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April 27, 2015
Yoga was in the west before the 1960s, but it was never part of accepted mainstream culture. You can't watch television for a night without seeing images of asanas. The acceptance of the yogic lifestyles in modern society has transcended all expectations for the discipline. No longer is yoga associated with 1960s hippie culture. It has come a respected complimentary form of therapy among medical professionals.
Yoga's benefits to the physical and emotion well being of the user are being utilized each day in conventional medicine and at home by the practitioner. A daily yoga practice can help improve balance, promote self healing, move toxins from body, increase attention and concentration, reduce stress, calm nervous system and develop self awareness.
It has become a popular form of physical activity in some public schools. Public school systems have realized that a simple yoga sequence practiced by its students is an effective way to help students train their actions and thoughts through their focus on rhythmic breathing. The movements from the asanas is also a good way to improve flexibility and body strength as a physical activity.
The biggest achievement is how the medical community is now adopting yoga therapy as an accepted compliment to a daily stress, pain, or Diabetes management program. There isn't a modern fitness center without a diabetes management program or a yoga program anymore.
Chronic Back Pain
During a 12 week study, Seattle's HMO Group Health Cooperative compared the results of a group given yogic exercises to a group given conventional exercises. The study revealed that yoga delivered pain benefits lasting longer than conventional exercises.
Research from the Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard's McLean Hospital discovered that people who practiced yoga experience a 27 percent increase in GABA, proving yoga can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety
The nerve damaged caused by type 2 diabetes can slow nerve impulse causing decreased sensation. Doctors at Duru Tegh Hahadur Hospital in Delhi, India discovered that a daily yoga routine can improved nerve function better than conventional exercise which did not halt Diabetic nerve deterioration.
The University of California, San Francisco discovered that women who used a restorative yoga routine experience a 30 percent drop in the rate of hot flashes. These women also experienced a boost in energy and mood.
Stress Management and Relaxation
Stress can cause high blood pressure and hearth disease because it effects the muscles, heart rhythm, and breathing. To reduce stress and to prevent heart disease the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center of Cedar-Sinai Center in Los Angels California has adopted yoga as their primary therapy for stress management.
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