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ANAEMIA AND YOGA

INTRODUCTION

Anaemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells or the amount of haemoglobin (a protein which facilitates the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body) in them is below normal. When a person is anaemic, there is a diminished supply of oxygen to the rest of the body as a result of the reduction in the number of red blood cells and the haemoglobin in them. Nearly half the blood flowing in our veins and arteries consists of red blood cells which carry oxygen to the tissues. Approximately one trillion or 100 million new blood cells are formed daily in the bone marrow. The raw materials required in the production of these cells are iron, proteins, and vitamins, especially folic acid and B12. Of these, iron and proteins are essential in building up the red colouring matter called haemoglobin.

ANAEMIA YOGA
A red cell has a lifespan of approximately one hundred and twenty days and is then destroyed and replaced. Each person should have about 15 gm of haemoglobin per 100 ml of blood, and a blood count of approximately five million red cells per millimetre of blood. One may be surprised to know that people suffering from anaemia often do not show any prominent symptoms for a long time. However the people suffering from this blood disorder often complain of weakness, lethargy, dizziness etc. When the disease reaches an acute stage, some other perceptible signs appear. These include palpitations, short breath, sourness of gums and mouth and headaches. In some cases, the skin color appears to be pale. If anaemia is left untreated your symptoms will get worse and you may become very tired and weak, you may also develop angina or suffer with leg pains when walking. The body's ability to fight infection may also be weakened so you may find you pick up infections more easily.



YOGA AND ANAEMIA

Regular practice of different yoga poses increases the RBC production as well as purifies the blood. According to various yoga gurus anemic patients should start their yoga session with Pranayama followed by Trikonasana. It improves health thereby attaining eternity. Yoga releases the toxins from the body and tries to be in full harmony with nature with the basic 3 aspects of the human elements: the mind, the mental and the spiritual. Yoga has done wonders to the people suffering from various diseases and had cured them completely from the time of Indus civilization, when the treatment of allopathy was not heard of.

ANAEMIA PRACTICE
Yoga integrates the exercises of aerobics, gymnastics and even combines the mental and physical through breathing, lungs exercise and inhaling of fresh air in to the system. Yoga is a way of life, a conscious act and not a set or series of learning principles. The dexterity, grace, and poise you cultivate as a matter of course is the natural outcome of regular practice. You require no major effort. In fact trying hard will turn your practice into a humdrum, even painful or injurious routine and will eventually slow down your progress. Subsequently and interestingly, the therapeutic effect of yoga is the direct result of involving the mind totally in inspiring (breathing) the body to awaken. One should be gentle and poised.

YOGA POSES FOR ANAEMIA

Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation is one of the more common postures within Yoga. This particular exercise not only stretches your spine and joints, but also works to regulate your breathing, calm your mind, and energize your body. Generally, Sun Salutation is used to begin a set of Yoga exercises. You can use it to begin your day.

Stick Pose

This is a recent addition to the traditional asanas, or poses. Developed in the 19th century by Yoga practitioners, it is believed to increase the height of the user. While this benefit may be questioned, the pose induces a state of complete relaxation. An all-body stretch which does not strain even the novice in Yoga, this pose is most easily held while lying down.

Corpse Pose

Corpse pose seems very simple on the outside. But this yoga posture can be very difficult when the mind is racing. The Corpse Pose or Savasana may look like a simple relaxing pose that is done in between or after an Asana, but this exercise requires a lot of concentration and will develop through continued practice. This exercise, if done correctly, will stimulate blood circulation and will lessen or relieve fatigue, nervousness, asthma, constipation, diabetes, indigestion, and insomnia. It will also improve one's mental concentration.

Camel Pose

Ushtra means a camel. In this asana almost all the limbs of the body are arched like those of a camel. So it is called Ushtrasana.The Camel Yoga Pose helps stretch the front of the body including the chest, abdomen, and quadriceps. It improves spinal flexibility. It is best to practice it later in your asana routine after most of the muscles are limber and and you have worked the back and shoulders.

Wheel Pose

Chakra means "wheel," which correlates to both the rolling action of the somersault and the circular shape of the spine as you perform the pose. Through this asana as aspirant can make his spine quit elastic. Elasticity of the spine preserves youth of a very long time. This asana increase height and increase memory power and excess fat also reduces.

YOGA ASANAS FOR ANAEMIA

ANAEMIA UTTANAPADASANAM
UTTANAPADASANAM

In this asana, thigh muscles and stomach muscles are stretched. The strain reaches inner organs like small intestines, enzyme producing glands and other organs and helps increases their capacity. The vertical position of the legs helps improve the blood circulation.

Steps

• Strecth your body & keep it taut.

• Inhale and raise both legs slowly, placing pressure on your hands.

• Hold your legs at an angle of 60 degrees to the ground, for as long as you can.

• Breathe normally. You should feel maximum pressure on your legs and abdomen. Do not let your face or neck get tense.

• Return the legs slowly to original position. Repeat 3-4 times.


YASTIKASANA

ANAEMIA YASTIKASANA
Primarily, the objective of the Yastikasana is to facilitate maximum stretching of the body. This supine pose serves a three-fold purpose: It protects the body from any harm that may be done through faulty postural habits; it tenses the usually relaxed abdominal and pelvic muscles; it offers rest and relaxation when a non-stretching relaxed and passive attitude is maintained. Moreover, it is an excellent means of increasing your height.

Steps

• Lie on the back. Extend legs fully.

• Inhale 3 seconds stretch arms towards head.

• Stretch toes and fingers outwards.

• Exhaling, return to normal.

