Monday Asana – Thunder posture – VAJRASANA

Diseased or Dis-comfort, illnesses, pains can be safely healed or even better prevented with the help of Yoga Asana.

Yogic postures are both beneficial for body and mind.  Yoga postures and regulated breathing make you move in a controlled, regulated and disciplined manner and you are experiencing comfort and stillness inside.

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strengthens and develops the nervous system of the body making the veins flexible yet tough.

This asana counters all sorts of back pain helping to keep the elasticity of the spine.

It is considered the best posture for healing diabetes.

It is good for pancreas, improving it’s function. The regular practice of this posture will balance the acid reaction in the stomach thus invigorating the whole of the body’s digestion system.


Especially stretching and strengthening the area around the waist.

It is most beneficial for those suffering from sciatica and gout.

And ladies if performed regularly, it will maintain the colour of your hair!

Keeping the breath regular, practice this posture cautiously and with perseverance the body’s alignments will soon loosen. Clench the fist and place them open the knees.  keep the arms straight with the neck and back erect. Practice 4 rounds thirty second each.

Stay wonderful, aim true !


Yoga an Allergy Antidote?

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So many of u, annually are plagued by seasonal allergic rhinitis, Asthma, and Immunology. And the number of sufferers has doubled in the last 20 years, due to factors such as environmental pollution, poor diet, and increased stress, which make our immune, nervous, and respiratory systems hypersensitive.

Allergies aren’t just annoying; they can affect sleep, concentration, and productivity and put you in a bad mood. Moreover, growing evidence shows that allergies and asthma may be two sides of the same coin, as asthmatics are more likely to be allergy sufferers too and those with allergies have a greater chance of developing asthma.


While people often think of spring as the beginning of “allergy season,” there are actually three separate times of year when seasonal allergies tend to occur: spring (tree pollen), summer (grass pollen), and early fall (ragweed pollen). Allergy shots (immunotherapy), nasal steroid sprays, and over-the-counter antihistamines may work for many, but a more holistic approach can help too. As a lifestyle measure, your yoga practice can help reduce allergy symptoms by tempering your immune system’s response to the perceived offender—pollen.

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“Allergies are worsened by a stress reaction, which causes physiological responses, including the release of stress hormones and histamine, and triggers inflammation,” says Jeff Migdow, M.D., director of Prana Yoga Teacher Training through the Open Center in New York as well as a holistic physician at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. “Relaxation diminishes fight-or-flight response, and thereby reduces allergic symptoms.” Through relaxation, the nervous system basically tells the immune system to hold its fire. Once the immune system backs off, the inflammation and mucus decrease, and symptoms diminish.

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Migdow suggests you make de-stressing your immune system a priority by modifying your yoga practice to be less vigorous and much more calming. “For example, avoid Bikram Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga where there is already heat. Instead, practice asanas in a smooth and relaxing way with lots of slow breathing.”

Gary Kraftsow, the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and the author of Yoga for Wellness, adds: “When allergies flare up, avoid anything that may add insult to injury and keep energy up, since allergies are also associated with low energy.” Plus he advises against using forceful breathing or any pranayama through the nostrils, as congestion might make this difficult and uncomfortable. “In your breathing, place a greater emphasis on exhalation; a short inhalation followed by a longer one has a calming effect,” he says.


Harriet (Bhumi) Russell, who is a holistic health educator, yoga teacher, and director of Bhumi’s Yoga and Wellness Center in Cleveland, says that inversions can help clear the upper respiratory tract and drain secretions from the nose, allowing freshly oxygenated blood to flow into the oral cavity.

Doing Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

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Halasana (Plow Pose) can open nasal passages, ensuring proper drainage of sinuses, she says. Yoga and allergy - healing yoga

“But don’t keep your head down too long in poses like Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) and Sirsasana (Headstand), which can put extra pressure on nasal passages.”

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Also I recommend doing more standing poses—forward and backward bends, and twists—in your practice, all of which tend to massage various parts of the spine and the thoracic cage and condition the lungs. “Strong lung meridians help strengthen immune-system functioning,”

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Rajadhiraja Yoga class

Every Tuesday 6.30pm to 8pm and Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm

@ Holistic Health Clinic, Brighton

All levels of experience welcome, beginners encouraged!

“Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.” ॐॐॐ

Rajadhiraja Yoga class tomorrow 8 to 9.30pm Holistic Health Clinic, Brighton all levels of experience welcome, beginners encouraged! “Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.” ॐॐॐ

Rajadhiraja Yoga

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Rajadhiraja Yoga is the original Tantra modified for today’s society, using systematic and scientific process for the development of the body, of the mind and of the soul, leading to the total experience of the infinite. This is called “self realization”.

In the West we have come to equate the term “yoga” with yoga postures, but in fact they form only a small – albeit important – part of the whole system. In Sanskrit, yoga postures are called asanas. Asana means a “posture giving physical comfort and mental composure.” Asanas affect the glands, nerves, muscles and all the organs of the body.

There are many physical benefits: flexibility, improved respiration and circulation, the prevention and cure of diseases, etc, but the main effect is on the mind, through pressure on the endocrine glands and the subsequent balancing of the hormones secreted from those glands.

The relation between the physical body and the mind is very close, and it’s the endocrine hormones that determine one’s emotions. If the hormones are balanced, the emotions will also be balanced, facilitating concentration and meditation. But without that balance there will be tendencies of mind that distract us from deeper ideation, and despite having a sincere desire to live a constructive and fulfilling life, it may be that we are unable to because of those extroversial tendencies. We may understand that we should meditate, but if we cannot concentrate the mind it will be very difficult. So it is important to rectify the defects of the glands. Asanas help in this to a very large extent.

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There are more than 50,000 asanas, but only a few of those are necessary. Many asanas are named after animals, because certain animals have specialized propensities of one sought or another. For example, by doing the Peacock (Mayurasana) one develops fearlessness and a strong digestion – both characteristics of the peacock.

