yogabeing

yoga blog by yoga lover in Bicester

5 ways yoga heals

on November 1, 2014

Am reading the book ‘Yoga as Medicine’ … all about yoga as a therapy.

The author cites 40 ways yoga can heal …. I’m going to pick the first 5 to comment on

  1. Increases flexibility
  2. Strengthens muscles
  3. Improves balance
  4. Improves immune function
  5. Improves posture

I’ll post some more benefits another day … just a list would be boring!

We are familiar with the concept of yoga increasing flexibility – and my students certainly tell me it does!  And some postures can certainly help strengthen muscles – such as Locust (Salabhasana) working on the back muscles, or Sun Salutations (Surya Namsakar) working on upper body strength.  Asanas to work on posture feature in every class I teach – maybe something simple such as coming up onto toes with a breath in, or a Tree pose (Vrksasana) or Dancer (Natarajasana).

What about improving immune function – yes the mind can influence healing – the strongest research links are to the benefits of meditation – again something I include in all classes – be it through mindful practice or ‘formal’ meditation.

And yoga certainly improves posture – through creating awareness, strengthening core muscles, teaching ‘correct’ posture – I’m sure my students get fed up with me saying tummy in, long back , shoulders down!

It seems that more research is published almost everyday on the benefits of yoga.  So why don’t you try a class.  You’ll find a useful tool to help you find a local teacher on the British Wheel of Yoga website.  And if you love near Bicester in North Oxfordshire, come along to one of my classes!

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