How to practice yoga to treat epilepsy

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There are a number of Yoga postures for treating epilepsy. The forward lean position, downward dog pose, and corpse pose are three of the 18 positions illustrated. Seizures occur when the brain generates abnormal electrical signals. The rhythmic breathing of yoga in these positions increases blood flow to your brain, calming the brain cells and calming the nervous system.

Steps to follow:

One.Stand on your mat or towel, feet hip-width apart, to initiate yoga breathing. Inhale and stretch your spine, and fill your rib cage with air. Exhale. Inhale again and look at the sky or ceiling, then exhale and release the tension in your jaw, shoulders, lower back, and hips. Make your breath strong, like the wind going through a tunnel, and visualize warming up your spine. Hold your breath until your entire back feels warm and tingly.

Two.Tilt your belly down toward your hips for the forward pose. Close the elbow facing the opposite hand or reach the right hand to the right ankle and the left hand to the left ankle. Explore flexibility back by bringing your belly closer to your hips with each exhale you take. Stay in that position for several breaths. Repeat the pose several times if you wish.

3.Get on your hands and knees on the mat or towel, to prepare for the low dog position. Place your palms under the shoulders, at the width of the shoulders, and the knees under the hips, at the width of the hips. Inhale and push your hips toward the ceiling or sky and your chest toward your feet. Your body will form an inverted V. Inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale and bring your navel towards your spine. Stay in the position for five minutes taking deep breaths, then return your hands and knees. Repeat the pose a couple of times, if you like, and stay in it for several breaths.

4.Lie down with your back on the mat and knees bent for corpse attitude. Extend your legs one at a time. Let your feet and arms open to the ceiling or sky. Let your lower teeth hang over your upper teeth. Let your eyes float in their sockets. Allow all the tension to melt away. Your mind stays in the present moment with your body. Let random thoughts drift through your awareness and focus on your breathing. Stay in the corpse pose for two to three minutes or more to continue practicing this yoga pose.

5.Explore more of yoga by attending classes led by a certified instructor. These are the basic yoga positions and are found in any yoga class. Yoga is a suitable therapy to reduce the side effects of medication in the treatment of epilepsy, including fatigue, dizziness, weight gain and loss of coordination.

Tips

  • You can use up to three yoga blocks in the forward bend position. Stack them under your hands to reduce the tension on the strings.
  • Place a folded blanket under your neck, under your back, or across your knees, facing the corpse to reduce tension in those areas. You can also do the corpse pose with your knees bent.
  • Do not lock your knees in the forward position, as this puts pressure on your lower back.

 

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