Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Yoga
Effect of Yoga on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Yoga can ABSOLUTELY help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome. Contrary to what it may seem, when someone feels extremely lethargic and doesn't want to move, doing moderate (and eventually more rigorous) exercise can actually help them to gain energy. Additionally, yoga helps teach people how to breathe in accordance with their bodies, and helps train the body to use its energy wisely. With consistent yoga practice, people can learn how to respect their bodies need for movement, and need for rest, and know when to give in to each of these options.
Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.