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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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The Way to Release One’s Inguen

The Way to Release One’s Inguen

The first poses in Yoga that a newcomer encounters when straddling his or her mat are the Sukhasana (the Easy/Pleasant pose) and Siddhasana (the Accomplished pose). They seem to be easy but what they sometimes cause is rather discomfort than the promised pleasure. The reason of this is the rigidity of one’s inguinal zone.

This zone becomes even more topical in the course of mastering more complex asanas – Ardha Padmasana (the Half Lotus pose) and Padmasana (the Lotus pose), as well as during one’s performance of pranayamas when in the course of long-lasting sitting one would not want to draw attention away from the pose proper and focus it on discomfort in one’s legs.

Simple “stretching” of the inguinal zone seems to be an easy thing to do yet we may see from the practice that not everyone succeeds. Or it takes him long time to do. One may succeed better in stretching this zone if he uses the knowledge taken from Yoga-therapy.

Before we bring out the nuances of working with the inguinal zone let us look at the most common causes of the phenomenon observed. (далее…)

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Pranayama as Meditation

In pursuing the topic of the previous article I would like to note that the adequate practice of Yoga should form a new corporeal stereotype. That’s why the basic wish for the complex shall be its continuously generated feature of novelty (A.G. Safronov. “Yoga: Physiology, Psychosomatics, Bioenergetics”). Asanas and pranayamas should maintain the degree of unusualness and discomfort for a practicing person – this will create the ability to go beyond the framework of inefficient psycho-emotional stereotypes and generate more harmonious ones.

Here is the illustration. (далее…)

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