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Yoga cures for Migraine

All about Migraine In a modern day scenario, Migraine is a common problem in all age groups. Migraine is a type of headache where there's constant throbbing and intense headache in one side of the head. Many a times, patients are not aware that they suffer from migraine. There are various factors which can trigger this headache, like, food allergy, loud noise, stress, bright lights, extreme exposure to mobiles and computer screens etc. Symptoms of migraine Neck stiffness Frequent yawning Irritability, nausea, fatigue etc. Migraines can last for a few hours or few days. Yoga cures for migrane Yoga comes to the rescue for migraine sufferers. Yoga, through the parasympathetic nervous system slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Thus, allowing the body to recover after a stressful migraine attack. Yoga therapy provides great relief for migraine patients. Asanas for migraine relief Balasana Hasta Uttanasana Paschimottanasana Jaanu sirshasana Jalandhar bandh Setu bandh asana Chakrasana Pranayama and meditation are relaxing and provides great relief as it relaxes the mind and nervous system. Besides,  increasing he  oxygen intake. A student shares his experience- "The word Migraine itself gives me a headache. I have been suffering from migraine since past 15years. Mine is what you call level-3 in terms of the intensity of the headache. Trust me when I say, it is quite chronic. The pain is quite severe with vomitting, blurred vision and there would be a complete stop to any day to day actities. Like any layman I went to the Doctor and as usual they prescribed me with heavy dose of pain killers which resulted in lot of side effects, but the headches wouldn't stop.I tried alternate therapies like Ayurveda, Accupressure and accupuncture. [...]

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, [...]

Know your asana- SARVANGASANA

Coming the "Queen of asanas," Sarvangasana!! The Sanskrit word Sarv-anga-asana means whole body posture. This is a dynamic inversion, which is held for 1 minute in hatha yoga, 3-5 minutes in yin yoga, up to 10 minutes in restorative yoga and for around 25 minutes in Iyengar yoga!! What is so special about Sarvangasana? Shoulderstand helps in the functioning of: Endocrine system Nervous system Circulatory system Respiratory system While strengthening the shoulders and helping calm the body and mind. :) Chakra-wise The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind. The throat chakra is the first of the three spiritual chakras.  To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Benefits of Sarvangasana Balances hormones: Sarvangasana balances the thyroid and hypothalamus glands, allowing for proper hormone production. Good for heart health: In the pose, the body is inverted and venous blood flow to the heart without any strain by force of gravity . Beneficial for asthma: The pose exerts pressure on the sternum against the chin. Thus prevents breathing from the top of the lungs thus cure asthma and other respiratory problems. Relieves from varicose vein: It reduces blood pressure to the blood vessels of the legs. Thus gives great relief to the people suffering from varicose vein. It is also good to the disorders at the heel and groin region. Improved Blood circulation: Stagnant blood from the lower regions of the body is drained to the heart. Thereby improving the supply of fresh blood. [...]

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: SIRSASANA

Turning the whole world topsy-turvy, comes the asana that is called the 'King of Asanas'  -Sirsasana, popularly called the “Headstand” is an inversion. It benefits every system of the body and is a morale booster, once you learn to stay up in the posture. What makes Sirsasana so special? In the words of Swami Sivananda, author of Yoga asanas, “In this asana alone, the brain can draw plenty of Prana and blood. It leads to natural Pranayam and Samadhi by itself. No other effort is necessary.” Practicing Sirsasana is a great way to lift your energy, relax your body and mind. Besides, it relaxes all the organs that are pulled by the gravity all day long. Chakra-wise As we balance on the cranium, the asana nourishes the head with oxygen and blood which balances the Sahasrara (Crown chakra). This leads to relaxing your mind and releases all the stress.  An active Sahasrara Chakra unifies the human mind with the higher self and takes us beyond the existence of space and time. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence. Benefits of Sirsasana The most obvious benefit is the increase in blood flow. Extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head means oxygen supply to the brain, more nutrient flow to the scalp and it balances the functioning of brain. The heart works against gravity; inverting your entire body lessens the strain on your heart, and allows a plentiful supply of oxygen-rich blood to reach your head and brain. When you flip onto your head you will be directly stimulating your lymphatic system and thereby helping to remove toxins from your body. Headstand is known as a cooling posture, meaning that it helps you to draw your attention [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Total Yoga, Yoga, yoga for energy|Comments Off on Know your Asana: SIRSASANA

The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!

SIRSASANA is the most iconic and admired Yoga Asana and for thousands of years Yogis have been identified with standing on their Heads! The Headstand conjures up ideas of Mastery over the Body, overcoming Fears in the Mind and an immersion into the Meditative arts. Why Sirsasana? 5 Benefits of the 'King of Asanas!' By inverting the Body, blood flow is re-directed to the Head; thereby stimulating the functioning of the Brain. As we grow older and the neck muscles tighten, lesser Blood flows upwards and while this may be marginal - by re-directing the blood flow upwards, we ensure that brain functions like Memory, Focus & Creativity don't diminish. Sirsasana re-stimulates the functioning of the Pineal gland. This small gland calcifies once we reach the age of about 8. However, unlike the Appendix, the Body continues to nourish the Pineal gland. For a long time, Medical researchers were searching for the function of the Pineal gland. Apart from its role in Sleep, the Pineal gland is also very active in Meditation. This was seen in Electro-Encaphalogram studies of Buddhist monks while Meditating. This corroborates the Pineal gland's importance in Yogic lore - where it relates to Bindu Visarga, one of 8 chakras in some Yogic systems. It connects Man to spiritual insight. Sirsasana is not recommended for people with High BP initially, although over time and if the practitioner can rightly do Headstand, it helps alleviate the condition. In addition, it gives the practitioner a unique Confidence in his Body's abilities. We naturally walk upright but by learning to stand on our Heads, we overcome not just Fears but also various limiting conditioning of our Minds. Finally, the Core gets toned as it engages in order to raise your [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Asana, Inversions, Knowledge Articles, Meditation, Total Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Challenge, yoga for energy, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on The 21-Day Headstand Challenge!