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Meditation & Yoga Benefits:Fight Asthma and cope with Cancer

Updated on September 22, 2011
Pranayama is used in conjunction with Meditation
Pranayama is used in conjunction with Meditation | Source

 Meditation means ‘to become familiar with’, and is a way of exploring our inner self. In our busy lives, our senses tend to be drawn outward; and meditation is a fantastic opportunity to turn inwards. The benefits of meditation are immense and far reaching. Meditation combined with Yoga techniques have been found to provide profound benefits in the management of chronic ailments like Cancer and Asthma

Meditation for Coping with Cancer: Meditation Benefits

People use meditation for a host of reasons. Many of us meditate to relax, calm down, unwind and cope up with stress and pressures.

  • Meditation slows the mind and stills it. It helps balance our emotions.
  • People use meditation for healing as well. It promises to manage a range of illnesses and disorders effectively.
  • You will feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
  • Meditation helps in problem-solving and leads us to wonderful insights.
  • It takes us to a higher sense of awareness, peace and clarity.

Meditation help in instilling inner peace and helps in self realization. This helps cope with dreaded diseases like cancer.

Establishing a regular habit of meditation is necessary and will yield long term benefits. A daily session of 15 minutes works really well. Over a period of time, you will see that your meditation time will extend naturally.

Meditation Technique: Cope with Cancer

The ability to relax on the physical, mental and emotional levels is an essential skill to maintain optimal health and general well being.

  • Lie down on your back. Scan your body for areas of stress and strain.
  • Now, move your attention slowly from the top of the body to the toes. Be with each part of the body for a few moments, then, let go. Simply, be a passive observer.
  • Imagine a stream of water washing away all your pain, anxiety, stress and discomfort.
  • Gradually, you will be able to experience peace and tranquility.
  • Now, try to focus your mind; make note of any feeling or emotion that arises, but don’t judge it. Let it go.
  • Imagine a breeze blowing through your mind, leaving it clear and de-cluttered.
  • Finally, rest in stillness for a few minutes.

Yoga Technique for Asthma: Pranayama

Pranayama is a technique of controlled breathing. Often Pranayama is used as a technique to meditate. Several research studies have indicated the potent benefits of pranayama and yoga therapy in treating stress and other related mental disorders, relieving symptoms of asthma and improving the functions of the autonomic nervous system.

The technique is simple and helps in connecting with your inner self.

  • Sit in a quiet place with your legs folded in the lotus pose
  • Close your eyes and try to concentrate on the solar plexus
  • Now take a deep breath and hold it for about 15 seconds. Ensure that you breathe in gradually.
  • Now exhale gradually. Remember to exhale slowly and consciously, so that you spend equal time trying to inhale and exhale. Now hold your breath for a few seconds before inhaling again.

When you begin pranayama, avoid holding the breath for too long. Regular practice will gradually allow you to hold your breath for longer periods of time. This technique also helps you relax mentally and physically and with providing emotional tranquility.

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