Oct 022012
 

Migraine is a throbbing one-sided headache, felt on one side of the head. It is a vascular headache, caused by dilation of temporal arteries in the brain. The pain intensifies with the enlargement of the arteries.

Causes  Heredity, hormonal imbalance, drop in blood-sugar levels, mental stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, exposure to hot sun, exposure to bright light, improper breathing, muscle fatigue due to wrong postures, reading while travelling, improper breathing, eating wrong foods.

Symptoms Throbbing headache, on one side, nausea, loss of appetite, blurred vision, disorientation, depression.

When you have migraine

▪    Take a shower and wrap crepe bandage on your forehead eyes and ears.

▪    Rest in a dark room, avoid bright flashing light.

▪.  Rest and Focus on your breathing, it will put you to sleep

▪    When you wake up, gently massage your head, neck and shoulders.

▪    Press the pressure points below the skull, behind the ears for a minute.

▪    Keep ice pack or wet cloth on your forehead and back of your neck.

▪    Drink few glasses of water during the day to relieve tense nerves.

▪    Take one or two glasses of tomato juice or a herbal drink with ginger.

▪    Eat healthy at frequent intervals; do not keep your stomach empty.

▪    Avoid foods with excess salt and sugar.

When you do not have migraine, practice the asanas given below. Forward bending asanas calm the tense nerves and muscles in the head and correct hormonal imbalances. Drink two litres of hot water in a day and practice alternate nostril breathing 3 times in a day when stomach is empty.

Duration 2 to 5 minutes each.

 Posted by at 4:36 PM
Oct 022012
 

Diabetes Mellitus  is a common metabolic and nutritional disorder caused due to high levels of sugar in the blood and urine. Insufficient production of insulin, a hormone secreted by pancreas, increases blood sugar levels, and when the body cells do not respond effectively to insulin. When this imbalance is not corrected on time, it can lead to heart problems, kidney disease, vision impairment and other problems.

Causes  Heredity, obesity, stress, unhealthy eating habits.

Symptoms Lethargy, fatigue, frequent urination, weight loss, craving for sweets, excessive thirst, increased hunger, blurred vision, slow healing of wounds, increased susceptibility to infections, numbness in hands and feet.

Asanas and Pranayama massage the abdomen, increase gastric fire, burn the excess sugar, regulate the functions of liver and pancreas. When practiced regularly with dedication for few months they will provide permanent relief.

Few asanas for practice.  Duration:  2 to 5 minutes each

 Posted by at 4:19 PM
May 312012
 

To overcome leg pain, physical and mental fatigue and improve circulation, and provide rest to the organs, the ancient yogis created an asana with legs up on the wall and called it “Viparita Karani ” a Sanskrit word meaning “opposite of action”  or no action.

 

In Viparita Karani, the venous return from the lower extremities is smooth, there is no stagnation of blood in the veins, circulation in the whole body improves and the heart is rested.

Viparita Karani is beneficial when practiced in the evening after returning home from work. It is practiced as a preparatory asana for Sarvangasana.

Cautions: Do not practice this asana after any surgery, when there is retinal problems, during a headache or during menstruation.

Benefits:
1. Relieves muscle fatigue and pain.
2. Relieves leg pain, swelling in the legs, heals varicose veins.
3. Refreshes the brain, calms the tense nerves, balances the hormones.
4. Relaxes the heart, improves venous return from lower extremity.                5. Improves circulation in the whole body

Instructions: Lie down on the floor parallel to the wall. Slowly move your head away from the wall, sticking your buttocks close to the wall. Bend your legs and take them up on the wall perpendicular to the floor.

Adjust and align your body in an “L” position, with your hips close to the wall and the back of your legs rested properly on the wall. Place your hands on the sides of your body with palms turned outwards. If you feel any strain in your neck, place a soft pillow under your head to support your back neck. Practice in a clean and well ventilated room.

For those who do not find Savasana (supine relaxation) comfortable can try this asana. Props such as pillows or soft blankets, eye pillows or pads can be used. Play soothing music and relax.

Coming out of the asana
Bend your knees towards your chest, roll to a side and rest for a few breaths. Press your hands into the floor and gently sit up.

Note:  Senior citizens and pregnant women can conveniently practice this asana if they find Sarvangasana difficult.

 Posted by at 4:45 PM
May 312012
 

Many people spend long hours sitting at a desk, in anatomically incorrect posture, causing strain in the neck, spine, shoulders and hips. When the muscles, joints and nerves are fatigued, there is lethargy and pain. 

Pranayama 

When you work for long hours, your breath will become shallow, providing less oxygen to the cells. It is important you take a break, sit in a comfortable position and practice pranayama for 15 minutes.

Everyone must know that

Exhalation is a natural process of removing impurities. Longer exhalations remove toxins, clear blocks, relax the cells, provide more energy and calm the mind. They control anxiety, remove fatigue, heal hypertension and pain.

Simple yoga stretches on the chair

 Posted by at 4:16 PM

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