Yoga is an age-old traditional psycho–philosophical–cultural method of leading one’s life that alleviates stress, induces relaxation and provides multiple health benefits to the person following its system. Yoga seeks to control the mind through the union of an individual’s dormant energy with the universal energy.
Amidst an increased interest in traditional complementary and alternate systems of medicine, yoga is considered helpful in the treatment of various systemic and neurological disorders including epilepsy.
Is yoga safe for people with epilepsy?
Historically, there has been concern about the safety of yoga for people with epilepsy. However, a recent study designed to access the safety of yoga in adults with poorly controlled epilepsy found that there were no adverse effects during six weeks of yoga classes and home practice which is great news!
The same study also found that yoga practice reduced seizure frequency, increased feelings of energy and reduced the incidence of seizure worry and perceived stress.
How does it work?
Evidence from recent study shows that yoga really does work, here’s how:
All this adds up to fewer seizures, better quality of life and less anxiety and depression for epileptic yogis which has to be good.
- The writer is the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee (NECC) National Secretary (Kenya), and an Epilepsy Awareness ambassador