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gem77 asked: Hi, I was wondering if you had any ideas on the Mudras and/or yoga positions that would be helpful for Fibroids? Also any other information that would be helpful. Thank you. Gem

Fibroids are caused by imbalance of Kapha and Pitta in the body. The slow moving Kapha in the pelvic region along with hormonal imbalance causes repeated occurrence of fibroids. Yoga as a rescuer can help a fibroid patient. The patient must learn Yoga under the guidance of a qualified Yoga teacher. All the asanas involving pelvic stretching and twisting are helpful in this condition. To be specific, Surya Namaskar, bhujangasana, shalabhasana and dhanurasana will be immensely helpful. Sarvangasana and halasana will cure any hormonal imbalance. Apana mudra must be practiced to purify the body of toxins in this condition.

On medicine part, any Ayurvedic formulation with tridosha shamak (balancing of vata, pitta and kapha) effect will be appropriate. The patient must take 1 teaspoon of Triphala Churna with warm water once a day. Triphala can also  be taken in tablet form. Chandraprabha Vati again if taken daily (2 tablets once a day with hot water) will help in removal of toxins from uterus.  

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rajat2805 asked: Hi himanshu I have been suffering from chronic Sinusites for almost a year now. I feel pressure behind my eyes and always have heavy eyelids. I consulted a doctor few months back who says its due to allergies after conducting some blood tests and X-ray scans. I have been on anti allergic medicines for the past 2 months. Please advice how to get rid of this problem in a more natural way. I have desk job in an MNC. Thanks Rajat

Sinusitis is inflammation of nasal cavities due to excessive release of histamines produced as a result of allergic reaction to dust, pollen and gastric gases. Doctors usually prescribe anti-allergic medication to counter production of histamines. This includes tablets, nasal sprays and syrups containing levocetirizine,   Fexofenadine HCl or Montelukast. These medications have side effects that can wreck your body in long run. Even on day to day basis, medicines containing levocitrizine simply saps your energy. You feel lethargic and depressed.

Sinusitis is curable provided you change your lifestyle and take necessary precautions. Here is how you should approach.

  1. Stop any anti-allergic medication which has levocitrizine or citrizine as a constituent. You can take Allegra 120mg (Fexofenadine HCl) as SOS. A single tablet once a day is what is prescribed. You can take it during change of season or when you are exposed to excessive dust or pollution. Allegra is much safer than other medications and it doesn’t rob you of energy.
  2. I have mentioned the effects of over consumption of salt on body in my last post on High Blood Pressure. Do read that. The advice applies to people suffering from Sinusitis. High salt consumption acts upon the mucus membranes of the breathing tracts. High salt consumption causes repeated sneezing, frequent colds and loss of the related senses of taste and smell. When over consumption continues for long periods, these symptoms actualize into chronic Coryza, swelling of the nasal mucus membranes, catarrh of the breathing tracts, nervous coughs and asthma.
  3. The next thing you have to do is regular lubrication of nasal cavities.  Read my post of nasal lubrication (Refer link)
  4. Now the mudras. Do Apana mudra for 30 minutes in the morning (Refer link). This will detoxify your body and improve bowel movement. Clean intestine will reduce heat in the digestive system thereby curing sinusitis by up to 50%.
  5. Start a fitness routine. The minimum you can do is 15 minute walk in the morning and playing badminton for 20-30 minutes.
  6. I would recommend that you should start learning Yoga.  Surya Namaskara, Bhujangasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana will cure your problem. You can join a Yoga class for couple of months and then continue the practice by yourself.
  7. Try to have your evening meal before 7pm. Eat roughage and fresh fruits for preventing constipation.
  8. Take 1 tablet of Cod Liver Oil with your breakfast meal and chew 1 tablet of Vitamin C 500 mg daily. This will build your immunity in long run.

Do write back once you start getting better. I will prescribe some Bio Chemic and Ayurvedic remedies that will strengthen your system against allergens.

