Light on Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar

Appendix II

List of Various Diseases with Curative Asanas

The following is a list of different functional and organic ailments and diseases from Light on Yoga.  Iyengar lists courses of asanas (postures) to help ease these ailments in Light on Yoga on pages 487-506.  One day I will have a personal secretary update this list with the actual asanas, but for now, if you have one of these ailments and would like help healing, I’d recommend getting his book and trying his list of postures.  It’s a great resource.

  1. Acidity
  2. Anaemia
  3. Ankles
  4. Appendicitis
  5. Arthritis of lower back
  6. Arthritis of dorsal region
  7. Arthritus of shoulders
  8. Arms and abdominal organs
  9. Asthma
  10. Backache
  11. High blood pressure
  12. Low blood pressure
  13. Brain
  14. Loss of memory
  15. Breathlessness
  16. Bronchitis
  17. Broncho-pneumonia
  18. Chest
  19. Chill
  20. Coccyx (pain or displacement)
  21. Cold
  22. Cough
  23. Colic
  24. Colitis
  25. Constipation
  26. Coronary Thrombosis
  27. Deformity in legs
  28. Deformity in arms
  29. Diabetes
  30. Diarrhoea
  31. Dilation of heart
  32. Displacement of uterus
  33. Displacement of spinal discs
  34. Dysentery
  35. Dyspepsia
  36. Epilepsy
  37. Eyes
  38. Fatigue
  39. Flat foot
  40. Flatulence
  41. Gall bladder and liver exercises
  42. Gastritis
  43. Giddiness
  44. Gout
  45. Halitosis
  46. Hamstring muscles
  47. Headache
  48. Heart trouble
  49. Heartburn
  50. Heels (pain or spurs)
  51. Hernia (umbilical)
  52. Hernia (inguinal)
  53. Hunch-back
  54. Hydrocele
  55. Impotency
  56. Indigestion
  57. Insomnia
  58. Kidneys
  59. Knees
  60. Labour pain
  61. Legs
  62. Liver, spleen, pancreas, intestines
  63. Lumbago
  64. Lungs
  65. Menstrual disorders
  66. Migraine
  67. Nasal catarrh
  68. Nervous debility
  69. Obesity
  70. Ovaries
  71. Palpitation
  72. Polio
  73. Paralysis
  74. Piles
  75. Pleurisy and pneumonia
  76. Prostrates
  77. Rheumatic pains
  78. Sciatica
  79. Spermatorrhoea
  80. Sterility
  81. Thrombosis of the legs
  82. Tonsilitis
  83. Tuberculosis
  84. Tumour of the stomach
  85. Ulcer (gastric)
  86. Ulcer (duodenal)
  87. Urine (dribbling or excessive)
  88. Varicose veins