08 July, 2011
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Kundalini Yoga for Tinnitus
Abnormal ringing in the ears is typically referred to as tinnitus. People who suffer from tinnitus generally find the constant noise incredibly frustrating and that it affects the normal day-to-day living. Kundalini Yoga is often said to be the most powerful form of yoga, according to Secrets of Yoga, and it may help the treatment of tinnitus.
History of Kundalini Yoga
Secrets of Yoga explains that Kundalini yoga has its roots in Hatha yoga, which focuses on uniting body mind and spirit. Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that came to the West in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization, or 3HO, with the intention to introduce Kundalini yoga to a broader audience.
Kundalini means means ‘coiled up’ in Sanskrit and a snake coiled at the base of the spine frequently represents ‘Kundalini energy.’ According to Secrets of Yoga, Kundalini yoga focuses awakening and releasing the ‘Kundalini energy’ starting at the base of the spine and awakening each of the seven ‘chakras,’ or energy centers as described in traditional Indian medicine. Kundalini yoga, which is one of the more spiritual types of yoga, moves beyond just physical performance and emphasizes breathing, meditation and chanting.
Medline Plus explains that millions of people in the U.S. have tinnitus, which is a constant, or nearly constant, ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing noise in the ears. Causes include hearing loss from exposure to loud noises, medications, or other health concerns like allergies, low blood pressure, tumors, heart or blood vessel issues and jaw or neck problems. Traditionally, treatments have included medication, hearing aids, sound masking devices, and coping strategies for dealing with the constant noise.
The ‘Karna Pidasana’ is a Kundalini yoga pose in which both of the ears are pressed by the knees, which is what the name of the pose means, notes website Health Mad. The position is moderately difficult and should be done slowly, as there is possibility of injury if performed too quickly. Furthermore, people with high blood pressure or heart disease should not perform this pose. In this pose, increased blood flow & muffling of ears with the knees can gradually improve tinnitus,ear pain, age-related hearing loss and transient deafness, according to Yoga Poses and Sanas.
Other Potentially Beneficial Poses
Yoga Wiz explains that yoga is a practice that takes into account all aspects of holistic health. While not every pose will directly impact the ears, the practice of yoga is about overall health and well being, and, thus, there are other poses recommended for tinnitus. Standing poses like tadasana, or palm tree pose; and trikonasana, or triangle pose; and sitting poses like gomukhasana, or cow face pose; and ushtrasana, or camel pose, are recommended for tinnitus. Additionally, supine poses like matsyasana, or fish pose, and navasana, or boat pose, are recommended. Even adho mukha svanasana, or downward dog pose, is likely beneficial, notes Yoga Wiz.
Being afflicted with tinnitus can be incredibly frustrating and stressful. The practice of yoga is considered to be relaxing and stress relieving. Therefore, the calming effects of practicing yoga may help sufferers cope with this ailment.
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