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Acu-Yoga Postures That Benefit Specific Conditions
      Although a holistic or whole-body approach is preferable, Acu-Yoga can also be practiced beneficially with a symptomatic orientation. This is because each pose stimulates specific points, meridians, and parts of the body traditionally associated with various conditions. These relationships are based upon centuries of observation and practice in the Far East. Although the symptomatic approach is limited it can be of value, often as a first step towards greater awareness of your body and its imbalances. Acu-Yoga enables you to do something for yourself, instead of always having to rely on others for information about your condition. The postures, breathing, and relaxation are a form of physical self-therapy that offers practical tools for enhancing one's health. The symptoms we have are messages, or signals our bodies send us, indicating that there are more extensive, underlying imbalances that need to be attended to. Acu-Yoga does not treat symptoms or disease, or claim to cure health problems. In fact, many times the points and poses may bring a symptom to a peak, as buried or repressed problems begin to surface.
      As we develop greater awareness of our condition, of our symptoms, and of our strengths and weaknesses, we also gain an opportunity to discover original causes of im-balance. The symptom is only a starting point, a key or clue to what needs attention. Through the practice of Acu-Yoga you may discover what you need to change in your life in order to solve the root of the problem.

      Acu-Yoga thus attempts to prevent illness from occurring, rather than treating it. Acu-Yoga is a holistic method of health maintenance, not a form of medicine. If you have an illness or disease, please seek medical attention from a qualified doctor.

      Although this section is organized symptomatically, it contains valuable information on many aspects of Acu-Yoga that apply to everyone, not just those with the particular symptom. Therefore, it's a good idea to read through all the sections, even the ones that don't seem to apply to you. You will probably find something useful anyway. Each section includes a discussion of the topic, one or more Acu-Yoga exercises, and in some cases, other forms of self-treatment as well. The traditional associations are also included. A good method of practice is as follows:

Selection of Exercises
      First of all, find several topics that relate to your condition, using the Table of Contents as a reference guide. Footnotes and cross references within a section will lead you to other topics. Explore the exercises which work on the areas you need. Select several of your favorites, including techniques that give you the most release during deep relaxation.
*Choose the four or five exercises that suit you best.
*Practice these exercises two or three times a day for one week, establishing Acu-Yoga as a daily routine. Gradually increase the length of time spent in each posture.
*Always follow your practice with 10 minutes of deep relaxation on your back with your eyes closed.
       
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