- Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance
- Most often vertigo is a result of health issues related to the inner ear
- Ayurvedic physicians state that this ailment could also be a result of poor blood and air circulation in the body
- Yoga is often recommended as a form of treatment for patients suffering from balance disorders
Have you experienced those odd moments when a shock runs through your body, making you dizzy for a brief period? Did the dizziness lead to a nauseating feeling? Well, these signs mark the initial stages of vertigo. While many deem it to be a deadly disorder, one must remember that like other diseases, vertigo has various degrees of seriousness.
What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance.
How is it caused?
Most often vertigo is a result of health issues related to the inner ear. Some of these include:
1. BPPV: Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV) is a brief yet intense episode of vertigo which occurs due to a particular change in the position of the head.
2. Labyrinthitis: This is an inflammation of the inner ear which in turn causes dizziness and subsequent loss of balance.
3. Vestibular Neuronitis: This is an extreme case of vertigo. It is caused due to the inflammation of the vestibular nerve.
Ayurvedic physicians also state that this ailment could also be a result of poor blood and air circulation in the body.
Staying in control
Serious instances of vertigo ought to be discussed and treated under the supervision of professionals.
Then again, most types of vertigo are easily curable by practicing simple breathing techniques.
Vertigo and Yoga: The age-old bond
Yes, Yoga can help relieve you of those numerous unstable moments and assure of greater levels of flexibility.
Why should Yoga be practiced by those suffering from vertigo?
This is what the experts have to say:
1. As many of you are aware, Yoga is a set of techniques that focus on improving one’s physical and mental strength.
2. Due to its low impact movements, this ancient exercise series is often recommended as a form of treatment for patients suffering from balance disorders.
Studies have shown that Hatha Yoga can help improve a person’s postural control.
Most interestingly, Naadishodhana Pranayama or the alternative yogic breathing technique is said to work miracles and can help combat vertigo.
As the name suggests, Naadishodhana pranayama, is a technique by which one can purify channels of the mind-body mechanism. Thereby, ensuring that the body remains balanced at all times. According to Dr. Seethalakshmi, the chief physician at the Sree Rudra Vaidyashala established in Ernakulam district, situated in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Naadishodana Pranayama helps in balancing both hemispheres of the brain as well as the ensuring adequate flow of energy on both sides of the body.
How is it done?
1. Sit cross-legged. Your could also sit erect on a chair with your feet firmly touching the ground
2. Take a deep breath and breathe out gradually
3. Fold the tips of the index finger and middle finger inward until they touch the palm
4. Breathe in and out alternatively from both nostrils. While doing so, use the right thumb to close the right nostril and the ring finger as well as the little finger to the close the left nostril.
5. Continue doing so for about five minutes on a daily basis.
6. Upon completing the cycle, relax, and concentrate on the flow of energy (also known as Prana).
7. Gradually open your eyes.
It is observed that one is bound to feel less dizzy within a few days. This technique has to be practiced regularly.