You might wonder why we even need yoga asanas. Any other form of fitness should work
just as well. The thing is, yoga is a way of life. A
form of healing that
aligns mind, body and breath. With practice, it helps you live a
where your mental and emotional well-being is also taken care of. It is
best known way to combat the excesses that lead to the manifestation of chronic
Just think of the ways in which our lives are different from that of our parents or grandparents. Their work timings, food, sleep, rest, movement, entertainment, and information consumption - we have next to nothing in common. While the rapid pace of advancement in the world in all of these spheres is labelled as progress, it has also come with its own drawbacks. And the biggest one amongst those is the sky rocketing rise of chronic lifestyle diseases. That’s why now more than ever we need holistic lifestyle disease prevention methods.
Scientific yoga research proves lifestyle diseases are largely psychosomatic - emanating from the mind. Yoga also believes that we are all born in a state of health and balance, whatever that might be for our unique bodies. Stress and other external factors trigger a state of mental imbalance which has a cascading effect on physiological imbalance.
There are four components to lifestyle: diet, lack of physical activity, unhealthy habits—eating habits, sleeping habits, thinking habits, drinking habits—and mental emotional stress. These create imbalances and that is the root cause of all chronic lifestyle diseases.
Chronic stress influences your body processes such as heart function or metabolic function in a way where they don’t get an opportunity to be restored to their normal state. Over a prolonged period of time these imbalanced functions manifest in the form of chronic diseases such as:
Yoga science has enough evidence to prove that the body has an
amazing capability to
itself. What we certainly need to do is facilitate this process of healing
body as it heals with the help of daily yoga for lifestyle diseases. We can’t get
distracted—for example, whenever we are stressed, there are certain hormones like
that get elevated and these subsequently affect the process of healing. Immune
also known as cytokines are actually protective in nature but when their levels
spike, they affect the process of healing to the point where it could make a whole
progress in the wrong direction. Yoga therapy with its combination of postures,
breathing and meditation techniques can actually help in a way where healing
be supported and accelerated.
Try these and notice the difference in your awareness and attitude towards health and general well-being.