Yoga for Achievement and Harmony of the Inner-Self
Excerpts from the Book Health by Bio-Energy and Mind by Michael and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.
"There is no any other discipline more helpful in achieving knowledge of inner- self, and harmony with the world than Yoga. Bio-energy knowledge of methods of mind and body healing cannot be completed without studying Yoga.
Basic Hatha-Yoga is a practical and complex method of developing a healthier body, mind and psyche. Pranayama is the teaching of proper breathing. By studying Hatha-Yoga exercises, and poses, and Pranayama exercises, we learn how to breathe properly, meditate, be centered, relaxed, gain life energy, massage the internal organs, keep the body healthy and flexible, and accelerate removal of toxins.
There are three types of exercises: "Asanas" (or poses), dynamic, and breathing.
The Asanas are poses that influence energetic centers and systems of the body. Certain asana influences specific nerve centers. With the system of complex asanas we positively influence the endocrine system, help every cell and organ of the body. We recommend that you to perform the system of poses keeping in mind that any illness is a dysfunction of normal activity.
Yogis’ asanas help keep elasticity and mobility of physical bodies. When people perform everyday work, or do chores, they move joints with little breadth. And if they ignore exercises or sports, they can lose the flexibility, elasticity, and mobility of the spine, joints, tendons, and muscles. By the time the "working angle" of joints decreases, people cannot perform deep inclinations, situps, or wide turns of the body. This immobility can lead to illnesses like arthritis and bursitis. To prevent losing flexibility, people can add exercises for their joint and tendons.
Every day, and for life, you need to do rotational movements of the head, arms, legs, and body; bending the body to the sides, and forward, and extensions of the back; also situps and pushups with maximum amplitude of moving in order to maintain mobility of the entire body. Try to work all joints as well as the spinal column. Repeat every exercise (with every group of joints) 6-10 times. Start exercising by warming up. Begin each exercise with small breadth and go to your extreme "working angle" gradually to avoid a trauma.
Dynamic Yoga exercises help accelerate the removal of toxins from the body. Every system of the body is affected with toxins. One of the reasons for having illnesses is the presence of toxins in the body. Today, people are exposed to chemicals, pesticides, additives in food, and anesthetics in greater concentrations (sources of toxins) than at any other time in history.
People’s organisms have to struggle with constant invasion of toxins, because processes to removal toxins are complicated and take more time than the assimilation and the absorption of nutrients. Toxins and chemicals penetrate membranes and accumulate in intercellular space. Toxins enter lymphatic and blood vessels, where veinous blood carries toxins to the organs of elimination. This transit of toxins through millions of cells is difficult to complete without activity of vibrated cells, muscular contractions, exertions that occur during walking, running, and jumping.
During evolution nature did not find more effective way to clean up cells and intercellular space of toxins than the use of those forces of muscular contractions and forces of jolting due to the body movements. When muscles contract, they compress veins, accelerate a flow of venous blood to the heart, and provide impulses that help blood to eliminate toxins. We can observe how pets stretch their bodies after waking up. When the body stretches, muscles are contracted. The body needs stretching after waking up in the morning. During the sleep, heart muscles help move venous blood with wastes and toxins; however, this help is not enough to remove toxins. The weakening of the body is due not to effects of illness, but to the transgression of the entire metabolism, because of the accumulation of toxins. Removal of toxins from cells and intercellular spaces is a process requiring constant vibration of cells by nerve impulses, and occurs during exercising or moving which provides contractions of muscles. When people do not exercise or move efficiently (stretching, aerobics, running, walking, and dancing), their bodies gradually decline.
In the morning, the best way to help the body to accelerate the removal of the toxins is doing the following exercise. People can do this exercise, even if they cannot run, or walk. You can do it while you take a shower.
Pull the heels up off the floor a half an inch, and put them back down sharply but not painfully. Repeat this motion 30 times, then rest for 5-10 seconds. Later, repeat 30 times more. At the same time, you can bend arms keeping forearms parallel to the floor surface, and bend your hands as if you held a ball. When putting the heels up, shove your wrists forward then pull them back. You can do it with a second interval. You can do this exercise a few more times during the day. People who stand or sit for long periods of time will benefit from doing this exercise; it prevents thrombosis (blood clotting) and heart problems.
Healthy functioning of the body is possible when the intake of food products and removal of products of digestion and activity of the cells of the body are balanced. Toxins occur in the organisms as a result of stress and anxiety. When a young person has the energy enough to detoxify the organism through its organs (intestines, kidneys, skin, and lungs), the chances for imbalance small. But between 30-35 years of age the body, if not trained by special exercises, lacks the energy to remove toxins.
Besides help in the toxin elimination, dynamic Yoga exercises also help to build a beautiful and strong body.
Breathing Yoga exercises help gain life energy – "prana". People often think that they can breathe properly. But sometimes people do not breathe correctly for their whole life. Nevertheless, right breathing is the key to gain energy and vitality. Proper breathing influences all bodily processes including brain activity and digestion, and provides oxygen to muscles, organs, and tissues; in addition it removes toxins and wastes. Yogis developed their teachings about proper breathing about six thousand years ago. Some of ancient techniques can help people to maintain health.
When you wake up after stretching your body, you can lie down on your back and relax your muscles. Then inhale deeply while pushing out the chest. After this try to pull the diaphragm down while exhaling and the diaphragm will massage the intestines, kidneys, liver, spleen, and pancreas. At the same time the stomach applies pressure on the intestinal cavity. You can repeat these movements many times to learn how to move the diaphragm up and down. This exercise helps massage internal organs and increases activity. This pressure will help squeeze toxins and wastes out of cells.
Here is another exercise. Inhale deeply while lying on the back then push out the stomach which moves the diaphragm. Delay your breathing for 3-5 seconds, and start to exhale air in small portions, and pulling it through tightly closed lips. This exercise internally massages all organs. The same massage occurs at moments of laughter. Laughter has been considered important for well-being since ancient times.
Physiologically the massage of organs of the abdominal cavity increases the flow of blood to the heart. The contractions of the abdominal muscles help in relieve heart problems. The heart cavity is in the same space as the lungs and the diaphragm. The diaphragm, due to its sensitivity to emotions moves closer to the heart and lessens the heart space. The brain regulates volumes of blood entering the heart. If the amount of blood is less than necessary to sustain life, the rhythms and intensity of heart impulses have to increase. The increase of the heart beat occurs with every move of the diaphragm which decreases the space in the heart cavity. These conditions can even cause heart attack. If you feel an accelerated heart beat rate, inhale and push out the stomach for 2-3 seconds. This provides more space to the heart cavity and (repeat all over for 3-4 times).
Breathing exercises help develop elasticity of the diaphragm, which massages internal organs, increases the volume of the heart cavity, and decreases chance of developing of heart problems. We will learn how to load ourselves with bio-energy using yoga exercises..."
Copyright (c) 2000 by Michael Nudel and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.
Buy It Now and Perform a Lot of Useful Yoga Exercises!
Bio-Energy System Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 461685
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Fax: (801) 457-0986
Web site: http://www.bioenergy-services.com
BACK TO TOP|BACK TO HOME