The tortoise can easily retract its extremities, and if one practices the Tortoise Posture (Kurmakasana) the mind can more easily be withdrawn from the external world. The Hare (Shashaungasana) puts pressure on the crown of the head and stimulates the pineal gland to produce melatonin, the hormone which gives the feeling of well-being and bliss. This is especially important in meditation.

The Shoulderstand is called Sarvaungasana in Sanskrit, meaning “whole body,” indicating its effect on the thyroid gland, which controls the whole body’s metabolism. Other asanas such as the Mountain (Parvatasana) and the Wheel (Cakrasana) are named after the physical structures they resemble.

There is even a relatively recent one (Matsyendrasana) named after the king who invented it. Asanas such as the Lotus (Padmasana), Perfect Pose (Siddhasana) and Brave Pose (Viirasana) directly place the mind in a state beneficial for meditation, so it is these meditation postures (Dhyanasanas) that we use in concentration and meditation.

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Dirga Pranam – Holding breath position

Mudras are similar to asanas, but usually incorporate some kind of ideation. Their effect is on the nerves and muscles rather than the glands.

Before asanas the body should be cool and calm, and this is achieved quickly and conveniently in Rajadhiraja Yoga by what is called the Half-bath. Asanas should be done on an empty – or at least not full – stomach. The room should be clean and warm, with no draught or smoke. Except for the meditation postures, asanas should not be practiced during menstruation or pregnancy. There are more guidelines to ensure that asanas are practiced without damage to the health, and they require a deeper commitment. For example, strictly speaking – with the exception of the meditation postures and a few other simple asanas such as the Cobra – vegetarianism is important, as is breathing through the left nostril, as opposed to the right, while practicing asanas. These are little-known finer points which Rajadhiraja Yoga brings to light, the reason for them being the protection of the physical and mental constitution. In general, asanas and mudras should only be practiced on the advice of a proper teacher.

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After practicing asanas, a skin massage should be done before lying in deep relaxation (Shavasana) for at least two minutes. The skin massage helps in the absorption of sebaceous oils that are naturally secreted onto the skin surface. This increases the suppleness and glamour of the skin, as well as relaxing the nerves, increasing the blood and lymph circulation, and harmonizing the energy (pranah) of the body. Deep relaxation gives the body a chance to assimilate the positive energy gained from the asanas. It also relieves stress, lowers the blood pressure, and decreases the need for sleep.

Yoga means to unite. In the west, for the last couple of years, we have seen yoga literally explode and you can find almost more yoga teachers than yoga practitioners in the big cities around the world today. Unfortunately, we have peeled off a lot of what is actually yoga and embraced only a very small part of yoga which suited our society, culture and mindset.

But yoga does not only consist of a number of physical postures and is not only a physical and mental practice. Yoga is a way of relating to life. Yoga is 24 hours a day. Yoga is about becoming a conscious human being.

The final goal of yoga is to experience oneself as part of everything and in no way separated from the rest of creation. In that state, you experience infinite happiness, total stillness and you know that you are unconditionally loved, always.

Rajadhiraja yoga and is sometimes called Ashtaungika Tantrika Yoga. It is based in Patanjalis system of Ashtaunga Yoga.

Ashtaunga yoga means eight limbs of yoga and includes ethical guidelines (yama and niyama), physical postures (asanas), withdrawal techniques of the mind, concentration practices, breath exercises, yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and also a practice of complete enlightenment.

The poses are similar to those that are practiced in Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Iyengar yoga and other styles of yoga. The difference in Rajadhiraja yoga is that the poses are repeated several times, usually for four or eight times and that you hold your breath for about eight seconds in each pose.

This makes the asana work deep on nerves and glands and leads to a release of energy which makes you feel relaxed, calm and at the same time filled with lots of energy after a yoga session. It also creates an effect that stays with you, long after the yoga session is over. In Rajadhiraja yoga the practice is calm and contemplative and gives you more energy and increased consciousness.

Every session is always concluded with a self massage which work to help the lymphatic flow in our bodies. During asana practice our sebaceous glands produce a fine secretion, this is very beneficial to gently rub back into the skin. It is also just a beautiful thing to get in touch with every part of your body after a session.

It doesnt matter how flexible you are and the goal of yoga is not to become flexible or get a beautiful body. When we practice yoga we focus on finding harmony between our breath, movement and intention and how they flow together. We try to become conscious of ourselves. The most important in yoga is to be present in body and mind. You just need to be what you are right now. Nothing else is needed.

Benefits  : Yoga effects the endocrine glandular system which leads to a balanced hormone production. This in turn, affects our cakras and it all leads to good health for both body and mind. Body and mind is touched on a deep level through the combination of movement, breath and intention.

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Ujavi breathing

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Ujjayibreath (the yogic science of breath) increases your endurance and makes you feel more energetic. It also improves memory and soothes the nerves”

 This particular style of is said to enhance and empower a Yoga practice, with an English translation meaning “to become victorious” or “to gain mastery.”

To create the Ujjayi. breath, one must constrict the back of the throat, similar to the constriction made when speaking in a whisper. Therefore, it is an audible breathe that is often compared to the sound of the ocean. Although there is a constriction of the throat, the Ujjayi. breath flows in and out through the nostrils, with the lips remaining gently closed.

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It is important to remember that the key to Ujjayi breathing is relaxation; the action of Ujjayi naturally lengthens the breath. Some small effort is required to produce a pleasing sound, but too much effort creates a grasping quality and a grating sound. Generally, it is the inhalation that presents the greater challenge. So begin by practicing on the exhalation where there is a natural letting go process.

