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Showing posts with label yoga therapy. Show all posts

Yoga Can Improve Or Even Cure Diabetes In Some People

Diabetes in assorted forms affects up to 5percent apple citizenry of twelve actor diabetics in Western Europe alone. abounding means that to annual diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is maybe the foremost accepted abiogenetic disease. NIDDM or array II diabetes is multifactorial, primarily based on ecology factors like obesity, desk lifestyles and comestible imbalances.

Yoga has accustomed alive ends up in abating diabetes. The yoga contest that are assigned for abating diabetes is absolutely altered from hatha yoga exercise as a aftereffect of it involves positions tailored to amusement specific diseases, yet as meditation, alleviation and addition exercises.

One of the trials to cure diabetes was bargain by the Yoga Biomedical Trust, founded in 1982 by biochemist Dr Robin Monro, and an Indian yoga assay foundation that apparent that practicing yoga half-hour circadian for one ages to cut aback claret amoroso in some diabetics.

The yoga patients took bisected in one or 2 ninety minute sessions per anniversary and were aggressive to beam at home. categories actualize yoga contest specific to the analgesic twist, bow and belly respiratory.

At the tip of twelve weeks appreciably decreased claret glucose in an exceedinglyll patients aural the array and were hardly aloft in a administration array who didn't attach to yoga. 3 yoga acceptance managed to cut aback their medication, calm with a actuality who adapted his dieting for twenty years.

It has continued been accepted that exercise is advantageous for diabetics. yoga analysis will facilitate calibration aback accent levels that ability comedy a job in adult-onset diabetes. However, a check is that some patients accept botheration afterward the approved sessions appropriate to break the profit. All patients said they ability ambition to see these acceptance in developing a abiding basis, about we've no cash.

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Top Five Yoga Exercises to Help You Sleep Well

Have you ever arrived home from work feeling stressed, tired or fatigued? When you feel like this it is tempting just to slump down in front of the TV, pop a pizza in the microwave for dinner and pray your children occupy themselves chatting to their friends on Facebook.

In the long-term this behaviour is detrimental to your health and family well-being. Apart from the fact you increase the likelihood of developing stress related illness, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being overweight, your ability to unwind and have a restful sleep is affected.

Sleep is something your body can't very well do without. During sleep, your body relaxes and vital repair work is carried out.

Lack of sleep leaves you feeling ratty, short tempered and emotionally drained. On a physiological level, your immune system functions below par, which means you are more likely to feel run down, lethargic and pick up bugs quickly.

To counteract these negative effects of stress, you can practice yoga.

The following yoga exercises are ideal to practice at the end of a stressful day. They will help your mind to calm down and release tension and strain from your body. As with all forms of exercise, listen to your body and work at a pace which is comfortable for you.

Top five yoga exercises to help you have a good night's sleep
1. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Lie on your belly with your hands flat on the floor, under your shoulders with your legs straight out behind you and close together. Press your feet and toes firmly down into the floor. Have your forehead resting on the mat. Breathe in and slowly raise your forehead, nose and chest up from the floor, keeping your hands down and pressing your hips into the floor. Hold this pose for 3-5 rounds of deep breaths, then slowly exhale and lower yourself down.

2. Extended Child Pose

Start in a kneeling position, sitting back on your heels. If this feels uncomfortable, lace a folded blanket or pillow between your buttocks and your heels.

Breathe out and slowly lower your body forward until your head touches the floor. If your legs or back are stiff and you find it difficult to place your head on the floor without your hips coming up, make a fist with your hands, place them one on top of each other and rest your forehead on the top fist. If your stomach feels uncomfortable or gets in the way, just spread your feet apart.

Keep your buttocks on your heels. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Each time you breathe out let your chest go closer to your knees. Keep your shoulders relaxed and take your arms back so your hands are close to your feet.

Stay in this position for 10 - 15 rounds of deep breathing. Gently breathe out, slowly kneel up again and be aware of how you feel. Stay still for a few more moments before you get up from this position.

3. Practice Deep Breathing

Lie on your back, close your eyes, focus on your heart centre and take a full deep breath in through your nose. Feel your rib cage expanding and your lungs filling up with fresh rich oxygen then slowly breathe out through your nose. As you breathe out, allow your lungs to empty completely and abdomen to relax. Repeat this calming deep breathing at least 5 - 10 times. You will feel energised, calm and focused.

