Chronic pain is basically any pain that has a duration of 3-6 months and could extend much further. A popular alternative definition for chronic pain states: involving no arbitrarily fixed duration. It is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing”.
Epidemiological studies have found that 10.1% to 55.2% of people in various countries live their lives trying to manage their chronic pain.
I’ve recently dealt with a 2 year battle of sciatic nerve pain stemming from a pinched nerve caused by my L5/S1 disc herniating out onto my sciatic nerve, sending shooting, searing hot, cripplingly demoralizing pain from my lower back all the way down my right leg, leaving me all but bedridden.
Obviously, there are different levels, degrees, and types of pain. Out of all the different types that I’ve experienced in my life, including birthing labor pains, this was the worst!
Unfortunately, western medicine usually treats the symptoms of the issue but rarely delves into dealing with the root of the issue.
There is a common practice in western medicine to treat pain with opiates, which has caused an opiate epidemic. Opiates are highly addictive, causing internal damage to otherwise healthy organs and they don’t actually fix the root issue. In my experience, I have found one medical professional after the next that wanted to prescribe pain meds but did not have a lot to offer in the way of getting to the root of my issue. While you’re experiencing chronic pain, it can be a daunting and painful challenge just getting to and from doctors offices, having imaging done and getting little to no answers, only to leave with yet another prescription that can only barely alleviate the pain.
This journey took me on an in-depth discovery of myself, the medical community, and ways to effectively manage chronic pain. I’m going to share with you a recipe of practices that I created for myself to manage my pain.
1. Stay Away from Opiates
I myself chose not to take opiates to relieve my pain. I did not want to add insult to injury and create yet even more illness from taking addictive pain meds.
Opiates include a variety of drugs ranging from legal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, and morphine, to illegal drugs such as heroin. The one thing they all have in common is the ability to depress or slow down the body’s central nervous system.
There are three classifications of opiates:
The first group contains naturally occurring opium derivatives including morphine.
The second group contains partially synthetic derivatives of morphine, called opioid drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.
The third group contains synthetic compounds like Fentanyl, alfentanil, levorphanol, Meperidine, methadone, codeine, and Propoxyphene.
These drugs only mask the root of the issue, they have harmful side effects, and will NOT cure the root cause.
Pain is your bodies way of communicating with you and where you need to focus your attention. It’s an alarm to get you to the root of the problem.
Opiate usage can dull and numb the senses, keep you unaware of your true pain levels and how to manage it.
If you do have to take them, moderate and minimize: use only when the pain is unbearable.
Instead, I chose pharmaceutical grade THC and CBD oils and tinctures that do not have addictive qualities. Thankfully there has been a surge of new information surrounding medical cannabis, CBD oils, and tinctures along with passionate individuals and companies that are creating effective and safe ratios to treat and relieve chronic pain and inflammation.
2. Meditation and Affirmations
Meditation is one of the most important practices that you can learn to assist you in bringing the intensity of your pain down, to calm the nervous system, and to center yourself.
A calm mind is a powerful pain reliever.
For more in-depth information on how to begin your practice of meditation read Katya’s article “Meditations For Beginners: Best Ways To Start Your Practice”
Learning to breathe into your pain, to let go and surrender, will be one of your best tools.
It takes presence, courage, commitment, and consistency to evolve your practice, but you will notice a big difference in your ability to manage your pain.
Daily affirmations of healing are a must.
Visualize and verbalize your vibrant health. Only speak healing words into yourself, speak as if you are already healed. See yourself doing the things you want to do, and adopt a belief that it’s on the way.
Discouragement will come up a lot when you’re feeling awful and experiencing debilitating pain, so you have to be disciplined in your desire to heal.
Allow yourself to feel discouraged as you should, considering the pain, but don’t wallow in it. Be willing to pick yourself back up and move forward.
A wonderful book on healing is “You can Heal your Life” by Louise Hay.
3. Take the Initiative
What exactly does this mean? It means not leaving the responsibility of your healing and health in the hands of medical practitioners. You have to take control of your destiny, of your healing, of your well being. No one is going to come and wave a magic wand and end the misery. You have to dig yourself out.
