Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Heart, love and immunity: yoga talk

Interestingly, though Indians appear to be superstitious most of the time, they resist the idea of  of the psychosomatic connection between mind and body as improbably. I mean, u would think it would be easy to make this leap of faith!?  As a yoga teacher this is a strange resistance I find in most students.  If you tell them  that if you are love center is affected you may fall sick, they will nod their heads but refuse to do anything about it. 

This has been a big puzzle to me. In fact, in yoga many ailments are directly related to how you feel. It is not so far-fetched, u know. The nascent science of immunoneurology has made this fantastic discovery that is still being resisted by doctors, that your cell responds to environment triggers and alarms and changes its inner structure constantly. It is getting messages through the cell walls, is constantly engaged in receiving information --how you feel is actually a chemical reaction in your blood and the cells are constantly accessing your feeling. (Psst: Read that fabulous book Biology of Belief, to understand this breakthrough in conventional thinking. 

This aspect of the healing is fabulous and gives a lot of control over you must think when sick. It may also revolutionize how doctors talk to you when you go to them! 

But coming back to the topic at hand: The heart and the immune gland is closely linked. And here is a short lesson on it, for you all, so you can use it in your personal life. 

"As the thymus gland is closely linked to the energy of the heart, its full functioning indicates the importance of love. When we are feeling bitter, angry, hateful or despising whether towards ourselves or another, then our ability to fight infection and disease is lowered. When we are feeling loving, compassionate, generous and at peace, then our resilience will be far greater" : From the body-mind expert and author Debbie Shapiro's book `The body-mind workbook' (published by Vega books).

Yoga mudra, vajrasana variation:
For this pose, sit on your heels, as in the prayer pose for Muslims and Buddhists. Let your big toes touch, while the heels flare out. Knees should be together, though beginners may find it easier to hold the pose while the knees are little apart. Clasp hands behind. Inhale, looking up. Exhale, push the arms up, trying to keep the elbows straight. Hold for a few seconds, breathing normally. Release. Repeat five times.

Science speak:
The hands clasped behind open the chest up, impacting the thymus, the immune gland. The effect on the respiratory mechanism also impact the blood circulation, needed to carry the repair and rejuvenating products around more efficiently, especially when the immune system is under attack. The pressure on the spine, exerted by the shoulder blades, also activates the powerful meridian points associated with strong immunity.

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