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The role of yoga and mindfulness in acute mental illness

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Classical yoga, as provided in ancient literature, besides its proven scientific validity, evident in recent times, is now accepted as the only comprehensive solution to all existential ailments known to modern man, in general, and to mental and physical disorders, in particular. With its psycho-physiological, psycho-neuro-immune, endocrine and transcendental effects, as evidenced by research into yoga, the healing power of yoga is known today beyond a reasonable doubt. The roots of therapeutic yoga are available in Sanskrit yoga texts such as Hatha Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita. Being an inherent part of yoga, the phenomenon of mindfulness also plays an excellent role in the therapeutic processes of severe mental illnesses.

Anatomy of mental illness according to the science of medicine and the Yoga Sutras

Unfavorable events in our environment affect our mind, depending on our genetic response patterns and also our inherent value system. It leads to a decrease in overall consciousness which in turn leads to the loss of the continuous growth, the influential force of our existence. The resulting guilt torments us further, leading to a loss of self-confidence, learned helplessness, anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders including severe mental illness. This culminates in a loss of overall freedom that once again fuels a loss of mass consciousness. It should be noted, from a medical point of view, that genetic predisposition, when accelerated by environmental factors, leads to all mild and severe mental illnesses. Interestingly, the medical aetiology of mental illness finds support in the Yoga Sutras, when clicha innate pains are viewed as predisposing factors, which when interacting with the individual’s psychological and biological environment, produce mental alterations. Over time, these mental alterations turn into psychosomatic, psychosomatic, and organic disorders.

Restore mental health and well-being through yoga and mindfulness

Mindfulness is an integral part of yoga. According to yoga, a calm mind and stable thought culminate in absolute joy, which in turn produces comprehensive awareness. It enhances sensory feedback and gives a sense of continuous growth for the individual who begins to achieve justice for his values ​​and aspirations and thus achieves meaning in life and living. Thus, he begins to enjoy creativity, self-reliance, and self-confidence. Thus, the practitioner of yoga and mindfulness acquires/acquires him/her a much-needed supportive spirit, through all the vicissitudes of life. It is no wonder that the relapse rate of mental illness is significantly reduced with yoga interventions.

Mechanism of Yogic Effects

Yoga exercises, especially breathing techniques, mantras and meditation are performed in a passive and passive mode with parallel mindfulness experienced throughout the body. Sensory reactions are increased in order to maintain balance. Yoga practices lead to a shift towards parasympathetic control, resulting in the rejuvenation of the nervous, respiratory, digestive, spinal, and endocrine systems. Inner awareness, and therefore accumulation, leads to tonal sensory reactions. Yoga meditation accesses deeper unconscious recesses of the mind so as to recognize, stimulate and remove unconscious impressions, to which we are most of the time enslaved.

Limitations of treating psychotic patients through yoga and mindfulness

Patients with complete psychosis show the least effects of yoga and mindfulness, because they are deprived of basic awareness of their problems, and therefore lack the desire to participate in the therapeutic process. Only moderate cases can be treated with a high success rate. It is preferable for neurological patients to respond to these therapeutic interventions, because they have an awareness of their disorders and are motivated to participate in such interventions wholeheartedly.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.

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