Viniyoga for Alllergies

Breathe Easy

Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Jessica Levinson has had seasonal and environmental allergies for as long as she can remember, and she has learned to cope with them via trial and error. She recalls her family having to pull down wall-to-wall carpeting as a youngster in order to reduce the amount of allergens in their house, which is now where Levinson is a law student at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Anxious to find relief, Levinson visited a variety of doctors and tried a variety of medications, but none of them were effective in relieving the itchiness and congestion that plagued her.

She finally tried yoga when she was 19 years old, at the recommendation of one of her doctors.

As a result, she enrolled in yoga sessions with Larry Payne, Ph.D., a yoga instructor in Los Angeles and writer of Yoga Rx: A Step by Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments, a book that he co-wrote with his wife.

Her allergies had previously prevented her from participating in outdoor activities and sports, so she had to start with private lessons.

She gained strength as time went on, and she eventually began attending group yoga courses and developing a home practice.

She claims to be a completely different lady.

Allergies Are Everywhere

First and foremost, it is necessary to grasp what allergies are and why they arise before attempting to comprehend how yoga might help alleviate them. It is possible to have an allergic reaction when one’s immune system assaults a material that is normally harmless—such as pollen, pet dander, or dust—as if the substance were a pathogenic creature out to infect the individual. According to Pamela Georgeson, M.D., a board-certified allergist and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, when the immune system detects an intruder, it goes into defensive mode, releasing histamine and a host of other powerful chemicals to attack what it perceives as the intruder.

  1. Sometimes patients may feel headaches as a result of exposure to these substances.
  2. Seasonal allergies can occur throughout the year, however the timing and severity of symptoms vary depending on where you live.
  3. Allergy sufferers may never get a respite if they live in a climate that is reasonably warm all year.
  4. People who are sensitive to these compounds may experience symptoms all year round.
  5. Allergies have a stunning toll on the body: According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the estimated total cost of allergic rhinitis in 1996 was $6 billion, including medical expenses and lost productivity.
  6. As anybody who suffers from seasonal allergies is well aware, the symptoms of hay fever may be terrible and can cause months of debilitating discomfort and weariness.

Nicklas, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, points out, “It can have a considerable impact on a person’s capacity to operate.” We don’t know why the prevalence of allergies and asthma has increased as well as allergic rhinitis, but Nicklas believes it is related to environmental factors.

In addition to developing asthma, those who suffer from allergic rhinitis are more prone to suffer from colds and infections in the sinuses, bronchial tubes, and ears.

“Stress has an effect on both the neurological system and the immune system, and our nervous system and immune system are involved in the treatment of many diseases.” During a stressful event, the body’s physiological responses such as breathing rate, heart rate, muscular tension and blood pressure all increase, and adrenaline is released.

  • However, in the crazy-busy twenty-first century, the majority of our pressures are emotional rather than physical in nature, and they tend to be chronic in nature.
  • It’s likely that you won’t be able to remove all of the sources of stress in your life.
  • Yoga and pranayama can also assist in breaking the cycle of stress and providing the body with the time and space it requires to recuperate.
  • Bassett, M.D., an allergist and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York.

Three ways, she believes, yoga has helped her to manage her allergies: asanas have helped her to develop a stronger, more agile body; pranayama has increased her oxygen intake and improved the way she breathes; and, together, asana and pranayama have boosted her body’s ability to defend itself against environmental assaults.

“I believe that yoga strengthens my immune system, allowing me to better deal with environmental assaults,” Levinson explains.

The Yoga Prescription

Some diseases can be treated with asanas that are tailored individually to the individual. Those suffering from back pain may find relief in a position such as Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja’s Twist I), which gently stretches the spine and hips and is widely renowned for its ability to alleviate lower back discomfort. Seasonal allergies, on the other hand, develop partially as a result of the immune system responding, not as a result of the need to stretch a specific muscle. As a result, prescribing therapeutic asanas for allergy patients is not as straightforward as it appears.

