By Scott Moore, Conscious Life News
The crossroads is a magical place. It’s the place where the ethereal, spiritual, and philosophical meets the physical, real, and practical. Where these two roads intersect is the holy ground of transformation, it’s the place where we have to drop our one-track thinking and see the many roads. Practicing yoga means to be at the crossroads. Continue reading Yoga: The Practice of Being at the Crossroads
By Parvati Devi, Wake Up World
Deepening your awareness of your breath is a vital key to unlock the alchemical power of Hatha Yoga. The breath is like a bridge to your inner and outer worlds. When you focus on its flow, your breath will gently, yet powerfully, dissolve any notions of being separate. Awareness of the breath will bring you to rest in a field of profound unity with all that is.
When the body is relaxed and healthy, its various rhythms (cardiovascular, craniosacral, respiratory, etc.) flow in a synchronous dance within the whole. Inherently linked to these body patterns, the breath rises and falls in response to a pulse of energy that moves through your spine. Continue reading The Breathing Wave: Yoga as Energy Medicine
By Dr. Joseph Mercola, mercola.com
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,1 16 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, and it is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S.2
The diagnosis of major depressive disorder is more than feeling sad. Diagnosis requires a medical evaluation, and symptoms include both physical and cognitive functional changes.3 However this number pales to the number of people who suffer any form of depression.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 24 million people experience some form of depression, costing over $210 billion in 2010.4 The financial burden included the cost of lost work, direct and indirect medical costs and suicide-related costs. Continue reading Integrative Health: Learn The Mind-Body Benefits Of Yoga
By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World
For Sheryl Utal, she never truly felt well. Throughout her childhood and into college, she struggled with muscle and joint pain, dry skin, constipation and fatigue. Doctors always told her to simply “toughen up” and dismissed her symptoms. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s — an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland — at age of 25 that the pieces of the puzzle finally began to fit together.
Sheryl isn’t alone in her struggle with autoimmune disease; an estimated 22 million Americans are battling some form of dysfunction, 78 percent of whom are women, and the numbers are rising. The occurrence of autoimmune disorders — such as lupus, Crohn’s, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more — has nearly tripled over the last four decades. Continue reading Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness
By Brianna Acuesta, True Activist
As though yoga needed any more evidence of its positive effects on the body, two recent studies found that its effects are far-reaching and even more impressive on the body than researchers initially thought. Yoga is an ancient practice that first surfaced in India and the surrounding countries that were used in accompaniment with religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
Yoga has long been touted as an excellent method of reducing stress and improving mental and physical health for those who continuously practiced it. Physically, it can help improve flexibility, strength, your posture, spine protection, immunity, can lower your blood pressure, and has many other functions.
The studies, which were conducted separately at Harvard University and the University of Calgary, found that yoga has an epigenetic effect, which means that it alters the expression of the genes without changing the genetic code itself. There are a number of other activities that have this same effect on the body, such as diet and sleep, but yoga is one of the many that surprised researchers. Continue reading Practicing Yoga Can Positively Alter Your DNA And Prevent Chronic Diseases, Studies Find
By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World
Back in the 70s, during my grammar school years, I vividly remember a disturbing incident. I was in the school office when I heard the male principal screaming at a student behind a closed door. I don’t know what the student had done to be on the receiving end of such a rant, but I do remember my heart racing and a feeling of terror that the anger would somehow be turned toward me.
Needless to say, I high-tailed it out of that office as quickly as possible, relieved to have escaped. The thing is, this scenario was considered utterly ‘normal’. Thankfully, corporeal punishment wasn’t practiced in my school, which would have been far more terrifying. Continue reading Instead of Punishment, This School Teaches Mindfulness and Yoga — With Stunning Results
By Robert Harrington, Natural Society, May 18, 2015
You may not know it until you try it, but meditation or yoga can bring about some amazing health benefits. One recent study even shows how meditation can actually help with the gut disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease, by altering genetic signals. Continue reading Study: How Yoga, Meditation Boosts Gut Health by Altering Your Genes
Written by Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo, Waking Times, October 20, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/n84fbq3
What if the simple act of doing yoga could heal your diseased heart?
A new study titled, “Effects of Yoga in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure: A Meta-Analysis,” reveals that this ancient practice, ever-increasing in popularity in the West, has profound benefits to those who are suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Previous to this study, the idea that yoga could heal a diseased heart was considered strictly theoretical, which is what motivated a team of Portuguese researchers to put the concept to the test. Continue reading Sayer Ji: How Yoga Heals the Diseased Heart