Yoga: For Mind And Body Improvements

October 11th, 2005

Many studies have been conducted to determine which areas will benefit from an extended practice of Yoga. Yoga practitioners are most likely to see improvements in the areas of physiology, psychology, and biochemistry.

Furthermore, practitioners of Yoga speak of a unification of the body, mind and spirit achieved through the practice of Yoga exercises and Breathing techniques. But, of course, that is a bit difficult to test scientifically.

Yoga Is An Ancient Way of Life

Yoga is not a recent development. It has been practiced for thousands of years, during which time people have greatly benefited from it. 1 of the fundamental beliefs shared by yogis is that the mind and the body are a unified system, which in a proper environment, can find harmony and self-healing.

Demonstrated Health Benefits

Many doctors consider Yoga to have therapeutic results, and recommend it for several illnesses and conditions, mainly related to the Nervous system.

From the physiological point of view, extended Yoga practice can benefit: - pulse rate - Respiratory Problems - blood pressure dysfunctions - help stabilize the Nervous system - gastrointestinal functions - endocrine function - the range of motion in joints - Endurance - energy level - immunity to diseases - cardiovascular efficiency - improve eye-hand coordination - reaction time - dexterity - depth perception - sleep - etc.

Yoga’s psychological benefits include: - enhanced somatic and kinesthetic awareness - self-acceptance - self-actualization - social skills - well-being - concentration - memory - attention - mood - learning efficiency - and more

As for the biochemical benefits of Yoga, tests have shown improvements in: - glucose - sodium - cholesterol - total white blood cell count - vitamin C - total serum protein - hemoglobin.

Deep Organ and Joint Stimulation

Various studies revealed that Yoga exercises are extremely effective at increasing joint flexibility, and at lubricating and strengthening the joints, ligaments and tendons. Another interesting finding is that Yoga is one of the very few forms of Exercise capable of massaging all the internal organs and glands. This includes organs that are rarely stimulated, such as the prostate. The stimulation and massaging of the internal organs proves to be extremely beneficial for health.

Elimination of Toxins

These ancient and efficient Yoga techniques also provide a thorough Detoxification of the body. Stretching the muscles and performing a complete Yoga workout acts as a massage, thereby ensuring the optimal blood supply to every organ. Consequently, toxins are eliminated from the body and certain undesired processes, such as aging, are delayed.

All of these remarkable health benefits are available from Yoga practice. What are you waiting for? Let’s go find a Yoga school!

About the author

Ron King is a full-time researcher, writer, and web developer. Visit Yoga4U Now to learn more about this fascinating and healthful hobby.

Using Essential Oils With Children

October 11th, 2005

To introduce aromatherapy to babies place 2 drops of Essential Oil C(try Lavender) on a tissue and keep it nearby when you are feeding him or her. He will come to associate the aroma with love and comfort. Use this scent at night to help him sleep.

When you leave the child with a sitter the aroma will comfort and reassure him. Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children

Children love it when their bath water smells good. Lavender and Roman Chamomile are good choices for small children. It is best to add the Essential Oils to some milk or liquid Soap before adding to the tub. Use 1-3 total drops per bath.

Be sure to keep all bottles of Essential Oils away from children. When planning a children’s party choose the Citrus oils like Orange and Mandarin to use in the Diffuser or Aroma Lamp. They are happy yet calming scents that all children love.

Citrus oils can be used as natural cleaning agents around the house. Simply add a few drops of Orange, Lemon, Bergamot or Mandarin oil to water, moisten a clean cloth with the mixture and wipe down children’s rooms and school bags.

Scent children’s drawers containing nighttime clothing with Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils applied to cotton balls. Works for Moms too! Sweet Dreams!

Dosages

Essential Oil use: Children respond very well to LOW Dosages of Essential Oils especially for anger and Irritability. Use 1/3 the adult dose.When using Essential Oils with children, please remember their skin is very delicate.

