Panchakarma – The Detoxfication Therapy in Ayurveda

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Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment.  Panchakarma means “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic treatments cut toxins from the body.  They are Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana.  The series of these five therapies help remove deep-rooted stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).

Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation.  Panchakarma is one of them.

Panchakarma treatment is the combination of five action therapies that forms five cleansing procedures. These therapies are the purification procedures for rejuvenation of the body and the mind. The five fold therapy or the Panchakarma treatment includes three steps.  These are purvakarma (preparatory procedures), pradhanakarma (the main treatment) and paschatkarma (post treatment). This treatment is effective in bringing the right balance of the three doshas (vatta, pitta and kapha). It maintains the right co-ordination of the body and the mind.

The philosophy on which the Panchakarma treatment stands is that the tri-doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) governs the body functions and one of the doshas dominates the other as per body type and nature.  To strike a balance between the three doshas, this therapeutic healing science is applied for mental and physical well-being. These five actions are time proven and natural age-old techniques for the restoration of natural state of body health and mind. This also restores the youth and vigour, thereby enhancing the longevity of a person.

There are tremendous benefits of undergoing the Panchakarma treatment. This enables rejuvenation of mind and body.  Also removes negative vibes from the body.   This restores a natural harmony and balance of the human body and the mind. This is a complete wellness program that offers tremendous health benefits.

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The five main treatments under Panchakarma are:

  1. Vamana:  This is a medicated emesis therapy.  It removes Kapha toxins collected in the respiratory tract.  People with high Kapha imbalance take this treatment. Daily treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins to finally end them.

Benefits:  Bronchial Asthma.  Chronic allergies.  Hay fever.  Vitiligo, psoriasis.  Hyperacidity, chronic indigestion.  Nasal congestion.  Edema.  Obesity.  Psychological disorders and skin disorders.

  1. Virechana (Purgation):  This is a medicated purgation therapy.  It removes pitta toxins from the body.  This accumulates in the liver and gallbladder. It completely cleanses the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects.

Benefits:   It helps to root out chronic fever, diabetes, asthma.  Skin disorders such as herpes, vitiligo and psoriasis. Paraplegia, hemiplegia, joint disorders. Digestive disorders like constipation, hyperacidity.   Headaches.  Elephantiasis and gynecological disorders.

  1. Basti (Enema or colonic irrigation):  Considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments. It cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas, vata, pitta and Kapha through the colon.  Basti is also beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment.  They give medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction as enema to clean the colon.  It also increases the muscle tone. They provide this treatment for several days based on the medical condition of a person.

Benefits:  Hemiplegia, paraplegia.  Colitis.  Convalescence.  Cervical spondylosis.  Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, digestive disorders.  Backache & sciatica.  Obesity, piles.  Sexual debility & infertility.

  1. Nasya (nose cleaning):  This involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person.  The patient can take Nasya for up to 30 days.

Benefits:  Include trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, improves memory & eye sight, insomnia, elimination of excess mucus, hyper pigmentation in the face, pre-mature greying of hair, clarity of voice, headaches of various origins, hemiplegia, loss of smell and taste, frozen shoulder, migraine, stiffness of the neck, nasal allergies, nasal polyp, neurological dysfunctions, Paraplegia and sinusitis.

  1. Raktamokshana:  This is a procedure to cleanse the blood.  Advised only in rare conditions.  It is not advised during general Panchakarma.  Most ayurveda centers do not offer Raktamokshana due to the high risk of infection involved in blood cleansing.

Some of the Panchakarma packages are:

Pizhichil (7-21 Days). Navarakizhi (7-21 Days).  Sirodhara (7 – 21 Days). Brumhana Vasthi (5 -25 Days).  Urovasthi (7 Days).  Sirovasthi (7 – 14 Days).  Kativasthi (7 Days).  Abhyangam (14 – 21 Days).  Udvarthanam (14 -28 Days).  Nasyam (7 – 21 Days).  Snehapanam (8 -12 Days).  Kizhi (7 -14 days).  Dhanyamla Dhara (14 Days). Ksheeradhoomam (7 Days). Thalam (7 Days). Lepanam (7 Days).  Thalapothichil (7 Days). Tharpanam (1 Time).  Rejuvenation Massage (1 Time).  General Massage (1 Time).  Medicated Steam Bath (1 Time).  Marma Massage (1 Time).  Mukhalepam (1 Time).

