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Breathing Meditation 12/30/2012 11:22:19 PM

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What is Namaste ?? 11/22/2012 9:47:41 PM .

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How to memorise all asana names ?? 11/22/2012 9:46:49 PM

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New comers, where is your mat ? 11/3/2012 11:23:06 PM

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Don't feel stress if you can't do. 11/3/2012 11:21:08 PM

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Find your yoga personality here 10/18/2012 11:06:27 PM

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Yoga is not a competition 10/18/2012 11:05:34 PM

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Heal Your Body Through YOGA 12/10/2011 10:45:21 PM
   
Heal Your Body Through Yoga

      - by Lakhi

  


It has become common knowledge that yoga is good for you. Currently yoga is being used as a therapy for cancer, infertility, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, insomnia, high blood pressure, and joint pain. Yet there is very little awareness and understanding on exactly how yoga heals, even in the yoga and medical communities. The key is to understand the relationships between stress, yoga and disease.

Medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress related. A few of the many diseases and conditions that have been linked to an over active stress response include: cardio-vascular disease, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some types of diabetes mellitus, some autoimmune diseases, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, reproductive problems, and suppression of the immune system.
 
What we feel as stress, is the product of the sympathetic nervous system or the “fight or flight” response: an almost instantaneous surge in heart rate, cardiac output, blood pressure, sweating, shallow breathing, and metabolism, combined with a tensing of muscles. Internally, the “fight or flight” response shuts down digestion and elimination and reduces blood flow to the internal organs. Short term, this stress reaction is a good thing. The “fight or flight” response prepares us to respond to any environmental threat by fighting against it or fleeing from it. But long term, continuous exposure to stress is harmful, placing excess wear and tear on the body’s systems and severely limiting the body’s natural maintenance and healing abilities.
 
Chronic stress can lead to continuously high levels of cortisol. This hormone at normal levels helps to maintain an active, healthy body (including regulation of metabolism and blood pressure). But excessive amounts of cortisol can suppress the immune system and cause sleep disturbances, loss of sex drive and loss of appetite. High levels of cortisol can also increase your heart rate, blood pressure and your cholesterol and triglyceride levels (risk factors for both heart attacks and strokes). The byproducts of cortisol act as sedatives, which can lead to changes in mood, especially to feelings of depression.

Fortunately, the body has a natural counterbalance to the “fight or flight” response, called the parasympathetic nervous system or the “relaxation response.”  The parasympathetic nervous system becomes activated when the threat or stressor has passed or ended, but it can also be consciously activated by deepening the breath and by relaxing the skeletal muscles.

When activated, the parasympathetic nervous system lowers blood pressure, heart rate and respiration (the pace of the breath). Digestion and elimination are allowed to be stimulated, and blood is free to travel to the digestive, reproductive, glandular, and immune systems — systems necessary for the promotion of long-term health. The “relaxation response” is also known as the “rest and renew” stage, when the body has the time and resources to heal the body and to respond to illness.  Obviously, by increasing the frequency, time and depth of the  “relaxation response” we not only allow our body to recover from illness and disease, but we also practice preventive medicine by allowing the body to perform all of its essential maintenance tasks.

Yoga’s emphasis on long, deep breathing and conscious relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system and promotes its “rest and renew” functions.  In fact, a recent study has shown yoga to decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood.  The meditative practices of yoga help to reduce the reactiveness of the mind to stressors and to lessen the intensity of the “fight or flight” response.  Yoga also teaches us to see potential stressors as challenges rather than threats, enabling one to avoid the stress response entirely.

Not only does yoga’s ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system reduce stress and allow the body to heal itself, but the practice of yoga also improves the body’s inherent healing abilities.  The inverting, twisting and compressing that occurs in yoga postures enhances the circulation of blood and body fluids.  This increase in circulation not only improves the body’s ability to deliver the materials needed to allow healing to take place, but also activates the lymphatic system to maintain normal functioning of the immune system and inflammation response.   Yoga poses also improve muscle strength, flexibility and range of motion, all very important for the healing and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis.  Yoga’s emphasis on deep breathing combined with backbends improves lung capacity and function.  Practicing yoga also encourages one to lead a healthier lifestyle, through developing the self-awareness and discipline required for positive behavior modification.

While yoga possesses such a strong support to the body’s healing mechanisms, it is important to view yoga as an adjunct or complementary therapy, and not relied upon as the only therapy for healing disease.



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Health is Wealth 12/8/2011 10:55:55 PM

   Health is Wealth 
 
- by Arvind
 





 
Yoga brings happiness in your life and helps you to build positive relationships with your family, friends and colleagues by feeding your mind with positive thoughts throughout your yoga practice with us. It also allows us to get rid of the stress due to worldly troubles and brings us to the ultimate peacefulness of life. Give an hour or two every day to practice yoga; you will always wear a beautiful smile no matter where you go and what you do. Turn negativities into motivations in order to pursue the dreams of your life. Your health is your wealth, treat your body nicely!
 


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Balance is important in Yoga Practice 12/8/2011 10:42:06 PM
 Balance is important in Yoga Practice
  - by Arvind


 


Some yoga practitioners tend to do relatively more backward bends due to the greater challenge it brings. However, doing things constantly against the nature of the body can bring you pain and injuries to your body. Striking a balance is extremely important in yoga practice. Spinal cord is one of the most essential parts in our body which should be treated cautiously. Whenever you are in classes, listen attentively to the instructions no matter how regular you are and never go beyond your limitations!





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How to strengthen our joints ? 11/14/2011 10:01:30 PM

 
How to strengthen our joints ? 






Dear friends, we all face twists and turns in life, we are always alert and get ourselves prepared to handle them.  Like our body structure, different parts are connected with the joints to allow us to twist and turn. Some people tend to hurt themselves with sudden twists or turns, regular yoga practice will activate and strengthen the joints to prevent injuries.  Joints will get swollen easily if we don't train them. The possibility of getting body pain is low if we move and exercise our joints in a proper way every day. Having healthy joints are key to maintain a strong body.


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Yoga is your forever friend 11/14/2011 9:43:24 PM
When can I do perfectly-aligned posture like yoga instructors?                                   






Hong Kong is a fast-paced city with many aggressive people. Most beginners ask this question “when can I do perfectly-aligned posture like yoga instructors?"

My friends, yoga is your forever friend that can bring unlimited happiness to your life. But first of all, you have to know and understand yoga step by step with persistency, patience and courage in order to master it. Yoga is not about doing a few postures, it is life! You need a lifetime to learn it well!


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Yoga vs Other Sports 10/18/2011 11:53:59 PM  
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Yoga aims at bringing complete awareness to your entire body and mind, not just a specific part of it.  You can remove the root cause of a physical or psychological problem throughout the practice of yoga.  Most sports help diverting your mind and bring you away from your negativities for a short period of time.  However, yoga shapes your mind to turn negativity   into positivity so as to achieve real happiness which lasts forever.


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Why Yoga ? 10/18/2011 11:52:17 PM  

 
Why Yoga ?                                            





Throughout my yogic journey, I have seen many passionate practitioners who do yoga on a regular basis. I always ask them " why yoga?"  Most of them told me that the main benefits of yoga are maintaining healthy lifestyle and ideal body figure.  

My friends, the essence of yoga is to turn "impossibilities" into "possibilities" through the great co-ordination of your body, mind and soul. In other words, yoga will equip yogis with techniques to turn "crisis" into "chances" in different life encounters.


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