  1. Because allergies create responses in the respiratory system, which can result in congestion, runny nose, and inflammation, pranayama must be performed with caution to ensure that it benefits rather than damages the patient.
  2. However, if you are experiencing a full-blown allergy attack, you may not be able to breathe clearly out of either nostril.
  3. Yoga, on the other hand, may aid in the development of a holistic lifestyle plan that will improve your general health—and, as a result, your allergies.
  4. As well as using the concepts of yoga and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, a healer may consult with patients about their own habits and lifestyle choices that may be contributing to their health or illness.
  5. “You have to take a comprehensive approach to your lifestyle,” Kraftsow explains.
  6. My approach is to take a holistic picture of the individual and to work from different perspectives at the same time.

In his words, “Viniyoga always begins with a thorough grasp of the individual body’s specific situation.” It is necessary to tailor one’s yoga practice to the individual’s anatomical, physiological, and psychoemotional demands, as well as his or her health circumstances and stress levels.” And the finest medication is often the most full and well-balanced practice—such as the series he prepared for this article—because it is the best medicine is preventive.

  1. According to Kraftsow, your body will get healthier and stronger as a result of which it will be better equipped to manage with allergies.
  2. Do you get enough sleep?
  3. Is the food you eat well-balanced?
  4. Are there causes of stress in your life that aren’t necessary?
  5. Once you’ve identified any problem areas, you may concentrate on building your own remedies as well as an asana practice that is tailored to your body’s specific structural and constitutional requirements and demands.
  6. Exercises like as forward bends, for example, may feel terrific when your head is clear, but performing them while your head is congested may result in headaches.
  7. Viniyoga emphasizes that asana practice should be about understanding and treating the processes that are causing your current predicament, rather than about acquiring flawless form in asanas, according to the tradition.
  8. As Bassett explains, “it has been claimed that yoga/postural exercises may support and improve nasal breathing, including stuffiness and congested nasal passages.” According to the researchers, several inverted yoga positions may help with mucus drainage.
  9. “It’s a really effective approach to enhance constitution and endurance,” says Kraftsow of the practice.
  10. Jessica Levinson’s daily regimen would be incomplete without the practice of pranayama.

She feels that by performing these two activities, she will be able to take in more oxygen. “I was taking extremely short breaths through my lips since I was constantly congested,” she explains. Pranayama was able to correct this.

An Integrated Approach

Some disorders can be treated with asanas that are prescribed very carefully. Consider the following example: if your back is hurting, you could benefit from a position such as Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja’s Twist I), which gently extends the spine and hips and is well-known for its ability to alleviate low back discomfort. Seasonal allergies, on the other hand, develop partially as a result of the immune system responding, rather than as a result of a specific muscle being stretched. Because of this, prescribing yoga poses for allergy patients is not as straightforward as it would appear at first glance.

  • Given that allergies can trigger responses in the respiratory system, which can result in congestion, runny nose, and inflammation, pranayama must be practiced with caution to ensure that it is beneficial rather than harmful to the patient.
  • However, if you are experiencing a full-blown allergy attack, you may not be able to breathe clearly out of each nostril at the same time.
  • Yoga, on the other hand, may aid in the development of a holistic lifestyle plan that will enhance your general health—and, therefore, your allergies.
  • As well as using the concepts of yoga and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, a healer may consult with patients about their own habits and lifestyle choices that may be contributing to their health or illness in general.
  • In Kraftsow’s opinion, “you have to look at your lifestyle as a whole.” For example, if you are really exhausted, your system becomes weaker and consequently more vulnerable.
  • No general prescription exists, but there is a method of approaching the problem.” He customizes his method to meet the specific needs of each pupil, which he describes as the cornerstone of Viniyoga.
  • The ideal medication, according to Dr.

The ability of your body to manage with allergies will improve with time, according to Kraftsow, as your health and strength improve.

Sleeping sufficiently is important.

How well balanced is your diet?

Having a stressful situation in your life is a bad thing.

