Regular Practice of Yoga For Slowing Down The Effect Of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Patricia | December 1, 2008
Yoga For Alzheimer's Disease

Let us first take a look at what Alzheimer’s disease is all about. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. Unfortunately, around 5 million Americans, suffer from Alzheimer’s today. Scientists have uncovered a great deal more about the disease in the past century as compared to the scant knowledge we had earlier.

Alzheimer’s disease is said to ravage the brain, destroying the gray matter in a manner that gradually results in problems in thinking, memory patterns and behaviour. These are known to be grave and serious enough to affect the day to day life of the individual inducing his work, hobbies as well as social life. What’s worse is that over time Alzheimer’s gets increasingly severe and, in most cases, it is found to be fatal. Alzheimer’s is in fact rated as the 6th primary cause of death in the US alone. There are measures however that can be taken to prevent or restrict the onset of the disease.

Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s is principally, a degenerative disease of the brain cells resulting from no known cause, although there are a number of factors that are believed to contribute to it. We shall not delve get into the possible causes as there are too many, but all stem from our modern lifestyle. Fortunately, Yoga, with its emphasis on natural living, right diet, right breathing, right posture and, above all, positive thinking and meditation helps to prevent any such untoward condition. In fact, the prolonged, regular practice of Yoga is known to not just slow down but even restrict the effects of the aging process. But, for optimum results, you will have to practice Yoga at all three levels – physical, mental and emotional.

The more serious and wholesome your practices, the less the chance you stand of contracting such a debilitating disease. Even less fatal, yet cumbersome, conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and heart trouble can be averted by practicing these Yogasanas (Yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), Kriyas (cleansing techniques), and lots of relaxation and a little meditation. But, for your practices to bear even more fruit, you should also follow a Sattvic (pure and simple) Yogic diet. This is, normally, a vegetarian diet, consisting of freshly-cooked pulses and vegetables, plenty of fresh fruits and salads. Try to avoid preservatives as they lead to a variety of unwelcome consequences most of which are, usually, detrimental to ones well being. The best thing for you to do would be to enroll at a Yoga class that has a qualified medical consultant on its staff and well-trained, experienced Yoga instructors. Keep up your practices and you need never worry about Alzheimer’s disease.

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