Yoga is a potent form of exercise that originated in India as a form of spiritual practice. Physical activity is extremely important for individuals with MS. The benefits of yoga postures, breath exercises, and meditation may include increased body awareness, as well as a release of muscular tension, a practice that will help keep muscles from atrophying and relieve spasticity.
The discovery of yoga can’t be identified to an exact time period, but it is generally accepted to have began around the same time the Indus Valley Civilization which has seals depicting figures in the asana posture around 3000 BC. At about this same time the Vedas, the source of many current yoga postures, were also being written.
Through Raja Yoga, disciplines centre upon the individual’s thoughts as he learns to assume greater awareness and conscious control over his thoughts, to cultivate his mental faculties and natural talents and to still the turbulence of transitory thoughts and impressions.
The benefits may not be instantly visible, but it is an excellent long-term approach to losing excess fat and maintaining it. Along with it Yoga creates many other positive changes; it improves self-esteem, increases mental clarity, reduces stress, and improves flexibility and increases strength and balance.
With yoga asana the weight being resisted varies only with our own body weight, and each pose can only apply the same amount of body weight meaning that all muscles are developed proportionately so long as each pose is held for an equivalent amount of time.