Yoga as Therapy

Yoga is science of life carrying in it the mystery of conservation of health and complete transformation of life. Its techniques offer remedies of health and hygiene chiefly because these are half therapy. Yogic therapy contributes to the integration of personality through healthy body and mind with minimum of time, effort and expense. This is attained by promotive, preventive and curative methods. Whereas Promotive methods bring in homeostatic functioning in the body, Preventive methods protect individuals from exposure to bad influences and Curative methods bring cure in the disturbed psychophysiological function.

Five Layers of Human Existence as per Yoga scriptures Science of illness & treatment in Yogic lore is at all five levels- leading to holistic health.
Scientific study of human Aura by Tart at Univ of California, also delineates following aspects of human aura:- a) physical b) psychological c) psychical & d) projected auras

The mechanism through which yogic therapy achieve results are by;

  • Direct influence on the body organs like muscles, joints, ligaments, visceral organs to counteract repeated irritations causing stiffness. Influence on visceral organs possibly decrease metabolic activity
  • Influence through autonomic nervous system by reducing sympathetic tone and promoting parasympathetic tone, leading to balance
  • Influence through higher nervous system by voluntary control over somatic system and by influencing psychic areas in the brain.

While the first two mechanisms are involved in the maintenance and promotion of psychophysical health, the third mechanism governs the spiritual aspect of personality.

For better results Participants should understand the science behind the practices;
In the beginning of treatment variations suitable to the body including ‘joints & glands’ Yoga i.e. Sukshma vyayama must be practiced

In today’s times most of the asanas and pranayama are popularized as if they are for a particular physical or mental problem. For example, ardha matsyendrasana for diabetics or sheetali pranayama for controlling high blood pressure etc. As a matter of fact, only asana or pranayama is not going to help if it is done in a mechanical pattern. There are other factors that play a major role in the recovery and rehabilitation process. Some of these other factors are;

  • Awareness – In order to get the benefit it is not important that the posture is perfect; more important is the awareness of the body and mind
  • Attitude – all Yoga practices are based on the laws of nature. It is very important to understand its scientific details with spiritual outlook
  • Commitment – quite often people take up Yoga as an experiment. Sometime when all other doors are closed, people come to Yoga and expect a miracle or instant recovery. One has to practice Yoga as a lifestyle; once in a while practice won’t give the desired results.
  • Relaxation & Restoration –stop, breathe and relax. Give body and mind time it needs!  

Yogic practices vary as individuals vary. According to the individual needs the nature of yogic practices will differ. But with due discrimination every individual stands to benefit in some way. There are limits everywhere. On the basis of limitations of age, environment, maturity, and general physical capabilities one has to select appropriate yogic practices to start with.

Other important factors such as, Healthy diet, Openness to accept the changes, and learning new healthy habits play an integral role in the recovery process

Yoga has always been a growing discipline. It has gone through several stages of development and has adjusted to the needs of the day. It never prescribed the same approach to all persons. It has always showed regard to individual differences. Yoga in modern times is taking a new dimension. There is a tendency to look for help from Yoga in every walk of life to overcome the problems and reach a level of peace and satisfaction.

21 thoughts on “Yoga as Therapy

    1. Thank you for your kind words 🙏

      I hope and wish people struggling with different ailments incorporate Yoga in their lives and feel the beauty of health Yoga offers.
      Yes, please do your practice and stay strong and healthy ❣️🧘

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    1. Pleasure is all mine. I love to read; read good stuff and you provide just that!
      I would love to hear your journey towards flexibility… With practice and dedication, I am sure you’ll be there soon ☺️

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  1. In the ’20s and 1930’s, Americans wanted to start using yoga without its religious meanings. At the time, the guru asked was not willing to allow that…..but now it is indeed an active part of medical therapy.

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    1. Thats information for me. Thankyou for sharing ☺️
      If you get to read the philosophy of Yoga, you’ll discover that it’s actually not religious. Even Ishwara (God) that has a mention in it… Is explained as a Purusha Vishesha (i.e. a special soul). And the qualities mentioned are the great Values that any human can posses pursuing any spiritual path.
      It’s not natural for a worldly person to understand spirituality as the first step. And that should not be a a stopping point to reap the benefits of Yoga (physical and mental)…as it’s the first aspect that Yoga helps correct… And so I feel it’s a blessing that it’s getting the popularity that it’s getting.
      Thankyou for your valuable inputs. Appreciate it 🙏🧘

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  2. I do yoga every week and sometimes at home as well but I never really thought of it in this way.. I’m feeling out of line at the moment, not were I should be. The thinking and thoughts in my head are not as they should be and Ivm stuck in it.. I should consider doing yoga more often, just to try and clear my head more. Maybe even meditate…
    Beautiful article, thank you❤️

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    1. Thankyou Melanie for giving the article a read…
      We are all students and learning from life all the time. Best of luck to your Yoga/ meditation practices. Stay blessed ☺️
      Thankyou again for visiting and appreciating the efforts 🌸🙏🌸

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