Meditation FAQ

April 15th, 2006

What is Meditation?

The basic idea generally associated with why people Meditate is that during our day we are constantly subjected to sensory input and our minds are always active in the process of thinking. We read the newspaper, study books, write reports, engage in conversation, solve problems, etc etc. Typically, as we do these normal activities we engage in a constant mental commentary, sort of an inner “The Drama of Me.” Usually people aren’t fully aware of all the mental thought activity that we are constantly engaged in.

Meditation allows all this activity to settle down, and often results in the mind becoming more peaceful, calm and focused. In essence, Meditation allows the awareness to become ‘rejuvenated’.

Meditation can be considered a technique, or practice. It usually involves Concentrating on an object, such as a flower, a Candle, a sound or word, or the breath. Over time, the number of random thoughts occuring diminishes. More importantly, your attachment to these thoughts, and your identification with them, progressively become less. The meditator may get caught up in a thought pattern, but once he/she becomes aware of this, attention is gently brought back to the object of concentration. Meditation can also be objectless, for example consisting of just sitting.

Experiences during Meditation probably vary significantly from one individual to another, or at least if different techniques are involved. Relaxation, increased awareness, mental Focus and clarity, and a sense of peace are the most common by-products of Meditation. While much has been written about the benefits of Meditation, the best attitude is not to have any expectations when practicing. Having a sense of expectation of (positive) results is likely to create unnecessary strain in the practice.

As well, since Meditation involves becoming more aware and more sensitive to what is within you, facing unpleasant parts of oneself may well be part of Meditation. Regardless of the experience, the meditator should try to be aware of the experience and of any attachment to it.

Failure to experience silence, peace of mind, mental clarity, bliss, or other promoted benefit of Meditation is not in itself a sign of incorrect practice or that one can’t Concentrate properly or Concentrate enough to be good at Meditation. Whether one experiences peace or bliss is not what is important. What is generally considered important in Meditation is that one is regular with their Meditation -every day- and that one make a reasonable effort, but not strain, to remain with the object of concentration during the practice. With regular practice one inevitably acquires an increased understanding of and proficiency with the particular Meditation technique.

Some people use the formal concentrative Meditation as a preliminary step to practicing a mindfulness Meditation during the day where one tries to maintain a calm but increased awareness of one’s thoughts and actions during the day.

For some people, Meditation is primarily a spiritual practice, and in some cases the Meditation practice may be closely tied to the practice of a religion such as, for example, Hinduism or Buddhism.

How is Meditation different from Relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-Hypnosis?

Relaxation:

Relaxation is a common by-product of Meditation. Relaxation itself can assume many forms, such as taking a hot bath or reclining in the Lazy-boy and watching tv, etc. Meditation is an active process where the meditator remains fully aware of what the awareness is doing. It also attempts to transcend the thought process whereas many forms of Relaxation still engage the thought process. Meditation allows the body to Relax and can offset the effects of Stress both mentally and physically to a potentially much greater degree than passive Relaxation.

Thinking:

Thoughts generally consume energy in the process of their formation. Constant thought-activity, especially of random nature, can tire the mind and even bring on headache. Meditation attempts to transcend this crude level of thought activity. Through regular practice one becomes aware that they are not their thoughts but that there is an awareness that exists independent of thought. Descartes (”I think, therefore I am”) obviously was not a regular meditator!

Concentration:

Meditation begins with concentration, but after an initial period of concentration, thought activity decreases and keeping the awareness focused becomes more spontaneous. At this point the person may or may not continue to employ the object of concentration.

Self-hypnosis:

Self-Hypnosis, like Meditation, involves at least an initial period of concentration on an object. However in Hypnosis one does not try to maintain an awareness of the here-and-now, or to stay conscious of the process. Instead one essentially enters a sort of semi-conscious trance.

How could Meditation help me to be more confident and assertive?

What keeps you from confidence and assertiveness? In Meditation, you will become aware of the influences that give you the illusion that you are small and unworthy. By witnessing those thoughts in Meditation, you will see them for what they really are. Meditators often discover that their real power is in being the silent witness. The thoughts are just passing illusions. Once we see them for what they are, we can confidently take our true identity. Some may call this true identity the “God within”. Others may prefer to think it as the spirit of God within us or the Holy Spirit within us. Whatever words you use, you will begin to see humanity as less of a “race” or competition and more as a celebration of complex, creative people with an enormous capacity for love.

How can Meditation make me more flexible?

People who live by rote, without examining their lives, are destined to repeat their patterns, which they naively begin to believe are their identity. When you become a witness to your own thoughts, you begin to be more humble. You may consider whether others’ thoughts are as valuable. You may even consider what others say as a potential source of life changing wisdom.

How can Meditation make me more self-sufficient?

A person with the habit of examining themselves loses the need to defend what they have done. A meditator need not keep asking others for approval. Meditation gives comfort. It puts us in touch with inner knowledge. In this way we need not live as much for what others think of us. We live more for what we ourselves decide we would like to be.

Will I really learn to Relax?

Yes. In deep Meditation, which comes with regular practice, Meditation produces a profound state of rest called “the Relaxation response.” This is a healthy way to live. It enhances the work of the Immune System and shifts people away from reliance on adrenaline. For more information about this, see Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, 1987 at 10-17.

How could I “radiate love”?

Meditation gradually takes away self doubt. In this way, it also takes away the desperate need to have love from others. The witness, which each of us has, is a very powerful and loving part of us. As we become aware of “the witness,” we also become aware that we share the witness with others. Thus, they are like us. It makes sense to look on others with love. This attitude naturally produces inner radiance. It is very attractive to others. It is an entirely different thing than radiating “neediness”.

Why will I enjoy life more?

Meditators gradually stop having to prove themselves. They begin living life themselves. They can appreciate little things, like the breeze in the trees, the aroma of a Rose or the warmth of the sun. These little things become a source of great pleasure. It helps life itself to become more fun. It encourages the meditator to play more!

What are the different Meditation techniques?

Meditation involves Concentrating on something to take our attention beyond the random thought activity that is usually going on in our heads. This can involve a solid object or picture, a mantra, breath, or guided visualization.

Typical objects employed include a Candle flame or a flower. Some people use pictures, such as a mandala - a highly colored symmetric painting - or a picture of a spiritual teacher in a high meditative state. Mantras are sounds which have a flowing, meditative quality and may be repeated out loud or inwardly. The breath is also a common focal point. Finally, guided visualization is also considered by some to be a form of Meditation. A guided visualization can help to bring one into a meditative state; also, visualization may be used once a meditative state has been reached to produce various results.

Which is right for me?

There is no “right” Meditation technique for everybody. Some techniques work better for certain people while other techniques work better for other people. The important thing is to find what works for you. What are the abc’s of Meditation?

There are a few recommended guidelines for meditation:

  • It should be done every day, preferably at the same time
  • It should preferably be done before a meal rather than after a meal
  • A spot should be set aside for Meditation, which should be a quiet place and used for nothing but Meditation
  • One should sit with the spine straight and vertical (a chair is ok to use)

Is there any religious implication or affiliation with Meditation?

Meditation has been and still is a central practice in eastern religions, for contacting “God” or one’s higher Self. Christianity also has semblances of Meditation, such as the biblical statement “The kingdom of heaven is within you”. Churches have a meditative atmosphere.

Meditation deals with contacting something within us that is peaceful, calm, rejuvenating, and meaningful. Whether one calls this something “God” or “soul” or “the inner child” or “theta-wave activity” or “peace” or “silence” is not important. It is there and anyone can benefit from it regardless of what they believe.

Most people in the world have already meditated. If you have relaxed looking at a beautiful sunset, allowing your thoughts to quiet down, this is close to Meditation. If you have been reading a book for awhile, then put it down to take a break and just sat there quietly and peacefully for a few minutes without thinking, this is close to Meditation.

Does Meditation have any ethical implications?

In many traditions Meditation practice is a means for reinforcing ethical qualities. In these traditions, calmness of mind, peacefulness and happiness are possible in Meditation and in life generally only if they are accompanied by the observance of ethical norms of behaviour.

What is the best time of day to Meditate?

While Meditation is beneficial at any time, most people who Meditate agree that early morning is the best time to Meditate. Part of the reason is that it is said that in early morning the hustle-and-bustle of the world has not yet begun and so it is easier to establish a meditative atmosphere. Having an early morning Meditation also lets us carry some of the energy and peace of the Meditation into our daily activities.

