Yoga for Vision and Hair Loss

Felt truly relaxed stress just melted away I went from a size 18 to a size 8 I stopped getting sick pain disappeared your Yoga will real people with real problems hello I’m Deborah Devine and welcome to healing yoga Yoga for real people with real problems and yes that was my story busy executive with real problems due to an unhealthy lifestyle long hours hunched over computer and overwhelming stress were causing problems with my vision and, if you can believe it my hair was falling out in clumps Zoomers can come to these issues a little bit more honestly. Because they are regular age-related challenges. But based on my experience I’ve created a simple yoga series that can, if not cure your eyesight and hair loss at least help stimulate vision. And your hair follicles and remember you don’t have to be flexible or in good shape to do this practice it’s designed for people who might be living with chronic conditions we’ll start on our backs for a relaxing warm-up that will massage the scalp. And the eyes then in a series of standing and lying down poses will move fresh energy into our heads increasing circulation there and will also exercise the eyes you might question how effective these basic poses are.

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But even the simplest ones can unlock all sorts of tension do the whole series or, if you’re busy just do one or two poses to reap the benefits let’s start the healing joining me today Patricia and Mickey and we’re gonna be enjoying the benefits of this wonderful practice on our eyes and our scalp today we’ll come down into a constructive rest position on our backs using the arms to help you come down keeping the knees bent is a wonderful way to protect the low back. And we rest take the arms out away from the sides of the ribs oxygen consumption is very important for the eyes. And the scalp so we’d like to give the ribs as much room to move out and up as possible bring the shoulder blades down the back one at a time and create a little bit more space up in the clavicles these collarbones area the tops of the lungs penetrate up above the collarbones next time and out-breath comes along we’ll let the legs drop over to the right hinging the feet moving the head in the opposite direction of the knees we inhale and everything comes back to Center. And then we exhale knees drop to the opposite side head moves in the opposite direction coming back to Center and continuing this wonderful massage on the back of the skull is helping release long-held tension there in fact this area at the back of the skull that were massaging is the location of the starting point of many of the muscles of the upper back they start here at the back of the skull they move down the back of the neck they go laterally across the shoulder shelf. And some of them move all the way down the back almost to the waist every time you move your head from left to right and right to left another layer of stress and tension is being released now we’ll do some palming of the eyes a wonderful practice to rest the eyeballs we take the palms together and create a little bit of friction we’re creating some heat here we’re energizing the pumps. And then when things get really warm then we take the hands to the ice we take the outside edges of the palms and place them around the orbital bones around the brow bone around the top of the cheek phones and see, if you can create a very dark environment here and feel this wonderful warmth penetrating the eyelids penetrating the eyes there’s an enormous amount of electromagnetic energy that we’ve created in our plums and that energy is penetrating all of the cells of the eyeballs please continue to enjoy palming the eyes for the next few minutes. And we’ll be back to work more deeply with the eyes. And the scalp Yoga for real people with real problems for more yoga go to one TV CA / feelin yoga healing Yoga Yoga for real people with real problems hello my name is Patricia so vision has been an issue for me since as long as I can remember I’ve been doing yoga for many years now probably about 15 as I’ve grown older I don’t think my vision has improved at all in fact I had cataract surgery not that long ago. And I’m aware that I really have to be careful of my retinas. So In my yoga practice I make sure that for example I don’t do headstand any more. Because that that’s not beneficial at all that said I I think that certainly the downward positions.

