Asana postures improve health
A recent study looked at 185 studies of many different yoga styles including Hatha, Iyengar and Astanga concluded that yoga is good for chronic low back pain (cLBP) .
When science looks at a discipline such as yoga (or chiropractic, or massage therapy) with different schools of thought, one of the challenges is choosing what to study. And also like chiropractors and therapists, scientists disagree about the yoga’s 8 components which include asana postures, meditation, concentration, breathing, morality, focus and self-actualization. The common element in their studies: asana postures.
Yoga asanas are specific postural ways to hold the body with control of position, breathing, gaze and focus. These yogic concepts are the root of StrongPosture® exercises, where we connect an individuals posture with an external reference such as a wall or a ball to teach them about their body. One reason yogis trained in the StrongPosture® exercises have experienced subtle shifts in their yoga practice may be from the improved connection between their perception of their body and external reality.
Yoga can significantly improve quality of life and reduce disability, stress, depression, and medication usage associated with cLBP, which is why even the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommends yoga for managing patients with cLBP .
A wise yogi taught me the goal is more about feeling the posture than how it looks, which is why systematically teaching focus allows the clinician, and the individual, to find the weak or tight links in the person’s kinetic chain. And that’s another reason to incorporate a 10 minute StrongPosture®3 exercise into any rehab program, as well as the daily routine of anyone who wants to stay healthy and age well.
 The Efficacy of Yoga as an Intervention for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Alison M. Diaz, BS, Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, Chetan K. Patel, MD, Patrick S. Pabian, PT, DPT, Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, William J. Hanney, PT, DPT, PhD Disclosures
Am J Lifestyle Med. 2013;7(6):418-430. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814608?nlid=45923_945&src=wnl_edit_medp_orth&uac=45198AN&spon=8
2 Chou R, Huffman LH. Nonpharmacologic therapies for acute and chronic low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:492–504.
3 Stand Taller~Live Longer: An Anti- Aging Strategy, Steven Weiniger, BodyZone Press