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Friday, April 10, 2020

PRANAYAMA TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF CORONA AND IMPROVE THE IMMUNITY

PRANAYAMA TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF CORONA AND IMPROVE THE IMMUNITY


The year of the plague ,the covid-19 or corona virus is infecting each and every part of our lives, from the rising infection rates and deaths and the TRP centric  news making us terrified that each breath could be our last , both our physical and mental health has taken a huge toll. And while staying in our homes and maintaining social distancing is essential in stopping the spread of this pandemic, what can one do to boost one's immunity and keep the home a calm and positive place?

The simplest and most effective solution was discovered over a thousand years ago by Guru Patanjali, the pranayama! As breath is life , it is control of one’s breathing that provides one with control over one's health.

There are many simple and yet very effective breathing Kriyas to keep your respiratory organs clean and also increase the lung capacity.
Key is to practice twice daily ,for half hour once ,before 6 am and  before dinner.
You tube videos are shared to practice and readers can join us on free online sessions on Pranayama .The links are provided in our website .But if you are new to Yoga then would suggest to mail us at premanageshvyaniti@gmail.com to give more attention.


One must practice in sequence the breathing techniques as mentioned below:

DEEP BREATHING TECHNIQUE:




BHASTRIKA KRIYA


KAPALBHATTI KRIYA


ANULOMA VILOMA PRANAYAMA


Apart for this ancient Breathing techniques ,there are also Hatha yoga Cleansing Kriyas like Jal Neti which is also wonderful way of preventing infection in nasal and throat area.This practice is one of the easiest technique which gives instant result and to be practice before pranayama.

The you tube link which will explain about Jalneti :

Hindi: \https://youtu.be/CyEX9tviM2U



Some of the scientifically proven health benefits of Pranayama
  • Helps boosts your immune system by stimulating the movement of the lymph nodes , thus producing more white blood cells in the body
  • Reduces fear and anxiety
  • Strengthens the respiratory system by giving them a work out and thus improving their capacity 
  • Helps the lungs expel toxins and germs accumulated in the respiratory systems 
  • Over all brings confidence and allow us to think positive


So this lock down, don’t simply get tensed siting at home and get your mind poisoned by the fear mongering around you, take a few moments, breath in and take control of your breath , health and mind. 
Don't miss to give us the feed back .

HARI OM TAT SAT

Sunday, February 23, 2020

HISTORY OF YOGA AND MODERN YOGA


SATYASYA SATYAM “THE TRUTH OF THE TRUTH”- UPANISHADS

                      HISTORY OF YOGA(with reference after collecting from various sources)

Saivite siddhantic tradition

Nandi (Sanskrit: नन्दि, Tamil: நந்தி) is the name of the gate- guardian deity of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva.
Nandinatha is considered as the chief guru of eight disciples.
Nandinatha Sampradaya –
1. Sanaka,
2. Sanatana,
3. Sanandana,
4. Sanatkumara,
5. Tirumular,
6. Vyagrapada,
7. Patanjali and
8. Sivayoga Muni
who were send to eight directions to spread the wisdom of Shaivism.
The word’Nandi has come from Tamil root wordNandh (Tamil: நந்து) means to grow, to flourish or to appear.
The Sanskrit word Nandi (Sanskrit: नन्दि) has the meaning of “happy”, “joy” and “satisfaction”; also said as the properties of divine guardian of Lord Shiva.
Nandi got the divine knowledge of Agamic and Tantric wisdom taught by Lord Shiva from goddess Parvati. He could teach that divine knowledge to his Eight disciples who are identified as the progenitors of Nandinatha Sampradaya.

Tamil Saiva Siddhanta tradition (10th century AD)

Patañjali learned Yoga along with seven other disciples from the great Yogic Guru Nandhi Deva, as stated in Tirumular’s Tirumandiram (Tantra 1).
 "Nandhi arulPetra Nadharai Naadinom 
  Nandhigal Nalvar Siva Yoga MaaMuni 
  Mandru thozhuda Patañjali Vyakramar 
  Endrivar Ennodu (Thirumoolar) Enmarumaame" 
Translation:
“We sought the feet of the God who graced Nandikesvara. The Four Nandhis, Sivayoga Muni, Patañjali, Vyaghrapada and I (Thirumoolar). We were these eight.”

