Dealing With A Terminal Illness Through Yoga

Circumstances may change our outlook towards life. Our perspective changes, and we are confronted with a new set of challenges which we have no idea how to deal with. Everybody is prone to terminal illnesses, such as cancer. When we are confronted with such a challenge, it is always difficult to wrap our mind around the situation, blaming everything that comes our way. Our personalities determine how well we deal with such a circumstance. Whereas some people take weeks, months or even years trying to come to terms with what has befallen them, others take it as a part of life and embark on a personal development journey of fighting with what has happened to them.

Yoga, self-help groups, rehabilitation centers, and volunteering to noble causes combined with medical care, top the list of how people deal with such circumstances. Yoga is an ancient practice that combines movements, poses, controlled breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation aimed at self-development for both the mental and physical self. It has been around for over 5,000 years. It originated from India, spreading to the western world through devoted gurus. The most common forms of yoga are the transcendental and hatha yoga meditation.

Yoga focuses on asanas(poses), pranayama (controlled breathing) and Dhyana (meditation) which attempt to bring the body into balance. By choosing yoga as a way of dealing with a terminal illness, one can derive a lot of benefits. Research done on the practice of yoga by people who have terminal diseases has shown the following benefits:

  • Reduces Depression And Anxiety: Living with a terminal illness is a daunting task that a lot of people cannot handle. The rigorous medical procedures, the side effects of drugs, and constantly thinking of the misfortune can lead to depression. By practicing yoga, we can focus our attention elsewhere, thereby reducing the severity of the situation, and we may also be able to conquer depression and anxiety arising from a terminal illness.
  • Relief From Pain: Pain becomes a part of life when we are dealing with a terminal illness. Some forms of yoga have shown to have effects on our perception of such pains. Therefore, the practice of such types of yoga, such as hatha yoga, can dramatically reduce pain and improve our quality of life.
  • Insomnia: Practice meditation improves the quality of sleep. Some illnesses may take away our ability to have a night of quality sleep. In such cases, meditation can come in handy and can help us get good quality sleep.
  • The Quality Of Life Improves: By practicing meditation, the quality of life improves, and we can live normally. We can navigate through our daily tasks without the thoughts of rigorous medical procedures. We are also able to interact with like-minded people, therefore growing both physically and mentally.

In conclusion, yoga is very useful when it comes to dealing with a terminal illness. It helps us deal with the situation better than not taking any decision.


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