Some of the videos illustrating Panchakarma treatments are given below:

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The ayurvedic wellness centres offer Panchakarma treatment.  It starts with step by step detoxification process.  It balances all the three doshas governing the biological system of the body. This wellness treatment includes specific and timely herbal diet.  Vaidyas supervise these treatments.  These treatments are natural and are without any side effects. The Panchakarma treatment is effective in eliminating more than 50% of toxins from the body. This treatment makes up proved herbal concoction and medicated oils through a liquid medium.  Massage coupled with chants and mantras provide wholesome rejuvenation for the body and the mind.

Panchakarma treatment is a complete detoxification program carried out before undergoing any major therapies. This is a stage where the human body prepares for major treatments by administering the eliminative therapy on the body. The wondrous effects of this treatment are tremendous.  It provides high relief to the patients. These treatments not only provide a great relief to chronic ailment but are also administered for boosting up the immune system.

Panchakarma treatment provides relief to many ailments such as constipation, arthriris, headaches, backache, kidney stones, heart burn or pain, nausea, liver disorders, chronic fever, jaundice, joint pains and the like. They provide treatment after a proper diagnosis and history of medical health records of the patient.  A normal healthy person can get the Panchakarma treatment.  Vaidyas (doctors) recommend the right treatment.  They hold years of combined experience on the Panchakarma treatment process. The cleansing methods target to correct human disorders and make the body free from toxins revitalizing the body and the mind.

Patients with specific age limits obtain Panchakarma therapy recommended by the ayurveda experts. This rejuvenating therapy cleanses the body and the mind.  It detoxifies to promote entire wellness of the body. The effect of this five-fold treatment is tremendous and promotes long-lasting results.  This wellness therapy of Panchakarma even treats chronic ailments.  It helps to meet a blissful state.

Some facts about self-tracking and the quantified self

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The concept of “self-tracking” is emerging as a new phenomenon in recent times.  People can use and record specific features of their lives, sometimes using digital technologies.  One can measure day-to-day activities that can improve their quality of life.  People can refer it as life-logging, the quantified self, personal analytic and personal informatics.  The quantified self movement is all about tracking the raw data to try to draw correlations and ways to improve life from it.

Quantified self evolved in 2007 through a proposal in San Francisco, CA by Wired Magazine editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly.  This has been as a result of collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self-knowledge through self-tracking.  Now, Quantified Self Movement is an annual feature with conferences held in USA and Europe and other places around the globe.  Global community has now over a hundred groups in 34 countries around the world.

The major focus of quantified self has been in health and wellness improvement.  Many devices/services are helping people to keep track of caloric intake, posture and physical activity.  Sleep quality and other aspects of personal well-being are also tracked.  Quantified self is becoming more and more used to improve personal and professional productivity.  They are helping to keep track of what they are doing during the workday.  How and where they spend their time and their mode of interaction.  It helps people to feel motivated and keep moving by monitoring their progress.

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Quantified Selfers use phones, journals, gadgets and apps to record things like sleep.  They also record air quality, stress levels, heart rate and mood.  The basic idea is to gather data and learn from it.  To use that information to achieve better health.  Quantified Self Movement is alluring because of possible benefits of tracking one’s own health.  There are also some overenthusiastic persons.  They track everything from bowel movements to sex habits.  In general, most people do some simple self-tracking everyday, e.g. counting number of glasses of water they drink or stepping on the scale before bed.

Self-tracking sites are proliferating as part of the technology and ethos of self-tracking.

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Self-tracking is on the rise.  New institutes and meeting groups are coming up across the globe.  Various sites and Twitter account give a good starting point for people who take interest in quantified self movement.  There are also many good apps such as StudyCure and MyFitnessPal .  The QSM site provides a full list of apps with descriptions and details of each.

Tracking health does not guarantee better health.  It can only bring a new awareness to people’s daily routine. The Quantified Self Movement is all about motivating people.  It allows them to take health and wellness into their own hands.

The growing popularity of the quantified self movement is spreading in various capacities to the general non-technical public.  Consumers begin to have access to technology that tracks their personalized healthcare data in light of their sequenced genomic information.  Some popular questions are arising, which are the following:  How will/should medicine respond?, how should future physicians prepare for this health information technology?, and what is the most relevant and efficacious approach to using this information in medicine?  If one is tech-savvy self-tracker, in what capacity would they like a physician to provide healthcare?

