May 2009 Yoga Teacher Training Newsletter
Yoga For Sinusitus
BY DR. RITA KHANNA
What Are Sinuses
Sinuses are the air chambers in the bone behind your cheeks, eyebrows and jaw. They make mucus, a fluid that cleans bacteria and other particles out of the air you breathe. Tiny hairs called cilia (say: “sill-ee-ah”) sweep mucus out of your sinuses so it can drain out through your nose.
What Is Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed. Its main causes are changes in temperature or air pressure, allergies, use of excessive decongestant nasal sprays, smoking, swimming or diving. Growths called polyps also block sinus passages. When sinusitis is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, you get a sinus infection. Its symptoms are pain or pressure in the forehead, cheeks, nose, between the eyes, headache, fever, nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell and aching teeth.
The Immune System
The immune system keeps us healthy and protects us against all sorts of viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins. The best way to prevent allergic reactions is having healthy immune system. To strengthen and balancing the immune system against sinus, practicing yoga postures in a relaxing way with slow deep breathing and the intention to let go and relax the nervous system can be very beneficial. Through relaxation, the nervous system can tell the immune system to settle down and stop attacking the foreign bodies, which are naturally cleared out in a non-allergic person by sneezing once or twice a day. When the immune system backs off, inflammation and mucus decrease and symptoms diminish.
Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Yogic Kriyas & Proper diet play a vital role in curing the problem.
Surya namaskar, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Matsyasana, Simhasana, Shavasana
Omkar, Bhrahmari, Suryabhedi, Ujjayi, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Anulome- vilome
Jal neti, Kunjal kriya
I would recommend that you should learn the Kriyas only under the guidance of a Yoga Instructor.
Diet should be light, nutritious & well- balanced. Take plenty of enzyme rich foods (papaya, tomato, carrots, and spinach), fiber, and roughage (whole wheat flour, lots of vegetables, soups, fruit juices, fruits etc.), Avoid heavy meals, excessive worry, anger, tension, jealousy and hurrying, fried, fatty, spices, starchy & sugar containing food, smoking, alcohol, cocoa, white flour, tinned fruit, refined cereals, tea coffee , milk products and fruits such as banana.
Take Care Of Sinusitis
- Drink tons of lukewarm water.
- A glass of hot Tulsi water with honey and ginger is very soothing to the allergies.
- Apply moist heat by holding a warm wet towel against your face or breathing in steam through a cloth or towel. This will relieve sinus pressure & help open your sinus passages.
- Rinse your sinus passages with a saline solution. Learn Neti.
- Expose the body to sunlight and fresh air breathing deeply every day.
- Avoid dusty places, exposure to cold, food to which you are sensitive, mental worries and tensions.
- Have sound sleep of 7 to 8 hours daily. It can make your sinuses feel more stopped-up, so try lying on the side that lets you breathe the best.
Manage Your Allergies & Build Up Respiratory Stamina With Simhasana (Roaring Lion Pose)
Simhasna means Lion pose. In this position we roar like a lion. It strengthens the lungs, throat & voice. It stimulates the tonsils, immune system & helps to reduce stress & anger.
To start with, sit in Vajrasana. Place both your hands on the respective knees. Eyes closed. Breathe normally. Now do these steps. Take a deep breath and retain it for few seconds. Exhale forcefully with a roaring sound aaaaaaahhhh like a lion and simultaneously take your tongue out as much as you can, stretch your fingers as wide as you can, open your eyes as wide as you can, focus your mind at the space between the eyebrows or tip of the nose. This is one round. Repeat this 4-5 times. Massage your throat after finishing Simhasana. Those who cannot do Sarvangasana and Halasana they can do Simhasana
There is no scientific training necessary for practice of Omkar. Inhale deeply through the nose, then open the mouth and chant Omkar loudly. Performing Omkar will help keep the sinuses healthy & increase the vital capacity of the body. Circulation of blood increases thereby increasing the capacity of lungs. Do for 5 minutes. One can do this pranayama any time, either in the morning, noon afternoon, or at night, whenever the belly is not full.
