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By S. Ramaswami
However, these should not be takenas a work-book for directapplication"out of the shelf" as it were, when it is emphasised that even in-normal healthy individuals, a guru or a teacheris essential for practiceof yoga t is all the more so in therapeutic The above stanza appeals application of yoga. in a beautifulkavYa, "Yogani. jali" of my Guru, Sti. T. -. '-'\rishnamacharya. "OriginaBefore going into the ' ting frem amongthe granthis rnechanics of these yoga and spreading through the practices, let us consider waltzesover what natural childbirth or tissues,disease, the joints, but surelY is sukhaprasava, could mean.lt destroyedby yoga" is mentioned by medical doctors,that when the cortex **rt of the brain functions proThe purposeof this series perly,the emotions ceasetc of articles on the possible havean upsetting effect on 'l of therapy is us. lf one considersthe application rpinly to indicats its poten- effect of fatigue which is a tial 'and to appraise the phenomenon we live with it can be said amount of depth of insight increasingly, the yogis have had on the that emotion or agitation anatomy and physiologyand occurswhen thereis no resthe wide rangeof applications raininginffuence. Onecould ? Naadi granthishu JananamLabdhwa, Maamsekose vridhim gathwa. Leela Sandhishu Natanamkruthwa, Rogo yogaath NasyathiHa Ha feelthe devif working havoc when one isweakwith fever. It is said that the restraint necessary comes from cerebral cortex, which has the power to stop .the disturbanceoriginating in the subconscious cent;es of the brain. Hence it is consequential that agitatiqnwill occur as soon as cortex itself is disturbed. We know that a personwhere cerebralcortex functionsperfectlycan stand greatpain with the minimum of agitation. lf there is less agitation, then the muscles also functionnormally facilitatingeasychild birth. Thus the method of yoga practice as per Sampradaya is both to provide the necessary strength to the uterus and the secondary muscles that shouldwork in unisonduring labour and' a serene mind that has the capacity to prevent disturbing emotions from appearing. YogaattemThe lndian Review
One may stay \ properly. may not lendto naturalchildVajrakam. sedative 3. one by one Nathamuni would help (a) a done on either Silsasanaor to the right side. for normal are helPful physical strength and the in control.rather Jataraparivrithi : There submrtting to it.exhalations. cervicaldystocia which may Poorvataanam at the throat.sitting. iuith oropermodulated brea. disprolike Caphalo-pelvic Sitahi Naadika with and arms along together portion and other mechaniSudhihi After a few body. This is Jataraparivrithi oxygenationso very neces. r I I I I The yoga Ptactices that NaadiSudhi: purification of pts to provide both the deliverY Naadis. the following tant mother is able to direct thanmeekly childbirth.the left side of the face on menaestretch. The expec. Close able to "manage" labour areto be doneonly upto the your eyes. long modulated breathing new born. relaxed due to steady breabirth. and the nam: Stick posture6. in which Aadhyam' are many variationsin this. lt is helpful saryto the mother. level. Jataraparivrithi : Abdo. stretching relaxed and confident mind. On the to shoulder may muscular disturbances next exhalation. ully chaotic. After a couple of only Five of them. the follwing five Konasanas: upper body and anchoring ic i) Utl. with very" ^ apparatus" becomes strong. tions. helps in relaxed stretching Pranayamas:1.aregivenbv Sri Nathamuni mental *!t* verses. 54 The lndiarr Review I t t tI I I I I I I I I I I I .that Sri Nathamuni refersto tion pressingthe afms. the cal obstructive cause that Dwipaathpeelancha you feel and when breaths. The to become diffidultprocess a tchingpose. Theninhale stretching specific pranayamashave a sana: An extension of Upa.itha Trikonaasana. However these the left sideall along. Sarvangasana. iii) Upavishtakarasana: Trian. vishtakonasana. 