Once you’ve identified any problem areas, you may concentrate on building your own remedies as well as an asana practice that is tailored to your body’s unique structural and constitutional requirements and demands.

Forward bends, for example, may feel terrific when your mind is clear, but practicing them while your head is congested may result in headaches if you do them.

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Shoulderstand, on the other hand, may feel amazing to certain folks.

After a while of consistent practice and increased awareness, you will naturally begin to notice that some asanas are particularly beneficial during an allergic episode.

” The practice of pranayama also aids in the development of systematic changes that enhance your body’s ability to manage with allergies, since deeper breathing increases the use of oxygen in the blood.

“It has a lot of benefits,” says Kraftsow.

Jessica Levinson’s daily regimen would not be complete without pranayama.

Because of these two workouts she feels she is able to breathe in more oxygen. As a result of her chronic congestion, she says she breathed through her lips just a few times each minute. Yoga stretches were able to help.

Yoga for Allergies

Some diseases can be treated using asanas that are tailored particularly to the patient’s needs. For example, if your back is bothering you, you could benefit from a position such as Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja’s Twist I), which gently extends the spine and hips and is widely renowned for its ability to treat lower back discomfort. Allergies to pollen and other seasonal pollens develop in part because the immune system is responding, not because a particular muscle needs to be stretched. As a result, prescribing therapeutic asanas for allergy patients is not a straightforward process.

  • Because allergies create responses in the respiratory system, which can result in congestion, runny nose, and inflammation, pranayama must be performed with caution to ensure that it is beneficial rather than harmful.
  • However, if you are experiencing a full-blown allergy attack, you may not be able to breathe clearly out of either nostril.
  • Yoga, on the other hand, may assist you in developing a holistic lifestyle plan that will improve your entire health—and, consequently, your allergies.
  • When treating a patient, a healer would employ the concepts of yoga in conjunction with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system, and would also discuss with the patient various factors that contribute to health or sickness.
  • “You have to have a comprehensive approach to your lifestyle,” Kraftsow explains.
  • My approach is to take a holistic picture of the individual and work from different perspectives at the same time.

In his words, “Viniyoga always starts with an appreciation of the individual body’s particular situation.” “Yoga practice must be tailored to the individual’s anatomical, physiological, and psychoemotional demands, as well as their health and stress levels.” A comprehensive, well-balanced practice, such as the series he devised for this piece, can be the finest medication since it prevents disease from occurring in the first place.

  1. According to Kraftsow, as your body gets healthier and stronger, it will be better equipped to cope with allergies.
  2. Do you get enough rest?
  3. Is your eating plan well-balanced?
  4. Are there causes of stress in your life that aren’t absolutely necessary?
  5. Once you have identified any problem areas, you may concentrate on building your own remedies as well as an asana practice that is tailored to your body’s specific structural and constitutional requirements.
  6. Forward bends, for example, may feel terrific when your head is clear, but performing them while your head is congested may result in headaches.
  7. It is stressed in Viniyoga that asana practice should be focused on understanding and treating the processes that are causing your current predicament, rather than on acquiring flawless form in asanas.
  8. “It has been claimed that yoga/postural exercises may support and improve nasal breathing, including stuffiness and congested nasal passages,” Bassett explains.
  9. “It’s a really effective approach to increase constitution and endurance,” adds Kraftsow of the exercise.
  10. Jessica Levinson’s daily regimen would be incomplete without pranayama.

She feels that by performing these two activities, she is able to take in more oxygen. “Because I was constantly congested, I was a very shallow breather via my mouth,” she explains. Pranayama was able to correct the situation.

Stress Reaction

When you are confronted with a stressful circumstance, your body responds physiologically, triggering the fight-or-flight reflex. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing cycles, and muscular tension all increase when your body revs up. If you find yourself face to face with a furious gorilla in the wild, this reaction may be beneficial. However, in today’s world, the strains are both emotional and unrelenting. It is possible to dodge a gorilla just once, but it is possible to have a never-ending stream of work deadlines.

