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YOGA AND HOMEOPATHY

Yoga means union with self. It is also called spiritual in practice. Yoga dictionary meaning is union with divine. Divine is not attached to any particular religion. It can be practised by religious man as well as atheists (nonbeliever in religion). Basically it is an exercise system which creates a balance between body and mind. For a common understanding it gives healthy body and healthy mind through some exercises. To define the full importance and meaning of yoga, writing 100 pages will be insufficient.

A spiritual man concentrates on some symbol or word or some shape just as dot or Allah or Cross or Om etc. a nonspiritual man can have union with self. This means he can concentrate on his own breadth and movements of body while performing various poses of yoga .RELIGION OR NO RELIGION YOGA HAS ITS OWN IMPORTANCE IN HUMAN LIFE

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES

While doing yoga certain principles are required to be observed
1. He should have empty stomach in the morning. He should clear his stomach by passing stool. May be by drinking some warm water.
2. He should then take bath. Yoga can be done without bath also but then he has to wait for 1hr at least to take bath and subsequently eat anything. So it is better to perform yoga after taking bath on empty stomach.
3. Yoga should be done in open air so that he may get full oxygen and feel fresh after yoga.
4. There should be no stress while performing yoga and h must have a good sleep in night.
5. Yoga is to be done on empty stomach. Better in morning or may be in evening.

6. All exercises to be done very slowly and smoothly and peacefully. There should not be any hurry or worry. A man should concentrate on his breadth and movements of his body only. There should be no noise or disturbance near the place where he is doing yoga.
7. The various poses are required to be done on a little hard bed or puffy ground so that his body may not get hurt on the bed or the ground. He should start with very simple asanas.
8. First he should warm up his body by certain long breath and slowly stretching his body.
I WILL EXPLAIN SOME SLOW AND SIMPLE EXERCISES BELOW FOR SPECIALIZED POSTURES OR TO CURE CERTAIN DISEASES LIKE ARTHRITIC PAIN, ASTHMA OR DIABETES ETC. ONE IS REQUIRED TO LEARN YOGA POSTURES UNDER SOME TRAINING, SCHOOL OR VERY QUALIFIED TEACHER.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND EXERCISE

1. In yoga a man gets relaxation whereas in exercise a man gets tired.
2. Yoga is done very slowly whereas exercise is done fast and very fast.
3. In yoga brain is also awakened and peaceful whereas in exercise there is no use of brain.
4. Yoga reduces tension of the muscles whereas in exercise tension of muscles increases.
5. In yoga there is no or very low risk of injury but in exercise there is higher risk of injury.
6. Yoga requires low calorie consumption. Exercises require higher calories of consumption.
7. In yoga breathing is controlled as the postures are made very slowly and it counts when to take breath and expire. In exercise breathing is not required to be controlled. 8. Yoga is done to achieve peace. Exercise is done to achieve strength.
9. In Yoga, we get flexibility of body whereas in exercise we increase our stamina
10. In yoga there is self awareness. In exercise there is no self awareness
11. In yoga, silence is required therefore no music is played. In exercise music in higher sound is played.
12. Yoga is done on a little puffy bed or ground whereas in exercise we take help of some machines or tools and do exercise in a space.
13. In yoga we don't require any aids or machinery whereas in exercise equipments are required

14. Yoga is more mental. Exercise is more physical.
15. In yoga we don't require to be competitive with others. There is no such competition of building body etc. Whereas in exercise there is a competitiveness and comparison of body building with others is done.

LADDER OF YOGA

1. Purifying practices of mind and body
2. Position of fingers and hands
3. Position of postures i.e. sitting, standing and lying.
4. Non attachments
5. Breath control
6. Dayan or meditation
7. Samadhi

HOMEOPATHY WITH YOGA

As a matter of fact in homeopathy, treatment is based upon symptoms of mental, physical and emotional conditions. Still we can use some of the homeopathic remedies for specific problems which make hindrance in yoga.