YOGA (Sanskrit word Yuj: a union)

“Atha yoga anushasanam” Yoga is a discipline
• In a yogic term it means spiritual growth and finally leads to self-realization.
• Spirituality comes with right practice of yoga Asanas, Pranayama, including Yam and Niyama.
• Dharnaand Dhyana are inner practices which one can enter effortlessly by following the earlier ones
• Meditation is a state of mind and is a process which just happens.
• Doesn’t belong to any religion.
• It’s a way of life, a disciplined life to bring confidence in you in all walks of life.
• Patanjali, one of the world’s greatest sages practiced and taught in India somewhere between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. • Often called the “Father of Yoga, Patanjali was the sage who codified his thoughts and knowledge of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
• In this work, Patanjali compiled 196 sutras or concise aphorisms that are essentially an ethical blueprint for living a moral life and incorporating the science of yoga into your life.

Traditional Yoga

Father of yoga : ‘Sage Patanjali’
Verse by Bhoja at the start of his commentary on the YogaSutras called Rājamārttanda (11th century), and the following verse found in Shivarama’s 18th-century text
"Yogena Cittasya Padena Vaacaam | 
Malam Shariirasya Ca Vaidyakena || 
Yo[a-A]paakaro[a-U]ttamam Pravaram Muniinaam | 
Patan.jalim Praan.jalir-Aanato[a-A]smi ||" 
English translation:”I bow with my hands together to the eminent sage Patañjali, who removed the impurities of the mind through yoga, of speech through grammar, and of the body through medicine.”
Patañjali wrote treatises on
1. Grammar
2. Medicine
3. and Yoga
Patanjali has given us the depth of Yoga through these 196 Yoga Sutras(aphorisms). It was the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval era, having been translated into about forty Indian languages and two non-Indian languages: Old Javanese and Arabic. The text fell into obscurity for nearly 700 years from the 12’th to 19’th century, and made a comeback in late 19’th century due to the efforts of Swami Vivekananda and others. It gained prominence again as a comeback classic in the 20’th century.
Patanjalatantra (medical text)
Patanjali is also the reputed author of a medical text called Patanjalah, also called Patanjala or Patanjalatantra.
This text is quoted in many yoga and health-related Indian texts. Patanjali is called a medical authority in a number of Sanskrit texts such as:

Yogaratnakara,
Yogaratnasamuccaya,
Padarthavijnana,
Cakradatta bhasya
Some of these quotes are unique to Patanjala, but others are also found in major Hindu medical treatises such as Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhit.

ASHTANGA YOGA by Patanjali

Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali consists of 8 limbs
Yamas
Yamas are ethical rules in Hinduism and can be thought of as moral imperatives. The five yamas listed by Patañjali in Yogasūtra are

1. Ahiṃsā : Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.
2. Satya: truthfulness, non-falsehood.
3. Asteya : non-stealing.
4. Brahmacārya : chastity,marital fidelity or sexual restrain.
5. Aparigraha : non-avarice, non-possessiveness.
Niyama
The second component of Patanjali’s Yoga path is called niyama, which includes virtuous habits, behaviors and observances (the “dos”) Sadhana Pada Verse 32 lists the Niyamas as

1. Śauca: purity, clearness of mind, speech and body.
2. Santoṣa: contentment, acceptance of others, acceptance of one’s circumstances as they are in order to get past or change them, optimism for self.
3. Tapas: persistence, perseverance, austerity.
4. Svādhyāya: study of Vedas (see Sabda in epistemology section), study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches and actions.
5. Īśvarapraṇidhāna: contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality.
Āsana
स्थिरसुखमासनम् ॥४६॥(Sanskrit
English translation:
I. Sthiram sukham Asanam
II. Motionless and Agreeable form (of staying) is Asana (yoga posture).
Asana is thus a posture that one can hold for a period of time, staying relaxed, steady, comfortable and motionless. Patanjali does not list any specific asana, except the terse suggestion,”posture one can hold with comfort and motionlessness
Prānāyāma
Prāṇāyāma is made out of two Sanskrit words Prāṇa (breath) and Ayāma (restraining, extending, stretching).

