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Thursday, March 31, 2011

This guest post is by student Alexis Bonari.

Yoga Poses For Vertigo

Although yoga has been touted in the west to be a fashionable cure-all hobby, it is none of those things — it is, in fact, more. Yoga can aid a willing and patient practitioner to unite one's body, mind, and breath, something no ordinary prescription pill can manage.

Vertigo has many causes and no single cure. One practice that can do little harm, fortunately, is yoga, which can improve your balance and strengthen your nervous system to keep dizzy spells at bay. Moreover, as you learn about yoga, you learn to take better care of your body by eating healthfully and reducing sodium intake—both critical to staving off vertigo. Dedication to yoga will thereby improve your focus and connection to your body so that you know sooner when something isn't quite right. With time, you will acquire a deeper and more personal knowledge and appreciation for your body that will allow you to change your lifestyle to a healthier one with fewer episodes of vertigo.

Yoga and Overall Health

Unfortunately, simply practicing a few asanas (poses) won't do much for your health or preventing vertigo. In addition to seeing a physical therapist, look around for a local yoga instructor and inform him or her about your condition. Your instructor will select specific poses and sequences to help with your balance and organ health. Meditation and breathing exercises will also aid in your battle of mind over matter.

Basic Balancing Poses

The following are basic yoga poses that have been used to provide relief from vertigo. Once you have embraced a healthful lifestyle, these poses may come in handy before and during bouts of vertigo. Although poses like Halasana (plough pose) and Sirsasana (head stand) may prove difficult and even harmful to beginnings lacking instruction, the rest are easy and difficult to perform hazardously. Discover Pranayama (breathing techniques) to begin your yogic healing, and move on to various poses from there.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she's been researching typical student loan debt as well as direct loans for students.

Whenever this WAHM gets some free time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking with the freshest organic in-season fare, and practicing the art of coupon clipping.

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