Yoga Q&A: Inner happiness heals everything

Yoga expert, Trisha Maharaj Singh answers readers’ questions on yoga. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Friday.
This week’s answers:

1. I have been diagnosed with lumber disc bulges and practising yoga for a year now. I am unable to sit cross-legged on the floor for more than 1 or 2 mins. Is it ok to keep trying or will I never be able to do it again?
Sit on a few cushions against a wall to support your spine.. Will help. In life, times helps and heals all..

2. Hi Trisha, please explain the benefits of suryanamaskar.
There are many. It’s energizing as it ignites the fire energy in the body, it’s weight reducing as it is active, it’s nerve relaxing as its breath stimulating, and it’s a great way to stretch and contract your muscles. Practise regularly then write to me.

3. My 8-year-old son has type 1 diabetes. Will yoga help?
You should make him do lots of twisting poses to stimulate the elimination and activate the pancreas and inverted poses like sarvangasan. Take him to a medical class and also try to take him to a good child counsellor – someone very kind as diabetes is an emotional condition. Inner happiness heals everything..

4. I am 30 yrs old male and have constant problem of severe acidity which magnifies to throat infection and congestion. Kindly suggest asanas with duration and diet.
Lots of twisting asana to detox and surya namaskar to ignite the pitta in your body. Reduce kapha by cutting out milk and cheese and have one cabbage leaf per day – very effective for acidity.

5. I suffer from knee problem and cartilages are worn out according to a recent X Ray report.I also suffer from osteoporosis. Can you suggest what asanas can be done and how to prevent further damage? Sitting on the ground cross legged is a no as per the doctor. Please advise.
Yes, don’t sit on the ground. Knees are sensitive so do physiotherapy thrice a week with some one you connect with as a therapist. Try to do virasan using a blanket and bolster but under supervision.
No climbing down stairs and no heels.

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