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An Analysis upon the Impact of Yoga Therapies on Insomnia: Some Treatment | Original Article

Ankit .*, in International Journal of Physical Education & Sports Sciences | Physical Education, Health, Fitness & Sports


There is good evidence for cognitive and physiological arousal in chronic insomnia. Accordingly, clinical trial studies of insomnia treatments aimed at reducing arousal, including relaxation and meditation, have reported positive results. Yoga is a multicomponent practice that is also known to be effective in reducing arousal, although it has not been well evaluated as a treatment for insomnia. In this preliminary study, a simple daily yoga treatment was evaluated in a chronic insomnia population consisting of sleep-onset andor sleep-maintenance insomnia and primary or secondary insomnia. Having its origins in India thousands of years ago, yoga is a mind-body practice. The Yoga Sutras (aphorisms) describe eight limbs of practice yama (moral behavior), niyama (healthy habits), asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (contemplation) and samadhi (higher consciousness). Yoga helps achieve balanced health by connecting the mind and body through a series of postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Regular practice results in an increase in flexibility and strength, an improvement in posture, and better mood and concentration. Today millions of people in all over world practice yoga on a regular basis. Over the last decade, several scientific studies have established therapeutic benefits of yoga practice. As a result, yoga has emerged as a potential integrative modality for the management of several common medical diseases. This study is aimed at therapeutic benefits of yoga. It also provides effects of yoga practices on insomnia, treatments.