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Yoga For AIDS Patients

AIDS Patients

Yoga for AIDS Patients

Yoga over the centuries has again and again been identified as a self healing technique. AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV disease becomes AIDS when the immune system is seriously damaged. CD4 cell count in the blood is an important indicator of the immune  health system. Healthy people have between 500 and 1,500 CD4 cells in milliliter of blood. If the CD4 cell count goes down to less than 200 then the body becomes incapable of fighting the other germs (opportunistic infections) that may enter the body and this phase is called AIDS.

Simple Yoga asanas, Pranayama and meditation wit deep relaxation techniques have shown that the CD4 counts increases and the viral load decreases after two months of regular practice as compared to those who continue with the conventional supportive therapy at samraksha. (

AIDS manifests itself in different ways in different people, and medical and emotional issues can widely vary. Some very common limitations are:

Risks Involved

Special Instructions for AID Patients

Suggested Yogasanas

Stress is a major immuno-suppressor, so in order to counteract the “stress response” of the immune system by producing the “relaxation response.” Supported virasana (bolster under spine and block under head), supported savasana (bolster under knees or lumber spine) are suggested. Other poses that can be practiced are bridge, head supported by block in downward dog, supported shoulder stand.

Additional poses for stress relief include Child’s Pose, Corpse Pose, Hero Pose and Legs Up The Wall Pose.

Pranayama & Meditation can also prove beneficial. Another way to build the immune system and improve sinus-related conditions is to focus on the thymus gland. Located in the chest, the thymus gland is the locus of the immune system. Thus both the thymus gland and the immune system are stimulated by any posture in which we open the chest and breathe deeply into it. The most beneficial postures for this purpose are the Cobra, the Pigeon, the Fish, the Boat, the Bow and the Bridge.


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