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A video talks about research in collaboration with scientists from Harvard, UCSF, Duke, Scrips, and Chopra foundation, Mount Sinai, New York. The research was upon the genetic structure of a human body.cTheir activity can also be changed.
woman in blue spaghetti strap top sitting on brown wooden log Photo by Mor Shani on Unsplash
In the research which took place for a week people learned mantra meditation. They practiced the yoga sutras of patanjali from the chapter on the siddhis.
The enzyme called telomerase, which is influencing the length of telomeres, increased by 40% in one week. Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash
The research found that in one week of meditation and practice of yoga sutras the genes responsible for healing and self regulation increased by 17-fold over baseline. The genes that are responsible for diseases or inflammation went down drastically. The enzyme called telomerase, which is influencing the length of telomeres, increased by 40% in one week. Telomeres are at the end of a chromosome. This meant people were reversing their biological age at a genetic level.
Keywords: yoga, meditation, patanjali, research
Yoga can help you manage stress, and the best part is it does not take a lot of time. You don't have to spend hours on the mat or invest years in learning complicated postures. Instead, by simply taking out a few minutes every day, you can reduce your stress levels and improve your quality of life. A key component of yoga is that it empowers you to manifest these changes in your breath. By changing the speed, pace, and quality of your breath, you can calm down your nervous system, thereby moving your body from a state of stress to one of relaxation. Namita Piparaiya, Yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle Specialist, Founder -- Yoganama, shares three simple techniques that can help you:
1. Start with the Palming Technique
Palming is very useful for eye fatigue and stress from looking at a screen for long hours. Rub your palms together to find some heat, and then gently cup your eyes, creating a hollow dark space around them. Relax your forehead, eyes, and neck as you hold this for a few breaths. You can follow this up with a gentle head massage, particularly focusing on the eyebrows, temples, and forehead. Then bring your hands in front of you as you open your eyes with a few gentle blinks looking directly at your palms. If you're doing this outdoors, you can also look far into the distance. Taking a few moments to look outside, preferably at some greenery or standing by the window and looking outside in natural light, is also very helpful.
Relax your forehead, eyes, and neck as you hold this for a few breaths. Photo by Stephanie Greene on Unsplash
2. Do some deep breathing
When you are emotional, stressed, or physically tired, your breath becomes shallow and loses its rhythm. The good thing is that this is a two-way street. By consciously relaxing your breath and bringing it to an even pace or rhythm, you can reduce your stress levels. This is important because we spend a lot of our modern-day life in a stressed and hyper state, making it even more necessary to make time for activities that counter stress. Deep belly breathing or Diaphragmatic is just the technique you need as you can do it anytime you're on an empty stomach. Just remember not to become overly conscious of the breath and start forcing it to breathe deeply. By paying attention to the breath, you will naturally slow it down. Immerse yourself in the beautiful experience for 3 minutes, three times a day.
By consciously relaxing your breath and bringing it to an even pace or rhythm, you can reduce your stress levels. Photo by Indian Yogi (Yogi Madhav) on Unsplash
3. Practice stillness
After some deep breathing, the mind naturally comes into a calmer state, and that's a great time to practice meditation. You can do this by choosing an object of meditation; it could be a deity, a symbol, an affirmation, a mantra, a chant, or even your breath. And try to spend at least 3 minutes observing the nature of your object, introspecting on its meaning, or simply trying to maintain your attention on it. For example, if you've chosen the breath as your object of meditation, try to take five slow breaths without getting distracted. If you do get distracted, which is very normal, start again at one and repeat till you've taken those five breaths with your attention intact.
If you do get distracted, which is very normal, start again at one and repeat till you've taken those five breaths with your attention intact. Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash
In this way, you can integrate yoga into your everyday life. These techniques are simple, don't require any equipment, and can be done anywhere. But they are immensely powerful, and you will start to see the difference within a couple of weeks of practice.
(Article orignally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Yoga, health, palming, stillness, breathing, stress
The process of staying healthy starts with choosing workout that backs your other healthier habits. It is essential that your chosen workout doesn't just help to make you fit, but also keeps energy levels up and provides an overall energy boost.
There are questions that need to be answered when you pick a suitable workout from the fitness basket. Essentially, the answers need to be very honest to avoid any lasting damages later on. The following pointers can be followed.
Understand the goal of your workout. Unless that's not set, chances of picking the wrong workout are possible. The end result gets reflected in an unhealthy and possible damaged body. A thorough research of exercise forms, benefits and advantages to be gained needs to be researched in a comprehensive manner. It will be conducive in the picking process. Following fads is all okay. But the workout needs to suit one's needs and not get influenced by fads. Now that the basics have been drummed in the minds, the next step would be to choose the suitable workout from the few options out there.
An ideal cardio session allows for burning substantial calories. Running or walking is two good ways to do cardio. If weight loss is the chosen end result, then cardio helps start things and warm up for more intense workouts.
This ancient Indian exercise method is perfect for ab overall strong and fit body through a mixture of postures
For stronger cores, Mat Pilates is the proper choice. Along with toning the core and abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks, this workout is all about focusing on body strengthening and flexibility and lean muscles building. A flexible and controlled body will be quite possible. In fact, machine Pilates combines the benefits of both weight training and Yoga.
The workout technique alternates between small episodes of high intensity exercise and less intense rest. The varied exercises depend on the targeted body part for improvement.
This is perfect to build strength with weight training. Weights in workout routine can result in sturdy muscles and bones along with lesser injury threat. But weight training is not body building or creating a bulky body, its about toning the body and building muscle. Muscle building comes from premeditated practice and requires hard work complete with weight-gain diet and supplements intake. Choose the right workout for a healthy body.
(Article originally written by Sheetal Shah) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Weight Training, Workout, Gym, Weight Lifting, Exercises, Health
Ayurveda experts have suggested that modern healthcare and the traditional system can complement each other to effectively control the pandemic and protect more lives.
Addressing a virtual conference organized by the Kerala-headquartered Vaidyaratnam Group, experts of the ancient healthcare system said that by blending classical theory and practice with modern science, Ayurveda has managed to effectively treat mild to moderate cases of Covid in the country.
"Synergy between tradition supported by technology is the new normal that we have to take forward. We need to retain and revive this traditional knowledge based on scientific rigor," said Tanuja Nesari, director of, All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi.
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The virtual ceremony was organized as part of the founder's commemoration day of the Vaidyaratnam Group.
Addressing the second and concluding day of the conference, Nesari noted that a significant 99.99 percent of the patients who were treated for Covid had recovered well at AIIA's Covid care center.
Sharing her experience of treating Covid patients, with Ayurveda practitioners from across India, she said that every patient was supported by yoga, diet, lifestyle, recreation and the treatment was also aided by technology.
"We have retained the classical crux, the principle theory, and practices of Ayurveda, developed our own holistic treatment protocol and it's all supported by conventional bio-medical tools of investigation like MRI, CT Scan, ventilators, RT-PCR test, oxygen therapists."
According to the director of Vaidyaratnam Group, E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, the judicious use of advancements in other streams of science has helped to validate Ayurveda in the global platform, where the tag of "traditional medicine" got replaced with "evidence-based medicine".
Describing Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Research Institute (VARI) as one such place where expert scientists integrate Ayurveda with the latest technology, he said that the advancement in the field of ayurvedic raw drug agriculture using 'Miyawaki' method to the identification of new drug delivery systems are backed up by the latest trends of science and technology.
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