Can Yoga Cure the Common Cold?

Can Yoga Cure the Common Cold?

I have a really bad cold–the kind of cold that wakes you up in the middle of the night with coughing and sneezing and makes your whole body sore.

OK, Yoga from the earliest days was an effort to relieve suffering, right?  A little old common cold should be a pushover for Yoga Philosophy, right?  Let’s match up the key points of my philosophy with my effort to get through this cold.

The Present Moment–Instead of bemoaning my discomfort and mentally trying to escape from it, I settle into calmly experiencing what is going on at this very moment.  I let myself relax toward the discomfort rather than fighting it.

The Wondrous Self–After awhile, since I’m paying attention instead of escaping, I start to marvel at what’s going on inside my body.  It’s almost like an action/adventure movie–the white blood cells are rushing in to fight the evil virus cells.  What a scientific wonder that the virus doesn’t just take over and destroy me.  There is a lot going on in this movie.  I’m rooting for the good guys.

The Wondrous Universe–I can’t help but notice, since I’m paying attention, that the rest of the universe is still out there and still wondrous.  I’m still part of that wondrous universe, and the vast majority of the atoms and cells and systems in my body are still functioning in their indescribably wondrous way, cold or no cold.

Mind, Body, and Spirit–My muscles are really sore.  I get up and run through my usual Yoga neck, shoulder and torso routines, focusing, as usual, on fully experiencing the sensations of each movement.  This makes my muscles feel much better, and my mind and spirit, too.

I start to experience a version of Pure Awareness–My cold is becoming more and more vivid while simultaneously getting smaller and smaller in relationship to the wonder all around me and in me.  I find myself able to experience An Abundance of Joy, even in the face of this very uncomfortable cold.

Can Yoga cure the common cold?  No, but it sure can help with the symptoms.

~ by Bob Weisenberg on December 5, 2008.

2 Responses to “Can Yoga Cure the Common Cold?”

  1. I must admit. The heading scared me. I read many places where folks are not taking their chemotherapy for herbal suppliments. This is a huge worry. Many people in this country are dying of their own stupidity. If you have a cold, no big, you got a cold. Take the cold meds, don’t take the cold meds. Either way you will recover. HOwever I have been reading how folks now refuse chemo and radiation over chiropracters and nutrition. And that is a huge worry. Nutrition cannot cure your breast Cancer. I believe you didn’t mean to say yoga can cure your cold. but I worry. Glad to read the bottom sentance. That made me feel better.

  2. Very pleasant read, Bob, in essence it is about being present, right?
    One thing that stuck out like a nail for me was the part where you said … as usual… and then again … as usual.
    Often our MBS presents us with these opportunities to re-think and try out something new, move off the worn path so to speak.

    I won’t enter the debate on scientific evidence for medications with you…(I retired from nursing because I was facing huge ethical dilemmas about the workings of the pharmaceutical mafia…nuff said), each to their own, if it works for you that’s great.

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