What Is so Special to Stake in Yoga Teacher Training Course in India?

As I placed myself cross-legged on the mat in the yoga studio, the silence permeated in the room as the following words of my yoga teacher fell on our ears, “We are not actually doing yoga”, I was dumbfounded, then what I have been doing all the past years. After few days did I realize what my yoga teacher literally meant and this is a reason why I came to India to join yoga teacher training. Only in few days, I realized hippie style is replaced with somber severity which though harsh in the beginning but became auspicious with the time. Unlike westernized concept where we are getting diluted version of yoga, here in India we are made to get into the roots of yoga which rake us for the original deal; a deal with oneself and own cherished attachments. This is what many Yoga Teacher Training India programs are about, with no fancy asanas and no sieving of traditional forms.  We get into the basic form to allow our breath, muscle memory and energy to flow through the body. Simp…
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Anxiety: a perspective from Traditional Chinese Medicine

Based on Western definition, anxiety is not a disease by itself as it's considered to be a worry about future events (being afraid of the unknown), past events (consequences of past actions) or a reaction to current events. At its root, worrying is often a fear of uncertainty and it's something that many people experience. Around 20% of the population in Ireland will experience a mental health problem like anxiety each year, which has steadily increased over the past 20 years. As Professor Ad Kerkhof, author of the new book Stop Worrying, says: 'Worrying is a form of self-torture where our own thoughts often make us suffer a great deal." So basically our thoughts create the disease itself turning them into measurable and real sings and symptoms. 'Worry is something that many people experience. It's not the same as thinking. Thinking leads to solutions. Worrying leads nowhere. Thinking leads to action. Worrying leads to nothing. Thinking leads to relief. Excessive worrying …
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RELAXATION RESPONSE CAN INFLUENCE EXPRESSION OF STRESS-RELATED GENES

Medical News Today reported on July 4, 2008, that eliciting the relaxation response, a nonpharmacological intervention, can help patients deal with disorders ranging from high blood pressure, to pain syndromes, to infertility, and to rheumatoid arthritis. The relaxation response – a physiologic state of deep rest – influences the activation patterns of genes associated with the body’s response to stress. The collaborative investigation by members of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Genomics Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) appears in the open-access journal PLoS One. “For hundreds of years Western medicine has looked at mind and body as totally separate entities, to the point where saying something ‘is all in your head’ implied that it was imaginary,” says Herbert Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute and co-senior author of the PloS One report. “Now we’ve found ho…
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What is Hatha yoga and Why is it needed?

Summary: Explore this article to understand what is Hatha yoga and Why is it needed. In the science of yoga, Hatha yoga is the oldest form that aims to unify the opposites that exist within us, activates the chakras for an awakening of the Kundalini and promotes spiritual and physical well-being. The philosophical text of Hatha yoga-- the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, reveals the practice of yoga postures and meditation to gain mastery over the physical, psychical, and spiritual body. Through the practice of Hatha yoga, a practitioner attempts to harmonize the “ Ha” and “ Tha” that lies within each of us, to balance the chakras and the Nadis for the purpose of uniting the mind-body, liberation from all the sufferings and to achieve a state of Moksha (self-realization). Hatha yoga is a science of stimulating the central Nadi, the Sushumna-- which is the path to higher consciousness and pure enlightenment.   India-- motherland of yoga is the ideal place to unearth the rich histor…
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Detox: A Spring Clean for Your Body.

We clean our clothes, the house, the car, our hair, our skin but what about what's under our skin, when do we clean our body internally. Detoxification is a great way to flush out the old and harmful elements and clean our body's engine so it can fight germs, bacteria and diseases. Detoxification is a process that rids the body of harmful pollutants or neutralizes them improving our immune system. Why Detox? The more advanced our world gets the more we experiment with harmful metals and chemicals. It is these substances along with junk food and poor lifestyles that fill our body with rubbish leaving us feeling sluggish, ill and plugged up! A Detox diet can help removes these harmful substances. Who Needs to Detox? Anyone would receive health benefits from a Detox diet. People who are in greater need of one are those who are over weight, eat unhealthily, are exposed frequently to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, aluminum and arsenic, taking medication or …
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Kundalini Chakras as well as Scientific View

