Yoga Body Mind

February 15, 2013 Written by JP       [Font too small?]

The ancient practice of yoga in its many incarnations is more popular than ever before. But, based on my informal assessment, it appears that there is a widespread perception that yoga is primarily useful for issues pertaining to mental health. And, while it’s true that yoga often promotes a more positive psychological outlook and clearer cognitive functioning, there’s much more to it. Lately, a series of well designed, clinical studies have illustrated the emerging role of yoga in addressing physical ailments and complaints as well.

To my mind, the most impressive aspect of practicing yoga regularly is the stunningly wide array of potential health benefits. In recent months, papers presented in peer-reviewed medical journals reveal that practicing yoga 1 – 3 times a week reduces: a) the incidence of arrhythmias and other symptoms related to atrial fibrillation; b) anxiety, fatigue and pain disability is those living with rheumatoid arthritis; c) pain severity and improves coping ability in adults diagnosed with chronic neck pain, lower back pain and generalized pain relating to musculoskeletal conditions; d) perceived stress, sleep disturbance and other symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome. All of the previously mentioned studies go a long way in illustrating that yoga, in fact, assists in healing the body as well as the mind. If you have any of the previously mentioned conditions, I highly recommend that you look into the advisability of adding yoga to your health care routine.

To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:

Study 1 - “More Than I Expected”: Perceived Benefits of Yoga Practice (link)

Study 2 - The Effect of Yoga On Neuroticism In An Indian Population Varies (link)

Study 3 - Ancient Science of Yogic Life for Academic Excellence In University(link)

Study 4 - Yoga Meditation Practitioners Exhibit Greater Gray Matter Volume (link)

Study 5 – Effect of Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden, Anxiety, Depression (link)

Study 6 - Impact of Iyengar Yoga on Quality of Life in Young Women(link)

Study 7 - “I’m More in Balance”: A Qualitative Study of Yoga for Patients (link)

Study 8 – Yoga for Functional Ability, Pain and Psychosocial Outcomes (link)

Study 9 - Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Yoga for Low Back Pain (link)

Study 10 - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Yoga for Low Back Pain (link)

How Yoga Affects the Body and Mind

Source: Front Psychiatry. 2012; 3: 117. (link)

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