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This study aims to evaluate selected studies’ findings regarding Yoga’s therapeutic benefits and provide a comprehensive overview of the many benefits of regular practice. Yoga and other mind-body fitness programs are becoming more popular, so healthcare professionals must understand the benefits of Yoga. This manuscript contains information about the therapeutic effects of Yoga on various populations of various ailments and conditions. Restorative Yoga can be defined as using yoga poses and practices to treat health conditions. It also involves the instruction of yogic teachings and procedures to reduce or alleviate physical, emotional, and spiritual pain or limitations. This study found that yogic practice improves muscular strength and flexibility, increases respiratory and cardiovascular functions, helps to treat addiction, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves sleep patterns and overall quality of life.
KeywordsAlternative therapies, depression, pain and quality of life, therapeutic Yoga
Yoga, a 3,000-year-old tradition, is now regarded as a holistic health approach in the West and classified by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a complementary and alternative medicine type. The word “yoga,” derived from the Sanskrit “yuj,” means to unite, join, focus, and direct one’s attention. Regular yoga practice promotes flexibility, strength, and endurance. It also cultivates qualities of compassion and self-control. Sustained practice can also lead to positive outcomes, such as a change in perspective on life, increased self-awareness, and an increased sense of energy. Yoga produces a physiological response opposite to flight or fights stress. With that interruption of the stress response, a sense of balance and union of mind and body is achieved.
Yoga is a mind-body exercise that combines muscular activity with an internal focus on breath and energy. The teachings and practices of the yoga healing system are based on four basic principles. According to the first principle, the body is an entity of inseparable, interconnected dimensions. The health or illness of one size will affect the other dimensions. Second, each individual is unique. Their needs must be addressed in a manner that recognizes their individuality. The practice of Yoga must also be adapted to their specific needs. Thirdly, Yoga empowers the student; they are their healer. Yoga involves the student as a healer. By actively participating in the journey towards health, healing occurs from within and not from outside. This gives the student a more incredible feeling of autonomy. The fourth principle states that the state and quality of an individual’s mind are crucial for healing. Healing occurs more quickly when the individual is in a positive sense.
Patanjali first described yoga philosophy and practice in the Yoga Sutras. This text is considered the authority on Yoga. The 196 sutras of Yoga Sutras discuss many other aspects of Yoga, such as conscious breathing, meditation, and lifestyle and diet changes. Patanjali describes an eight-fold path towards enlightenment and awareness in Yoga Sutras. This is called Ashtanga.
Eight limbs consist of ethical principles that guide one to a life of meaning and purpose. They prescribe moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline and direct one’s attention toward their health and spiritual nature. The eight limbs can be used individually, but in yoga philosophy, the physical poses and breathing exercises are designed to prepare the body and mind for meditation and spiritual growth. Many different yogic practices have evolved based on Patanjali’s eight limbs. Each has its method for treating and preventing disease. In the West, Hatha yoga is most commonly practiced. This includes the physical postures of Hatha and the breathing techniques of meditation. Hatha yoga is a form of physical exercise that enhances your body’s capacity through a variety of postures (asanas), movements (asanas), and breathing techniques (pranayama). Hatha yoga breathing techniques focus on conscious inhalation, retention of breath, and exhalation. The body’s energy system is balanced when the physical body and breath are united while performing the movements and postures. Most of the studies in this manuscript used the Iyengar method of Hatha Yoga. The Iyengar Hatha Yoga method is based upon the teachings of the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga focuses on standing poses to develop strength, stability, and stamina. It also aims to improve body alignment, concentration, and concentration. Props are used to help with learning and adjusting poses. Instruction is also given on how Yoga can relieve various ailments and stressors.
Yoga is a mind-body therapy that integrates a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual aspects to improve health, especially stress-related diseases. Stress is a factor in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases. To reduce disease burden, we must focus on stress reduction and management. Yoga is a holistic technique for stress management. It produces a physiological series of events that reduces the stress response. In recent years, the scientific study of Yoga has grown significantly. Many clinical trials were designed to evaluate its therapeutic benefits and effects.
Yoga is a mind-body exercise program that has been increasing in popularity. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the benefits of Yoga. This review of the literature is vital as it provides information on the therapeutic effects of Yoga in different populations for various ailments and conditions. Restorative Yoga is the practice of Yoga and its postures to treat health conditions. The yoga therapy method applies yogic teachings and techniques to reduce or alleviate physical, emotional, and spiritual pain or limitations. Yoga practices improve muscular strength, flexibility, and respiratory and cardiovascular functions. They also reduce stress and anxiety, treat chronic pain and depression, and promote recovery from addiction.
Google Scholar was used to search databases to find research studies and interventions that looked at the therapeutic effects of Yoga. The database was searched using the advanced search feature and the keywords “yoga” and “therapeutic effect.” This search gathered general information about Yoga’s therapeutic benefits in the literature. A second search was then conducted with the keywords “hatha yoga,” “therapeutic effects” of Yoga, “stress,” “anxiety,” “depression,” “pain,” and “chronic diseases.”
To select the articles in this manuscript, we took several steps. The title was first read. The report was saved in a folder if relevant to the study of the therapeutic effects of Yoga. To be reviewed, the articles that described interventions that used Yoga to achieve a health outcome were selected. The papers were read and reviewed in detail. The articles cover many benefits, applications, and therapeutic effects of Yoga.