing), and Asanas (Body Postures) have become more popular. To get optimum benefits, practice of both is essential.
The following Yoga Postures and Rhythmic Breathing techniques help rejuvenate the glands and the nervous system for positive and optimistic mental state:
Yoga mudra (The Symbol of yoga), Paschimottanasana (Stretching of the back and legs), Dhanurasana ( The Bow Pose), Halasana (The Plough Pose), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist), Supta Vajrasana (The Supine Pelvic Pose), Trikonasana (The Triangle Pose), Viparitkarani (The Inverted Posture), Sarvangasana (The Shoulder-stand Pose), Sirshasana (The Head-stand Pose), Savasana (The Corpse Pose).
Rhythmic breathing in Bhastrika (The Bellows Breath), Kapalbhati (The Cleansing Breath), Anulom-Vilom and Nari-Sodhana (Alternate Breathing)
In general, emotional and mental benefits from a regular practice of yoga are –
- Development of will-power and confidence
- Enthusiasm and interest in life
- Tolerance and generosity
- Evenness of temper
- Inner peace and calmness of mind
- Courage and firmness
- Improvement of memory and concentration power
- Clarity of thought
- Positive outlook
- Improvement in sleep pattern
Your mind is the source of all ills of a psychic nature. It is also the source of healing. Yoga teaches us to be positive in thoughts, words and actions. When we use mental energy positively, we find a world of difference in our attitude and outlook. If yoga is practiced correctly and with awareness, it restores balance and helps us to find serenity and inner peace.