Can yoga address common postpartum problems, hormonal health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer, chronic pain, cognitive decline in aging, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease? The answer is yes!
With 60%-90% of visits to the doctor reported to be stress related, mostly due to health conditions, yoga therapy is gaining recognition as an evidence-based approach that is successful in ameliorating or even preventing many heath conditions. Research shows that yoga therapy is beneficial for a wide range of conditions. Now the big question being asked by researchers, including at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is “how does yoga work?”
I’ve seen with many of my clients a variety of concerns. A cancer diagnosis can result in feeling fear, worry and anxiety which in turn can increase heart rate, blood pressure and the amount of stress hormones produced by the body. This cycle can exacerbate the effects original diagnosis. With a regular yoga practice using movement, breath and mindfulness, my clients feel a greater sense of awareness of themselves and how they relate to others. They also experience feelings of peace and ease, many reducing the number of medications required to manage pain.
I’m excited to see how emerging research will continue to reveal the science within this practice.
But here’s what I believe…
While a consistent yoga practice will make your body stronger, it will make your heart softer. It will start to chip away at your ego, your perceptions and resistance. It will unveil your trauma, providing a path to healing, forgiveness and wholeness. it will deepen your capacity for love and compassion, towards yourself, family and friends, towards people you know and people you don’t know.
I believe that within a single yoga session, your body will feel better, your mind more spacious and your heart more open.
Where you are. Today.