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You Said: Reader Comments on Yoga as Healing

We asked you to share your experience of using yoga for healing or practicing with a specific health condition. Your responses were moving and overwhelming. Here are some of them.

I'm still discovering how much yoga is changing my life; and with every day my practice becomes more rewarding and more amazing.
F. Vincent Gerbino,
Francestown, NH

Two years ago I struggled with lower back pain. My doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory medication to help with the pain. When I learned that these medications can cause colon problems and abdominal bleeding, I made a commitment to look for a healthier way. That is when I found out the benefits of yoga. I started practicing at home through t.v. exercise programs such as "Yoga with Lilia" and "Yoga Zone." It changed my life not only physically and cured my back pain, but spiritually and emotionally. I practice every day (at least 30 minute sessions), I lost two dress sizes and the things that use to bother, don't anymore. I have been enriched in so many ways.
New York

I have been practicing yoga for three years now and it's been that long since my husband has awakened at 2 am or 3 am to the sight of me cleaning my house, writing or cooking which were my favorite activities on nights when sleep refused to visit my active mind. A grasshopper, I hop from one activity to the next, from one project to another. I wonder how I ever got to finish anything. When I sit down to start a task, I'd be halfway through and I'd remember there's something else I meant to do, then I'd do it by dropping what I've been doing and I'd move on to the task I just thought about until I'd drop it in favor of something else. Focus was an alien word for me before yoga. These days, I still have a little bit of my old tendencies, but the difference is that when bedtime comes and my mind still races, I'd just do the breathing exercises I learned and I'd be in slumberland. Of course, one hour of practice six times a week of Vinyasa flow yoga could have tired yet relaxed my body so it is ready for rejuvenation that sleep allows.

I used to be constipated, but now I go more regularly. It is no longer the "thick, hard to push out" stuff that comes out of my body but a more manageable size and consistency. I feel lighter too. I don't know whether this is because I believe in what the teachers say about some yoga poses helping to rid the body of toxins and contributing to a more regular elimination process or whether yoga does just that.
--Juanita Monaghan,
Elgin, Illinois

I suffered a heart attack in August 1999, when I was 36 years old. As per standard treatment given to most patients like me, I was made to undergo Angiography, which showed that three of my coronary arteries were blocked and immediately balloon Angioplasty was done to open up the arteries and three stents were put. After I came home I was a total nervous wreck thinking I would have to spend the rest of my life worrying about this condition and not able to live a normal life. I was asked to have different medicines by the doctors.

Since I always had a complete faith in yoga I started practicing simple asanas at home in the beginning and later joined classes and now more than four years have passed and I feel completely different and have so much more confidence in myself that I have started practicing advanced asanas like Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, do about 12 Surya Namaskars every other day and go for a brisk walk for 1 hour every day. There are no symptoms of any heart disease and I've once again bounced back to normal life, all thanks to yoga.

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