For one it is going to decrease the costs of conducting cohort studies.

Analytics will become important assuming that services will allow for one’s self-tracking data to add and to a certain extent and there will be a market for third-party analysis tools.

Additionally, it might make the family physician relevant/profitable again since self-tracking will make tele-medicine more workable and widespread, although this family physician will likely being responsible for a greater number of patients than in the past.

In the end, one has to mention that the overwhelming amount of data available through standardized digital records and self-tracking will impact the approval process of pharmaceuticals  and decrease costs.  For studies conducted to determine scope of use, efficacy and safety, it is in the interests of the pharmaceutical companies to control and keep private as much of the process as possible.

A few examples of the common self-tracking tools used are:

FitBit http://www.fitbit.com/uk

Withings http://www.withings.com/

Sleep Cycle http://www.sleepcycle.com/

Runkeeper http://runkeeper.com/

Thermodock http://www.vitadock.com/vitadock…

My Trek http://www.scosche.com/mytrek

Nike Fuelband http://www.nike.com/fuelband/

Lark http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/l…

Izon http://steminnovation.com/sectio…

Do you self-track? Will you leave health tracking to doctors or is it for everyone? Share your experiences in the comments below

SOME FACTS ABOUT ORGANIC FOODS

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INTRODUCTION

In this modern age of information people have access to smart gadgets and internet.  Information from various parts of the globe, every nick and corner of the household, be it in USA or in a remote village of India is readily available at our fingertips.  With this advancement in technology our eating habits have also changed drastically.  With rapidly growing urbanization which is part of the globalization, in order to keep track with our busy lifestyles people are more and more into junk foods (means less healthy foods).  With so many multinational food chains setting up their branches in various corners, unhealthy foods high in fat, salt, sugar and calories are being consumed in large quantities, which as a result is affecting one’s health and well-being.  These are putting the vast majority of population including the kids at a risk for critical diseases.  Here comes the question of healthy food choices like the organic foods.  Following a healthy diet, we can challenge these life-threatening diseases that are slowly becoming a concern for the mankind.

WHAT IS ORGANIC FOOD 

Organic foods are the foods that are produced through animal and environment friendly organic farming methods.  Artificial fertilizers and pesticides are completely abandoned or do away with in growing process.  The methods of producing these organic foods are legally mandated by the respective governments and are strictly regulated.

BENEFITS OF ORGANIC FOOD

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With the passage of time people from all over the globe are more and more conscious about their eating pattern.  Now they are partaking in a more healthy diet following an organic meal plan with a challenging attitude and believing it as achievable.

This feature is written with a purpose of helping those who will be able to incline themselves more towards an organic based product rather than the unhealthy choices and it is an encouragement in that direction.

Only consuming organic food will not serve the purpose, but one has to maintain a regulated lifestyle and be responsible towards the fellow citizens and community as a whole which will help him/her to build a lifestyle that is termed as “organic lifestyle”.

HOW TO LIVE AN ORGANIC LIFESTYLE

Only just eating organic foods will not fulfil one’s eagerness to live a lifestyle organically, there are various facets that one must follow:  These are through eating organic, maintaining organic hygiene in everyday life, through organic farming or gardening by their own, using organic skin care products and using organic supplementation.

  1. EATING ORGANIC FOODS: This is by way of consuming organic foods that are devoid of harmful chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides.  Most of the people in under-developed countries like India take foods rich in the above-mentioned items knowingly or unknowingly which play havoc with their lifestyle and in the process are responsible for bringing down their longevity.  It will be beneficial to consume fruits and vegetables which are cultivated organically and are treated as healthy foods.

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  1. MAINTAINING AN ORGANIC HYGIENE: Maintaining cleanliness is also one of the features of leading an organic lifestyle and it starts with our home.  Cleaning of home through using organic  cleansing products in toilets and kitchens made from natural products.

