• Nov,27, 2022

Yoga for Epilepsy

Yoga for Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disease that affects the nervous system. It is a problem with the brain's electrical system. It is characterized by sudden episodes of loss of consciousness and sensory disturbances or convulsions normally associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Yoga has been proven to have long-lasting effects on the health of a human being. It is not only important for physical fitness; the yoga practices like the asanas and the yogic breathing exercises yield a great impact on the functioning of the nervous system.


How Does Yoga Help Epilepsy?


Epilepsy And the Vagus Nerve


This nerve goes through the brain parts that are associated with seizures. The nerves are the longest in the body, controlling swallowing and speaking. It originates in the brain, runs down to the neck, and continues to the intestines. Most of the time, stimulating the vagus provides relief from epilepsy. Yoga may help decrease the frequency of seizures, modify brainwaves, and enhance the quality of life. This is because yoga activates the vagus nerve, which further reduces the frequency of seizures by 30%.

Yoga Asanas.



These practices are intense and need to be done under the supervision of an experienced instructor or a teacher. This practice always needs modification depending on an individual’s needs and respective medical conditions. The following are some of the yoga asanas that have proven to be effective to those diagnosed with epilepsy:


Seated Postures.




Keep your arms by your sides and stand upright. Slowly rest your knees on the mat as you lean forward. Your pelvis should be on your heels, and your toes should be pointed outward. Your thighs should press the muscles in your calf. Maintain a comfortable distance between your heels. Your palms should be facing upward on your knees. Look forward and straighten your back. For a time, hold this asana.




Standing upright with your arms by your sides and your feet apart is a good way to start. Now sit, but make sure you're on your feet, and your buttocks aren't on the floor. Placing your pelvis over your heels is a good way to start. Place your hands on the floor beside your feet or unite them in front of your chest in a prayer gesture while keeping your feet flat on the floor.


Standing postures




Starting in Samasthithi, take a few steps forward. Beginning with your right leg, work your way to the left. Lift it off the floor and place your weight on your left leg to balance. Position your right foot on the inside of your left thigh. It should be as close as feasible to your pelvis. To bring your foot into place, you can use your palms to support it. At your heart chakra, bring your palms together in Pranam Mudra. Bring your attention to the now. Carry on with the other leg in the same way.


Sarah Williams

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