Heart Disease Cardiovascular – Yoga Cure

Today millions of people in the world suffer from the disease of heart and the blood vessels, which are called as cardiovascular diseases.  The heart is the strongest muscle in the body. The contraction and relaxation of the heart cause the circulation of blood to all parts of the body. The circulatory system plays a vital role in the nourishment of tissues.

Elements necessary for nourishment of tissues are carried to them by blood. Any irritation to the lining of arterial walls causes heart diseases. This injury may also be caused due to high levels of fat in the blood.

Main contributors for cardiovascular diseases

  • Faulty diet,
  • Negative thinking —Our thoughts, feelings and emotions affect our body and mind.Negative Emotions spark   chemical processes throughout the entire body.
  • Coronary Heart Disease,
  • Smoking,
  • High blood pressure etc…

Coronary Heart Disease (CAD)

Function of heart is to supply the blood to the whole body by pumping. Whereas coronary arteries come out of the aorta and supply the blood and feed the heart muscles themselves. The main coronary arteries lie down on the surface of the heart and the small arteries enter the cardiac muscle mass. It is the most common cause of the cardiovascular disability and death. Coronary heart disease is a state in which the heart muscle not gets ample amount of blood because of disruption in its blood supply.

Depending on the extent of disruption in its blood supply, symptoms appear from a mild chest pain to a full-scale heart attack.

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

The inner walls of the arteries get thickened due to gradual deposits of fatty material. These gradual deposits take the form of layers in the inner walls of the arteries and as a result, there is hindrance to the flow of blood. Consequently, blood clotting occurs in the roughened area and the blood circulation gets blocked.

Coronary Thrombosis

There is sudden blocking of one of the arteries or its branches and then the supply of blood to the heart is affected partially or completely. The sudden blocking takes place due to the deposit of clot in an already narrow artery. Due to lack of blood supply, heart attack takes place with pain in the chest and arms and there maybe perspiration.

Degenerative heart disease

It occurs due to the gradual decay of the blood vessels. It is thought that excessive smoking of tobacco in any form causes degeneration of blood vessels.  Yoga can play important role in preventing and curing cardiovascular heart diseases.

If one diagnosed heart disease, it is necessary to take proper care of ones heart for the rest of life. With proper life-style and diet one can manage and avoid heart disease. The physical activity in yoga enhances cardiac efficiency.

Yoga Treatment for Heart Diseases

Therapeutic yoga should be practiced when the individual concerned is not affected by emergency type of condition.Yogic system of treatment is the same for heart ailments and hypertension.

Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of yoga nidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.

The circulatory system plays a vital role in the nourishment of tissues. Elements necessary for nourishment of tissues are carried to them by blood. Practice of pranayama rejuvenate the tissues with a fresh supply of oxygen

Asanas improve cardiovascular efficiency. The yogic exercises give a good massage to the perpetually working heart. Asanas involve very little muscular activity. In such a condition, the heart has a tendency to slow down its speed and the heart beats in a controlled manner. When the muscular activity is less, there is minimum production of carbon dioxide. This reduces the levels of stress to the heart.  Yoga enhances heart health, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic stress, boosts immune system and enhances cognitive ability. Yoga has an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases as well as recurrence of heart attacks, hypertension and coronary heart diseases. Yoga affects the hypothalamus directly the area of the brain, controlling the endocrine activity and it helps to prevent heart attacks.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.

Diet

Diet should be light, a low- fat diet, and preferably vegetarian foods.

Avoid:

Meat, excessive protein, milk and dairy products, oil, excessive spices, excessive salt, overeating.

Include:

whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Fix meal timing.

know more about Diet.

The path of yoga helps in the prevention and stress in healthy people, aids in the recovery of diseases and other illnesses, gives strength to the physical body and helps in weight loss, induces deep relaxation, and wellness of body, mind and soul is gained.

Kindly find following research papers in category Research

Retardation of coronary atherosclerosis with yoga lifestyle intervention.

Beneficial effects of yoga lifestyle on reversibility of ischaemic heart disease: caring heart project of International Board of Yoga.

Lipid profile of coronary risk subjects following yogic lifestyle intervention.

