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K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies announces admissions for its Diploma courses in Yoga

The Advanced Diploma makes the student eligible to do the MA (Yoga) from Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University

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  • K.J Somaiya part of the esteemed Somaiya Vidyavihar clan announces two Diploma courses in Yoga to students all over India
  • Somaiya VidyaVihar encompasses 34 institutions, with more than 35,000 students and 1,400 faculties
  • Admissions for Diploma in Foundations of Yoga and Advanced Diploma in Yoga will be recognised by University of Mumbai 

Admissions for Diploma in Foundations of Yoga and Advanced Diploma in Yoga, both recognized by the University of Mumbai have been announced by K.J Somaiya Centre of Buddhist Studies. The Advanced Diploma makes the student eligible to do the MA (Yoga) from Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University.

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The courses are run by Dr. N Ganesh Rao, a renowned Holistic Yoga Master. Apart from academic contribution, Dr. Rao has conducted several workshops in Yoga on wide-ranging topics like Awareness Building, Creativity, Leadership, Optimizing Efficiency and Output, Pranayama, Stress Management, Excellence in Life, Yoga Therapy, Kundalini Awakening. He is known for his skilful emphasis on the various dimensions of yoga – physical, mental, psychological – and the ultimate aim of transcending all of them.

The courses will be conducted every Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm, for a period of 10 months.

An orientation program for the admission  to  the courses will be held on  Saturday, July  23, 2016, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at  K. J. Somaiya Center for Buddhist Studies, 3rd Floor, SIMSR, Somaiya Campus, Vidyavihar (E), Mumbai – 400077. 

Candidates need to clear Board examination (10th standard) to be eligible for the Diploma in Foundations of Yoga while the Advanced  Diploma course in Yoga is for those who have completed the Diploma in Foundations of Yoga.

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K.J.Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies Logo. Image source: www.somaiya.edu

K.J Somaiya part of the esteemed Somaiya Vidyavihar announces two Diploma courses in Yoga to students all over India. Somaiya VidyaVihar encompasses 34 institutions, with more than 35,000 students and 1,400 faculties. Its main campus is in Mumbai, but Somaiya Vidyavihar also operates six schools in rural India. It was founded by the Shri Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya in 1959, to provide quality holistic education.

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 Somaiya Vidyavihar has always been a place with a purpose – making a positive difference in the quality of life of its students and the community. It is known as much for its science, technology, engineering, management, social sciences and commerce programs, as for its programs for academic studies in various faiths and cultures of India.

You can check out their website at www.somaiya.edu

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Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size.

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Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health.

Pranayamic breathing – an important part of yoga and meditation – has a unique ability to strengthen our focus and a new study by Trinity College Dublin has unlocked its secret. The researchers note that pranayamic breathing affects the levels of a natural chemical in the brain called noradrenaline. The latter is released when we are challenged, curious, focused, or emotionally excited. When present at the right levels, noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections and helps us concentrate better on important tasks.

The old masters were on the right track

The researchers noted: “Practitioners of yoga have claimed for some 2,500 years, that respiration influences the mind. We looked for a neurophysiological link that could help explain these claims.” The researchers did so by measuring breathing, reaction time, and brain activity in a small area in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus, where noradrenaline is made. Noradrenaline is affected by stress; when we are worried or anxious we produce too much, and cannot concentrate. When we feel lazy, on the other hand, we produce too little and once again, focus is lost. One way to boost levels is through yoga; another method which can complement the latter is the consumption of medical grade focus supplements, which contain compounds such as octopamine (which has a similar effect to noradrenaline).

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Pranayamic breathing aces the right balance

In the above study, researchers noted that brain activity in the part of the brain where noradrenaline is produced raises slightly when we inhale and drops slightly as we exhale. Thus, balance is achieved and we can focus on what we have set out to do. Pranayama not only boosts concentration but also produces “changes in arousal, attention, and emotional control that can be of great benefit to the meditator.”

What is Pranayamic breathing?

Pranayamic breathing involves controlling and extending breath, with a view to manipulating your vital energy, battling stress, and improving your mood. It is often used in meditation and yoga and interestingly, many yoga experts rank pranayama as even more important than asanas (the postures performed in a yoga session). In yogic tradition, breath is said to carry a person’s life force. Interestingly, scientific studies back this assertion to the extent that pranayamic breathing is able to boost brain function and change the actual structure of the brain. In recent studies, pranayamic breathing has been found to lower or stabilize blood pressure, lower stress, and reduce anxiety and depression.

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In order to comprehend better the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation.

Implications of the study for aging

The researchers are excited that their findings could signal a way to prevent brain aging. They stated that if brains typically lose mass as we age, practices such as pranayamic breathing greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage, thus potentially helping keep dementia and related diseases at bay. Because keeping noradrenaline levels at an optimal level can help the brain grow new connections, meditation is an ideal activity to pursue.

Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health. Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size. To make the most of the effect of breathing on focus, consider joining a yoga class or learning the essence of pranayamic breathing online or through an app like Prana Breath or Universal Breathing.