You are alone with your pain, people can love and be supportive in your journey but it’s you who has to endure and manage your pain. You have to will yourself healthy, you have to do the “work” if that means physical therapy, show up EVERY single time, even when you don’t feel like it. Even if that means minimizing your activity and resting, do it. If that means eating healthy foods to assist your body in healing, give up the junk. And if that means asking and allowing others to care for you, be vulnerable and ask. It’s about balancing your inner will to heal and your outer practical steps towards that healing.
One thing about being in long extended periods of pain with limited mobility, you will have to become comfortable being vulnerable.
Don’t expect anyone to make it better for you, make it better for yourself!
4. Diet, Mobility, and Exercise
Our bodies are divinely created to endure immense levels of trauma and injury. With that being said, it’s vital to feed yourself the proper nutrition to aid in your healing. Hydration is number one, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the cause for the majority of health issues today. Drink at least an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. Make sure you are choosy about your water quality and the container that holds your water. Glass being the ideal receptacle and make sure you are praying into your water. Water has consciousness and responds to your positive intentions. Positive intentions spoken into your food and water changes the molecular makeup.
For more education on this see Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work. Here’s a snippet of an experiment where he proves this.
Eat live, fresh, organically sourced food. Lots of green foods, which are filled with chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in plants which facilitates the absorbtion of light from the sun. Consuming chlorophyll from vegetal sources can help with blood detoxification, boosts energy naturally, fights fatigue and assists in the prevention of cancer.
Eat foods that will support your vital life force energy: veggies, fruits, live, whole organic foods.
Try to avoid dairy products, which increase inflammation in the body.
Avoid caffeine. Caffeine exhausts the nervous system and can decrease your pain threshold, making the nervous system more alert to pain.
Do the research, expand your knowledge, seek alternative methods and be consistent.
A few really good ones to mention are Curamin: a combination of curcumin (It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family) and boswellia (also known as Indian Frankincense. Resin made from boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. It’s believed to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as a number of other health conditions). When curcumin and boswellia are combined, the boswellia increases the absorption rate of the anti-inflammatory compounds in the curcumin.
Most illness and pain is derived from inflammation in the body.
Magnesium is vital even if you are not suffering from chronic pain, but especially when you are experiencing high levels of inflammation. Magnesium is a powerful pain-relieving mineral. In fact, some researchers believe this mineral holds the key to resolving many types of chronic pain and most people are deficient in magnesium.
In the body, magnesium converts vitamin D, which the body needs to take advantage of bone-strengthening calcium – into a form that it can use efficiently.
Be as active as you can be, without adding extra pain to yourself. Movement will be your friend. Even if it’s difficult and painful, movement is a huge step forward from staying stagnant and sedentary.
Even small attempts towards keeping active will be beneficial.
5. Salt Bath’s
I can’t say enough about this wonderful, easy practice. During my intense period of chronic pain, I literally took 2-3 hot, Epsom salt baths a day! First off it takes the weight of gravity off and allows you to relax your muscles. The salt pulls out toxins and the heat aides in pure relaxation and lightens muscle tension. My baths meant everything to me. They help soothe tremendously.
6. Use Alternative, Holistic Pain Therapies
We are so fortunate to have access to alternative health practitioners: massage, essential oils, acupuncture, reiki, sound healing, network spinal analysis (Gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies).
Create a cocktail of alternative and conventional care that is personalized and geared toward your health condition. Be open to researching and seeking out qualified practitioners that can assist in your journey to healing.
Conventional medicine is a wonderful and life-saving resource, not to be discounted by any means. Using discernment when to move forward in exploring alternative options is key. Or vice versa knowing when to seek conventional medicine when alternative options you’ve sought aren’t providing long-term relief.
