Ask Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik

Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik our in-house Editor (since 2003) is a recognised International expert and authority on the subject of yoga. He has been practising, researching and studying this discipline for over 40 years.

He is an accredited Yoga teacher specialising in kundalini, hatha and laya yoga. Our Editor is an advanced practitioner and has experience of many styles of yoga. He has also been teaching for over 20 years and is fluent in several languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Gujrathi, Persian and Urdu.

Q&A Yogi Maharaj Dr. Malik

Q: I have started experiencing indigestion and digestion issues. It’s not serious so I just want to get any recommendations for yoga practice. -S. Elliott – London

To start with, take an inventory of what you are eating and drinking and also your lifestyle. Just changing what you eat or drink could considerably reduce the problems, if any, of bad digestion and indigestion. Regular performance of yoga will strengthen the body and the mind.

Supta Vajrasana (fish) is an excellent pose to learn and practice. It can also be modified and adjusted depending on your disposition.

Supta Vajrasana (fish)

If you haven’t tried the supta vajrasana (fish) pose then you really are missing out on tremendous benefits to the spine, thighs, knees and neck. It is an extension of vajrasana and is very pleasing to look at and to perform.

To come into this asana, sit down in vajrasana (see below) and then slowly lean backwards supporting your body with the top of your head. Carefully place both hands on your thighs and hold the pose.

There are several variations of this pose but this one is the classical shape. It tones the muscles of the abdomen making them leaner. It also provides the lungs with a natural inner massage and therefore helps this waste eliminator work more efficiently. I would highly recommend that you also try the variations as well to really appreciate the benefits of this pose.

The fish pose strengthens and beautifies the neck and chin. It is excellent for strengthening the organs of the digestive system as well as the spinal region.

To come out slowly rest your head down and using the hands for support come out of the pose. The muscles of the face are also naturally stretched and blood circulation is improved. I have also described below how to assume the initial pose – Vajrasana that is mentioned above.

Vajrasana (Thunderbolt or Diamond Pose)

The food we consume can have a significant impact on the way the body and mind work. It can slow it down or energise it. It can make you sluggish or alert. A lot of people may also have problems digesting their food. One yoga pose that is not only used to strengthen the knee joints but also improving posture is the vajrasana (often described as thunderbolt). This pose is also recommended for aiding digestion and also helping relieve and prevent sciatica.

It massages the tissue in the knees and provides a natural pull to the muscles in the leg and spine. This is also an excellent posture for anyone who suffers creaking/crackling knee problems. Ideally this pose should be held for at last 2-3 minutes at the start, longer if you can. The simplicity of the posture is deceptive.

Q: I’m 53 years old and a keen yoga student. My teacher doesn’t really focus on meditation and her classes are more to do with physical poses. I’m eager to learn any meditation exercise that can work with my intuition.

It’s good you are attending a yoga class. Sometimes because of time constraints teachers are unable to cover all aspects of yoga exercises.

I would suggest a meditation exercise for the ajna chakra (third eye point). If you practice this at least once a week you should hopefully not only strengthen your intuition but also creative and other skills.

The seat of the third-eye, this centre of psychic activity has been cherished and celebrated by many ancient civilisations not just the Indians.

The Egyptians, Persians and Arabs too considered this to be a seat of activity. In the yogi traditions, the ajna chakra is situated in between the eye-brows. By concentrating and meditating on this centre, the yogi can help improve his levels of concentration, awareness and transcend into higher consciousness.

In this ancient meditative practice concentration is focused on the tip of the nose. Don’t force your eyeballs into this position if you feel dizzy or nauseous. Keep the gaze focused on the tip until the blurring vision becomes steady and concentrated. Practice for at least 30 seconds.

Now bring your awareness to the 1st chakra point and visualise a beautiful lotus there. Continue this exercise moving to each chakra point in your body until you get to the 7th where you should visualize bright golden light sparkling and scintillating covering your whole body, wrapping it as if a cloak. Visualise this light flowing into your auric field.