Meditation, Guided Imagery, Yoga, Deep Breathing, and Progressive Muscle Relaxation: What Do They Have in Common?

by Cherie Miranda on May 4, 2012

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of alternative medicine and natural healing.  🙂

While I realize that there’s a place for our western (allopathic) medical system—particularly for treatment of traumas and emergencies—I strongly believe that nearly all disease can be treated successfully through the use of alternative therapies.

I should state that I’m not a doctor or any kind of licensed medical health practitioner, and I’m not offering medical advice. I’m simply stating an opinion. And there are plenty of physicians and other health care professionals who wholeheartedly agree with me. Even the famed Dr. Oz tends toward natural healing. Then there’s Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Al Sears, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, to name a few.

What got me on this tangent today is a piece I read in the Huffington Post. The article cites a recent study showing that more and more doctors are suggesting alternative therapies to patients:

“…a recent study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that three percent of people seeking out mind/body treatments, such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, are doing so based on a referral from a medical provider.”

The research found that meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation were the most suggested alternatives.

All of these practices actually tie together beautifully, and I’m proud to say that I’ve taught all of them.

If you’re reading this blog, by now you’re familiar with meditation. I assume that most of my readers are also familiar with yoga and deep breathing. Guided imagery is, essentially, guided meditation. Progressive muscle relaxation is a practice that I often incorporate into my guided meditations as well.

Though I’ve always believed in natural healing and therapies, it still excites me to see alternative medicine becoming more mainstream and accepted both by doctors and patients. I also find it encouraging that the top five recommended treatments can basically be rolled together under one larger umbrella: meditation.

You can find the original Huffington Post article here:

Enjoy, and happy meditating!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael D Walker May 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Glad to learn that more people are being referred to alternative healing practices like meditation and deep breathing by medical professionals.



Sonya Lenzo May 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

Prior to moving to Costa Rica, I was hospitalized several times. The last few times, I was visited by the “alternative medicine” lady who wanted to know if I wanted to schedule any alternative medicine treatments, like massage, aroma therapy, music therapy, etc. This was my favorite part of the hospital stay!
Sonya Lenzo


Kevin Hogan May 5, 2012 at 7:40 am

Great to know that doctors today are focusing on more natural things!

Mark Hogan


Clare Delaney May 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

That is extremely goood news. The more mainstream it becomes, the more people overcome their fear / mistrust of meditation, and then benefit.

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

As you are most likely aware, Arizona is one of 3 States in which a person my jointly practice allopathic and homeopathic medicine. I have such a Doctor as a consulting client … the options are interesting.


Start Living An Abundant And Healthy Life May 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

The current medical paradigm of drugs, surgery, and more drugs isn’t working. It’s great to see that more medical doctors are starting to shift their own personal paradigms to alternative treatments and therapies.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II
What Is Your Vitamin D Level?


What Is Body Language May 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I went through a period when I rejected medical treatments. I use DIY techniques (mostly pranic healing). But sometimes it is necessary to rely on standard medicine. Now I believe that we have to use both. My preference is meditation – works for me.


How To Stop Being The Average American May 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I think more people are wanting to get away from medication so doctors have had to search out alternatives. I am glad they are finally realizing the benefits of meditation, yoga and deep breathing.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy


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