How yoga can heal you

The ancient Indian wellness solution Yoga that promotes holistic living has found widespread favour across the world. Although some religious groups refuse to imbibe it, yoga gurus claim that practicing yoga is a way of life and it can cure many health issues, including some major ones.

Here is a list of what and how yoga can heal.


Hypertension: Pranayam is the best yoga technique to control it. Do it 10 times daily for effective results.


Diabetes: Practice Vajrasana, Dhanurasana, Child pose, Kapalbhati and Nadishodhan pranayam to treat the problem. Cravings for sweets can also be calmed through seated meditation yoga poses.


Depression:  Stand upright, keeping your legs slightly apart. Leave your whole weight on your left leg slowly. Fold your right knee and lift it up to touch your chest and embrace your shin with your hands. Hold your right ankle with your right hand and press your right foot into your left inner thigh. Now stretch out your arms straight up maintaining a balance of the body on your left foot. Take five long breaths in this position and relax. Repeat the same with the other leg.


Painful cramps: Sit on a mat on a floor and stretch your legs straight in front. Keep a rolled blanket on your upper thighs. Now slowly fold your upper body over the blanket. Take 10 deep breaths in this position and relax.


Cold and congestion: Sit straight. Curl down the index and the middle finger of the right hand towards your palm. Press your left nostril with your right finger. Inhale four times. Now close your right nostril with your thumb so that both the nostrils are closed. Hold the air inside till four counts. Release your ring finger and let the air out from your left nostril in four counts. Repeat this for five minutes.


Sleepless nights: Lie down on the base of your back. Hold the right knee with your hands and press it into your chest. Twist your right leg over, towards your left side. Spread out your arms to the sides in a relaxing state. Take 10 deep breaths in this position. Repeat the same with the other leg.


Obesity:  Yoga provides many relaxing asanas to get rid of this problem. Among all asanas, Kapalbhati pranayama tops the list. Paschimottanasana, Dandasana, Poorvottanasana, Halasana, Naukasana and Shalbhasana poses massage and tone the abdominal and pelvic organs resulting in reducing weight.


Migraine: Stand straight with legs slightly apart. Stretch your arms upward and bend forward touching your finger tips on the floor. Breathe in while moving your arms upward and breathe out while bending forward. Stay in the bending position for three counts and then come back in the original position. Repeat it five times every day. The bridge pose is also beneficial to calm the brain and reduce the anxiety. These asanas invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood supply in the brain.


Lower back pain: Stand straight with both feet and shoulders aligned with your hips. Inhale deeply and move your arms out and up. Hold your left wrist with your right hand. Then pull your left arm up slowly with your right arm. Stay still and take three breaths. Do the same with the other side.


Practice these simple yoga postures every day to protect yourself from common health issues. Do them in a calm and relaxing way. Your health is your greatest wealth. Enjoy the simple pleasure of doing yoga every day.

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