Aim for Exercise
We all know that blood is life and if any diseased tissues are provided more fresh blood, it will heal. The purpose of all exercises, massage and gymnastics of various types is to get new blood to the tissues. When we mention exercise, we think only of muscular exertion, which taxes the body in order to promote better circulation of blood. But there is something finer which floats like an etheric essence of energy in the blood and which may be called vital energy, like energy, or the spark of life.
It is not the accomplishment of the posture which is important, but the energy current flow which is established as a result of the posture. It is not the perspiration – which is merely the effect – but the relaxation and the natural tone gained by the gentle exertion that really matters. This new principle of exercise (energy-current-release by contraction-relaxation) is a more natural aid to health than all the forceful muscle straining used in many other methods.
Exercises for Joints and Glands (Stretches)
These are the simplest exercises that can be performed by anyone (healthy or diseased) of any age including people with serious issues like: arthritis. But please do not ignore these exercises thinking that these are very simple and you might need some other type of exercise. These stretches train both mind and body. In the following section, a stretch (exercise) of every body is explained in detail.
All exercises should be practice daily and regularly, always move slowly with concentration on your movements. Try to be aware of the breath at all times and unless otherwise specified, keep the breath even. Repeat all exercises three times but avoid going beyond your capacity. When you feel strain, stop and relax, then proceed more gently.
Benefits of Stretches:
- Release accumulated tensions in the joints.
- Activates ALL major glands.
- Increase circulation to all parts of body and therefore helps in any kind of disease.
- Improve overall flexibility.
Full Face Squint
Exercise of the face
- Face Massage: Use the mount of Luna on your hand. Start from the chin and move upwards massaging gently in a circular movement, clockwise and anti clockwise. Massage the entire face, following the bony structure of the mouth, cheeks and forehead, smoothing the muscles and the skin.
Do not massage so hard as to cause sensation of burning. This massage smoothes out wrinkles resulting from continuous tension in the face. Massage similarly, the back side of your head but a little harder. Start from the neck area.
- Upper Sinus Massage: Make a loose fist with both hands, and using the second joint hand (lower bone) of the thumbs, massage the forehead in a circulate movement, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Start from the center of forehead and gradually move outwards. Follow the bony structure around the eyes and end across the temples.
- Lower Sinus Massage: Next, use the first joint bone of the thumb (first from top) and gently massage the rim of the eye socket in a circular movement, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Start from the center of eye brows and moving along the complete rim reach the nose, revert back and end across the temples.
CARE: Eyeball should not be massaged.
- Massage to remove mucus from the sinuses: Make a formation of first two fingers. Press hard and slide your fingers from the center of eyebrows to the ears. Do three times. Repeat the exercise starting from the center of nose and ending at the ears. Do 3 times. This massage helps break up and loos3en any mucus obstruction in the nasal sinuses.
- Stretching of the forehead: Keeping the eyes closed and the head stationary raise the eyebrows slowly without any jerks of quick movements as high as you can. Create tension and wrinkles on the forehead. Hold for five seconds. Slowly lower the eyebrows, releasing the tension from the forehead.
Exercise of Gums
- Pressing of jaws (3 times): Press the jaws gently and gradually, give full pressure and remain in this position for minimum five seconds. Then slowly relax.
- Pressing of front teeth (3 times): Press the front teeth gently and gradually, give full pressure and remain in this position for minimum five seconds. Then, slowly relax.
Exercise of Mouth
To all these gesture remain in each gesture for minimum five seconds with three seconds gap between each gesture.
- Stretching of the mouth (2-3 times): Open your mouth as wide as possible and look up the whole face should be stretched. Relax and come to normal position.
- Stretching of the mouth with teeth covered (2-3 times): Same as (1) but with teeth covered by lips.
- Stretching of the mouth with tongue outside (Lion Pose): Same as (1) but while opening the mouth (as wide as possible) thrust the tongue out and down, trying to touch the chin.
- Stretching of the mouth with tongue outside and teeth covered (2-3 times): Same as (3) but with teeth covered by lips.
- Pouting of lips forward (2-3 times): Close the mouth, now curl both lips forward. Relax completely.
Exercise of Eyes
Keep the head stationary and facial muscles relaxed in the following eye exercise. For several seconds after each variation, relax the eyes by gently closing them. All eye exercises are done three times in each direction or to your capacity.
- Vertical movement: Start with the eyes straight forward, and then slowly turn the eyes toward the ceiling. Feel the stretch in the eye muscles. Hold for few seconds and then slowly come back to normal position.
Look down in the same manner and again return to the normal position. Always balance what you do on one side by doing the same thing to the opposite side, holding for the same length of time in each direction. Relax by closing the eyes.
- Sideways Movement: Slowly turn the eyes to the left as far as possible. Eye should be fully open. Hold for a few seconds and slowly come back to normal position. Look to the right in the same manner and again return to normal position. Then relax by closing the eyes.
