Acuyoga

Introduction to new healing method

Acu-Yoga is used to heal and stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanism. It relieves tension, boosts one’s energy and strengthens the body and mind.

Yoga heals mind and body and liberates our soul. Acu-Yoga is a modern concept, where acupressure and yoga are combined for best results. This method uses traditional yoga postures for pressing acupressure points using whole body instead of just hands.

Yoga postures press specific body points to awaken the meridian pathways so that life energy can circulate freely and heal the body. Meridian pathways are acupressure points connecting different parts of the body. Meridians can be described as energy channels or pathways.

Partner yoga is a branch of acu-yoga which involves two people to stimulate pressure points.

A pregnant woman can undertake yoga with her partner to enhance the acupressure effect and healing many of the pre natal and postnatal problems.

Acu yoga postures help in treating the body as a whole- at physical, mental and psychic level instead of the disease alone. This method contains modified asanas, pranayam and meditation techniques, which help in regulating the vital life force energy.

Acupressure in Acu-Yoga

Pressure points: Most of the yoga practitioners agree that while doing asanas, there are different points in the body being pressed with varying pressure and intensity. Such pressure points are located on our palms, fingertips, soles of our feet and the part between the ankle and the knee. Yogasanas stimulate different pressure points and help in healing our body. Just like any other alternative holistic healing method, yoga also deals with all the three-mind, body and soul.

Asanas

Acu-yoga is an attempt to blend acupressure principles with yoga to heal mind and body and liberate our soul. It helps to heal and stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanism.



To practice Acu-Yoga one can also learn many asana or yoga exercises for e.g Mudras, Janushirsana, Neck roll.

Surya Namaskar literally means ‘Sun worship’.The postures in this form of Yoga help in stimulating acupressure points also. Hence the benefits are double fold.The pressure points stimulated are at the palm, feet and calf muscles.

These postures provide elasticity to the spine reduces the abdominal fat, improves the lung capacity and digestion.

Surya Namaskar

There are asanas, which activate certain points to create subtle healing energy circuits. For example, in Janushirsasana the hands activate the foot and kidney meridians by pressing the under part of the foot and third eye acu-point. This asana benefits the practitioners immensely as it brings mental peace, which in turn awards good health.

JANUSHIRSASANA



Neck Exercises as Therapy

The neck is given special importance by both acupressure specialists and yoga therapists. Acupressure meridians travel through the neck and when these meridians are affected the energy does not travel freely, causing stiff neck, sore throat and swollen glands.

Similarly, yoga practitioners say that the nerves travel through the neck to eyes, ears and brain. A spinal misalignment in the neck can cause vision and hearing problems as well as headaches and poor sleep. Secondly, since major blood vessels pass through the neck to the brain, a neck misalignment can put pressure on the blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to the brain.

Neck Roll

Neck-roll exercises can ease tension in the neck region and normalize the situation.



  • Turn the head to the right and back to normal. Then turn to the left and back to normal.

  • Bend the head to the left as if you are pulling the left ears to the left shoulder. Then bend to the right as if pulling the right ears to the right shoulder.

  • Rotate the neck slowly to the left and then to the right (also known as Brahma mudra)
    Depending upon the ailments, one can practice asanas.



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Mudras

Mudra meditation is part of yoga practice and by doing mudras one can activate pressure points to heighten the healing effects.

All the five fingers represent five elements namely- fire, air, sky, earth and water. The thumb represents the fire-element and the index finger-the air. The middle finger represents the Sky whereas the ring finger-the Earth. The Little finger represents the Water element. When a finger representing an element comes into contact with thumb an electro magnetic effect is created.

Pran mudra activates the earth (ring finger) element and water (little finger) element. This mudra empowers the eyes.

Surya Mudra activates the earth (ring finger) element and helps in reducing body weight.


    

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