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Apr 242016
 

To Cover or Not to Cover in Massages – That is the Question!

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To cover or not to cover in massages with a top-sheet! In a massage, the client may be partially or fully clothed depending on the type of massage. In a partially or fully disrobed massage, it is well-accepted generally that the client will be draped for modesty and warmth. But sometimes, new clients might not be very comfortable with the idea of taking off clothes, or keeping clothes may be requested for cultural reasons. While a naked or scantily clad client would be covered, is there any wisdom to draping a fully-clothed client? Do you give a choice of draping the client with a top sheet whether the person is partially or fully clothed?

Except where it is legally mandatory, this dilemma about draping does not belong to most of the western massages as oils or lotions are used in most of them. However, with increasing acceptance of Yoga and Ayurveda, more and more beneficial effects of Yoga/ Ayurvedic massages are being brought to light and different kinds of massages are being introduced to the Western consumer. Whereas oily massages have to be done while unclothed to an acceptable and required level of undress, non-oily massages do offer a choice to remain fully clothed. 

Some of the more commonly known non-oily massages, Thai-Yoga Massage for example, can be done fully clothed. But in Thai-Yoga massage, a client would go through passive movements, so, a top sheet won’t stay in place. So, loose clothes, a towel or a gown will have to be used. Marma massages, those done without oil, are also becoming better known in the west. In these massages, a client does not need to disrobe and would lie down passively all through the massage. As it is a subjective matter, the final decision should rest with the client, unless it is a legal requirement. Considering that litigation-happy clients do exist, and lop-sided legal systems do not help much to keep them in check either, absence of clarity on this subject might be dangerous for some poor, unsuspecting, calm and inwardly focused Yogi masseur!

Is the tendency to cover up people, even when fully clothed, a cultural matter? Is there any scientific reason to do this? We’ll examine that soon.

I have always held that Yoga is a science, but it is an experiential science. Modern science carries the advantage of being able to explain phenomena in clear, physically demonstrable, scientific terms. So, in the absence of any clear guidelines or explanations in Yoga/ Ayurveda circles, we can make use of modern scientific research for explanations. And to the discerning, curious, analysing, right-thinking, balanced mind, science does have a lot to say!

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Roots of the answer to this question lie in observation of natural behavior of humans and animals. We often associate feeling warm with a sense of relaxation and well-being – lying on the beach in the midday sun on a Caribbean island, a few minutes in the sauna or spa after work, or sitting in a hot bath. It might come as a surprise to some that most of the people like to cover themselves while trying to sleep, even when they are fully clothed, or even when lying down just to relax! 

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An Indigenous educator who once worked in the remote Australian outback reported that he had met an elder who said to him “I’ve been here since before blankets!” (before European settlers introduced cloth blankets) and he told him of digging a shallow depression in the ground to sleep in 14.

Digging a pit to take a nap is very commonly observed behaviour in animals also. Animals huddle together or dig a hole in the ground to take rest or to sleep. Snakes like to feel the walls of a hole around their body before they go to sleep.

 

Very interestingly, when given the opportunity, animals like to even cover themselves !

In a very interesting recent experiment, chimpanzees in captivity were provided blankets as a part of enrichments. Out of all the enrichments provided, they chose blankets more than 50% of times during their resting hours! 

Another age-old practice also gives us some indication – infants, already fully clothed, are swaddled, or wrapped  in a snugly wrapped sheet or blanket, to help them sleep better. It’s a very common North American practice 13 – 9 out of 10 infants in North America are swaddled! 

The reason might be the cocooning effect of the close-fitting blanket which may mimic the mother’s womb and help soothe baby to sleep. This practice has existed for over 4000 years 13! Probably the most famous record of swaddling is found in the New Testament concerning the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:6–2:7: “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

In biblical times, cloth held tight by bandage-like strips was used to swaddle babies.

Interestingly, Australian Indigenous babies are often cradled in wooden bowls called coolamons 14 made from bark of trees. It is believed that swaddling, in addition to other benefits, allows infants to sleep better and longer.

