Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha and Satkarma form the base of Yogic Practices as per Hatha Yoga.

Popularly known as APMB, the textbook for Yoga institutions and students compiled by the leading Bihar School of Yoga prescribes Pawan Muktasana Series for all. PM 1 gives the Anti-rheumatic group of asanas, PM 2 deals with Anti-gastritic practices, and PM3 provides Energy unlocking exercises that people of all groups can practice and serve as rehabilitation therapy for persons with neuromuscular disorders. By regular practice all the joints, muscles and ligaments are activated, it gives a gentle massage to the internal organs, and helps to eliminate the energy blockage therein, preparing the body for difficult asanas.

Awareness of the interaction between the various components of the body involved; Synchronized breathing which influences at the pranic level and helps to channelize the flow of energy; and Mental and conscious counting of the movements, multiply the effects of the practices. e.g. establishing a connection with the bones, joints, and ligaments during rotations lead to toning of the nerves at the junctions; slow and deep breathing during exercise supplies adequate oxygen to the tissues that make the muscles healthy.

Asanas are more passive and static than dynamic. This increases the joint space so that in due time the pain disappears making the joint healthy again. With the wear & tear mechanism arrested in the muscles and the ligaments, flexibility is restored. The gentle massage enhances the secretion of synovial fluid, the lubricant of the knees. Focussed concentration leads to high-level energy generated at the part being exercised, burning up the toxins as a result. Internal homeostasis is established with the circulation of blood, an activated metabolism and lymphatic drainage of waste materials. Heightened awareness alternated with relaxation helps to harmonize and revitalize the body cells.

The practice of asanas corrects the psycho-neuro immune path, fighting off auto-immune disorders. In this condition, the capacity to differentiate between self from non-self is disturbed and the WBCs mistake self protein as foreign and sends messages to recruit fighter cells to that particular area, which then leads to inflammation, and resultant swelling, redness, and pain.

The practices of flexing and rotations allow venous return towards the heart. Asanas prevent the deposition of cholesterol in the arteries. The constricted arteries become dilated which enables free flow of blood. The pressure on the heart to pump is eased, thus kickstarting & rejuvenating the whole system.

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