What is Jivamukti Yoga?
Jivamukti Yoga is combination of physical, ethical and spiritual practice which combines traditional hatha style to intensive vinyasa-flow incorporating the five principles shastra, bhakti, ahimsa, nada, and dhyana. Jivamukti Yoga is a method developed by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It also has emphasized the idea of animal rights, veganism, environmentalism, and social activism.
Jivamukti Yoga is a synthesized practice of different tenets of yoga philosophy. The word Jivamukti is combination two other words, Jiva and Mukti. The word Jiva means ‘an individual living soul’ and Mukti means ‘liberation’. The ‘liberation from the cycle of death and birth’ is generally understood as Jivamukti. In other words, Jivamukti literally means ‘liberation while living’.
Because of its five central tenets, Jivamukti yoga has received its distinction and difference from many other styles of yoga in spite of its practice of asana, pranayama and meditation as mutual to many other popular yoga styles. The elements it has approved as its’ core aspects are Shastra (Scriptures), Bhakti (Devotion), Ahimsa (non-violence), Nada (Music), and Dhyana (Meditation).
Five Canons of Jivamukti Yoga
The Shastra Jivamukti talks about are some original Sanskrit texts such as Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. In addition to the exploration and study of these four holy texts, Jivamukti also emphasizes the learning of Sanskrit language.
As its second prime principle, Jivamukti states about Bhakti. It’s the act of devoting oneself or surrendering oneself in the lotus feet of the lord physically, mentally and psychologically. Jivamukti Yoga doesn’t particularly mention the name of God whom one needs to follow or praise or devote. But it mainly talks about the action of devoting oneself beyond the self-ego. The act of humility and devotion in front of the God whoever one believes in is the significant aspect of Jivamukti Yoga.
Ahimsa is the third among the five vital features of Jivamukti Yoga. Ahimsa means ‘non-violence’. It is the first characteristic of Yama, the universal conduct, among four other; Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha. Ahimsa, as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutra, refers to the act of being harmless not only in physical level but also in mentally and orally which called Kayik, Manasik, and Vachik. The idea of being non-violent is not only confined to the human beings but also to the animals, all the living creatures focusing on the vegetarianism both for karmic purification as well as for the environmental health for the future generation in the earth.
Jivamukti Yoga adopts Nada as its fourth traits in the practice. Nada encompasses the act of chanting, listening deeper sound, inspirational music to lead one into the state of finding oneself in connection with that eternal sound which is believed to be existed in everything. Jivamukti Yoga also includes the chanting of Sanskrit mantras and chants. Following the main goal of yoga i.e. to find the inner sound ‘Om’ or the universal sound within oneself, Jivamukti also integrates the listening the inner deeper sound.
The aspect of Dhyana imparted in Jivamukti yoga mainly focuses on observing the things that is going on in our mind. It specifically incorporates the idea of being an observer to see the hustle and bustles of the mind as a mediation practitioner. One is expected to go through the practice of meditation in Jivamukti Yoga. Jivamukti Yoga asserts the practice of Dhyana in its five main aspects making it a way to enhance the inner tendency and thought pattern of a mind and eventually ceasing one to identify with those thoughts and tendencies. It also tries to lead one to the belief that one is higher than the thoughts and tendency.
Types of Classes in Jivamukti Yoga
Jivamukti Open classes are basically focused on an essay which is under the category of ‘Focus of the Month’ by either David Life or Sharon Gannon. Exploring the yoga and its’ numerous aspects such as asana, pranayama, chanting, mantras, music, meditation, Jivamukti Open classes tries to embrace all. The majority of time is consumed by the asana practice especially vinyasa flow adding some vigorous asanas.
Jivamukti Basic class is designed for consisting four different chapters in each week. Starting the first week with standing asanas, it follows the forward backing, backward bending and lastly inversion and meditation. Open classes mainly focus on vinyasa while the Basic class works on alignment.
Beginner Vinyasa Class
Beginner Vinyasa class is mainly targeted to offer the underlying principles of Vinyasa and how it works. It is good way to begin the journey of yoga. In this class, asana sequences are presented in slower and detailed manner than in Open and Spiritual Warrior classes.
