The world is celebrating International Yoga Day but we want to make sure you know that the ancient form of exercise can prove to be much more than just another much-hyped, one-day-a-year fiasco – only if you know how to work it to your advantage. Apart from keeping you fit and in shape, when performed regularly, the right choice of postures can help you get rid of many serious ailments.
Here are 10 ailments you can treat by incorporating yoga into your lives.
Hypertension – Hypertension and high blood pressure have become common because the stress levels in our lives is on a constant rise. Try incorporating meditation in your lives. Start with 15 minutes and once you get used to it, increase it to 30 to 45 minutes a day. Just sit back, detach yourself from all worldly worries and tensions and enjoy the vacuum of mind.
Asthma – Inhalers can do only so much when it comes to curing Asthma. We would encourage anyone and everyone who suffers from this condition to start their day with pranayama. Prolonged practice of anulom-vulom can really give you long lasting results.
Thyroid – Also known as the Adam’s apple, thyroid regulates metabolic activities of our body. But abnormal discharges from the thyroid gland leads to many grave problems. One can detect such abnormities with symptoms like decline in energy level, anxiety, swelling in the neck, hair loss, sudden gain or loss in weight – other factors remaining constant. Halasana is a posture that treats Thyroid by giving compression to the neck and Matsyasana asserts the required stretch that stimulates the glad.
Diabetes – Diabetes used to be the disease of the gentry, but in recent times it seems to have entered the homes of the middle class from the back door. Hunger and fatigued accompanied by a couple of extra visits to the wash room are the most common symptoms of diabetes. Ardha Matsyendrasana treats the condition by controlling blood-sugar level. Even Kati Chakrasana will give you amazing benefits for Diabetes.
Stomach Disorder – Diarrhoea, Gastritis, and heartburn are serious health issues that result from an unhealthy stomach. Apanasana is a posture that would be helpful in relieving one from indigestion, bloating, constipation and other stomach disorders. Paschimottanasana is basically a simple stretch that helps treat digestive problems.
Migraine – The chronic neurological disease characterized by frequent severe headaches could be negated to a great extent by practicing the famous Padmasana. The lotus pose is very easy for anyone to perfect. For those who have mastered yoga, may attempt the Sirsashana or the headstand.
Back Pain – Prolonged hours of working on the computer can leave you with unbearable lower back pain. Though we have gotten into the habit of popping painkillers, it will only decay the body in the longer run. Instead, try sitting on the Supta Matsyendrasana posture for 5 minutes for gradual relief. Vrikshasana is another posture that comforts the spine and balances our body.
Arthritis – This rheumatic condition is very common among adults aged 60 or above. Swelling of joints, stiffness, limited range of motion and redness are some common treatment that could be cured to a great extent if one practices the Shishuasana as it helps in straightening the vertebra. Another posture that improves muscle flexibility and increases the range of motion is the Adho Mukha Svanasana.
Depression – It is a psychological condition and a serious threat to one’s wellbeing, but seldom do we afford it the attention it demands. Even if one is hesitant to visit a doctor, forming yogic postures like Sukhasana and Baddha Konasana regularly, and holding the pose for 2 to 5 minutes will certainly improve the condition of your mind in a healthy way.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Too many young women are suffering from this epidemic these days. In case of PCOS, irregular periods are common and it often leads to infertility. Badhakonasana, Supta Badhakonasana, Bharadvajasana and Bhujangasana, if practiced regularly, can cure the ailment great extent.
It’s great if you feel inspired now, are all excited to subscribe to Yoga and get those medical conditions remedied – if you have any of those, that is, HOWEVER, we insist you have a detailed discussion with your physician first. And if you have a trainer who could help you get into the postures perfectly and easily – nothing like it.