We’ve created so much resistance around the word “alternative” because somehow that translates to negating traditional medical practices. I found that it’s vital to be open, educated and willing to explore and experiment with newer therapies available. When you are suffering debilitating chronic pain and illness you have to be willing to try. When you’ve exhausted traditional western medicine and it isn’t helping, you have to be willing to expand your own practice, remove resistances and actively seek those who are truly informed about “alternative” therapy and healing modalities.
There is most certainly a need to use discernment, same thing in the case of exhausting alternative therapies you need to know when it’s time to seek conventional medicine.
I tried to heal myself naturally first through noninvasive practices, but as time went on I sought out a neurosurgeon and turns out I did indeed need surgery to fix my injury. I don’t regret the path I took at all, the organic, alternative therapies I did in the interim were not in vain. It kept me physically strong and prepared me for surgery and allowed me a speedy recovery. I believe surgery should always be a last resort.
7. Be your own Cheerleader
When experiencing day in and day out extreme pain you have to become your own best friend, your own cheerleader and your own voice of encouragement.
It’s wonderful to have family and friends encouraging you and sending beautiful blessings and intentions, but unfortunately, when you’re dealing with chronic pain specifically, you will find that most of your time is spent alone. You’re going to have to find that inner voice that speaks loudly to your healing and well being.
You will cry, you will ache, you will feel like giving up, you will be confused, you will be exhausted, you will be discouraged, you will be in agony and you will be enraged and every single expression is worthy of being felt and heard.
You mustn’t suppress any of it. When you’re done feeling it, let it pass and move into being proactive about healing.
Look at others powerful testimonies of healing to encourage you. Surround yourself with pleasant things, stay as active as you can, fill your time with positive reading, and reflections. Get to know yourself, enjoy your own company. Find healthy outlets to keep your mind occupied: writing, reading, researching, crafts, arts, music, whatever your personal interests are.
8. Practice Gratitude and Compassion towards yourself
Practicing daily gratitude is essential. When you are experiencing intense pain, it’s not going be easy to practice. Even on your worst days it’s more important than ever to stay mindful, and saturate yourself in gratitude, this is going to lift your mood, remind you of all the blessings you still have and that you will eventually heal and it keeps your heart open and content.
Taking a huge dose of gratitude the moment you wake up every morning will affirm your vibration and transmute victim mentality. Be gentle, loving, soft, nurturing and compassionate with yourself, don’t wait for others to give you this, do it for yourself.
9. Get as much quality sleep as possible
Sleeping is essential to healing. When you’re in extreme pain, it’s very difficult to sleep. Drink chamomile tea before bed, take a hot bath with lavender oil, take melatonin, make sure your bedding is always clean and that you have proper pillows and body alignment for sleeping.
Wear comfortable sleepwear or sleep nude for optimal sleep. Do breathing exercises before bed to calm the nervous system. Make sure your room is dark, light can be disruptive. Turn off all gadgets ie: tv, phones, computers, and tablets. Hope for a better tomorrow and be grateful you got through your day.
The Bottom Line
Healing is not linear, some days will be better than others. Try not to get discouraged on the tougher days, know that better days are ahead of you.
You can heal, you can manage your pain without becoming addicted to harmful drugs and you can be your own advocate, it’s all about not giving over your power solely to the medical community. Your healing is your responsibility and that should empower you.
Happy healing, I hope these tips encourage you to start an optimistic approach to overcoming your chronic pain. Remember that information is just information, concepts floating around until you actually put things into practice. No one can do it for you but you!
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Negative Emotions That Block Your Chakras
Chakras are the energy centers in our subtle bodies and their overall health depend on many factors. One of the most important factors that affect our chakras is our emotions. When we are committed to conscious living and take every moment of our lives with deep awareness our chakras respond to positive vibes and work properly. However, our negative emotions can cause blocks in our chakras and serious health problems.
This article is a quick guide to your negative emotions and problems they may cause. Each negative emotion that you may experience affects a certain chakra and leads to certain health problems. I hope this article will help you understand your health and emotional problems better.
The Root chakra is considered a source of vitality and survival. It is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.
The Root chakra is responsible for the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ and hormonal secretions. It is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts.
People who have a strong Root chakra are usually very strong physically.