1. Lack of concentration - certain individuals do not concentrate their brain in reading and writing in schools or even in plays and games. Yoga requires attention of brain to achieve full benefit of yoga. Persons who have restlessness in their brain may take ACONITE or TUBERCULINUM. If restlessness is due to fear the person may take STRAMONIUM OR OPIUM . if a man moves feet and legs constantly while sitting he may take ZINCUMMET. People who cannot concentrate and weak in memory may take ANACARDIUM.

2. Allergic rhinitis - is also a hindrance in yoga. Rhinitis can affect people of all ages and male and female both. There are several causes for allergic rhinitis. In this case a person has stuffy or running nose, constant sneezing, post nasal discharge, watery eyes, itching nose and eyes, swollen eyelids and nostrils, these people should perform asana in open space where there is no dust or allergens or any substance to which they are allergic. There are few homeopathic remedies which can be taken as per the appearance of discharge. If the discharge is thick and irritating, better by hot drink, take ARSENIC ALBUM. If the discharge is thin, transparent, white, may take NATRUM MUER. If yellow, may take KALI BIOCRUM. If it is more watery of eyes, they may take EUPHRASIA and if more discharge through nose may take ALLIUMSEPA.

3. Asthma - asthma may also cause hindrance in performing yoga postures. Though asthma is not totally curable, still it can be controlled by certain homeopathic remedies. Some of the important remedies are, if better by bending backwards CALCARIA CARB. If better by lying down PSORAINUM, if better by sitting ARSENIC, if better by walking DROSERA and if worse by bending backwards, take HEPERSELF. If worse standing, take SEPIA. If worse walking, take STANUM. Worse motion, take BRYNIA. Worse rest and damp weather, take RUSTOX. Worse by cold dry air, take ACONITE.

4. INJURY - injury may be from falling on certain hard thing or some hard substance hit the body or it may be due to irritation caused by some over stained of particular muscle or joints may be due to sports or repeated movements or profession or household work which involves continuous sitting or standing. Main remedy is ARNICA which can be used for blind injury NATRUM SULF along with ARNICA may be used for head injury. For sprain, we may use RUTA, worse by rest we may use RUSTOX. Slightest motion aggravate, we may use BRYNIA. For sharp cut HYPRICUM. To control blood FARUM PHOS POWDER. For swelling or oedema APISMEL. For throbbing BELLADONA. On skin we can apply on black/ blue spots ARNICA Q or Arnia ointment. . On open wounds, we apply CALUNDULA Q and on burn we can apply CANTHRIS OINTMENT.

5. Diabetes - yoga is very effective in diabetes. Remedies in homeopathy are ACID PHOS , SYZYGIUM JAM Q AND BIO COMPOUND NO 7 FOR [DIABETES]ONLY.

6. High blood pressure - in high B.P. yoga postures may be done very slowly and for small time. For sedentary life, anger and irritability, take NUX VOMICA. For mental stress take NATRUM MUER. for resting breathlessness on least exertion, take CRATAGUS Q. for restlessness, take ACONITE and RUS TOX. If headache, take BELLADONA or GLONONINE. For nervousness, take ACONITE or ARNICA. For reducing cholesterol, take ARJUNA Q. REDUCE SALT IN TAKE.

7. Obesity - yoga is very valuable for controlling obesity for fat and flabby and hypothyroidism take CALCAREA CARB. For sedentary lifestyle, take NUX VOMICA. After MENOPAUSE for obesity take GRAPHITUS. After delivery take KALI CARB. For burning fat FOCUS V. general remedy PHYTOLKA BERY Q 20 drops in half a cup of water half an hour before meals may be taken.

8. Rheumatic troubles - yogas postures are very good for rheumatic troubles. But if due to rheumatic trouble, one cannot sit with folded legs on bed he may sit on chair. He should avoid giving strains to those joints which are giving intolerable pain. In that case he may perform those asanas which he can do comfortably either by lying on bed or by standing as may be comfortable for him. He may take homeopathic remedies for pain as narrated below. If worse by motion, take BRYNIA. If worse by rest, take RUS TOX. Pain while ascending, take LEDUM PAL. While descending take KALMIA. If worse by warmth, take PULSATILLA. If worse by cold, take CALCAREA CARB. If worse by touch, take COLCHICUM. If worse by little movement, take ARNICA. IF spasmetic, better by pressure, take MAG PHOS.