4. Rag Doll Pose

Simply bend at your waist and flop forward, keep your feet firmly on the ground. Allow your knees to be soft and make sure your head is soft and wobbly. Relax your jaw and allow your arms to swing and flop from side to side. Stay in this position for 1 - 2 minutes.

5. Legs up the Wall Pose 1
Lie on a soft blanket or yoga mat on your right side with your buttocks against a wall. Roll on your back and stretch your legs up the wall. Keep your buttocks against the wall and lie with your back on the floor and your legs elevated against the wall. Keep your legs together. Breathe slowly and deeply and feel your back relaxing and releasing into the floor, whilst gently stretching your heels upthe wall, away from your hips. Take 10 - 30 deep steady breaths.

So next time you come home from work, stressed, tired or fatigued, make time to practice at least 2 - 3 of the above easy yoga exercises before you go to bed.

Your mind will feel calmer and your body relaxed and ready for a good night's sleep.

Evaluating Benefits Of Yoga - American Council On Exercise (ACE) First

Today more than 11 million Americans pack fitness studios around the country seeking the mind-body benefits of yoga, including increased flexibility, strength, balance and muscle tone. But is yoga also a good calorie-burning workout? In an exclusive study, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness advocate, examined the aerobic benefits and calorie expenditure of Hatha yoga, the most beginner-friendly and widespread practice.

Lead researchers Dawn Boehde and John Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM, from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse recruited 34 healthy but sedentary women (average age of 33) for the study. Before beginning the study, participants were given the same series of tests evaluating their flexibility, balance, aerobic fitness level and muscular strength and endurance.

The subjects where divided into two groups: a yoga group and a non-yoga control group. The yoga group participated in 55-minute Hatha yoga classes three times a week during the eight-week study period while the non-yoga group was barred from any form of exercise.

The study concluded that while the yoga group showed numerous improvements in strength and endurance as well as improved balance and flexibility, they did not burn a significant amount of calories. In fact, one 50-minute session of Hatha yoga burns just 144 calories, similar to a slow walk.

"Yoga is designed to relax the body and help improve musculoskeletal fitness. If you attempt to incorporate calorie-burning elements in a yoga session you may compromise the essential purpose and beneficial effects of the practice," said Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for ACE. "While the ACE study shows that a Hatha yoga session burns a relatively small amount of calories, yoga is still a valuable addition to any exercise routine offering the essential elements of flexibility, balance and relaxation; factors often neglected in traditional workouts."

Yoga group participants did show the following improvements:

-- Yoga participants' total body flexibility improved by 13 percent, with significant results in shoulder and trunk flexibility

-- Muscular fitness also improved in the yoga group enabling them to do an average of six more push-ups and 14 more curl-ups

-- Yoga participants experienced a 17-second increase in their one-legged stand time

Yoga For the Face - An Anti-Aging Technique

Modern folks are consistently on the lookout to either improve their appearance or slow down the effects of aging. Skin condition, genetics, stress, work and many other issues affect how quickly we age.

Our diet is one of the many determining factors that affect the way we age. The healthier we eat, albeit more vegetables and fruits vs. unhealthy consumption of sugar, fat and meat, the slower we age...this is a proven fact. If you can't change your diet completely overnight, changing the way you eat slowly over a period of time will suffice. And of course, exercise can also slow down the aging process because it helps the body detoxify and exercise massages the internal organs, helping keep it well-oiled.

If you're into anti-aging products, services and methods, you must have heard about how beneficial yoga is for us emotionally, physically and psychologically. After a long day of sitting down in front of the computer or stuck in a frustrating traffic gridlock, stretching all those aching muscles with yoga can invigorate the body. But did you know if you want to look years younger, apart from using the right products, by doing facialyoga twice a day.

Facial yoga may make you look a tad odd if you do it in the middle of a crowded bus stop but stretching your facial muscles can tighten muscles on your face and in the process, strengthen sagging skin and also reduce lines and wrinkles. So, if you want to look years younger faster, all you have to do is to head over to the office bathroom twice a day and stretch those facial muscles of yours. Dermatologists and skincare professionals agree that there are too many benefits to doing yoga to ignore.

