HOW KUNDALINI YOGA BENEFITS VULNERABLE PEOPLE
When taught to people with no or minor health conditions, Kundalini Yoga has proven to be very efficient in maintaining above-average well-being and preventing many conditions common in today’s society.
Common conditions include obesity, cardiovascular diseases, stress-related problems, insomnia, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, cognitive impairments etc, some of them not only due to the physical exercising but also due to the complenetary dietary and other lifestyle suggestions.
However, in the early 1980s, when the world's health carers were challanged by the emergence of the HIV virus, some dedicated practitioners of Kundalini Yoga started to develop a supportive therapeutic application of this technology. From these beginnings developed the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology in the USA, an organisation with similar aspirations to our own which is still providing services for those most in need today. In recent decades, yoga has not only become very popular and widely accepted in the West but also a considerable part of the health and fitness industry, sometimes challenging and competing with conventional medical and lifestyle traditions. Consequently, a multitude of scientific papers and popular science books have been published on the effects of yoga and meditation on our health and well-being.
Yoga works within a vast framework, considering and balancing the complex interactions between all aspects of our selves and the world around us. Starting with the tangible physical body, we can travel via awareness and meditation through more subtle and transcendental aspects of our experience. All the while, balancing, harmonising and letting go of what is no longer needed. The practice of yoga provides a background of balance which both greatly complements and enhances conventional allopathic treatments, and can be a healing process in its own right. A multitude of evidence suggests that yoga-based interventions offer potential as a safe and efficacious addition to convential treatments of most physical, mental and emotional disorders and can be used as an adjunct approach to improve quality of life and alleviate symptoms.
The communal aspect of yoga also helps people to forge a sense of connection and belonging, especially if they learn in a group, which can be hugely beneficial for those who may otherwise become isolated by their mental health issues.