By Faye Martins
Yogic methodology is sometimes referred to as a solution to all problems, but with laws as they are, many yoga instructors are careful not to over promise. Yoga teacher training web sites constantly warn instructors about making unrealistic promises that we can’t deliver. What we can morally promise is reduced pain and prevention.
The Common Mindset
We sometimes put the cart before the horse. We wait until something goes wrong with our bodies, and then we try to fix them. Often that leads to expensive medical tests and medications and fails to address the cause of the problems in the first place.
Yogic philosophy works the other way around, teaching people to live in ways that promote healthy mental, physical and emotional habits. Yoga was never designed to be quick solutions for workday stress, obesity or disc problems. Instead, it is a holistic discipline intended to pave the way to optimal health and spiritual well being.
Initially associated mostly with the young counter culture of the 1960s, Yoga slowly infiltrated mainstream global society throughout the 20th century. Today its practice takes place everywhere from traditional studios to medical centers. Scientific research validates its capacity to heal, and many doctors now recommend Yoga to patients as complementary therapy for everything from high blood pressure to cancer.
While Yogic techniques make it easier to cope with existing ailments, most people underrate their capacity to prevent disease and maintain good health. For best results, a Yoga training session should be regular and comprehensive, but benefits can result from more limited routine, as well.
Ten Ways Yogic Methodology Promotes Good Health
• Reduces stress and lowers adrenaline levels
• Helps to control weight
• Alleviates pain
• Improves circulation
• Strengthens immune system
• Lowers blood pressure
• Improves digestion
• Increases levels of serotonin
• Contributes to mental alertness
• Relaxes muscles and nervous system
The importance of the mind, body and spirit connection is relatively new to modern medicine. Now that we know it is impossible to create changes in thinking or emotions without creating changes in the physical body, and vice versa, disciplines like Yoga become increasingly vital to our well-being.
Today, as many as four out of every five visits to doctors involve medical issues that are stress related. Yoga helps to prevent disease, manage existing ailments, and reduce stress. It also provides a sense of community and support for people undergoing similar challenges and stages of life, another factor shown by research to contribute to longer, happier lives.
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