After the orthopedist studied the x-ray and confirmed that my right knee was afflicted with Osteoarthritis (OA) I was in a daze. Another incurable disease! I had just about developed an advanced method of yoga therapy for Parkinson's disease (YTPD) many years after contracting Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) when suddenly peace of mind was lost, again. And as previously I attempted treating the OA with yoga poses but it failed, which was surprising.
Without any real hope I made another attempt, this time with Kalari exercises, which I had learned in my early teens. Nothing seemed to happen during the session but the next morning the knee was less painful. I repeated another session and on the following morning I could walk freely! The locking was gone and pain was decreased but the grating sounds remained though I suspected its volume was less. After continuing the new set of exercises for the next two weeks all the symptoms had vanished. I was not convinced so I tested the knee and found there was deep knee pain, indicating the cartilage was not fully healed. It did not bother me because I had regained quality of walk, besides I had reason to believe that complete healing will transpire if I continue the treatment.
With regular practice deep knee pain decreased progressively. During this period there were occasional relapes, which were of mild intensity and it did not affect quality of walking. But after deep knee pain was healed there were no more relapses.
Ushtrasana/camel pose (extensor) - Customized versions, hands placed against the wall for instance, are ideal for treatment of back pain. It is just one in a combination of poses for treatment of kidney ailments, additionally it is being tried out for treatment of prostate gland condition.
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) are more or less the same as aging symptoms. YTPD was unheard of when I began practice/research with the method. There was no previous instance of treating PD with alternative therapy so I had to develop YTPD from scratch. Initially my practice was limited to the poses I had learnt in yoga class. After observing that it had only marginal effect I experimented with a wide range of yoga poses. By and by I found a combination of poses that had the best effect and it became a template for treating the ailment.
Strength and suppleness were propping up the Central Nervous System and as a result most of the symptoms became controlled. Recently, when I told a doctor who was treating me for bronchitis that I had PD and that I was controlling it with YT he was disbelieving. He was convinced only after I demonstrated a mild degree of tremors while turning the head. The doctor's reaction indicated that the intensity of symptoms had decreased to the extent it was barely noticeable.
Halasana/plough pose (flexor) - It has impact on the cranial thoracic abdominal and pelvic cavities, flexing the organs contained in these cavities. As a result it is a complete pose. It also treats urinary tract ailments and it is being tried out for treatment of prostate gland condition. However, it is not recommended in heart condition or in back pain/disorders.
The crucial fact about YTPD is that it enables us to hold onto quality of life. We can do many things without assistance whether it is shaving or writing tying shoelaces or buttoning clothes swimming or playing physical games and keeping up a positive frame of mind. If PD is left untreated our abilities fade away little by little and at an advanced stage we become dependent. YTPD is effective only in patients who did not commence medications whereas in patients under medication there was no positive effect whatsoever.
Dhanurasana/archer's pose (extensor) - Similar to limbering this pose keeps the joints supple therefore it is crucial in resisting the advance of aging. Halasana flexes the internal organs while dhanurasana extends them. The constant flexor-extensor action on the internal organs and muscles is what separates yoga from other physical exercise disciplines and martial arts. The organs are massaged & rejuvenated by the process. And the other factor that distinguishes yoga is the replacement of genetic template with the template of consciousness.
Belatedly I found that YTPD is also applicable for treating aging as the symptoms are more or less common to both ailments. When I tried the methods on aged patients the results though not unexpected were yet surprising. The poses and exercises were customized for each patient corresponding to the extent of their symptoms. Physical assistance was provided for some patients, who were mostly 80+ and props were devised for others. Progressively the assistance and props could be let go one by one, and it became a barometer by which to mark the recovery of the patients.
Spine twist pose - This is a crucial pose for treatment of mild urinary tract ailments. It has had some effect during trials for treatment of prostate gland conditions. Originally the pose was custom-designed for treating a shoulder condition but it worked better for treating prostate condition!
The surprises were never-ending. Most of the patients had cognitive infirmities in addition to physical ailments. After completing the poses they were guided through simple mind games/exercises. Within 10-15 days their memory was revived and one patient was even performing mental maths. It defied the theory that cell damage in old age cannot be reversed. But then Yoga Therapy (YT) had always defied convention, which is because of the role of conscious.
I am not a famous yogi I just happen to know some rare tricks. I wrote a book, 'Finding Yoga with Yoga', in which the idea of agelessness is elaborated at length.
I once conducted yoga classes for a group of underprivileged school children who were sent to me because their grades were poor. After a month of practicing an unusual method of meditation their scores were much improved. Another remarkable feature was that they were not all equally flexible and a few were less supple than me. It made me realize that being ageless is not about being young rather that it is about keeping intact our memory & cognition and strength & flexibility across the span of our lifetime.
Mudra/early model office seal (flexor) - In the correct version the thighs would rest on the calves, the chest would be on the thighs and the arms would be pointing straight up. Seen front-on the bottom section would be the seal and the arms would be its handle. The pose has strong impact on nerves and it is a component in the combination of poses that constitute YTPD.
Some journeys are best travelled alone. If I had fallen victim to veneration I could not have discovered the deep connection between yoga and consciousness. The most remarkable aspect of consciousness is its applications in yoga therapy (YT). Spiritual experience, healing, agelessness none of this could be done without consciousness.
Is conscious human-like? I imagined what would happen after we lose the self and body. Without doubt thought will be released and it would not have a shape or form. Thought does not becomes less than human just because it does not have a body and the same goes for consciousness. Really, the depth of conscious is inconceivable and likewise we do not know the actual qualities of thought because it is entwined with ego. We were misled by the possessive and whining nature of self which is the reason we could not realize the purity and spirituality of thought. The solution is quite simple but not easy - sacrifice the self.