What is Yoga?

When people in the West think of Yoga, images of men and women stretching and breathing deeply immediately come to mind. However, the practice of moving in and out of physical poses, or Asanas, accompanied by deep breathing is only a small part of the system of health known as Yoga. Actually Yoga itself is only a small part of a larger system of medicine called Aryuveda, or The Knowledge of Life, that developed in ancient India as part of the Vedic culture (see history of Yoga).

Aryuvedic medicine was akin to ancient India, as Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine, is to our society. It was the collective system of medicine of the time. Complete with a pharmacology practiced in the way of herbal remedies, surgical procedures and a comprehensive system of overall health maintenance and body and mind mastery known as Yoga.

Asanas, the physical aspect of Yoga, is the third limb of what is known as the Eightfold path of Yoga in most traditions. The other limbs; Yama (moral conduct), Niyama (contemplation), Pranayama (prana or breath control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (focused concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (superconscious experience of the Oneness of existence).

The practice of Yoga that is commonly known is a combination of Asana, Dharana and, depending on the practitioner, Dharana and Dhyana. The first two limbs, Yama and Niyama, which refer to one’s philosophy on life and parameters of right and wrong, are personal and vary depending on the cultural background and life experiences of an individual. The last limb, Samadhi, is mystical. A deep meditative state described by advanced practitioners as a feeling of extreme peace, contentment and interconnectedness with the universe.

The use of Yoga in the context of Regenerative medicine is mainly for physical health and optimization. Through the correct use of asana and pranayama, proper alignment of the body can be restored allowing the system to return to equilibrium and balance.


Each pose, or asana, is designed to have a particular effect on the physical body. At times asanas are united with pranayama, where internal body locks are united with rhythmic breathing placing pressure on various nerve plexuses and producing profound effects in the body.

At Ocyon when we use Yoga, or Asana to help patients recover from an injury, or re-align their bodies we focus on the health applications of the pose. Combining our integrative nutritional approach, we seek to restore the body to optimal function and create an internal environment of maximal healing. Chiropractic care is based on the principle that the body has an innate intelligence and that through correct alignment health can be restored.

Through the use of Asana we seek to restore correct alignment which will allow the nerves to flow freely into the joints allowing for proper impulses, smooth gliding on the articular cartilage of the bone ends within the joints, and proper motion of the limbs and joints preventing degenerative changes that arise from poor alignment.

The use of Yoga is not required for recovery and only used when a patient feels comfortable or expresses interest in learning about it. Other forms of Rehabilitative exercise can also be ued as part of the recovery process and will also be very effective in augmenting the results of our Regenerative Procedures.


Prana, or life force or breath, in Aryuveda is an animating force that occupies all living beings. Comparable to the “Force” in the Star Wars series, it is the idea that there is an energetic component of living beings that cannot be easily measured or seen.

Chinese Medicine has the same idea of this animating principle referred to as Chi (see section on QiGong). In Chinese Medicine the body has a network of energy channels, called Meridians which form the basis of the acupuncture system. Aryuvedic Medicine has the same theory of an energetic network in the body, which they call Nadis.

The use of Pranayama, or breath control has various levels of depth and understanding. For our patients when we use Yoga as part of their rehabilitation, we focus on simple deep breathing, aimed at calming down the patients nervous system and allowing the body to deeply relax into each pose permitting the full healing effect to take hold.

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Keiron Mathias
Keiron Mathias
16:20 14 Jan 19
Before coming to Dr. Bashir, I had multiple injuries including, Knee Shoulder and Neck. Being based in the UK I researched various companies and Dr. Bashir proved to be the ideal fit for the treatment that I was looking for. From the very first call, Dr. Bashir gave me the confidence that he would be able to improve my injuries. His personal service is exemplary. On arrival to Miami, I was impressed by the welcoming atmosphere of the clinic. The treatment was as expected and I look forward to great results.
Elena Chaqui-Tummolillo
Elena Chaqui-Tummolillo
17:13 03 Jan 19
Finding Ocyon and Dr. Bashir was truly a Godsend. After experiencing severe whiplash from a car accident 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with a herniated disc. My neck was always stiff and in pain plus I had frequent headaches. I just wanted to avoid surgery and get back to my regular life. Dr. Bashir spent alot of time with me going over my MRI and discussing treatment options. He also educated me on regenerative medicine and gave me a tour of his state of the art facility. The procedure he performed on me was the best thing that ever happened. I was in and out the same day and it was completely painless. Within 1 week my headaches went away and my neck started feeling normal again. After my 1 month follow up visit, he showed me how my hernia had almost completely reduced and there was no longer any pressure on my nerves. I cannot be anymore grateful for Dr. Bashir and all of his very friendly staff. Thank you!
Maria Stark
Maria Stark
17:55 12 Nov 18
Dr. Bashir did a wonderful job when it came to my treatment. I came in with back issues and after having a treatment with Dr. Bashir I am now getting the relief that I needed. I am making great improvements and I am very impressed with the healing effect that my body has been able to achieve. Before meeting Dr. Bashir, my sleeping patterns were interrupted constantly and after my procedure, I am able to sleep all night without waking up in pain. I am very confident in the work Dr. Bashir preformed and have had great success with him. I am having improvements of up to 70%. The OCYON team is one of the best that I have encountered. They were very attentive and treated me like if I was part of their family.
Luis Bonilla
Luis Bonilla
20:37 02 Jan 19
I was involved in two car accidents is 2017, rear ended twice, not my year to say the least! I had done everything to avoid the "knife", so to speak, as I did not want surgery to repair my 4 herniated discs in my neck and my 3 herniated discs in my mid-back as a result of my two car accidents. I tried everything; acupuncture, chiropractor (three different ones), 18 injections in my back with anti-inflamatory and pain medications, and neck decompression therapy. Although these made me fell better the effects lasted only days. I did not know what else to do besides submitting myself to surgery which, in my early 50's with diabetes, high blood pressure and asthmatic, I did not want to do at all costs. I started to my own research on-line and came across Dr. Bashir and his team of healthcare professional and the work he was doing with platelet replacement therapy. I have never heard of it until then. Intrigued and hopeful I went to see Dr. Bashir for a consultation and after a few minutes of consultation I knew platelet replacement therapy was the way to go! After two treatments, 30 days apart, I felt many times better than when I walked in. Now, 5 months later, I have avoided surgery, regained mobility and range of motion and live pain free. The work that Dr. Bashir and his team, especially Randy, physical therapist who broke me down and put me back together so that Dr. Bashir can practice his art of regenerative medicine, can not be understated. I can enjoy my life again thanks to their professionalism and work. Avoid surgery at all costs until you have met Dr. Bashir and his team!
16:30 16 Jan 19
I have had chronic lower back pain and multiple shoulder surgeries over the last 20 years. Not wanting a shoulder replacement or back surgery at this time, I turned to Dr. Bashir for help. I told him about my situation and all the avenues of physical therapy and surgeries that did not yield the desired results. Dr Bashir was very professional and showed a kindness and concern that is not often displayed in the orthopedic field. I am still in the process of recovering, but the stem cell therapy has definitely given me hope that I will be back better than before and without the chronic pain. I am very happy with my choice to forego surgery and exercise all my options like regenerative medicine, and OCYON Regenerative and Dr. Bashir have my utmost confidence.James Quinn 01/16/2019
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