Monday, February 11, 2013

8 Yoga Studies and Their Outcomes For Disease Prevention

A great article by Christina Sarich posted on gives us even more reasons to practice yoga as often as our lives allow. ~Anna

Yoga can help to improve all kinds of ailments, but the following 8 are some prominent diseases upon which yoga has significantly positive effects – and they are proven! While there are always factors which can sway scientific research, here are some recent findings about benefits, which can be seen in black and white, but also felt by the people who practice yoga.

Yoga Helps With Cardiovascular Disease:

This is a big one, since heart problems are one of the top three causes of death in the US, UK, and Australia. In just the US alone, over 27 million people will be diagnosed with heart disease this year. (Considering that is a fact posted by the Center for Disease Control, it is probably a mildly under-reported estimate). Cardiovascular disease has been shown, in multiple studies, to be profoundly affected by yoga practice. It may be that most of the positive results are due to psychophysiologic reasons, but it works nonetheless.

Yoga is Good for Osteoarthritis:

Many baby boomers are already figuring this out as they lean towards activities which are approachable. The plethora of beginning-level yoga classes in cities all over the planet offer a great place for an aging population to get moving and treat diseases such as Osteoarthritis with their own efforts. Yoga has been proven in multiple scientific research studies to aid in some common symptoms of Osteoarthritis as well as other types of Arthritis also.

Yoga Helps with ADD/ADHD:

As the numbers of children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder grow higher and higher in the US and UK, it is great news to see some preliminary studies showing that yoga helps significantly with focus, attention span, racing thoughts, anxiety and other symptoms of this disorder. Test showed improved emotional liability, less restlessness and lowered impulsive behavior. Yoga may be used as an adjunct to current treatment protocols, or (what we at Yoga for the New World would like to see) a replacement of drugs altogether. With yoga, and some herbal remedies, and sound therapy, the rising numbers of children and adults with ADD and ADHD can begin to return to pre-2000 levels.

Yoga Helps With Anxiety:

To date there are hundreds of studies proving that yoga helps with anxiety. As of late there are 8 highly-published studies that prove yoga makes people more peaceful and calm. Anyone with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or Anxiety Disorder will find almost immediate and significant changes in their emotional state by practicing yoga three times or more a week. It should be considered a lifestyle change, though, and not a one-time cure-all.

To read the full article CLICK HERE.

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