Yoga offers many benefits for people with chronic conditions. Yoga supports mental and physical endurance for individuals at any age and physical ability level. It helps us relate to our bodies, including our pain, emotions and thoughts, in a different way.
Yoga promotes and supports self-care. It includes breathing control, simple meditation, relaxation and rest, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. While it does not supplant medical interventions, it can help a person see his or her chronic condition in new ways, and that can change intervention needs. Practicing this mind-body system can and does dramatically change our relationships to ourselves, and that includes our bodies, our pain and our joys. Yoga and mediation often helps people by reducing stress, alleviating symptoms of the disease and side effects of medication, boosting the immune system, and increasing overall comfort.
Yoga does this by engaging each of us with our own bodies and minds. It does not aim to “fix”, but to change our relationship with our body and mind.
The process can be dramatic and beautiful. Research continues to show that yoga and meditation offer tremendous benefits to people who suffer with chronic conditions. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga may help:
- Reduce pain
- Lower anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase lung capacity
- Improve respiratory function and heart rate
- Boost circulation and muscle tone and stiffness
- Improve balance
- Improve bone density
- Improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits
Contact us for a private session to design a yoga program just for you.