Modulation of cardiovascular response to exercise by yoga training.

The effects of unilateral forced nostril breathing on the heart.

Kapalabhati–yogic cleansing exercise. I. Cardiovascular and respiratory changes.

Role of yoga in modifying certain cardiovascular functions in type 2 diabetic patients.

A brief but comprehensive lifestyle education program based on yoga reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

 

Hernia – Yoga Cure

Due to natural weakness of the muscles, holding the organs in their original positions becomes difficult and organ gets protruded through a membrane or cavity wall, usually the abdominal cavity is known as hernia.

There are mainly 3 Types of hernia

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Femoral hernia

 Inguinal hernia

This type of hernia is very common in men. Maximum times this takes place before birth. In Inguinal hernia the groin region the testes descend into the scrotum through the narrow passage of inguinal canal. Due to this approaching downwards of the hernial contents into the scrotum it enlarges and becomes difficult to distinguish from the swelling of the testes or scrotum.

Femoral hernia

This type of hernia is generally found in women. In Femoral hernia the abdominal contents progress into the front of the thigh through an opening which carries the femoral artery into the leg.  This artery supplies the blood to the leg.

Umbilical hernia

This is another commonly happening hernia. It also occurs at birth or in infancy. In Umbilical hernia, the hernial sac bulges out through the umbilicus, which is the place of weak abdominal muscle.

Causes for Hernia

  • Several factors are responsible for the pathological state of hernia, which may be classified as follows:
  • Congenital weakness or the developmental defect in the abdominal muscles or ligaments, which produces hernia in the early childhood.
  • An unexpected pull while handling heavy item, it may split the muscles and ligaments.
  • It may lead to hernia if the intra-abdominal pressure is elevated
  • Intra-abdominal pressure may elevate due to enlarged prostate, obstruction in urine passage; continuous coughing in smokers, constipation etc…
  • In the women during pregnancy and childbirth abdominal pressure increases it may also cause hernia.
  • Faulty (Sedentary) life style, lack of ample physical exercise may cause flabbiness of the abdominal muscles, obesity. In such conditions abdominal wall loses its tone and abdominal organs begin to droop.

Yoga Treatment for Hernia

Asanas
Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama with antar kumbhak
Anulom Vilom without kumbhak
Mudra and bandh
Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of yoga nidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.

 

Insomnia – Yoga Cure

The difficulty falling asleep or awakening in the middle of sleep and being unable to fall back to sleep, is known as insomnia.

Types of Insomnia

  • Transient Insomnia
  • Acute Insomnia
  • Chronic Insomnia

It is very common. Excessive fatigue, anxiety, pain or discomfort anywhere in the body, fever, indigestion, is the common causes of sleeplessness. Persistent insomnia may lead to the development of a psychosis.

Types of Insomnia

Three different types of insomnia exist: transient, acute, and chronic

  • Transient Insomnia lasts from one night to a few weeks but it seems longer. Most people occasionally suffer from transient insomnia due to such causes as jet lag or short-term anxiety. If this form of insomnia continues to occur from time to time, the insomnia is classified as intermittent.
  • Acute Insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of between three weeks to six months.
  • Chronic Insomnia is regarded as the most serious; persists almost nightly for at least a month.

Symptoms of insomnia

Symptoms of insomnia can be different for each individual, and people with insomnia might experience a variety of symptoms, such as:

* Difficulty falling asleep, which can mean lying in bed for up to an hour or more, perhaps tossing and turning, wishing for sleep to begin.

* Awakening during sleep and having trouble getting back to sleep.

* Awakening too early in the morning.

* Feeling unrefreshed upon awakening.

* Daytime irritability, drowsiness, anxiety, and/or nonproductiveness.

Causes for Insomnia

  • In encephalitis lethargic a (brain disease), sleeplessness continues for several.
  • In uremia and high blood pressure, sleeplessness occurs.
  • Overeating, hunger, coffee, tea and other cerebral stimulants.
  • Weather change.
  • Worry, anxiety, fear, mental depression.