A pollen allergy causes your body to release histamine and stress hormones, which can irritate your nasal passages and make them feel stuffy.

It is natural for inflammation to reduce when your immune system takes a step back.

Breathing

When confronted with a stressful circumstance, your body responds physiologically, triggering the fight-or-flight response (also known as the stress response). Your body is revving up — your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing cycles, and muscular tension are all increasing in intensity. When confronted with a furious gorilla in the jungle, this behavior can be quite beneficial. Yet the pressures of modern life are emotional and unending in nature. The only thing that can prevent being eaten by a gorilla is to have an endless stream of work deadlines to contend with.

A pollen allergy causes your body to release histamine and stress chemicals, which can cause inflammation in your nasal passages.

It is natural for inflammation to lessen when your immune system retreats.

Structuring a Yoga Regimen

When confronted with a stressful scenario, your body responds physiologically, triggering the fight-or-flight response. Your body is revving up – your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing cycles, and muscular tension are all increasing as a result. If you find yourself face to face with a roaring gorilla in the middle of a jungle, this reaction may be beneficial. However, in today’s world, the strains are emotional and unrelenting. It is possible to dodge a gorilla only once, but it is impossible to avoid a never-ending stream of work deadlines.

When you have a pollen allergy, your body responds by releasing histamine and stress hormones, which can cause inflammation in your nasal passageways.

By practicing yoga’s relaxation practices, your nervous system may communicate with your immune system, telling it that there is no need to activate. It is natural for inflammation to reduce when your immune system takes a break.

Considerations

While a yoga program can assist you in preventing and managing allergy episodes, it is not recommended that you stop taking your medicine. Taking an antihistamine while you’re sneezing and dealing with itchy eyes or a runny nose might provide welcome respite and even allow you to practice yoga. Apart from this, standing postures in which you execute twists, front and back bends, and other variations have the added benefit of massaging your rib cage and lungs. Conditioning this part of your body can assist to improve the overall health of your body and your immune system.

For the “Dramatists Guild Quarterly,” she has documented trends in the theater industry.

Yoga an Allergy Antidote?

Keep your allergy medicine on hand, especially if you start a yoga program to help avoid and manage allergy episodes. While sneezing and fighting itchy eyes or a runny nose, an antihistamine can provide much-needed comfort and even allow you to practice yoga. Additionally, standing postures that include twists, forward and back bends, and other variations help to massage the rib cage and lungs. Maintaining the health of this part of your body might aid in the strengthening of your immune system.

The “Dramatists Guild Quarterly” has previously published her articles on theatrical innovations.

“But don’t keep your head down too long in poses like Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) and Sirsasana (Headstand), which can put extra pressure on nasal passages.”

While a yoga program might assist you in preventing and managing allergy episodes, you should not discontinue taking your medicine. If you’re sneezing and dealing with itchy eyes or a runny nose, an antihistamine might provide welcome respite and even allow you to practice yoga. Additionally, standing postures in which you execute twists, forward and back bends, and other variations tend to massage your rib cage and lungs as a side effect. Conditioning this part of your body can assist to improve the overall health of your body and immune system.

She has previously written about theatrical advancements for the “Dramatists Guild Quarterly.” At Yale University, Tang earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science, and at New York University, she earned a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications.

Viniyoga Overview

While a yoga program can aid in the prevention and management of allergy episodes, it is not recommended that you discontinue your allergy medication. If you’re sneezing and suffering from itchy eyes or a runny nose, an antihistamine might provide welcome respite and even allow you to practice yoga. Additionally, standing postures in which you do twists and forward and back bends have the added benefit of massaging your rib cage and lungs. Conditioning this part of your body might aid in the strengthening of your immune system.

She formerly worked as a theatrical reporter for the “Dramatists Guild Quarterly.” Tang received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Yale University and went on to get a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications from New York University.

Benefits of Viniyoga

While a yoga program can assist you in preventing and managing allergy episodes, it is not recommended that you stop taking your medicine. Taking an antihistamine while you’re sneezing and dealing with itchy eyes or a runny nose might provide welcome respite and even allow you to practice yoga. Apart from this, standing postures in which you execute twists, front and back bends, and other variations have the added benefit of massaging your rib cage and lungs. Conditioning this part of your body can assist to improve the overall health of your body and your immune system.

For the “Dramatists Guild Quarterly,” she has documented trends in the theater industry.

Is Viniyoga For Me?

Viniyoga is a meditation exercise that should be done slowly and with full awareness of the body. People who want to exercise at a more leisurely pace may find this type of Yoga to be a good fit. The ability to slow oneself down may be challenging for someone who moves at a higher rate. Although, slowing down is usually advantageous for most of us, especially in our fast-paced modern society, it is particularly beneficial for certain of us. For those looking for a Yoga practice that is both calming and invigorating, Viniyoga may be the answer.

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Viniyoga: breathing and movement

A unique approach to yoga, Viniyoga modifies numerous components of the practice to each individual and encourages the relationship between breath and movement. Viniyoga is becoming increasingly popular. “Viniyoga is a kind of hatha yoga, which is to say, it is the yoga of postures and breath. And Viniyoga implies ‘Yoga adapts to the individual, rather than the individual adapting to Yoga.’ As Rachel Rose, instructor of MindBody disciplines at SHA Wellness Clinic, explains, “It is a therapeutic approach since the sequences and postures are not ‘one size fits all,’ but rather are tailored to the individual.” If yoga is appropriate for any health program, we are talking about a system with a very clear teaching approach in which postures and breathing are established in a step-by-step manner.

  1. It is the physical manifestation of the teachings of the yogi Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often regarded as the “Father of Modern Yoga.” The pace is gentle and moderate, the breathing is deep and contemplative.
  2. It is soothing and mellow, yet it is also profound and meditative in nature.
  3. An optimum health plan is built on the foundation of individualized therapy.
  4. All of the asanas (postures) are the same as those found in any other type of Yoga, with one major exception: they are performed in a completely different way.
  5. Firstly, it is essential to warm up the muscles with repetitive motions before entering and maintaining the position.
  6. As previously noted, one of the most remarkable and distinguishing characteristics of Viniyoga is the breathing technique.
  7. Before entering the posture and holding it, there are multiple repetitions of the same action, which is done while coordinating breathing and warming up the muscles.
  8. These are just a few of the numerous advantages of Viniyoga.
  9. As Rachel Rose explains, “it leaves the pupil feeling extremely calm, aware, and relaxed.” Every Viniyoga practice includes a form of movement meditation, and the approach to asana is never uncomfortable in any way.
  10. “We’ve found that short, regular sessions are the most effective.
  11. An other key advantage of Viniyoga is that it makes no distinctions: it is acceptable for everyone since it is tailored to the requirements and skills of the individual practicing the technique.

In our MindBody section, we have discovered that the vast majority of our guests are aware of how to take care of themselves and have previously implemented exercise programs; yet, they frequently suffer from stress, sleeplessness, and anxiety, as well as jet lag as a result of frequent travel.

It is a fantastic ‘first touch’ with Yoga and meditation for beginners.

We can develop short sequences for guests who wish to continue their practice at home.” The fact that many visitors come back a few times each year means that we can follow up from one visit to the next to promote more practice,” Rachel Rose concludes.

Yoga Poses to Fight Seasonal Allergies

Gwen Lawrence has left 0 comments. It’s allergy season, which means that many of us will be troubled by itchy or watery eyes, runny noses, and bouts of sneezing and coughing that will threaten to knock pictures off the wall this time of year. Most of the time, these typical allergy symptoms are the body’s method of protecting itself from germs or viruses. Yoga, on the other hand, may be really beneficial! First and foremost, we must determine the source of those irritating sensations. Allergens are the substances that cause allergies.

