In the past two decades, mind–body interventions (MBIs) have been gaining empirical support and recognition by mental health professionals. Some MBIs, such as Tai Chi, and Qigong, have a strong physical component, others like yoga/meditation and mindfulness, breathregulation techniques, and the relaxation response (RR) are mainly sedentary. Despite the variability in these techniques, they all seem to produce various psychological benefits on healthy and clinical populations, such as the reduction of perceived stress, the alleviation of depression, decreases in anxiety or to help in coping with a chronic medical disease.
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Kundalini is derived from Kunda which means ‘coiled’. In the kunda the primal fire called kundalini resides. The image of a serpent-like fire resting at the root of the spinal column conveys the idea of kundalini. The ultimate success of all yoga practices depends upon the awakening of kundalini. The object of yoga practice is to awaken and lead the primal force, kundalini, upward through sushumna.
The effects of stress on the immune responses result in alterations in the number of immune cells and cytokine dysregulation. Various stress management strategies such as meditation, yoga, hypnosis, and muscle relaxation have been shown to reduce the psychological and physiological effects of stress in cancers and HIV infection.
There are two laws, the law of contraction and the law of expansion. Hate others and you will go through the law of contraction. Love all, and you will go through the law of expansion. What does love mean? It means to give without any expectations, to your own people. This is a school where you will learn to give unconditionally. Then you will learn nothing is difficult for you.
Purpose of the immune system
The purpose of the immune system is to defend itself and keep microorganisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi, out of the body and to destroy any infectious microorganisms that do invade the body. This occurs primarily through the actions of white blood cells. The body’s immune system can also be a hindrance, in some cases. Some illnesses and allergies are caused by an overactive immune system, targeting the body’s own cells or relatively harmless intruders instead of potential pathogens. Rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, is caused by the immune system targeting joints and causing damage.
Vedanta Wellbeing PhD
Areas of focus:
• optimal psychological and physical wellbeing and a clear focussed mind
• stressreduction and prevention of associated serious illnesses
• nutritional counselling of individuals, athletes and chronically ill patients
• improvement of quality of sleep
• slow down ageing process
The word meditation is used in many ways. Some people mistakenly use the word meditate for thinking or contemplating, or use it for daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation is none of the above.
Meditation is a specific technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. The root of the word meditation is similar to that for medical or medication. The root of all these words implies the sense of ‘’attending to‘’ or ‘’paying attention to” something. In meditation you pay attention to dimensions of yourself which are seldom known – your deepest, innermost levels. Meditation involves a type of inner attention that is quiet, concentrated, and at the same time relaxed. Meditation is a process that is restful for the mind.
Vedanta is known as Uttara-mĩmāmsā, which developed from the Upanishads and is the culmination of Vedic thought. In fact, Vedanta literally means end of the Veda’s or conclusion of the Veda’s. In ancient times, an Indian student’s education was not considered complete until he/she received instructions in the Upanishads, but it is said that mere study of the Veda’s is not sufficient to enable one to reach his/her goal. Rather, one needs to realise its teachings experientially.
Upanishads are written in symbolic language and it is not possible to unravel their terse metaphorical teachings without the guidance of an accomplished teacher. The meaning of Upanishad is a scripture that can only be studied and properly understood while sitting close to the teacher.
Modern society claims to be productive, creative and resourceful, but hundred years ago we did not have many diseases that exist today. In modern civilisation every day more diseases are being created.
The art of living technique has not been really cultivated. The reason for this is that life today has become very artificial. Man never stops to consider have I gone too far by ignoring his natural resources and depending on artificial means. Art of living by artificial means gradually decreases natural resources and increases suffering. Man’s whole life revolves around getting rid of self-created suffering.
Yoga itself is not a religion. Most religions teach what to do, but yoga teaches how to be. The main teaching of yoga is that man’s innermost nature is divine but that he is unaware of this and mistakes himself for his body and intellect – both exist within the realm of matter and therefore are subject to decay and death.