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  1. ORGANIC FARMING AND GARDENING: Organic cultivation must be practised rigorously.  In the under-developed countries it is not very easy to do maintain individual garden for organic farming, this kind of things are mostly prevalent in the advanced countries, but still in minute amounts organic gardening must be practised and one must make it a habit.  These are becoming most common in recent times.  Special attention must be given for the organic  seeds and requirements for each plant and soil condition.
  1. ORGANIC SKIN CARE AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS: The most important revolution that has gone through in this present decade is cosmetics (skin care products).  People are using more and more of these products for personal beautification especially women.  Men are also nowadays very much conscious about their outer beauty, so selling of organic cosmetic products throughout the world is on a steady rise.
  1. ORGANIC SUPPLEMENTS:  Besides organic foods various organic supplements are thronging the markets in large numbers.  With the increase in health awareness the demand for these products are on the rise.

A LITTLE ILLUSTRATION OF BENEFITS BETWEEN ORGANIC AND NON-ORGANIC

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DISTINCTION MADE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND NATURAL 

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CONCLUSION

In the conclusion, I would like to share my little video which I have created just to summarise the entire post.

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YOGA AND MEDITATION

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“For breath is life, and if you breathe well, you will live long on earth.”

Yoga as an institution has three main techniques – Yoga exercises (Asanas), Breathing techniques (Pranayama) and Meditation.

Inhaling and exhaling raises circulation of blood and reduces oxygen consumption.  Healthy posture boosts energy, overall flexibility, and maintains equilibrium.  Meditation quiets your head thereby resulting in mental relaxation.  This will decrease blood pressure, persistent soreness, stress, and cholesterol level. It will eventually raise coordination, improve posture, raise focus and cure insomnia in addition to ensuring proper digestion.  Combined with regular remedies, yoga exercise is frequently practised by people suffering from osteoarthritis, asthma, cancers, back discomfort, depressive disorders, diabetes, coronary disease, migraines, constipation and bowel disorders.  And that is just the beginning of the list of the health benefits of yoga.

Gone are the days when meditation and yoga were the business of the elderly.  Today, many schools and colleges are organising optional yoga and meditation classes for children to cope up with increasing stress.

Yoga is all about serving and helping people.  It’s about giving back to the society.  Studies have revealed that people who do social work and volunteer live seven years more than their counterparts.

As you are reading all the ways yoga can improve your health, you must have noticed that all of these are similar and overlapping with each other.  The reason is because they are conjoined, they are intensely woven together, because one leads to another.  Yoga teaches you that everything is connected and this interconnection what gives yoga such a profound meaning.  The interaction we have with one of the many yoga asanas and their benefits is somewhere connected to others also but may be in different spheres but nevertheless the connection is omnipresent.

But there are various things a person should consider before doing Yoga.  Call it a rule or mere important points, but this is what makes the Yoga effective and beneficial.

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HOW TO DO YOGA

Yoga should never be done on the floor.  Use a Yoga mat or a rug or just simply go outside and do it on grass.

Early mornings and evenings generally during twilight is the best time to do meditation and Yoga.

Take a bath beforehand.  This will make you feel better and stimulate the sensation, but make sure you have a cold-water bath.

While doing Yoga, minimal amount of clothes should be worn.  These help in free movement or wear such clothes, which doesn’t restrict your movements.

Do not wear any shoes or socks while performing Yoga asanas.

Keep yourself hydrated.

Yoga must not be done after eating meals or with full stomach. If you do this, Yoga will be ineffective. Eat after half an hour once you finishthe Yoga.

Always start with an easy asana and then gradually move to a tougher one.

Stretching beyond the body’s limit and enduranceis a clear no-no. Your flexibility will increase gradually and eventually.

Listen to your body. Don’t ignore any pain or any signs of discomfort.

While doing Yoga, remember to close your mouth and use nose for inhaling and exhaling.

Each asana should be done for prescribed time.

As per the tradition, the sweat that comes out of yoga should be wiped with your palms and not to use any kind of clothes for wiping.

The room where you perform asana should be well ventilated and should be distraction free.

The main key is Concentration. Concentrate on the asanas. A soothing music will help or chanting the word “Om”. Do not allow your mind to wander.

Try to limit asanas to less time during summer when there is more of dehydration.

Take as much as rest you want between two asanas. Shavasana and Balasana are perfect to relax and unwind.

Difficult poses are not be done by amateurs without any guidance by experts.

Do not combine any form of breathing exercise while doing the asanas.

Never do asanas in a forced, jerky manner. But advance gradually.

