Yoga poses for people infected with HIV

Here are some yoga techniques to help you live well with HIV.

Yoga for HIVHIV is a very disheartening and grave condition that often pushes a patient into depression. While there is no cure for this condition that attacks one's immune system, there are methods in yoga that can help you live the disease. In The Yoga Institute, these methods have been found to be extremely effective. Here are few of the techniques you can use:

Yogendra Nishpanda Bhav can help them get rid of stress and keep depression at bay which is very important. They should try to stay as active as possible and practice various asanas like standing Chakrasana (the standing wheel pose), Parvatasana (the mountain pose), Paschimottanasana (the seated forward bend pose). This will help them strengthen their muscles and improve their stamina. Doing Jalneti nasal cleansing with water regularly is also very important. It helps one's keep nasal passage clean and can keep respiratory infections at bay. However, Jalneti should always be followed by Kapalbhati pranayam.

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Yogendra Nishpandhbhavaalso known as the no-movement pose:

Steps to do this pose:

  • Lean against a wall, touching your head to the wall and sit in a relaxed manner with your legs stretched in front of you
  • Keep a distance of 2-3 feet between your legs
  • Place your hands gently on your upper thighs with palms facing upwards
  • Listen to the sound of any vehicle passing by at a distance
  • Sit in this posture for 5 mins and focus on any distant sound


Parvatasanaor the mountain pose:

Steps to do this asana:

  • Sit in Sukhasana
  • Raise your hands towards sky and keep palms facing each other.
  • Catch hold the fist of one hand with the other hand and stretch your hands upward as if you are raising your body. You will get stretched in your abdominal muscles.
  • Maintaining the pose for 10-15 seconds and then relax
  • Repeat the asana 3 times

Standing chakrasana

Standing Chakrasana also known as the standing wheel pose:

Steps to do this pose:

  • Stand erect with your legs two feet apart and
  • Interlock your hands in the front
  • Inhaling, raise your arms over your head, bend backwards and hold the position for 6 seconds
  • Exhaling, bend forward and swing your arms behind.
  • Interlock your fingers and stretch your arms towards your head
  • Inhaling, return to the starting position
  • Repeat the asana twice


Paschimottanasana or the seated forward bend pose:

Steps to do this asana:

  • Sit on the floor and inhaling stretch your legs in front of you.
  • Keep your knees firm and ensure that you don't bend them while doing the asana
  • Exhaling bend forward, hold your toes and try to touch your forehead to your knees
  • Maintain the pose for 10 seconds
  • Inhaling return to the starting position

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