Health Implication of Yoga and Meditation

 The popular trend in the Western society is a belief that ‘regular physical activity seems to be the most important contributor to prevent disease and promote health’. This statement seems incomplete. Of course, physical activities are of immense importance for good health, but for preventing disease, physical activity or yoga postures alone, constitute one half of the complete picture. You need to practice meditation, to achieve the goal of preventing disease. It’s a wonderful news that doctors and scientists are coming to terms with accepting and affirming thousands of years old concepts, beliefs, and findings of ancient yoga enthusiasts.

 

Yogic Meditation By A Young Yogi

 

Yoga is an ancient philosophy. It upholds pure consciousness as the ultimate reality, superimposed by duality of mind and body (Purusha and Prakrity). Following the directives of Yoga, helps to balance the mind and body, taking the individual self closer to the universal life force,the impregnate dynamic energy. The significance of yoga is not just in physical exercise, though it is an essential requirement for good health. The real emphasis should be on meditation. Meditation requires stringent self discipline, mindfulness and breathing exercises, which is possible only when one is in a reasonable state of health. Certain specific yoga asana or body postures, open energy channels and psychic centres and increase the sense of balance. Each posture has a direct influence on stimulation and control of hormonal secretion. Regular practice of yoga/meditation, even for short sessions, but with the right motivation and mindset, can become a pleasurable experience, with unlimited benefit to humanity.

 

Yogi Doing Specific Yoga Posture

 

A recent science article from England, mentioned, “The studies show that these mind-body exercises appear to suppress the expression of genes and genetic pathways that promote inflammation”. Inflammation is at the root of immune system, which guards our body against external or internal damage.In cases of chronic disease or prolonged tension, the good work of immune system gets jeopardized and inflammation spreads within the body, undermining mental and physical well being. Scientific studies are now suggesting that if untreated for a long time, inflammation can change the pattern of genes. Medical world are doing all they can to keep things under control. However, the cheapest, simplest and the most invigorating method of keeping fit in body, soul, and mind, through yoga/meditation and healthy diet has remained grossly neglected for too long. Health benefits of meditation are enormous no doubt. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that serious meditation influences the autonomous nervous system, which controls the autonomous body activities, such as digestion, blood circulation and body’s hormonal surges. There are advanced meditation practices that can work wonders by opening the gateway to profound intuitive wisdom and deep emotional resilience. According to Yoga philosophy, body is the gross form of mind or consciousness. Practice of yoga matures that realisation. If science and metaphysics worked hand in hand,the advance in higher knowledge, with implicit health benefit, in all these fields, would have been greater and faster.

 

Do You Want to Lose 6 Pounds Quickly

Do you want to lose 6 pounds quickly? While many diets are geared at people who want to lose 20 pounds or more, the plan I’m presenting here will help you in quick weight loss approx 6 pounds – perhaps in just one week.
For quick weight loss, the first thing you want to do is clear out your pantry of all the foods that make you fat. Clean out your refrigerator and throw things away. Donate the packaged food in your pantry to a local food bank.
Then, go to the grocery store and buy the following sixteen things only:
1. Whole wheat bread
2. Tuna
3. Any and all fruits
4. Any and all vegetables
5. 8 oz. steak
6. Two chicken breasts
7. Salad vegetables
8. Balsamic vinegar
9. Special K Cereal
10. Skim milk
11. Brown rice
12. Instant oatmeal (not the sweetened packaged kind though)
13. Sliced turkey breast
14. 3 servings of fish
15. Low fat yogurt
16. Eggs
Using these foods as the basis for your diet, write out a diet plan for the next seven days. After that, you will be fully committed to sticking to it. Part of the motivation for clearing out your kitchen ahead of time is that there will not be any food that you can “cheat” with.
Next, you want to get a pedometer and make sure that you walk at least 10,000 steps each day. That may seem like a lot, but here are some ways that you can get extra steps in.
1. Park far away from the front door of your work or a store. Not only will you get extra steps in, but you will have a much easier time parking.
2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work above the fourth floor, get off of the elevator at least two floors early and walk the rest of the way.
3. When you have to contact a colleague at work, don’t phone or email them, walk over to their office or desk.
4. If you take the bus or other form of mass transportation, get off a stop or two early and walk. It will help in quick weight loss.
5. Walk the dog. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to walk the neighbor’s dog.
6. Take a walk before dinner. Not only will you increase the number of steps you take that day, but a walk before dinner will reduce your appetite.
Finally, try to drink at least eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day when you are trying to lose weight. You can do this by drinking one liter of water at work and another liter at home. If you don’t like water plain, it is okay to substitute unsweetened iced tea or sugar free lemonade or punch.
It is possible to lose 6 pounds in a week. Try radically altering your diet, walking more, and drinking a substantial amount of water. It’s not a lifetime that you will be restricted to this plan, it’s just a week. And, you’ll be able to lose 6 pounds in that time.