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Good for what ails you
July 14, 2009, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga | Tags: , , , ,

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So I will admit that my yoga practice has its ups and downs, its fits and starts. Lately it’s been in more of a “fit,” you could say, and I’m trying to recommit to daily (or twice daily) practice. It’s amazing how quickly the body and mind tense up again once the practice is dropped. I’ve also been doing a little reading about the health (not to mention consciousness) benefits of consistent yoga practice. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg, from a sidebar to an NPR interview with yoga master B.K.S Iyengar.

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Yoga’s Effect on Health

Scientists have been trying to measure some of yoga’s effects on health, and have discovered some interesting results:

yoga• Studies by the Oregon Health and Sciences University found that a six-month Iyengar yoga program helped people with multiple sclerosis combat fatigue, and also improved the energy level and quality of life of healthy seniors.

• According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doing yoga helped improve grip strength and reduce pain in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.

• Adult asthma patients practiced yoga in clinical trials to help reduce the use of inhalers and induce more relaxed and positive attitudes.

• Transcendental Meditation, which is associated with yoga practice, was found to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and is more effective than heart disease education programs in reducing fatty buildup in arteries, according to a study in the journal Stroke.

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I also found these enlightening articles about how useful yoga can be in overcoming all kinds of addictions.

Freedom from Addiction

 Healing Addiction with Yoga

Fascinating what a millenniums-old practice can do for you, huh?

 

(photo of yoga mat by me)

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Yay Yoga!

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