Medi Yoga combines active meditative and yogic poses with mental relaxation. This results in a balancing of mind and body. Medi yoga differs from gyan yoga, in its accessibility to people of various belief systems. Due to this, it is a practical complement to traditional therapy. To treat dependency, addictions stress therapist yogi Anoop recommends a program that progress from posture to breath-work to meditation.
The following is an example:
Bhujang asana (cobra pose)
This is one of the best asanas and prevents a lot of diseases. This is especially a panacea for an injured spine and all spinal problems.
Lie on the stomach with your legs together or little apart. The chin should touch the ground, so should each palm be in front of each shoulder, the hands pressing down. As you inhale, slowly raise your upper portion of the body just like a snake .Hold this position for a second holding the breath and then slowly return to your original position and exhale breath.
Do not hold your breath for more than a second. Keep the elbow straight, roll the shoulders back, tilt the head back slightly and look up. Stay in this pose for 10 to 20 seconds. After you have practiced for several days and are able to do this comfortably you can increase the time for holding the pose.
You should be able to feel some stress on your spine, upper stomach and diaphragm. If anybody has had surgery in the lumber region, he/she should do this exercise with the legs apart.
Target muscle: upper stomach and hip muscles should be tightened while going up.
For slip disc patients this is the best remedy. It strengthens the lumbar region by increasing blood circulation, balancing our digestion and excretion. This activates our liver and kidneys. Diaphragm gets strengthened. It brings our breath into balance thus decreasing stress. The pituitary gland secretions are regulated and problems related to menstruation and other gynaecological problems are cured.
Repetition: Repeat 10 times.
Sarvanga Asana (shoulder stand)
The Sanskrit word sarva+anga means whole+body, The asana for complete body.
Lie flat on the back. Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly and relax whole body.
Now fold your both legs at knees, with support by your both hands (under hip and waist) raise lower part of the body and raise legs and spine until the toes point to the ceiling. Keeps the spine and legs straight. In this pose breathing should be normal, concentrate on neck and head.
To come out of this posture, just bend your knees, curve your back and slowly return to lying on the floor while exhaling. First bend your knees, put the palms on the floor, then curving the spine, gradually unfold it the way one unrolls a carpet. When your entire back touches the floor, straighten the knees, take a deep breath and slowly lower your legs to the ground while breathing out.
The main benefit of the shoulder stand is to get the thyroid gland working at peak efficiency. It’s the thyroid gland which is mainly responsible for your correct weight and youthful appearance.
The shoulder stand also regulates the sex glands.
It vitalizes the nerves, purifies the blood and promote good circulation, strengthens the lower organs and helps them to stay in place.
It gives a healthy stretch to the neck muscles.
It is beneficial for people suffering from poor circulation, constipation, indigestion, asthma and reduced virility.
This pose is especially recommended for women after childbirth and for those suffering from painful menstruation, other female disorders, and seminal weakness.
It can be retain this position for fifteen seconds to five minutes, adding fifteen seconds per week.
Do not try this exercise if you are suffering from organic disorders of the thyroid gland. Be very cautious if you are suffering from high blood pressure, any major brain disease and chronic nasal catarrh.
Yogic breathing: Sit down with legs seated comfortably and shoulders back. Inhale as deeply as you can while maintaining smooth breath. Note your belly expanding. As you exhale, feel your belly sink and lungs empty. Do not force-yield. Continue for five minutes. (This exercise should be performed in an area with fresh, clean air).
Anulom-vilom (alternate nostril breathing)
“by proper practice of pranayama etc, all diseases (mental or physical) are eradicated. through improper practice all diseases can arise.”
yogi swatmaram states that alternate nostril breathing purifies the nadis (whole nervous system) within three month.
Technique: sit in any comfortable meditative pose or on the chair, close the right nostril and inhale slowly, steadily and deeply through the left nostril, after full inhalation hold it for a while and now close the left nostril and exhale slowly steadily through the right nostril. slowly inhale again through the right nostril and exhale from the left. this is one round .lets do this for 5 to 10 minutes with closed eyes.
checkpoint: while practicing, be sure that there should be no strain on the face and the head and body do not tilt in any direction. if you have high blood pressure or heart trouble, then avoid holding breath exercises.
Effect: it helps to reduce the level of stress, frustrations, anxiety and hypertension. All types of nerves problem.
Shava Asana (corpse): Lying on the floor with your legs comfortable apart and arms limp by your side. Observing your breath, your thoughts are directed towards detecting and discarding any remnants of tension. Thoughts are regarded then thoughts are released. This is the birth of mindfulness.