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Yoga Asanas for Improved Hearing

Yoga stimulates the organs, removes toxins, and protects the body against infection and allergies as it improves immunity.

Regular practice of these asanas is helpful in restricting the progressive hearing loss:

Bhramari Pranayam: Sit crossed leg or in the Padmasana pose. Close your eyes. Close your ears by turning the earlobes using your index finger or your thumb. (Do not press very hard). Inhale deeply, keep your mouth closed and let out the air (exhale) through your nose making a humming sound or recite Om! Repeat the process about 5 to 7 times.

Kumbhak : Sit comfortably in Sukhasana or on chair with straight trunk and spine, index and middle finger rest on the forehead between the eyebrows, thumb on right ala of nose and right ring finger tip on left ala of nose. The exercise starts with slow, gradual deep inhalation to the maximum from left nostril with counting the digits 1 to 10 (duration 1 Unit) filling the lungs entirely. The breath is kept on hold by closing both nostrils and counting 11–50 (duration 4 units), followed by exhalation from right nostril counting 51–70 (2 Units).

During exhalation left nostril will remain closed by right ring finger and from right nostril thumb will be withdrawn. In deep exhalation every bit of air is drawn out forcefully, now both nostrils are closed again for 10 counts from 71 to 80 (1 Unit). One cycle is complete in 8 Units inhalation (one unit) breath holding (four units) exhalation (2 units) cessation of breath one unit.

More Asanas

Trikonasana: Trikonasana instantly sends a gush of fresh blood to your head and neck as your head hangs on one side. The muscles in that area are relaxed, and it is possible that you will instantly feel your ears pop and open. Place your feet apart. Raise your arms such that they are parallel to the floor, with your palms facing downwards.

Turn your left foot at a 45-degree angle, and the right one at a 90-degree angle. Your heels should form a straight line. Twist your body to the right, extend the upper body and bend towards the floor. Touch the right foot with the right hand and extend your left arm in the air. Look at your left hand. Hold and release. Repeat on the other side.

Padangusthasana: Stand straight and place your hands on your hips. Inhale. Then, bend your hip as you exhale. Your fingers must reach for your big toes. Use your middle finger, index finger, and the thumb of each hand to hold the respective big toes on each side. The feet must be parallel to each other. Push your torso forward as you extend the stretch and lift the tailbone. Hold for a few seconds and then release. The flow of blood in this asana to your head clears out all the blocks in your ears, nose, and throat.

Adho Mukha Svanasana: Get on to all fours. Lift your knees off the ground and straighten them. Your feet should be flat on the ground. You could take two steps back. As you do that, move your arms a few steps forward, to create an inverted ‘V’ with your body. Your hips should be higher than your heart, and your head lower. Let your head hang as you hold the pose for a few seconds. Release & repeat. Your head (ears, nose, and throat) is worked upon and oxygenated through this asana.

Ustrasana : Sit in the Vajrasana. Lift your hips and raise your body such that the hip muscles and calf muscles are perpendicular. Open your chest and lean back. Reach your arms for your feet, making sure your arms are stretched out. Gently hang your head as you gaze at the back.

Hold the pose as you take long, deep breaths. Release. This asana is extremely beneficial for the throat and the heart chakras. All the blocks in these chakras are worked upon and removed with regular practice. As the blocks in the throat chakra are cleared, the ears also benefit. This asana also increases the flow of blood in the head and neck.

Matsyasana : Lie on your back and cross your legs in the Padmasana. You can also keep your legs stretched out while practicing this pose. Gently curve your back such that your head rests on your crown. Feel the curve in the upper back and neck. Hold for a few seconds and release. The Matsyasana is a highly beneficial pose. It works on many systems collectively. It works on the throat chakra and sends blood to your brain, ears, and throat. It is also a stress reliever.

With regular practice you are bound to gain improved hearing along with innumerable health benefits.

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