Contraindications

For practices in the first half of the chapter, contraindications for leglif sit-up exercises, and the boat postures are obvious: lower back probler And it ought not surprise anyone that the peacock, as well as otl r exercises that greatly increase intra-abdominal pressure, should e explored with caution, at least by anyone who is not already quite athle' It is a myth, although a common one, that women in general should not o the peacock. For practices in the second half of the chapter, there are o contraindications for ashwini mudra and mula bandha, but agni si i, uddiyana bandha, and their derivatives are powerful exercises wh< e indiscriminate use is not recommended.

high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, even the mildest of abdominope ic exercises should be approached gingerly. Even if you are on medication t! it successfully lowers your blood pressure, all intense abdominope c exercises should be avoided. Holding your breath at the glottis a I -r inhalation is always contraindicated. Holding your breath after exhalat a, as in uddiyana bandha, is less dangerous but also inadvisable becaust re would expect it to quickly increase venus return, that is, the flow of bb id back to the heart.

ulcers

Intense abdominopelvic practices are all contraindicated for everyone v h stomach and duodenal ulcers except in the case of practices recommer.t >d by a holistic physician who is willing to advise you.

hiatal hernia

The esophagus passes through the respiratory diaphragm through ie esophageal hiatus (fig. 2.7), and under certain conditions the up *

part of the stomach may herniate through this region of re diaphragm into the thoracic cavity. This is called hiatal hernia. If >u have occasional discomfort in that region after eating, or if you h e acute discomfort just under the left side of the rib cage while tr\ ng the peacock, uddiyana bandha, or vigorous versions of the cobra it may be that the differential between intra-abdominal pressure (wh h is higher) and intra-thoracic pressure (which is lower) is causing ie problem. It is important to seek medical counsel from someone wh is conversant with hatha yoga before continuing with any postun >r exercise that causes such symptoms.

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inguinal hernia

The inguinal canal, through which the testis passes around the time of birth on its way to the scrotum, is another region of weakness in which abdominal organs, or more commonly a little fatty tissue, usually from the greater omentum (fig. 2.9) can herniate out of the abdominal cavity. This condition—an inguinal hernia—can also occur in women, although it is less common than in men. If a little outpouching of soft tissue appears on one or both sides of the groin when you at e upright, and if that outpouching disappears back into the abdominal cavity when you are lying down, it is almost certainly an inguinal hernia.

Inguinal hernias will become more pronounced in any standing posture and in all exercises such as the peacock that increase intra-abdominal pressure. Bicycling, walking, running, and sun salutations also commonly make inguinal hernias more prominent. But they are unpredictable: they can get worse quickly or remain about the same for months or years. If the condition is not repaired surgically, a support (truss) that presses against the hernia from the outside may be effective in keeping the contents of the abdomen out of the inguinal canal, but in the absence of such a device, strenuous upright postures and the peacock should be avoided.

menstruation and pregnancy

No exercise involving breath retention should be practiced during menstruation or pregnancy, but the regular and enthusiastic practice of abdominopelv ic exercises appears to be helpful in preventing premenstrual symptoms and cramping. During pregnancy, most practices in hatha yoga are contraindicated, especially those that increase intra-abdominal pressure but also those few that decrease it, such as uddiyana bandha. Ashwini mudra and mula bandha are fine and are even recommended during pregnancy, but agni sara is contraindicated because of its intensity. One caution for expert hatha yogis who have just given birth: the fascia that connects the two rectus abdominis muscles in the midline may have become weakened by pregnancy and childbirth, and women who were able to do the peacock easily before having children are sometimes unable to do so afterwards because the rectus abdominis muscles are now pulled uncomfortably apart in the effort to come into the posture.

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