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Yoga cures for sinus

SINUSITIS Suffering from sinusitis can cause a lot of discomfort in day to day life. There's difficulty in breathing because of mucus buildup and swelling in nasal region, resulting in blocked nose. Also, this build up affects the whole face, the head feels heavy, swelling and redness in eyes area, blocked ears. Yoga brings a lot of relief for sinus patients. Practicing yoga regularly helps cure many ailments, sinus is one of them. Yoga  for sinus Surya Namaskar: the constant inhale-exhale combined with asanas help regulating the breath. Hence clearing the nasal congestion. Yoga asanas: The forward bend asanas brings relief to the patient. Asanas like paschimottanasana, janushirshasana, pada-hasta asana, parvat asana, setubandh asana, sarvangasana, halasana, gomukhasana, bhujangasana relieve sinus discomfort. Pranayama: By performing these gentle breathing exercises, you increase the oxygen flow to your blood and          your brain, helping your body function more properly and relieving headache and other sinusitis symptoms. Kapalbhati, bhastrika, anulom-vilom are most beneficial for sinusitis. Jalaneti: It is an effective Yogic practice to cure headache, insomnia, cough & cold, asthma and drowsiness. Basically, it’s the nasal cleansing exercise with lukewarm salted water. Mantra recitation: Both chanting as well as humming "OM" make sound vibrations. This make the air to move back and forth between sinus membranes and nasal passages. Thus the air movement opens tiny ducts that connect the nose to the sinuses. This allows the sinuses to drain completely. Meditation: As it's commonly known that stress can worsen the symptoms of any chronic disorder, including sinusitis. Meditation helps in enhancing body's abilities to recover from stress.This improves our immunity and prevents frequent bouts of sickness. Diet Management: Avoid cold food items like cold water, ice creams, heavy oily food, [...]

Yoga cures for Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be cured with yoga asanas and pranayama. It is a condition in which the veins get enlarged and twisted and are visible just under the surface of the skin. Severe long standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling. This ailment often affect the legs because they are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upwards. Causes of varicose veins Heredity tendency, lack of exercise, standing for long duration , hormonal fluctuations, very tight clothing, obesity, repeated deliveries, constipation, wearing high heeled shoes for long duration. Symptoms Aching heavy legs, ankle swelling, cramps, burning, itching, restlessness, throbbing, discoloration around the veins. Yoga therapy Yoga therapy brings relief and also aids in correcting and restoring damaged veins to their former condition. Patients have reported great improvement in their conditions by regular practice of yoga asana and pranayama,where there's no severe damage. Extreme cases require medical consultation because blood gets collected in one spot causing clots. These clots can travel to lungs, heart or brain.Under such circumstances medical treatment is required and no yogic exercises should be practiced until doctor advice. Generally this is not a life threatening condition but it's very painful. In yoga,the asanas which allow the blood to drain back to the heart, allowing damaged veins to resume in a normal manner are beneficial .Inversions are most effective like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani and Sirsasana. Other asanas like- Pavanmuktasana, Chakrasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Naukasana, Tadasana, Surya namaskar and Savasana. Sirsasana by Pangong Tso Lake Pranayama Anulom vilom, Bhramri pranayam and Omkar recitation helps in relief from pain. Useful Advice  Keeping legs elevated for long duration brings relief. Avoid sitting in cross legged position. Standing for [...]