Spiritual Warrior Class
Jivamukti’s third style of yoga is mainly designed for the people having less and certain time to practice yoga. In this class, chanting, asana with warm up, sun salutation, pranayama, meditation are structured to conduct in a class in a pace rather than trying to go with discourse.
In-Class Private Class
Jivamukti has its fourth style of yoga class which mainly maintains the traditional belief of yoga which has to be dealt with one to one. It specifically focuses on dealing with single person and taking one to the open class as an assistant of Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. It offers both opportunities; to learn individually as well as to experience the open class. At the end of each In-Class Private, one is given massage while in savasana with deep relaxation.
Jivamukti Yoga’s sixth style classes in particular emphasizes the three steps; choose a seat, be still and focus. It’s all about silent repetition of the mantra assimilating with the ingoing and outgoing breath as a form of meditation. It’s the practice of realizing the supreme self initially observing the combination of the body with breath and mind and thought and then letting go of the identification of the body and mind. The vital stand on which Jivamukti is based on is its ultimate goal to realize the liberation or the enlightenment.
History of Jivamukti Yoga
With the hope of better world, better life and harmonious relationship among all the living and non-living things in the world, Jivamukti Yoga was coined with the brilliant mind and honest aim of brighter world by two inspiring and wonderful yoga seekers named David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984.
By the direct inspiration and connection of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Swami Nirmalananda, these two people collected and combined different theories and aspects of yoga to bring it in the name of Jivamukti Yoga.
While being a dancer and musician Sharon Gannon happened to meet her yoga-partner at a program conducted at restaurant. Actually, she had started learning yoga since 1969. The coincidence to meet with her partner of yoga journey took place in the decade of 80s. The owner of the restaurant named David Life came to be the spiritual journeyer of her life as well as the devout and sincere supporter of the yoga journey that both of them continued together since then. They visited many times to India together with the sheer devotion and dedication to enhance their yogic life-experience and insights. The wisdom and wonder of Yoga was taken in their body, mind and spirit to make it expand in the United States. They set up Jivamukti Yoga Society in the East Village of New York City. Currently, Jivamukti has been one of the most comprehensive and elaborative styles of yoga which has attempted to include not only the trendy aspect of asana but also pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting, scriptures and learning Sanskrit language. Moreover, Jivamukti also approves the life of veganism, humanity and non-violence as its strict elements of yoga.
Benefits of Jivamukti Yoga
- Jivamukti yoga is the best practice for flexibility and strength.
- Jivamukti Yoga helps to improve the habit of breathing and overall breathing gets improved along with the strength of the lungs.
- Since Jivamukti Yoga tries to encompass the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation in relation to the health, happiness and spirituality, sense of wellness is experienced.
- Jivamukti Yoga helps to lower the blood pressure.
- For better respiration process, Jivamukti Yoga can help you a lot.
- Jivamukti Yoga can be a better practice for relieving from the anxiety, stress, frustration caused by the environment, life-style or whatever may be the cause.
- Mental clarity and the intelligence quadrant can be improved by the regular practice of Jivamukti Yoga.
- Jivamukti Yoga helps to develop the feeling of humanity, compassion and love within you.
- It also works on overall strength and improvement of physical, mental, and psychological health.
- It offers the learning environment for ancient yogic texts as well as the Sanskrit language.
- Jivamukti Yoga includes the knowledge and understanding of mantra chanting, singing and music as its part of practice which has greater benefits for your heart.
- Jivamukti Yoga teaches and inspires one to be vegan as it has been one of the prime goal of Jivamukti Yoga Method.
- Jivamukti Yoga encourages to adopt and equally approve other aspects of yoga beside asana. It has indeed taken high effort and time for other aspects of yoga.
- Jivamukti Yoga can be a complete course or study of Yoga for many people who are in search of in-depth and explorative study of ancient philosophy of Yoga in relation to the modern world.
- Jivamukti Yoga has both practical as well as philosophical ground to discuss the idea of yoga. It always open the environment of mutual, healthy and harmonious relationship with all the people all around the world.
What is Yin Yoga ?
