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What is Yoga Therapy?

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Aditi Phadnis

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Yoga Professionals have been promoting yoga therapy and spreading awareness of yoga for its holistic healing techniques. Daily practice of yoga leads to complete personal transformation. Yoga has different dimensions to its practice and combines mind, physical body, breath, emotions, and works on its integration to one another. Since yoga therapy does not require the intake of any medicines or chemical treatments, it is complementary to all kinds of treatments.

In yoga therapy, patient is the active recipient of the treatment

Yoga therapy focuses on active participation from the patient in his own healing process. The patient understands benefits of each asana or breathing technique and mindfully concentrates on the transformation he is going through. This makes him an active recipient of the therapy and gives spectacular results from positive thinking and training the subconscious mind for the desired results.

The teacher guides the student to use different yoga asanas and pranayama techniques for his recovery. It is then the student’s responsibility to diligently practice and observe changes during the recovery process. He should inform the teacher about the changes so that teacher can adapt to his needs.

For thousands of years, individuals have sought yoga as a solution to their problems. However, yoga therapy has gained traction only recently after the announcement of International Yoga Day which is celebrated on June 21st every year.

Benefits of yoga therapy:

  1. Yoga therapy improves the overall quality of life and provides relief from insomnia or sleep disorders.
  2. It promotes relaxation of mind and body through certain gentle asanas practiced along with pranayama and meditation.
  3. Yoga therapy can also be used to improve focus and concentration. This helps in increase in productivity and ability of a person in multitasking.
  4. There have been various studies that claim yoga shields the brain from memory loss. A famous researcher, Rui Afonso (who is a master in Science from University of Federal de Sao Paulo) and currently a PhD student at the Brain Institute at Hospital Isrealita Albert Einstien claims in a study published in journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that “Cortical thickness in the brain in elderly women who practiced yoga regularly was greater as compared to elderly women who did not practice yoga. Cortical thickness in the brain regions is associated with cognitive functions consisting of focus and memory.
  5. Yoga therapy assists in weight loss as well as weight gain if practiced regularly along with dietary recommendations.
  6. Yoga therapy is also used in treatments of substance abuse, addiction to alcohol or smoking.
  7. Yoga has various physical benefits such as relief from pain, increased ease in breathing in case of respiratory disorders, increase the ease of movement, improvement in joint stability, spinal strength, improvement in joint mobility and overall strength and flexibility.
  8. Psychological benefits include emotional stability, increase in confidence, reduction in depression, panic attacks, and anxiety. Yoga increases the alertness of mind and makes it sharp.
  9. Physiological benefits of yoga are improved blood circulation, digestion, immunity, oxygen supply in blood. Yoga also regulates heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.

Yoga has been rapidly emerging in Western countries as a new way of life for integrating body, mind, and soul. Yoga has been increasingly used as a complementary therapy for treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress. Yoga may not be a full proof method of cure from various diseases but can be definitely looked at as a holistic approach to healing.

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Aditi is a Yoga instructor from Bangalore, India and she specialized in Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga.

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Yoga Special for Women

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We are living in exciting times where never before has our country and society been so conscious about health and fitness like now. In the last decade, fitness has taken a whole different meaning and more so for women. With the amount of information available around, it’s difficult to not board the fitness wagon. As with everything in the 21st century, there are options galore even when it comes to choosing your source of adrenaline and women too are killing it whether its running , weightlifting, body pumping, aerial yoga, pilates or the good old yoga. Now each of them have their own benefits and one can choose what suits their personal idea of fitness. But it has been established time and again that our traditional fitness philosophy that resides in yoga clearly overrides most other modern fitness philosophies.

