Yoga Therapy is not only used by the yoga practitioner but by the wider circles of medical and para medical practitioners. In the Yoga Therapy the medical consultation may be very much beneficial.
Yoga increases the efficiency of the heart and slows the respiratory rate, improves fitness, lowers blood pressure, promotes relaxation, reduces stress and allays anxiety. It also helps to improve coordination, posture, flexibility, concentration, sleep, and digestion. It can be used as supplementary therapy for conditions as diverse as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, migraine and AIDS. It is also useful to combat addictions such as smoking and drinking.
Several patients suffering from various chronic diseases had lost faith in the medical system because in spite of years of treatment they had not achieved any permanent or satisfactory cure. On the other hand, a great number of patients have achieved permanent cure through Yoga Therapy within a period of two to three months from diabetes, arthritis, asthma, gastro intestinal disorders, nervous tension and many others.
The medical treatment has now become so expensive that millions of people all over the world are unable to afford it. Therefore, it would be prudent on the part of the medical science to adopt and use this tested ancient system of yoga as complimentary for treating those diseases and ailments whose medical cure is not certain.
Benefits of yoga for Asthma
- Asthma patients tend to hold their breath for long in an attempt to get more oxygen out of the air that they have inhaled. This can aggravate the condition as this puts more pressure on your internal organs. You are able to take breathe from the diaphragm which helps you in getting used to taking deep and more relaxed breaths.
- The severity of an asthma attack, if and when it happens, can be significantly reduced if you have been practicing Yoga. Although one should never make the mistake of ignoring asthma medication, Yoga can help to calm and de-stress your body and prevent the severe impact of an asthma trigger. Moreover, if you get an asthma attack, the practice of slow breathing would help you survive the complication posed by constricted airways much better.
- A functional advantage of yoga is having control over your nervous reflexes. This facilitates you to lessen the excessive movement of the parasympathetic nerves.
- Benefits of yoga and its asanas can be varied. They not only help in calming down the stressed muscles in your chest, so that you can breathe more effortlessly but they also discharge the energy blocks. Overturned asanas also deplete mucus from your lungs.
- meditation aids in calming you and complements your mind and your body.
- Pranayama also transports numerous benefits. Pranayama brings deeper advantages than the simple involuntary result of exercising the lungs.
- Clearance of acidic and toxic matter from the body through sis purification processes: Neti, Dhauti, Basti, Kapalbharti, Trataka, and Nauli.
- Regular practice of respiratory stretching, static and dynamic yoga asanas, along with rejuvenating and cleansing pranayams and mudras.
- Sequence of muscular stretch or contraction alternated with relaxation.
- It is recommended to practice Shavasana two or three times a day. This posture is also helpful for many psychosomatic diseases for the following reasons:
- Release of scattered life energy (prana).
- Relaxes the skeletal muscles.
- Conserves energy due to deceased muscular and cellular activity.
- Refreshes body and mind with energy.
- Removing obstructions in the flow of pranic energy by focusing on affected part of the body and consciously controlling the life force by moving the awareness to each part of the body.
- Watching the flow of breath, concentration, and meditation, are effective for emotional and mental imbalance.
- Changing one’s mental attitude towards life practicing the five moral restrains (Yama and five self purificatory process/ Niyama), helps improve our inner-personal relationship in the society.
- Avoid negative thinking. It is advised to draw energy through external sources such as food and sunlight.
- It is important to have a proper diet, follow cleansing methods, oil massage, sun bath, regular breathing, stretching and relaxing exercises to recharge or rejuvenate the body. All of this will help building a strong body defense to combat illnesses.