Yin Yoga is a style of yoga popularly known for holding the position for longer period of time. It is well-known for its characteristic for remaining in the same position relatively for longer period. It can also be understood as a yoga practice which is passive where muscles are relaxed. The time of holding a pose may range from 45 seconds for beginners to five minutes or more for advanced practitioners. Yin Yoga mainly based on duration of the asana and temperature of the muscle accentuating the principle value of patience. Yin Yoga was developed by the martial art expert and Tao Yoga master Paulie Zink. Paulie Zink is the martial art champion. Yin Yoga has basically been brought from the Chinese tradition of Yin and Yang philosophy. With some similarity with traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin yoga, originally taken from Taoist yoga, has been made something exclusive in its practice and way of holding the postures for substantial period of time.
Yin Yoga mainly focuses to work on the connective tissues to bring more calm, strength, flexibility, agility, power and relaxation in the body, mind and spirit. All the ligaments, fascia, tendons are used properly to circulate the blood and energy to bring the flexibility, strength and stamina in the every part of the body. It emphasizes the floor postures connecting to the earth for its better understanding and application to greater level. Moreover, Yin Yoga incorporates five elements Earth, Metal, Wood, Water and Fire in its practice. It started to get its recognition in the decade of 1970s in the United State of America by champion of martial arts and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. It later flourished to Europe and many other places of the world.
Yin Yoga emphasizes especially between navel and knees. Most of the postures in it tries to work on hip, lower back, hips, pelvis, inner thighs, shoulders which mainly performed in seating, supine and prone position. Even though Yin Yoga is considered to be the simple and quiet practice, it is not an easy practice at all.
Yin Yoga has popularly been the practice not only for the people who want to get relaxed and gentle yoga. However, it has been the everyday practice of athletes who are quite stronger and vigorous. It means to say that Yin Yoga can be for anyone who wants to develop the flexibility, strength, stamina, power, agility, calm and balanced state of body, mind and spirit. As a person gets older the muscles of the body get stiffed. The application of Yin Yoga in day to day life can help to reduce the stiffness and rigidity of the body. Yin Yoga has been effectively practiced all around the world. Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark are two other distinguished names in the field of Yin Yoga. Paul Grilley is the student of Paulie Zink and Sarah Power is the student of Paul Grilley.
The Philosophy of Yin and Yang Yoga
Yin Yoga has its deep rooted connection to Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang as well as the traditional Hath Yoga system. Yin yoga has tried to incorporate both system in its form and practice. The word yin represents the dark side and the yang stands for bright side. In other words, it also can be called negative and positive sides of the universe. Yin and Yang philosophy is the root from where the yoga called Yin Yoga has been developed. Originally, the name of Yin Yoga was called in its full form Yin and Yang Yoga. In its popular form, it was stared to be called Yin Yoga. Yin and Yang philosophy inspite of consisting of contrary forces which are always interconnected and interrelated to each other. The existence of both forces makes the possibility of the universe or the world. Based on the idea of contradiction and opposite forces’ existence, the yin and yang theory has simultaneously correlated with other philosophy of the world such as Hindu philosophy which emphasizes in Prakriti and Purusha. Indeed, the yin and yang can be considered as the complementary forces which are equally significant for the existence.
In Yin and Yang philosophy, yin represents the cold, passive, female, immobile, downward moving force whereas yang can be correlated with the hot, active, masculine, mobile, upward moving. In the case of body, the connective tissues such as tendons, fascia, and ligaments are regarded as yin and the mobile muscles and blood are taken as yang. In yoga, passive asanas are considered as the yin while active and dynamic asanas are observed as yang.
The existence of both sides is compulsorily found in everything that exists. Only the difference is its amount. Even though the postures are very similar and look alike in both style of yoga, the way of performing them has different techniques and orientation. The muscular exertion in Yin Yoga is significantly less and low compared to the Hath Yoga. The origin of development of yin yoga has been interconnected to the Chinese philosophy whereas Hath Yoga has its connection to the Himalayas and Hindu philosophy.
During the practice of Yin Yoga, one may undergo various emotional ups and downs as everyone has numerous emotional stuffs hidden and stored in the subconscious mind. The emotional state like happiness, sadness, pain, sorrow, anger, anxiety, stress, excitement etc. may come up. However, as a yin yoga practitioner one needs to be an observer of the sentiments that pop out in the mind. The emotions in the physical body stored in the knots, shoulder joints, hip joints or in the form of sore neck, tight hips are released by the practice of Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga helps to recognize and become aware of those emotional hurdles so that we could address them for the better life.
