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Bhastrika. The Effects and Mechanisms of Health Improvement. Part 3. Practical Recommendations.

In the previous section I wrote that the facilities established while doing Bhastrika prevent formation of gas traps in the lungs.

It should be noted that it shall be possible ONLY in case of correct muscular effort.

What should it be?

1. By inhale it is the diaphragm without participation of the chest muscles that should be involved.
2. The muscular impulse should initiate the exhalation; its further performance is contraindicated.

Let us sort out the details. (далее…)

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Bhastrika. The Effects and Mechanisms of Health Improvement. Part 2. Bhastrika and Apparatus of External Respiration.

Bhastrika. The Effects and Mechanisms of Health Improvement. Part 2. Bhastrika and Apparatus of External Respiration.

Bhastrika and apparatus of external respiration.

1. Bhastrika stabilizes the state of the bronchial tree smooth muscles.

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The main function of the external respiration organs is the uninterrupted supply of oxygen and removal of carbon dioxide (the main product of metabolism in the human body). Here the respiratory part of the lung (alveoli) “is responsible for” O2 diffusion from the air into the blood of the pulmonary circuit vessels and back from there (CO2), while the upper airways (bronchi and bronchioles) – for bringing the air to the alveolar part.

The body’s needs for oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide elimination directly depend upon the rate of metabolic processes that in their turn are determined by specific features of one’s personal life (the situations one is involved in, the emotional states, the external weather conditions and so on).

And it turns out that since situations are constantly changing, one’s personal breathing pattern (the respiration depth, its frequency and rhythm) changes permanently as well.

All anatomic structures that form the apparatus of external breathing must have some certain degree of lability to enable timely adjustment of organism.

What is it that ensures lability in the scope of constantly changing conditions of external breathing – when one may quicken it or slow it down, thus forming the conditions for gas flow that from the point of physics are totally different from one another? (далее…)

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Bhastrika. The Effects and Mechanisms of Health Improvement. Part 1. Bhastrika and Musculoskeletal System.

When practicing Yoga long enough one starts to understand the profoundness of the practices offered. Thus the articles become more extensive and require more time. On the other hand we have the desire to continuously share the new discoveries with the readers. What shall we do in this case?

Look for compromise.

Thus in terms of our site we are launching a new form – publishing the articles as separate posts. In this way the information will always be updated while the reader will be able to witness the origination of the new article.

Let us start from Bhastrika. We will try to understand the effects of this pranayama and the mechanisms of its effects on one’s body. (далее…)

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Snake Breathing

The data for study

We have studied the practice of snake breathing (the “ujjayi” after Swami Satyananda Saraswati) by method of ultrasound Doppler sonography using the Toshiba Nemio XG device. (далее…)

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Yoga-Therapy and Osteochondrosis, or Why Treat the Spine?

Yoga-Therapy and Osteochondrosis, or Why Treat the Spine?

The problematic of the spine

The branch of medicine related to spinal column studies has been developing rapidly over the recent decades.

Plenty of research work has been done, theses have been upheld and various methods of treating spinal diseases have been proposed. A number of names have become “popular” – those of Evminov, Bubnovsky and so on (the analysis of their proposed methods been a topic for a separate article).

Keeping abreast of the events, the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the UN dedicated the past decade to comprehensive study of human musculoskeletal system having declared the years 2000-2010 to be the “decade of bones and joints”.

According to WHO statistics, 30 to 87% of the most employable population aged 30 to 60 years suffer from spine osteochondrosis. The materials of the VIIIth World Congress dedicated to pain issues held in Vancouver in 1996 show that the back pain is the second most common reason for seeking medical attention and the 3rd most frequent cause of hospitalization after respiratory diseases, with 60-80% of population having experienced it at least once.

As it usually happens, the trends of the time found a quick response in press. Store shelves are filled with brochures with corresponding titles, their number being unprecedented: “Help Your Spine”, “Flexible Spine as a Recipe of Your Youth”, or “Healthy Spine Means Long Life” etc.

This common lot has also befell some styles of “fitness” and “pseudo-fitness-yoga” that lazily entwines the Western medicine knowledge into the canvas of asanas and pranayamas.

The urgency of the problem is obvious, and I suggest that in this article we study out why this issue is so topical.

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