Prnyama works to help relieve anxiety in general. We have found that is especially useful before nerve racking surgical procedures. For those of our readers who are unfamiliar with what is prnayama or pranayama let us go over basic concepts of Yoga.
Yoga is ancient Indian art of improving our mental physical and spiritual health. It was neglected for thousands of years till America discovered its virtues. University based experiments were able to document the benefits of Yoga to reduce Blood pressure and stress based disease.
Yoga relies on pranayama or deep breathing exercises. There are two reasons for it. In line with western medicine the inhaled oxygen is increased with deep breathing. As you may already know oxygen is necessary for our cells to live. Another reason for relying on deep breathing is a spiritual one. IF the creator needs to send us messages the breath is the best route. Everything we eat or come in contact with gets altered before reaching the cells. Breath is delivered pure to all cells including those of the brain.
Armed with knowledge, we at Khanna Vision institute tried this time tested technique on a young adult seeking Lasik eye surgery
This young gentelman had had Road Traffic Accident with brain injury. He did not want to take any additional drugs but was claustrophobic. Rajesh Khanna, MD used deep breathing technique of Prnayama, and his melodious voice to relax him. Before taking him into the Lasik suite Dr.Khanna taught him how to deep breathe and visualize his breath. Dr. K told him to see incoming breath as cool purple color and outgoing breath as green.
Our young patient was pretty enthusiastic with this idea. he also loved the personalized touch. Once inside the laser suite he started with pranayama. After his eye was cleaned and draped he continued with the process. A word of caution: He was instructed to pause when under the laser. We do not want breath to condense on the optics of the advanced laser.
Thus LASIK was performed successfully. The smile tells it all.
If you are contemplating an eye procedure but are anxious, come and see us. If for some reason you cannot have your eye surgeon contact us to learn this art. In the meantime start practicing this cost free method to improve your physical and mental health.