- A study done in 2005 by the University of Pennsylvania showed a extreme reduction of pain and disability in people with osteoarthritic knees after 8 one week sessions of yoga.
-Pose that helps: Pigeon- This one is good because it works the iliopsoas and stretches the inner thigh muscles, both of which love to pull the knee out of alignment.
- A 2009 a randomized study funded by the National Institutes of Health for Heart, Lung and Blood Institute showed that 20 minutes of meditation a day caused a 47% reduction in deaths, heart attacks and strokes compared to people just educated about heart health. Later research went on to show that meditation actually decreased artery thickness, allowing more blood flow.
- Research at Harvard Medical Center found that long time practitioners of yoga and meditation had more active "disease fighting genes" increasing their fertility, and immunity while decreasing occurrences of irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure and inflammation linked to heart disease, arthritis and asthma. And the more you practice the more of these genes you activate.
And those are just a few examples. As a health care worker I see the rise in health problems growing exponentially. Areas of health concern that seem to have the most growth are anxiety disorders, heart and breathing problems and chronic pain related to any number of untreatable conditions. While medicine has been so useful in decreasing communicable diseases and deaths due to virus and infection it really can't do a whole lot for chronic illness besides slap a bandage on it.
Maybe a lot of people think yoga looks like too much work, but let me speak from experience when I say so is finding someone to help you get dressed in the morning when your body just can't handle the challenge anymore.