In the Vedic tradition, it is believed that those people who have a pure and balanced Root chakra live in harmony with Mother Earth and with the goddess of fertility and prosperity Lakshmi.
The negative emotion that blocks the Root chakra is fear.
What are you afraid of? Do you feel anxiety about certain people or situations? In order to overcome your fears, you have to be honest with yourself first by admitting your fears and emotional problems.
Root Chakra Healing
Effective methods of Root chakra healing are yoga, meditation, earth grounding.
If you often experience fear and anxiety, the following articles can be helpful:
The Sacral chakra is located above the Root chakra, just above the genitals.
It is associated with the sacral plexus, with the organs and glands of the genitourinary system and reproduction system. The Sacral chakra is connected with the tongue and the sense of taste.
The negative emotion that blocks the Sacral chakra is Guilt.
Guilt is one of the most self-destructive negative emotions that takes away lots of energy. Everyone who experiences it feels like a sticky cocoon of hopelessness. Therefore it is so important to get rid of guilt as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it will take all your energy.
Guilt as a Manipulative Game
First of all, it’s important to realize that the guilt we feel may be caused by manipulative people. Yes, the easiest way to manipulate others is to make them feel guilty.
But to feel guilt is actually pretty dangerous. You see, guilt unnecessarily generates a scenario of punishment. This is how a person’s worldview pattern works: a misdemeanor should be followed by punishment. As soon as you notice the slightest manifestation of guilt, immediately get rid of this mental trash (if you don’t want to spoil your life).
If you live your life up to your creed then there will be no guilt. No one will dare judge you if you do not consider yourself guilty. Being free of guilt will never put you in a situation where someone threatens you with violence. No guilt, no punishment. Watch your subconscious thoughts when someone tries to manipulate you with guilt!
How to Stop Feeling Guilty?
If you can not get rid of the guilt completely, then you need to stop apologizing without a visible reason for this. Here is a special case when the treatment of the disease as a consequence eliminates its cause. You don’t have to convince yourself that you don’t owe anyone anything. Just watch your usual actions, which will require awareness.
If you’ve had a habit at the slightest provocation to apologize, now get another habit to explain your actions only when it’s really necessary. And do it just once without repeating over and over again your explanation (otherwise it will turn into an excuse).
Manipulators, no longer getting the same response from you, gradually fall behind. At the same time, your subconscious mind will get used to the new feeling: if you do not justify yourself then guilt simply does not exist. As a result, the reasons for “redemption” will appear less and less.
Thus, in the chain of feedback, the external form will gradually put in order the internal content: the feeling of guilt will disappear, and as a result, the corresponding problems will disappear too.
Sacral Chakra Healing
For more information on how to heal your Sacral chakra check out my article “8 Simple Tips On How To Harness the Power Of Your Sacral Chakra”.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus chakra is located behind the navel within the spinal column.
This chakra affects the digestion process and the absorption of food and prana. It is also connected with the eyes and vision.
The negative emotions that block the Solar Plexus chakra are shame and self-rejection.
The feeling of shame is experienced together with the feeling of one’s own wrongness, badness, and total inadequacy. Now, if you experience that, it means you’re under the influence of toxic shame.
Toxic shame is usually formed during childhood. During sensitive periods of a child’s development, adults criticize have a tendency to criticize their children without giving any support. Children often take criticism as rejection. This is how toxic shame gets created.
Toxic shame often leads to other serious problems such as low self-esteem, lack of will power, nervousness, and poor memory.
How to get rid of shame?
- Accept yourself with all your imperfections and give yourself the right to be exactly who you are.
- Accept all the shortcomings of other people. Don’t judge anyone! Judging someone, you risk yourself getting into a situation in which you will be judged, your self-esteem will be damaged and you will feel shame.
- Refrain from unnecessary comparisons. Stop comparing your own behavior with your own personal expectations or the expectations of others. By rejecting comparisons and protecting yourself from feelings of mismatch between the values of “should be” and “is in reality,” you will find harmony with yourself and stop feeling ashamed.
