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Suryaveda Pranayama

 

 

Practice Procedure: 2 sets(8 cycles per set). Assuming-6secs breathe-in by right nostril, 6 secs pause by holding both nostrils and 8 secs breathe-out by left nostril. Thus one cycle completed. In this way, you have to do 10 cycles in one set. After each set, 30 secs rest at sitting position by crossed legs(i.e. Sitting sukhasana) with closed eyes.(380 secs)

 

Ardha kurmasana Deep Breathing

 

 

Practice Procedure: Sit in a kneeling posture with your toes flat on the ground and your hips resting in between the space created by the heels. The knees should remain together as in the bajrasana or the thunder pose. Now stretch your hands upwards in the posture of wishing someone by joining both your palms together. Both the arms should remain in close contact with both the ears. Now bend forward and touch your forehead on the ground with the arms stretched forward and the abdomen and chest in close contact with the thigh. The hips should remain in close touch with the heels and should not be raised from the contact of the heels.

 

2 sets (10 cycles in each set). Where 4 secs breathe-in with backward movement by raising the upper body, 1 secs pause after raising the body, 8 secs breathe-out with ‘ha’ sound by coming forward until touching the ground and 1 secs pause at the time of touching the ground . So for one cycle, we have to spent[4+1+8+1]14 secs. In this way we have to do 10 cycles for 1 set. After each set, 30 secs rest at Bajrasana with closed eyes. (340 secs)

 

Yogamudra with breathout

 

 

Practice Procedure: Sit on the ground with legs stretched right in front. Now place your left feet on the right thigh by bending the legs at the knee and place your right feet on the left thigh in the similar fashion. This is padmasana posture. Upon sitting in this posture you will find that the heels of both your feet are very near to your lower abdomen. Now place both your plams on the heels in such a way that the palms remain fully open and turned towards the stomach and the obverse side remains in contact with the heel. Sit with your spine erect and now bend forward whilst exhaling and touch the forehead on the ground. The palms must remain in close contact with the body.

 

2 sets (10 cycles per set). After breathe-in at sitting sukhasana with holding both hand behind the waist as shown in the video: continuous 6 secs breathe-out with forward bending, 6 secs breathe hold by touching the ground with forehead, continuous 6 secs breathe-in when raising the upper body upto sitting sukhasana. 2 secs hold before breathe-out.Thus 1 cycle completed by 20 sec. After 10 cycle i.e. one set, 1 min rest at sitting sukhasana with closed eyes.(520 secs)

 

Benefits: The practice massages the abdominal organs and stretches the back, contributing to good general health. It is an excellent preparatory practice for meditation, engendering a sense of relaxation. It relives anger and tension, inducing tranquility.

 

Contra-indication: People suffering from sciatica, high blood pressure, pelvic inflammatory disease or any other serious abdominal ailment should avoid this practice.

 

Paschimottanasana(Seated Forward Bend pose)

 

 

 

Practice Procedure: Sit on the floor with legs out stretched, feet together and hands on the knees. This is the starting position. Relax the whole body. Raise both hands and slowly bend forward. Try to grasp the big toes with the fingers and thumb. If this is impossible, hold the heels, ankles or any part of the leg that can be reached comfortably. Move slowly without forcing or jerking. Hold the position for few seconds. Relax the back and leg muscles, allowing them to gently stretch. Keeping the legs straight and utilizing the arm muscles, not the back muscles, begin to bend the elbows and gently bring the trunk down towards the legs, maintaining a firm grip on the toes, feet or legs.

 

2 sets (30 secs per set). After each set, 30 secs rest at lying on your back. At the position of Paschimottanasana, 30 secs have to spent with normal breathing and 30 secs needed for rest. In this way another set have to do.

 

Sarbangasan (Shoulder Stand Posture)

 

 

Practice Procedure: Lie flat on the back on the ground. Now raise the straightened legs upward with levering action by both palms holding from either side of the body. Use this levering action of the arms from both sides so as to make the body from shoulder up to toes propped-up vertically in one straight line with the bent head rested on the ground while the chin should be touching the chest and eyes will keep gazing upward to the pointed toes.

