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Yoga Kayachikitsa

 Yoga Kaya Chikitsa is a branch of yoga that is used to heal the body without medicine, by deploying methods derived from different yoga postures for purification, detoxification and rejuvenation.

Kumar is one of only three people in the world today who has studied and can teach these powerful healing techniques. The tradition of Kaya Chikitsa has been passed down for thousands of years in Northern India. The knowledge had almost died out, when fortunately as a young man living in the Himalayas, Kumar was selected as a person sufficiently developed to continue this tradition of Narayana Swamy the author of Hatha Yoga Ratnavali. This tradition was passed through his family to his great, great grandson Narayana Munindra with whom Kumar studied.

Kumar trains people to practice kayachikitsa on his yoga teacher training courses, as well as on an individual basis for those wishing to treat family members or friends.

Kaya Chikitsa is to be practiced on those who are unable to practice Yoga for themselves. It is to be practiced with loving kindness and is effective for severely ill or terminal patients. Kumar has used it successfully to treat a wide range of problems including Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, heart problems, skin diseases such as Erithrodermis, spinal problems including slipped disc and Spondilitis, reproductive problems such as infertility, polycystic ovaries, thyroid as well as respiratory problems, Asthma and sinusitis.

The terminology used for both Yoga and Ayurveda until the period of King Charaka (Charaka Saṃhitā Sutra, believed to be the oldest of the three ancient treatises on Ayurveda authored by Patanjali) was very similar.

Shatkarma in Ayurveda deals with the six steps of preliminary purification using medicine.

Shatkriyas in Hatha Yoga deals with Nethi (cleansing of the sense doors, and the channels of the respiratory and circulatory systems),

Dhauthi (cleansing of digestive system),

Vasti (cleansing of excretory system),

Kapalbhathi (cleansing of digestive system),

Nauli (cleansing of the urinary and reproductive systems)

Trataka (brain system) using water and air,without any medicine.

In Yoga Kaya Chikitsa, Shatkriyas are referred to as Shatchikitsa, this involves the purification of the neuro-transmitory channels connected to the sense doors and the internal systems.  It also involves the above mentioned six kriyas or chikitsas, which help in rectifying problems connected to the sinus passages, sight, hearing, thyroid, parathyroid and all the channels connecting the cerebral cortex, as well as working with the stomach, liver, excretory system and reproductive systems.

Kaya Chikitsa deals with the purification of the seven Dhathus (elements such as plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow and reproductive cells).  It involves a systematic way of working with the body to prolong or give youthfulness to the body by rebuilding body cells and tissues by working with the entire muscular skeletal system.

As in Kayakalpa in Ayurveda, Yoga Kaya Chikitsa has a special branch of Yoga known as Kaya Samvadhana which helps in rejuvenating all cells in the body.  Kaya Samvadana involves working with 26 types of movements using the palms, such as squeezing, tapping, pulsing, weaving and kneading using medicated oils as in Pancha Karma.

Kaya Chikitsa involves diagnosis and treatment.  The diagnosis involves a respiratory test and pulse test as well as a physical checking of the affected organs of the body. The methodology of Kaya Chikitsa requires an understanding of the 72,000 neuron transmission channels called Nadis. Working with the Nadis is used in  Reflexology. Kaya Chikitsa is effective in removing the root cause of the problem at the brain level.

Famous healing treatments such as Acupressure, Acupuncture, Thai massage, Shiatsu, Kerala Panchakarma have strong roots in the ancient science of Yoga Kaya Chikitsa.

Kumar himself personally treats individuals suffering from critical illnesses. Kumar refers less serious cases to his trained Kaya Chikitsa therapists in Hyderabad, India where residential treatment is offered on a short term  or long term basis.

Kumar also teaches Kaya Chiktsa training courses in the UK, USA and India.

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