  • Some irritants, such as cigarette smoke and air pollution, as well as some strong scents (such as fragrances), can also have an adverse effect on the respiratory system.
  • This is the most effective method of preventing allergy symptoms.
  • A regular yoga practice has been demonstrated to have a stabilizing impact on the immune system, and with a regular yoga practice, the general health and local resistance in respiratory passages are enhanced, making it simpler for your body to fend against allergies and other pathogens.
  • It helps you relax and maintain control over your thoughts and emotions, which makes it easier to moderate your allergic reaction.

Asanas for allergies

  • Inversions such as the Shoulder Stand and other inversions help to open nasal airways and facilitate drainage. Do not hold for more than a minute or two at a time, though, in order to avoid creating too much pressure. The Plow Pose helps to expand the muscles around the base of the head and the back of the neck, which are areas where pressure tends to build up over time. As a result of the loosening of these muscles, drainage is improved
  • Bridge and other Backbends expand the chest. A Balance Ball can also be used to stretch over the back of a cushioned chair, if necessary. Everyone on the planet should practice this, not just to alleviate allergies, but also to correct all of the forward-moving/leaning postures we adopt in our daily lives (such as sitting in front of a computer, cooking, driving, etc.) that cause us to slouch. Yoga breathing techniques such as the Three-Part Yogic Breath can also assist to expand the chest and lungs and enhance lung capacity. Back-bending is another excellent method of expanding the chest and lungs. Stress is also reduced, which helps to enhance immunity and make you less prone to allergies and colds
  • It also helps to reduce inflammation. The Fish Pose is yet another excellent approach to open the chest, lungs, and neck and allow for more breathing room. The thymus gland, which is positioned beneath the sternum, is stimulated by this position. Due to the fact that the function of the thymus to govern the lymphatic system and aid in the establishment of immunity diminishes considerably after puberty, this is particularly relevant in young children with allergies.

When your allergies start to flare up, try one of these positions to alleviate the symptoms. But keep in mind that yoga is only beneficial in the treatment of allergies and should not be considered a cure. In the case of more severe allergy problems, medical care may still be required.

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The Mighty Psoas

‘The Mighty Psoas: A Yoga Adventure for Plus-Size Women’ is a Befriending Your Body through Yoga retreat for women who are over-weight or overweight.

This implies that it is exclusively available to ladies who perceive themselves to be plus-size in appearance. On October 9-11, 2020, it will be held at Harmony Hill Retreat Center, located in Union, Washington. More information may be found in the section below.

General Information

The retreat will begin on Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. It is OK for you to arrive any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m., and the first session will begin about 7 p.m. On Sunday, we expect to finish about noon. There is a $200 deposit required, with the remaining total payable when you arrive at Harmony Hill on October 9. If you make your deposit before September 1, you will be eligible for an early bird discount of $425. In the event that you pay your deposit after September 1, the retreat fee will increase to $450.

With the exception of yoga and meals, you have complete freedom over your schedule.

An easy walking route leads to a tea station with hot water.

Bring a book, a diary, and/or a knitting project with you!

Harmony Hill

Harmony Hill is a retreat center on the Hood Canal about 90 minutes from Seattle whose original mission was to be a place where people “could experience renewal and deep well-being.” I have been on a yoga retreat here, and I can attest that it is a lovely, restful, healing spot. Our yoga room is huge and faces the Hood Canal and has mountain views. Rooms will be double occupancy. If you have a request for a roommate, just let me know! You will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; breakfast in the dining hall and a box lunch to take with you Sunday. The food is vegetarian and delicious. If you have food allergies, the chefs at Harmony Hill can accommodate you if you let me know on your registration form. Clickhereto visit Harmony Hill’s website and learn more about this magical place.

Yoga

The yoga sessions will be held on four days: one on Friday evening, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday. Each session will begin with information and then move on to exploration and practice activities. Viniyoga is the tradition in which I teach, which means that I will present you with a range of alternatives for poses and that you will have the opportunity to relax when you need to. As with all of my courses, handouts with important learnings will be provided so that you do not have to memorize everything.

