Saturday, January 8, 2011


CHANGE OF HABITS MAY EASE NECK PAIN - Cervical spondylitis is a disease of the neck bones and it is very common these days. The main symptoms are: the patient complaints of pain in the neck, head, shoulders and upper stomach, along with heaviness, giddiness on bending. Reasons for neck pain: Our neck has seven bones. The vertebrae are placed one above the other and there is a specific gap between these. This gap reduces due to ageing, some injury, bone related diseases, enlargement of bones or other reasons. This lays extra pressure on the tissues lying in that area and gives birth to this disease. Cervical spondylitis causes the patient to experience pain and is mainly due to working continuously for long hours in a stressed environment.

Yogic cure for neck pain: The asanas, which involve backward movements, are beneficial. So you should practice Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Suptavajrasana, Gomukhasana, Ardhamatysendrasana, Ushtrasana, Matsyasana and Chakrasana for relief from neck pain.
Deep and rhythmic breathing should be practiced regularly. Nadi shodhan, Ujjayi pranayam and light exercises are very beneficial in cases of neck and waist problems. Tie a cloth around the neck for quick relief and bend it unnecessarily. Proper rest, fomentation, infrared lamp heat and collar will be helpful in overcoming this problem in the beginning stage itself. Neck exercises should be started under the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner and Yoga expert. Try to find out the reasons for your neck pain and begin the Yoga exercises as soon as possible.

The neck not only supports our head but its flexibility is also important. However, many times we use the neck instead of our hands - like we do some other work with hands and hang the telephone receiver or mobile near the ear. This is a wrong habit. We tend to bend the neck forward while reading or writing. This is not the correct posture. We should give rest to the neck in between our work, too. For those just beginning there are a few rules to observe for precautions to get the most out of the practice, and if you are suffering neck pain have do not do any Yogic asana that involves forward bending.

Rules for Performing Asanas: Women should not practice yoga during their menstrual periods. Pregnant women should take care to practice moderately. Initially you should take training from a teacher for the more complex asanas and pranayama. If you suffer with any chronic disease ask your doctor before practicing asanas, or any other exercises for that matter. Never extend yourself beyond your capabilities. Do not perform fast actions. Yogasanas need to be performed slowly. Perform asanas that stretch the same body parts in opposite directions preferably one after another. Thus if you perform one asana in which you bend backwards then also perform an asana in which you bend forward. Asanas should be performed on a soft mat or blanket and on a firm surface. Relax in between two asanas for 6 to 8 seconds. Take 2 or 3 normal breaths between them. Food should not be consumed immediately after doing asanas. Have some light food after half an hour. Fried and spicy food should be avoided. Avoid tea, coffee, carbonated drinks after asanas.

Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Yoga and How to Get Started”
“Hatha-Yoga - A Good Asana Routine”

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