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Dr. Rita Khanna
Dr. Rita Khanna is a well-known name in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy. She was initiated into his discipline over two decades ago by world famous Swami Adyatmananda of Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh.
She believes firmly that Yoga is a scientific process, which helps us to lead a healthy and disease-free life. She is also actively involved in practicing alternative medicines like Naturopathy. Over the years, she has been successfully practicing these therapies and providing succour to several chronic and terminally ill patients.
At present, Dr. Rita Khanna is teaching Yoga in Secunderabad. She has been treating and curing various diseases and disorders through Yoga, Diet and Naturopathy and has been achieving tremendous satisfaction in disseminating this virtue.
Teaching Yoga: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Yoga Business
BY DR. PAUL JERARD, E-RYT 500
The dark exists everywhere, and so does the light. The dark side of human personality is in all of us. Unfortunately, Yoga teachers, spiritual leaders, politicians, and police are human, too.
With that said, there are many caring Yoga teachers who their spend time working with seniors, fibromyalgia groups, Alzheimer patients, and many more people in need. They do not receive front page billing on Yoga magazines or popular talk shows, for their efforts, but they do receive gratification.
Very often, I advise Yoga teachers and Yoga studios, with respect to disputes, between a Yoga teacher and the Yoga studio ownership. Each side will call the other self serving and greedy. Some Yoga teachers become a perceived threat for a variety of reasons, and find themselves out of a job.
The most common reasons for dismissal are: “Money is tight,” the Yoga teacher was networking to steal students, or an ethics violation. A real ethics violation is a “no-brainer” and the Yoga studio, ashram, or health club has to take swift action; especially, if this were in relation to a potential harassment case, where the management would find itself in the middle of a lawsuit.
About Business: Despite many denials, everything in this world is business, to some degree; but ethical business practice is much different from greed. Some thriving Yoga businesses contribute to many charities, help the community, and spread the word of living a quality life.
Personally, quality Yoga teachers are hard to come by, and studios should prepare for “seasonal slow downs.” Below is some advice I recently gave a Yoga teacher, who is very skilled, but was permanently released by an ashram, due to the “summer slow down.”
“Your ability and creativity to use props, and make good physical adjustments, is a valuable skill. Very often, in lectures, I refer to knowledge of body mechanics, as a major asset, and the ability to teach every student, who walks in the door, as priceless. You have the ability to teach, any Yoga student, at any level.
Although the director of your ashram overlooked your value, you should not be discouraged, at all. There is a saying: “knowing is enough.” Keep developing your skills, help people, and good karma will help you.
The best we can do is change the world for the better – one person at a time. If we can do more – that is good too. Don’t be disheartened – always look at what good can be done, in response to any given situation. Your passion for Yoga can help everyone you come into contact with.”
For those Yoga studios, which worry about losing students to a Yoga teacher, you could design a non-competition agreement, for your protection. I still do not have one at my center, but I do know what it is like to create an idea for a Yoga class, find a teacher, advertise, and cultivate that class – only to have a Yoga teacher take their class home.
So why do I still not have a “contract” for Yoga teachers on my staff? Many of those students, who initially left, gradually returned back to us. Did I learn from my mistake? Yes I did; but the relationship between studio ownership and independent Yoga teacher is all about trust, character improvement, and cultivating mutual respect. This is what makes it a bit different from the corporate world.
Lastly, if you are a Yoga studio or ashram owner that has been “burned,” in the past, by staff or employees, it doesn’t hurt to review your hiring process. Hiring good technical Yoga teachers is not enough, if you cannot trust them.
We did overhaul our interviewing process, preliminary requirements, and hiring practices, without implementing a non-competition agreement contract. Make sure Yoga teacher candidates are interviewed more than once, by different people. This will “weed out” those you can trust, from those you have doubts about.
© Copyright 2009 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications