Kapalabhati by Vasiliki Raja

Kapalabhati: yogic breathing technique

Vasiliki Raja: certified yoga therapist

In the science of yoga we have a wide range of breathing exercises called Pranayama (pranayama).
Pranayama (Pranayama) is a Sanskrit compound word from prana = life Force  and Ayama = to expand, to extend (lengthen, increase). So, by definition, Pranayama is the science of breathing that teaches us how to increase, how to lengthen our vital energy, in simple terms how to live longer and with energy.

A major yogic breathing exercise is Kapalabhati, also a complex Sanskrit word, from kapala = Skull (head) and Bhati = shinning, sparkling (shimmering, glowing), "bright Head" in free translation.

Kapalabhati is a yogic cleansing technique (Kriya) and at the same time a dynamic breathing exercise that warms, tones and strengthens the body.
The main benefits of breathing Kapalabhati are the following:

  • Cleans and refines mind and body
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Cleans and detoxify the nadis (energetic clannels)
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Warms the body
  •  Cleans the blood circulation
  • Gives vitality and well-being
  • Stimulates metabolism
  • Helps to lose weight
  • Strengthens the core
  • Removes stress from body and mind
  • Eliminates negative emotions
  • Increases concentration and endurance

How do I get Kapalabhati breath?

I sit in a comfortable position: easy cross leg, lotus, Japanese sitting, etc. It is important that the pelvis area sits comfortably, there is no charge in the waist and the backrest is upright with the neck, shoulders relaxed.
I concentrate on the abdominal region and try to be conscious of abdominal breaths, to be aware in that area.

Capalbati breath consists of dynamic exhalation from the abdomen. I concentrate and dynamically push-draw the abdomen inward and at the same time exhale, pull the air out.

I concentrate only on exhalation, inhalatory occurs passively and automatically.
I start with 3 rounds of 10-20 repetitions and then increase to 30, 40 etc repetitions and always at least 3 hours after eating.

Contraindications:
I don't apply the Capalbati breath:

  • In pregnancy
  • After eating
  • In cases of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis

For more information and assistance please contact a certified yoga therapist.

 

Yoga Therapy: Piriformis muscle syndrome

Yoga Therapy: Piriformis muscle syndrome with Vasiliki Raja

Yoga Therapy: piriformis muscle syndrome

(Vasiliki Raja, certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT)

 

Piriformis syndrome is a condition that is believed to result from the compression of the sciatic nerve around the muscle silicon. The piriformis is a muscle that is deep in the gluteus region under the major gluteus muscle.

Symptoms may include pain and numbness in the buttocks and under the leg. Often symptoms worsen with seat or running.

The piriformis muscle syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve and causes pain that starts from the buttock and descends to the posterior surface of the thigh and ends in the leg.

The pain mimics the typical sciatica caused by herniation of the intervertebral disc. The syndrome is more common in women and people who exercise systematically, such as runners.

Recommended:

  • Correct diagnosis by physician and medical exhaust
  • Stopping sports and intense physical activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises for the muscle group of buttocks and posterior femoral muscles
  •  Yoga Therapy

In  Yoga Therapy we have a series of exercises that help, appease, relieve the syndrome of the piriformis muscle.

Below I quote the most basic. For additional information and assistance do not hesitate to contact me.

MEDICAL INFORMATION SOURCES

1. PAIN PRACTICE JOURNAL

2. BONICA "S MANAGEMENT OF PAIN

3. PAIN PHYSICIAN JOYRNAL

4. INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT BOOK

Namaste my lovely friends! I am Vasiliki Raja, a certified Yoga Therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapists C-IAYT and a registered yoga master RYT-500hr. Diploma holder of Natural Medical treatments, Love-Relationships Coach and Addiction Therapist. I love knowledge, nature and sharing with other things that I love. My yoga’s journey started 28 years ago. I am beside you to support you and to help you bring health, beauty and joy to your life. You will find me in Cyprus and Greece for courses, seminars, trainings etc..  My motto: Believe – Love – Share

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