 

2 sets(60 secs per set). At sarbangasana with full stretched body as depicted in the video, have to stay 60 secs with normal breathing. This is one set. After each set 1 min rest at lying on your back. (240 secs)

 

Sahaj Gokhilasana

 

 

Practice Procedure: 2 sets(30 secs per set). At the time of sahaj gokhilasana, 30 secs will be spent with normal breathing. After each set, 30 secs rest at lying on your back. (120 secs)

 

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

 

 

Practice Procedure: Sit in bajrasana. Stand on the knees with the arms at the sides. The knees and feet should be together, but may be separated if this is more comfortable. Lean backward, slowly reaching for the right heel with the right hand and then the left heel with the left hand. Do not strain. Push the hips forward, keeping the thighs vertical and bend the head and spine backward as far as comfortable. Relax the whole body, especially the back muscles, into the stretch. The weight of the body should be evenly supported by the legs and arms. The arms should anchor the shoulders to maintain the arch of the back. Return to the starting position by slowly releasing the hands from the heels one at a time.

 

2 sets (30 secs per set). At ustrasana by grabing the ankle joint with both hand as depicted in the video, you have to stay 30 secs with normal breathing. This is one set. After each set, 30 secs rest at bajrasana with closed eyes.(120 secs)

 

Extended Hand Deep Breathing 3

 

 

Practice Procedure: 10 cycles.At the starting position of this pranayama, the back portion of forearm with making fist will touch each other, in front of chest and below the chin. Now by Continuous 4 secs breathe-in the both hand will extend at the side of the body as depicted in the video; then 1 sec pause at the extended position ; then bring both hands back to the starting position with continuous 8 secs breathe-out as depicted in the video until the back portion of both forearms will touch each other, then 1 sec pause at the starting position. In this way 1 cycle has been completed.After 10 cycle Do POSITIVE THINKING 1 min at sitting crossed legged position(i.e. Sitting Sukhasana)(200 secs)

 

Sitali Pranayama

 

 

Practice Procedure: 2 sets(10 cycles per set). 8 secs breathe-in by folded tongue, 4 secs breathe-hold by swallowing it, 10 sec breathe-out by both nostrils and 2 secs hold before breathe-in. Thus 1 cycle completed by 24 secs. After 10 cycle 1 min rest at sitting sukhasana with closed eyes.(600 secs)

 

Cat’s Stretch

 

 

Practice Procedure: Sit in bajrasana. Raise the buttocks and stand on the knees. Lean forward and place the hands flat on the floor beneath the shoulders with the fingers facing forward. The hands should be in line with the knees, the arms and thighs should be perpendicular to the floor. The knees may be slightly separated so that they are well aligned under the hips. This is starting position. Inhale while raising the head and depressing the spine so that the back becomes concave.

 

2 sets(10 cycles per set). It is hatha yoga as well as western pranayama. The starting position of this pranayama is bajrasana with stretched hands touching the ground. Here is three parts for doing this procedure. First part – the chest will touch the ground, second part – the both hands will be straight by raising the upper body with looking up, third part- the body will come back at the starting position.

 

Nari Sodhan (Venous Purifying) Pranayama

 

 

Practice Procedure:  2 cycles alternately starting from each nostril (Total 44*4=176 secs)
After holding left nostril, 4 secs breathe-in by right nostril, 1 sec pause, 8 secs breathe-out by right nostril, 1 sec pause, then again 4 secs breathe-in by right nostril; holding both nostrils by 2 secs, 8 secs breathe-out by left nostril, 1 sec pause, then again 4 secs breathe-in by left nostril; holding both nostrils by 2 secs, then 8 secs breathe-out by right nostril, then 1 sec pause. This is one cycle starting from right nostril. (44 secs)

 

After holding right nostril, 4 secs breathe-in by left nostril, 1 sec pause , 8 secs breathe-out by left nostril, 1 sec pause, then again 4 secs breathe-in by left nostril; holding both nostril by 2 secs, 8 secs breathe-out by right nostril, 1 sec pause, then again 4 secs breathe-in by right nostril; holding both nostrils by 2 secs, then 8 secs breathe-out by left nostril, then 1 sec pause. This is one cycle starting from left nostril. (44 secs)

 

Anahata Chakra

 

 

Practice Procedure: Follow the meditation procedure as per the direction in the video at the same time and for single time only.

 

Chandraveda Pranayama

 

 

Practice Procedure: 2 sets (5 cycles per set). First we have to inhale by left nostril up to 6 secs, then 4 secs breathe hold, then 8 secs breathe-out by right nostril, then 2 secs is needed for changing the nostril. Then again we have to inhale by left nostril and continue. So for 1 cycle, we have to spent [6+4+8+2] 20 secs. After each set, 30 secs rest with closed eyes.(260 secs).

 

Ajna Chakra

 

 

Practice Procedure: Follow the video instruction .

N.B.
1. Continue this course once a day, 5 days a week and up to 6 months. After 6 months,  this course should be changed for advanced course for getting better result.

