The Magic of Healing Yoga

Introduction

The magical power of healing Yoga has been always an alternative therapy to many grave medical conditions though how actually healing Yoga cures the system is not yet clearly known. However studies are going on to understand the relationships between stress, Yoga and disease and their effects on each other.

However, it is a medically-proven fact that people who regularly practice Yoga are less vulnerable to anxiety and stress as compared to people who do not. They generally exhibit normal blood pressure, good heart function and a great physical fitness.

Healing Yoga bases itself on two natural aspects:

  • The body healing itself
  • Prana or the life force helping in keeping the body and energized by speeding up the rate of biochemical reactions and promoting a faster rate of healing.

The benefits of healing Yoga are reaped by many. Though it has been an age-old Indian heritage, - the healing Yoga, it is practiced by people of all religions from all over the world, including Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks.

Healing Yoga: How does it help our Being

According to recent studies, it has been found out that 90 percent of illness and disease that we suffer from are stress related. Cardio-vascular disease, some types of diabetes mellitus, some autoimmune diseases, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, reproductive problems, suppression of the immune system, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, are all results of stress and lifestyle disorders. Chronic problems of stress also change the level of cortisol, the hormone that helps in regulation of metabolism and blood pressure and maintain a healthy and active body. The hyper-function of cortisol can cause sleep disturbances, loss of sex drive, loss of appetite, increased heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Increased level of cortisol in the body also leads to mood swings and feelings of depression.

However, there is a natural process in the body which helps in counterbalancing the process of stress which is called the parasympathetic nervous system or the "relaxation response." Though this parasympathetic nervous system is only activated after the stress phase has ended, it can also be consciously activated. This can be done by deep breath and relaxation of the skeletal muscles. Herein lies the significance of healing Yoga.

Healing Yoga helps in consciously activating the parasympathetic nervous system through deep breathing and conscious relaxation that aids in "rest and renew" functions of the body. Healing Yoga also brings down the level of cortisol in the blood. The meditative power of Yoga also trains one to realize the futility of worldly things. This makes one free from most of the stress or tensions that arise from the fear of death and loss.

By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, healing Yoga helps the body in healing itself. The different Yoga postures also help in enhancing the circulation of the blood which in turn aids in normal functioning of the immune system. Healing Yoga is also a great way of improving the strength and the flexibility of the muscles and increasing their range of motions. It also helps in improving lung capacity and function through the exercise of deep breathing.

Benefits of Healing Yoga

Yoga has been found beneficial in treating health disorders like:

  • Acid Stomach
  • Addictions like alcohol and drugs
  • Asthma
  • Backache
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eyestrain and Headache
  • Heart Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Obesity
  • Sexual debility

Conclusion

It is very difficult to define Yoga. It is more than an art or a science or a mere philosophy of life. It is the way of leading a conscious and skillful life. Healing Yoga is the key to a healthier lifestyle as it imbibes in us self-awareness and discipline which leads to a perfect body and positive behavior modification.
Healing Yoga is a natural and strong support to the healing mechanism that goes on within the body. It can be always absorbed in one’s lifestyle as a complementary therapy to the problems in the life – be it in the mind or the body.