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* Useful for women in labor

I offered a complementary seminar for two couples taking lessons from Emily Marynczak, a childbirth educator (1). Her feedback after the seminar –

“Thank you very very much for your session last night. I personally have benefited so much form your techniques and I know that my clients have too. I will continue to discuss how well your techniques apply to labor. The concept of using the fingers to ‘anchor the mind’ is very promising for use in labor. Your “911″ remedy (2) for a stubbed toe is something that I teach for labor just with a different name. I also teach women to vocalize their exhalations- to release the power of the contraction- we practice open loud powerful wailing sounds to release the breath and any fears. A kind of birth song- but ultimately just a simple breath technique. I think that perhaps counting breaths, 1,2 3, 1, 2, 3 out loud may also be helpful to some women in labor. I am so enthralled with the simplicity and freedom inherent in your approach- It is freedom and simplicity that I strive to teach in my birth education work.

Subsequent comment:
I continue to refer my clients to your web site. We often practice together in my classes. I too look forward to a time when these techniques are main stream.”

(1) Emily Marynczak, AAHCC and Bradley Method Certified Birth Instructor #(518) 478-0062. (AAHCC is for American Association for Husband Coached Childbirth)
(2) 911 mode of ‘focusing on breathing’

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“My back pain of 25 years standing is reduced by 80%”

Received this feedback from a person who attended my classes at the Albany Hindu Temple.

“I was suffering from back pain and sleep disorder for the last 25 years.  I was diagnosed with herniated disk and arthritis in L4 & L5.  Six years ago, I was hospitalized twice. I have been taking numerous pain relievers, muscle relaxers and narcotics for severe pain and spasms until last year.  I have been getting treated for 10 visits once in 6 months by Chiropractors and Physical Therapists.  Massage would make me feel good for a week. All  these would help for a week and then I would reach a plateau. I spent numerous hours and dollars at the pain clinics. Needless to say how much money was spent thru the Insurance Company.  I tried all kind of things from home remedies to old Grandma remedies to gain some relief without success.

A few months back,  I asked Suryanarayana Chennapragada (CS)  if he could teach me how to practice “SuryaNamaskar” (Sun salutations of  Yoga).  He mentioned about the ‘Focusing on breathing’ technique for relaxation and simple stretching exercises.  I had seen his brochures at the temple and other places.  I read them but never practiced.

I thought that I had nothing to lose, let me give it a try, may be this would work. I was meeting with CS every week, to learn the relaxation by breathing and stretching exercises.  After couple of weeks, I saw improvement in my sleep pattern and back pain.  I have been doing the breathing and stretching exercises for the past 3 months for about 30-45 minutes a day.  In this period, I did not take a single pain medication and had a good night sleep.  After mowing the lawn for about 3 hours, I would feel my back a a little sore but after a shower, breathing & stretching exercises I feel a lot better. After 30-45 minutes I am back to normal with no pain. Currently may pain is 20% of what it had been for so many years.

‘Focusing on breathing’  technique combined with the stretching exercises helped a lot with my back pain and sleep disorder. I  strongly suggest these techniques to everyone to reduce stress, back-pain and gain profound energy.  There is nothing to lose but a lot to gain, that too, without spending any Dollars.”

Related pages
How can I focus on breathing?
Relief from chronic pains – Success stories 
How to relieve chronic pains by ‘Focusing on breathing’ PDF

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* My Back Pain of 25 years is reduced by 80%

Feedback from a client who attended 5 of my classes, learned and practiced ‘Focusing on breathing’ (1) and gentle stretching (2).

I was having back pain and sleep disorder from the last 25 years. I was diagnosed with herniated disk and arthritis in L4 & L5. I was hospitalized twice and taken numerous pain killers, muscle relaxer and narcotics. I was a frequent visitor to Chiropractors and Physical Therapists. For a week, these would help and then I would reach a Plateau. I spent numerous hours and dollars at the pain clinics, beyond what was paid thru the Insurance Company. I tried all kind of things from home remedies to old Grandma remedies, to reduce my back pain.