9. Sciatica pain - sciatica pain is age related, degenerative and nerve disease. May be due to changes in spine or obesity. It may be due to prolapse disc, fracture or rheumatic troubles. Spondylitis is a pain in neck and head while bowing the head. Yoga asanas are very good to cure these problems. However he may take certain homeopathic remedies. If left side COLOSYNTHIS, if right side MAGNESIA PHOS, both are better by warm application and hard pressure. Other remedies are RUS TOX, LEDUM, BRYNIA, LYCOPODIUM, VALERIANA, FERRUM MET, SPIGELIA, PLUMBUM, CHAMOMILA, GNAPHYLLUM as per symptoms under QUALIFIED HOEOMOPATH.

HOW TO USE REMEDIES

The homeopathic remedies suggested above may be used in 30 c potency. 30 c potency is neither high nor low. It is a medium potency. If by taking any remedy there is improvement, the remedy should be stopped and may be repeated when the improvement ceases. If there is an aggravation by taking the remedy, the remedy should be stopped and the aggravation will automatically subside in a day or two. The above remedies are only suggestive and in case of non improvement, some specialist homeopath may be consulted.

ASANAS AND EXERCISES

We have several joints in our body. The most important joints in upper part of the body are neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers and spine whereas in lower part of the body, the important joints are hips, knee, ankle and fingers. These joints are required to be made flexible so that there may not be any stiffness and rigidness in their movements later on in life. So we are required to move all joints for 5 minutes. For their movements first we should sit on some hard but a little puffy bed or ground by folding feet in simple manner or in siddha asana or lotus position as may be comfortable. But those who cannot sit by folding their leg, may sit on chair. Now first we keep our face in front position by keeping it a little upwards.

NECK JOINT EXERCISES

1. We should move our face and head towards right shoulder while taking breath and then come back to front position by releasing breath. Then move to left shoulder and repeat the same. This should be done 2-10 times as may be comfortable.
2. We may keep our head in front position and then bow it in front position. Bow head slowly as if resting on to left shoulder by taking breath and come back slowly to same position by releasing breath. This should be done on the right shoulder as well in the same manner from 2-10 times as may be comfortable.

3. See in front position. Move head a little higher and then a little lower towards chest by inspiring and expiring 2-10 times.
4. Place chin towards chest and slowly move the entire head from left shoulder and back towards right shoulder in a spiral or circular position slowly coming to front with chin down on chest and then again perform on the reverse side that is from right to left side in the same manner. That is clock wise or anti clock wise for 2-10 times. DO ONLY AS MUCH AS THEY ARE COMEFORTABLE TO INDIVIDUAL.

HAND AND FINGERS JOINT EXERCISES

1. Keep both hands straight facing towards front. Then close and open your fingers as much as possible for an individual.

2. Close your hands and move your fist on your wrist up and down and then rotate clockwise and anticlockwise as 10 times or less or more as per individual ease.

ELBOW AND SHOULDER JOINT EXERCISES

ALL MOVEMENTS SHOULD BE DONE AS MANY TIMES THEY ARE COMFORTABLE TO AN INDIVIDUAL

1. Close and open your both hands on elbow joint.
2. Keep both hand's fingers on shoulders (right hand fingers on right shoulder and left hand fingers on left shoulder) by folding elbow. Then rotate the elbow clockwise and anticlockwise. All these motions may be performed for 2-10 times as may be comfortable.

FOOT FINGERS AND HEAL JOINT EXERCIS

1. Keep your legs straight and move foot fingers up and down. Then move both the foot on heals up and down and also flex the foot inside and outside on 90 degree angle or at ease.

KNEE JOINT EXERCISES

1. Move legs on knee joint straight and down in angles comfortable to the person performing the exercise.

HIP JOINT EXERCISES

1. Fold the legs on knee joint and match both the sole of the feet without any strain. Then try to keep both knees touch the ground a little as may be convenient and make up and down position like butterfly flying for 2-10 times.