 

 The recommendation of covering yourself with a blanket or sheet for meditation has been around from times immemorial.

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 Different schools even insist on a particular color of the blanket, depending on the intent and emotion involved for meditation. Almost all of them instruct that the blanket used for meditation be treated  as sacred and an integral part of the process.

Some schools recommend covering yourself right from head to toes while sitting for meditation, or even for studying. Many experienced meditation teachers insist on placing a folded blanket at least over your shoulders during meditation. This is said to help one get into meditative state faster and deeper. This also depends on type of meditation technique being practiced. Similar concepts are followed in other different religions and cultures too, to the same or lesser extent, for similar activities.

 

Incidentally, without the almost 500 km thick blanket of atmosphere that the earth wears all the time, we won’t even be alive today!

While these observations leave no doubt that most normal humans, almost all infants, and even some animals, given the choice, like to cover themselves while resting or sleeping, the question is why do we like to cover ourselves while relaxing or sleeping?

The Science behind Draping

Relaxation and Sleep

Relaxation is one of the major aims and benefits of massages, though massages are used for other therapeutic reasons also. One of the most obvious and striking features of massages is how they help the client relax, uncoil and unwind; masseurs try to artificially create conditions which help the person unwind – calming music, low-lit room and draping are just a few of them.

In the eyes of Science, relaxation and sleep are a continuum of the same phenomenon – both depend on kicking in of parasympathetic nervous system. Studies of brainwave activity also suggest similarities in relaxation and sleep cycles 15, 16, 17, 18.

Brain-wave activity slows down and we slip from awake β-brain wave activity into α-brain waves as we relax or fall into light sleep, and then into θ-brain waves in our deeper sleep. Brain activity is reduced just by closing eyes. We keep switching between REM and NREM phases of sleep, and different stages of sleep, while we sleep, jumping from  α-brain waves to θ-brain waves multiple times, and sometimes going even deeper. One thing to keep in mind is that similar brain wave patterns are seen in light sleep and relaxation.

So, same principles apply to relaxation and sleep  15, 16, 17, 18. Anything which helps you relax better and faster, helps you get into sleep faster and better too, and vice versa. 

The Act of Lying Down

The act of lying down (from standing to supine position) decreases Core Body Temperature (CBT). It prepares the body for sleep. Skin temperature increases, and core temperature decreases, prior to and during sleep onset (Van Someren, 2004; van den Heuvel, et al., 1998; Gilbert et al., 2000). 

It’s due to your body’s thermoregulation pattern during sleep or relaxation 3, 4. Thermoregulation is controlled by hypothalamus in brain. It gets feedback from blood and through various sensors in skin and other organs.

Even in humans, body temperatures are never constant and keep changing (within a normal range) during day and night, with different environments and in different seasons. Temperatures of body’s core – thorax, head and abdomen, and, shell – appendages (arms and legs) along with skin and muscles, show diurnal and nocturnal variations – they vary over a 24 hr period. There is also a gradient between core and shell temperatures 8. When we lie down to relax or sleep, the heart rate slows down, breathing becomes more calm and deeper, metabolic rate comes down, blood vessels dilate and circulation to internal organs and peripheries improves – all under the effect of parasympathetic nervous system.

Covering – Creating Your Own World

It is a natural instinct in humans to cover when sleeping (or trying to relax) 1, 2, 3, 14.  Many studies have been done on the subject. In addition to covering for modesty, there is overwhelming scientific evidence which supports and explains why one feels more secure, comfortable and relaxed when covered. Fighting for covering sheets in childhood is an age-old cultural meme. Covering oneself while trying to sleep, or elicit relaxation response, is more in line with natural human behavior. To preserve heat, people would normally cover themselves with blankets to create a micro-climate of 34 °C (Muzet et al., 1984), which is much warmer than the normal environment for comfort when awake (28–30 °C for a nude person).

Being under a blanket also isolates one from the surrounding environment. Significant changes in ambient temperature while you sleep can be disruptive; being under a blanket creates an isolated micro-climate that varies less significantly with ambient temperature changes. So, creating that isolated micro-climate under your blanket helps you sleep better, undisturbed and longer. 

