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Yoga Remedies for OCD

Yoga Remedies for OCD

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Yoga Remedies for Obsessive & Compulsive Behavioural Disorder.
Yoga Remedies for Obsessive & Compulsive Behavioural Disorder.

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Shanmukhi Mudra
Shan means six and mukha means the mouth. Sanmukha is the name of the six headed god of war, also known as Kartikeya. Mudra means a seal or closing up.The posture is also called Parangmukhi Mudra (facing inwards), Sambhavi Mudra (Sambhu is aname of Siva, father of Kartikeya. Hence, Sambhava is the progeny of Siva), also as YoniMudra. Yoni means the womb, the source. The mudra is so called because the aspirant lookswithin himself to find the very source of his being.
Technique
1.Sit in Padmasana. Keep the spine erect and the head level.2.Raise the hands to the face. Lift the elbows to the level of ht shoulders; place the thumbson the ear-holes so as to cut off external sounds. If the thumbs in the ear-hole cause pain, push the tragus (the small prominence at the entrance of the external ear) over the ear-holes and press it with the thumbs.3.Close the eyelids, but turn the eyes up. Place the index and middle fingers on the closedlids so that the first two phalanges only press the entire eyeball. Do not, however, pressthe cornea. Pull the eyelids down with the middle finger. Push the upper part of theeyelids below the eyebrow upwards with the index finger. Gently press the eyes at boththe corners.4.Equal pressure should be maintained on the ears and the eyes.5.With the tips of the ring fingers press both nostrils equally. The nasal passages fare thusnarrowed for slow, deep, steady, rhythmic and subtle breathing.6.Stay in this position as long as you can, drawing the vision inwards.
Effect:
The senses are turned inward and the rhythmic breathing calms the mind's wandering. This brings a feeling of inner peace and one hears the divine voice of his self within, 'look here! Look within! Not outside, for the source of all peace is within yourself.' The posture thus prepares the practitioner for the fifth stage of yoga, Pratyahara, where he attempts to free himself from thethralldom of the sense and to prevent them from running after their desires.Some of the other asanas which also helps in OCD are Sirsasana; Sarvangasana;Paschimottanasana; Uttanasana; Bhastrika; Nadi Sodhana & Suryabhedana Pranayama withoutretention, Sanmukhi Mudra & Savasana.
Sarvangasana
 
Sarvangasana
or 
Shoulderstand
, is an invertedasana(pose) inhatha yoga. Considered as the "queen" of asanas, many practitioners consider it to be an especially important and beneficial pose. Its name inSanskritliterally means "posture of the complete body."It is performed by first lying on the back with hands under the mid-back, then lifting the legs andlower body so that the weight of the body is supported on the head, neck, upper back and upper arms.The gazing point is towards the toes. The head must not be turned to the side while in this pose.Advanced practitioners hold this pose for long periods of time - as much as three hours.However, because of the significant amount of weight being placed on the cervicalspineand thethreat of neck injury, this is not advisable.The pose is contraindicated for high blood pressure,whiplash,menstruation,thyroiddisorders,angina, and spinal weakness caused by conditions such asarthritisor osteoporosis. This pose improves the reproductive organs in both men and women. It also helps in relieving bronchitis, dyspepsia, and varicose veins and increasesdigestive capacity
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It influences the brain, heart and lungs, and improves blood circulation. If youare pregnant, consult a qualifiedyogainstructor or your physician before attempting this  pose.Viparita Karani- the "legs up the wall" pose - is a common modification.
Paschimottanasana
 
The yogi sits on the floor with legs flat on the floor, straight ahead. They bend forward from thehips and bring the trunk parallel with the legs.A similar frontbendisUttanasanawhich is a standing front bend. Some consider  Paschimottanasana to be a safer stretch since gravity is less of a factor thanactive flexibilityinachieving flexibility in the furthest reaches of the stretch. It is more passive in its initial stages,making it a good transition between the two forms. The arms can also more easily support theupper body in this vulnerable position, and can be used both to move further into or move out of the stretch.Unlike Uttanasana it is also much easier to move the legs, rotating them inward or outward,abducting or adducting them at the hip, flexing or extending the knees, or enacting plantar or dorsi flexion of the ankle. These variations can be performed either as a combined stretch, tochange emphasis on different tissues, or simply to take one's mind off the hamstrings and lower  back being stretched. They can be used rhythmically to aid in relaxation.
Uttanasana
 

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