Many people also Meditate either before dinner or later in the evening. Others also Meditate at noon. A short Meditation at these times allows one to throw off some of the accumulated Stress of the work-day and become rejuvenated for further activity. An important consideration is when your schedule will allow you to Meditate. Having a time of the day set aside for Meditation helps in maintaining regularity.

Why do some people use music while Meditating?

Meditative music (not rock-n-roll !) can help in establishing a meditative atmosphere. Also, some people find Meditation relatively easy but find that the hard thing is to actually get themselves to sit down and start their Meditation. Music can help make this easier. Some people use music quite often while others prefer silent Meditation and never use it.

Should I Meditate with my eyes open or with my eyes closed?

Different traditions give different answers. Closing your eyes may contribute to Drowsiness and sleepiness–if that’s the case for you then try opening them a little. Opening your eyes may be distracting. If that’s the case try closing your eyes or direct your gaze on a blank wall (Zen-style). Or try with the eyes open halfway or a bit more, the gaze unfocussed and directed downward, but keeping the head erect with the chin slightly tucked in. Sometimes meditators experience Headaches from focussing on a spot too close to the eyes (perhaps closer than three feet). Whether focussed or unfocussed, the gaze should be relaxed in order to prevent eyestrain or headache.

Experiment and see what works for you and then stick with your choice of technique. If you are using a Candle, flower, or other visual object in your Meditation then here the technique itself requires your eyes to be at least partly open.

What are the physiological effects of Meditation?

The most common physiological effects of Meditation are reduced blood pressure, lower pulse rate, decreased metabolic rate and changes in the concentration of serum levels of various substances.

When I Meditate I experience physical pain in my body. What should I do?

Sensations (itching/aches/pains/etc.) can arise in the body when Meditating for several reasons. Sometimes the cause is just an uncomfortable posture–make sure that your posture is comfortable under normal circumstances. Other times the cause is that sensations in the body are more noticable in Meditation. The body and mind are calmer and you are able to notice more details in your bodily experience. It is often interesting to simply observe these sensations in your body : to use them as the objects of Meditation. Sometimes these sensations just go away without your having to move or change your posture. Remember that a quiet body contributes to a quiet mind.

How long should I Meditate?

When first learning Meditation it is usually not possible to Meditate for more than 10-15 minutes. After regular practice for awhile, one becomes able to Meditate for longer periods of time. Many people Meditate twice-daily for 20-30 minutes each time, but the right duration and frequency is for each individual to decide.

Do I need a teacher?

It is theoretically possible to learn Meditation from a book. However most people who teach and practice Meditation agree that a teacher can be an invaluable aid in learning a Meditation technique and making sure it is practiced correctly. The beginner will usually have several questions which a teacher will be able to answer. Also, learning with a group of people, eg a Meditation class, allows you to experience the benefit of Meditating with a group of people. Most people find that they have some of their best meditations while Meditating in a group, because there is a collective energy and Focus present.

Various individuals and groups teach Meditation. Some charge and some do not. Many different techniques are taught, some more spiritual in nature and others mainly concerned with Stress-reduction and gaining a little peace of mind. As always, the important thing is finding what works for you.

Essential Oils and Massage

April 15th, 2006

Who doesn’t love a massage?

The use of Essential Oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with Essential Oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseur (quick movements will stimulate and slow movements Relax).

When using Essential Oils in massage, always dilute the oils in a Carrier Oil prior to application to the skin. As we’ve said before, Essential Oils are very powerful concentrates, and unless indicated otherwise, should not be directly applied to the skin or irritation can result.

Carrier Oils:

Carrier Oils are just that. They are the oils that carry the Essential Oil. There are a wide variety available including the following:

  • Almond Oil - very easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth, has little smell, keeps well, contains vitamin D and has beneficial effects on hair, Dry Skin and brittle nails
  • Apricot Kernel Oil - light, contains Vitamin A, particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
  • Avocado Oil - heavy, rich in nutrients, very good for dry aging and sensitive skins Evening Primrose Oil - helpful for Skin Conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis, only keeps for about 2 months after opening
  • Grapeseed Oil - light, good for oily skin, one of the least expensive oils
  • Hazelnut Oil - penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing Jojoba Oil - light, rich in vitamin E, beneficial for spots, Acne, Dandruff and dry scalp
  • Olive Oil - can be used in a pinch, but has a strong smell which may compete with the Essential Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil - light, contains Vitamins A & E, very good for the face
  • Soya Oil - easily absorbed, rich in vitamin E
  • Sunflower Oil - contains essential Fatty Acids, rich in vitamin E, has a slightly nutty smell
  • Wheatgerm Oil - contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, firms and tones the skin, reduces blemishes, can help to reduce Scar Tissue and stretch marks, has a strong smell

The Massage:

When combining oils to be used in massage, have the proper supplies on hand. Dark bottles (brown, blue, etc.) in a 2oz size work very well, and can be obtained with relative ease.

