Common Symptoms Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Peter Winslow, a Scottsdale-based life coach and owner of GoldMind, helps clients achieve optimal health and personal fulfillment. The author of four books on self-empowerment and healing, Peter Winslow wrote about the powerful strategies he learned to battle the autoimmune disease ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in his book, Heal for Real.

An inflammatory disease that usually affects spinal vertebrae, AS can result in spinal vertebrae being fused, which restricts flexibility and can lead to bad posture and chronic pain. Early signs of AS include stiffness and pain in the neck, low back, and hips, especially after periods of rest. The sacroiliac joint, where the low back meets the hip, and the vertebrae in the low back are frequently affected, as well as the places where tendons, ligaments, or cartilage attach to bones.

While there is no cure for AS, certain treatments can alleviate symptoms and the disease’s progression. Patients should seek medical advice or consider alternative therapies if they experience low back or buttock pain that is getting progressively worse or that wakes them from sleep. As discussed in his book, Heal for Real, Winslow has achieved significant relief from painful AS symptoms by mastering the technique of guided imagery, a research-supported method for natural pain management.

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Good Breathing Technique for Lifting Weights

 

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A successful life coach in Arizona, Peter Winslow divides his time between helping clients achieve their goals as the owner of GoldMind, LLC, and guiding people toward managing ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as the founder of the AS Victors Club. When he’s not busy with his work as a life coach, Peter Winslow enjoys weight training.

Many people don’t think about breathing when they weight lift, but incorrect breathing technique increases the risk of injury and can cause blood pressure spikes, vision disturbances, and bursting blood vessels. To get the right breathing technique, individuals should begin controlling their breathing before they even start lifting. Depending on how intense a planned lifting session will be, this pre-lift regulation should begin 30 to 45 seconds before picking up the weights.

As a person picks up the weights, he should breathe out. This part of the exercise exerts the body, as does lifting or pushing the weight. It is known as the concentric phase of a lift and results in the muscle shortening or contracting.

During the concentric phase, people are more likely to hold their breath because they are straining their body. This maneuver is known as the Valsalva maneuver and is commonly seen among people lifting extremely heavy weights that require a great deal of exertion. For most people, it’s safer to avoid the Valsalva maneuver altogether and instead focus on breathing out in a controlled manner as they exercise.

Individuals must then breathe in as they drop the weight back down. This phase involves lengthening the muscle and is known as the eccentric phase of weight lifting. It is usually less strenuous on the body, so it’s the ideal time to breathe in.

Yama – One of Raja Yoga’s Eight Principles

 

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Accomplished life coach Peter Winslow helps clients attain their goals and heal their bodies and minds as the owner of GoldMind, LLC. A practitioner of what he teaches, Peter Winslow enjoys producing guided meditations and teaching raja yoga.

Raja yoga, meaning king yoga, teaches practitioners how to be independent and autonomous. It is also known as Ashtanga yoga and consists of eight steps, the first of which is called yama. This part focuses on self-control and one’s ethical standards. Practitioners learning about yama are encouraged to consider how they conduct themselves in daily life and change their behavior to match how they want to be treated by others.

There are five different yamas that practitioners must commit to: ahimsa, satya, asteya, aparigraha, and brahmacharya. Ahimsa is the commitment to do no harm to any other living being. It is the non-violence principle of raja yoga and teaches practitioners to avoid any death of animals. Meanwhile, satya teaches truthfulness and encourages practitioners to avoid exceeding their limits. Individuals must commit to speaking the truth in everyday life and also conveying the truth by not making excuses or hiding their true face from others.

Asteya is responsible for practitioners making a commitment to never steal. Material objects and mental property that belong to another person should never be taken from them, nor should the environment ever be ruined. Along this same line of thought, aparigraha states that people should not accumulate possessions or worries. These things are left behind when a person leaves this world and bring freedom to a person when left behind in life.

Finally, brahmacharya teaches practitioners to live a pure life. Many people misinterpret this yama as abstaining from sexual desires, but it actually means that a person should always turn their thoughts toward a higher power. At the same time, a person should always fulfill their duties on earth.