Tuesday, 3 February 2015

yoga importance

Now, yoga to help HIV +ve live better? Indeed, says NARI
In a first, natl instt studied 60 HIV patients practising sudharshan kriya yoga, noticed positive changes; 17.5% even 'took to religion'

At a time when scientists have been rediscovering remarkable aspects of Indian mythology and culture that they claim precede modern-day scientific discoveries — much to the chagrin of some others — yoga is once again in the spotlight. Now, it is the turn of the National Aids Research Institute (NARI) to turn to sudarshan kriya yoga (SKY) to 'improve the quality of life among people living with HIV (PLHIV)'.

It is for the first time that an institute like NARI — which conducts various research works in HIV drugs, prevalence, epidemiology, techniques and more — has focused only on the efficacy of yoga in PLHIV.

Explaining that the ancient practice also helped some subjects find religion, principal investigator and former-director in-charge of NARI, scientist F Dr Nita Mawar, told Mirror, "We noticed fruitful results after we used SKY on 60 subjects, who were not on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and had a CD4 count that was above 400. We wanted to focus on three levels — independence, physical and psychological health. We noticed that of all the subjects, 18 per cent showed an improvement in physical health, 17 per cent showed psychological improvement and another 18 per cent showed independence. Interestingly, 17.5 per cent people also showed an increase in religious or spiritual beliefs."

She added, "The study took place between December 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. We compiled and presented it in the Global Doctors' Medical Association Conference in Delhi at AIIMS in August 2014, where it was appreciated. We are still analysing and creating a record of the study, which will be completed in the next few weeks. We are also planning to suggest this as a policy document for HIV advocacy in the National AIDS Control Programme of our country. SKY has shown positive results in PLHIVs improving their quality of life and adherence to exercise. It is important to promote a healthy lifestyle among patients. Since it was a pilot study with successful results, we now plan to extend the programme to other parts of the country. This was a small sample of 60 people — once extended with institutes that work for PLHIV, we intend to increase the sample size as well."

But what was the main reason behind such a study in an institute that strongly believes in allopathy and medicine? Mawar explained, "Newly infected patients always experience anxiety, depression and an instantly affected immune system, which leads to co-morbidities. We planned this pilot study to ward off these stressbusters." NARI director Dr R Gangakhedkar made it clear that SKY is an alternative medicine and can be used as a dependent technique, which was performed on an age group between 18 and 50 in the study.

Asked about the development, Dr D B Kadam, head of the medicine department at Sassoon hospital, offered, "As an adjuvant therapy, it can be useful. However, people with HIV have to continue to adhere to drugs to improve the quality of their life and live longer." Dr Vaibhav Lunkad, medical officer at the Yerwada Hospital ART centre, said, "This is part of alternative therapies like Ayurveda. If such a study was undertaken, it is a good practice for PLHIVs who indulge in risk-taking behaviour. SKY can help people keep this at bay."

Mirror also spoke to a few PLHIVs who have witnessed the positive effects of yoga in their lives. Shubhada (37) from Alandi, an Art of Living teacher, has been tested negative for HIV viral load for three years in a row now. She shared, "I was detected with HIV in 2004; when I was put on ART, I underwent several adverse effects that led to severe weightloss. I had to stop ART till 2009. Doctors gave up hope. But, I came across this course — now, three years of continous yoga and SKY later, I have tested HIV negative and my CD4 count is 600. I am also off the medicines and work with the centre where I started practising yoga." Similarly, Rajeev (name changed), a 37- year-old HIV positive patient, who is an IT professional, narrated that he was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and became extremely weak. "I was not aware of ART then and my CD4 count had dropped to 38. Doctors sent me home saying they could do nothing. I had also contracted tuberculosis. Then, one of my colleagues suggested yoga. After practising for three months, I saw a change not only in my CD4 count — which hit 380 — but also my health; I even gained 10 kgs. By 2005, I had also started ART treatment, which is the main source of warding off HIV cells. Since then, I combine ART and yoga. My CD4 count is 780. People who have been suffering from HIV for long like me tend to go on to second-line therapy, but I am still on first-line therapy."

