YOGA AND HIV-POSITIVITY:
AIDS is spreading all over the world like a fire and, at the moment, no medical therapies or medicine seem to work. Yoga practices can help people affected by AIDS or HIV positive, as a support to medical treatments. Some postures (asanas) are capable to give a minimum of equilibrium to the energy system, others work directly on thymus, which covers an important role on the immune system, while others regulate the secretion of ductless gland. Breathing techniques can increase the level of vital energy and oxygenation which is an important factor for a body affected by HIV. Relaxation practices help to establish a correct rhythm of sleep and to better handle the tensions associated with the illness. The purification techniques from Hatha Yoga enable to get rid of toxins and impurities from the body and the practices of relaxation and meditation favour the nervous equilibrium, calm, mental peace, clearness of thinking and concentration, which leads to develop a strong will, also through positive autosuggestions. Certain encouraging constructive visualizations can help a HIV person to improve the quality of his life.
YOGA AND THIRD AND FOURTH AGE:
To live Third and Fourth age with serenity and equilibrium it is important to keep communicating with others notwithstanding the signs caused by the normal biological process of getting old. Using part of our time to renew interest and care for ourselves, valuing positively our functional resources, rediscovering pleasure in physical exercises adequate to the increasing age may constitute an effective instrument to improve the quality of life of elderly people. Yoga practices, when taught in an adequate manner in accordance with age and individual needs, have shown to work well on the whole person, resulting to be a very powerful instrument to restore the condition of equilibrium between the body energies and the mind resources, which is fundamental for a quiet old age.
When it is not possible to practice actively Yoga postures, due to serious physical or mental reasons, it is still possible to intervene with passive Yoga techniques, which include ayurvedic massage and some asanas. Passive Yoga techniques have shown to be of great help to establish a relationship with autistic persons.