To practice the inhalation, focus on creating a soothing and pleasing sound that is unhurried and unforced. I suggest working on your Ujjayi breathing in a seated, relaxed cross-legged position. Imagine sipping the breath in through a straw. If the suction is too strong the straw collapses and great force is required to suck anything through it. Once Ujjayi breathing is mastered in a seated position, the challenge is to maintain the same quality of breathing throughout your asana practice.

Throughout your practice, try to maintain the length and smoothness of the breath as much as possible. Once you find a baseline Ujjayi breath in a pose that is not too strenuous (Downward Facing Dog for example), endeavor to maintain that quality of breath throughout the practice. Some asanas require great effort, and you may begin to strain in your breath. If you are straining in your breath, you may be pushing yourself too hard in your practice. Use that feedback as a guide throughout your practice—if you start to strain, it may be time to back out of a pose and rest.

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Some yogis argue that Ujjayi. should not be practiced in asana (physical postures), and prefer a normal breath. Consequently, some yogis believe the Ujjayi comes natural when the postures are deeply understood, and shouldn’t be focused on until such mastery of asana is attained. Yet, in a Vinyasa style of, the Ujjayi is emphasized as a way to link the breath with the movement, as Vinyasa yoga is based on breath-synchronized. There are several important attributes of this form of pranayama, which declare Why We Ujjayi…

1. Improves concentration in the physical practice. Becoming absorbed in Ujjayi allows the practitioner to remain in poses for longer periods of time.

2. Instills endurance that enhances a flowing practice by lending a meditative quality that maintains the rhythm of the class.

3. It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self aware and grounded in the practice.

4. Ujjayi breath regulates heating of the body. The friction of the air passing through the lungs and throat generates internal body heat. It is similar to a massage for the internal organs; as the core becomes warm from the inside, the body becomes prepared for the asana practice. This heat makes stretching safer while the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated.

5. A focused Ujjayi breath can release tension and tight areas of the body.

6. Additional benefits of Ujjayi pranayama include diminished pain from headaches, relief of sinus pressure, decrease in phlegm, and strengthening of the nervous and digestive systems.

7. Ujjayi tells us when we need to surrender into a resting posture, as the breath should remain as even and smooth in the postures as when we rest. It allows us to practice honesty in our practice, taking a step back to let go of our ego.

8. Ujjayi allows us to practice full deep breaths during the challenges of a physical practice. Therefore, we can stay just as equanimous when faced with the challenges of our daily lives.

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When listened to, your breath can be your true teacher, guiding you in a myriad of ways. The ancient yogis realized the intimate connection between the breath and the mind. Hopefully, this makes sense, and you will consider this pranayama in your practice. To better understand and incorporate Ujjayi breathing into your yoga practice, consult an experienced teacher near you.

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How to practice :

Ujjayi is especially known for the soft hissing sound the breather makes by directing her inhales and exhales over the back of her throat. To learn how, try this:

1-      Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a wide-open mouth. Direct the out-going breath slowly across the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound. Repeat several times, then close your mouth. Now, as you both inhale and exhale through your nose, direct the breath again slowly across the back of your throat. Ideally, this will create, and you should hear, a soft hissing sound.

2-      This sound, called ajapa mantra (pronounced ah-JOP-ah mahn-trah, the “unspoken mantra”), serves three purposes: it helps to slow the breath down (which is exactly what we want for Ujjayi), to focus awareness on the breath and prevent your min “wandering,” and to regulate, by continually monitoring and adjusting the evenness of the sound, the smooth flow of breath (another important element of Ujjayi).

3-      Start with 5 to 8 minutes of practice, gradually increase your time to 10 to 15 minutes. When finished return to normal breathing for a minute or two, then lie down in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) for a few minutes.

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 Ujjayi is the foundation of many other techniques listed on this site; e.g., ratio breathing, svara yoga, digital pranayama, retention along with the two bandhas. Note that Ajapa Mantra isn’t used when performing digital pranayama.


Sukshma Vyayama “an ancient component of yoga”

Sukshma Vyayama is an ancient component of yoga not known to most of the schools of yoga today in the world. This was developed, designed and propagated originally by his His Holiness Maharishi Karthikeyaji Maharaj of the Himalaya.

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Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaawas developed by Maharishi Kartikeya Ji Maharaj on the basis of some of the most essential but normally not understood, mysterious aspects of Hatha Yoga relating to the Mudras and Bandhas. Though the Hatha Yoga literature is filled with references to the profound importance attached to the Bandhas and Mudras, many of the modern yoga schools both in India and abroad have comfortably ignored this aspect perhaps due to their own ignorance of this subject. It is also true that the Bandhas and Mudras are very complex can be practiced by advanced yogis in the original form as prescribed in the yogic texts namely HathayogaPradeepika, Siva Samhita and so on.

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The science of yoga itself was restricted to the yogis who have renounced the world and who have given up all attachments and gone into the forest or the Himalaya. Yoga was taught and practiced only for them, by them and amongst them. But in the recent times some of the smaller, simpler and easier components of the yoga system were brought out from the mystery and secrecy that shrouded them, for the benefit of the modern society by Shri Dhirendra Brahmachari and various other yoga experts. So, in conformity with the approach of bringing to the common people and normal society, some of the simplified and easier aspects of Hatha Yoga, this system of Sukshma Vyayamaa was developed, designed and propagated by Maharishi Karthikeyaji Maharaj.

As mentioned earlier Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaa is a unique system of exercises not available anywhere in the world, in any other form either in the yogic domain or in the non-yogic, physical or cultural domain. It is so sensitive, so powerful, so scientific so deep and yet so simple that even a child after crossing the age of ten can easily practice it and derive benefit. The benefits claimed are very great and there are also experiences collaborated by lakhs of disciples of Shri Dhirendra Brahmachari, my own teacher Sri Dikshtulu and my many of my students. The benefits of Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaa are so great that even without practicing the rest of the aspects of Hatha Yoga such as Asanas it is possible to derive extremely tangible benefits in a very quick manner.