Friday, 21 February 2014

Salabhasana

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Salabhasana strengthens the back and improves flexibility in the spinal muscles. The abdominal muscles become stronger, improving digestion. Stiffness is reduced in the neck and shoulders.
Step by Step
1. Lie face down on the floor with the arms beside the trunk, feet together, knees
straight and the toes stretching back.
2. Turn the palms upward. Stretch the arms and raise them so that the hands are
parallel to the floor.
3. Press the sacrum downward and raise the head, chest and legs as high as possible taking care there is no back pain.
4. Extend the trunk forward, the legs and arms backward and lift the chest.
5. Balance on the lower abdomen, look straight ahead and breathe normally.
6. Hold the pose for 20-30 seconds and then release and lower the chest, head and legs.
Focus In everyday life we are continually bending forwards,but have little reason to bend backwards.Back bends help to extend the heart muscles, stretch the front side of the lungs and maintain flexibility in the respiratory muscles, thereby increasing lung capacity. They are also useful for nourishing and toning the abdominal organs and stimulating the adrenal glands.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Easy Tips for Weight Loss Naturally with Yoga


How often do you hear this? “I think I’ve put on weight; I need to slim down” - and this could lead to frantic discussions on ways to somehow shed those extra pounds.

Working out at the gym for long hours, training our taste buds to eat only healthy - you might have already tried all these and more to come back to good shape. Now, how about adding something that’s natural, has no side effects, is extremely easy and hardly takes 15-20 minutes of your day?

Meditation; a simple yet powerful technique. Wondering how something related to the mind can have anything to do with shedding pounds and kilos? Let’s see how meditation helps you lose weight naturally:
1: BMR, calories scales become kind
If you are on a weight-control program, you might be keeping a regular check on your body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR). By knowing your BMR, you can reduce calorie intake, in turn reducing body weight. When you meditate, your body’s BMR reduces. This means the extra calories intake by your body reduces. Weight loss is, then, a natural outcome.

2: Your tummy happier with less food
Have you noticed that the minute you stop working out for a few days, you immediately tend to put on a lot of weight? This is because you continue eating without burning as much. Exercising at the gym simply increases your appetite but may not necessarily improve assimilation.

By practicing yoga for weight loss and meditation, assimilation improves and desire for calorie-rich food decreases. So you feel hungry but are satisfied with lesser quantities of food. This has a more long-term effect on the body weight. Even if you are not able to exercise for some days, you won’t start gaining weight suddenly.

3: Restore your balance
Excessive weight gain and weight loss are sometimes outcomes of hormonal imbalances in the body. Meditation helps restore that harmony in the system so that if you are overweight, you lose pounds and if you are underweight, you gain the ability to put on.

4: Doughnuts anyone?
Your craving for all kinds of food could be your biggest roadblock when it comes to losing weight. How easy is it to stop yourself from buying a doughnut each time you pass the bakery shop with the fine aromas floating around? With regular meditation, it can be slightly easier.

Meditation increases awareness so that you become more watchful of your food habits. The next time you stretch out to grab a packet of chips or chocolates, you are immediately aware that it’s not going to help you reduce weight and you can substitute them with healthy alternatives. Also, over a period of time with regular meditation practice, you will find that your cravings have dropped. So you won’t be reaching for that bag of chips or cookies all that often.

“Till about one year back, I used to eat a lot of chocolates to the extent that if I would have chocolates at-least once a day, I used to feel very restless. My weight would only increase and I did not how to stop myself. Within 2 months of regular practice of meditation, I saw my cravings drop and I found it easy to control myself to chocolates. I continue to meditate and my weight has come down by 7 kg,” shares Divya Sachdev

5: Boost your commitment
Have you noticed how easy it is to fall prey to the threats of your weight- loss program? Sleep, junk food, sweets – all of these have the power to make you drop out of your weight-control plan very easily. This is a check on your commitment where meditation can help. Daily meditation practice helps strengthen your intention to lose weight so that you become more committed to exercising, following a moderated diet and other healthy practices.

Meditation gives the strength to realize an intention.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)

Also known as the plank pose this aasana is the most simple yet effective yoga exercise. It strengthens and tones your arms, shoulders, back, buttocks, thighs and not to mention your abs. interestingly this is the best aasana to get rock hard abs.  
Yoga exercise - Plank Pose

1.  Start in Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Savasana). Then inhale and draw your torso forward until the arms are perpendicular to the floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso parallel to the floor. 
2.  Press your outer arms inward and firm the bases of your index fingers into the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back, then spread them away from the spine. Also spread your collarbones away from the sternum. Do not sink into your shoulder sockets.
3.  Press your front thighs up toward the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward the heels. Lift the base of the skull away from the back of the neck and look straight down at the floor, keeping the throat and eyes soft.
4.  Plank Pose is one of the positions in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence. You can also perform this pose by itself and stay anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Explore some more yoga poses.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Child Pose Yoga Posture

Shishu Asana

Yoga Asana – Child Pose

Shishu= child; asana= pose
Pronounced- shishuh-asanah


How to do Shishuasana (child pose)

Sit on your heels. Keeping your hips on the heels, bend forward, and lower your forehead to the floor.
Keep the arms alongside your body with hands on the floor, palms facing up. (If this is not comfortable, you can place one fist on top of another and rest your forehead on them.)
Gently press your chest on the thighs.