 

2.  Ii is advised to practice on a reasonably empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after your meal.

 

3.  Positive thinking – to get the best result at shortest time, at every rest period do positive thinking such as –

 

  • I will get relief from all my diseases.

 

  • I will get relief from all my discomfort.

 

  • My body and mind will be in prime state.

 

  • I will feel mental and physical satisfaction without any expectation.

 

  • I will finish the task i begin , with full determination.

 

  • I will surely digest the food i will eat.

 

  • I will remember the lessons i learn and i will have full confidence in doing so.

 

  • I will build my future on the right path and will not deviate.

 

  • The organs of my body will work according to my command and i will have full control over them.

 

  • I will be brave to get rid off shame, hatred and fear and will go forward with courage.

Positive thinking is capable of stimulating various glands throughout our body, such as hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands. These glands secrete beneficial hormones which keep the body immune from diseases. Further, through positive thinking the autonomous nervous system can be regulated.

 

4.  If you feel a particular asana or breathing procedure or movement or meditation procedure is difficult for you or is hurting you – just skip that and move onto the next one. This way you can minimize the chance of getting hurt and maximize the opportunity to learn.

DIET GUIDELINES

To get full benefit from yoga meditation, you have to maintain your health in an optimum state. For this purpose eating the right food, particularly if you have a health condition then avoiding certain food that are detrimental and would cause aggravation.
A healthy diet is essential for long life and the avoidance of many life threatening health conditions and diseases. When you eat healthy food you feel energized . This energy extends to the old age, keeping you vibrant and healthy even as you age.
A healthy diet plan is also essential to keep fit. A good balance between exercise and food intake is important, as this helps to maintain muscle strength and a healthy body weight. A balanced diet can help you maintain your proper body weight and decrease your risk of many diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. A wide variety of foods is important for good health. Different minerals are important nutrients in our diets.

 

Foods you can eat:

 

Grains : Whole grains are healthier. So brown rice, whole wheat toast, oats or walnut-flax seed oatmeal etc can be consumed.

 

Fruits: Fruits are rich in fiber and vitamins and free of fats and cholesterol. Eat varieties of fruits such as apple, banana, strawberries, lemons, papaya, Dates, Ripened mango, Pears, Cucumber,cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, chard, collard greens, raspberries, peppermint leaves, asparagus, funnel bulb, pineapple etc.

 

Vegetables: Contain fiber and many nutrients . As vegetables are very low in calorie, can be eaten in large amount . Varieties of vegetables should be eaten such as- Broccoli, Artichoke, Baby corn, Beans (green, wax, Italian), Cabbage (green, bokchoy, Chinese), Cauliflower , Mushroom, tomato, bell peppers, lady’s finger, bottle gourd etc.

 

Leaves: Leaves are source of minerals and dietary fiber. Leaves are very low in calorie. Spinach, celery leaves, curry leaves, lettuce etc can be eaten in large amount.

 

Meat: Meat is one of the main source of animal protein which contains essential amino acids (not easily available in non animal protein). Some meat contain higher amounts of fat, saturated fat and some cholesterol. So to avoid these fats eat skinless chicken or turkey, Cornish hen, special cuts of beef or pork which contains fat in lesser amount.

 

Fish: Fish is another source of animal protein. Cold water fishes are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. You should eat fish preferably fatty fish like salmon, halibut and cod etc.

 

Egg: Eggs are one of the most nutritious food . The yolk is the most nutritious and healthiest part but it contains cholesterol also. If you want to avoid it then you can eat egg white.

 

For Vegetarians: Soybeans, Tofu, Pinto beans, Red/White beans, Navy beans, Lima beans etc are source of protein.

 

Dairy: Skim milk, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Soy cheese.

 

Nuts: Almonds, Brazil nuts, chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc.

Spices: Turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds and cardamom etc.

 

Oils: Oils rich in omega 3 are good for health like canola oil, grape seed oil, virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, walnut/peanut oil, vegetable oil etc.

 

Water: Always keep in mind, your body needs plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration. So, drink purified water at least an interval of 1 hour throughout the day.

 

Foods You should avoid:

 

Canned vegetables with lots of added sodium. Canned fruit with heavy sugar syrup. Fried meats, fish, tofu etc.
Avoid any food containing sugar like cookies, cakes, ice cream etc.
You should avoid alcohol, any type of hard and soft drinks containing sugar, soda, carbon dioxide.
Avoid fast food and processed beef and bacon etc.

 

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