But with some sort of elevation is going to be helpful so as long as you’re down as long as my head is is up so my body’s down my head’s up I’m still getting the blood flow and I believe that that’s that’s helpful welcome back today’s practice were focused on vision and hair thinning so Patricia how are you enjoying the practice so far one of my favorites Deborah is the rolling back and forth of the head I find that very helpful it’s both relaxing oh it’s just very relaxing I’m glad you’re enjoying that will move into uttan Asana now this is a wonderful pose that will bring more energy and vitality into the head into the eyes into the whole brain now Patricia is going to be using a support in effect bringing the floor a little bit closer to her. So that she could protect her eyes let’s come into Tad Asana heels out toes in grounding on the heels lifting on the front part of the spine exhaling bending the knees to protect the hamstrings take the sit bones and tailbone back. And come forward the hands are resting on a support here as Patricia is like Mickey your hands are coming all the way down to the mat now let the out breast be complete take the belly up toward the front spine pause there for just a moment we’re activating the third chakra. And this chakra governs the sense of sight take a long slow smooth in-breath moving the ribs out and up feel the diaphragm come down into the belly massaging all of the belly organs letting yourself nod or shake your head releasing all kinds of tension out of the shoulders all kinds of tension out of the neck, if you’d like to keep your head high just nodding or shaking your head with your eyes about the same plane as your heart let’s take our hands to the scalp we’re just gonna tap very gently on the top of the scalp we’re just tapping all over the whole top of the head increasing circulation and bringing prana and life force here we’re bringing a lot of energy to all of the hair follicles whether we have hair there now are not the follicles are still there. And then releasing the hands a couple more long slow smooth in and out breaths. And then we’ll bring the hands to the hips energize the legs contain the belly strengthen the spine and inhale rise up exhale ground wonderful now we’ll be coming to Tad Asana Mountain Pose. So we’ll come to the center of the mat we’ve done a wonderful job increasing vitality and life force in the upper part of the body here we are in Tad Asana we’re gonna be coming back onto the back of the heels since that the neck is getting nice and long bring the head back as well now let’s take the gaze over to the right. And then let your eyes keep going long slow smooth in breath long slow smooth out breath bring the shoulder blades together and down the back we’re opening up some more space for oxygen to come into the lungs take the gaze back to Center. And then we’ll take the gaze over to the left we’ll come back to Center and shake the shoulders out now we’ll do some clock work with our eyes.

So we’ll just take the eyes up to 12 o’clock now of course you can do this at home with your eyes closed. And we’ll do them with our eyes open in case you get lost and need to come back we’re going to exhale the eyes over to three o’clock we’re going to exhale down to six o’clock. And then we inhale over to nine o’clock. And then we inhale up to twelve. And then we exhale over to nine o’clock exhaling down to six. And then inhaling over to three and inhaling back up to twelve again exhaling down over to three exhaling down to six inhaling over to nine and inhaling again up to twelve o’clock. And then rest the eyes maybe take a nice squeeze here squeeze the eyes together really tight.

And then open the eyes we’ve just moved an enormous amount of Parana into the eyeballs we’ve moved all of the muscles around the eyes that actually move the eyeballs from side to side and up and down. Because of our devices and our computers we really spend most of our time looking forward so using these exercises to create more limberness in the muscles in the connective tissue it’s a really wonderful idea. And we’ll bring more prana into the eyes please continue to enjoy these ix sizes and maybe like to go back to attend Asana and do some tapping on your scalp we’ll be back in a few moments to work more deeply with the eyes. And the scalp Yoga Yoga for real people with real problems for more yoga go to one TV CA / feelin Yoga Healing Yoga Yoga for real people with real problems I’ve noticed that my hormones have changed a lot and I used to have for example very coarse hair my hair is very fine now and I’ve noticed as well that my hair is beginning to recede much as my fathers did and man I’m a woman and that shouldn’t happen how does yoga help that anything that gets the blood flowing to any part of the body certainly the scalp is going to help I think both with my vision and hopefully with my hair thinning yes welcome back we’ve been working with the eyes and hair with our gentle yoga practice we’ve been doing some releasing of tension we’ve been doing a lot of cultivating prana life force and vitality into the eyes into the scalp and we’ve been working with a little bit of inversions and we’re going to continue to work with inversions to help bring more prana and life force vitality and oxygen into the upper part of the body. So we’ll begin with a shoulder stand using a chair. So we come down onto our back. And we bring our hindquarters a little bit closer to the chair. And we rest our legs on the chair seat when you feel ready you could be taking the soles of the feet onto the chair seat. And then using your shoulders pressing down lifting the pelvis as you press down into the feet this is a wonderful way to draw energy down into the base of the neck the base of the throat. And the head close your eyes and take a long slow smooth and complete in and out breath, if we keep the knees. And the hips. And the feet in alignment that will help the low back we’re giving more space to the SI joints and we’re extending the low back Patricia is doing a more advanced version of the pose using the chair legs as support for the arms we’re pressing the shoulder shelf down into the ground activating the fifth chakra we are clearing out any energy blockages here at the base of the throat. So that blood and oxygen can rise up into the brain a little bit more easily through the blood vessels now letting yourself come back down very slowly vertebra by vertebra in Patricia’s case bending the knees and bring herself back on to the ground and resting taking a few moments here to experience the prana that you’ve cultivated in this pose.