Hold.

Slowly come up to sit on the heels, uncurling vertebra by vertebra and relax.

Benefits of Shishuasana (Child Pose)

Deeply relaxing for the back.

Relieves constipation.

Calms down the nervous system.

Containdications and Cautions

In case of serious back or knee injuries avoid this pose.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Yoga to treat diabetes

Yoga for diabetes can effectively support diabetes management, by gently massaging your internal organs, activating glandular-systems and help normalizes the blood-glucose level.
If you are new to yoga and interested to practice yoga for diabetes management, for gaining maximum benefit without injury, learn yoga tips for beginners, yoga safety tips to avoid yoga injuryand benefits of yoga pose.
Certain yoga for diabetes in this page is difficult to perform and require expert’s guidance. If you are a beginner, just practice simplified diabetes yoga for a minimum of two to three months. After gaining perfection, you can start practicing yoga in this page.

Yoga normalizes your glucose level by gently compressing (massage) and stimulating the endocrine glands (pituitary, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid, and adrenal), the exocrine glands (sweat, salivary, mammary, pancreas and liver), and the internal organs (include stomach, intestine, pancreas, and liver), which are directly or indirectly responsible for carbohydrate metabolism. This gentle compression provides fresh nutrient-rich blood supply to the organs and thus heals it and start working as expected. Additionally, yoga improves your overall physical as well as mental well-being.
 
Start Yoga session with Warm-up
Most of the yoga masters insist to practice  warm-up exercises before yoga session, which makes your body flexible and prepare yourself to do the yoga pose at your best.
Six diabetes yoga to normalize your blood glucose

  • Sirsasana is the king of all asana; it stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which controls the brain, nervous system, and all bodily sensory functions. It rejuvenates nervous system helps stop or repair nerve damage in diabetes. Aids proper blood circulation; help keeps sensitivity in the extremities and prevents amputation. Kindle digestion; it provides relief from diabetes signs, maintain blood-glucose level, and prevent diabetes complications. Learn more about Sirsasana.
  • Sarvangasana – is the queen of all asana; it stimulates thyroid and parathyroid glands, which are responsible for protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. It provides all the benefits of Sirsasana; additionally it keeps you calm and cool. Learn more about Sarvangasana.
  • Halasana – it is otherwise neck named as plough-pose (consider as a tool to reveal a hidden treasure), regular practice rejuvenates the whole-body system. It revitalizes thyroid, thymus, spleen, pancreas, liver and kidney. This pose is beneficial in diabetes treatment as well as for overall well-being. Learn more about Halasana.
  • Paschimottanasana - stimulates liver, pancreas, and kidney. It is not only beneficial in the treatment of diabetes; additionally, it helps lower cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It activates nervous system, calm mind, and relieves your stress. Learn more about Paschimottanasana.
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana provides deep internal massage of the abdominal organs thus squeeze out toxins, cleanse, and rejuvenate the body. It stimulates digestion, and supply organs with fresh circulation. Ardha Matsyendrasana can massage the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder. Learn more about Ardha Matsyendrasana.
Finish Yoga session with Shavasana
Well-experienced Yoga Guru’s always end a yoga session with a total relaxing yoga pose called as “Shavasana,” it helps to gain the most from the yoga poses you have just performed. Furthermore, make you more relaxed; it is a much simple asana, but difficult to reach perfection.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Why Yoga ?



Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. This fact sheet provides basic information about yoga, summarizes scientific research on effectiveness and safety, and suggests sources for additional information.
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Key Facts
Recent studies in people with chronic low-back pain suggest that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may help reduce pain and improve function (the ability to walk and move). Studies also suggest that practicing yoga (as well as other forms of regular exercise) might have other health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and may also help relieve anxiety and depression. Other research suggests yoga is not helpful for asthma, and studies looking at yoga and arthritis have had mixed results.

People with high blood pressure, glaucoma, or sciatica, and women who are pregnant should modify or avoid some yoga poses.

Ask a trusted source (such as a health care provider or local hospital) to recommend a yoga practitioner. Contact professional organizations for the names of practitioners who have completed an acceptable training program.

Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

About Yoga
Yoga in its full form combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy. There are numerous styles of yoga. Hatha yoga, commonly practiced in the United States and Europe, emphasizes postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.