Origin and History of Yin Yoga
In ancient China and Taiwan, the idea of yin yoga used to be practiced as the system of Daoist Yoga. Daosit yoga also has been known as Dao Chin. It was the daily practice for Taoist priests in the greater China. About 2000 years ago, the Taoist priests started to teach the system of Daoist Yoga and breathing techniques to Kung Fu practitioners. Coming to this present form of Yin Yoga, it was developed by the martial arts expert and Tao Yoga teacher Paulie Zink in the decade of 1970s. Master Zink hails from United States where he started the practice of Yin Yoga.
Under the tutelage of Kung Fu and Taoist master Cho Chat Ling from Honkong, Paule Zink was trained for a decade. He learned all the essential knowledge and skills which could be required only by the practice of 25 years. With all the treatise of wisdom in the field of Taoism and Kung Fu, he started his career as a martial artist. He won national championship more than two years and national recognition and awards in his back. Synthesizing the idea of his education achieved during his ten long years and since childhood, he establish yoga named Yin Yoga in its present form that has been practicing in the world. At the moment, yin yoga has been one of the most popular practices in the world in the arena of yoga. Especially, by the names like Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark, the scope and publicity of Yin Yoga has spread and elongated much more than before.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga can be a cooling practice for many people who prefer relaxed and deeper poses. It can be a great yoga to practice for both balancing the body, mind and spirit in equal manner.
- It can work as the counter-balance of Yang practices such as Vinyasa and many other dynamic practices. While practicing twice in a week for relaxing and allowing the parts of the body cool down, it can be the best practice to perform.
- It brings the balance of erratic and overactive mindset to its normal and balanced state.
- It helps to deal with many unnecessary thoughts and words come out in the mind and day to day life. It balances the mind to make it work for essential stuffs.
- It balances all on-the-go aspects of life.
- It helps to draw calmness, stillness, balance in the body and mind.
- It can be best yoga to practice for the reduction of anxiety and stress.
- It helps to increase the circulation of the blood throughout the body.
- It supports for the flexibility.
- It brings greater joint mobility.
- It maintains the balance of internal organs and flow of prana or chi through meridian stimulation.
- It balances Yang Yoga practice.
- It inspires mindfulness and meditation.
- It helps in regulating the energy level in the body.
- It supports to heal medical issues like migraines.
- It increases the stamina.
Bikram Yoga: Synergistic & cumulative effect to balance body state
Bikram yoga was developed and synthesized by Bikram Chaudhary in 20th century. Bikram Yoga was named after an Indian Yogi named Bikram Chaudhary. It has been regarded as one of the initial yoga styles brought from Hatha Yoga. Bikram Chaudhary approached with his own techniques and pattern of yoga after his long years of practice in the field of Hatha Yoga. It has been widely popularized and practiced all over the world especially in the United States, Europe and India including many other countries of Asia.
Hatha yoga incorporates vast area of asana, pranayama and dhyana practice. In this broad term come dozens of different names of yoga practice. Following the same norms and values of hatha yoga practice, different styles of yoga have been developed. If they don’t include all the aspects of Hatha Yoga, at least they have brought into the practice of one or two aspects. All these aspects have been considered vital and vast in the field of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga doesn’t only mean the modern understanding of the name as slow paced gentle yoga. It has rather broader and comprehensive meaning which has managed to include all the practices which focuses on Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing technique), Dhyana (meditation) and shat karma. Among many yoga styles sprouted out of the big world of Hatha Yoga is Bikram Yoga.
What is Bikram Yoga ?
Bikram Yoga emphasizes the idea of certain temperatures and humidity in the yoga hall where yoga is practiced during the yoga practice. Because of its system of practicing in hot and humid temperature of 104 degree Fahrenheit i.e. 40 degree Celsius and humidity of 40 %, it is also called Hot Yoga. The reason behind the practice at this temperatures is interrelated with the Indian climate by the profounder of Bikram Yoga. The heat allows the body to stretch more easily and in safer manner. The heat also permits the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body. However, Bikram Chaudhary argues that any kind of medication and variation in the time, posture and style doesn’t make it Bikram Yoga. There is striking difference between Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga. He asserts the point that Bikram Yoga Teacher Training can be provided by his direct and authorized Bikram Yoga Schools all around the world. He points out that they can take Teacher Training Course but they are not allowed to teach Teacher Training Course even to a single person without getting authorization from himself only.