- Try to establish the specific cause of your shame. Evaluate how it is adequate, and if you really have something to be ashamed of, try as soon as possible to correct all your mistakes. Look at the problem from the outside, discarding, at the same time, all negative emotions. To get rid of the feeling of shame, form a clear, objective opinion about the situation, and then mentally make a plan to overcome it.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing
From my own experience, I can tell you that Reiki therapy is the best way to heal your Solar Plexus chakra.
For more information on how to heal your Solar Plexus chakra read my article “8 Ways To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra For Success In Life“.
It’s located above the Solar Plexus chakra, near the heart.
The Heart chakra is connected to the Solar Plexus, the heart, the respiratory organs, and the thymus and is responsible for the qualities of unconditional love, compassion, peace, etc. It is also connected to the hands and the sense of touch.
The emotion that blocks Heart chakra is grief.
When we lose someone we love our heart chakra gets blocked with grief. Emotional pain that seems like it will never end leaves a scar on our hearts.
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one but, in fact, any loss can cause grief, including: divorce, relationship breakup, loss of health or financial stability, a miscarriage, losing a job, retirement, death of a pet, loss of friendship, a loved one’s serious illness, selling the family home, loss of purpose, loss of safety after a trauma, etc.
How to deal with grief?
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to deal with the grieving process.
- Be Patient With Yourself. Give yourself time to accept what has happened.
- Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically.
- Focus on what you can change, and accept what you can’t change. This means mentally, emotionally and spiritually accepting the reality of your loss and letting go of a past that you cannot bring back.
- Talk to someone who has experienced a similar loss or someone whose presence is a source of comfort.
- Focus on all the reasons you need to return to being the person you were before the loss.
- Spend more time with the ones you love.
- Live in the present moment.
Heart Chakra Healing
The best way to heal your Heart chakra is Bikram Yoga practice and socialization. The simple opening of our hearts to others is the best way to heal your Heart chakra. Alternatively, meditation is a major treatment for your Heart chakra.
For more information on how to heal your Heart chakra read my article “12 Powerful Ways To Heal Your Anahata“.
The Throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat. This chakra is associated with the cervical plexus of nerve fibers and the thyroid gland. It maintains the purity of the body and mind.
The Throat chakra is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others.
The factors that block Throat Chakra are:
- poor communication;
- gossips, etc.
Blockage of the Throat chakra occurs if a person chooses to lie not only to others but also to himself. Lying is like a virus that is transmitted from one to the other. It’s hard to be immune to it, especially if all the people around you lie all the time. However, it is possible! Just make a rule to never respond with lies to lies and never lie to yourself. Be honest with yourself and others.
Throat Chakra Healing
To learn more about other healing methods of the Throat chakra read my article “Every Woman Should Consider A Throat Chakra Healing! Here Is Why“.
Third Eye Chakra
It is located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.
The Third Eye chakra is mainly related to higher consciousness and intelligence.
The negative emotion that blocks Third eye chakra is illusiveness.
When people are not happy with their lives they try to escape the reality they live in. Often they start using alcohol, drugs, smoking, in order to leave this reality at least for a little bit. However, once they are back from the delusional reality that drugs and alcohol bring them in, they start feeling worse than before.
Another way people escape reality is by playing video games and watching TV. Living delusional lives they feel happy again but this happiness lasts a very short period of time.
Unfortunately, in the modern world, most people do not feel satisfied with their lives and constantly look for new ways to escape reality. Therefore there are not too many people with balanced Third eye chakras. This leads to poor intuition, depression, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, and other problems.
Third Eye Chakra Healing
There are many different ways to heal your Throat chakra:
- learn to trust your intuition;
- release repressed negative thoughts and emotions;
- stargaze at night;
- take time to rest and relax without any distractions or stimulants (like TV, Internet, social media, video games, drugs, alcohol, etc.);
- yoga (especially effective the bending forward asanas).
To learn more about Third eye chakra healing methods read my article “Best Techniques For Your Third Eye Chakra Activation“.