When adding Essential Oils to a bath be sure to blend the correct # of drops with about 16 oz of water, shake well, then add this mixture to the bath water. Use only those oils safe for children. A few are Lavender, Geranium and Rose. Use 1/2 the usual amount.

Children’s Dosages: Use half the usual dosage when diffusing Essential Oils in a child’s room.

Crying/Irritable Baby

Put 1 drop Lavender on your shoulder and rock the baby to sleep while the baby’s head rest on your shoulder. For more detailed information on using Essential Oils with baies and Children we recommend the book Aromatherapy for Mother and Baby By Allison England, R.N.

Roman Chamomile is soothing for tantrums and will also promote a good nights sleep. Put 1 drop on the Pillow at bedtime. Used in the bath they can be blended with liquid Soap to help them disperse. Use a lower dosage, 50% or 1/2 the recommended amount if Pregnant or breastfeeding, with children or the elderly.

The number of drops of Essential Oils used should vary in direct proportion to body weight, taking into account the age of the person as well as mental and physical health. The very old should use the same number of drops as children and babies half the amount of children.

Sweet Orange - The Oil of Happiness Warm and sunny, excellent for Depression,Stress, Tension, frustration and Anxiety.Orange helps to lift the spirits and promote joy. A great scent for children.Why not use in a Diffuser or Aroma Lamp today. Another way to use Essential Oils is a hand or foot massage.

Children love a hand massage and who doesn’t like their feet rubbed. Lavender would be a good choice. Remember everyone likes to be pampered.Use 3-5 drops of Essential Oils per Tablespoon of Base Oil. Use 1/2 the adult dose for children.Choose Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel or any other unscented Carrier Oil.

Here’s a great blend for sneaker sachets:

two teaspoons Essential Oil of Sandalwood one teaspoon Essential Oil of Tea Tree one half teaspoon each Essential Oils of Lemon and Grapefruit one fourth teaspoon each Essential Oils of Spruce and Lavender(if you have girls, put a bit more Lavender oil in) 4 cups natural clay kitty litter Stir the oils into the kitty litter in a glass jar, cover and let the mixture age for a week. Put those mismatched or threadbare socks to good use….fill four of them with the sachet blend and close them with rubber bands.

Tangerine oil has a scent similar to Mandarin but contains NO anthranilic acid ester and therefore has no sedative effects. anthranilic acid Esters are highly sedative. Mandarin is wonderful to use with children suffering from Anxiety, nervousness or Stress. Make this oil your first choice with children. Great for adults as well. Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus Essential Oil that should be used on children.

Eucalyptus Globulus which is the most common is usually rectified and is not suitable for children. A top note in aromatherapy, this oil is said to be helpful for chest infections, to facilitate Breathing. It is also an effective analgesic. Aslo suitable for the elderly.

At the first sign of a stuffy nose place 1 drop of Eucalyptus on the corner of your Pillow. This can sometimes even stop a cold from coming on. For young children use Eucalyptus Smithi a much safer oil.

For Colds and coughs.

Under the bed place a bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. Use Eucalyptus Smithi which is safer for children. The steam will rise releasing the molecules into the room. According to the book do not use Eucalyptus on babies younger than 2 months. From The Complete Book of Essential Oil and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

When using Essential Oils in the bath for children be sure to dilute in a Carrier Oil like Sweet Almond Oil or whole milk.Use 1/2 the usual adult dosage. (6-8 drops is an adult dose) Lavender and Chamomile are ideal.

If you have children living away from home be sure they have a bottle of Tea Tree oil. My son was recently in New York on business and aquired numerous spider bites. His calf was swollen, hot, and very painful. He picked up a bottle of Tea Tree at a nearby store and he happily reported the next day that it really worked! Dried it up, swelling down, no pain or itching.

A Soothing Tip for Babies and Children

Place 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Chamomile on a tissue and place between the sheets 1/2 hour before bedtime. Remove tissue before child gets in bed. Use this tip yourself and tuck inside your pillowcase.



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