Know your asana – MERUDANDASANA

Babies are natural yogis! Just watch a baby playing, you'll see them twisting, bending, putting their toes into their mouths, raising their shoulders & head and so many variations of yoga asanas. Similarly, Merudandasana is a playful posture which stretches the hips and hamstrings. This is also called the balancing bear pose. What is special about Merudandasana? Usually, standing postures are perceived to be balance asanas. Whereas, Merudandasana is a seated balance asana. It is a great for the spine and especially the lower back. It is a great preparatory pose for Naukasana. Besides, balancing bear is a great hip opener and over time increases the lower body flexibility. :) Chakra-wise As we balance on the sacrum and coccyx, the Mooladhara chakra is stimulated. The Swadhistana chakra is also affected. The asana helps us feel more secure. It also opens the yogi's creative energy and stimulates feelings of pleasure, abundance and joy. Benefits of Merudandasana Great stretch for the hips and hamstrings- The asana stretches the legs, adductors and the glutes. This helps in opening the hips and lengthens the thigh muscles. Strengthens the lower back - While balancing the lower back is engaged and hips are stabilised. Consistent practice strengthens the lower back. And, always remember, to have a strong core, a strong lower back is essential! Realigns the spine- The torso and spine are stretched. This also gives optimal place for the organs to function effectively.  Tones the abdomen - works especially on the liver, and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It helps to stimulate intestinal peristalsis, alleviating constipation. Improves balance, focus and flexibility Contra-indications Avoid in case of hip surgery, injuries. For severe knee pain or knee injury, keep the knees bent. Pro-tip Keep the back straight and [...]

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Know your asana- Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

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Know your asana- ARDHA CHANDRASANA

Ardha Chandrasana is a pinnacle pose that once understood lays the foundation for other balance postures. The asana is used more by the modern yogis as an alternate to Veerabhadrasana 3. We lovingly refer to it as the cheat pose, but Half moon pose is a great balance and stabilising asana. What makes Ardha Chandrasana so special? Ardha Chandrasana challenges the body, balance and mind. It is a great posture for hip flexibility, strong legs and an aligned spine. Besides, it stretches the whole torso which provides optimal space to all the internal organs. This ensures effective functioning of every organ. And, like they say, "Every posture affects your muscles but more importantly, it balances the functioning of the Human body." Chakra-wise Practicing Ardha Chandrasana stimulates the Mooladhara chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element. It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in your life. Benefits of  Ardha Chandrasana Strengthens ankles, knees and legs - As our weight is balanced on one foot, the hamstrings and quadriceps are engaged resulting in strong legs. Hip Stability -  This asana is particularly beneficial to the external rotators and stabilizers of the hip while increasing the hip flexibility and strength. Strengthens the abdomen and spine- The asana also tones the core while improving the digestion and making the spine more mobile. Relieves stress  -  The balancing act is very powerful, as it helps in practicing mindfulness. Thereby, the deep breathing helps us concentrate and relax. Better Focus - Like every balance asana, there is more mental work to do than physical. There will be days when you can hold the posture for 30 seconds. And there [...]

Know your asana- VEERABHADRASANA 3

One of the most celebrated asanas in Yoga is the Veerabhadrasana. Today we will learn more about the balance posture, Veerabhadrasana 3 or Warrior 3. The common characters of a warrior is their ferocity and anger. But this asana concentrates on their strength and calmness.  Veerabhadrasana 3 is about learning how to respond rather than react. Fight, Flight or Freeze are the common reactions, but we train to activate our parasympathetic nervous system. What makes  Veerabhadrasana 3 so special? This is a dynamic posture!! It works on your lower body, core and more importantly it teaches us patience and perseverance. Every posture in yoga works on our internal organs, muscles, breathing pattern and our personality. Warrior 3 is an epitome of all this. Besides, it's a journey from playing hopscotch in the first class to the time when we can hold it for 30 seconds. :) Chakra-wise Having your intentions in the right place during your practice allows for a deeper focus. Being a balance posture,  Mooladhara chakra ( root chakra) is stimulated. Our need for security, survival and stability is balanced. Thereby, we are more self-aware, courageous and fearless. :) Benefits of Veerabhadrasana 3 Strengthens the ankles and legs- Did you know that the foot and ankle complex have more than 33 joints and over 100 muscles and connective tissues? This pose helps in strengthening and aligning these muscles and bones. Besides, the legs are toned and strengthened. Improves core endurance and hip stability- To hold the posture, the core is engaged. Thereby the abdominal muscles are toned and strengthened . Simultaneously, the gluteus maximus becomes strong and hip flexors are opened.  Aligns your spine and sharpens your focus. Teaches patience, perseverance and focus- Getting this posture right may take weeks [...]