It is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.
The Crown chakra is the highest point that determines the spiritual life of a person. Physically its work affects the pineal gland and the brain. If we consider the spiritual aspect, Sahasrara chakra has the ability to absorb and produce the highest frequency of Kundalini energy.
A blockage of the Crown chakra can cause chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, and migraines.
The negative emotions that block the Crown chakra are earthly attachments, boredom, and greed.
Basically any attachment creates a block in your Crown chakra: attachment to your home, career, people, car, etc. You need to learn to let go. The hardest part is letting go of the person we love. For doing this you need to understand that love is not material, it exists beyond time and space. When we feel a true unconditional love we can’t be attached. Whether the person you love is with you or far away you feel full of love and happiness. Because your love comes from the inside.
Don’t treat people and material things like they belong to you. Let them go and you will gain your own freedom.
Crown Chakra Healing
Meditation is a great way to heal your Crown chakra.
To learn more about Crown chakra healing methods read my article “Crown Chakra Blockage Symptoms And Ways To Heal It“.
The Bottom Line
Understanding our negative emotions gives us the opportunity to heal and balance our chakras and improve our health. All we need to do is just be patient, honest with ourselves about our feelings, be willing to change our behavior, re-think our values, and expand our consciousness. Instead of judging ourselves for having negative emotions we need to accept them and only then can we heal.
Remember that any healing should come from a deep self-love but not from self-judgment or self-rejection!
Anuloma Viloma Pranayama: Yogi’s Antidote to Stress
Anuloma Viloma is a pranayama technique or breath exercise used in Hatha Yoga practice. It’s also known as “alternate nostril breathing”. Everyday practice of this pranayama exercise has lots of different benefits. Not only it helps to get into a deep meditative state and relax but also it helps general rejuvenation of the body.
In this article, I’ll share with you step by step guide on how to practice Anuloma Viloma, what the benefits of this practice, what mistakes people usually make during the practice, and inspire you to turn this breathing exercise into your everyday practice!
Anuloma Viloma Benefits
To get you excited about this practice I want to start with its benefits which are really incredible!
Here are the benefits of a regular Anuloma Viloma practice:
- purifies energy channels;
- balances the two brain hemispheres;
- stabilizes the nervous system;
- strengthens the respiratory system;
- restores blood circulation;
- relieves muscle tension;
- eliminates CO2 and other waste products from the blood;
- increases the resistance to stress;
- improves mood;
- expels stale air from the lungs;
- improves heart and blood vessels;
- oxygenates the blood;
- increases concentration;
- profoundly calms the mind;
- increases creativity;
- helps to activate Third eye chakra;
- boosts intuition;
- stabilizes blood pressure;
- balances inner solar and lunar energies;
- relaxes muscles and internal organs;
- harmonizes prana (the life force energy);
- increases blood supply to the digestive system;
- prepares the mind for meditation;
- stimulates various brain centers;
- cleanses the stomach of toxic substances;
- increases the clarity of thought;
- improves the immune system and strengthens the body’s protective functions;
- lowers stress and anxiety;
- stabilizes the endocrine system;
- purifies the Nadis (subtle energy channels);
- boosts rejuvenation processes in the body due to regulated hyperventilation;
- improves digestive processes.
Short-term lack of oxygen increases resistance to diseases, improves the immune system, starts the process of healing the body and cleansing of toxins.
As a result of performing Anuloma Viloma, aging of the body slows down, metabolic processes are restored and cell formation increases. When switching to the energy-saving mode, the muscle clamps relax while holding the breath.
The Essence of Anuloma Viloma
Anuloma pranayama is a fairly simple breathing practice for everyday use. According to ancient yogic texts, the human energy body consists of 72 thousand Nadi channels. For our Anuloma Viloma practice, we are primarily interested in three main Nadis: Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.
Ida and Pingala symbolize opposites: Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Day and Night, cheerfulness and relaxation. Sushumna is a level of consciousness in which there are no divisions.
