Cure Through Yoga

Cure Through Yoga

Cure through Yoga

Yoga in​ ​ a ​ popular position Yoga,​ one of ​ the​ world's oldest forms of ​ exercise,​ is​ ​ experiencing a ​ rebirth in​ ​ our stressful modern world. You wouldn't think that a ​ 3000-year-old exercise could increase its popularity. But yoga is​ ​ now being prescribed even by some medical practitioners for a ​ range of ​ health ailments and illnesses,​ as a ​ stress reliever and to​ ​ complement other fitness programs.

Talk to​ ​ anyone who practises yoga and they will quickly extoll an endless list of ​ benefits. it ​ seems beginners quickly become converts. They believe it ​ is​ ​ the​ key to​ ​ good health and happiness in​ ​ today's world _ a ​ common goal for most people. But probably the​ greatest advertisement for yoga is​ ​ the​ fact that it ​ seems to​ ​ have graduated from the​ weird and alternative ranks into a ​ position of ​ fairly wide community acceptance.

Housewives,​ businessmen,​ sportspeople,​ teenagers and the​ aged are all practising a ​ variety of ​ yoga positions,​ meditation and associated breathing exercises. For many,​ yoga becomes a ​ way of ​ life _ often giving a ​ more spiritual side to​ ​ people's lives,​ although not necessarily linked to​ ​ religion. One school of ​ belief maintains that chronic and accumulated stress is​ ​ the​ reason for many of ​ our modern illnesses.

Proponents of ​ yoga argue that it ​ has a ​ multiplicity of ​ techniques to​ ​ counter that cause and,​ unlike drug therapy,​ attack the​ cause,​ not just the​ symptoms. it ​ offers,​ they say,​ a ​ holistic approach to​ ​ health and fitness. Many professional athletes,​ looking for the​ edge have turned to​ ​ yoga as a ​ supplementary form of ​ training. They have found that yoga aids their state of ​ mental and physical relaxation between training sessions,​ and their crucial build-up to​ ​ big meets,​ where a ​ competition is​ ​ usually won or lost in​ ​ the​ mind.

Perhaps one of ​ yoga's major attractions is​ ​ that it ​ combines physical and mental exercise. it ​ is​ ​ excellent for posture and flexibility,​ both key physical elements for most sports-people,​ and in​ ​ some respects,​ there are strength benefits to​ ​ be gained. Yoga teachers say that the​ approach of ​ yoga therapy is​ ​ one of ​ the​ most effective ways of ​ achieving the​ mental edge that athletes seek.

Marian Fenlon,​ one of ​ Brisbane's leading yoga teachers of ​ the​ past 20 years,​ is​ ​ the​ author of ​ two books on​ the​ subject and has had thousands of ​ yoga pupils. Many of ​ them have,​ in​ ​ turn,​ become teachers. Believe it ​ or not,​ she has even taught yoga to​ ​ footballers. Many years ago,​ she took Brisbane Souths rugby league team for an eight-week course and,​ amazingly,​ it ​ was well-received. She says there are eight components to​ ​ yoga therapy - attitudes,​ disciplines,​ posture and flexibility,​ breathing,​ sensory awareness,​ concentration,​ contemplation and meditation. Yoga can play a ​ substantial supporting role to​ ​ modern medicine,​ and complement other fitness and exercise programs. While there is​ ​ no great component of ​ aerobic fitness in​ ​ yoga therapy,​ it ​ complements aerobic exercise because of ​ breathing techniques that can be learned. So there are advantages for even the​ most demanding of ​ aerobic sports - swimming,​ cycling and running. There are numerous documented cases of ​ yoga relieving or curing serious illnesses - such as Parkinson's disease,​ multiple sclerosis,​ heart disease,​ and respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema.

Cure Through Yoga

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