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ilikeyoga2010-07-04 12:18:27 +0000 #1
I do Abdominal breathing,Chest breathing and Upper Clavicular breathing , Alternate nostril breathing and Brhamari every day in the morning with , each exercise 9 times. I do not do retention of breath, as i have had ischemia 32 years back. I wish to do these exercises in the vening also that means twice a day. Is it good or harmful? Please advise me.
Nichole2010-07-04 12:22:31 +0000 #2
It is potentially harmful to learn pranayama from anyone, or anything, other than a well-practiced, compassionate teacher, especially if you are currently hypertensive (as you have mentioned in another post) and have a medical history that includes ischemia. There are fewer true pranayama teachers in the world than there are true asana teachers in the world, but still, my best advise to you would be to search out a teacher who you would like to be in relationship with and who is able to teach and guide your practice properly. Another piece of freely given advice is to read up on the results of wrong practice. Done properly, the benefits of pranayama are both nourishing to the organs and tissues of the first kosha, and the benefits also transcend to the four subtler koshas too: this is where real and lasting changes begin. Pranayama done improperly for the individual will likely cause additional illness and dis-ease---truly. Here is a thread on wrong practice already on the forum: Wrong Practice: www.yogaforums.com/f...g-practice-2401.html .

You may want to look toward the research and work of Dr. Dean Ornish: www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/359 and Nischala Devi : www.abundantwellbeing.com/abw/index.action for reversing heart disease using Yoga in their healing protocols.

Kind regards,
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 12:24:12 +0000 #3
I could not agree more with Nichole's assessment.

Absolutely spot on.

Pranayama is a powerful tool and powerful tools can either support or destroy depending on she/he who is wielding the tool.

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