• According to B.K.S. Iyengar – one of the most famous Indian teachers and gurus  – regular Yoga practice can help with various ailments.
    It may not cure you.
    But it will give you some relief and direction in order to live better with whatever you suffer from.

    Examples :

    • Varicose veins
    • High/low blood pressure
    • Blocked arteries/heart attack
    • Colds
    • Asthma
    • Indigestion
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhoea
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Incontinence
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Physical/menatl fatigue
    • Backache
    • Osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis
    • Acne/eczema//psoriasis
    • Headache/eye strain/migraine
    • Sciatica
    • Insomnia
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Drug/alcohol addiction
    • Bulimia/anorexia
    • Menstrual pain/premenstrual syndrome/absent periods
    • Menopause
    • Prolapsed uterus
    • Infertility/impotence
    • Hiatus/inguinal/umbilical hernia

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  • Interested in the history of Yoga?

    Do you care about practicing Astanga, Iyengar or Hatha, would like to know more about the differences between various styles of Yoga? Then have a look at the interview led in 2004 with three famous gurus: Desikachar, Pattabhi Joïs and BKS Iyengar.

     

    After being taught by the same Krishnamacharya in the 1930s Joïs and Iyengar took quite different approaches in their teaching methods.

     

    For instance this is what Iyengar says about Vinyasa Yoga (breath synchronised movements), widely explored by Astanga practitionners:

    I needed to find the bone of the right leg in opposition to the left. Do you know how to elongate it? Is the energy on the right leg equal to that on the left leg? Is the energy straight on the bank of the outer leg? So, these were all the things I had to discover. So, intelligence had to go into how to penetrate the postures to make sense of them. It is not just gymnastics or callisthenic-style—that is not what vinyasa is about. Vinyasa can be different from gymnastics, but then you have to develop it intellectually.

    (BKS Iyengar, interview in Mysore, 2004)

    Click here to read more

  • Postural changes are frequently associated with osteoporosis, back pain and other pathology. Restoration of a more optimal anatomical alignment can help relieve back pain and other symptoms plus it can help assure better weight-bearing forces through the bones and more specific muscle contraction on the bones, thereby positively affecting bone health and strength.

    Research has shown that the single major determinant of bone density (1/3 of bone health) is muscle contraction. Therefore, theoretically at least, the more specific an exercise program can be in targeting the at-risk areas of the body, the stronger the bones will be and risk of fracture will be reduced. The Meeks Method specifically targets strengthening of the Erector Spinae, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus muscles, the primary support muscles of the spine and hips. Other muscles are, of course strengthened as the entire body is taken into account. Research has shown that strengthening the erector spinae muscle group reduces the incidence of compression fracture in persons with osteoporosis (Sinaki, Itoi 2002.) Also, it has been shown that a decrease in hip extension is exaggerated in fallers and may limit performance (Kerrigan et al 2001) in the elderly.

    Click here to read more.

  • A recent article published in the New York Times warns about the “dangers” of obsessive  yoga and malpractice.

    A usual, it’s good to keep cool about warnings. At the same time it’s important to remember how to renounce “performing” in your practice.  Be aware…

  • My way towards Pashasana while travelling in Japan. Lovely tatami room though …

     

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