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Yoga as Medicine

Yoga as Medicine

Yoga as Medicine

When we are ill, or in pain, we mostly turn to medicine to relieve the symptoms or heal what hurts us.  Medicine adjusts the systems in our bodies that are not working perfectly – it can enhance our body's defenses, clear a blocked pathway, and assist our body back to healing.

Yoga is usually described as medicine, in its own very powerful way.  Practically speaking, this perspective can be incredibly advantageous and healing to all of us.  One main goal behind the energy and focus of yoga is to become more confident, identify what we need most physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and to be able to accomplish those solutions for ourselves.  We see therapists and qualified doctors to heal our bodies and our minds, and through deep and genuine yoga study and exercise, we can also teach ourselves to turn internal, to basically understand how yoga poses and yoga exercises can cherish us as well.

In medical terms, prescriptions and quantity of medicines are carefully measured to have the most influential impact and meet our needs.  Likewise, we use adjustments and alignments to our poses to achieve the globally designed posture in order to achieve certain ideals. Yoga is not about capricious movement.  It is both much more exquisite and unspoiled.  Out of necessity, we invoke self-reflection: asking ourselves what we want and what we need can inform the way we move our bodies to heal the pieces that need attention.

Practical Challenge:

When next time you practice Yoga poses, cognize an experience or a moment from the day that produced the most amount of excitement (emotional, physical or spiritual) inside you. Try hard to match that excitement through the following exercise and determine whether the physical practice assists you to work through those emotions!

Below are some suggestions of Yoga poses you can try out to address different emotions:

  • Heartbreak and loss in business:  Try Urdhva Dharasana (backbends)
  • Anxiety, agitation, and feel restlessness: Try a sequence of forwarding folds and sun salutations
  • Overwhelmed: Try Paschimottanasana, Janushirasana, Arm binds, and shoulder opener poses
  • Sadness, fear of change: Try hip openers poses like Pigeon Pose, Agnistambhasana
  • Frustration: Try to stretch, Warrior 1 and 2 poses, King Arthur Pose (for the thigh), and Parsvottanasana (reverse prayer).

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