The other beautiful and more important aspect of Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaa is, that it is the only system of exercises in the world where each and every part of the body including Each organ, each joint and each muscle is taken into consideration, and a particular exercise or set of excercises associated with a specific type of breathing in a specific type of position with a specific point of mental concentration is prescribed.

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So, starting with the top that is the head, we cover: various parts of the brain,the eyes, nose, ears, and neck, the shoulders, arms and arm joints, finger joints and even fingertipsthe upper chest, middle chest and abdomen and trunk in different aspects the thighs and buttocks, even organs like rectum/anus and the bladder (for which excercises are very rarely prescribed) the knees, ankles, foot, foot muscle and joints, toes and finally the big toe. So, literally “from top to toe” is the coverage in the above mentioned sequence which is something very unique in the entire world, in the past, present and possibly the future too.

So the Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaa as is implied by the name is meant for the subtle body or Sukshma Sarira. It is not meant for the gross body or Sthula Sarira. There is a separate set of exercises for the gross body – Sthula Vyayamaa which succeeds Sukshma Vyayamaa but it is just about half a dozen exercises of gross nature similiar to other gross exercises such as swimming and running or various physical and cultural excercises. Yogic Sukshma Vyayamaa, however, is on a different footing. It is meant for the subtle body of the human being, as per Indian traditional philosophy. As per the yogic philosophical tradition there are five bodies for every individual – the physical and the subtle: the annamaya sarira, pranamaya sareera, manomaya sareera, vigyanamaya sareera and anandamaya sareera. So, Sukshma Vyayamaa deals with the second level that is the subtle body or the pranamaya sareera.

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The main features or components of Sukshma Vyayamaa are (1) breathing (2) concentration point (3) actual exercise – which involves motion most of the times though not always. Breathing of different types: very light or very fast or very deep, sometimes through the mouth although mostly through the nose. This is a brief about Sukshma Vyayamaa.

he benefits once again are immense and are direct and immediate. Within a month of regular practice, preferably twice a day, morning and evening, or once a day in the morning, before bath if warm water, or after bath if cold water, before any kind of food,

with a tight underwear and shorts, on a mattress, either open air or indoors, without any cold or heat or rain, will lead to development of extraordinary levels of capabilities and faculties of various aspects of the personalities both mental and physical.

For those who have maladies and problems of different kind, Sukshma Vyayamaa alone is capable of curing and preventing without taking the help of asanas or other aspects of pranayama or kriyas. Though we do not prohibit the other aspects, Sukshma Vyayamaa is solely capable of handling all problems, both curing and preventing, and increasing the strength and vigour of different organs and systems in the body.

Sukshma Vyayama, though it looks very simplistic, is also going to awaken the Kundalini if performed correctly for a long period of time on a regular basis. The other aspects of classical Hatha Yoga which have been incorporated into package of Sukshma Vyayama, by his Holiness Maharishi Kartikeyaji are the Sambhavi Mudra, Shanmukhi Mudra and also Tratak. The eye exercises are from Tratak, and the ear exercise is Shanmukhi Mudra which was used in the classical yoga to get into the trance state of deep meditation though in Sukshma Vyayama it is only used for calming and quietening the mind for a common man.

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So, to conclude, the mudras and bandhas are utilized along with the modern motion of exercises, movement of the muscles and bones to the extent of each and every joint of the body, each and every bone and the muscle and organ, being given an exercise to improve its’ vigour, to improve its’ capabilities, faculties and the performance of the individual as a whole.

For the actual exercises, follow the instructions here


Healing Yoga

“Realign, recharge, re-balance and invigorate your mind and body, whilst boosting your overall health and well-being”

Yoga and Seniors

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Growing old is the stage when you have more time for yourself, your family, for leisure, recreation and relaxation. However, it is also the time when you are more susceptible to some ailments that are linked to old age like Arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence, and High Blood Pressure. This raises the need for the seniors to stay fit and healthy during this age. Though the degeneration of the body also set some limits to the types of exercises they can do. This leads to the practice of milder forms of exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, and even Yoga.

Yoga can, in fact, be good for adults of all ages, especially seniors. Studies have shown that yoga can be extremely helpful when it comes to combating stress, fatigue and pain. Some yoga poses increase core strength and balance, which reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Other poses can alleviate senior-related health issues such as menopause. Above all, yoga is forms of exercise that can help seniors feel younger.

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Even though you may never be able to bend yourself into a pretzel, learning some simple yoga poses can improve your overall quality of life. If you’re just starting out, look for a beginning class taught by a certified yoga instructor. Good instructors will help you attain correct body positioning and encourage you to learn your body’s limits. You may not able to perform all the poses or hold them for very long, but good teachers understand that and encourage you to do your best.

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Yes, of course older people can do asanas. The basic premise in yoga is union – union of the various aspects of our existence like body, breath, mind etc. In fact the word yoga comes from a Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, which means ‘to unite’. Hence, it is possible for people of all ages and from all walks of life to utilize the techniques of yoga for creating a harmonious and joyful existence.

Type of asana :

Substitute warm-ups with  brisk walking and joint movements.

Standing Yoga Poses Triangle Pose (konasana      series) and Standing Spinal Twist (Kati      chakrasanas)

Sitting Yoga Poses Butterfly      Pose, Cradling (if possible), body rotation, Cat      stretch and Child pose (Shishu Asana).

Yoga Poses lying on the back  or stomach Focus on repetitions rather than holding any posture such as the Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), the Locust Pose (Shalabhasana) or the Knee to Chin Press (Pawanmuktasana).

Yoga nidra or deep  relaxation is by  far the most essential part of any yoga practice, and as age progresses, it becomes even more essential to help assimilate the effect of the asana practice into our system.