 As said by Kundalini custom, there are seven distinctive kundalini chakras (energy center) situated along the spine as well as in the brain. The central energy center is not single symbolic ideas they are in fact certain energy drive within our body. Let’s have a look at these 7 Kundalini Chakras. These chakras are authorized through a force named Prana, which arrives the human body over the procedure of breathing. In a technical context, these delicate energy vortexes allowing the human scheme could be assumed in terms of the electromagnetic dynamic of element physics. The Kundalini Chakras are actually a cosmic original dance of stuff shifting into energy as well as vice versa as defined through relevant physics. (more…)
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Can Hypnosis do Anything?

We seem to be intrigued about hypnosis and the power of hypnosis. What is it? What can it do? And this question - can it so anything? And even that question can be seen as meaning different things to those who ask it. To some people anything may mean nothing and to others it may mean everything. I guess it depends on you. The meaning of the question and the answer you're looking for, listening for. Hypnosis isn't a thing, it isn't something you can hold or touch, is it? If you were to ask me there are a couple of answers that come to mind. Hypnosis, that is the process of hypnosis, can create wonderful changes in ourselves and others and usually, in my experience, far greater than we could ever imagine. I'll talk about that in a minute. The second thing that comes to mind is that we are consciously unaware of the power of our unconscious mind and it's with hypnosis that this, our, infinite potential can be realised and experienced. SO can hypnosis do anything/everythin…
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More Sex and Important Numbers

In one of my previous blogs, I talked about Sex and the Number 42 – about how every 7 years a strong hormonal change takes place in the body to kick-start the reproduction ability of the body.  At 7 we lose our baby teeth, at 14 we enter puberty at 21 we are in prime baby making stage, at 35 our estrogen can begin to decline and at 42 we enter perimenopause and 49……….. here comes menopause.  These are general figures used in Chinese Medicine to indicate the changes in our hormonal body but this idea that, as women, our reproduction ability and energy comes to a halt as we hit menopause is a fallacy.  Our body is constantly reproducing.  We make plasma cells daily;  colon cells refresh after four days; we make a whole new skin every 2-3 weeks;  white blood cells take more than a year to regenerate, and it takes an average of 10 years to grow an entirely new skeleton.  The energy that it takes to make reproduction happen is called Jing in Chinese Medicine.  It’s the energy that w…
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Top 5 Qualities to Look into Yoga Teacher Training

Summary: Read the article to know about the top qualities to look into a yoga teacher training. Yoga is one of the most popular healing therapies across the globe. There are many who have sought its help for one or other health purposes. With the immense growing popularity of the life science, many yoga teacher training schools and studios are opening up everywhere. With so many options, it becomes hard to find the best and appropriate school. But these amazing top qualities shall help you choose the best one quite easily and appropriately. Pick the Yoga Style It is great that you have decided to take up teacher training course to get serious into your practice. But before you book a yoga training course, always consider the style of yoga you want to learn. There are many yoga styles. Understand and know what appeals you the most. Choosing one out of many is important to have a better learning, so choose a style you have some basic knowledge of. This adds to your comfort lev…
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Suffering from pain? Try these innovative pain management ideas

Two people fall and suffer seemingly similar injuries.  Six months later, one has completely recovered but the other still has debilitating pain.  How can different people seem to experience pain so differently?  Through carefully controlled experiments using advanced brain imaging techniques, researchers are discovering that people’s brains can process the same pain signals from their bodies very differently.  These insights are leading to surprising new strategies for controlling pain. Advances in pain research were the focus of the first annual symposium of the NIH Pain Consortium.  NIH created the consortium to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among pain researchers across the many NIH institutes and centers involved with pain research.  Scientists at the inaugural symposium described their investigations into the genes involved in pain, how nerves transmit pain signals from the body to the brain, and new medications and other therapies under development. D…
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