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THE CODE USED IN THE EXERCISE SERIES
In order to facilitate your use of these series, the following codes will be used:
T – TIMES (how many times the exercise is repeated)
M – MINUTES (the length of time a technique should be performed, unless there are difficulties, in which case they can be done for less time. In cases where you have performed an exercise for a number of months and feel comfortable with it, you can gradually increase the time)
R – RIGHT (exercises are sometimes performed first with the right leg or arm and then the
L – left.
At other times both are used together (B).
Or it may indicate turning to the right (R) in an exercise or to the left (L)
No. __(indicates the number of the exercise, relaxation, type or breathing or other technique so that you can find it more easily in the file HS17 Description of Yoga Exercises
REFER TO THE EXPLANATION CONCERNING HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION IN
HS01 THE BASIS OF SELF THERAPY
HS16 HOW TO USE THESE SUGGESTIONS
HS17 DESCRIPTION OF YOGA EXERCISES
A person with a history of epilepsy is not as much at the mercy of this problem as he might think. The way one lives and thinks can play an important role in the frequency of crisis and as to whether there will be any crises at all. Living a harmonious life with peaceful thoughts and surroundings and eating pure and nutritious foods can bring about an overall state of harmony which can lessen the frequency of crises or eliminate them altogether in some cases.
The dietary guidelines given below are based on Paavo Airola’s research on the relationship between diet and epilepsy.
SOME POSSIBLE CAUSES
1. Magnesium deficiency. 2. Low blood sugar. 3. Emotional tensions. 4. Past traumatic experiences from childhood or previous lives. 5. Disturbance in brain functions. 6. Allergies. 7. Liver malfunctions.
EFFECTIVE NATURAL SOLUTIONS
1. Get plenty of magnesium and calcium through foods and diet supplements.
2. Ensure a steady supply of sugar in the blood by eating cooked whole grains and vegetables, raw nuts (walnuts), soybeans and green leafy vegetables and natural cheeses and yogurt as well as sprouted grains. (See the section on hypoglycemia).
3. Drink healthy fresh vegetable juices and fruit juices.
4. Avoid meat and fish, white flour and white sugar.
5. Do not overeat, especially before sleeping.
6. Useful vitamins are: B6, Dolomite (or Magnesium Chloride or magnesium Gluconate, or magnesium oxide), Vitamin E and the B complex.
7. Avoid stressful or exciting situations.
8. Get plenty of rest and sleep especially during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. 9. Get plenty of fresh air and outdoor activity: walk, run, dance, swim, work in the garden, sing. Keep the windows of the house open as much as possible.
10. If constipation is a problem, solve it with the suggestions given in that section.
11. Warm mineral baths or even swimming in the sea can be relaxing and helpful.
12. Get an experienced guide to guide you through deep relaxation techniques about five or six times and then continue daily on your own. Being relaxed is absolutely necessary if you want to get free from this problem.
13. Simple breathing techniques with the ratio 2:1:2:1 will be very balancing for the nervous system and the emotions and should be practiced for about 3 to 5 minutes three times a day. (Do not practice more than this without guidance from an expert).
14. Reflexology can be used to stimulate the functioning of the pituitary, the brain, the nervous system and endocrine glands and bring about overall harmony.
15. Shiatsu massage and spiritual healing can be used to reestablish the harmonious flow of bioenergy and release nervous and emotional tensions.
16. Get help in overcoming sources of emotional tensions, through self analysis and self transformation through reading and seminars.
17. Involve your self in various forms of creative activities which are meaningful and useful to you.
18. Develop your spiritual life by getting involved with other people who desire spiritual growth and engage in various spiritual activities and disciplines.
19. Practice the following techniques on a daily basis – preferably under the guidance of a teacher.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REGENERATION
The following techniques are designed to: 1. Ensure efficient circulation to the brain. 2. Tonify the liver and improve digestion. 3. Ensure good elimination of toxins. 4. Relax and strengthen the nerves. 5. Harmonize the endocrine system.
In the specific case of epilepsy it is important to have a teacher present for the first four or five times you perform these exercises. You can then continue on your own. Start out with just a few of the exercises presented in the first series and gradually add other exercises until you feel comfortable doing the first series on a daily basis. Then begin to gradually add exercises from the suggested series until you are doing the complete series.
If you have been having crises lately or are taking heavy medication, check with your doctor about doing these exercises.
1. Backward and Forward Str. (3T) No.20
2. Sideward Bend (3R, 3L) No.19
3. Head Rolls (3R, 3L) No.31
4. Swing (slowly) (20T) No.1
5. Prayer position (2 to 5L) No.37
6. Complete breathing in the 1/2 Shoulder stand (2:1:2:1) (5L) No.29
7. Deep relaxation
8. Cat (7T) No.8
9. Salutation to Earth (3T) No.43
10. Wind relieving posture (3R,3L,3B) No.4
11. 1/2 Shoulder Stand (with series 4) (20L) No.29
12. Deep relaxation
Backward & Forward Str. (3T) No.20
2. Sideward bend (3R,3L) No.19 No.4
Head Rolls (5R,5L) No.31
Swing (20 to 40 T) (slowly) No.1
Cat (7T) No. 8
Salutation to Earth (3T) No.43
7.Prayer position (5L) No.37 8. 1/2
8. Deep relaxation
10. Wind relieving Pos. (3R,3L,3B) 11. Abdominal Contr. (3T) No.38
12. Torsion (3LR, 3LL) No.41
13. 1/2 Fish (3T) No.15
14. Forward str. (2 to 5L) No.42
15. Cobra (1/2 to 2L) No.22
16. 1/2 Shoulder stand (with series 3 & 4) (20L) No.29
17. Deep relaxation
1. Persons with a history of epileptic seizures should be very careful not to force any exercise or strain themselves or go beyond their limits of stamina. On the other hand it is important that you get peaceful and mild exercise which relaxes the muscles and nerves and ensure efficient blood flow to the brain daily.
2. Start out with some of the exercises from the first series. Gradually add exercises until you are doing the first series in its entirety. Then gradually begin to add the new exercises from the suggested series. You should have the guidance of a yoga instructor in the beginning.
3. Relax and breathe in a relaxed way in between exercises.
4. Eventually with the guidance of a teacher add other exercises such as the boat, the salutation to the sun, fish, bridge, shoulder stand and plough.
5. Be sure to do deep relaxation daily – best twice a day.