One of the primary goals of this retreat is *not* to exhaust or make you sore.

What’s a “Psoas”?

​The Psoasis a term commonly applied to a group of muscles deep within your core. In our mini-lectures at the beginning of each class, you will learn what and where these muscles are, why their health is crucial to our well-being (physically and psychologically), and tips for taking care of them.​What’s​ Befriending Your Body through Yoga?Befriending Your Body through Yogais offered to women who identify as plus-size and desire a body-positive yoga practice. I have been offeringBefriending Your Body through Yogaclasses for over 5 years in Seattle. These classes emphasize a compassionate listening between body and mind, a connection between the breath and the body, and adaptation to the body’s needs on any given day.

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Is yoga breathing damaging your health?

In addition to her years of expertise as a yoga therapist (primarily Iyengar and Viniyoga) and teacher training, Robin Rothenberg has participated in several research projects and published a book on yoga for low back pain. She took another look at yoga breathing recently, learning about Buteyko in order to improve her own health. She discovered for herself that Buteyko was far more aligned with the original yoga teaching (yoga sutras and hatha yoga pradipika) than modern pranyama teachings, which she found to be far more accurate.

Please take the time to view this 35-minute film; it is definitely worth your time. Some of the most important aspects are summarized in the section below.

  • In her mind, Robin recalled a student in her yoga class many years ago who had so bad asthma that she had to have her inhaler next to her on the yoga mat at all times. Yoga was beneficial, but she was still using the highest possible doses of various asthma drugs. When the student was 68 years old, her doctor advised that she do a Buteyko breathing course, which she did, and it proved to be life-changing. She was able to heal from asthma and no longer required medicine, allowing her to journey throughout Nepal at the age of 70, following decades of severe asthma. Robin was the one who noticed this extraordinary alteration. The student continued to attend yoga courses, but she preferred to do her own (Buteyko) breathing techniques instead of the yoga breathing exercises taught in class. Robin took notice of this with interest, and she also appreciated the scientific evidence supporting the Buteyko technique, which she thought made perfect sense (see links below, how hyperventilation harms). Robin was still under the impression that Buteyko breathing could have helped her pupil, but that it had no use for her (“I practice pranyama”)
  • However, some years later, Robin develops a terrible chest infection that will not heal up. She is getting increasingly crippled, and her persistent cough – which would always worsen after a lot of public speaking, such as while giving courses – has become so severe that she is losing sleep. She is so fatigued. Coughing in front of kids in class. Nothing in her yoga toolkit is assisting her, and she is unable to even lie down flat. As a result, much to her surprise, she is diagnosed with asthma and issued a relief inhaler, with the danger of steroid therapy if the condition is not brought under control
  • Robin recalls a pupil who had asthma and her “cure” with the Buteyko breathing technique. She decides to look into it more and examines ancient yoga writings (such as the yoga sutras and the hatha yoga pradipika), noting how the focus was placed on retention of breath, which is in stark contrast to the huge, boisterous, massive breathing that she and many of her colleagues teach. Pippa, a student who has trained as a Buteyko educator (a colleague of mine who now writes the Buteyko Breathing Educator Association newsletter), teaches Robin Buteyko. After only one session, Robin sleeps well and her husband needs to check that she is still alive since she is unusually silent. She goes on to make a full recovery from her respiratory difficulties as well as the persistent cough she had been suffering from for years. She can now run up hills that she had had to walk up for 25 years, and she does it while using her nasal respiration to do so. She claims that it has transformed every aspect of her life: she has constant high energy, greater mental clarity, excellent digestion, and no breathlessness at all. Robin points out that the important points about breathing had been lost somewhere along the line as pranyama was passed down through the generations, and she believes this is the case. Throughout class, she would nasal breathe, but she would not worry during the rest of the time, whereas 24.7 is significant in Buteyko. As a result of her training with Patrick McKeown, Robin is now spreading the word among her yoga colleagues, as the physics and physiology of Buteyko makes sense, whereas she previously accepted the pranyama techniques without any actual reasons. As a result, she now teaches clients and practitioners, and she believes that it is critical to reach out to yoga teachers because what many are teaching with big noisy breathing can be detrimental to one’s health
  • In short, many (but certainly not all) yoga teachers may not be teaching breathing correctly.
YOGA breathing BUTEYKO breathing
Nasal if possible in class Nasal (24/7), exercises to clear blocked nose
Diaphragmatic(if mentioned at all, or “what is natural for you”) Diaphragmatic
Full deep breaths Small, quiet breaths
Get rid of toxic CO2 (not all yoga teachers, eg Dru yoga – science is understood) Retain CO2 as usually too much is lost, CO2 not just a waste gas, need a balance
Oxygen transfer will be decreased Oxygen transfer will be increased