Step one, tighten ALL the muscles on your face as much as you can, hold it and then release it. Step two, round up your mouth the way you would when blowing out candles, hold it and release. This action makes for firmer lips and reduces lines around the mouth. Step three, open up your eyes and without moving your head, look up, down, left and right very slowly, holding the direction for a couple of seconds before looking elsewhere. This helps reduce the lines around your eyes, especially crow's feet.

Step four, open up your mouth and stick your tongue out as far as it will go! You'll feel the muscles around your mouth stretching, hold it while it works! Step five, purse your mouth and lips up very strongly. Hold this for a few seconds. This exercise helps strengthen the chin, cheeks and neck. Finally, open up your eyes as huge as you can open them, look ahead of you. You can feel your eyebrow disappearing into your hairline...yes, you're doing it right.

By doing the above on a regular basis on top of using the right products to make you feel and look absolutely smashing can push the hands of the clock back by as far as eight years. Don't believe me....try it and see it for yourself.

Mudras Yoga For Your Hands And Fingers

Mudras are my new found love. They are now part of my daily life and the mudra I have chosen for this month promises to offer me calm, inner core strength and improved focus (yeah, no more distractions for me) plus a healthier flow of energy throughout my entire body giving me more vitality. My clever hands, thumbs andfingers have quickly got my mind into shape and the body has eagerly followed.

The ancient Indian wisdom of Mudras are definitely my new well being energy tool.

Mudras are simple and I love simple. They are gentle and gracious in their actions and can literally be done while you are standing, sitting or in meditation. All you need is five minutes.

The ancient Indian texts explain how they can support the healing of many illnesses along with balancing all your chakras and bringing harmony back into your body, mind and soul. Used as a remedy for disease they are generally practiced for 30 - 45 minutes.

What are mudras?:

Mudras are healing hand postures and are a powerful aspect of yoga. There are Indian texts which explain how mudras are an ancient science that have been used for thousands of years to restore health. Mudras are literally health in your hand. Our thumbs,fingers and the palms of our hands are constantly emitting electromagnetic currents of energy and by creating certain postures with your hands,fingers and thumbs you opening up energy channels to encourage flow and healing.

The most familiar mudra’s:

If you practice yoga or meditation you will definitely be familiar with the Gyan Mudra. This is when the thumb and index finger connect whilst the other three fingers are left open and spread. The benefit of holding this mudra while in meditation is that it increases the flow of energy to your astral self. On a physical level it improves concentration, focus and memory. This mudra I have used for many years to support my meditations

Another mudra which I have used often in certain yoga postures is to hold the hands in prayer pose over the heart chakra. For me personally this is a very nurturing and calming hand posture and tends to bring the energy of peace into my body.

My chosen mudra for this month is the Prana Mudra:

I have chosen just one mudra this month to practice and absorb myself into. The prana mudra or life mudra seemed the obvious choice for me as I can get easily distracted and felt I needed more internal stability.

When doing this pose I sit on my meditation cushion in a peaceful environment (the kids are at school) calm my breathing, focus on my breath and place my subtle awareness on the energy currents being created with this pose. I'll observe the sensations, the blocks and the lightness flowing to different parts of my body. I'll do my best to just let thoughts float by and stay calm and centred. My intention is to repeat this pose twice a day for five minutes at a time. I’ll keep you posted with my progress and share my experiences before I move onto another mudra next month . All mudras will be filed under healing mudras.

The benefits of the prana mudra:

This particular mudra is said to benefit and increase the life force energy within you. Strengthen immunity, muscles, eyes and remove nervousness.

Nervousness or anxiousness can be an indication of weakness and reveals itself by being easily distracted due to lack of internal stability. This mudra strengthens the base chakra which will in turn strengthen and calm your inner core. The finger positions stimulates the nourishing energy in the pelvic flow and gently increases vitality and assists in reducing fatigue.

Keen to learn more about mudra’s:

My research, reading and study of mudra’s is in full swing. I’ll be featuring once a month a specific healing mudra that I am personally working with.

In the meantime I’ve ordered a book, DVD and a card set from amazon which I must say looks absolutely fabulous by Sabrina Mesko. She was taught sacred mudra techniques by a Master of White tantricyoga ; Yogi Bhajan who then gave her the responsibility to share it with the western world. She is also an executive member of the worldyoga council in India so I figured her books and DVD was a great place to start.

I’ve also enquired about her practitioner training program which looks like being held in 2008 in America. Now that is something I would definitely be keen to put on my schedule for 2008.