- Diagonal Movement: Look to the upper left hand corner. Hold for a few seconds and then bring the eyes back to normal position. Look to the lower right hand corner and return the eyes to the normal position.
Look to the lower left hand corner. Hold for a few seconds and return to the normal position. Look towards the upper right hand corner and again come back to the normal position.
- Rotation of the eyes: First look downwards, and then start the eyes rolling in a clockwise motion making a complete circle. Reverse the process moving the eyes in the anti-clockwise direction. The movements should be slow and free from jerks. Relax by closing the eyes.
- Blink and press: Blink the eyelids as rapidly as you can then press the eyelids together for a few seconds.
- Palming of the eyes: Cover both eyes with your palms. Gently do palming of the eye cups taking care that only palm centers will touch the eye lids and not the mounds.
- Opening the eyes in darkness: Cover both eyes with your palms such that the eyes see complete darkness. Remain in this state for some time (eyes may be open or closed) open your eyes and gradually move the palms away.
Exercise of Neck
If these exercises are being done in the morning gently massages the back of the neck first, to remove stiffness and then proceed. The starting position for all the neck exercises is the same, stand with the head, neck and trunk straight, facing forward. The shoulders should not move in any of the neck exercises only the neck and the head should move. Note: Maintain each of these neck exercises for minimum five seconds.
- Forward and backward stretching of the neck (2-3 times): Keeping the shoulders stationary, exhale and thrust the chin and head as far forward as possible, keeping the mouth closed and the teeth together. Inhaling, slowly come back to the center, and then moving the head back, touch the chin into the neck, forcing an extreme double chin. Exhale and relax returning to the normal position.
- Forward and backward bending of the neck (2-3 times): Exhale slowly bringing the head downwards taking the chin toward the chest. Feel the stretch of the muscles in the back of the neck. Inhale slowly lifting the head up and back stretching the muscles of the front of the neck. With an exhalation slowly return to the normal position.
- Sideways bending of the neck (2-3 times each side): With an exhalation bend the neck trying to touch the left ear to the left shoulder. Inhale; come back to the normal position. Exhaling, bend the neck in opposite direction trying to touch the right ear to the right shoulders. Again inhale, come back to the normal position and relax. Only the head and neck should move. The shoulder should not be raised to meet the ear.
- Twisting of the neck (2-3 times): with an exhalation, turn the head as far to the left as possible and try to bring the chin in line with the shoulder. Inhale and bring the head back to the normal position. Repeat in the same manner on the right side.
- Rotation of the neck (2-3 times): Lower the chin to the chest and slowly begin to rotate the head in a clockwise direction. Inhale while lifting the head up and back and exhale when bringing it forward and down. Reverse and rotate the same number of times in the opposite, counter clockwise direction. The head, neck and body should be relaxed, allowing the head to rotate freely and loosely.
Exercise of Shoulder
- Overhead stretching of shoulders: Stand erect, feet firmly on floor. Inhaling and raising the shoulders stretch the arms straight above the head and clutch the palms together. Without lifting the heels, stretch up toward the ceiling as high as you can, stretching the shoulders, thorax region and lumbar vertebra. Press the palms together and upper arms against the ears. Feel as though you are touching the sky. Hold the breath in stretched position. Exhaling then, slowly bring your hands down and come to normal position.
- Rotation of hands (2-3 times): Stand erect, arms at the sides and palms inwards. Inhaling, raise the right hand up in a circular manner, keeping it stretched. Exhaling, gradually bring it down from the back. While rotating the hand make a closed circle. The other hands, meanwhile, should be relaxed. Tilt the palm while rotating on the sides. Repeat the exercise with the left hand.
- Shoulder rotation around its own axis without moving the hands: Stand with the arms hanging loosely at the sides. Perform the following movement, both shoulders together.
- Press the shoulders down.
- Move them forward and in towards the center of the chest.
- Move them up toward the ears.
- Move them back trying to touch the scapula (shoulder-blades) together.
Come to normal position. Rotate 3 times in the above sequence and then rotate in the reverse sequence same number of times. Relax.
Exercise of Elbow Joints
- Stand erect. Raise and stretch the arms straight out to the sides at shoulder level with palms stretched down.
- Exhaling, bend the elbows by stretching the biceps and bring the palms close together, fingers lightly touching, in front of the chest. The elbows remain at shoulder level. Hold the breath outside for a few seconds in this position.
- Inhaling, by stretching he elbow joints gradually straighten the arms at he sides, swinging them slightly back. Hold the breath inside for a few seconds in this position. Perform the above exercise with the following palm positions:
- Palms front
- Palms down
- Palms in
- Palms up
Exercise of Wrists
- Movement of wrist joints: Stretch the arms out in front of you with the palms down and the arms in level with the shoulders. Hold the arms straight without movement. Keep the fingers straight and closed. Bending at the wrists only, move the palms in following manner:
- Downward - Upward (3 times)
- Outward – Inward (3 times)
- Rotation (2-3 times): Rotate the hand at the wrists, the right hand in a clockwise direction and left hand in a counter-clockwise direction. Keep the arms straight and do not allow the forearms to move. Reverse and rotate the same number of times in the opposite direction. Repeat above exercise with closing fists.