Treatment for Insomnia

In many cases, insomnia is caused by another disease or psychological problem. In this case, medical or psychological help may be useful. All sedative drugs have the potential of causing psychological dependence where the individual can’t psychologically accept that they can sleep without drugs. Certain classes of sedatives such as benzodiazepines and newer non-benzodiazepine drugs can also cause physical dependence which manifests in withdrawal symptoms if the drug is not carefully titrated down.

Alternative approach to Insomnia

There are a number of alternative cures for this disorder that are currently marketed. Often, a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes is claimed to be the most helpful approach.

Traditional Chinese medicine has included treatment for insomnia throughout its history. A typical approach may utilize acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle analysis, herbology and other techniques, with the goal of resolving the problem at a subtle level. Although these methods have not been scientifically proven, some insomniacs report that these remedies are sufficient to break the insomnia cycle without the need for sedatives and sleeping tablets.

In the Buddhist tradition, people suffering from insomnia or nightmares may be advised to meditate on “loving-kindness”, or metta. This practice of generating a feeling of love and goodwill is claimed to have a soothing and calming effect on the mind and body. This is claimed to stem partly from the creation of relaxing positive thoughts and feelings, and partly from the pacification of negative ones. In the Mettā Sutta, Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, tells the gathered monks that easeful sleep is one benefit of this form of meditation.

Treatment without Medication

  • The following methods can help alleviate sleeplessness:
  • Develop a regular sleeping schedule. Avoid daytime naps and stimulating activities just before bedtime.
  • Avoid stimulating drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, particularly before going to bed.
  • Exercise during the day (but not in the late evening).
  • Avoid alcohol- it is a leading cause of poor sleep.
  • Drink a cup of warm milk.
  • Mask background noise in the bedroom throughout the night.
  • Try using a sleep mask and ear plugs at night.
  • Take medications that may be stimulating long before bedtime.

Yoga (cure) Treatment for Insomnia

Yoga benefit your sleep in various ways. Asanas, pranayama, yognidra are the helpful tools in your efforts to re-establish a restful night’s sleep.

Asanas
Beside the above mentioned asana and pranayama practice of Yognidra, concentration and meditation gives the best result.

Yoga Benefits for Insomnia

Yoga has beneficial effects on nervous system, and the brain. Certain yoga asanas increases the blood supply to the steep center in the brain, it normalizes the steep cycle.

Yoga will make you fall asleep sooner and improve the quality of your sleep so that you need less. You will have a more restful sleep because of the relaxing aspect of yoga and the subsequent relieving of stress, tension and fatigue. The practice of breathing allows for more oxygen in the body providing clarity in the mind.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga nidra is of great help to insomniacs it relaxes the tensions that accumulate in the muscles, the emotions and the mind, allowing the practitioner to rest deeply. Daily practice leads to a deeper and more restful night’s sleep. It has great Therapeutics values.

Research yoga and Insomnia

Kindly find following research papers in category Research

Yoga as therapy in psychosomatic medicine.

Psychophysiological correlates of the practice of Tantric Yoga meditation.

An introduction to Kundalini yoga meditation techniques that are specific for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

The integrated approach of yoga: a therapeutic tool for mentally retarded children: a one-year controlled study.

 

Pregnancy Yoga Care

Pregnancy is the carrying of one or more embryos or fetuses by female mammals, including humans, inside their bodies.  Pregnancy begins with conception and ends with childbirth (Labor) or abortion (Miscarriage).

Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • Stoppage of menses
  • Increased weight
  • Enlarged mammary glands
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • An altered taste, and strong likes/dislikes for certain foods
  • A feeling of exhaustion and tiredness
  • Excessive giddiness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • An increased emotional vulnerability
  • All of these symptoms do not occur together.

These symptoms help us to diagnose the case of pregnancy though a definite opinion cannot be given unless and until a physical examination (pregnancy test) is done.

Human chronic gonadotrophin (HCG) and other hormones like progesterone are responsible for the suppression of menstruation, and these changes. These substances are produced by the body to sustain the pregnancy and take care of the growing embryo. The urine pregnancy test relies on the presence of HCG in the blood and urine to confirm the pregnancy.

Labour

Is the process by which a foetus of viable age is expelled from the uterus. By a normal labour is meant a case in which the foetus presents by the vertex (head) and which terminates naturally without artificial aid and without complications. Presentation is not the only criterion of normal labour for even when the presentation is normal, complication may arise that carry the case at once into the category of abnormal labour.

