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I workout in gym for 1 hour and after taking 10 minute rest , I do pranayama for 1 hour. Is this OK or should I do pranayam first and then gym ?

I workout in gym for 1 hour and after taking 10 minute rest ,  I do pranayama for 1 hour. Is this OK or should I do pranayam first and then gym ?

Pranayama, Exercise: I commend you for workout in the gym and doing Pranayama. Prana means life force and yama means to control the Prana, with different breathing techniques. Workout in Gym keeps your Heart healthy and controls the weight. It is preferable to do pranayama after the exercise for relaxation and Peace. Health is Wealth! ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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I do weight training in gym for 1 hour and after that i do kapalabhati pranayama for 30 minutes. Is this right or should I do kapalabhati first?

I do weight training in gym for 1 hour and after that i do kapalabhati pranayama for 30 minutes.  Is this right or should I do kapalabhati first?

Pranayama: Breathing helps to oxygenate the blood which feeds the muscles. Try it before your work out. See if you feel a difference. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am having osa having ahi 19.9.What should I do I have to do pranayama or use cpap?

I am having osa having ahi 19.9.What should I do I have to do  pranayama or use cpap?

CPAP #1: Scientists still don’t know exactly why we sleep, although sleep seems to be essential for our health. Obstructive sleep apnea is a silent killer osa is causing loss of gray matter in brain, effecting cognition, memory and blood pressure. CPAP treatment reduces strokes, myocardial infarction, systemic hypertension, improves gerd, improves erectile dysfunction. Cpap is a gold standard. ...Read more

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I have got some pain in neck after completing the bastika pranayama. How to cure this?

I have got some pain in neck after completing the bastika pranayama. How to cure this?

Neck pain: Neck pain is usually structural and can be treated conservatively with ice and heat, manipulation and massage can help and otc meds. If pain persists see you dr. ...Read more

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Can I drink one litre of water 2 hours before doing pranayama like bhastrika, kapalabhati and anulom vilom?

Can I drink one litre of water 2 hours before doing pranayama like bhastrika, kapalabhati and  anulom vilom?

Should be fine: I don't think this has been scientifically researched but I can not think of any reasons you could not do this. It is probably wise to be well-hydrated before doing such practices. ...Read more

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Should I do pranayama(breathing exrecises including Kapalbhati) before or after doing workout and lifting weights in the gym?

Should I do pranayama(breathing exrecises including Kapalbhati) before or after doing workout and lifting weights in the gym?

Exercise: Surely breathing and stretching before and after cardio or weight lifting is excellent. You will have to gauge how long before and after your workouts you have to dedicate. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes with medium force. I feel very Comfortable after this. Can this cause hernia in future.?

I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes with medium force. I feel very Comfortable after this. Can this cause hernia in future.?

Pranayama: 30 minutes daily sounds like a lot for me but I am likely not as familiar w/yogic practices as you. Anything is possible and I see that you have mvp. Please consider getting clearance from your primary care doctor. MVP may be more of an issue than potential for hernia. Keep up the healthy lifestyle but under doc guidance. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can the practice of asanas and pranayama cause something like a jarisch-herxheimer reaction...Some kind of detoxification reaction?

Can the practice of asanas and pranayama cause something like a jarisch-herxheimer reaction...Some kind of detoxification reaction?

No: This is yoga. It won't make you sick if done right, though if you hyperventilate during pranayama you'll feel bad. The real jarisch-herxheimer reaction is to the newly-killed microbes in syphilis. When a charlatan's medicine makes you sick, they'll call it "jh" rather than acknowledge the truth. Get with an evidence-based holistic practitioner for reliable guidance here. ...Read more

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I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes at the rate of 50 to 60 strokes per minute with medium force. Can this cause hernia in future?

I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes at the rate of 50 to 60 strokes per minute with medium force. Can this cause hernia in future?

No answer, but...: Your concern is excessive at this time since we are not born equal physically leading to a great difference among all individuals in the strength and structures of abdominal muscles; that is why someone will never get inguinal hernia despite participating in strenuous physical activities lifelong, someone may develop it even without doing any physical straining, and many in between. so, keep on... ...Read more

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Could cancer be prevented by doing pranayama ?

Could cancer be prevented by doing pranayama ?

Of course not: This is yoga deep breathing. If anyone has told you that this will either promote or prevent cancer, simply ignore that person. There is nothing "spiritual" about believing non-evidence based superstitions from a prescientific age. You may however find much help from yoga's system of concentration, focus, and especially the ethics of contentment and service to others. ...Read more

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I do bhastrika pranayama every morning for 15 minutes with medium force and medium speed on empty stomach. Can it cause hernia to me in future?

I do bhastrika pranayama every morning for 15 minutes with medium force and medium speed on empty stomach. Can it cause hernia to me in future?

Pranayama is used to: increase oxygen. it can also be stomach muscle exercise. See doc to rule out abdominal or groin weakness first. Forceful exhales can weaken hernia or catch bowel which is not good. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have mild mitral valve prolapse with trivial mitral regurgitation. Everything else normal Can I do kapalbhati pranayama daily for 30 minutes?

I have mild mitral valve prolapse with trivial mitral regurgitation.  Everything else normal Can I do kapalbhati pranayama daily for 30 minutes?

Mitral prolapse: Mild mitral prolapse with trivial valvular regurgitation (leaking) is unlikely to cause any future health problems. No specific treatment would be required, and no limitations on exercise or other activities would be prescribed based on this finding. Kapalbhati pranayama and other yoga practices are fine. This cardiac finding would not stop you from training to run a marathon if you wanted. ...Read more

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I have mild mitral valve prolapse with trivial mitral regurgitation. Can I do kapalbhati pranayama for 30 minutes daily in morning on empty stomach?

I have mild mitral valve prolapse with trivial mitral regurgitation. Can I do kapalbhati pranayama for 30 minutes daily in morning on empty stomach?

It should not be: a problem for your cardiac status but confirming this with your health care professional would be advisable since there may be things he/she knows about your health that you have not revealed here. ...Read more

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What is yoga?

What is yoga?

Many varieties: Yoga is a Hindu discipline of various techniques to integrate mind, body and spirit, improve physical health and grow spiritually. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the stretches that improve physical health, is very popular but the forms that emphasize meditation and breathing are also very beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/q5mrqxv for more detailed descriptions of diff. types of yoga. ...Read more

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What is hatha yoga?

What is hatha yoga?

Exercise Yoga: Hatha yoga is a popular, holistic yoga style/path that includes many core strengthening and stablization exercises, stress reduction techniques with emphasis on postures, purification, gestures, breathing, and meditation. ...Read more

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What is chair yoga?

What is chair yoga?

Chair: There is a chair pose in yoga and yoga done from a chair. ...Read more

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How can yoga help you?

How can yoga help you?

Flexiblity, focus: Properly executed yoga can be a good way to gently stretch and strenghten muscles. It also can be mentally and physically relaxing . You can control the intensity of the pose as well, which can be a safeguard to injury. A qualified instructor is important at first. ...Read more

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Why is yoga good for you?

Exercise: It allows you to stretch and tone while meditating. ...Read more