Yoga for healing Anemia
Regular practice of different
yoga poses increases the RBC production as well
as purifies the blood.
Anemia is one of the common conditions affecting human being especially women
around the world. In general anemia is considered to be a condition
characterized by lack of blood. But medically anemia can be referred as a
condition where the iron content or hemoglobin of blood decreases below the
Yoga can help in increasing RBC count in two
ways. One is by making use of breathing exercises and the other is by doing
like Ujjayi, Suryabhedana,
Anuloma Viloma and Kapalbhatti increases circulation
of blood and improve functioning of the entire circulatory system.
Ujjayi or The "loud breathing" consists of drawing air in through both
nostrils with the glottis held partially closed. This
partial closure of the glottis produces a sound like that heard in sobbing,
except that it is continuous and unbroken. Ujjayi breathing has many variations.
For example, we can breathe in through the throat, then completely close one
nostril and breathe out through the other nostril, which is only partly closed.
This technique is called an anuloma ujjayi. In a pranayama technique called
viloma ujjayi, we breathe in through the nostril and breathe out through the
throat. This technique is used to lengthen the inhalation. In ujjayi pranayama
it is important to follow this rule: when we regulate the breath through the
nostril, we never breathe through the throat at the same time.
In Anuloma Viloma, you adopt
the Vishnu Mudra with your right hand to close your nostrils. Tuck your index
and middle finger into your nose. Place the thumb by your right nostril and your
ring and little fingers by your left.
Inhale through the left
nostril, closing the right with the thumb, to the count of four.
Hold the breath, closing
both nostrils, to the count of sixteen.
Exhale through the right
nostril, closing the left with the ring and little fingers, to the count of
Inhale through the right
nostril, keeping the left nostril closed with the ring and little fingers, to
the count of four.
Hold the breath, closing
both nostrils, to the count of sixteen.
Exhale through the left
nostril, keeping the right closed with the thumb, to the count of eight.
Kapal Bhatti / Kapal Bharti controls
breathing and increases oxygen level in the blood, thus increasing body capacity
and the lung capacity. It also
detoxifies the body of toxins. Kapal Bhatti Yoga
Exercise has a big effects on the body body weight and helps
Take lotus Yogic position.
Take short breaths in and out with force. Try
and do as many as possible without any part of your body feeling stressed.
When you begin to feel pain in back or spine
Repeat this breathing for at least 4-5 times
for 15 minutes a day.
As you practice it daily, you will start to
enjoy the rhythm established between the abdomen and the stomach.
Other yoga poses for anemia
Sarvangasana helps promote good
circulation, as it directs the flow of the entire lower body towards the heart.
Lie down flat on the floor, on your back, palms
by your side
Exhale and lift your legs up 30, then 60, then 90 and then around 130
degrees so they are extended behind your head.
Stay in this position, breathing normally, for a few seconds.
Now, gradually, exhale again, and straighten your legs up to 90 degrees,
lifting your buttocks as well. Support the back of your trunk with your palms,
keeping elbows on the floor. Gradually, walk your hands towards your shoulder
blades, as you lift your
Your elbows may tend to move outwards. Bring them in, so they are straight
in line with your shoulders.
You will notice that your
hips tend to jut out backwards, while your
tend to come forward over the head. This is not the right way to do it. Work
at it so your body is in a straight line. Your hips, feet and shoulders should
be aligned, so push your feet back and bring your hips and tailbone forward.
Remember, this exercise is not as much about effort as it is about balance.
Lift your body as high up as possible. Sarvangasana is a shoulder stand,
so your body should be resting on your shoulders and not on your back.
Hold this position for as long as possible.
Remember to exhale while lifting your body up, but once your body is up,
you can breathe normally. There is no need to hold your breath.
Time yourself, so you can see how long you can remain in this position.
The next time, try and balance your body for a little longer.
This looks simple, but is in
fact one of the most difficult asanas to do.
Sit on a mat with your legs stretched
straight out in front of you.
Breathe OUT. Slowly bend forward, trying to
touch your feet. Don't bend your knees.
If you feel a constriction while bending,
straighten up slightly and then try and bend further forward.
Don't push yourself too hard. You may not be
able to get very far if you are a beginner. Don't get impatient and push
yourself too hard. You will only injure your muscles. Just bend forward as far
as you can go.
Uttanpadasana reduces the
stomach, strengthens the thighs,
back and spinal cord.
Lie down in Shavasana, legs together, hands
by the side of your body, palms facing the floor.
Now start raising your legs and hold them at
30 degrees. Continue normal deep breathing.
With right leg up, the left foot starts
traveling down slowly, till the left heel touches the floor.
Start raising your left foot till it joins
your right foot at 30 degrees. Now left leg remains up and right foot starts
traveling down till the right heel touches the floor. Relax.
Now start raising your right foot till it
joins your left foot, knees straight toes out stretched and slowly bring both
feet down till both heels touch the floor and relax.
Note : There should be no jerk at this point.
Redirects the flow of blood from feet to heart with
pull of gravity for detoxification
Come into the pose from Salamba
Bending at the hips, bring the feet overhead.
Keeping the chest wide and the shoulders grounded, drop the hips down
Slide the hands down the back towards the buttocks for support.
Bring the legs back to vertical if possible.
Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds.
Either continue on with other Sarvangasana variations or return to Salamba
Sarvangasana and come down out of the pose, using the arms to control yourself
as you roll down through the back.
Slide off the blankets towards the head until the shoulders come to the
floor and the hips are raised on the blankets. Rest there for a few breaths.
Roll over onto the right side and press yourself up.
Corpse Pose is practiced at beginning and end of every yoga
session. This makes you energetic to enter the yoga session in the beginning.
At the end of the session, Shavasana would get your away from all the fatigue
that your doing of other postures might have generated.
Get your yoga mat fully unfolded and then lie
just flat on your back. Legs would be straight and together but not touching
each other. The position of the arms would be also straight with palms facing
Do relax all the facial muscles and start
taking breaths slowly and deeply. The closed eyes help in concentrating on the
Relaxation is the prime goal of Savasana. So
start relaxing your body. When we pay attention to any of our limb, that limb
feels some rest. So start relaxing from the head area and then travel through
the whole body downward.
Once you are aware of whole of your body, you
would be in Corpse Pose in full. Remaining in this posture for five to ten
minutes would be better. You can prolong this posture as long as you wish, as
this asanas would never give your fatigue.
In addition to practicing yoga, eat lots of citrus fruits and green
vegetables. Oranges, blueberries, strawberries, lemon are all excellent source
of vitamin C. This vitamin helps in boosting the
immune system thus helps in
development of RBCs.
Dated 05 December 2011