The Ancient Healing Power of Yoga_Featured_, Diet, Exercise, Healing, Nutrition, Prevention Monday, June 25th, 2012
The Ancient Power of Yoga To Heal Far Outstrips Modern Medicine
Yoga, the ancient bodymind and spirit practice, has been known mainly for the benefits of this system’s exercises. But for thousands of years, since the Ancients themselves explored and developed Yoga, it has been used as a deeply healing process. A systematic process which not only helps us to stay strong and vital, keeps stress at bay but which can also prevent disease and promote rapid healing.
And all this, where modern medicine can often cause more side effects rather than actually healing illness and disease.
I’m in the preparation stages of doing some work in India, a project involving nutrition and Ayurveda, and surprisingly for the birth country of Yoga, I’m constantly asked about the merits of Yoga over medicine.
Yoga is powerful because it “works” on the whole person, on the mind, the body and the spirit. There is something in Yoga for the body’s energy, for all the body’s systems – circulation, digestion, hormones, metabolism, the brain as well as all the vital organs, and very importantly, the psyche. And along with its “sister” Ayurveda, the nutritional healing system of the knowledge and wisdom of food and balance in life, the Ancients indeed gave us a great gift of health and life energy.
We understand today that most disease is caused by three things: nutrition or malnutrition, elimination (or lack of) and toxicity, and of course, stress.
And Yoga has teaching, education or guidance to alleviate and counter all of these negatives of modern life. Teach a person self-control, give them positive guidance, and let them feel the amazing benefits of wellbeing and you give a person health and vitality for life – to enjoy life as we’re supposed to, to our full potential.
Personally, as a teacher, I have worked privately with people living with Athsma, Attention Deficit disorders (children included), stress-related mental health conditions, emotional difficulties, in recovery from Cancer and heart disease, hormone imbalances, Chronic Fatigue . . . the list is almost endless. And many of these people had given up on modern medicine and the modern system of diagnosing disease and disorder in the bodymind and emotional system of a human being.