A rare fact about our body and mind is that it is endowed with two sets of templates:
1. The genetic template which is inherited from our ancestors.
2. And, the template of consciousness.
Kalari Namaskar Asana 0° (KNA 0°) - Balancing-on-one-leg asanas/poses prevent unsteady gait and faltering balance that is common during the aging process. And the poses may be propped by leaning against the wall. After the yogi becomes accustomed they will automatically do it without the prop.
The genetic template identifies with the principles that are basic to dual dimension (DD), in which our body and mind are two-sided. The two sides are unequal so we hold ourselves up by means of counterbalance. During the aging process the weaker and less favored side deteriorates faster, leading to the advance of aging symptoms.
The template of consciousness is characteristic of the principles of aligned dimension (AD), in which the body and mind are in a state of oneness. Ageless Yoga Therapy (AYT) strengthens the weaker side matching it with the stronger side, leaving the body and mind in a state of aligned balance.
Mayur asana/peacock pose (extensor)- This is a crucial pose, for treating aging symptoms. It strengthens the wrists and fingers, preventing the development of tremors. As a result the yogi is enabled to perform delicate taks like shaving or writing. The pose prevents weight gain, leaving the yogi light on its feet.
AYT is a process by which the body and mind detaches from the hereditary template and aligns with the template of consciousness. After yoga (alignment) takes place we become a symbolic replica of consciousess, i.e., we acquire the characteristics of consciousness. Our faculties, senses, balance and health align with the present, after which nothing fades or deteriorates with passage of time. And after these processes are in place we are not old or young instead our aging process becomes indeterminable.
After making progress with AYT we are enabled to retain our memory and cognition and our strength and flexibility. And when we practice regularly we find that day after day and year after year our quality of life remains unchanged.
Dwi padasana (flexor) - It massages the internal organs and it strengthens the nerves. And it maintains height-weight ratio.
Ek padasana (flexor) - It is suitable for treating internal organ ailments besides it is easier than with both legs together. And it is not essential to touch the nose to the knee; it still induces almost the same effects as with both legs simultaneously.
It takes only a few sessions to slow down aging. Many ailments become healed in the process and we regain our cognition. After becoming practiced we may continue on our own, making it the most economical method for resisting aging symptoms.
AYT stands out from physical exercises and medical and herbal therapy because it unites with the elements of consciousness. Typically, during AYT the template of consciousness replaces the genetic template and the faculties and senses become present like consciousness, i.e., they do not fade out from aging or ailments. Another unique feature of AYT is that extreme aged cases may be dragged back from the brink and brought to synchronize with consciousness in phases, like the docking of a spacecraft with a space station.
Vrikshasana propped - This is a customized version that served elderly patients very well. Bed-ridden patients walked on their own within a month or two after practicing this pose. When yoga therapists have presence of mind the quality of treatment they provide is remarkable.
As may be expected some patients need assistance for a longer duration but generally after we are set on course to align with consciousness the aging process is reversed. All we need do is sustain the momentum with determination and not look back. Whereas for those of us who have given up the therapist's determination is a prop that holds up the weary spirit. AYT is made possible by the fact that resistance is active till the last breath. We only got to make up our mind, after which the process of revival may begin.
Sarvangasana (inversion)- Persons undergoing therapy may do it from next to the wall, against which the legs may be propped. Usually this pose is avoided while treating the elderly because it may be counter-productive in heart ailments. Other than that it purifies the blood and revitalizes internal organs.
Matsyasana/fish pose (extensor) - It stretches the thoracic cavity. Flexing and extension one after the other during a session is a secret principle of yoga therapy. A surprise feature of this pose is the lightness on the feet it produces, perhaps due to the controlled breathing sequence.
There are extremely difficult cases, like in end-stage kidney disease. Medical therapy or AYT alone may not be effective in such cases but a combination of the two may hold out some hope. It must be pointed out that Yoga Therapy is at a nascent stage of development. Little is known about it. What is without doubt is that when we commence AYT we are set on course for alignment with the template of consciousness, during which we become healed of the symptoms of aging and reacquire cognition & memory and flexibility & lightness on the feet.
Kalari Namaskar Asana 80° - The yogi tilts forward and retains balance. For some unknown reason it is crucial in AYT. Perhaps it strengthens the nerves. Perhaps it controls tremors. Or better still, perhaps it effortlessly coordinates the mind & body.