Sunday, January 15, 2012

40 Ways Yoga Heals

Exerpted from Yoga as Medicine:The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, M.D.
1-Increases flexibility
2-Strengthens muscles
3-Improves balance
4-Improves immune function
5-Improves posture
6-Improves lung function
7-Leads to slower and deeper breathing
8-Discourages mouth breathing
9-Increases oxygenation of tissues
10-Improves joint health
11-Nourishes intervertebral disks
12-Improves return of venous blood
13-Increases circulation of lymph
14-Improves function of the feet
15-Improves proprioception
16-Increases control of bodily functions
17-Strengthens bones
18-Conditions the cardiovascular system
19-Promotes weight loss
20-Relaxes the nervous system
21-Improves the function of the nervous system
22-Improves brain function
23-Activates the left prefrontal cortex
24-Changes neurotransmitter levels
25-Lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol
26-Lowers blood sugar
27-Lowers blood pressure
28-Improves levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
29-Thins the blood
30-Improves bowel function
31-Releases unconscious muscular gripping
32-Uses imagery to effect change in the body
33-Relieves pain
34-Lowers need for medication
35-Fosters healing relationships
36-Improves psychological health
37-Leads to healthier habits
38-Fosters spiritual growth
39-Elicits the placebo effect
40-Encourages involvement in your own healing

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