Yoga for Persons with a Disability
The benefits that arise from yoga practice are immense since yoga aims at making the body, mind, and spirit to be in harmony. In general, yoga brings about a holistic life to those who practice it. Yoga can be practiced by anyone since it has no boundaries whatsoever. If you think you cannot practice yoga because you are physically disabled, then you are very wrong.
In as much as there are no specific yoga poses for persons with a disability, there are poses such as the downward/upward facing dog, body twists, and kundalini yoga among other poses, which you can perform depending on your ability.
Yoga has plenty in store for you as we are going to see below:
Yoga is a good therapy
The practice of yoga involves various disciplines that work together to ensure the desired outcome. Yoga pranayama, which deals with the breathing techniques, helps to bring more oxygen to the body and build more energy. If you are a person with a disability in one way or another yoga asana is very important for you since it involves body poses, which make the body strong, flexible, and fit. When you practice yoga asana, you may realize that you can do more with your body than you can imagine. Yoga asana stretches your body beyond the physical limitations. Other practices like meditation and mind control have immense benefits to the mind. They help you to be focused, manage stress and anxiety, and develop a positive attitude.
It improves growth rate in children with a disability
Lots of children with a disability find it hard growing up with the rest of the children who are normal. They tend to have a slower growth rate in comparison to their peers. However, yoga can help with a physical disability to have a competitive edge as far as growth is concerned. This can be possible through specific body poses, which can help to trigger the growth hormones, thereby improving the growth rate in children.
Yoga helps to calm the mind
Yoga can help to calm the mind for those who have a mental disability n various ways. Through the practice of yoga pranayama, the body is able to get more oxygen to the mind so that as you meditate, you are able to fully focus and concentrate. When the mind is in a state of meditation, people get more relaxed and calm thereby reducing the symptoms of mental instabilities.
Yoga improves flexibility
You may have a physical disability but still, you need to be flexible and strong. Yoga asana plays an integral role in the development of a stronger body. It helps to strengthen your muscles through the poses and stretches the body is subjected to.
Yoga helps in rehabilitating the body
Yoga is important for body rehabilitation, especially from diseases. When you practice yoga as a person with a physical disability, you get the opportunity to have numerous health benefits. These benefits come by practicing various yoga exercises, which include body postures, breathing techniques, mental concentration techniques, body relaxation, and meditation.
Yoga improves the respiratory & the circulatory system
The breathing techniques performed during yoga practice together with body stretches and bends help to increase the amount of air that gets into the lungs which in turn helps to supply oxygen to the blood. This improves blood circulation throughout the body. Yoga also helps to lower high blood pressure and the level of cholesterol.
Yoga is beneficial to persons with a disability.