SPINAL JOINT EXERCISES

1. Exercise's of spine is a difficult one. This is being explained in yoga asanas

ASANA

We will give very simple asanas which can be taken up by young as well as old. All ASANAS may be done 2-10 times as may be comfortable

1. Stand straight making both feet joining together, keeping hands straight on thighs. Then take some breath inside and outside and later stand on toes. Keep heals above the ground and move feet up and down 2-10 times to make the body warm.

2. UTKUTA ASANA-stand straight on the ground, see in front with a little head above, both hands placed on hips by folding hands little on elbow and then slowly move y our body in down position by keeping your knee folded on the front side , stay there for some time and then slowly come to straight position.

3. TRIKONA ASANA-stand straight both hands straight above touching both ears. Then bow on right side a little by folding your right knee and touching the fingers of the right feet by one hand on the right side of the body, then get straight on the same position. Repeat this on the left side as well in the same manner.

4. BHUJANGA ASANA OR SARP ASANA-Lie straight on the ground by touching your front side of the body on the ground. Keep the legs straight touching each other and placing hands straight on ground and slowly move head high by folding your body on the stomach as far as possible and come down in the original position.

5. HRIDAYASTAMBHA AND NABHI ASANA-Lie on the ground with back of the body touching the ground. Slowly elevate your legs by keeping them straight and elevate also head and hand straight by touching both the sides of the head and slowly come down to the original position.

SPINE ASANA EXERCISES

1. Lie on bed or on ground, back touching the ground and the face upwards. Stretch both hands straight on 90 degree. Bend legs on knee joint, then the knee should meet each other and slowly move both the knees on the left side on the ground and head on the reverse side i.e. on the right side very slowly. Come again to the same position. while both the shoulders remain touching the ground. The same posture should be repeated on the right side.

2. Lift both legs continued to be bending on knee towards stomach and move the elevated legs on the left side . While both the shoulders remain touching the ground as stated above. Come to the original position and repeat it on the right side. The asanas should be done very slowly and gradually. Bend the legs on the knees as far as they are comfortable and also on the hip towards the stomach as far as possible and comfortable. The asanas can be done 2-10 times.

SHAVA ASANA

1. A body lies like a log unmoved. Last but not the lest a man should lie with perfect ease on the ground with back touching the ground. Stretch apart a little both legs and also both hands. The entire body should feel like a dead body. There should be no strain in the body, perfectly be comfortable. Now take breath and concentrate on inhaling and exhaling breath as slowly as possible. Close the eyes and think as if you are sleeping. This posture may continue for some time till u feel stainless and fresh.

2. LAUGHS A man can also relax and feel energy if he laughs and laughs for some time with or without any cause. Humour and fun in life as necessary as food.

For overcoming on diseases there are many other asanas which can be performed only under trained yoga teacher.

PRANAYAMA

There are 2-3 easy pranayama which may be done

1. Sit in easy posture by folding both the legs or if not possible stand straight on the ground. Take long breath by both nostrils slowly and expire it also slowly by both nostrils. This can be repeated 2-10 times.

2. Close right nostril with thumb finger of the hand and inhale from left nostril as far as possible and then stop the left nostril with 1st and 2nd finger of the same hand and exhale the entire breath from the right side and inhale again on the same side i.e. right side and close the right side with the thumb and open the left nostril by moving the finger a little away and exhale. This should be repeated 2-10 times.

3. KAPALBHATI-Inhale and exhale from both the nostrils. Now quickly contract (or pump your fisted hands against) your lower belly, pushing a burst of air out of your lungs. Then quickly release the contraction (or your hands), so the belly "rebounds" to suck air into your lungs. Repeat this 2-10 times as far as possible.

4. BRAHAMRI- first take deep breath by nostril And then slowly release the breath through nostrils and make a sound like a bhamra makes while flying that is a sound like zoooo..zooo.zoo.. and repeat it 2-10 times. Place fingers on nose as given below in the picture.

THIS IS NOT THE END BUT BEGINNING OF YOUGA .
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DR CHANDER SHEKHAR GUPTA