Complete Yoga Workbook: A Practical Approach to Healing Common Ailments with Yoga
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marked, breathing can be so rapid as to border on hyperventilation, with symptoms such as heart palpitations and feelings of lightheadedness. During times of stress, or “fight or flight”, breathing accelerates and the heart races in response to sympathetic nervous system activation. However, by wilfully slowing down your breathing you can help to elicit a parasympathetic nervous system response and a corresponding sense of calm. Yoga trains you in acquiring and honing skills in voluntary
the mat. You will feel your abdomen tighten. Hold for a few seconds while breathing regularly. Relax. 5. Inhale and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold. Exhale and relax. Breathe regularly. 6. Exhale and tighten your abdomen. Inhale and relax. Breathe regularly. 7. Take a slow, comfortably deep inward breath and sense your chest expanding. Exhale smoothly and completely. Relax your chest and abdomen. Breathe regularly. 8. Make fists, stiffen and raise your arms off the mat.
unable to pinpoint the source of their unease or predict when the dreaded event, whatever it may be, will occur. Fear of some identifiable danger, however, can also produce anxiety. Theories about the origins of anxiety include that it: stems from past unconscious conflict, beginning in infancy or childhood; is a learned behaviour; is a result of biochemical imbalances in the central nervous system (CNS). Usually at the root of anxiety, however, is a combination of physical and environmental
Kriyas Yoga traditionally included six purification practices, known as kriyas, to help the body get rid of accumulated poisons. They chiefly involved the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines) and the eyes. Because of their complexity, however, these hygiene practices have been modified for the convenience of today’s practitioners. Apart from their usefulness in enhancing excretory functions, they help to strengthen tissues and prevent infection. They are
risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing disorders, diabetes, gallbladder disease and sleep apnoea. When obesity is associated with a high-fat diet, the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer increases. In order to shed unwanted weight and keep it off, the experts suggest that you should strive to become healthy, rather than just thin. To achieve this, there is perhaps no better long-term measure than a combination of eating nutritiously and exercising regularly. The