Asana simply means a state of being in which one can remain physically and mentally steady, calm, quiet and comfortable. However, the practice of cultural asanas affects our entire physical body in numerous ways which no other system can. The health benefits of asanas are immense.
Yoga asanas have been designed in order to bring about perfect physiological harmony in the organism, which amounts to perfect health and efficiency. The practice of asana integrates and harmonizes the body and mind. Asana release mental tensions by dealing with them on the physical level. Asanas are psycho-physiological in nature which trains the whole body as well as the mind through particular neuromuscular mechanism involved in different asana patterns. In addition asanas are designed to have specific effects on the glands and internal organs, and to alter the electrochemical activity in the nervous system. In this way asanas promotes health and fights disease.
The therapeutic value of Asana is also not hidden and they are increasingly used along with modern medicine for quick recovery, complete eradication of disease and to avoid any side-effects of medicinal drugs. Let us see which asanas are helpful in managing some of the common diseases.
- Thyroid disease
Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Pawanmuktasana, Supta vajrasana and most of the backward bending asana. All these asana have positive influence for the better health of thyroid gland.
- Heart disease
Pawanmuktasana, Makarasana, Vajrasana and all relaxation poses
Sarvangasana, Supta Vajrasana, Ushrtasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Pashchimottanasana, Konasana, Padahastasana
Tadasana, Yogamudrasana, Supta vajrasana, Pashchimottanasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Vakrasana, Ardh matsyendrasana, Mayurasana
Tadasana, Triyaka tadasana, Kati chakrasana, Pawanmuktasana, Shashankasana, Trikonasana and all forward and backward bending asana.
- Back pain
Pawanmuktasana, Shashankasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Konasana, Katichakrasana, Vakrasana.
In our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training we highlight the benefits and precautions of each asana to help students achieve their personal spiritual, psychological and physiological goals.