The mind is everything. What you think, you become. Buddha
Before I explain about yoga for psoriasis, let’s get one thing clear; yoga is not a religion nor a belief system, it is an ancient art form is based on harmonising and developing the body, mind and spirit.
There are many different types of yoga, and I recommend that you contact a yoga teacher to find out which type best suits your needs. Some kinds of yoga are more meditative, others have been designed to help you more with flexibility and strength, and yet others have been designed to detoxify and cleanse the body. Some people who practice yoga for psoriasis are involved in one or even several kinds of yoga for this reason.
Pranayama for example, is a higher branch of Hatha Yoga and the main purpose of this form of yoga is to help with breath control. Using specialised techniques, those who practice pranayama have learned to strengthen and develop their parasympathetic nervous system to a very high degree, which in turn has an amazing effect at reducing your stress levels.
I’ve noticed with many patients including those with psoriasis I have known over the years that when they practice yoga for psoriasis for any length of time they develop a sense of inner peace, tranquility and well being. Yoga can make you feel more in harmony with your environment and over time can aid significantly towards a reduction in the many symptoms related with psoriasis.
When yoga is regularly performed, it helps to make your body stronger and more flexible and it certainly has been linked with improving your circulatory, respiratory, immune, digestive, nervous and hormonal systems. Like Tai Chi, yoga brings about a sense of emotional stability and clarity of the mind.
Physically I am very much in favour of yoga, it is a particularly good activity for those who want to remain active as they grow older because by regularly tuning up your body in this way you will become a lot less prone to injuries such as falls, strains and various other accidents as you age. I have an eighty-two year old patient who is remarkably flexible and young for her age after having practiced yoga for over twenty years, she came to yoga when she turned sixty! She said that yoga helped her with balance in her life after her husband had passed away and she needed to put her mind and body into something.
Emotionally, yoga serves a purpose as well, those who practice yoga several times each week just feel happier and more relaxed; less easily wound-up, less given to worry and are much more optimistically inclined. Yoga is great for those with psoriasis.
When searching the internet, I discovered that there are many journal reports that provide information on how yoga can have a most positive effect on psoriasis, especially psoriatic arthritis. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, stress can have a most negative affect on the normal functioning of the melanocytes and the keratinocytes in the skin. Indian research suggests that he regular practice of yoga can even cure psoriasis, and places emphasis on different yoga exercises (asanas), deep breathing exercises, as well as meditation techniques.
And as I have mentioned previously, stress has a tendency to impair immune system activity by weakening the adrenal gland function, the very glands that help you recover from any kind of stressful event. Practicing yoga for psoriasis, especially under the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor, has been proven to effectively reduce the impact of stress on the body, and this then can reduce the chances of any future psoriasis aggravations as well.
Use It Or Lose It
Maybe you are a baby-boomer like me and pushing fifty or more years, it is important to remember that old age and associated illnesses that come with it are big business today. Not everybody is sufficiently encouraged to look after him or herself, because quite frankly, folks are worth more money to the sickness industry when they are unwell. While it is true that people are living longer, the quality of life for many of our elderly citizens is far from acceptable.
It is rare today to find a person who is seventy or eighty and who is not on some form of pharmaceutical medication, and the bulk of older people are taking up to a half a dozen drugs or more. Use it or lose it, yoga has the ability to give you a quality of life that many only dream of as they age. So what are you waiting for!
Here is a website with some great information on why yoga is great for psoriasis: Yoga Poses For Stress Relief.
The Psoriasis Program
I designed this program for those with all forms of psoriasis, it contains 13 individual books of information and is over 600 pages of the best natural medicine hints and tips on how you can overcome those psoriasis flare-up – all without having to rely on creams, ointments or expensive drugs. Please check it out on this link.