I'm sure if I wrote that yoga will cure whatever ails you, some medical association would come and shut down my blog (and, as much as I love yoga and believe in its healing power, this just ain't so). SO, while I won't tell you that yoga is a panacea for all physical and emotional conditions, but I will tell you that it's an excellent complementary therapy. The days of seeing yoga as a simple stress reliever are over. Yoga can help with pain relief for a variety of physical conditions; it can keep a diseased body moving and flexible; it can quell emotional and psychological disorders. The list goes on an on.
Here's a handy yoga as medicine bookshelf (which is by no means all-inclusive -- I'm just hitting on the highlights and some of my favorite resources) to guide you through employing yoga as a complementary therapy:
These books cover a variety of issues/ailments including insomnia, infertility, MS, back pain, and chronic fatigue. These books cover the gamut of emotional, physical, and psychological afflictions.
- Yoga for Wellness
- Yoga Therapies: 45 Sequences to Relieve Stress, Depression, Repetitive Strain, Sports Injuries and More
- Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments
- Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing
- Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing
- Emotional Yoga
- Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth
- Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders: Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda
Neurological Disorders/Movement Disorders
- Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia
- The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift
- Yoga for the Three Stages of Life: Developing Your Practice As an Art Form, a Physical Therapy, and a Guiding Philosophy
Carpal Tunnel/Repetitive Stress Injuries
I'll leave you with a little metta-esque (if you're feeling so inclined to do a little metta bhavana on your own, click here) wish -- May you be healthy and free from suffering. And if you are suffering, may the practice of yoga lessen it.