Yoga One Of The Best Method Of Complementing Alternative Therapy

By Patricia | December 3, 2008
Yoga As An Alternative Therapy

Yoga is a holistic, integrated, healing practice of the body and mind that has been practiced for centuries. A common translation of the word ‘yoga’ is ‘union’, referring to the union of your mind and body. This discipline originated in India as long ago as 2,000 BC. Yoga is not only excellent as a form of exercise, but is also renowned for spiritual growth. Like acupuncture and reflexology, yoga is also another type of alternative medicine used for therapeutic purposes.

Yoga is an extremely effective combination of body movements and meditation. It involves physical poses or exercises known an ‘Asanas’ and breathing exercises known as ‘Pranayama’. This therapy therefore enables you to reach a state of harmony and healing.

Yoga practitioners believe this therapy can be used to prevent and treat specific diseases by keeping the body’s life energy (prana) flowing. Physical yoga exercises bring the body to a state of balance while meditation helps you achieve emotional balance.

‘Asanas’ encourage the flow of blood throughout the body. This increases the oxygen content to different cells in the body and is very effective in treating conditions like body aches, gastric disorders and insomnia. It has further been proven to be effective against chronic conditions such as migraine and diabetes. ‘Asanas’ also help improve the functioning of the lymph system, responsible for the defense of the body, thereby flushing out toxins from your system. Practicing the physical poses can help with the lubrication of your tendons and ligaments, improving your flexibility and strength.

‘Pranayama’, on the other hand improves your respiratory functions. It normalizes your respiratory rate and therefore aids conditions like asthma by clearing the air passages. The respiratory exercises increase your breath-holding time and consequently help regulate your heart rate. ‘Pranayama’ has also shown significant evidence in improving concentration and memory levels. It is also beneficial when dealing with many psychological problems, including anxiety and depression.

Yoga is a non-invasive technique that helps you extend your range of treatment for any problem. It can also be used as a preventive treatment as it provides an overall sense of well being. The best part about yoga is that once you have learned the exercises, you can always practice it at home according to your comfort levels. Your individual experience with yoga can always evolve depending on your involvement with this practice. Thus, yoga is one of the best methods of complementing alternative therapies and ensuring good health.

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