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The Spine health – Part 3
Maintaining the curve of Cervical Vertebrae (neck region)
There are 7 vertebrae in the cervical region (neck). The curvature of the neck region is backwards; however, most modern day tasks involve extensive stooping or bending in the forward direction. Sitting in front of desktop PC, operating your mobile device, working in the kitchen, writing some thesis, reading a book etc. makes you bend your neck forward . This creates degenerative diseases like cervical pain and Spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebra). Both are highly painful conditions and result in loss of balance and sudden black out of the vision. Constant heaviness in head and mild pain are initial symptoms of these diseases.
Yoga comes to rescue with all the back bending postures and twisting postures. The simplest exercise that you can do in the morning is to stand straight. Just bend your head and shoulders backwards and keep staring at the sky for 2-3 minutes. Asanas like Bhujangasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana and Matsyasana (in the picture) keeps cervical region healthy and maintains the natural curvature of this region. Tadasana helps in elongation of complete spine.
All you need to do is to be regular in your practice. Your suggestions and inputs are welcome.

The Spine health – Part 3

Maintaining the curve of Cervical Vertebrae (neck region)

There are 7 vertebrae in the cervical region (neck). The curvature of the neck region is backwards; however, most modern day tasks involve extensive stooping or bending in the forward direction. Sitting in front of desktop PC, operating your mobile device, working in the kitchen, writing some thesis, reading a book etc. makes you bend your neck forward . This creates degenerative diseases like cervical pain and Spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebra). Both are highly painful conditions and result in loss of balance and sudden black out of the vision. Constant heaviness in head and mild pain are initial symptoms of these diseases.

Yoga comes to rescue with all the back bending postures and twisting postures. The simplest exercise that you can do in the morning is to stand straight. Just bend your head and shoulders backwards and keep staring at the sky for 2-3 minutes. Asanas like Bhujangasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana and Matsyasana (in the picture) keeps cervical region healthy and maintains the natural curvature of this region. Tadasana helps in elongation of complete spine.

All you need to do is to be regular in your practice. Your suggestions and inputs are welcome.

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The Spine Health - Part 1 
Opening the Thoracic (Chest) region
The spine at thoracic region supports the rib cage, which is composed of bones (ribs), muscles and cartilage. The rib cage protects the lungs and the heart, which are next in importance to the brain. The lungs purify the blood, while the heart circulates it to the entire body, enriching the cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and taking away waste products.
The spine is bent forward in thoracic region. If it is bent in extreme, the result is congestion of the thoracic nerves and crowding of the rib cage. This reduces the space in which the lungs can expand thus reducing the respiratory efficiency. Stooped shoulders and hunched back occur in asthma and chronic bronchitis. These deformations can be removed by the practice of Chakrasana (in the picture), Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana and Matsyasana. By regular practice, the efficiency of the respiratory system increases and the symptoms of respiratory disease diminish. These asanas improves confidence, strengthens the posture and helps in holding the spine erect while sitting and walking.
Reader suggestions are welcome. Preparing the text on lumber (abdominal) region for the next part of “The Spine Health” series. 

The Spine Health - Part 1

Opening the Thoracic (Chest) region

The spine at thoracic region supports the rib cage, which is composed of bones (ribs), muscles and cartilage. The rib cage protects the lungs and the heart, which are next in importance to the brain. The lungs purify the blood, while the heart circulates it to the entire body, enriching the cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and taking away waste products.

The spine is bent forward in thoracic region. If it is bent in extreme, the result is congestion of the thoracic nerves and crowding of the rib cage. This reduces the space in which the lungs can expand thus reducing the respiratory efficiency. Stooped shoulders and hunched back occur in asthma and chronic bronchitis. These deformations can be removed by the practice of Chakrasana (in the picture), Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana and Matsyasana. By regular practice, the efficiency of the respiratory system increases and the symptoms of respiratory disease diminish. These asanas improves confidence, strengthens the posture and helps in holding the spine erect while sitting and walking.

Reader suggestions are welcome. Preparing the text on lumber (abdominal) region for the next part of “The Spine Health” series. 

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Like a Serpent
Bhujangasana is one of the most lovable asana of all aspirants. The feeling of energy moving down the vertebral column affecting chakra after chakra is immense. The head bent backward and focus between the eyebrows the energy travels down throat chakra, opening the heart chakra and then stabilizing at navel, the Manipura Chakra.
The attributes of Manipura chakra are represented by the snake’s capacity to swallow and digest large quantity of food, in all shapes and sizes. As the pose develops, the Swadhisthana get activated, opening the mysteries of patterns of human existence. As you prolong the pose, the contraction reaches the Mooladhara. The source of coiled up serpent energy. Upon release, the energy jumps back to the higher centers in the spine.  This is the realization of the tradition stated in the Gheranda Samhita: "By the practice of Bhujangasana, Kundalini is awakened."
Photo – Me doing variation of Bhujangasana.
Location – Pool Side, Samode Haveli, Jaipur, India

Like a Serpent

Bhujangasana is one of the most lovable asana of all aspirants. The feeling of energy moving down the vertebral column affecting chakra after chakra is immense. The head bent backward and focus between the eyebrows the energy travels down throat chakra, opening the heart chakra and then stabilizing at navel, the Manipura Chakra.

