Managing Meniere’s Disease Through Stress Management: Yoga

Those with Meniere's Disease can get great results from stress reduction practices. Yoga is great for stress reduction

Life is too fast and competitive today. Most of the people are finding it difficult to cope up with the hectic life schedule physically as well as mentally. This results in stress. Stress is sometimes useful for reacting quickly in case of an emergency. Small amounts of stress helps a student perform well on an exam. When the stress becomes prolonged and it goes beyond the normal limits, it can cause a lot of danger to the physical as well as mental health of a person.  I have talked a lot about stress before and still believe that  it is a key component to bringing your symptoms of Meniere’s disease under control.

Your body and mind needs to be relaxed if you want to reduce your stress response. If you think that relaxing means lying on the couch and watching TV, you are wrong. The nervous system loses its balance when you are in stress. To bring back the lost balance, you need to follow some relaxation techniques. There are many ways to relax. 

Yoga is definitely one of the best techniques to reduce stress. The yogasanas, that were practiced by Indian sages thousands of years ago, not only reduce stress, but also keep the body and mind healthy and fit. There are numerous yoga poses that are effective in reducing stress. A few asanas (yoga positions) are discussed below.

Bhujangasana
Lie on your stomach. Keep your palms at your chest level. Raise your body as much as possible. Let your toes and knees rest on the mat. Count up to ten. Then relax and come back to lying position slowly. 


Trikonasana
Trikon means triangle. This is also called the triangular pose. Stand with your legs apart. Let there be a three feet gap between the feet. First bend towards the right. Let your right hand touch your right foot. The left hand should be stretched upward. This gives a triangular effect. Stand in the same position counting upto ten. Then continue with the left side. 


Savasana
Sava means dead body in Sanskrit. You have to lie down on your back without any movement concentrating only on your breathing. Close your eyes and observe how your abdomen stretches out when you breathe in and how it contracts when you exhale. This is similar to the exercise I wrote about in my last post.


Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Lie on your back. Place your feet on a mat. Now lift your spine upwards. Let your hands rest near your body. Your body should look like a bridge. 


Padahastasana
Stand with your feet close to each other. Bend your back and hold your ankles with your palms. This ensures better flow of blood to the brain. This helps in reducing mental stress.


Balasana
Kneel on the mat. Make sure your hip rests on your heels. Slowly bend your head towards the mat till your forehead touches the mat. Stretch your hands over your head. This helps in relaxing your mind and body.


Yoga gives splendid relaxation to all muscles and nerves in all parts of the body. It improves the blood circulation and is very effective for stress reduction if done regularly. It is better to do asanas on an empty stomach and in the first part of your day. Spend half an hour in the morning. Then you can feel energetic and relaxed throughout the day.


You should start all asanas with a slow inhalation. Make sure you exhale slowly whenever you relax. This gives the benefits of breathing exercises along with the benefits of yogic exercises. When you practice yoga with your eyes closed, you will get the benefits of meditation too. When you lie down in poses like savasana, you get the benefits of guided imagery or visualization. Yoga provides the benefits of many relaxation techniques. 

You shouldn’t have to look far to find an opportunity to practice yoga.  It is available in most health clubs and senior citizen centers.  While it is possible to  learn from reading discussions like this or watching a yoga show on the television or internet, the best possible results will come by getting your instruction from a certified yoga instructor.

 

Comments

  1. I am currently doing Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga Therapy. I am considering specializing in Yoga for Menieres Disease and balance disorders. I have Menieres disease myself and suffered from very acute bouts of vertigo, but it has not been active in more than 7 years. I feel that yoga has most definitely been a huge part of what has helped me.

    • Congratulations on seven years symptom free. My wife practices yoga and really enjoys it. I am not an active participant but whole-heartedly endorse anything that helps and especially anything that has shown to reduce one’s stress. Good luck teaching yoga. I wish you the best