In Bikram yoga, there is no system of music, clapping or hands on instruction whereas Hot yoga may incorporate those things during the practice. Hot yoga can be practice in the temperature ranging from 80-105 degree Fahrenheit but Bikram yoga has exact measurement of temperature to follow. Furthermore, the timing is fixed as 90 minutes for Bikram Yoga which may be applicable in hot yoga it tends to be more flexible with time. The asana also can also be taken different than those 26 postures given in the Bikram Yoga. In the system of Bikram Yoga, the hall must be carpeted with the mirror in front of the yoga hall which may not necessarily be the case in Hot Yoga. Only practicing in the hot temperature, it cannot be Bikram Yoga.
Bikram yoga is both hot and hard. It encompasses 26 Asanas including two pranayamas. All the asana practice and pranayama is designed to complete in 90 minutes class in a hot temperature room. It has been approved and taken as the practice applicable for all age groups. Irrespective of a person’s gender, age, race and position, everybody can practice it. It also helps to vitalize the immune system and organs of the body. In the body, there are five systems which can be healed and addressed by the practice of yoga. They are respiratory, digestive, nervous, spinal and circulatory system which can be cured and improved in better manner even penetrating the energy into very minute level of body i.e. atom. He states his firm belief on his system of yoga, “If you follow the dialogue and do the sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a better, healthier and more peaceful life.”
It is a belief of Bikram Chaudhary that the practice of Bikram yoga can heal all the problems of the body and make one live with healthy and quality life for 100 hundred years. In his interview in News World India, he further claims that he has brought the system which can help people to celebrate their 100th birthday. He analogizes the yoga hall of hundred people is like the biggest toilet in the world as all have carried heavy amount of toxins and problems in the body. As one gets into the practice of Bikram Yoga, one purifies the toilet and becomes a brand new person with vigorous body and energetic mind.
Bikram Yoga has 26 asanas and the reason behind that as Bikram Chaudhary says is that he corresponds and correlates the number of English alphabet. Likewise, the asana also works gradually every issue of the body and mind if it is practiced the system he has advised and regulated.
In spite of its popular argument that Bikram Yoga is for everyone, it has been found very hard and difficult for many people. The asanas combined in a sequence are not the asanas practice which can be incompatible for many people. However, the asana given in the series look strenuous and difficult to practice for many. The good point of Bikram Yoga is that each asana stretches and strengthens joints, ligaments and muscles. The asana has been combined in a very practical sequence which helps to prepare for the next asana practice. Starting from breathing, the yoga class ends with the breathing whereas the savasana is placed almost middle part of the practice after the end of standing and sitting postures and before reclining postures.
It is argued that Bikram Yoga has been designed in such a scientific way that the practice of this style takes one into complete health addressing all the issues and parts of the body. It is expected to eliminate and alleviate all the toxins of the body. It has also been found to be highly efficacious for the developing the balance and strength of the body. In addition to its physical benefits, Bikram Yoga also leaves greater impact for our balanced mind, concentration, patience increasing the level of balance of body, mind and spirit including reduction of the stress and anxiety.
Bikram Yoga consists of following asanas and pranayama practice:
- Pranayama (Standing Deep Breathing)
- Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
- Utkatasana (Akward Pose)
- Gaurdasana (Eagle Pose)
- Dandayamana Janusirsasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)
- Dandayamana Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pose)
- Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)
- Dandayamana Vibhaktpada Paschimottanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)
- Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
- Dandayamana Vibhaktapada Janusirsasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose)
- Tadasana (Tree Pose)
- Padangusthasana (Toe Stand Pose)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
- Pawanmuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)
- Padahasthasana (Situp)
- Bhujangasana (Cobro Pose)
- Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
- Purna Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
- Suptavajrasana (Reclining Thunderbolt Pose)
- Ardhkurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
- Janusirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)
- Ardhamatsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fist Pose)
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
Bikram yoga has synergistic and cumulative effect to return the body in a balanced state. With its scientifically combined poses in a sequence, it offers systematic way of creating sound and strong health and calm and equanimity of the mind. It’s the complete package of flexibility, strength, balance, gravity and stamina. Followings are the benefits of Bikram Yoga:
- It empowers the respiratory system and extremely famous yoga for reducing the fat of the body.
