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What are the Benefits of Yoga in Recovery?

Yoga is defined as a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. The history of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India.  The word yoga was first mentioned in the Rig Veda, which is considered the oldest sacred text.  To some, the thought of yoga may conjure up visuals of hippies eating granola in the woods. Extensive scientific research has shown that yoga holds many positive health benefits, both mental and physical.  A regular yoga practice has been shown to:

Improve Cardiovascular Health

A study published in the Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome Journal followed 182 Chinese adults who suffered from metabolic syndrome as they practiced yoga for a year.  The activity showed to not only lower their blood pressure but also aided in a significant amount of weight being lost.

Sharpens the Brain

In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 133 adults aged 53 to 96 who practiced yoga for only 30 minutes a day twice weekly saw a significant improvement in cognitive function.

Controls Diabetes

The yogic view of diabetes is that the body is unable to digest sugar, causing increased blood sugar levels.  The practice of yoga is believed to increase the digestive fire referred to as “Agni”.  A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic research actually showed that 30 men with Type 2 diabetes who practiced yoga for six months saw a significant decrease in their blood glucose levels. This was a limited study, do not make any changes to your diabetes treatment plan without first discussing with your physician

Helps to fight off Stress and Anxiety

A report presented at the 2015 Anxiety and Depression Association of America linked yoga to lowering the levels of cortisol in women at risk for mental health problems.  The study followed 52 women between the ages of 25 and 45 who had either mildly elevated anxiety, moderate depression or high stress.  The women who practiced 90 minutes of yoga twice weekly reported better moods and claimed to have better control over their anxiety.

Promotes a Positive Self-Perception

A pilot study in Brazil which was published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice showed that students who practiced yoga reported feeling better and had more self-control, a better self-perception, increased body awareness, and an improved mind-body connection.  The word yoga actually means “union” referring to the union of the mind and body.

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