A couple of months ago, at a picnic, I asked Mr. C S (Suryanarayana Chennapragada) if he could teach me how to do “SuryaNamaskar”. At that time he mentioned about the breathing techniques and simple relaxation exercises. I saw his brochures at the Hindu Temple and other places. I read them but never practiced.

I thought that I had nothing to lose, let me give a try. May be this would work. I started meeting with C S weekly, to learn the breathing and stretching exercises. After couple of weeks, I saw improvement in my sleeping pattern and back pain. I have been doing the breathing and the stretching exercises for the past 3 months for about 30-45 minutes a day. In these 3 months, my back pain is reduced by 80%, did not have to take a single pain medication and had a good night sleep. After mowing the lawn for 3 hours, I feel my back a little sore but after a shower, breathing & stretching I feel a lot better. After 30-45 minutes I am back to normal, no pain.

Breathing techniques, relaxations and stretching exercises have helped me a lot with my back pain and sleep disorder. I strongly suggest these techniques to everyone to reduce stress, back-pain and gain profound energy. There is nothing to lose but a lot to gain, that too without spending any dollars.

(1) How Can I ‘Focus on breathing’?
(2) Loosening exercises of Yoga

Related pages
Relief from Insomnia – Success stories
Relief from chronic pains – Success stories

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I would like to continue hearing about your program

Received this mail from a participant who attended my seminar at the Department of Environmental Conservation New York State a few years back.

“I have been following your counting breaths strategy (1) for sometime and find it very helpful.  I will be leaving DEC at the end of September and would like to continue hearing about your program.  Could you please add my new e-mail address to your contact list.”

(1) How can I focus on breathing?

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Helping a breast cancer survivor

A breast cancer survivor, patient of my daughter, was introduced to the technique of ‘Focusing on breathing’ in a short session of 15 minutes by me when she visited our office. I showed her the ‘Segment’ mode and made her do it in my office, completing 2 hands. She experienced the relaxing effect and was convinced. She has been using the technique before sleep, on waking up and many other times of the day.

She reported these benefits: Back of her head was very stiff and painful for a  long time and now this has become free. She is able to sleep better and tolerate the harsh series of chemotherapy treatments which resulted in her hair falling off and body aching a lot and still function as a house keeper. She said that recently when she was fatigued and feeling totally powerless, she practiced the technique for one full hour and at the end she felt restored enough to be able to move about in the house.

Her recent feedback:
“The ‘Counting breaths’ technique is wonderful. It is a help for me when I am facing a treatment like chemotherapy. I am able to relax the mind and body with great sleep time. I use the counting mode at bed time, on waking up and when doing my stretching exercises.”

She has been displaying the brochures on the technique in her oncology clinic for the benefit of other patients. This is the first case of a cancer survivor practicing and reporting the benefits.

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A doctor teaching the technique to her patients

I gave copies of the hand outs (1) to a doctor of internal medicine known to my daughter Padma Sripada. When I met her after a few months, she said that she was using the technique herself and found it useful. She told one of her patients  under 5-6 medications and suffering from severe insomnia, to practice ‘counting breaths’ in blocks of 1 to 10 at bed time.  She made the patient practice it in the exam room, in her presence. After 2 days, that patient called and said after a long time, she was able to sleep happily!

(1) See top tab ‘DOWNLOADS – PDF’

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A diabetic patient’s rate of smoking involuntarily reduced

One diabetic woman attended my seminar at the Diabetic fair organized by Albany Medical Center, in May 2010. She registered for the ‘Follow Up’ classes at my office and attended her first class in June 2010. When I called her after a week to know how shew was practicing, she said she liked the practice. She added voluntarily that she was not smoking as many cigarettes as before. We did not even discuss about smoking in the class!

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