- It has greater effect on the overall health of the body and its fitness.
- It also helps to relieve the arthritis strengthening and toning the leg muscles.
- It supports to circulate the pure blood to the reproductive system and its circulation throughout the body cleansing internally.
- It also improves the sciatic nerves flexibility and good for the hamstring muscles strength.
- It is one of the best style of practice for the balancing the body. It is very good practice for developing the balance of the body.
- Posture practiced in this yoga helps send the blood to the heart cleansing the arteries and veins.
- It has also highly comprehensive effect on the lower back pain.
- It also improves the metabolism and immune system of the body.
- Asanas practiced in Bikram Yoga helps to relieve hemorrhoid problems as well as strength the knees, ankles and feet.
- It also helps to strengthen the arms, adbodmen and thighs along with improving the flexibility.
- Menstrual disorders, scoliosis, slipped discs and arthritis can be eliminated by the regular practice of Bikram Yoga.
- The lungs also is get strengthened by the practice of Bikram Yoga while releasing the tension and pain in the neck and shoulders.
- It also helps to improve the spine and back muscle strength and elasticity while working on the cold and sinus problems.
- It is good practice to develop the mental clarity and stress reduction.
- It increases the control of the mind and fitness of the body.
- By the practice of Bikram Yoga, the cholesterol gets regulated in the blood.
- It flushes the lymphatic system.
- It strengthens the immune system.
- It also balances the endocrine glands.
- It helps to supply the oxygen and nutrients in the area of the body which have been blocked by the toxins.
Yoga for Myopia (Short-Sightedness) and its Remedies
The short-sightedness of the eyes or the low vision of the eyes is called myopia. In this cases, the distance object looks dim or blurry whereas the close object looks normal. It means to say myopia causes the problem to see the object in distance clearly. It’s one of the common problems of the eye disease. It can be the beginning condition some serious eyes diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.
The stiffness and lack of elasticity of the eye muscles tend to make the eye vision low and short-sighted. Except the eye problems like cataract and glaucoma which cause by the bacterial infection, many eye issues are rooted in the malfunctioning of the ocular muscles. Even some yogis have to say that issues like glaucoma can be cured by the yogic practices. One of the most popular and highly sought-after yogis from India called Ramdev Baba has claimed that glaucoma has been cured by the yoga practices and some of the Ayurveda medicines he recommends. He believes that the belief that glaucoma can’t be eradicated was just a thought brought in the mind of people by the medical science. However, he asserts that the practice of yoga and certain Ayurveda treatment glaucoma and even the first state of cataracts also can be eliminated. Mainly the cause of the eye disorder arises from the chronic mental and emotional tension. Yoga can be a great way to alleviate the eye issues as well as improve the eye sights.
According to the physicians the number of diseases of the eye-lid counts more than 94 and numerous diseases for the eyes. The eye-lids may get inflamed and swollen. The acuity of vision may reduce.
Causes of Eye Problems
The condition of obesity has been found to be causing a lot of problems in the vision of the eyes. If the blood is not pure, there is high chance of having bad vision. Likewise, the constipation over the years may bring poor eyesight. Toxic products and digestive disorder cause the eye problems.
The environmental as well as genetics factors have been found to be the cause of myopia. When one’s work is to work watching very close objects for a long time like in computer screen and those who stay indoor for considerable time in a day also are prone to the eye problem of this kind.
The intake of vegetables oils leads to different eye problems. Fast-food and fried in synthetic, adulterated fats and oils increase the eye problems. Weakness of the nervous systems also can cause the poor eyesight.
Excessive masturbation by unmarried people and excessive coitus after marriage would lead to the decay of the eyes. The habit of reading small script for a long time, reading in insufficient light, and reading irregularly spaced or sized letters for long periods. It’s also can be the cause of eye problems if one watches TVs for long period of time. Anemia, excessive smoking, drinking and drug addiction could lead to the damage of the eye sight.
