Stroke

Kundalini Yoga, especially Breath of Fire, is a great tonic for the circulatory system and can be a postive factor in stroke prevention. It can make a big difference in improving recovery speed for stroke patients. All the breath work in Kundalini Yoga will be especially beneficial. There are also many meditations in Kundalini Yoga which stimulate various areas of the brain and nervous system to help the patient improve and/or regain cognitive and motor skills.

Stroke causes a wide range of symptoms and challenges and due to the particular severity of ones stroke ideally a Kundalini Yoga practice should be customized according to abilities. If possible the following exercises will be beneficial. Please contact us if you need more suggestions for your particualr limitations.

This breathing exercise can be very effective:

With the left little finger block the right nostril, inhale thru the left nostril,
with the left thumb she should block the left nostril, exhale thru the right nostril inhale thru the right nostril, and blocking the right nostril with the left little finger, exhale thru the left nostril continue that breathing pattern for 3 - 11 minutes.

One the inhales imagine white light going down the side of the spine corresponding to that nostril and on the exhales imagine light going up the center of her spine.

Then, if possible, inhale raise the arms (or arm) up and exhale lower them. After 40 seconds she can hold the arms up at 90 degrees and do Breath of Fire for 30 seconds.
After doing the above breathing exercise chant Sa (mentally if the person doesn\\\'t want to do it out loud) as they try to extend the right index finger (using the other hand if necessary), Ta, the middle, finger, Na the ring finger, and Ma the little finger.

There is a Sa-Ta-Na-Ma meditation at the end of both our Yoga Quick Fixes and Yoga House Call DVDs which you can possibly use for that exercise.

OPTIONAL:

There are also eye exercises (the Eagle Eye segment) on our Yoga House Call DVD which will stimulate all of the areas of the brain. There are other brain exercises on that DVD as well.

At the end of each section try place the hands in prayer pose and do long Sat Nams (in the manner in which we end all of our DVD\\\\\\\'s) with her (Saaaaaaaaaaaaaat going up the spine, Nam sounding above her head).

Disclaimer: The advice we give is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program or nutritional protocol.