The basis of the practice of Anuloma Viloma is alternate breathing with the nostrils. In yoga, the left nostril is associated with the Ida and the right nostril – with Pingala. The main task of pranayama is to balance these two opposites as much as possible.
Even scientists have shown that breathing through the right nostril stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, and through the left nostril – parasympathetic. Breathing only through the right nostril increases the heart rate, and through the left nostril – reduces it.
There are two main principles we should always follow while performing Anuloma Viloma.
Principle 1: the Alternation of the Nostrils
Even with the normal breathing of a healthy person, the nostrils take turns breathing every 90 minutes. When performing pranayama Anuloma Viloma it is very important that both nostrils are clean and breathing well.
Principle 2: the Exact Proportions of the Inhalation-Exhalation-Delay
Using the exact proportions and their gradual increase help to balance the flow of prana.
Anuloma Viloma should be practiced on an empty stomach!
Sit comfortably with the straight spine.
Rest the left palm on the knee in Jnana Mudra (thumb and index fingers touching) to create a pranic circuit that drives energy toward the brain.
Place the right hand in Vishnu Mudra (by tucking the index and middle fingers into the palm). The thumb, ring, and pinky fingers will be more or less extended.
Close your eyes. Inhale comfortably. Close the right nostril with the right thumb. Exhale slowly and completely through the left nostril.
Now for the first round, inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril. Close the left nostril with the ring or pinky finger – and then release the thumb from the right nostril.
Exhale slowly and completely through the right nostril. Now breathe in through the right nostril. Close the right with the thumb, release the ring or pinky finger from the left, and exhale through the left.
This completes one round. Practice 5 to 10 rounds.
Advancing Anuloma Viloma
In the beginning phase, the inhalations and exhalations should match, and the breath is never held. Master this technique before moving on.
Next, the inhalations and exhalations can be extended gradually up to a count of 10.
The next stage is to incorporate internal breath retention and to begin extending the exhalation. After inhaling for 4 counts, hold both nostrils closed for eight counts, then exhale for eight counts.
The next stage is to move on to a 1:4:2 ratio (inhalation: internal retention: exhalation). According to ancient yoga texts, this ratio has profound psychological effects. Inhale for 4 counts, hold for 16, and exhale for 8. Work with this ratio for weeks, months, or even years until it feels comfortable and natural. Slowly, increase the count to 5:20:10, 6:24:12, or even 7:28:14.
There should be no hurry in mastering any pranayama. All attention and efforts should be directed to the correct development of the technique. Only after one hundred percent development of one of the stages you can move on.
Read this section again after several sessions of Anuloma Viloma. After real practice, you will be able to assess your capabilities in a different way and identify your own mistakes.
When practicing Anuloma Viloma make sure you are NOT:
- Using the left hand instead of the right;
- Hunching over;
- Using the wrong fingers;
- Tensing the right shoulder;
- Dropping the chin;
- Inhaling too deeply;
- Exhaling too quickly;
- Keeping your eyes open.
Anuloma Viloma is breathing pranayama that purifies you on the energy level. And with a certain persistence in its development, this practice helps to get rid of diseases and even rejuvenates the body. By simply practicing it 5-10 minutes twice a day in 2-3 months you will feel significant changes in your body!
Yoni Yoga: A Life Changing Therapy for Women
The Yoni is the Sanskrit word that defines the female genitals. It is both a spiritual and a sexual organ. Spiritually, it is a symbol of divine procreative energy and the root chakra for the woman. It is also the source of recreation for the human race. Yoni yoga is practiced to provide both spiritual and sexual healing through the Yoni.
What is Yoni Yoga?
Strong vaginal muscles improve the health of a woman and her sexual drive. Sometimes, yoni yoga involves the use of yoni eggs to meditate as you exercise the pelvic floor muscles (what we call Kegels). In other cases, you practice how to breathe and relax your pelvic muscles naturally without any eggs.
Yoni eggs are polished semi-precious stones curved out of the earth’s minerals in the form of eggs.
More than 2,000 years ago, the yoni eggs were believed to have originated from China and spread to India and the rest of Asia. Yoni yoga was a reserve of the concubines of the emperor and members of the Chinese royal circle.