The attributes of Manipura chakra are represented by the snake’s capacity to swallow and digest large quantity of food, in all shapes and sizes. As the pose develops, the Swadhisthana get activated, opening the mysteries of patterns of human existence. As you prolong the pose, the contraction reaches the Mooladhara. The source of coiled up serpent energy. Upon release, the energy jumps back to the higher centers in the spine.  This is the realization of the tradition stated in the Gheranda Samhita: "By the practice of Bhujangasana, Kundalini is awakened."

Photo – Me doing variation of Bhujangasana.

Location – Pool Side, Samode Haveli, Jaipur, India

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Aligning the NavelThere are mysterious troubles that ail the abdominal region. Often, medical practitioners fail to diagnose long standing problems like constipation, painful menstruation, back pain etc. Medicines are prescribed, Ointments are given for pain relief but still the problem persists.The likely cause of such abdominal troubles lies in navel. The flow of prana and apana gets disturbed upon misalignment of navel. Navel can shift in any direction (up, down, right, left). There are several causes for same. Sudden lifting of heavy objects, sudden twisting or bending and excessive sexual activity are some of the causes. Navel misalignment is common in women.In yoga, most of the back bending postures aligns the navel to its natural position. Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Supt Vajrasana , Naukasana, Ushtrasana restores navel to its actual position.People suffering from navel misalignment can easily judge it by measuring the length from navel to large toe of the foot with a thread. If the length varies between left and right toe from navel, then it is the case of navel misalignment. You can visit any Yoga therapist to get the problem cured.  

Aligning the Navel

There are mysterious troubles that ail the abdominal region. Often, medical practitioners fail to diagnose long standing problems like constipation, painful menstruation, back pain etc. Medicines are prescribed, Ointments are given for pain relief but still the problem persists.

The likely cause of such abdominal troubles lies in navel. The flow of prana and apana gets disturbed upon misalignment of navel. Navel can shift in any direction (up, down, right, left). There are several causes for same. Sudden lifting of heavy objects, sudden twisting or bending and excessive sexual activity are some of the causes. Navel misalignment is common in women.

In yoga, most of the back bending postures aligns the navel to its natural position. Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Supt Vajrasana , Naukasana, Ushtrasana restores navel to its actual position.

People suffering from navel misalignment can easily judge it by measuring the length from navel to large toe of the foot with a thread. If the length varies between left and right toe from navel, then it is the case of navel misalignment. You can visit any Yoga therapist to get the problem cured.  

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Restore equilibrium with back bending postures
Yoga is unique in a way. Each pose has a counter pose designed to restore equilibrium. Back bending postures are important part of yogic routine. Yoga Practitioners must include back bending posture for following reasons.
Most of our daily activities like sitting at office desk, working on your laptop / touch pad involve arching the back and neck forward.
The artificially cooled office environment induce stiffness in muscles.
Sitting in hunchback posture invites depression and you feel lousy.
Back bending postures like Ushtrasana (Camel Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) restores equilibrium by reversing the posture that you carry for the whole day. Yoga practitioners must include back bending postures religiously into their routine.  Other benefits include opening of respiratory organs, centering of navel and elated state of mind.

Restore equilibrium with back bending postures

Yoga is unique in a way. Each pose has a counter pose designed to restore equilibrium. Back bending postures are important part of yogic routine. Yoga Practitioners must include back bending posture for following reasons.

  1. Most of our daily activities like sitting at office desk, working on your laptop / touch pad involve arching the back and neck forward.
  2. The artificially cooled office environment induce stiffness in muscles.
  3. Sitting in hunchback posture invites depression and you feel lousy.

Back bending postures like Ushtrasana (Camel Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) restores equilibrium by reversing the posture that you carry for the whole day. Yoga practitioners must include back bending postures religiously into their routine.  Other benefits include opening of respiratory organs, centering of navel and elated state of mind.