Diabetic patients are prone to eye problems eventually leading to the blindness in the eyes in some cases.
Yoga Therapy for Myopia
Pure ghee, pure oil, groundnut, coconut oil, gourd juice, wheat juice can be helpful for eyes. Coffee shouldn’t be taken for the better health of the eyes. As being the position of the eyes above than the heart, the arteries which supply blood don’t become able to get the enough blood for necessary to the eyes. Because of natural way of blood going down, even nerves as well as the parts of the brain get affected.
Shirshasana can be the best remedy for all such issues of eyes. It has such a tremendous value that it can’t be replaced for the treatment of the eyes. We can say that it’s peerless practice for better eyes. It helps to rejuvenate the nerves of the eyes. Shirshasana is good asana for people with short-sight. The time of holding the position is always very essential for proper benefits of the practice. Indeed, it’s always heedful to follow that the asana shouldn’t be tried for long time by the beginners. The time can be increased with plus one system. The time of 20-30 minutes can be completed in two to three time in a day. For the people with issues of heart, lungs, and obesity should always consult with the expert before following the practice.
The practice of eye rotation, direction and various movements helps to strengthen the eyes and its vision. It’s regarded highly important to apply the practices of directed gaze. Especially, yogic science approaches three types of directed gazes; Trataka, Nasagra, Bhrumadhya. In short, trataka is the practice which is performed gazing at the certain point with open and wide eyes without blinking and winging the eyelids until the tear drops from the eyes. Likewise, the practice of looking at the tip of the nose with both eyes is called Nasagra. The third way of gazing requires to look at the point between two eyebrows by raising both eyeballs. It’s also good to roll the eyes in a circle clockwise and anti-clockwise as well as up and down to exercise the eyes. All these directed gazes can be performed in Padmasana and Sukhasana. For therapeutic purpose, the asanas can be practiced for four times in a day not exceeding more than ten minutes. Palming and blinking can be very helpful for the eyes. For the quality of the eye-sight, the point situated at the bottom of the index and thumb of both hands can be pressed for five minutes in a day.
Jala Neti also is a good practice to perform for the better vision of the eyes as it takes out the infection from throat, sinuses and nasal tract reducing the strain and congestion in the eyes. Drinking water early in the morning immediately after getting up helps one to relax the eyes and heal the strain and stress of the eyes. Eyes can be washed with cold water keeping water inside the mouth for its lightness and freshness. It’s also not advised to read while lying down which brings the problem in the eyes. In the case of children, the practice of taking children for outdoor activities can be one of the practices to be followed for prevention of myopia.
Yoga for Myopia (asanas)
- Naadi Shodan
Regulations and Rules to be followed
- Hot or pungent things, coffee, tobacco, alcohol and mustard oil should be avoided.
- Green leafy vegetables, garlic, cow’s milk, grapes can be taken for better eye conditions.
Shoulder, which is formed with the anatomical set up of the clavicle, the scapula and the humerus, is attributed as the joint having the most range of motion in the body used continuously throughout the day. The mechanism between the bones of the shoulder builds the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is put under the ball and socket joint. It affects most of the people ranging from athletes, players, runners, to sedentary workers who work in the computer and deskbound work. The injury on the shoulder can be acute to chronic most of which can be cured by yoga without medical involvement. Unless it is musculoskeletal injury or problem which needs medical treatment, yoga can be practiced for curing and preventing the shoulder pain. However, yoga should never be taken as the alternative of some severe shoulder issues. some of the preventive methods ( Yoga for Shoulder Pain ) are given in this article.
The shoulder pain has been interconnected to the upper back pain. The pain in upper back mainly comes out of the habit of forward slumping creating the pain in the spine and causing round shoulders. The habit of slumping rises the situation of shoulder blades going away or sliding away from the spine which results the weakening of the muscles making them hard to protect themselves from the severe strain. When these muscles get tired, they feel sore and hot and tenacious pain along the brink of the shoulders.
