About neurological disorders
A neurological disorder is any disorder of the nervous system. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of the nervous system, a person has trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. The person can also have problems with the memory, senses, or mood.
As per World Health Organization, hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by neurological disorders. These disorders include epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke, migraine and other headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuroinfectious, brain tumours, traumatic disorders of the nervous system due to head trauma, and neurological disorders as a result of malnutrition.
Role of Yoga
As far as the management of neurological disorders are concerned, Yoga plays a very important role. Through the trials and research, it has been clearly seen that once targeted yogic practices are implemented under proper lifestyle guidance, remarkable development is reflected on person’s health. Overall personality, behaviour and thinking pattern takes positive ‘U’ turn where person starts gaining confidence and clarity. His digestion and sleeping patterns are improved, positive and creative thinking takes place and the person is reconnected with hope and vigour.
We will talk about how yoga works in neurological disorders in our next blog. Today I am presenting First Hand Yogic Experience on Parkinson Disease where I witnessed the progress through yoga on physical and mental level.
First Hand Yogic Experience in Parkinson's Disease
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 organized a meet at his house where he shared 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 a specific period.
With the permission of Mr. Sisodia, I planned to publish this article on the basis of information and feedback received by him, from the day we started Yoga. I am including my observations as well so that 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.
Observation & feedback
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.
I observed that after performing Asanas, when he laid in Shavasana for relaxation, the head shook but for a while the head became steady, which gave me a glimpse of hope.
In the class, Mr. Sisodia gave the feedback that he slept well for the past nights.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 feedback and observations 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 harmonizes them perfectly.
The objective of this article 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 done by Mr. Sisodia: –
- 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
- Yoga Nidra
- Gayatri Mantra- 11 times
- Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra- 11 times
- 32 names of Devi Durga- 3 times (all 3 mantras daily in the morning)
- Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra 108 times every Saturday
- Aditya Hridayam Path 3 times every morning.