Yoga is the only form of exercise that uses the body’s form and energy to make it better. it works on all levels of our mental and physical being. It uses the body’s own weight and demands a lot of focus while practicing. And how does one bring focus? That can come only when we have control over our thoughts and are able to give them direction. And hence I say that yoga works on our mental health as well. One of the myths that yoga has also helped in busting that females should not exercise during their menstrual cycle. On the contrary regular practice of yoga helps women in regulating their cycle as the hormones come in rhythm and tandem with the body. The Sustained and disciplined practice of yoga helps in managing those painful and crampy days without piling on the calories that chocolate cake and coffee offer J . Yoga asanas work not only on the muscles but also on organs like the thyroid and hypothalamus – the masterminds of the human body. Once these are given their due to right exercise and the good diet, overall maintenance of health becomes second nature and the body also starts appreciating the efforts. It has also been observed that the mood swings are also more manageable if the hormones are not all over the place. So the next time you are nearing your cycle, instead of cuddling up in bed, spread that mat out and practice some soothing asanas- your muscles will thank you and those hormones will be smiling right back at you!!!

Now all the moms would be raising their brows and saying that all this is good unless you have made a human body inside of you and gone through that unimaginable & unparalleled experience called childbirth. Well, mommies, you have an even stronger reason to get your yoga mats dusted and cleaned, because the most sure shot way of returning the displaced organs and untamed hormones back to where there belong -is the good old yoga. There is a pace that yoga follows which is of immense relevance as the female body recovers. Slowly and gradually with some specific asanas, the body starts regaining its strength and stamina. And can I share a little secret? Diligent practice of core-related yogas asanas can definitely help you get rid of the much-hated baby pouch!!! (motivation enough J )

Exercise is not just the body working out, it is also the brain getting its energy refueling. Women are known to be emotionally more alive than men. This is what differentiates us from our partner gender J Yoga asanas have this incredible ability to help channelize emotions. The mechanics of a yoga asana involves wholehearted tango of the mind and the heart and as your practice advances, you will see how you inevitably start managing your emotions better.

And last but not the least, who does not like a toned body that gives you the pleasure of indulging in some feel-good factor.

All this and much more can be achieved in the privacy of your home, the freshness of your park or the confines of your gym. So, put on a pair of comfortable clothes and get started. You will be starting a love affair that will last a lifetime …

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Create the Best Version of Your Memory!!!

Kalana Krishantha

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You may have so many unpleasant experiences related with forgetting and memory loss. Remind about the inconvenience nature, when you were in such a condition. In a memory loss, you don’t know what you want to do, what should you do or at least the what is the necessity of a moment. To avoid such type of incidents, you should know about the memory improving techniques. Memory, the term itself means knowledge representation of mind. Perhaps it may store procedural knowledge, perhaps, it may store semantic details or simply data of general knowledge, in other times details over personally experienced incidents. However, with a time, your life is becoming more and more complicated with current hectic lifestyle. So, it’s really useful to increase the capacity of memory via memory improving techniques.

Let’s consider some technical details, a little bit.

Basically, in a process of storing memory, the most important biological part is nervous system. There is a concept named neuroplasticity. Simply means improving the efficiency of neurons using various techniques.

Let’s consider, about few memory improving techniques.

Do “memory improving” Tasks

There should be a few characteristics in memory improving tasks

  • Innovativeness
  • Should able to utilize your skills efficiently
  • It should be inspiring and creative

Regular Physical Exercises

Physical exercises pave the way to increase the Oxygen supply to the brain and it may cause the neurons to work in more and more effective manner.

Stress-free life!!

Stress is one of the main enemies of memory. Researchers found that stress can cause to killing the cells of the hippocampus in the midbrain which is most important to store memories over personal life incidents.

How can you live without stress??

  • Be with friends frequently
  • Make a laugh
  • Think positively and don’t take anything seriously.

Have a better sleep!!

Have a sufficient sleep is necessary to development and efficiency of nerve cells. But you should avoid from few modern lifestyles to do this.

Don’t use smartphones or laptops before you enter the sleep. Why? The blue color light emitting from that type of objects can suppress the activity of Melatonin hormone which regulates your sleeping patterns.

When you are using caffeine drinks like Coca-Cola, the same thing happens like above example. Melatonin hormone is suppressed.

Food Habits

Food habits can contribute you to become a more conscious one in this unconscious world. Nutrition supplements related with Vitamin B, Omega S can contribute to increasing the activation of nerve cells. While natural food items and beverages like green tea are playing a major role in memory games.

From doing such minor and easy changes in your lifestyle, you will be able to reach significant developments in your memory and it will pave the way to you towards the success in day to day life!!!

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