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Exploring Yogic Techniques for Managing Bipolar Disorder


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Senior Yoga Facilitator, Shrikant Kshirsagar delivered this talk with demonstration of Yoga asanas/ techniques at BipolarIndia's WORLD BIPOLAR DAY Conference in Mumbai on March 30th, 2019. His well researched presentation and demonstration of simple to practice breathing & stretching techniques were especially customised for the audience comprising Bipolar Disorder affected & their Caregivers.

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Exploring Yogic Techniques for Managing Bipolar Disorder

  1. 1.  Topic - Exploring Yogic Techniques for Managing Bipolar Disorders Activity & Techniques  Breathing Techniques.  Relaxation Technique .  Spine Movements .  De - Stress & Detoxification  Cheer & Joy - Laughter Questions & Feedback Yoga & Bipolar Disorders
  2. 2.  Topic - Introduction & Need - 5 Minutes Exercise & Activity  Breathing Techniques. 15 Minutes  Select Exercises 5 Minutes  Spine Movements . . 10 Minutes  De - Stress & Detoxification 10 Minutes  Cheer & Joy - Laughter . 5 Minutes Questions & Feedback – 10 Minutes Flow & Timeline
  3. 3. Effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in Patients with Bipolar Affective Disorder: A Case Series Journal List : Int J Yoga v.11(1); Jan-Apr 2018 PMC5769203 Keywords: Bipolar affective disorder, emotional regulation, interepisodic symptoms, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, quality of life Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of bipolar disorder — A review of the evidence☆ Role of Yoga and Mindfulness in Severe Mental Illnesses: A Narrative Review Int J Yoga v.12(1); Jan-Apr 2019 PMC6329226 Keywords: Bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, mindfulness, schizophrenia, severe mental illnesses, yoga Literature Review
  4. 4. Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Major Psychiatric Disorders: A Meta-Analysis Journal List Prim Care Companion CNS Disord v.13(4); 2011 PMC3219516 Yoga on Our Minds: A Systematic Review of Yoga for Neuropsychiatric Disorders Journal List Front Psychiatry v.3; 2012 PMC3555015 Keywords: yoga, meditation, depression, schizophrenia, cognition, ADHD, clinical trials, alternative medicine Yoga as an Ancillary Treatment for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders: A Review J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012 Spring;24(2):152-64. doi: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.11040090 Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Major Psychiatric Disorders: A Meta-Analysis Journal List Prim Care Companion CNS Disord v.13(4); 2011 PMC3219516
  5. 5.  Yoga can be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Yoga has few contraindications and few side effects.  Yoga may be a helpful complementary treatment for psychiatric disorders.
  6. 6. How Yoga Works
  7. 7. HEART ~BRAIN~COHERENCE • From Stress to Harmony via Breathing Heart ~ Attitude ~ Emotions ~ Feelings Head ~ Mind ~ Thoughts `Discipline
  8. 8. Heart – The Seat of Emotions
  9. 9. Deep Breathing – Key to Oxygenation /Nutrition to Brain
  10. 10. Deep Breathing
  11. 11. Deep Breathing Exercise Expanding Abdomen, Inter Costal Muscles ,Rib Cage , Lungs – Navel to Nose
  12. 12. Pushing Blood Supply to Brain
  13. 13. Spine Movements Stimulate the Brain
  14. 14.  Spine Stretch Join the Palms & Stretch the Spine Shoulders & Elbows upwards  Benefits : Energizes the Spine , Improves the Posture
  15. 15.  Spine Twist  Twist the Spine holding the backrest of chair – Right Hand holding Left side of Chair & Left Hand holding Right side Reverse the sequence of holding Hands & Chair  Benefits : Twisting benefits Lower Portion of Spine , reduces Stiffness
  16. 16. Kapalbhati – Detoxification -Purification Technique Frontal Brain Cleansing & Energizing • Kapala – Forehead & Bhati means to Shine / Illuminate : • Known as Skull-Shining Breath. • Exercise that Purifies, Rejuvenates, and Invigorates the mind and body. • Cleanses lungs and respiratory system. • Strengthens and tones diaphragm and abdominal muscles. • Releases toxins , Increases oxygen to cells, purifying blood in the process. 70% Detoxification is via Exhalation Route
  17. 17. #Honeybee #Honey #Happiness  Buzzing Sound like the Honeybee Calms down the mind.  Balanced Nervous system, & improves Awareness.  Acts like a Brain Tonic Highly recommended for Bipolar Patients