Calculation of the date of labour

A calculation based on the date of the last menstrual period is the method in common use. It is the most accurate method. The average duration of pregnancy is ten lunar months, forty weeks or 280 days from the 1st day of the last menstruation.

The onset of the labour

 Is recognised by (1) ‘painful uterine contractions’. (2) Slight uterine haemorrhage ‘the show’. (3) Commencing dilatation of the os and (4) Formation of the bag of waters.

Stages of labour

Human pregnancy is somewhat arbitrarily divided into three trimester periods, as a means to simplify reference to the different stages of fetal development. The first trimester period carries the highest risk of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus). During the second trimester the development of the fetus can start to be monitored and diagnosed. The third trimester marks the beginning of viability, or the ability of the fetus to survive, with or without medical help, outside of the mother’s womb.

 First stage is a stage of dilatation. This stage is preparatory to the actual process of birth. i.e. the expulsion of the foetus from the uterus. It consists of dilatation of the lower uterine segment and cervix. Its duration may be stated as 16 hours in the primi gravidae and 8 hours in the multiparae.

stage of expulsion

This stage begins at the time when the dilatation of the cervix is complete. It ends with the complete expulsion of the foetus from the birth-canal.

The 3rd stage or delivery of the after-birth

This stage consists of the placenta, umbilical cord and membranes (amnion and chorion). A certain amount of haemorrhage always accompanies the process of separation of the placenta. Expulsions are usually accompanied by a voluntary effort on the part of the patient and when the placenta appears at the vulva, it can be withdrawn by the attendant. A considerable amount of blood clot often follows it.

Yoga

In addition, these postures are extremely good for the entire pelvic region, and are recommended for pregnant women
Meditation Postures
Ardha-Padmasana   The Half-Lotus Posture
Padmasana The Lotus Posture not recommended to women who have never practiced it before becoming pregnant.
Sukhasana The Comfortable Posture
If find earlier Postures a little bit difficult then, they can be replaced by Sukhasana, in which one sits cross-legged. Pregnant women should take care that they should never remain with the legs crossed for too long, so as not to block the blood circulation. Learning to perform these exercises with ease means practicing them regularly, patiently, and without forcing oneself. It is not possible to bend the trunk close to the thighs, or lie on the stomach during pregnancy. Certain yogic postures must therefore be modified, but this in no way detracts from their unquestionable beneficial effects.
Asana
Bhadrasana This posture is highly recommended. It eases childbirth and alleviates labour pains.
Utkatasana The Squatting Posture The squatting posture helps prepare the woman for childbirth, for it is similar to the position she will assume on her back during labor and delivery. this asana should be avoided as soon as the mother experiences the slightest feeling of fatigue.
Paschimothasana (Modified) The pregnant woman adopts a sitting position, and uses a scarf or towel to stretch the back and legs.
Janu Sirsasana (Modified) It is recommended to perform the asana without coming forward, keeping your back spine concave and front torso long during pregnancy (up to second trimester).
Baddhakonasana  Relieves menstrual discomfort and sciatica also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Consistent practice of Baddha Konasana until late into pregnancy helps ease childbirth.
Ardha-Halasana The Half-Plough Posture
Ushtra Asana The Camel Posture In the later stages of pregnancy, or in cases where even the slightest difficulty is encountered in performing the exercise, modify the asana by arching only the back while continuing to sit on the feet.
Vrikshasana The Tree Posture
Asanas for Mothers-to-be Having Practised Yogic postures before Pregnancy
Trikonasana The Triangle Posture
Ardha-Bhujangasana  The Half-Cobra Posture
Gomukhasana The Cow Head Posture
Pranayama
two simple Pranayama exercises, without retention of the breath, namely Ujjayi Pranayama and Nadi Shodhan. These exercises are recommended to pregnant women in lying position.
Anuloma Viloma should come before Ujjayee.