Some Yoga Asanas are designed to normalize your blood pressure and balance the Nervous System and are essential in the prevention of heart ailments and problems in the nervous system. The Breathing Techniques can make you feel refreshed and cleanses the air passages which can help prevent respiratory ailments.

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In practicing Yoga, know your body and respect its limits. Do not push yourself too hard in a pose. Yoga can only be effective if you practice it properly. The harder you try, the more you expose yourself to injury. Do not put more stress to your already stressed out body. Remember that Yoga aims to quiet the mind as you exercise the body. If you feel pain, stop what you are doing. The following is a Basic Yoga Session for seniors. You do not have to do all the poses, stop when you already feel tired.


Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus   in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often   helpful to breathe quickly. This article will introduce you to this breathing   techniques and show you its its benefits.

Easy Pose   (Sukhasana)

This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after   doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine,   slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind   still.

Cat   Pose (Bidalasana)

The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to   coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important   themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable   if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Dog Pose (Adho   Mukha Shvanasana)

The Dog Pose improves flexibility of your spine, stretches the hips and   middle and low back, rejuvenates   the body, and helps in preventing back problems. Take note that this Yoga   Pose should not be performed if you have serious back pain or injury.

Double Leg   Raises

A Double Leg Raise is similar to a   Single Leg Raise, only this time, you will raise both legs. In doing this   Yoga Pose, make sure that the full length of your back is resting on the   floor and your shoulders and neck are relaxed. This section covers the steps   and guidelines on how to do this pose properly.

Half   Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also   beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practice this   Yoga Pose under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. In this section, learn   how to perform the Half Spinal Twist.

Locust Pose   (Salabhasana)

If the Cobra Pose works mainly on the upper back, the Locust Pose targets the   lower part. This posture also strengthens the abdominal area, arms, and legs.   Another thing that makes it different from many poses is that it entails   rapid movement. Check out how it is done in this section.

Wind   Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘pavana’ which means   air or wind and ‘mukta’ which means freedom or release. The Wind Relieving   Pose works mainly on the digestive system. specifically, it helps in   eliminating excess gas in the stomach.

Yoga   Exercise – Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The Corpse Yoga Pose is considered as a classic relaxation Yoga Pose and is   practiced before or in between Asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. While it   looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform. Learn more on   how to do it with the help of this article.

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Sukshma Yoga may be practiced independently or as part of a larger yoga plan. People of every age can practice and receive the benefits of these exercises that can be comfortably practiced within 20-30 minutes. It includes simple and gentle exercises for the eyes, tongue and jaws, neck, hands, feet, knees, ankles and hips.Sukshma means subtle. Sukshma Yoga is that which penetrates subtle levels. It is an ancient but comparatively unknown form of Yoga and is very simple to perform. Sukshma Yoga is basically subtle yogic warm ups with gentle stretching and coordinated breathing that results in deep relaxation. This readies you for a more dynamic sequence of asanas and other physical exercises.In Sukshma Yoga the whole body, from head to toe, is treated, relaxed and rejuvenated. External and internal body parts undergo deep transformation in this type of Yoga. These are scientific exercises that not only make us strong and supple, but also help remove impurities from the body and improve the memory, concentration and will-power. Regular practice of this type of Yoga ensures a long healthy life.

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The Patanjali Yoga Sutras define asana as “sthira sukham asanam” that which is stable and comfortable is an asana. Thus, any posture, held with awareness, in a stable and comfortable manner constitutes an asana.The same asanas performed by a younger individual could be more challenging in terms of effort put into the posture, the duration of holding the posture and amount of flexibility required. Some cardio vascular movements and abdominals would be more appropriate for a person with higher level of endurance and body fitness.Here again, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras provide a clue – it says – “heyam dukham anaagatam”, so that we can avoid the misery that has not yet come. As our age increases, the efficiency of our bodies and immune system seems to deteriorate, bringing on the possibility of various diseases. Regular practice of yoga techniques, such as asanas, pranayama and meditation can help to avoid these conditions, remove the misery, and lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Hatha Yoga “Yoga of postures”

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Hatha Yoga describes any of the physical practices of yoga. (Remember that yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses.) When you do Iyengar, this is hatha yoga; when you do Ashtanga, as different as this may seem, it is hatha yoga too. Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit.

These days, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic classes with no flow between poses. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners’ poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.

Many people try a hatha class and love the relaxed feeling, others decide that yoga is too slow and meditative for them.

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What most people refer to as simply “yoga” is actually Hatha Yoga. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners’ poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.  These days, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic classes with no flow between poses. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation.

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Hatha Yoga is a system of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a yogic sage in the 15th century in India. This particular system of yoga is the most popular one, and it is from which several other Styles of Yoga originated including Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. The word “hatha” comes from the Sanskrit terms “ha” meaning “sun” and “tha” meaning “moon”. Thus, Hatha Yoga is known as the branch of Yoga that unites pairs of opposites referring to the positive (sun) and negative (moon) currents in the system. It concentrates on the third (Asana) and fourth (Pranayama) steps in the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Hatha Yoga tries to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses or Asanas, Breathing Techniques or Pranayama, and Meditation.

  • Asanas are various body positions designed to improve health      and remove diseases in the physical, causal, and subtle bodies. The word “asana” is Sanskrit for “seat”, which refers not only to the physical position of the body but also to the position of the body in relation to divinity. They were originally meant for Meditation, as the  postures can make you feel relaxed for a long period of time. The regular  practice of Asanas will grant the practitioner muscle flexibility and bone strength, as well as non-physical rewards such as the development of will power,  concentration, and self-withdrawal.

  • Pranayama is derived from the words “prana”  (life-force or energy source) and “ayama” (to control). It is the science of breath control. This is an important part of Hatha Yoga because the yogis of old times believed that the secret to controlling  one’s mind can be unlocked by controlling one’s breath. The practice of  Pranayama can also help unleash the dormant energies inside our body.

