Yoga is an ancient Indian wisdom designed to bring a balanced health at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an individual as envisioned by WHO definition of health.
Yoga therapy is a systematic and scientific therapy that uses
- Yoga postures
- Breathing techniques
- Guided imagery
- Yogic diet
- Yogic counselling
to improve physical and mental health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of body, mind and spirit.
In yoga therapy, healing involves the movement of vital forces in the system. Every illness involves a certain level of energy blockage. By promoting the flow of prana or vital force, yoga combats those blockages, restoring the basic condition of health.
A growing body of research evidence supports the belief that certain yoga techniques may improve physical and mental health through down-regulation of the hypothalamo pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system.
Yoga practice reduces the inflammation and oxidative stress.
It has been hypothesized that some yoga breathing exercises cause a shift towards parasympathetic nervous system dominance, possibly via direct vagal stimulation.
- Diabetes mellitus
- Bronchial asthma
- Cervical and lumbar spondylosis
- Cardio vascular disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Menstrual disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Multiple sclerosis
- Side effects of chemotherapy