Regular practice of Yoga-nidra helps to create the most favorable conditions for fetal growth and development. A very unique characteristic of Yoga-nidra is ‘Sankalpa’, means a ‘resolve’. The relaxed body and mind are creates ideal conditions for making a resolve. The resolve  is a short, positive affirmation of a statement, about what you want to achieve. Your statement may be something like autosuggestion they are simple to remember and recite e.g. ”I and my baby are experiencing immense joy happiness love and light” However these auto suggestions can be recited any time during a day.

The inverted postures like, shirshasana and Sarvangasana are very important to the health because they produce a revitalising effect on the entire body. Although recommended, these postures are difficult to perform during pregnancy, so avoid these postures.

The inversions have their own characteristics. Inversions are not recommended during the menstrual period This category of asana arrest the menstrual flow But when done during pregnancy they hold the foetus safely and healthily. It is greatly advantageous for those who have frequent miscarriage.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.

Diet During Pregnancy

Though it is she who is supporting the child growing inside her, she requires a highly balanced diet,

The pregnant woman should eat little but often, at regular hours, through out the day.

Avoid too much fat, sugar or seasoning.

Avoid meat

Reduce consumption of tea and coffee should be reduced.

Include the foodstuffs that is vitamins, proteins rich .

Fresh fruit and vegetables

milk (a complete food), curd and cottage cheese rich in calcium.

Magnesium is contained in regular vegetables, other vegetables with green leaves, different varieties of nuts, and non-refined cereals.

Potassium is contained in treacle, whole grains, and almonds.

Not to be forgotten are honey, non-refined sugar, figs and dates, which all provide instant energy.’

Whether or not she follows a vegetarian diet, the future mother needs to absorb proteins, calcium, iron and mineral salts, which make it possible for the skeleton and muscular tissue of the embryo to form. She should take vitamins A, B, C, D and E, for these are essential. They are contained in the foodstuffs recommended above.  Know more about Diet.

Diabetes mellitus and pregnancy

For women with diabetes mellitus, pregnancy can present some particular challenges for both mother and child. If the woman who is pregnant has diabetes or develops diabetes during pregnancy, it can cause early labor, birth defects, and very large babies. Diabetes mellitus and pregnancy- Risks for the child: Miscarriage, growth restriction, growth acceleration, fetal obesity (macrosomia), polyhydramnios. Birth defects are not currently an identified risk for the child of women with gestational diabetes. Diabetes mellitus and pregnancy- Risks for the mother: Disturbed blood glucose levels. Hypoglycaemia can occur without warning.Treatment of pregnant women with diabetesBlood glucose levels in the pregnant woman should be regulated as strictly as possible. In diabetes mellitus type 2, oral antidiabetic drugs should be replaced with insulin.

Note

Pregnant women must consult her obstetrician/ doctor before starting yogic practices.

Pregnant women must not perform too many physical or respiratory exercises in succession, but alternate them with other asanas in order to avoid becoming tired. After each asana they should relax for a moment, either lying on their back, or on their side, or in a sitting position.

Asanas should be practised under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Kindly note though we have seen a lot of asana do not performed within the space of a single session.

Certain asanas can be customized as per need.

Technical

embryo – conceptus between time of fertilization to 10 weeks of gestation

fetus – from 10 weeks of gestation to time of birth

Ga Pw-x-y-z – a = number of pregnancies, w = number of term births, x = number of preterm births, y = number of miscarriages, z = number of living children; for example, G4P1-2-1-3 means the woman had a total of 4 pregnancies, of which 1 is of term, 2 are preterm, 1 miscarriage, and 3 total living children (1 term + 2 preterm).

Gestational age – time from last menstrual period (LMP) up to present

gravidity (G) – number of times a woman has been pregnant

infant – time of birth to 1 year of age

parity (P) – number of pregnancies with a birth beyond 20 weeks GA or an infant weighing more than 500 g

preterm infant – delivered between 24-37 weeks

previable infant – delivered prior to 24 weeks

term infant – delivered between 37-42 weeks

first trimester – up to 14 weeks of gestation

second trimester – 14 to 28 weeks of gestation

third trimester – 28th week to delivery

viability – minimum age for fetus survival, ca. third trimester

zygote – from fertilization until second cell division

full term refers to the end of 36 weeks (nine months) from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period — the end of gestation. If a woman gives birth earlier than this, it is classed as a premature birth.

 

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