The Chinese royal family used green Jade, which was the first yoni egg. This stone combined its metaphysical healing properties with yoni yoga. They believed that the secret to the fountain of youth lied in having a healthy and robust yoni. I think they were right. This secret has been passed down to several generations, and now the whole world has a chance to enjoy the benefits of yoni yoga.
Yoni yoga has several advantages to the modern woman.
- You achieve a deeper connection with your divine feminine energy by understanding and appreciating your yoni
- Women who practice yoni yoga attain mind-blowing orgasms and sensations
- It helps with internal balance
- After childbirth, yoni yoga can help you in sexual recovery
- It eases the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome
- Through resistance training, you experience reduced incontinence in the yoni
- You will also notice an increase in natural lubrication because relaxation balances your estrogen levels
- It releases emotional trauma
- You become aware of the mind, body, and soul connection
- Women overcome issues with infertility
- And last but not least, it improves sexual intimacy
Indicators That Your Yoni Needs Yoga
Yoni yoga is an excellent tool in strengthening the pelvic muscles and providing spiritual healing through the root chakra. Any woman interested in this practice can definitely enjoy the benefits of this type of yoga. However, if you have any of the following indicators, yoni yoga will be especially beneficial to you.
- You have been a victim of sexual trauma such as rape, female genital mutilation, and molestation
- Incontinence caused by a urinary tract infection or fistula
- You are recovering from a sexually transmitted disease that has weakened your vaginal muscles
- Women who have had multiple vaginal childbirth: the vaginal muscles weaken even if you have had the smoothest vaginal deliveries
- You are on your weight loss journey and want to strengthen your pelvic muscles as part of the toning routine
- If you are going through the early onset of menopause and PMS
- Or maybe you are undergoing infertility treatment
As you seek medical treatment, yoni yoga can hasten your recovery.
A Typical Yoni Yoga Class
There are several ways of practicing yoni yoga. But, first, you start with a warm-up, which can include taking deep breathes or a five-minute stretch. Lay your favorite yoga mat and insert the yoni egg in a comfortable position. Contract and release your pelvic muscles as you practice the yoga poses that are specifically targeting the pelvic area.
In a typical yoni yoga class, your instructor will take you through one or more of these poses:
The Bridge Pose
As you lie on your back, fold your legs and lift your hips as you inhale gradually. Now release as you exhale slowly.
Mandukasana – The Frog Pose
This pose makes you squat and move like a frog (although you don’t hop and jump). It targets the adductor (inner thigh) and inner groin, and as you stretch, you will feel a little tension. It is also the hardest pose to achieve with your yoni pearl inside, but once you master the technique, it will be your favorite pose.
Malasana – The Wide Squat Pose
With your legs apart and hands on your chest, squat as low as you can as you Contract and release the pelvic muscles as many times as possible. If you find it challenging, place a blanket or a soft block below your heels to support your hips.
The Wall Pose
While lying on your back against a wall using your hands for support, contract and release your pelvic muscles as you inhale and exhale slowly.
Other popular poses include:
- The Triangle Pose
- The Chair Pose
- The Camel Pose
- The Lizard Pose
- The Cobra Pose
Whichever the pose, you have to contract and release the pelvic muscles as much as you can to strengthen your yoni. It is essential that you take deep breaths as you do the poses. You should also hold a pose for at least four minutes before switching to another pose.
Apart from these poses, other activities that take place in a yoni yoga class include:
- Meditation: Reflecting upon self in thought to quiet the mind and induce relaxation.
- Tantric Yoni Massage: This is especially good in producing multiple orgasms.
Most women tend to neglect the pelvic floor muscles and only pay attention to it when they need healing. Don’t fall into this category. When the yoni awakes to pleasure, there is more blood flow, energy, and awareness of the tissues in the female genitals. Ensure the yoni egg you use is clean, made of materials that are safe and free from toxic substances. Yoni yoga, when practiced daily, can be life changing for most women.
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