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The practice of Hatha Yoga can help you recognize your hidden physical and mental potentials. Through the continued performance of Asanas, you will gain flexibility and strength, and learn to be more relaxed under otherwise stressful situations. Hatha Yoga’s Relaxation Exercises will open the energy channels, which in turn allows spiritual energy to flow freely. Some Hatha yoga poses also massage and tone your internal organs, helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension. They also bring balance to internal and glandular functions. Pranayama, on the other hand, can help manage asthma and bronchitis.

Hatha Yoga can also help you cope with stress, relieve tension, and deal with anxiety and depression. More importantly, it will help you put your mind in a focused state to prepare for Meditation and, eventually, the search for enlightenment.

 Hatha yoga is as old and traditional as civilization, yet it persists in modern society as a means to achieving essential vitality.
Health is a combination of tonicity of the body, emotional stability, and intellectual clarity and the discovery of the soul. Think of your body as the temple of the soul, which needs to be maintained and even nurtured.

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Hatha yoga offers us techniques to become more aware in life. It goes beyond the practice of asanas for the sake of getting fit, or maintaining flexibility, which is the external practice of yoga.


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Can Yoga help to reach your goal?

“In order to achieve a state of yoga, one must develop both practice and detachment.”

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 —Yoga Sutra I.12

 In Yoga Sutra I.12, Patanjali explains that to achieve a state of yoga, or focused concentration, one must cultivate both practice (abhyasa) and detachment (vairagyam). Practice and detachment are two of the very first tools Patanjali offers to help us in this process of refining the mind toward clearer perception and a deeper connection with the Self.

The Yoga Sutras are a set of 195 phrases, for lack of a better word, written by the Indian philosopher Patanjali and are considered one of the six darshanas, or visions of reality, in the Hindu school of philosophy.
But, it wasn’t Patanjali who actually penned the Sutras as they were traditionally passed down by memory from teacher to student for generations. Of course, this doesn’t lessen the impact that Patanjali had on the world of yoga.
His assemblage of this once oral tradition formed the theoretical and philosophical base for all Raja Yoga and is still considered one of the most organized and comprehensive definitions of this practice. (read article What is yoga Sutra)

 Patanjali deliberately does not define practice as asana or meditation because your practice can be anything that helps you to quiet your mind and focus your attention, bringing you closer to this goal. Walking, chanting, knitting, rock climbing, and asana can all be forms of practice. From a broader perspective, you can think of practice as anything that brings you closer to whatever goal you have, whether it’s improving your health, learning a new skill or trade, or being a better listener.

Clearing the Path

 The other half of the relationship described in Yoga Sutra I.12 is vairagyam, or detachment, which is best, understood in this sutra as a letting go of any habit or tendency that impedes you from reaching your goal. Practice is mentioned before detachment, which indicates that there has to be some movement toward practice first. But in the sutra, the Sanskrit words abhyasa and vairagyam share a single ending, bhyam, indicating that the two concepts are equally important. Like the two wings of a bird, they work together—neither can serve its purpose without the other. In other words, practice alone is never enough to get you to your goal; you must also cultivate the discipline of letting go of the habits or impediments that are standing in your way.

 If you want to develop a regular asana practice, for example, you have to make the effort and the time to actually do it (abhyasa), which may mean giving up an extra hour of sleep in the morning or late nights drinking wine or watching Giants replays (vairagyam). If your goal is to spend quality time with your partner in the evenings after work, you have to make the effort to be present and perhaps give up playing games on your iPhone or checking your email. Vairagyam applies not just to tangible habits and behaviors like checking your email or drinking wine, but also to mental obstacles such as negative thinking, worry, fear, or any other mental pattern that’s tripping you up.

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Note that Patanjali isn’t saying that you have to give up wine or your iPhone. Vairagyam refers specifically to the habits, practices, and attitudes that impede your progress toward whatever goal you have set for yourself—and these are different for everyone. For one person, it might be coffee or wine; for another, it might be a defeatist mindset.

You can think of abhyasa and vairagyam as two sides of the same coin—the first is moving toward the goal; the second is clearing your path of obstacles. The important thing to know about vairagyam is that, when you are strongly and positively focused on your goal, giving up what’s getting in your way will, ideally, not feel like an enormous struggle. The more dedicated you become to your early morning asana practice, for example, and the more you can see the positive changes that happen in your life as a result of that dedication, the easier it will become to forgo staying up late indulging in wine or surfing the Internet. Likewise, the clearer you are about wanting to spend quality time with your partner, the easier it will be to set aside your phone for the evening.

A Greater Letting Go

This meaning of vairagyam is part of a broader understanding of the idea of detachment in the Yoga Sutra. In the first sutra of the second chapter, Patanjali talks about Isvara pranidhana, which in this sutra (but not in the first chapter, where he uses it to mean “total surrender”) is also translated as “detachment.”

Detachment in this sense refers to the idea that you make the best effort you can, but that you’re not attached to the results or outcome of your actions. Whether you reach your goal or not, whether you win or lose, whether you’re healthy or sick, you practice for the sake of the action itself rather than for a particular result.

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 Vairagyam and Isvara pranidhana are both translated as “detachment,” and they’re related in that both are about this relationship between effort and letting go. While vairagyam is a letting go of obstacles, Isvara pranidhana is a letting go of the result of your efforts or practice. In both cases, you’re letting go of an attachment that causes you agitation.