After a desired posture has been achieved, verses through recommend the next limb of yoga, prāṇāyāma, which is the practice of consciously regulatingbreath (inhalation and exhalation).
Pratyāhāra
Pratyāhāra is a combination of two Sanskrit words prati- (the prefix – “against” or “contra”) and āhāra ( “bring near, fetch”).
Pratyahara is drawing within one’s awareness. It is a process of retracting the sensory experience from external objects. It is a step of self-extraction and abstraction. Pratyahara is not consciously closing one’s eyes to the sensory world; it is consciously closing one’s mind processes to the sensory world.
Dhāranā
Dharana meansconcentratio, introspective focus and one-pointedness of mind. The root of word isdhṛ which has a meaning of “to hold, maintain, keep”.

Dharana as the sixth limb of yoga is holding one’s mind onto a particular inner state, subject or topic of one’s mind.
Dhyāna
Dhyana literally means “contemplation, reflection” and “profound, abstract meditation”.

Dhyana is contemplating, reflecting on whatever Dharana has focused on. If in the sixth limb of yoga one focused on a personal deity, Dhyana is its contemplation.
Samādhi
Samadhi literally means “putting together, joining, combining with, union, harmonious whole, trance”.
Samadhi is oneness with the subject of meditation.

HATHA YOGA

Hatha yoga by founder ‘Sage Matsyendranath’
Matsyendranātha, Macchindranāth or Mīnanātha (c. early 10th century) was a saint and yogi in a number of Buddhist and Hindu traditions. He is traditionally considered the founder of hatha yoga as well as the author of some of its earliest texts.

He is also seen as the founder of the Natha sampradaya, having received the teachings from Shiva He is especially associated with kaulashaivism. He is also one of the eighty-four Mahasiddhas and considered the guru of Gorakshanath, another important figure in early hatha yoga. He is revered by bothHindus and Buddhist and is sometimes regarded as an incarnation of Avalokiteśvara.

Yogi Swatmarama Yogi Swatmarama was a 15th and 16th century yogic sage in India. He is best known for compiling the yoga manual Hatha Pradipika or Light on Hatha Yoga. This manual describes the use of:

Asanas,
Pranayama,
Shatkarma,
Mudras, and
Bandhas,
and their practice as the means to awaken the Kundalini, leading to deeper and deeper states of Samadhi. Svatmarama maintains throughout the text that Hatha Yoga’s true purpose is the arousal of the Kundalini, until perfection in Raja Yoga is achieved, i.e. liberation.


Hatha Yoga Asanas

In Hatha Yoga asana is spoken as first part of yoga. It’s spoken as a specific position which opens up the energy channels and psychic centers and restructures the Pranic flow. Hatha Yogi says once you develop control over the body, you can control the mind. Swami Swatmarama describes 33 asanas (30 asanas are mentioned below). Which are essential and practiced by founders of Hatha Yoga .

1. Siddhasana (siddha in Sanskrit means “perfect” and “adept”)
2. Padmasana(lotus)
3. Baddh padamsana
4. Bhadrasana (bound angle butterfly)
5. Muktasana (liberation)
6. Vajrasana (vajra in Sanskrit means “thunderbolt” or “diamond)
7. Svastikasana (prosperous – similar to Siddhasana except top foot is tucked into top thigh)
8. Simhasana (lion)
9. Gomukhasana (cow face)
10. Virasana (hero) or ardh padamsana
11. Dhanurasana (bow)
12. Mritasana (Savasana or Shavasana, corpse)
13. Guptasana (variation to Siddhasana where organ of generation is hidden by both heels, gupta in Sanskrit means hidden)
14. Gatsyasana (fish)
15. Gatsyendrasana (Lord of the Fishes, seated twist; see half seated twist Ardha Matsyendrasana and Complete Lord of the Fishes Paripurna Matsyendrasana)
16. Gorakshana or Baddh Konasana
17. Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
18. Utkatasana (chair)
19. Mayurasana (peacock)
20. Kukkutasana (cock or rooster)
21. Kurmasana (turtle)
22. Uttanakurmakasana
23. Vrikshasana (tree)
24. Mandukasana
25. Garudasana (eagle)
26. Vrikshasana
27. Shalabhasana (locust)
28. Makarasana (crocodile)
29. Bhujangasana (cobra)
30. Yogasana (staff or Dandasana)


RAJA YOGA

Raja Yoga is Yoga of the mind. It focuses on the intellectual, emotional and intuitive parts of the personality. Its purpose is to awaken hidden potential through true understanding. It requires us to raise the lower mind to the higher mind, from a sensory experience to enlightenment. Ideally, it is paired with and practiced after Hatha Yoga, which prepares the physical body for deep meditation.
Examples are Sages and Rishis who are pure hatha yogis and also in process of raja yoga.


KARMA YOGA

Karma Yoga is the Yoga of action. This means the act of giving your time, efforts and kindness or any selfless action without expectations of reciprocation or personal gain. This means acting without the intention of a reward, confirmation or approval. It can be an unnoticed deed, for example, such as cleaning up litter, fixing a fallen sign or saving a drowning insect from the pool simply from the kindness of your own heart. Karma Yoga revolves around doing things for the greater good and is the most humbling of the many Yoga limbs.
Example of Karma Yogi: Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa Fifth type of traditional yoga Jnana Yoga


JNANA YOGA

Jnana Yoga is the Yoga of knowledge and wisdom. It is the Yoga of self-inquiry and asking questions such as, “Who am I?” without the interference of any previous conditioning or assumptions – To know that we don’t know and look within for all of the answers. Ultimately, we recognize and separate from ego and remain as the true Self.
Example or Jyana Yogi: Swami Vivekananda

BHAKTI YOGA

Bhakti Yoga is the Yoga of devotion and love for the Supreme, God or a Guru. It is characterized by creating a loving, long-lasting personal relationship with the Beloved in whatever form it may take for you. It transcends all religions and is absolutely universal – The power of Love!
Example: Meera Bai and her devotion to lord Krishna

MANTRA YOGA

Mantra Yoga is the Yoga of primordial sounds that vibrate with the universe.
Mantras are Sankrit words and phrases that are spiritually powered. They are repeated (called Japa) and chanted with concentration. This ultimately leads to the dissolving of the outer worlds, which then allows for union with the universe.

TANTRA YOGA


Tantra Yoga is the Yoga of energies. The main purpose is to bring the duality of feminine (Shakti) and masculine (Shiva) energies within us together into a state of non-duality and thus achieving perfect union.
In some parts of the East, Tantra is looked down upon and not considered a type of Yoga. This is most likely due to the fact that it is often misunderstood, misconstrued and abused.


Modern Yoga


Father of Modern Yoga: Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989)

Modern postural yoga encompasses a vast array of disciplines and has become a worldwide phenomenon over recent decades. Its origins are often credited to Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, which lays forth a map for how to fix the dilemma of human life. From this work we see the beginnings of Krishnamacharya.
He was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga, Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga.
Krishnamacharya held degrees in all the six Vedic darśanas, or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the King of Mysore, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Krishnamacharya traveled around India giving lectures and demonstrations to promote yoga, including such feats as stopping his heartbeat.
He is widely considered as the architect of vinyāsa. in the sense of combining breathing with movement. Underlying all of Krishnamacharya’s teachings was the principle “Teach what is appropriate for an individual., Krishnamacharya based his teachings on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Yoga Yajnavalkya. Whereas Krishnamacharya was deeply devoted to Vaishnavism, he also respected his students’ varying religious beliefs, or non-beliefs
He authored four books on yoga
Yoga Makaranda (1934),
Yogaasanagalu (c. 1941),
Yoga Rahasya,
Yogavalli (Chapter 1 – 1988)— as well as several essays and poetic compositions.
Some of Krishnamacharya’s students include many of yoga’s most renowned teachers:
1. Indra Devi (1899–2002),
2. K. Pattabhi Jois (1915–2009),
3. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014),
4. T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016),
5. Srivatsa Ramaswami (born 1939),
6. G. Mohan (born 1945)
Krishnamacharya was the brother-in-law of B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga,” who credits Krishnamacharya with encouraging him to learn yoga as a young person in 1934.
His scholarship in various darshanas of orthodox Indian philosophy earned him titles such as Sāṃkhya-yoga-śikhāmaṇi, Mīmāṃsā-ratna, Mīmāṃsā-thīrtha, Nyāyācārya, Vedāntavāgīśa, Veda-kesari and Yogācārya.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa Yoga is a common form of Yoga which includes a seamless flow of various asana along with Pranayama. Each sequence is unique and ever-changing similar to the flow of life

Kundalini

Kundalini Yoga is an extremely powerful Yoga which awakens the Kundalini energies that lies dormant at the base of the spine and travels upward through the chakras. It includes intense breathing, energizing movements and chanting.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is an intense form of Yoga, which includes various postures. The asana are combined with the breath and progress into advanced asana to tone and master the body.

Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga is a versatile form of Hatha Yoga which was created by B.K.S Iyengar. It includes the use of props such as blocks, cushions and straps and is therefore suitable for all body types and capabilities.

Bikram

Bikram Yoga, which is also known as “Hot Yoga”, is done in a closed room that has been heated to a high temperature and humidity level. This is a new form of Yoga dedicated to sweating out those toxins.

 


Monday, February 25, 2019

Vyaniti Yoga enters Limca Book Of Records

Vyaniti Yoga enters Limca Book Of Records



It was dream come true when more than 500 came together to celebrate health and performed 108 Suryanamaskar on Fri ,March 30th 2018 specially outside India,in Oman Muscat.
First time in history in a Gulf country such a huge crowd gathered for 108 Suryanamaskar and successfully completed.

We are truly grateful to His highness Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said for the constant support.

Our Vyaniti yoga studio in association with the Oman Cancer Association held a yoga event in Shangri-La Resort to promote cancer awareness, collect donations to help those affected  and spread knowledge on the role yoga plays in both curing and keeping all forms of cancer at bay


Once chief guest  HH Sayyid Marwan bin Turki bin Mahmoud al Said arrived and there was introduction speech by Mrs Prema Nagesh and Dr Wahid al Kharusi the Oman Cancer Association chairperson.He explained scientifically the benefits of right breathing in yoga which helps keep cancer at bay.



After that there was a demonstration by Padma Shri Nanammal One of India’s oldest and most respected yoga gurus  from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India,who even at the advanced age of 99 performed asanas which made even the 20 year olds members in the audience groan and ache , Guru Padma Shri Nanammal credits yoga in keeping her mind and body as quick as wip and has earned both the India's National Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2016 and the Padma Shri award in 2018 for her efforts in promoting this sacred art


After a brief set of warm up exercises to limber up the muscles and a small demonstration to ensure everyone followed the asanas perfectly and safely the count was started ,On the stage 12 participants were selected to lead the crowd from different countries and culture and age groups inspiring others to perform the 108 and among them was a senior citizens couple Mr V jayaraman and his wife Saraswati jayaraman who lead the charge despite being at the grand old age of 86 and 76 years.


it was a marvelous site to see both the young and old together performing this
ancient art of self improvement, some were there to support their loved ones and try to do as many as they could while others were there dead set to complete the record, many practicing for months in advance to ensure that they achieve perfect control over the breath in accordance with their movements , after all even one stance done out of sync with breathing can make one tired and thus ruin their chances of completing the 108 set with the rest, following the count set recorded by me as a teacher each stance had to be held for perfectly for 3 seconds and performed rhythmically with the previous and the next stance , bit by bit they pushed through the pain and the heat of the evening and keeping their minds focused on the recorded count.


Though the counting recordings that were used during the performance to keep track of the record worked perfectly,due to technical failure the audio track which was used to help people sync their movements stopped midway; and to our surprise everyone continued the counts together by chanting it on the top of their lungs each person syncing with the next through chant and thus their determination became the highlight of the day. As per the final count the group of 485 out of 530 completed their goal  and are now registered with the Limca book of records but each and every participant can now hold their head high and say to future generations that
they did their part in promoting good health and prosperity for all.


It is a proud moment indeed for all the participants on that day of performance and after receiving the news about the successfully entering the limca book of records.



HARI OM TAT SAT

Saturday, October 6, 2018

YOGA AND CANCER



Yoga, an unsung warrior against cancer

With today's constant media scares, plot holes filled medical dramas and half-baked internet rumours about everything being filled with carcinogens the thought of cancer has spared no one and fills all with anxiety. Almost everyone knows someone or at least knows of someone with a story of cancer. What is more disturbing is the fact that while humans have made such incredible medical advancement, there is still no cure for cancer without what is essentially poisoning oneself with chemotherapy. How many times have we heard people say, “Only if there was a pill to prevent cancer, I would take it everyday.”

We often hear people going through a cancer scare as if the world has come to an end and there is absolutely no solution or at least preventive measure. Well, it is not as bad as we think. It’s just that our fast paced life has left us little time to get a healthy life.

Yoga as a preventive and therapeutic measure

Running, swimming, walking are definitely important and a great way to stay fit. But, think about it; you run for one hour and then get stressed out emotionally for the remaining 23 hours.

So, is there a way to help us lead a completely balanced and healthy lifestyle? Yes and that’s where yoga comes in.

Yoga helps us to insulate our body and mind from stressful situations and environments; and, the key to achieve that is through conscious breathing throughout the day. It is in our human nature to either temporarily stop breathing or breathe less during stressful situations and since we live in a world of stressful situations all around, most of the people have shallow breathing that negatively impacts our internal organs. This helps the cancerous cells in our body to overpower our immune system.

If Yoga is practiced as a lifestyle, there is no logical or scientific reason for anyone getting cancer. And, even then in the fight against cancer, Yoga is an tool. There are so many cases where people have beaten cancer with yoga.

Stories of two cancer survivors
I personally know two extraordinary women who I am proud to call my yoga students and they are living demonstrations, of the power of yoga against cancer.

Cancer Survivor: Ranjana Joshi









Ranjana Joshi , a young mother (living in Oman), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 when she had discovered a lump and a scar during a routine check-up. On March 19th, 2008, Ranjana rushed to India and got operated on March 21st. After the surgery, she underwent six painful cycles of chemotherapy that had made her immune system so weak and made her depressed. And, then during one particular bad month of radiation therapy, the radiation had created so much of imbalance in her hormones that even with tablets and other medication her hormones could not be stabilized and she suffered side effects such as headache, giddiness and been told by the same doctors that she was now more vulnerable to cancer in her uterus due to these side effects.

Ranjana says ”In 2008 I started with hormone therapy, after completion of chemotherapy treatments. The hormone therapy affected my uterus. Early 2010 I started yoga as therapy with Prema Nagesh and then I started feeling much better physically and emotionally.

by 2011, the doctors said I could stop taking Tamoxifin tablets for hormone therapy as my hormones were becoming balanced and after that within 2 months of regular practice of yoga my uterus size reduced from 11 cm to 8 cms and my hormones had completely stabilized and I started getting sensation back in my left armpit and also developed strength in my hand which had become weak during chemotherapy.
I had then began practicing tougher asanas like Chakrasana and Shirshasana and also increased the numbers of Suryanamaskar I did daily and then one day I finished 216 Surya namaskars without a break.”

“I was so thrilled with myself that I started to share my experience with all, especially about how my experience of doing 108 or more Suryanamskar felt like undergoing chemotherapy treatment without any side effects because so much prana (energy) was being generated in me and these cancer cells won’t survive in a body with high Prana. I was practicing pranayama (yogic breathing exercise) very regularly and never missed even a single day which boosted my emotional strength as well. I further went ahead with a teacher training course with My Teacher Prema Nagesh and I now I teach yoga and share my first hand experiences with all especially women. My teacher is very proud of me that yoga has made me evolve in to new human being with a positive attitude.”

Yoga Practice by Ranjana Joshi - Timelines


       First month
o   Standing postures
         Greeva sanchalan
         Parvatasana
         Trikonasana
         Skanda uttanasana
         Gomukhasana

o   Sitting postures :
         Marjari asana
         Ustrasana
         Shashakasana

o   Supine postures:
         Hasta Sanchalan
         Janu Sanchalan

o    Prone postures
         Sarpasana
         Niralamba  Bhujangasana


       Second month onwards

o   Standing postures
         Suryanamaskar
         Chakrasana with chair
         Benefits:it stretches the arms and armpits chest ,lower abdomen muscles and strengthens the back

o   Sitting
         Paschimuttasnasana
         Ardhmatsyendrasana
         Benefits:it stretches the low back and leads to Moola Bandha which is beneficial for uterus and lower organs

o   Supine postures
         Uttanapadasana
         Sarvanagasana
         Halasana
         Matsyasana

Benefits: Strengthens the back and core muscles and also inversion helps to increase circulation towards the core and other glands.


o   Prone postures:
         Dhanurasana
         Bhujangasana series
         Benefits: massages the lower organs and increases circulation towards chest and uterus.

o   Meditation
Meditation for self-healing ,increases the power to heal and develops optimism (placebo effect)

o   Fasting once week gives rest to the whole body for repair  process to happen and one of the best way as therapy.