In spite of helping the pain to reduce, the shoulder stretching practice even can worsen the situation. Since the shoulder stretches is focused on surface level of the problem, the situation which is interconnected in deeper level. As a matter of fact, the habit or tendency of slumping occurs because of one’s inclination to lean forward more or drooping habit which happens at the upper part of the chest in the shoulder area. The upper tight chest pulls the shoulder forward and down also making the uppers arms rotating inward. When tension of these part of the body is released, the pain or difficulty may be lessen.
The tightness in the upper part of the chest makes difficulty performing poses like Virabhadrasana I and II as well as Adho Mukha Shvanasana. While performing Sarvangasana, the tightness in the front part of the shoulder joints makes the shoulder turn inwardly and elbows sliding out laterally. Nevertheless, these postures should be practiced to gain the flexibility and proper function of the shoulders.
Cause of Shoulder Pain
Our tendency of leaning forward brings the contraction to the muscles like Pectoralis minor, brachialis, and carachobrachialis. Even though pectoralis minor is small muscles attached to caracoid muscle, it plays vital role in posture alignments. At the movement of reaching forward for something, contraction of the pectoralis minor occurs pulling shoulder blades forward and away from the spine. It also makes the upper back round. In addition to the chronic tightness of the pectoralis minor, the tightness of the muscles in the upper arms worsen the condition of the shoulder making it slumping forward and arms rotating inward. Interestingly, most of the muscles which aggravates the discomfort are situated in the front of the body. However, the pain is felt in our upper back. The forward-slumping shoulder effects the muscles like rhomboids, the muscles connect shoulder blades to the spine. The chronic pain is experienced along the edge of the shoulder blades when tension in the rhomboid muscles happens whereas the tension takes places in the levator scapulae, the pain is felt at the side of the neck making difficulty in turning the head.
The reduction of the range of the motion in the shoulder is caused by the arthritis, cartilage damage, excessive scar tissues and inflammation build up.
Things to be considered during Yoga for Shoulder Pain
Warming Up is essential
As a prone to shoulder injury or already suffered from shoulder injury, it is advisable to follow the process of warming up before even digging into the practice of yoga asana. The joint exercises such as anti-rheumatic exercises help to bring flexibility and heat the body to move on further for yoga practice. Besides the ant-rheumatic exercises, the recreational acts such playing tennis, badminton and archery can be good practice along with strengthening exercises such as swimming and push-ups.
Suitable Yoga for Shoulder Pain
The choice of yoga style in the broad spectrum of Hatha Yoga needs to be made optimum for your own level and condition of the physical body. The level of strength, flexibility and goal behind the practice of yoga value high in our practice. Slow paced gentle way of yoga could be better for many who are in search of relaxing and freshening state to get rid of the anxiety and stress. On the other, people with the flexibility and strength kept in mind are suggested to join some dynamic and strenuous yoga style. The intensive yoga style also helps to burn the high amount of calorie. All in all, it’s always your intention that should be noted while choosing the style of yoga you want to practice.
Consult with Instructor to know the suitable yoga for shoulder pain or Shoulder issue
It is always preferable and considerable that the yoga should be performed on your benefits. In the case of shoulder, the postures should be taken either for its stretch or its strength. For stretching the shoulder, poses like Dhaunurasana, Ustrasana, Parighasana, Gomukhasana and Ashwo-Shanchalasana can be applicable while for strengthening the shoulder Parsva Santulanasana, Bhujangasana, Titibhasana, Tolasana, Marjaryasasana etc can be practiced. The consultation with the yoga instructor before practicing yoga poses is very significant for yoga practice and its better result.
Yoga for Neck Pain and Mid Back
While one is oriented to the issue of shoulders, the yoga practice for neck and mid back also has to be equally perceived. Sometimes, the discomfort and difficulty has come out of the pain in the neck and mid back. Especially the habit of working in the computer and driving a vehicle makes one lead forward causing the more chance of drooping shoulders. The levator scapulae and rhomboids muscles may have been the cause of shoulder pain. In this regard, the practice of Virabhadrasana, Sarvangasana, Parvritta Trikonasana, Halasana, Pasasana etc can be beneficial for neck and mid back pain.
Yoga for Shoulder pain (Asanas Therapy)
Purvottanasana (East-Stretch Pose)