Remember one thing, every pose has modification. But do not strain yourself.

Last but not the least, eat healthy and sleep properly.

Remember, Yoga is a continuous process. It’s about the journey to your final destination. Yoga is a celebration that you need to feel and love. Enjoy the moment. Remove your doubts, all the negative sources. Balance and flexibility will follow with practices. Its benefits are profound. The deeper you will delve, the more you will find. You will have more awareness to follow, to ponder and to realize.6c328f3b1d0504e0681b70c63d9886c4

BENEFITS OF YOGA

  1. Fitness: Overall fitness of body achieved through its various techniques of Asanas/Postures, Breathing/Pranayama and Meditation is the prime yoga health benefit.
  2. Weight Management: Exercises like Suryanamaskara (Sun Salutation) and Kapal Bhati help in overall weight management. It helps in reducing fat and cholesterol level and increases good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
  3. Energy Efficient: Yoga keeps you refresh when you are multitasking. A few minutes of Yoga everyday or 10 minutes of meditation before you start your day, will rejuvenate you and keeps you recharged for rest of the day.
  4. Flexibility and Good Posture: Another very important of the benefits of yoga practice is that it makes the body strong and tones the body muscles and hence relieve from any pain that arises from incorrect postures.
  5. Stress Relief: Yoga helps in detoxifying the body and helps in releasing stress and tensions from the body.
  6. Improved Immunity: Yoga helps in improving immunity and also helps in blood circulation.
  7. Peace and Intuition: Yoga helps in calming mind and leads to a more serene state. It heightens the intuition level and thus helps in decision-making capacity.
  8. Greater Awareness: With Yoga, you will be elevated to a heightened sense level, where the mind is harnessed to stay calm and focus on present, instead of past or future. Many people claim that this is the only source of peace and joy.

Based on professional medical scientists, yoga and fitness therapies work as a result of balance designed inside the nervous and also endocrine techniques, which directly influences the rest of the human body. Yoga exercises operate as not only being preventive but also precautionary therapies. Yoga is based on reaching mind serenity, increased awareness power, a relaxed state and also tranquillity.

Scientists and medical practitioners have found that Yoga can relieve symptoms of the several common and potentially life threatening diseases also.

  1. Respiration problems and Asthma: People practicing Yoga have a better chance to control their breathing abilities. Studies conducted at various ashrams across the country revealed that patients performing Yoga succumb to fewer amounts of Asthma attacks. Moreover, the dependency on such drugs has reduced drastically.
  2. High Blood Pressure: With the breathing techniques and different postures, studies have revealed that it lowers the blood pressure. With Savasana, 26-point drop was noticed in systolic blood pressure and 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure.
  3. Alzheimer: A fresh study signifies that yoga exercises can help raise brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) degrees. Minimal GABA degrees are generally connected with Alzheimer’s. Yoga exercises in addition have proven to help sluggish tendencies which are a further advancement connected with Alzheimer’s.
  1. Type II diabetes: In addition to the glucose reducing capabilities of yoga, it encourages Insulin production by the pancreas.
  2. Multiple Sclerosis: Yoga is now very well accepted for managing multiple sclerosis.
  3. Cancer: Cancer patients who practice yoga have more strength, higher level of RBC and experience less nausea through chemotherapy.
  4. Pain Management: Pain like back pain, arthritis can be cured with Yoga using different asanas. It not only makes the muscle strong and flexible but also releases the tension and stress. Yoga helps in rejuvenating the cartilage between two bones. This is another great benefit of yoga that makes it so popular among people of all age groups.
  5. Migraine: Migraine can also be combated through Yoga.
  6. Bones: Yoga increases bone density in the body. By keeping the stress hormone cortisol low, it helps in retaining the calcium in the bone. This is one of the major yoga benefits for children as these are the most crucial years of the bone formation.
  7. Blood Circulation and Heart Attack: Yoga aids in blood circulation and oxygenated blood flow in the body. Keeping an aerobic body mechanism helps in maintaining the body pH. Yoga increases the amount of hemoglobin and RBC in the blood. And it also thins the blood simply by making platelets less sticky and also by reducing the amount of clot-promoting amino acids inside blood. And hence it reduces the chance of Cardio-vascular attacks (Heart attacks).
  8. Lymphatic vessels: Yoga increases lymphatic circulation and thus helps in building immunity, destroying cancer cells and disposing of toxic waste product.
  9. Cortisol and Serotonin: Consistent practice of yoga significantly decreases the amount of Cortisol and increases the Serotonin level. Cortisol is also associated with the binging syndrome. Experiments done on rats showed that rats tend to eat more when they have high cortisol level. Hence, it is the kind that drives you to eat when you are stressed, depressed, angry or just bored.
  10. Higher Intelligence: Studies have shown people who follow Yoga and meditation demonstrate the ability of higher reasoning. The fact is that yoga focuses on the present and improves ones reaction time, reflexes, IQ, memory and recall factor.
  11. Parasympathetic Nervous System: Yoga focuses on relaxing and hence attention is shifted from sympathetic nervous system to parasympathetic nervous system. This lowers breathing and decreases heart rate and therefore is restorative in nature. This is when all the healing takes place inside the body.
  12. Releasing Tension: Yoga is all about releasing tension, Find the tension spots in your body, be it on your face, fingers or hand and then release it. This will save you lots of money and ensure you good health in future. One of the greatest benefits of yoga asanas to mankind ever!
  13. Bowel System: Irritable bowel, constipation, ulcers can be eased through practicing Yoga. Yogis believe that some poses may be beneficial in eliminating waste out of the system.
  14. Positive Energy: Yoga channelizes positive energy and helps in making connection with oneself therefore raising awareness. It gives you a power to change yourself, to cleanse yourself, to treat your body like a temple and keep it clean and worthy. And we know that positive energy attracts the best of things from the universe.
  15. Karma Yoga and feel good factor:

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MEDITATION

Do you meditate?  It has become widely accepted that meditation is a great way to reduce stress, improve focus and restore internal balance.  I know that lots of people would like to be able to meditate, but find it hard to begin.  Our minds wander, we get fidgety, and we don’t know what to do with ourselves.

In this age of digital-everything, it’s just harder because our brains act differently now.  We spend less time staring into space, watching clouds go by, slowing down, and just being present.  I have a simple meditation technique for beginners that I think will be really helpful for you.  It has helped me get back into a meditation practice recently, as I had gotten a bit rusty, too.  I find that using visualization really helps me.

A SIMPLE MEDITATION TECHNIQUE FOR BEGINNERS:

  1. Find a quiet place, and lie down on your back. With your feet on the floor, bend your knees and let them lean in together comfortably.
  2. Set a timer for the amount of time that you will meditate. I recommend starting with just 2 minutes at first, then increasing as you become more comfortable and your ability to focus grows. I usually do 10 minute sessions, and am working up to 15– but it’s not a race.  Take your time, and just choose what seems the most doable for you.
  3. Place your hands on your belly, relax your body, and listen to your breath. Don’t do anything to try to control your breath– simply observe.
  4. Now, bring in some visualization. As you exhale, picture an ocean wave breaking on the sand.  As you inhale, see it rolling back into the sea.  With every inhale and exhale, watch the waves go in and out– the sound of your breath is the soundtrack to these waves going in and out, and will set the pace.
  5. If your mind wanders, bring yourself back to the sound of your breathing and the images of the waves. Again, do not try to change your breathing in any way– simply match the motion of the waves to the sound of your breath.

You may find that the shapes of the waves change throughout your meditation session.  I often begin with more powerful waves crashing on the beach (breathing harder) and end with something more like the waves of a lake barely lapping the shore, as my breathing calms and I become more relaxed.  This is not a goal, just something to observe.

When I feel like I’m struggling to stay with the exercise, I take a moment to picture the beach– the color of the sand, whether there are any plants or trees on it, what the sun and clouds look like, and how the sun would feel on my skin.  I hear the waves again as I breathe, and am drawn back into them.

To take things a step further, you can use this visualization to incorporate the thoughts that come to mind and to let them go.  When I think of something negative, I allow it to transform in my mind’s eye into something for a wave to spit up onto the shore– getting rid of it.  For whatever reason, I often find myself leaving old worn out hiking boots and rusty tin cans on the sand as I seek to expel a burden that comes to mind.  A pain in my neck may turn up as a piece of old rebar, and the pain eases as I let it go.