• Retain this stretch for 6 seconds, and release the tension of the stretch while exhaling 3 seconds.


SHAVASANA

ANAEMIA SAVASANA
The benefits of this asana are truly endless. Nothing beats a good bit of relaxation. Do this asana anytime you feel upset or blue. If it's hard to get out of bed in the morning to face the day, use this posture to give you a little better perspective. If you suffer from insomnia, this is a perfect way to end the day.

Steps

• Lie on your back on the floor. Spread the arms out to a 45 degree angle from your sides. Let your legs drop open.

• Keep your head resting comfortably.

• Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Each breath should expand both the chest and belly. Allow your entire body to feel heavy and soft; literally try to relax into the floor.

• Mentally look for places where your body is tense. Should you find tension, focus on that part of the body, tense it and then release. Wiggle your fingers and toes to remove any pressure or stress.

• Try to clear your mind. Continue to breathe deeply.

• Enjoy a conscious state of deep relaxation.


USHTRASANA

ANAEMIA USHTRASANA
This asana tones up the abdominal viscera, particularly the liver, pancreas, kidney and bladder. It expands the chest and strengthens the ribs. It removes sluggishness of the liver. Ulcer and Hernia patients should not do this asana.

Steps

• Raise your buttocks and balance your feet on your toes. There should be a distance of six inches between the knees and between the feet.

• Take your hands back words and grab the heels with your hands. Take care not to lose balance.

• Bend your head backwards as much as possible. Thrust your chest as forward as possible.

• Stay at this pose for a few seconds. Slowly return to original position.


CHAKRASANA

ANAEMIA CHAKRASANA
The 'Wheel Pose' or Chakras Ana has derived its name, because of the peculiar shape the body takes, while performing the asana or pose.

Steps

• Lie flat on your back. Keep the feet sufficiently apart. Stretch your arms on their respective sides with palms turned down.

• Fold the legs and draw the feet back so that the heel of each foot touches the corresponding buttock. Keep the soles flat on the floor.

• Bring your hands backwards and place them on either side of your head. Rest your palms and fingers flat on the floor in the reverse direction beneath the corresponding shoulders. The palms should be in line with the heels.

• Inhaling, press down the hands and feet and raise the thighs, hips, abdomen, trunk and shoulders slowly and simultaneously from the floor. Arch the back and neck and rest the crown of your head firmly on the floor.

• Exhale and inhale a few times and again take a deep breath.

• Hold your breath and press the hands and feet down on the floor. Supporting the weight of your body on your hands and feet, raise your thighs, hips, abdomen, trunk, shoulders and head slowly and simultaneously as far as your spine allows them to do so. The elbows should be straight.

• Bend the whole body backwards as much as possible. The head should drop back between the shoulders.

• Maintain this posture for about ten seconds, holding your breath. Exhaling, lower the body gradually to the floor and resume the starting position.


PASCHIMOTTANASANA

ANAEMIA PASCHIMOTTANASANA
Paschimottanasana, the seated forward bend, is the fifth of the 12 basic postures of hatha yoga. There are many benefits of this posture; the main and most obvious one is to provide a complete stretch of the entire backside of the body from the back of the head through the heels. In one continuous movement, almost all the posterior muscles get fully stretched and relaxed. This helps to improve the functions of the abdominal organs and sets right respiratory disorders. It also helps to improve memory.

Steps

• From Dandasana bring the arms straight out to the sides and up over your head.

• Inhale and draw the spine up long.

• As you exhale, begin to come forward, hinging at the hips.

• On each inhale, extend the spine, and on each exhale, come a bit farther into the forward bend.

• Keep the neck at the natural extension of the spine.

• Do not round the back.

• Take hold of the ankles or shins, whichever you can reach.


SARVANGASANA

ANAEMIA SARVANGASANA
It brightens the psychic faculties and awakens Kundalini Sakti, removes all sorts of diseases of intestine and stomach, and augments the mental power. It supplies a large quantity of blood to the roots of spinal nerves. The muscles of the abdomen, the rectic muscles and the muscles of the thigh are also toned and nourished well. Obesity or corpulence and habitual chronic constipation, Gulma, congestion and enlargement of the liver and spleen are cured by this Asana.

Steps

• Lie on the back quite flat. Slowly raise the legs.

• Lift the trunk, hips, and legs quite vertically. Support the back with the two hands, one on either side. Rest the elbows on the ground. Press the chin against the chest.

• Allow the back-shoulder portion and neck to touch the ground closely. Do not allow the body to shake or move to and fro. Keep the legs straight.

• When the Asana is over, bring the legs down very, very slowly with elegance and not with any jerks.

• In this Asana the whole weight of the body is thrown on the shoulders. You really stand on the shoulders with the help and support of the elbows.

• Retain the breath as long as you can do with comfort, and slowly exhale through the nose.


ASTROLOGY

Yoga exercises and astrology have become mainstream. Everyone from students to professionals to corporate executives find their lives enriched, yogic practices are widely accepted for generating many health benefits. In a stressful world of high tech and fast paced living, more and more people are turning to relaxation to halt the deteriorating influences of contemporary lifestyles. Yogic practices are based on thousands of years of use. Yoga is not dogmatic, but rather a science for personal evolution. Practitioners find fresh insights into their own consciousness as well as new, healthier outlooks on the world. Yoga's are planetary positions that lead to a certain result. Yoga is a particular placement or combination of planets, which collectively raise the fortunes of a person, which cannot be deciphered by individual study of placement of participating planet. According to astrological reports for yoga asanas the above mentioned asanas are said to be effective for those who come under the following zodiac sign

• CAPRICORN

• GEMINI

• PISCES