Yoga Q&A: Yoga realigns the body

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 lymph nodes in my neck and throat. I am undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. If can you suggest if I can do yoga and if yes which asanas and for how much duration and how to do.
Anil Kumar
You should do sarvangasan daily for 15 mins using a chair. Also supta baddhakonasan with a bolster for15 mins to open up your chest and anulom vilom pranayam for 5 mins to start with till slowly you can do 15 mins.

2. I have one doubt regarding doing Surya Namaskaras.One and half years back I had undergone Hernia surgery; it got healed long back. Now I want to do Surya namaskaras but not sure whether I can do it. So I consulted 2 surgeons they saw and said that I can go ahead and do what I want. But I am not sure whether they have good idea about Surya namaskaras or not. Since Surya namaskaras involve lots of bendings, stretchings etc so in this regard I would like to know from you whether I can go ahead and do Surya namaskaras is there any chance that because of this the Hernia might resurface since you are Yoga expert and also one who knows the human anatomy I would like to take your opinion before proceeding further.
Pavan Kumar K.
One and a half years is a long enough duration to heal fully if no complications. Pain is the best indicator so if you feel no pain it’s fine to do it. The stretching and contracting of muscles and organs in yoga helps to realign the organic positions as well. So it is safe.

3. I’ve heard that yoga practiced regularly can provide a warning of diseases to come. How does this work?
Do not wait for a problem. If you have none why are you thinking about a warning from the body? Thoughts manifest eventually! So focus on wellness. If something is wrong you will know.

4. My mother is 52 years old and detected with osteoporosis. Are there any asanas to help her.
Regular yoga to keep muscle tone; surya namaskar is good or standing poses till she’s fit enough to do surya namaskars.

5. What is the difference between Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga?
They are two different schools started by two great yogis. All asans are the same. Iyengar yoga is the most aligned and uses props to help people who are stiff and restricted due to weak health. Astanga yoga is a fixed set of asanas segregated into different set sequences.

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