yoga & health
Yoga has a lot of benefits for the health and the well-being. In particular, it can prevent and tackle non-communicable diseases.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a health practice that combines mental focus, controlled breathing, and body movements to help relax the body and the mind. For this reason, it may be used to help controlled pain, stress, anxiety, and depression, and for overall health. For instance, mind-body practices include meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, yoga, and tai chi. Therefore, a mind and body practice is a type of complementary and alternative medicine. Also called mind-body modality.
Yoga In Healthcare to foster self-care
Non-communicable diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths worldwide. As a result, they are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in Europe. Most importantly, the healthcare systems should reinforce patients’ self-care and healing capacity. Patients would profit from the inclusion of complementary therapeutic approaches, such as Yoga.
About the benefits of Yoga in Health
a mind and body practice
Yoga is a mind-body practice based on physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), deep relaxation and meditation. Consequently, together these techniques promote well-being by reducing the negative effects of physical and mental stress. For instance, it increases individual awareness and consciousness empowering people to establish more positive attitudes and lifestyles.
Research on the well-beings of yoga
Additional research is needed to demonstrate the efficacy of Yoga as a complementary preventive and curative treatment. However, evidence already shows the advantages of a regular Yoga practice, such as:
- The Yoga-Heart connection
Influence of Yoga on Cancer-Related Fatigue and on Mediational Relationships Between Changes in Sleep and Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Nationwide, Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga in Cancer Survivors