Today, I decided to publish this blog based on the second type of information sharing i.e. Work-in-progress. This is a project on “Yogic management of Parkinson’s disease” and through the practices of Yoga, very inspiring and motivating results are being observed. Purpose of this blog is instead of waiting till the end, to share the information of the progress to let people have a glimpse and motivation, towards preventing and managing Parkinson’s disease or any other neurological disorder.
I met Mr. Sisodia at Sir Jehangir’s house and saw his eagerness to start Yoga. The next day, I received a call from him in which his keen willingness and interest to start Yogic practices showed up prominently. His strong willingness gave clear indication that the right time had come to move towards improvement of his health and happiness through Yoga which is one of the main outcomes of Yogic practices.
We organised a meet at his house where he shared about his problem that he was diagnosed with mild form of Parkinson’s disease in 2014. He told that he will be staying in India for a month or so. Finally, we decided that he’d go through Yogic practices for at least next 2 months.
With the permission of Mr. Sisodia, I planned to publish this blog with date wise information and feedback received by him, from the day we started Yoga till now. I am including my observations as well so that by going through date-wise feedback and observations one can see that slowly and gradually, positive and uplifting aspects are being re-organized and re-established in his life which was disturbed due to the disease.
3rd April 2017
We started the Yoga session on 3.4.2017. On first day, when he started practices and the way his body had tremors, I was unsure of the time he may take to settle down. When he sat, his hands were shaking and head shook while lying down.
7th April 2017
I observed that after performing Asanas, when he laid in Savasana for relaxation, the head shook but for a while the head became steady, which gave me a glimpse of hope.
11th April 2017
In the class, Mr. Sisodia gave the feedback that he slept well for the past nights.
17th April 2017
During Yoga Nidra practice which he did after Asanas, I observed a very clear and positive change in Mr. Sisodia that he had almost no tremor of his head. During and after pranayama practices his hands were steady.
18th April 2017
Mr. Sisodia gave the feedback that before he had to take medication in 3 to 4 hours in order to relax his muscles, but today he has extended up to 5 hours. I suggested him that whenever he starts feeling stiffness in the body next time, then instead of taking immediate medicine to relax the muscles, he should try to do relaxation in lying position which he knew well by this time.
24th April 2017
When I reached his residence for the class, I saw Mr. Sisodia lying on the floor. He said that he was experiencing the stiffness, so was trying to do relaxation instead of taking medicine. When I heard this, then without making any change in the position, I told him to start breathing techniques i.e. Abdominal breathing, Thoracic & Clavicular breathing and Yogic breathing. Then I gave him Yoga Nidra, followed by few Asanas and Pranayama practices. After Yoga session, when I asked how he was feeling, he said- “Good, but if I walk a little bit then I can figure out more clearly”.
I asked him to take his time and walk. So, he went for a short walk and said he was feeling better than normal.
I was happy to hear this. The job of medicines was now being done by Yogic practices (of relaxing muscles consciously).
28th April 2017
The similar situation was repeated on this day. He waited for Yoga session instead of taking medicine as he was feeling stiffness in the body. After almost the same set of practices, he said – “FEELING NORMAL”. This day’s feedback now proved that Yoga was working on his Parkinson’s disease.
29th April 2017
He told he had extended intake of medicine to one hour for relaxing the muscles, which in itself is a big achievement as Parkinson’s is said to be a stubborn disorder. He also told that he was now able to lie down flat on the back for sleeping which was not possible before.
These are the feedbacks and observations for the month of April 2017 which show the progress. The important aspect in this progressive phase of Mr. Sisodia is his sincerity and regularity of practicing Yoga. Without his sincere efforts, such progress may not have taken place.
The purpose of this blog is to create awareness of how Yoga helps in all aspects of the life, whether there is some health issue, or we want to experience a higher state by enhancing the skill and excellence because whatever is the case, management of body, mind and emotions are necessary and Yoga harmonises them perfectly.
I request everyone to share this blog with friends and relatives. The objective of this blog is to reach to the needy people who are losing their hopes due to Parkinson’s disease or any kind of Neurological disorder. I want to say that don’t lose hope, results are very positive if you learn Yoga properly, do it with sincerity and regularity. You just need to exercise your will-power to come in the shelter of Yoga or pray to God to give inspiration, motivation and strength to start Yoga today itself. Why to wait for tomorrow!
I’m coating the practices that Mr. Sisodia is doing:
- Pawanmuktasana part 1
- Supta Udarakarshanasana
- Pada Sanchalanasana
- Chakra Padasana
- Tiryak Tadasana
- Kati Chakrasana
- Saral Bhujangasana
- Ardha Shalabhasana
- Abdominal Breathing
- Thoracic Breathing
- Thoracic & Clavicular Breathing
- Yogic Breathing
- Nadi Shodhan Pranayam
- Bhramari Pranayam
- Ujjayi Pranayam
- Shavasana & YOGANIDRA
- Gayatri Mantra- 11 times
- Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra- 11 times
- 32 names of Devi Durga- 3 times (all 3 mantras daily in the morning)
Mahamrutunjaya Mantra 108 times every Saturday
Aditya Hridayam Path 3 times every morning.
(Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant)