The inversions like the headband (Sirsasana) and the shoulder stand (Sarvangasana), hatha yoga practitioners often consider "royal" poses. Some students and teachers believe that inversions are extremely important in the sixha yoga exercises.
Although many benefits from inversion come from, students in existing health status are unnecessarily endangering them. If you have no health problems, you can easily remove the risks and contraindications, but yoga teachers and students need to do the research.
For students with stroke who have had stroke within their family or before, the inversions approach should be "Extreme Caution." Below is a question and answer issue dealing with security measures, contraindications, and information that should be readily accessible to yoga teachers and students.
Q: I have a new student who had stroke last year. I continue to hear the warnings and contraindications of "recent stroke". How recently, recently? What do I need to know about helping her in a chakrasana, preparing a headband, a shoulder stand, or any other inversion?
A: Reverse invasions of students who are at risk of existing health conditions such as stroke: I would not suggest them, regardless of whether or not the stroke occurred.
This person is in a very dangerous position when he is in any position where he is in full reverse. It poses a huge risk when placing your head under the heart's level, regardless of whether the forward or back bend, such as the wheel pose.
For this reason: Strokes may occur for various reasons. Among these reasons – blood clots, broken arteries plaques and other masses are usually the causes of seizures. If the brain develops a bleeding disorder, it is suffering from a lack of brain oxygen supply and nutrient deficiency.
Unfortunately, the student has an already existing health condition. I would not turn upside down a student who was in reverse in all kinds of risk categories. I know this sounds tough, but I doubt that the student has "medical consent". You may have to insist on it. A "medical note" would be advisable.
This is your protection, and yours. We are worried about his health, safety and well-being in his case. In your case – if you are injured because you attend your class, you must live with it; and any possible litigation can examine the limits of liability insurance.
For the record: Other contraindications in contraindicated yoga positions include epilepsy, heart disease, cervical lesions, hypertension, glaucoma and other eye problems. There is also a considerable debate about whether the student should spend full time and pregnancy. In all these cases, a doctor's advice should be sought.
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