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* Hot to cold shower relieved sneezing and stuffiness in the nose

Surprising feedback from one of my clients.

“I got introduced to Mr Suryanarayana Chennapragada (CS) by one of my friends and started practicing the ‘focusing on breathing techniques’ to reduce stress (1).

I discussed one of my frequent problems with him. As soon as I woke up, I would feel a tickle inside my nose, start to sneeze and end up with a running nose. He gave me the following suggestions which helped me a lot.

  • I used the “Neti pot” twice a day (2).
  • Sometimes when my nose would be completely blocked, the water  would not flow through the nostrils. I did vigorous squats to open up my nostrils and then I could do the Neti. When I did the same thing  in the evening, my nostrils would open for a while but soon get stuffed up.
  • I tried something out of the world “Hot to cold shower” (3). I would begin with hot shower and before coming out of the shower, I turn the faucet handle to the cold side, in 4 to 5 small increments, till I get the coldest water I could bear. When in the shower, I bend and touch my feet several times and sometimes do a little jogging. This generates some heat in the body and I do not feel the coldness of the water as much. Then I realized that my nose was not as stuffy as it used to be.

Now, I don’t shower under the shower head. I fill the water in a bucket and pick up the water with a mug to pour over my body. The makes me bend down several times to scope the water. It works like an exercise and opens my nostrils. 

Now I don’t have the sneezing problem and the stuffiness of my nose is gradually reducing.”

(1) How can I focus on breathing?
(2) Neti Practice of nasal flushing
(3) Hot to cold shower

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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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