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Yoga energizes your body by providing amazing health benefits.

HeroNow, Student of bachelor of Medicine needs to study about yoga as part of their curriculum in India,-reports Times of India, a leading newspaper in India. Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken such a great step to create physically fit doctors, who can assure the health importance of yoga to patients. Such emphasis is just due to a versatile role of regular yoga practice in health and wellness.

Understanding the principal of yoga

Yoga is an age old ancient Indian therapy, a holistic approach to produce a balance between body, mind and spirit.
Yoga comes from Sanskrit word “yuj”, means to join or to unite. Different yoga postures create a harmonious relationship among various body systems and with environment. The union of body, mind and spirit is the key of health benefits offered by yoga.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.” This is what exactly accomplished in yoga.

Health benefits offered by yoga

  • Impart physical fitness

A study published in the International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering documented that regular yoga practice, especially Hatha yoga, improves health-related aspects of physical fitness. Hatha yoga can  greatly impart muscular strength, flexibility, balancing and endurance. Such fitness is attributed to muscular stretching and strengthening performed during various poses of yoga.

  • Improve mental fitness

Breathing techniques and meditation practise in yoga make your mind calm, clear and alert and, hence help to overcome several mental issues.

A review published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine (BJSM), which reviewed total eight studies, states that yoga is effective in controlling anxiety symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), examination anxiety, snake phobia and other anxiety neurosis.

Yoga is found to be a useful way in reducing stress during inpatient psychiatric treatment reported by Pubmed. Analysis of mood status in 13 psychiatric admitted patients at New Hampshire Hospital before and after yoga, showed significant improvements in mood and empowerment after yoga practice.

  • Achieve wellness

The demand of a competitive world, increasing work pressure, changing lifestyle pattern, poor sleep and faulty eating habits addresses to a host of stress-related chronic pain and illness.

Sudarshan kriya and related practices (SK&P), a type of breathing exercise developed by Shri Shri Ravishankar, known as Art of Living, is greatest way to stay calm and connect with you in today’s modern competitive world. The practitioners had found favourable effect in improving body wellness. Such relaxation exercises lower the intensity of stress and increase positive feeling to induce body wellness,- proved in a pilot study published in a journal Biomedcentral Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

  • Control illness

As mentioned in Yoga journal, yoga provides relief in different clinical problems.

  • Chronic pain: Stress reduction and postural balance help in alleviating chronic pain. Additionally, Pranayam and meditation are powerful ways to manage chronic pain such as a backache.
  • Hypertension: The Sympathetic nervous system, i.e. fight or flight response which predominantly raises blood pressure is calm down with yoga practice.
  • Asthma: Yoga techniques are beneficial in controlling the symptoms of asthma when used adjunct to medical treatment.
  • Heart diseases: A combination of yoga, meditation and vegetarian diet reduces risk factors associated with heart diseases.
  • Osteoarthritis: Alleviate pain during activity and various joint movements.
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome: A condition characterized by burning nerve pain due to wrist compression. Yoga causes significant improvement in pain reduction and grip strength.


  • Improve quality of life in Breast cancer suffers

As per pilot study result issued in Journal Cancer Nursing, Iyenger yoga program for breast cancer survivors and patient undergoing breast cancer treatment showed a beneficial impact on recovery.

The study conducting researchers analyzed the data and concluded that Iyengar yoga program improved the quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Improvement was also seen in psychosocial functioning such as reduction in level of stress, anxiety and depression. Patients were seemed as happier and less tired.

  • Beneficial for diabetes

Practicing specific yoga asana for 40 days in type 2 diabetes patients substantially normalize blood sugar profile both fasting and after lunch, decrease waist-hip ratio and normalize insulin levels for better glucose utilization, according to study covered on Pubmed. Hence, experts recommend yoga along with diet and drug therapy in type 2 diabetes sufferer.

  • Help in weight loss

A study published in a journal Medical Science Monitor showed that six days yoga and diet change program (low-fat, high fibre vegetarian diet) reduces body mass index (BMI) and fat-free mass along with reduction in waist and hip circumferences all of which are indicators of obesity.

Yoga benefits are numerous, but you must consult your doctor and learn yoga techniques from the trainer before opting yoga. 

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  • Comment Link srikumar Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:42 posted by srikumar

    Yoga is union body and mind.Really yoga gives amazing health benefits to Internal and external also.

  • Comment Link Jana Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:28 posted by Jana

    Yoga is by far and away the best single thing anyone can do for their health and for their body!

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