Different Types of Yoga And the Health Benefits of Each

Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle, usually because the bones are not absorbing enough calcium. The body continually… Trista - October 3, 2019


Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle, usually because the bones are not absorbing enough calcium. The body continually builds up and breaks down bone; in this disease, the body cannot keep up with bone creation as the old bones are being destroyed.

As we know, yoga uses the body’s own weight to hold poses for extended periods. These weight-bearing exercises help the body to strengthen the bone and may ultimately prevent osteoporosis from getting worse. By reducing cortisol, yoga also helps the bones to retain their calcium, so they do not become weak in the first place.

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One of the contributing factors to the development of this disease is low gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) production. When the body does not produce enough of this chemical in the brain, the brain can become faulty. Memory and other critical mental functions become diminished.

As noted above, scientists have found that regular yoga practice helps the body to make more GABA on its own, which could help slow the progression of the disease. If yoga seems too much for you, try some meditation; a meditation on its own has also proven effective at treating Alzheimer’s.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, causing pain and numbness in the hand and arms. It is a prevalent condition that can interfere in everyday life. Yoga can help reduce the pain associated with this syndrome.

Since yoga emphasizes proper stretching, it is no wonder that sufferers feel some relief from the practice. It is important to note that not all poses are appropriate for those who have weak wrists; you should not be doing any poses that place too much weight onto the wrists. Focus more on opening and strengthening the muscles of the wrist.



Asthma, as you may well know, occurs when the airways become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. This is another common ailment suffered by people throughout the world. Because of yoga’s focus on breathing, it can be extremely beneficial to those who have a hard time catching their breath.

The focus on breathing that yoga stresses can help to increase lung capacity. Also, like so many other diseases studied in this article, stress is another contributing factor to this ailment. By learning to control one’s breathing, hyperventilation caused by stress may be combated by skills learned in yoga.


Multiple Sclerosis

Turning our attention to rarer conditions, multiple sclerosis causes the immune system to destroy the protective layer around the nerves, which ultimately causes problems with the electrical signals traveling between the body and the brain.

What doesn’t yoga help with this condition? Because multiple sclerosis affects the nerves across the entire body, many different aspects of the body can be improved using yoga. Patients have reported improvements in balance, posture, flexibility, fatigue and aches and pains associated with the disease.



Who doesn’t suffer from a headache from time to time? However, for those who have never experienced a migraine, the two are not the same. Those who suffer migraines often have sensitivities to light, sound, even touch. The pain is intense and often hard to combat.

Good news is that yoga can once again not only help reduce the pain as it is happening; it can also help prevent migraines from occurring in the future. As has been discussed previously, yoga naturally activates the parasympathetic nervous system using deep breathing exercises. This, in turn, can lower blood pressure, which is a cause associated with migraines.



Epilepsy is a condition that causes a disturbance in the nerve cell activity in the brain. This condition may occur naturally (meaning you were born with it) or seizures can become a common occurrence after an accident.

So how can yoga help those who deal with seizures? Studies have shown that yoga induces deep relaxation throughout the body, which helps to lower the overall stress one is experiencing. Since anxiety is a contributing factor in the onset of some seizures, finding your inner peace with yoga may be exponentially helpful.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This mental disorder is caused by an intrusion of excessive thoughts that then lead to repetitive behaviors. People who suffer from this condition often experience unreasonable fears that then lead to compulsive behaviors.

Although not all the principles of yoga help OCD sufferers, relief can be found with specific types of yoga. Any yoga that encourages chanting along with the exercises has helped to reduce obsessive thoughts and actions.

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Who doesn’t have an allergy? Whether it is to a food, a drug or an animal, most of us suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose at least part of the year. How would you feel if I told you that yoga could help you combat the side effects of having an allergy?

Yoga has a profound impact on the immune system: because it helps to stabilize this system, yoga can help the body to defend itself against allergens. As was discussed in the asthma section, the differing breathing exercises help to improve lung function, which is also imperative to fending off allergens.



All women will experience this condition during her lifetime. Menopause is a natural decrease in reproductive hormones that occurs after child-bearing years have passed. This sudden fluctuation in hormone levels causes multiple symptoms in women, the most common complaint being hot flashes.

The good news is that yoga is a natural remedy to this decrease in chemicals inside the body. In women who practice yoga regularly, blood tests have shown an increase in their estrogen levels in the blood, meaning that they suffer less from the symptoms of menopause compared to those women who do not practice yoga.



All of us have suffered this problem from time to time. Sometimes it’s just hard to go. Moreover, all those pills they have on the market to help to get things moving are often quite painful. What about a free, non-invasive solution to your number two problems?

Yoga can help in this instance, as well! We have talked over and over about how yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is also known as the rest and digest system because it helps the body enter a relaxed state as well as supports the act of digestion. Practice also stimulates the process of peristalsis, which is what helps waste products move throughout the body.

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Scoliosis occurs when you have any curvature to the spine. Again, this is a common condition that can cause extreme pain. What if there was a way to reduce the pain that came at no cost to you?

Look no further than yoga. Earlier in this article, we talked about how yoga can help to build up the muscles of the arms, legs, core, and back. By strengthening those muscles that run along the spine, yoga can help reduce the pain felt due to the unnatural placement of the spine.



This term is a pain associated with the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back into the legs. The most common causes of sciatica are a herniated disk or a bone spur pressing on the nerve.

As was just mentioned, yoga helps to strengthen the muscles in both the back and the legs, which could ultimately lower the amount of pain one feels due to this pinched nerve.


Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which is what carries oxygen to the lungs. When the condition becomes chronic, it means that the swelling has lasted a significant amount of time.

Yoga helps to aerate the lungs as well as helps to lower inflammation found throughout the body. The key here is to find exercises that elevate respiration, but that also increases oxygen levels in the body; yoga can do both things.