And then we’ll remove the legs bend the knees into ourselves one at a time. And we’ll remove the chair moving into a supported bridge pose you can roll over to the right. And then using the upper body strength coming up. And it’s a wonderful idea to take a rolled-up blanket a rolled-up towel and use it as support, if you don’t have a yoga bolster come on and have a seat on the edge of the bolster here Miki great. And then long slow smooth in-breath lifting on the front of the spine exhaling using your hands to support you as you come back and releasing down now, if we can get the bottom of the shoulder blades to rest off the short edge of the bolster that will be wonderful. And then shoulder shelf is resting on the ground you can have your legs in baddha kon Asana bound angle or you could have your legs with the knees. And the hips aligned, if the heels are out. And the toes are in then there’s this wonderful inner spiral happening of the upper leg bones that’s protecting the low back we take a long slow smooth in-breath and a long slow smooth out breath and surrender back into the supports let go of the eyes close them let the eyes fall to the back of the head let the brain fall to the back of the skull in Patricia’s pose we’ve lined up two bolsters. So that the legs can be long this is a wonderful way to create a little bit of stability for the lower part of the body.

So that you can surrender more deeply into your supports having the arms and cactus arms is wonderful as well. Because you aren’t straining or stressing anything along the line of the fourth chakra. So we’re getting a lot of breath in this pose there’s a constriction at the base of the throat and that’s clearing energy out of the fifth chakra the chakra of purification and there’s this wonderful calming of the mind feeling the brain start to move back away from the forehead now you can take your hands and begin to tap the scalp just tapping the scalp very lightly bringing awareness to the seventh chakra here. And then bringing the hands out to the side feel that tingling that you’ve just created on the top of the head now this is a wonderful way to take a passive bridge pose and there’s this natural flow of prana into the upper part of the body. But you could also make it a more active pose as well by pressing the feet into the ground keeping the knees. And the hips aligned using the low back. And the glutes to support you as you create this wonderful bridge. And the bridge is allowing us to open up the front line of the body more powerfully we let the out press be complete feel the belly come to the front spine. And then take an in-breath feel the whole front line of the body expanding. And then exhale come on back down vertebra by vertebra. And your pelvis. And your back on the bolster please continue to enjoy variations of bridge or shoulder stand. And we’ll be back in a few moments firm cool down problems for more yoga go to 1 T V dot CA / feelin yoga pealing Yoga Yoga for real people with real problems calming the eyes for five breaths has a restorative effect on the eyes as well as the entire nervous system massaging the whole head face scalp neck reduces tension and can therefore prevent further hair loss welcome back after all of this hard work inverting ourselves and releasing long held tension in the neck. And the head and bringing awareness to all kinds of prana and oxygen and blood that’s coming into the head now we’re just gonna cool off and relax relaxing is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves in order to improve our eyesight and to also just improve health of the whole head the brain the scalp releasing tension is a wonderful idea, if you’re experiencing a change in your hair texture and, if you’re experiencing any hair loss relaxing is an important aspect of the practice.

Because it balances all of our hormones via pre to kurani legs up the wall or legs on a chair is a wonderful way to warm down again you can see we’ve got this idea of prana flowing down towards the head the legs are supported the low back is very happy. And the belly is open and soft bring your awareness to the eyes visualize your eyes as lungs take a long slow smooth in-breath into the eyes feel the eyes drinking in all of this oxygen now we’ll move into shav Asana just lift the legs I’ll remove the chair. And then you can bring your knees bent yes. And then lengthen your legs out one at a time, if you’re using a bolster or rolled up blanket just place it underneath your knees for some support and that will help your low back, if you have cucumbers or chamomile tea bags at home it might feel wonderful to put them on your eyes it’s nice to put them on the brow bone staying away from the cornea and bring awareness back to your eyes just notice that when you inhale there’s this natural tendency for the eyes to look up behind the closed eyelids see, if you can resist this tendency and keep the eyes low looking at where the eyelashes come together please continue to enjoy shav Asana for at least another 15 minutes. And we’ll see you next time on healing yoga namaste you.

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