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Yoga for anxiety and depression

Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades.

One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.

Yoga classes can vary from gentle and accommodating to strenuous and challenging; the choice of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, combines three elements: physical poses, called asanas; controlled breathing practiced in conjunction with asanas; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.

Many of the studies evaluating yoga's therapeutic benefits have been small and poorly designed. However, a 2004 analysis found that, in recent decades, an increasing number have been randomized controlled trials -- the most rigorous standard for proving efficacy.

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Yoga Anyone?

Yoga anyone?
By Onkarnath Pandey and Shambhu Sharan
Special to the News Register

Happiness is in the mind, and the mind is supported by the body – a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. Your happiness depends on your mind and it depends on your body. Without physical health you can't be completely happy, and without mental happiness you can't be completely healthy. Health is a positive state; not just the absence of a negative one.

Yoga means “to unify.” It's the holistic approach to all aspects of life: physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga views the person as a whole; as a unique combination of body, mind and soul, and its techniques maintain that body-mind-soul harmony.

By practicing this technique, you can expect the following benefits:

• Increase health, longevity and resistance to sickness
• Attain inner happiness and stress-free environment
• Stamina, vitality, zest for life
• Clarity, concentration and memory
• Increase mental power for more effective study
• Self-confidence and awareness
• Increase creativity and problem solving capacity
• Love for all

Prevention is better than cure.

Nobody can deny that to prevent an illness is far better than to have to cure one. So it's important to live a life that prevents illness from developing, rather than to have to deal with it afterwards. We want to be healthy and stay that way.

Know yourself; take responsibility for your own health; be your own doctor. I'm not saying you're never going to need specialized medical treatment, but at least you can minimize the chance of needing it. What's the use of going to the doctor for something you can cure ten times easier yourself? Or even better, something you could have prevented yourself, with no extra demand on your time or your finances!

Well, the good news is you can start from today! It's not a matter of learning – just knowing what are the right things to do. And it's the doing that counts.

Yoga: A journey within

Yoga: A journey within
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By Shambhu Sharan

Inner odyssey begins with the physical body – in fact, the body is the vehicle for the journey.

The complex symphony of the body is conducted by a system of glands known as endocrine glands, which secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones have a profound effect on all the body functions – growth, digestion, energy level, heat, metabolism, sexuality, and also on the mind. Over or under secretion of various glands can cause mental disturbances and negative emotions such as anxiety, hatred, fear or anger, which destroy peace of mind.

The most mysterious gland in the human body is the pineal gland, located directly in the center of the brain. Yogis recognized the tremendous importance of this tiny, mushroom-shaped gland, which they called “the place of soul” and “controller of thought.”

Long ago, underdeveloped creatures such as lizards had a third eye in the top of their heads. Gradually, over millions of years of evolution, this ‘eye’ descended into the brain, and became the pineal gland in the human beings.

Scientists found that the pineal gland secretes certain hormones ,which affect all the lower glands and sub-glands. For centuries yogis have realized the proper balance of the hormonal secretions for the control of the mind., and they developed a series of yoga positions designed specifically to affect the endocrine glands.

The physical body is made of food which is the vehicle of mind. The fundamental awareness of spiritual development is the realization, “I am not this physical body.” Thus physical body is a machine and the conscious mind is the controller.

Benefits of exercising and dieting

David Cosnecos At 215 pounds is happier and healthier than every he was a year ago. Now he is motivated to help others.

David Cosnecos demonstrates the streches he used to shed more than 110 pounds.
Students makes healthy choices
By: Shamhbu Sharan
Posted: 11/26/08
Eastfield nutrition and exercise science sophomore David Cosnecos (19) lost 110 pounds in one year by exercising and dieting.

"During my young age it didn't matter for some reasons," Cosnecos said. "I felt bad about my shape, especially in high school. When I got older, I became self-conscious."

After graduating from high school in November 2006, Cosnecos started riding his mountain bike, cycling, running and practicing yoga.

The first time, he rode his cycle 20 miles to Eastfield from his home, and continued using it, going to a gym and other places.

He started running for three to four minutes and it gradually increased his running time.

In addition to exercising, Cosnecos controlled his eating and drinking habits. He was eating until he was full. He started eating portions serving size. He stopped drinking sodas, and eating cookies, cakes and chips.

Cosnecos now eats rice, oatmeal, and vegetables; broccoli, carrots, potatoes and celery," "I stay away from fried food." Cosnecos said.

He used the internet to find good food choices.

Cosnecos lost his weight gradually and felt good. He exercises regularly 12 hours a week.

"I tried to lose weight to look better, to be healthier and happier," Cosnecos said.
"That was my motivation."
Cosnecos feels differenct after losing his weight.

"It is such a big difference being a different person," Cosnecos said. "I was less resistance to gravity. It is so much difference. I couldn't imagine it."

Cosnecos practices yoga and meditation as form of exercise.

"I started doing yoga and meditation, which helped me to keep myself focus and gave me a lot of mental strength," Cosnecos said.

Yoga- a way to get inner peace

Become a pretzel and find inner peace
By: Jason Boyd
Posted: 1/29/07
Pretzel shapes and limber joints aside, yoga has applicable benefits for life in a physical, spiritual and mental capacity - even improving grades - according to Eastfield yoga instructor Ike "Dada" Theo.

In addition to teaching the positions, Theo teaches some of the holistic and philosophical aspects of yoga.

The word comes from the original Yuj, which in Sanskrit means "link or connection," Theo said. The connection is between the physical, spiritual and mental.

Positions, according to Theo, compress or relax certain glands, thus balancing hormonal distribution. For example, a position of laying on one's back with feet straight in the air above the chest will compress the neck and the neck's thyroid gland. A consecutive position will have the neck arched, which relaxes the neck and the corresponding gland. It's through this, and meditation, that the mental state is improved.

Meditation is not sleeping, Theo said, it's actually much more focused thinking.

The mind can only think of one thing at a time, but through rapid and chaotic thoughts it seems like our minds are split among several things, he said.

Haleen Sookoor, SPAR receptionist and yoga practitioner, takes lessons from Theo. She described the meditation as her favorite part of the class.

"The instructor told us to lie still, shut the eyes, take deep, slow breaths and imagine floating on clouds," she said. "The lights were turned down, there was soft, soothing music playing, and the voice of the instructor encouraging us to relax, relax, relax, feel the body floating on clouds, feel the cool breeze, listen to the sounds of water, hear the birds chirping."

The need for meditation may be more prevalent in the United States, Theo said.


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