Using a small funnel, fill the container half full until you have about 1oz of Carrier Oil. To the Carrier Oil, add 12-15 drops of Essential Oil and place the lid on the container. Shake well (the container - not you!!).

You can use only one Essential Oil or combine up to three of your choice to comprise the 12-15 drops. And there you have it! Your very own blend of massage oil!

Tip: Make small quantities as outlined above or you may end up with leftovers - blended oils will turn rancid fairly quickly. Store in a cool dark place with the lid tightly closed and they will last up to three months. Let your nose be your guide - if the blend no longer smells good, consider a fresh mix!

Yoga Breathing Exercises For Stress

April 15th, 2006

Harmony is something that is quite elusive in these modern times. I needn’t explain this statement to anyone who is juggling family, work, commuting, etc., while trying to fit in financial planning, Exercise, a modicum of recreation, and who knows what else, only to have a health crisis, or some other “deal with me now’ situation occur without warning.

Add to this recipe the stimulants prescribed by Dr. Technology, a helpful yet sometimes overzealous and seductive caregiver, and the world does indeed seem to be spinning out of control, or at least at a faster whirl on its axis.

Yoga, learned properly and incorporated into one’s life as a daily practice, transforms. Some who are reading this may know this from experience; others may have dabbled in a class or two and found it helpful at the time, but may never have learned moment to moment use to relieve Stress and Anxiety.

An intrinsic part of Yoga, in fact inseparable from its proper practice, is Pranayama, the control of the breath. The breath, and how deeply or shallowly, slowly or rapidly we engage in this prerequisite for staying alive, is intimately connected to how we feel. It reflects our emotional, mental, and physical states in every moment. Changing the breath, consciously, can alter these states.

The ancient therapeutic traditions as well as modern medical research speaks about the intimate relationship between our Breathing patterns and our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. They have shown how natural healthy respiration not only increases longevity and supports our overall well-being and self-development, but also helps in medical conditions such as asthma, poor digestion, Insomnia, low energy, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, heart ailments, and many other problems.

How Stress Affects Our Natural Breathing Pattern

With each inhalation, oxygen (pure air) enters into our body and triggers off the transformation of nutrients into fuel. With each exhalation carbon dioxide (toxic air) is eliminated from our body. Presence of oxygen purifies the blood streams and helps invigorate each cell. Sufficient amount of oxygen is required to maintain the Vitality of our body organs.

In normal conditions the body follows a natural Breathing pattern that is slow and regulated. Under Stress when the body shows symptoms such as tightening of muscles, distractions, Anxiety, hyperactivity and angry reactions et al, Breathing becomes quick and shallow. One tends to hold one’s breath, frequently. With restricted Breathing inflow of oxygen is restricted. Lungs are unable to exhale the stale airs and residual toxins build up inside the body. Under Stress the stiff muscles restrict the circulation of blood. So, even less oxygen comes in and fewer toxins are removed. It affects the healthy regeneration of cells.

Medical studies show that the oxygen-starved cells are the major contributing factors in cancer, immunity deficiency, Sexual Dysfunction, Heart Disease and strokes. Breathing also affects our state of mind and consequently makes our thinking either confused or clear.

When Breathing is slow, deep and full, the lungs work more, the diaphragm moves well, the intercostals, back and abdominal muscle work, drawing in extra oxygen to the blood stream. Increased oxygenation purifies blood and stimulates healthy functioning of cells, glands and muscles.

Hence, a regulated and mindful Breathing pattern has been held vital to maintaining the highest level of physical health by Yoga. Another positive result of conscious Breathing is its calming effect on the emotions, reducing fear and Anxiety in the Nervous system. Regulated and mindful Breathing, dynamic movement of the head, shoulders and arms during the practice of Breathing and Meditation promote concentration and Relaxation.

Easy, Practical and Effective Breathing Exercises

Following are some practical, easy to perform exercises that capitalize on this quite dramatic relationship between breath and well being.

Let me begin these instructions by saying this: Perhaps the most difficult aspect of using Breathing techniques or any other Stress-reduction modalities is the forming of new, positive habit patterns. It is easy to think, “I can’t stop what I’m doing now. There isn’t time.” Truth is, once you’ve reached the point where Stress has begun to make itself known in your neck, your lower back, your eyes, or wherever else that demon tends to possess you, you really have no choice if you want to be Productive and enjoy what you are doing. Know that you have become oxygen depleted, and that the very cells of your body are crying out for your loving attention. Beginning to develop awareness of this is the first step in establishing the new pattern: the wonderful habit of self-care.

If you are at home, simply stop what you are doing, and find a spot where the distractions are minimal. Turn off the ringer on the phone, and the volume down on that answering machine. If you are driving, pull over for five minutes. That’s really all it takes. And if you are at work, depending on the environment in your workplace, either just pull your chair back from your desk, or if this is unacceptable, try to find a spot where you can have quiet for that five minute span. Letting your co-workers know what you are doing can be a good idea. I’m not being a Pollyanna, in that I know that there are some situations where this scenario will be perceived as impossible. However, if tending to your well being is a priority, I do believe that in almost all cases a way can be found.

  1. Cleansing Breath: Get comfortable in a chair or in your car seat. Loosen tight clothing or belts. Relax. Breathe normally. Now exhale forcefully and then begin to inhale deeply. When the lungs are really full, exhale through your nose. This is done rather quickly. Assist this exhalation by contracting your stomach muscles. Let the stomach Relax completely as the air begins to come back in through your nose. Fill lungs again, exhale through nose quickly once again with the aid of those stomach muscles. (If the exhalation is really complete, you will find that the act of Breathing in again is quite sudden and automatic, so that a rhythm is established) Do this inhale-exhale pattern four to six times. Depending on time constraints, you can repeat this cycle once more.

  2. One Nostril Breathing: Close one nostril with a finger. Breathe in slowly through the other nostril, and exhale through this same nostril. Continue Breathing thus through one nostril for five breaths. Then switch sides. Having completed this pattern on both sides, you may repeat the pattern if time allows, adding one repetition per day. Two repetitions will still be quite effective, however.

  3. Alternate Nostril Breathing: Using your right hand, close the right nostril with your thumb, and breathe in through the left. Having inhaled thus, now close the left nostril with the pinky and ring finger of the same hand, and breath out through the right nostril. Immediately breathe in again through that same (right) nostril, and exhale through the left. This pattern: in left, out right, in right, out left, is one unit. Repeating this unit four times makes one round. One is enough to begin with. Increase by one round daily, again depending on time constraints.

  4. Complete Yoga Breath: Sitting straight, standing, or lying flat when possible, begin by expanding the abdomen and Breathing into the lower lungs. Continue filling the middle lungs, expanding your lower ribs, then the middle ribs, then lifting the upper ribs, expand the upper chest. Finally, to get that air into the lungs highest areas, contract the abdomen just a bit. Hold your breath for just five seconds, no more. Finally, exhale through your nose, slowly, again contracting your stomach muscles. Now, Relax all over. Breathe normally for a breath or two, and repeat the complete breath. Twice is good; daily, gradual increases are beneficial.

It may seem like a lot at first glance, but once learned there is nothing to it. You can accomplish the entire series in five minutes, with minimal repetitions. It will still be effective, and you will return to the task at hand refreshed and relaxed.

During more leisurely times you may indulge in longer sessions, but do it gradually: With gentleness, with attention, and with the love inherent in this wonderful form of self-care.

What Is Adult ADD?

April 15th, 2006

What is ADD?

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a diagnosed disorder which affects concentration, Attention Span and the ability to Focus on the task at hand.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity) is usually much easier to identify. Apart from their difficulties with concentration and memory, children and adults with ADHD often have associated behavioral problems in class, at home and in the workplace, due to their Impulsive behavior and hyperactivity. (For safe and effective treatment for ADHD, see Focus ADHD Formula.)

Children and Adults With ADD (without hyperactivity) often go un helped and undiagnosed. They may be very intelligent people, but because of their concentration and memory problems they perform poorly at school or college and seldom reach their full potential.

They often feel Listless and can lack motivation and energy because of their constant struggle to Concentrate and Focus on their work. Sometimes they can even develop Depression, because of their inability to achieve and negative feedback from those around them.

Children and Adults With ADD are often unfairly called ’stupid’, ‘dumb’, ‘lazy’ and other hurtful names, when all they need is some help and understanding.

What are the symptoms?

  • Easily distracted by sounds and other things happening in the environment
  • Difficulty in following instructions and completing tasks despite the desire to do so
  • Forgets and neglects chores and tasks often
  • Difficulty Concentrating and maintaining Focus on the task at hand
  • Short Attention Span
  • Tendency to daydream
  • Often seems not to be listening
  • Forgets what has been studied very quickly
  • Often loses possessions or forgets appointments
  • Often loses track of time

How does Focus ADDult for Adult ADD work?

Adults and teens who suffer from ADD have previously had to resort to prescription psycho-stimulant drugs with their dangers of addiction and side effects.

Michele Carelse, our Clinical Psychologist, has many years of experience with both adults and children who struggle with the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

Recognizing the growing need for a safe and natural alternative for adults and teens with ADD, Michele has formulated Focus ADDult for Adult ADD, using a specially selected therapeutic blend of Herbs from around the world, specifically to address the symptoms of Adult ADD.

Use Focus ADDult for Adults With ADD to:

For children under 12 years with ADD please refer to BrightSpark

Focus ADDult for Adult ADD contains the following proven ingredients:

Using a concentrated medicinal extract from three powerful Herbs from Chinese, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Western naturopathic medicine, Focus ADDult works in three ways:

The principle ingredient, Centella asiatica, promotes mental clarity, enhances memory and brain function and helps to alleviate Anxiety. This medicinal herb is so highly respected in Ayurvedic medicine for its effect on the mind, that it is even said to increase knowledge of Brahman - the supreme reality. Recent studies have suggested that Centella asiatica improves cerebral blood flow (CBF) and circulation in general, thereby allowing oxygen rich blood to penetrate deep into the brain.

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) is well-known as an all round tonic and energizer. Like Centella asiatica, it also promotes CBF. Recent studies have found that Rosemary contains acetyl-cholinesterase inhibitors, chemicals that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a brain chemical which is involved in memory functioning and acetylcholine deficiency has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairment.

Panax Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 5000 years and is one of the most prized and expensive Chinese Herbs. It is used to reduce Stress, increase energy and motivation, strengthen the Immune System and decrease fatigue. Studies have shown that Panax Ginseng enhances Physical Performance in athletes, while the Soviet scientist, Dr Brekham, identified it as a superior adaptogen, normalizing body functions, reducing Stress and preventing disease. Further studies in Japan and India have demonstrated that rats fed with Panax Ginseng were able to learn tasks quicker, perform at a faster rate and make fewer mistakes than those in the control group. Panax Ginseng should not be confused with either Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosis) or American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius).

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How long until I see results?

Focus ADDult contains three highly effective tonic Herbs in concentrated medicinal extract. It is important that it be taken regularly in order to enhance the overall tonic effect.

While some people show a more immediate effect, you can expect to notice a difference in energy levels and mental clarity from about the third week of use.

Concentration, Focus and memory should improve and this improvement should increase over time and with continued use.

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Health Benefits of Yoga

April 15th, 2006

Yoga and Health are two words that are very closely related. The Health Benefits of Yoga is widely known. Yoga is a popular aid in improving and attaining both Physical and Mental Health. This is basically the most common reason why people practice Yoga - for health reasons. They want to ease their Back Pain, find a method to ease Stress, or ways to deal with their Health problems. This Yoga and Health section takes a closer look on how your body functions and how Yoga can benefit your body.

Yoga is a science of Health - unlike modern Western medicine which is largely a science of disease and treatment. The teachings of Yoga are based on intricate and precise understanding of the healthy functioning of the human body and mind. Its techniques are designed to maximize your own potential for good health, Vitality and lasting youthfulness.

Yoga as we all know it is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you Relax even in the midst of a Stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the Health Benefits of Yoga - from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) and Meditation. The information is grouped into three categories-physiological, psychological, biochemical effects. Furthermore, scientists have laid these results against the benefits of regular Exercise

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic Nervous system equilibrium
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of Meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Grip strength increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increase
  • Social skills increases
  • Well-being increases
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increase
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases


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