Current data suggests that Yoga and other mindfulness techniques are effective in treating anxiety, depression and pain in youth. According to D. Simkin and Nancy Black (2014), “Meditation and mindfulness techniques can actually produce neurobiological changes in the brain and physiologic improvements in body function that have been shown to be enduring for patients who continue to practice these techniques” (Simkin & Black, 2014).
In a similar randomized controlled study, the effects of mindfulness using Yoga techniques were used to help regulate PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Dick, Niles, Street, DiMartino, and Mitchell studied 38 women in this study. The results suggest that those who participated in the Yoga group had increases in psychological flexibility and decreases PTSD symptoms.
Mindfulness-based strategies were done in a trial for geriatric patients with worry symptoms and co-occurring cognitive dysfunction. The conclusions showed benefits for worry reduction and cognitive improvements. (Dick, et.al. 2014).
Many clinically based trials are using Yoga as an alternative method for treating various illnesses and disorders. In this investigation, we found that Yoga consistently provides positive benefits for patients.
Dick, A.M., Niles, B.L., Street, A.E., DiMartino, D.M. & Mitchell, K.S. (2014). Examining Mechanisms of Change in Yoga Intervention for Women: The Influence of Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility,, and Emotion Regulation on PTSD Symptoms. The Journal of Clinical Pyschology. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22104
Lenze, E.J., Hickman, S., Hershey, T., Wendleton, L., Ly, K, Dixon, D., Dore, P, and Welherell, J.L. (2014). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for older adults with worry symptoms and co-occurring cognitive dysfunction. Int Joural of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi: 10.1002/gps.4086
Simkin, D. & Black, N. (2014). Meditation and Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 23:3. P. 487-534. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.03.002.
Using Yoga for Mindfulness and Focus
This routine begins by standing in the tree position. It is used for balancing the right brain and the left brain. It increases focus. This routine is done on each side of the body (right leg up, then left leg up). This position can also be used for ADD and cognitive function.
The next pose is called the Eagle. The Eagle pose looks like the beak of an eagle flying toward the sun or truth. This pose is used for balancing left and right brain. It increases focus. This is done once on each leg. (right leg up, left leg up) It can also be used to improve memory and cognitive function.
The next pose is called the Warrior It is used to add courage and stability. It can be used to gather courage before going into a threatening situation. It can also be added to the anti-anxiety series.
The next pose is called triangle. It is done by pointing the front lef forward and the back foot points in at a 45 degree angle. The body tilts sideways toward the front leg, with the arms stretching away fro the heart in each direction. This pose is for mindfulness, clear choices and perfect choices for the present.
The next pose is called Revolved Triangle. It symbolizes the release of judgment of ourselves and others.
It is done in the same way as the front triangle, but the person twists to look behind.
Return to the floor position. Do a twist to look behind yourself to release the past, then face forward. Do the same thing of the opposite.