What is Yoga Therapy?

In its present form, yoga therapy is a relatively new discipline, created by combining traditional yoga with modern medicine. By customizing yoga exercises to individual needs and medical problems, yoga therapy has moved ahead of being a fitness regimen to being a way of life, while also treats medical conditions.

This therapy is applicable to many conditions such as anxiety, low back pain, arthritis, hypertension, heart conditions, hyperventilation, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and multiple sclerosis among others. It can also have beneficial effects on mothers, new born babies, and children and bring about reproductive well-being in women and men.

If you are taking yoga therapy, you will find it cultivates an integration of the body and mind, promotes a harmonious environment, and helps restore the smooth functioning of the vital organs and bodily systems.

That apart, yogic exercises can actually cure you of your physical or mental ailments. This yoga therapy is also called yoga-chikitsa and has been practiced in India since ancient times. According to this science, human evolution takes place on three distinct levels-physical, mental and spiritual. Through yoga exercises, you can be in perfect health by achieving optimal functioning on all these three levels.

The basis of yoga are yogic kriya, asanas and pranayama, of which by practicing the former two, you can have very good blood circulation, rise in your immunity levels and elimination of tension at the physical, mental and emotional levels.

Yogasanas that comprise Hatha Yoga, if practiced correctly, steadily and unhurriedly, can give very good results. If you want to improve your overall health, you must form a habit of doing these exercises regularly. They not only improve your immunity levels, but ensure that your blood is toxin and alkaline-free. They also purify the blood that is carried from your vital organs such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, digestive and other systems.

Perform these yogic kriyas for good results:

  • Kunjal:

    Boil water with saunf and cardamom, cool it and add a little salt. When cool, drink four to six glasses of this lukewarm water in “Kagasana” posture. After this, stand up, lean forward and place three fingers into the back of the mouth and vomit. This exercise is good for indigestion, asthma and diabetes.

  • Ghee drops:

    Place a few drops of warm ghee into your nostril with a teaspoon. Now, turn the spoon around in your nostril to lubricate the nostrils. Cover your nose with a folded towel and press it gently with your palms. Remain in this position for a minute. Breathe normally.

  • Jalaneti:

    Add salt to hot water and cool it. When lukewarm, pour it into a Neto Lota or Jalaneti pot. Introduce the spout of the lota into each nostril, one by one, and tilt your head slowly to the other side. You will find saline water entering one nostril and running through the other.

Repeat this with the other nostril, but remember to keep your mouth open so that you can breathe normally. Once you finish, dry your nose by doing Kapal bharti or exhalation exercises. These exercises will remove the mucus from your nasal passage and increase the efficiency of your mucus membrane. It will also give you relief from colds, coughs, sinusitis and other respiratory disorders, migraine and headache.

If you begin with these exercises and do them diligently, you are sure to find great relief, both physically and attitudinally too.