Exercise for Finger Joints
- Stretch the arms out in front of you with fingers straight and spread. Inhaling and bending the elbows, gradually contract your hands at the side and simultaneously closing the fingers into clenched fists. Then, gently lower your hand to the sides and relax.
- Close and open the fingers without giving any strain in the following arm and palm position:
- Arms stretched downwards.
- Arms stretched sideways.
- Arms stretched upwards.
- Arms stretched out in front.
- In each of the above arm positions close and open the fingers 4-5 times in each of the following palm positions:
- Palms in front
- Palms in
- Palms back
- Palms out
Exercise of Waist
- Forward and backward bending (2-3 times each side): Stand erect with the feet and toes joined together. Place the hands at the hips. Exhaling, bend forward making he body parallel to the ground look in the front.
Hold for sometime and inhaling, come to normal standing position. Then inhaling, bend backwards as far as possible. Hold for sometime and exhaling, return to normal position.
- Sideways bending (2-3 times each side): Stand firm with the feet slightly apart. The legs should remain straight and the body in an even plane as though you are standing against a wall. Place the hands on the hips. Exhale and bend at the waist to the right. Feel the muscle contraction at the right side of the waist and the stretch along the left side of the torso. Hold for sometime. Inhaling then come to normal position. Repeat on the opposite side and relax.
- Rotation: Stand erect with the feet 15-18 inches apart. Place the hands on the hips. Exhale and lean forward from the waist. Begin to rotate making a complete circle, bending in all directions as far as you can. Rotate three times in each direction.
- , 5 & 6. Bending and rotation of waist with completely stretched arms: Repeat exercises 1, 2, & 3 successively with the arms stretched up and hand clutched together above the head. In all bendings and rotations the head must remain between the arms.
Exercise of Knees
- Stretching of knee cap (patala bond) upwards: Stand with the feet spread slightly. Stretch and life all the muscles of the thighs and around the knee caps of both the legs together, raising the knee caps. Relax and let them fall back into place.
- Movement of the knee joints (cycling movement): Stand firm and place the hands on the waist. Raise the feet above the floor and do cycling motion first from forward to backward and then from backward to forward. Relax and repeat with the right leg.
- Half sit-up and the toes (2-3 times): Spread the feet about feet apart and stretch out the arms in from with palms facing downwards. Raising your heels, thus balancing on the toes. Gradually bend the knees and come into a half sit up pose. The head, neck and trunk must be in one straight line. Breathe normally. After a few seconds come to normal standing position.
- Rotation of the Knees (2-3 times): Stand erect with the hands on the waist. Keep both feet and toes close together and join the knees. Then rotate the knees in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction, number of rotations being same in both directions.
Exercise of Ankles
- Stand erect with the hands on the waist. Keep the left leg straight and lift it six inches above the floor. Stretch your ankle downwards, then upwards, then inwards, then outwards, minimum two times each. Repeat the same above exercises with the right foot.
Exercise of Toes
- Stand straight with the feet together and the hands on the hips. Inhale and raise up onto the toes as much as you can (to the tip of toes). Come to normal. Repeat twenty times.
- Jogging on the toes (without producing sound): Jog on the toes, raising the knees as high as you can, keeping the toes forward.
Locate the muscles: It is necessary to first locate the muscles that are going to be used in this exercise. The muscles you use for this action are your pelvic floor muscles. Therefore, first get used to how they feel when they contract and relax. To help us isolate the muscles, first squeeze as if trying to keep from passing gas. Then (for women) contract the vagina as if trying not to lose a tampon. Then, proceed forward as if trying to stop urinating. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream. If you succeed, you've got the right muscles.
However, you should use this method for learning purposes only. It is not a good idea to start and stop yyour urine regularly, or to frequently do Kegel exercises when you have a full bladder. Incomplete emptying of the bladder can raise your risk for a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Actual Exercise Technique
- Always empty your bladder before doing Kegel exercises.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet slightly apart.
- Contract all the openings in the pelvic-floor -- the rectum, urethra, and, in women, the vagina, too. Tense the muscles in your pelvic floor for a count of three, then relax them for a count of three. Keep going until you have done 10 repetitions. Over the next several days, practice until you can hold your muscles tense for a count of 10. Your goal should be to do three sets of 10 repetitions every day.
- If you feel pain in your abdomen or back after a Kegel exercise session, it’s a sign that you’re not doing them correctly. Always remember that, even as you contract your pelvic floor muscles, the muscles in your abdomen, back, buttocks, and sides should remain loose. Be sure to breathe smoothly and comfortably. Check your abdomen with your hand to make sure the stomach area is relaxed.
- Do not overdo your Kegel exercises. If you work the muscles too hard, they will become tired and unable to fulfill their necessary functions.
- Do not be discouraged if you do not see the results you want immediately. It may take 12 weeks to have an effect.
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