Disability or chronic illnesses are perhaps not the things one can ever completely overcome. Does this also mean there is no way around being plagued with acute stress and anxiety emerging out of illness situations for the rest of life?
The mind-body technique of yoga suggests, one can discipline herself past stress and anxiety, and culture more calmness, acceptance and gratitude. The thousand-year old practice is known to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system– the section that initiates restfulness and subsequent healing functions in the body. Also, yoga is observed to increase the GABA or gamma-amino butyric acid levels in the body. This neurotransmitter is responsible for making you feel oodles of tranquility.
The benefit of yoga for the chronically ill or specially-abled may actually have nothing to do with treating symptoms. What yoga therapy majorly addresses is the baggage of emotional turmoil that comes with a difficult diagnosis. While you would most definitely need to gather up all your will and execute your problem-solving attitude and positive intuition to live with disability or illness, yoga can help you feel calm and grounded.
Here is why you should consider adding yoga to your self-care for mitigating stress.
To Develop an Innate Coping Technique
Chronic illnesses have a way of fluctuating in the magnitude of their effects on the body. One day it’s just dull, ignorable and the day next it gets absolutely insufferable. While medication, seasonal change or appropriate lifestyle can provide some relief here and there, there is no guarantee that there isn’t a particularly bad phase lurking in the corners.
While coping mechanism is something every individual should work on to make getting by smoother, for the chronically ill or specially-abled, it’s especially necessary. Yoga sequences, both in restorative styles and high-energy rigorous flow styles, lay out an adaptive exercise pattern. Yoga practitioners systematically internalize rhythmically pacing and adapting to intensive phases.
Once you are on top of your down-dog, you probably won’t get so rattled with suddenly coming on intensive phases of your illness!
To Help Boost Cognition and Memory
Dealing with chronic illness or disability often takes a toll in the form of cognitive dysfunction. Often there is confusion in conducting day to day affairs, failing memory and lack of focus. The feeling is much like not being able to sleep for days and then sitting down to understand quadratic equations. The mind being an inseparable extension of the physical body is naturally prone to getting affected by the tribulations of the body.
The innate breath-centered focusing exercise in yogic discipline provides great improvement in this regard. Mindfulness becomes a second nature the more and more one gives in to the practice. Subsequently memory and relative cognitive capacities improve to.
Time you stay sharp with yoga!
To Deal With Your Emotional Excesses Healthily
The emotional backlash of coming to terms with a difficult diagnosis can be immense. To stay strong and develop a positive problem-solving attitude in these times is a severe challenge. It is natural to experience extreme trepidation and lack of self-reliance, pushing one to the brink of a breakdown, and that is when yoga can become a tool for healthily channelizing these emotional upheavals.
The practice of yoga reflects restoration, you learn not to be too hard on yourself. Yoga is about turning the gaze inwards, you learn to accept. Yoga exemplifies how simple discipline and practice can expand perceived boundaries. It’s the beginning of the realization that you are infinite. Incapacities are suddenly less magnified and you can win back your self-reliance.
To Find Quality Self-Time
Diagnosis of chronic illness and disability is many times comprehended tragically as end of self-sufficiency. One is made to revise life’s priorities and forced to deal with a sea change in working systems of life. A person diagnosed chronically ill can be prohibited to drive on her own on medical counsel, for example. Changed circumstances can be harrowing and exhaustive for both the patient and those around her. The essentiality of some quality me-time yet remains and yoga can be an effective way to find that space.
The more you learn to delve inwards, unknot your worries as you do your body joints and muscles, more would you learn to see your way around the challenges of illness and disability.
To Learn Acceptance
To be in denial or wishing away the hardship is perhaps the faultiest mechanisms to deal with health handicaps. On the same note, you cannot let your illness or disability magnify into something bigger than it is and get the better of you. To have an objective take on the subject is ideal and also perhaps the hardest task. To accept life as it is and making the best of situation is the kind of wiring that let us succeed in the battle and yoga s a discipline is full of this perspective.
As you employ your body and mind to task in the meditative asanas, take measure of the infinite possibilities that you hold, despite the illness and despite the perceived disability. Thrive!
Utilizing yoga as therapy to deal with the stress of special conditions can be a huge basis for chronic illness and disability support.
Take the path.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training In India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.