For Pain, Depression, Or Even Allergies, Try Yoga Before Medication

by Brandon Topp

Recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians urges doctors and patients to try exercise, massage, or yoga for back pain before turning to pills. The scientific backing of yoga’s healing properties reminds us just how many things you can treat with the ancient practice. 

For those looking to expand their understanding of yoga can check out Z Living’s popular show Namaste Yoga, airing weekdays at 6AM. Filmed against gorgeous natural backdrops of the Pacific Northwest, it's a gorgeous way to immerse yourself in yoga to enjoy its many natural healing properties. Learn more about the show here and find out where to watch.

Here's five examples where yoga may solve your health problem, with no additional drugs needed:

1. Exercise Like Yoga Can Reduce Lower Back Pain.

The previously mentioned study from the American College of Physicians states, “For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise.” When listing examples, it mentions yoga and tai chi. This is worth noting, as low back pain is one of the most common physical ailments in our country, also according to the study.

Also on Z Living: Meet The Instructors of Z Living’s Namaste Yoga

2. Yoga Poses Can Drive Away Depression.

Fighting depression is never a single-solution battle, nor an overnight fix. Yoga helps you build a regular practice where physical exertion, spiritual reflection, and calming techniques like breathing help pick away at depression over time. For more insight, check out Six Yoga Poses To Drive Away Depression, and check out Rock Your Yoga's Anti-Anxiety Yoga Flow. 

3. Certain Yoga Poses Can Relieve Allergy Symptoms.

Different yoga poses open up your body in ways that can drain congestion, improve breathing, and clear sinuses. These common allergy symptoms can get the best of us when the seasons change, while also distracting us from life’s daily tasks and preventing sleep. To learn which poses clear up your nose, and which ones open your longs, check out  4 Simple Yoga Poses to Relieve Allergic Rhinitis

4. Yoga Can Beat “Text-Neck.”

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past decade, you know that phones are arguably the most important devices to all of mankind. All those hours looking down at the small screen in your hand can take their toll with text-neck—a term used to describe neck pain and soreness from looking down at your phone. We've broken down how to Beat “Text-Neck” With These Yoga Poses

Also on Z Living: 5 Key Tips For Successful Workouts From Altar’d Host Chris Marhefka 

5. You Can Keep Your Blood Pressure In Control With Yes Yoga.

According to the American Heart Association, and this piece on poses to control blood pressure, hypertension and blood pressure can be managed with exercise and stress management—both elements of yoga. Focusing on stress-relieving poses like savasana the corpse pose, or pavanmuktasana, which consists of hugging your knees to our chest and rocking on your back, can help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. 

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