Epilepsy is a chronic condition
characterised by recurrent seizures that can range from brief lapses of attention or muscle jerks to
severe and prolonged convulsions. Some of the reasons causing epilepsy include stroke, brain
tumour, brain injury, infection of the brain, genetic influence, and other developmental
In India there are around 10 million people
who suffer from epilepsy, contributing to one-sixth of the global burden. Many individuals with
active epilepsy are not adequately treated, resulting in a major treatment gap.
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Most seizures can be controlled by
anti-epileptic drugs but sometimes seizures develop which are resistant to those drugs. In that
case, yoga is increasingly becoming a focal point of therapy and researching in treating epileptic
Here are some yoga asanas that can prove effective for those who have been
diagnosed with epilepsy:
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Balasana is an awesome stress reliever and
can be reassuring if you think you might have a seizure soon. It’s also a really
lovely, gentle stretch for the hips, back and neck and may be helpful if you experience pain after
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Halasana (Plough Pose)
Halasana keeps your spinal cord strong and
flexible. It reduces stress and normalises high blood pressure. The pose calms the nervous system
and strengthens the immune system.
Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Savasana improves your concentration and
relieves stress and tension. It relaxes your muscles and improves your mental health. It works
amazingly well for neurological problems.
Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
Vrikshasana improves and aids
neuro-muscular coordination and makes you stable, flexible and patient. It enhances concentration and
activates all the mental faculties.