2. slightlyrqise benefit greatly by these The asanassuggested are : the headrotateleft and place practices.do 6 to 12 inhalaproperly (b) the "delivery 6th month of pregnancy. along with the specif ii) the hip. 2. Seethali: and enhances muscular for cooling the system. inhale control be related to psychological Suknaprasava arms and swing them stretch reasens. from the hip swival pranayamas mentioned by Urdhwakonasana : Konasana slowly the legs.Vajraasanam 5. Dwipaa.little holding of breath in and tunedto function gle pose. on a down thereate conditions Ofcourse Panchakam soft Keep the legs carpet. becomes painf Vivruthihikona Lie face upward. Konasanas:the floor . strength.i I I t t I I I r F t i l- t t I t r l t I I l I I I [.Ieturn to the starting posieffecton the mother. Dandaasa(Refer sketch1).tion. side. iv) Suptarelaxed between. Repeatit on the other This also helps in proper dapeetam: Desk pose 4. Poor in stretchingthe abdominal f oetus going through the vataanasanam : Anteriorstreand pelvic muscles. But some cases of Dandaasanam preferably through thing. lt is learnt Thus doing yogasanas on the next exhalabreaths. 1.or intrinsic neuro Hetawaha. (c) The controlled konasana: Konasana done upto even 5 minutesin this breathing in asana and lying down. and thing or Swaasa Uchwaasa. case the whole process Jatarabhaagasya The simplest one is takenup. v) Badhakonapose.
One may do thisasana upto the sixth month. lt may be the legs about 3$' to 4' pref:rable however. return to the starting position.:i: f' it / Sketch I exhaleas you lower the trunk on the right side. Repeat a few times or stay in uthitha Trikonasana fora few breaths. this should prefcrasthirhi. lf one is even done carefplly. Startwith Sama. and get a feelfor the posture. exhaleturn the headand neck to the left side (Refer sketch 3) This konaso that you look over the left sanais done sittingStartwith and bendingthe hip Dandasana.'or giddy. Then repeat it on the other side. Inhale raise arms to shoulder Upavishtakonasana level. to do depending upon one's height this posturelying down. Hold the knee or shin. as Take a few normal breaths Jataraparivrithi. especially the hip. Only those yoga can continue during slightly unwell. depending upon your ability to stretch. ankle or place the palmon the ground by the side of the right foot. A long exhalation coupled with smooth movementwill help getting a good stretchof the and sides. Exhale spreading bly be skipped. Trikonasana or Traangle that havea good balance Pose': This postureis to be had beenregularlypractising (Sketch2). Exhale spread shoulder Sketch2 Sketcn8 December'80'- 55 . Inhale. just as much as possible without unduestrain. feeling weak pregnancy. Now.
keeping the legs still spread. exhale. sttempted. lf holding the The abovegroup of asanas toes is not possiblewithout apart from providing ths bendingforwardtoo much. This can Refer to sketch the exhale slightly push done only upto the sixth be pelvis fotward and hold th e month. it is preferable to keeF arms and stayfor 6 to 12 overhead breaths.w .keeping This may be possiole upto 6 months. stretching The remainingasanas and niyamasmentioned in certain yoga texts for pregnent womenwill follow.keep the palms on the groundbehindyour back. Next 4. toes. raise the arms over headand stretch penneum and the pelvis. necessary pelvic stretch. thechinlocked. be maY konasana Thjs posturs has the added advantagein that. improve eirculation and due to accompanied long breathing the abhyasi is generally more relaxedand hence the will be easier.raise the trunk. groins. sketch 4 >:tG 56 The lndianRevi.after both the legs as much as the legs becomerelaxed posture. do a few breaths. Inhale. Exhale UrdhwakonasanA: lf one of doingSirsaasana is'capable Urdhwaand Sarvaangasana. return. will whiie in the it a possible stretchng the groins possible get more to a little be and thighs. As a counterpose. Then inhale of the things. since in thesetopsy turvy Postules.
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