Consult a dietician before you start any specific diet and  Ranjana has very bland Saatvic (vegetarian) diet always.

Remember that most of all it was her dedication, hard work and faith in Yoga which helped her fight against cancer and to maintain her health. She has followed all the asanas in sequence as instructed.

visit our youtube link on Ranjana Joshi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsBfw_SBMq4&t=115s
(Details of all the above postures are in the yogatherapy4all.com)

Cancer Survivor: Sandhya


Sandhya, a middle aged mother who lives in United States. Sandhya  was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013.

She says
“While living in Memphis, Tennessee, I was an active person participating in all activities at Temple and in the community. Being a teetotaller, non smoker, with no history of cancer in my family, I never thought I would face this day. I was at the local grocery store when my doctor called with his findings. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and underwent 8 cycles of intense chemotherapy. I was left fatigued with no strength and would fall often fall sick with an infection. After 8 months of treatment, I was in remission and was sent home. then after a year, my cancer had relapsed and I underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant. Before the transplant, I had underwent 11 cycles of radiation and 4 cycles of chemotherapy. 
All this treatment took a heavy toll on my body. I was weak; resigned to a wheelchair, unable to do anything on my own.

And when I thought I was recovering, I started having difficulty in breathing and had to be admitted in the ICU on a ventilator where i underwent treatment for lung infection for about a month after I went through physiotherapy and also required speech therapy and needed special services to relearn to eat and drink on my own.
This is when I was introduced to Prema Ji's Trained teacher Praveen Rodrigo (who has opened vyaniti yoga in canada) through my friend. Praveen consulted Premaji and she guided me to start simple, different breathing techniques like

       Abdominal breathing
       Chest breathing
       Anulom-Vilom / Pranayama

Initially, I could hardly do these seemingly simple for two minutes a day. My lung capacity was only 25% and was constantly under a doctor’s care. I made slow progress and increased Anuloma Viloma exercise to 15 minutes every hour. This helped me get back my lost energy.

The best feeling I ever got was during this time was when I went for a follow up and  had shocked my doctor with my improvement.  I was overjoyed to see the shock on the doctor’s face when the doctor placed the stethoscope on my chest to check my lungs. Usually, he would ask me to take a deep breath to check my lungs and the doctor knew that it hurts me to just take one long breath. But, instead I was breathing freely without pain!! The doctor was pleasantly surprised and said “I don’t care what you did. Just keep doing it.” And, that was the day when I began to truly believed in Yoga. Since then, I have increased the duration for pranayama. A great news came to me two months later when the doctor said that there is no sign of cancer in my scan after which I asked him to reduce the medication, for which the doctor reluctantly agreed. Then again, a month later, when I went for a check up I was told there was no sign of cancer.

By God's grace and Premaji’s continued support and encouragement, I now don’t have any lung issues or breathing problems anymore. After eight months of doing Anulom Viloma, Premaji guided me into doing Kapalbhaati and I will recommend Pranayama to one and all. I not only feel energetic but also feel alert and also have improved memory power. Please do yoga under a guru’s guidance and enjoy the positive changes.”

Now, Sandhya has gained the confidence that she can beat cancer. She is still under recovery and is still not completely healthy yet but with her commitment, I am sure she will return to her full strength and start applying for her old job in no time.

Pranayama is the simple exercise which makes a sick person stand up, an angry/short tempered person to melt down and a depressed person to develop an self-confidence by being positive and develop a “never give up” attitude.

Important - Pranayamas or breathing techniques which both Ranjana Joshi and Sandhya practiced are :

       Abdominal Breathing(massage the  abdominal organs and relaxes )
       Chest Breathing (improves lung capacity)
       Deep breathing (increases the oxygen absorption)
       Kapalbhatti (this Pranayama reduces the free radicals)
       Anuloma viloma(balances the both the energy level in body)
       Seetkari (reduces the heat of the body after chemo therapy)
       Bhramari (reduces the stress instantly)

I hope this message will inspire people to consider yoga as a means to fight cancer. Also, if you can lead a yogic life, you will get the opportunity to celebrate life and lead a happy, stress-free life. And, you can be confident that cancer will never knock at your door.

If you or anyone else needs guidance in yoga to fight cancer, please write to us at yogatherapy4all@gmail.com


Hari Om