Likewise, when I think of a desire or hope or positive thought crosses my mind, I give it an image, something for the wave to sweep up from the sand as it retreats into the vast sea.  When I give these thoughts an image and an action, it’s a way to acknowledge them, acknowledge whether I want them in my life or not, and move on.

Another way to use the waves and breath for meditation is to imagine yourself as a piece of seaweed or a leaf, riding the waves– both going in and out with your breath.  Seeing myself moving with the flow helps me to further relax my whole body as I imagine the sensations of “going with the flow” as I listen to my breath.  It is deeply relaxing.

Feel free to experiment with what works for your visualizations, making the exercise your own.  When your timer goes off, take your time, and don’t stand up too quickly.  See if you can add another minute to your next session.

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EARLY MORNING WALK

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Early morning walk is one of the best exercises for our health. A 30-minute walk early in the morning is worth a 2-hour hard core exercise in the gym. It gives us a sense of happiness, calms our agitated nerves and cools the mind, body and soul. The fresh oxygen that we often miss in concrete jungles of our cities may be easily utilised in the early hours of morning. The freshness and mist that you feel in the early morning is hard to find.

Walk for a healthy mind and body

Morning walk is also called as Ambulation. The oxygen that you get earlier in the morning gives energy to your joints. The air in the mornings is usually fresh and free of dust and smoke.  A walk in a park or on the bank of river will refresh your mind and body. The breeze of the river is a tonic both for body and mind, the rosy color of the sunrise bring to us a wealth of pleasure.

This is an exercise which is suitable for all aged people, walking does not require athletic ability.

A morning walk is the most rewarding as it reduces mental stress and drives away lethargy.

A naturally available medicine, that is your morning walk also allows you to get rid of any gastric blockages in the body that might not allow you to get a sound sleep, and also adding to the excess of pain to your body. Most diabetics have noticed a remarkable decline in their blood sugar levels.

Morning walk will help fight against stress and aids in relaxation. It helps to increase the body activity, accuracy and provides flexibility. It helps us to have a control of the body weight. It is one of the best ways to remain fit. It will increase bone density and help prevent bone damage. It will increase mental well being. It would help you in spending more healthier, safe, and worthy life.

In today`s polluted world, the only time when your lungs feel relaxed is early in the morning. We can get a little time, not filled with noise of traffic but with the relaxing sound of chirping of birds, the clear view of the blue sky relaxes you. Morning walk for people who are having heart problems, and other such diseases can work wonders. Apart from being an activity which helps in reducing mental stress it helps in keeping the body active and fresh all day. Walking early in the morning on your foot provides abundant oxygen to the body which induces rich blood circulation and removes waste toxins out of the body, resulting in purification of the blood.

While walking stretch your arms, legs, shoulders, joints etc and take deep breath during whole course of morning walk. Walk at least 20 minutes a day; keep your back straight and shoulders fixed just slightly backwards. Walking is one of the best, safest and most natural forms of exercise.

It helps to control your blood pressure; physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and with less pressure on the arteries as the cholesterol in the body reduces gradually. Taking a walk regularly is one of the best things you can do for your back. It promotes muscular development, increases circulation. It increases your metabolism and blood circulation and also lowers your blood sugar level. Also the sweat takes out salt and dust from the physical body. In addition, this also gives a great relief to back pain.

Always walk in a brisk and upright manner and keep a fixed time for walking. Walk your way to a healthier, stronger body and mind!

There are no two opinions about the fact that morning walk is a boon for health.

These images illustrates how to get started walking each morning: 

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No diet or tonic is as effective as the morning walk. One has to pay nothing for it.

Given below are some of the benefits of an early morning walk. (These are just a few of the hundreds of benefits that you get from morning walk and a seperate book can be written on this topic, but I am only giving you the most relevent)

1- It gives your lungs and blood a rich source of fresh oxygen.

2- Very good for people suffering from high Blood Presure.

3- Gives a good excercise to the lower extremities joints specially knees and ankles.

4- Highly recommended for arthritis patients.

5- Helps to lower LDL (bad cholestrol) and increases HDL (good cholestrol)

6- If you take a hot glass of water mixed with lime juice and honey it may help to reduce your weight very fast.

7- The cool and mistic atmosphere of early morning is very benificial for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

8- Increases you energy and work efficiency.

9- Helps to control high blood pressure.

10- If combined with yoga or meditation, it is alone sufficient for overall health and no other excercise is needed.