— Complementary practices

These practices complement those presented in Phase I and II and enhance the benefits further.

  • Chanting: Chant a word, phrase or a few lines which appeal to your heart. The chant can be religious or non religious. Better to choose a chant with an ancient tradition behind it, as it will have a power of its own, having been repeated by millions of people in the past. If you have no religious belief, choose a non-religious chant like the word “calm-ing” spoken slowly. The benefits will be equally good. Our interest is only in the sound of the words, not their meaning or images related to them. More…
  • Drinking Water: This method benefits the body (includes the brain) directly. The mental processes benefit indirectly, due to a more healthy body. You have to drink at least 8 full cups (one cup is 240 ml) of plain water, close to body temperature, every day, to meet the body’ needs. But this should not be in a random manner. More…
  • Hot to Cold Shower: Start your bath with hot shower. Soap and rinse the body. Before shutting off the shower, move the faucet handle a little, towards the cold side. Turn your body around. Repeat this practice 3 to 5 times, till you get the coldest water you can bear. More…
  • ‘Neti’ practice for stuffy nose and sinus problems: One common problem for ‘focusing on breathing’ is a stuffy or running nose. A simple and proven home therapy for resolving this problem is to use a Yoga based ‘Neti pot’, available at Walmart or on-line. More…
  • Deepening and slowing the Breath: Longer and deeper breaths result in less number of breaths per minute which has a calming effect. Let us say your breath cycles (one in and out breath is one cycle) are 14 to 16 per minute. Try to extend the length of in and out breaths, resulting in less number of breaths per minute. More…
  • Yoga breathing: Try these modes of YOGA breathing modes for short durations of 1/2 to 1 minute to see how you feel. If you feel any adverse indications, stop immediately. Breathe normally, till you feel normal and resume. If the practice makes you feel better, increase the duration gradually. (1) Kapalabhathi. Don’t try it if you have Hypertension, Heart disease, Hernia or Stomach ulcers. Also women in menstrual period and pregnancy should avoid it. (2) Alternate nostril breathing

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