Patrick McKeownsays “you should not be able to hear breathing in a yoga class”

Links that may be of assistance: Another seasoned yoga instructor (Lucas Rockwood of Yogabody) asks Patrick further questions about Buteyko and yoga breathing in an hour-long conversation. The reasons why you should reconsider this widely used stress management strategy Tess Graham, a well-known breathing specialist in Australia, teaches yoga, pilates, sports, and other fitness instructors. Artour Rakhimovhas books and other resources on yoga breathing, including videos (slower and less).

  • How hyperventilation is harmful: part 1 hyperventilation can restrict the airways
  • Part 2 hyperventilation can cause bronchospasm. When does hyperventilation cause harm? Part 2 hyperventilation can constrict and restrict blood vessels, which reduces blood flow and oxygen supply. Specifically, hyperventilation can cause an imbalance in the blood gases and a reduction in the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the organs and tissues that are in need of it (see section 3).

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Right Yoga Type For You

Yoga offers several advantages, ranging from increased flexibility to stress reduction. Because of its multi-faceted character, the practice has a great deal to offer its clients. Additionally, yoga emphasizes proper breathing, posture, and meditation in addition to its flowing exercises, which are referred to as asanas or poses, and it adheres to a philosophy that seeks for a balance of body, mind, and spirit. There are many different types of yoga available in the United States, the majority of which are based on the basic hatha yoga practice.

  • Not every style is appropriate for every individual.
  • This has the potential to boost your own body temperature much over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not safe for all people.
  • Bikram yoga may not be acceptable for persons who have heart or lung problems, or who have already had heatstroke, due to the high levels of heat exposure.
  • For example, Iyengar (pronounced eye-n-gar) yoga integrates supports into its postures and places a strong emphasis on symmetry and alignment of the body.
  • Sivananda (pronounced siva-nanda) is a kind of yoga that emphasizes profound relaxation while also emphasizing gentle movement and breathing.
  • These are only a handful of the possibilities.

Credentials and Experience

Formally trained as an engineer, with a concentration in electrical engineering, I am now working in the field. In December 2000, I graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude degree. Exactly how engineering connects to my consulting services is something I’ll leave up to you to figure out! The fact that I am extremely technically oriented and have done several math and scientific courses comes as no surprise to anyone.

For seven years, I was employed by Raytheon, a big defense contractor.

I started out as a test engineer and worked my way up to become a product engineer on a secret system.

I was awarded the classification of E-3 Multi-Disciplined Engineer at the start of my fourth year of employment, which I held until the end of the year.

T.K.V. Desikachar, a structural engineer, was a key contributor to the development of the Viniyoga system, which I am currently learning and training in. I now hold the following Yoga Alliance Designations and Formally Recognized Training in Yoga-Related Subjects:

  • North Texas Yoga 200 Hour YTT Certification
  • E-RYT200 – Yoga Alliance (over 1700 hours teaching, see current profile at www.yogaalliance.org)
  • YACEP- Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
  • Aqua Kriya Yoga Certification Level 1 – www.aquakriyayoga.com
  • Tree Yoga Certification – www.treeyoga.org
  • IAYT Member – Yoga Therapy Training at SYTAR 2014 – www.iayt.org
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