Connection With the Self

 Neither understanding of detachment implies a lack of feeling or caring. You can feel disappointment, anger, or grief but move through those feelings and then move on rather than holding on to them and allowing them to negatively impact your day, your relationships, or your life. In the face of loss, injustice, or anything else you feel passionately about, detachment means that you strive toward your goal, but if things don’t go the way you want them to, your sense of Self is not shattered. You remain connected to your deeper essence. This has the effect of keeping you in the present moment of your action or practice rather than being distracted by thinking about the outcome. And it teaches you to differentiate between your current experience and who you really are, helping you cultivate a greater connection with your Self and ultimately leading to a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling life.

 In and Out

 Your breath is the link to your quiet inner source of strength, insight, and peace.

 This simple visualization with the breath is helpful for cultivating that which supports you and letting go of that which does not. It requires no preparation and can be done almost anywhere. If you are in a public place and don’t want to draw attention to yourself, simply lower your gaze and focus on the floor as you breathe.

 In a comfortable position, with eyes closed, take a few conscious, relaxed breaths. Once the breath is smooth and comfortable, begin adding this simple visualization with the breath: On the inhalation, imagine bringing into your system whatever is most supportive of your goal—it might be strength, confidence, or healthy cells.

 On the exhalation, imagine letting go of what no longer supports you. This could be something like fear, doubt, or negative thinking. It is important not to focus on the negative quality. Instead, focus on what you are bringing in; then, through the exhalation, imagine relinquishing or gently releasing whatever feels like an obstacle—but without giving it too much power.

After 8 to 12 breaths, or even several minutes, gently return the focus to the breath, without the visualization. When you feel ready, gradually expand your attention once more to your body and your surroundings, remembering that your inner resource of the Self is always there within.

 Time is valuable and there are a number of successful methods for goal realization. Yoga will cross train your mind and body for maximum potential. Imagine being able to optimize your attitude in one hour, per day, or less. Every day, people attend Yoga classes for physical or mental health, and walk away with the tools, to be masters of their own destiny. How is this possible? Regular attendance to Yoga classes will result in a positive attitude adjustment for the student. Many of us walk around with a perceived handicap. We blame everything for our setbacks and lack of opportunities. Society, your boss, and your family, are all easy targets to blame, for lack of opportunities. It is true that age, financial status, gender, and ethnic background, are factors in success. However, these factors can all be overcome by working toward your goal on a daily basis, and taking life one-step-at- a-time. Remember, that if you think you situation is a disability, it will be.

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How can Yoga do anything for you? For one thing, you will appreciate life to its fullest. You will stop wasting time, by letting daily opportunities go by. Many of us have opportunities, but we think it won’t work, we don’t have what it takes for success, or we lack the drive to carry a plan through. Yoga and meditation teach you to supervise your mind. Your mind has been allowed to work against you. Much like a back seat driver.



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Yoga and depression

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Yoga shows promise in the treatment of depression, according to a 2010 research review published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Looking at data from eight clinical trials, the review’s authors found that yoga might augment the benefits of other depression treatments. However, since many of the reviewed studies were flawed, the authors caution that more research is needed before yoga can be recommended as a treatment for depression.

Findings from several small studies offer insight into yoga’s effects on people with depression. For instance, a 2007 study of 37 people with major depression (published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine) found that 20 sessions of Iyengar yoga led to improvements in mood, anger, and anxiety and helped regulate heart rate. And in a 2004 study from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, five weeks of twice-weekly yoga classes resulted in improved mood and reductions in anxiety, fatigue, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol. (The study involved 28 adults, all of whom had mild depression.)

Should You Use Yoga to Fight Depression?

Yoga may be of some benefit to people with depression. For example, yoga may help alleviate chronic stress (a problem closely linked to depression). What’s more, yoga serves as a form of physical exercise (a self-care strategy commonly recommended in management of depression).

However, self-treating depression with yoga (or any type of alternative therapy) may have serious health consequences. Therefore, it’s crucial to seek treatment with a mental-health professional if you’re experiencing any symptoms of depression (such as loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty sleeping, lack of energy, and feelings of worthlessness).

If you’re currently in treatment for depression, do not pursue a new form of treatment without consulting your doctor. If you’re interested in using yoga for management of depression, talk to your doctor about how to safely incorporate yoga into your self-care.

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10 Yoga Poses to Fight Depression and Anxiety

 The mind, body and spirit are all connected and when a person suffers from mild depression or anxiety, the body is out of balance. Yoga is a series of stretches that helps bring balance to the body; not just focusing on the body’s health, but also on the mind and spirit. Always consult a physician or counsellor if you are having ongoing feelings of depression or anxiety and before trying any new exercise program.

1. Begin with the Lotus position, sitting crossed legged with hands resting on the knees, palms up. The most important thing is to remember to breathe. To calm the rapid breathing often accompanying panic attacks, focus on your breathing at first, a five count in and a five count out, but let the breathing become natural. Let the breathing set the rhythm of the practice. Eyes should be closed, listening to the rhythm of the breathing. After five or ten minutes here, the body should feel calmer

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2. Viparita Karani is a great pose for either depression or anxiety as it has both a soothing and energizing effect. Often called the fountain of youth pose, it can be done by beginners or experts. Lie flat on the back with the arms laying at the side and palms down or open the arms with palms up to open the heart even more. Rest the legs against the wall to hold this pose longer comfortably or for more advanced practices, lift up the lower back and rest the bottom on the hands.

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3. Fish pose is a terrific pose for opening the heart. Opening the heart with back-bending yoga positions is believed to not only expand the ribcage to give the lungs more room to breathe, but to open the spiritual heart center. Opening the heart, or stretching the chest, eases respiration, relieves stress by unclogging the tension in the tissue in the core. Lying on the back with the arms at the side, round the back and lean as far back on the crown of the head as is comfortable. Lay a bolster, yoga block or pillow under the back for support.

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4. In the lying position Setu Bandha Sarvangasana or the Bridge pose is different from a bridge in gymnastics. With bent knees lift the core, arms should lay at the side, palms up or interlock the fingers behind the back. This pose calms the mind and energizes the body. Place a bolster or pillow under the back to hold this pose longer and more comfortably.

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5. & 6. The calming poses, Cow and Cat, should be used together. Position the knees under the hips and the hands under the shoulders, kneeling on all fours with a neutral spine. With the inhale, let the belly sink towards the floor, looking up for Cow and letting the head fall down, with the exhale, round the back up to the ceiling for Cat. Keep the eyes closed as much as possible. Try and round the back one vertebra at a time. This pose is terrific for stress in the back; it establishes ideal spinal alignment, strengthens and stretches back muscles in the back and develops coordination of spinal movement.

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7. Salabhasana or the Locust pose is a yoga posture. Lying on the belly with the arms along side the body, lift the legs and arms together and lift the chest as high as is comfortable. This pose opens the heart, helps poor posture, depression, low energy, digestion, gas, bladder and back pain. Move into Dhanurasana or Bow pose, relax, then bend the knees and take hold of the feet with the hands. Pull back with the legs to help open up the heart and chest.

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8. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or the Upward Facing Dog pose can be entered from Locust by coming to a neutral lying position, then planitng the toe nails and the palms, directly under the shoulders, into the mat. Lift the body slowly off the mat so that only the tops of the feet and the palms of the hands are the only parts of the body firmly planted to the mat.

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9. Child’s pose or Balasana is a resting position which can help calm the body and the mind when under stress. Return to Child’s pose at any time during practice when feeling as though the body may have been pushed too far. On bended knees, lean forward with the forehead to the the mat. Lay arms at the sides of the body with palms up next to the feet or palms down stretched over the head. Breathe deeply, focusing on the breath with eyes closed.

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10. Every yoga practice should be competed with Savasana or the Corpse pose. This is the most important pose in any yoga practice and should never be skipped. The body processes the information received through practicing yoga during this pose. Palms, middle of the back, and the back of the head should all be planted into the mat. The feet can fall loose and the eyes closed to help the body relax into the pose. With eyes closed and the focus on the breathing, hang out here for five or 10 minutes.

Slowly wake up the body, wiggling the toes and fingers. Then roll gently on the side, laying the head on the arm and bending the knees. Gently and slowly lift the body. The body should feel revived and the mind calmed.

Focusing on breathing and practicing yoga poses can calm momentary anxiety and depression by giving the mind a peaceful focus and re-energizing the body


Testimony :
When Jenny Smith was 41 years old, her mental illness became so severe that she could barely walk or speak. After days of feeling wonderful one moment and hallucinating that spiders and bugs were crawling on her skin the next, she landed in the hospital.

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Smith is a victim of bipolar disorder, an illness characterized by oscillating feelings of elation and utter depression. And though she had tried 11 different medications for relief, some in combination, nothing seemed to work. Upon leaving the hospital, Smith was told that she could expect to be in and out of psychiatric hospitals for the rest of her life. Soon after her release, Smith decided to learn hatha yoga, which incorporates specific postures, meditation and pranayamas, deep abdominal breathing techniques that relax the body. As she practiced daily, Smith noticed that her panic attacks—a symptom of panic disorder, a disease that some bipolar disorder sufferers also contend with—were subsiding. She has since become a certified hatha yoga instructor, and with the help of only Paxil, an antidepressant that she’d taken before without effect, Smith’s pattern of severe mood swings seems to have ended. She even taught her 11-year-old daughter—who had experienced panic attacks since age 7—the simple breathing technique of inhaling to the count of four and exhaling to the count of eight; as a result, her daughter’s panic attacks subsided.

Key to reaping hatha yoga’s mental benefits is reducing stress and anxiety. To that end, Jon Cabot-Zinn, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts, developed the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program (SRRP), a system that emphasizes mindfulness, a meditation technique where practitioners observe their own mental process. SRRP has been the focus of several scientific studies in the last 20 years, and has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression, and thus alleviate mental illness.
To date, the most persuasive evidence of the benefits of hatha yoga, and in particular pranayama, stems from research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in India. New studies have shown a high success rate—up to 73 percent—for treating depression with sudharshan kriya, a pranayama technique taught in the U.S. as “The Healing Breath Technique.” It involves breathing naturally through the nose, mouth closed, in three distinct rhythms.

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According to Stephen Cope, a psychotherapist and author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, hatha yoga’s postures improve mood by moving energy through places in the body where feelings of grief or anger are stored. “Hatha yoga is an accessible form of learning self-soothing,” he says. “These blocked feelings can be released very quickly, [creating a] regular, systemic experience of well-being.” Yoga students may also benefit from their relationship with the yoga instructor, Cope said, which can provide a “container” or a safe place for investigating, expressing and resolving emotional issues. The instructor’s encouraging and accepting words may also help students defeat self-limiting notions.
Not all mental health practitioners are convinced of yoga’s healing powers, but many agree it can be helpful when combined with more traditional treatments. Zindel Segal, Ph.D., a University of Toronto psychiatry professor, recently studied SRRP when used in conjunction with cognitive therapy. He asked 145 people who were at risk for depression to undergo cognitive therapy either alone or with the SRRP. Segal found that after eight weeks of treatment, those participants who received both types of therapy were much less likely to relapse into depression. “This means that people can learn about their emotions not just by writing down their thoughts, which is what cognitive therapy is all about, but also by paying attention to the way their emotions are expressed in their bodies,” he says. “Both approaches allow people to observe their experience without judgment, an important first step in stepping out of depression.”
While yoga’s therapeutic capabilities are still under scientific scrutiny, Smith isn’t waiting for more proof. Having lost her grandmother to depression—she was one of many bipolar sufferers who take their own life due to the disease—Smith is determined not to let the disorder get the best of her. Since 1994, she has practiced and taught hatha yoga to depression sufferers—passing on what she believes has literally saved her life

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