In addition to the issue of temperature, some people feel psychologically safer inside a physical cocoon while sleeping or relaxing. Perhaps, it is also reminiscent of experience in womb and during infancy! Covering with a sheet while trying to relax might immediately reconnect us to that experience at a subconscious level.

Heavy blankets additionally provide the Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation.

Distal to Proximal Skin Temperature Gradient (DPG) and Sleep Onset

Studies have shown that we actually tend to sleep better and longer with slightly lower shell temperatures than normal 2. So, the body may lose more heat during normal sleeping hours. According to one study 2,  decreasing shell temperature by even 0.4°C led to significant decrease in early waking or frequency of waking during the night, and more time was spent in deep sleep (stage 3 and 4). It has been seen that sleep (and therefore, relaxation!) happens in close relation to changes in body temperature 1, 2, 3, 14.

If lower shell temperature facilitates longer undisturbed sleep, then why do we use blankets? Blankets keep us warmer and should interfere with sleep, but actual observation is exactly opposite!

This is because warming the skin before sleep increases sleep propensity, or in other words, aids in onset of sleep. In preparation for sleep, core temperature drops and temperature of extremities goes up. This establishes a favorable Distal-to-Proximal-Skin-Temperature-Gradient (DPG). It has been clearly established through studies done on the onset of sleep 1. It helps elicit an early relaxation response. Measures that increase skin temperature may also help people fall asleep (Van Someren, 2004), as long as the high skin temperature does not evoke warm discomfort. Providing an isolated micro-environment also helps. Somewhat similar objective is also achieved in a hole, or a depression in ground, or a coolamon, albeit only partially.

Cutaneous Temperature Manipulation

Sleep onset, sleep depth and sleep consolidation can be manipulated through cutaneous temperature manipulation. Warming extremities by 0.2 to 0.4°C is sufficient to set up favorable DPG. This can be achieved through various measures, covering extremities being the simplest of all. Artificially warming the extremities (esp. feet) facilitates a favorable DPG and is especially important to accelerate sleep onset (Krauchi et al., 1999).

The theory of Social Thermoregulation works on the same principle – by raising shell temperature through cutaneous warmth 8. A striking feature of this type of thermoregulation is its social nature: across many species, fellow animals help to warm in times of danger, disease, and distress, because the net energy cost of thermoregulation decreases when it is done through bodily contact with others. 

More recent Human studies 6 indicate that increasing physical warmth activates brain circuits associated with cognitive and affective functions, promotes interpersonal warmth and prosocial behavior, and has antidepressant effects. Consistent with these effects, preclinical studies in rodents demonstrated that physical warmth activates brain serotonergic neurons implicated in antidepressant-like effects 7.

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Schematic diagram illustrating sensory discriminative, thermoregulatory and affective/social (shown in red) pathways mediating responses to warm cutaneous temperature 7.

Practical Applications of Cutaneous Temperature Manipulation

Studies suggest that social behavior can be manipulated through cutaneous warmth – increase in brain serotonin levels with optimized cutaneous warmth can positively affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function. Affective Warmth Hypothesis conceptualizes the embodied, multifaceted, brain-body physiology of well-being, and suggests that afferent signals from the body may contribute to cognitive and emotional states. This study also claims that activating warm thermosensory pathways promotes a sense of well-being and even has a therapeutic potential in the treatment of affective disorders and major depressive disorders (MDD) 7.

Better understanding about the mechanism of sleep and its thermoregulation also has the potential for use in treatment of narcolepsy (Fronczek R, Overeem S, Lammers GJ, van Dijk JG, Van Someren EJ, 2006).

In a nutshell, covering a person acts by raising shell temperature through cutaneous warmth, thereby immediately stimulating brain serotonergic neurons which respond by optimizing serotonin levels which can positively affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function; it even has antidepressant-like effects. Also, it can make a person feel more secure by giving an isolated micro-climate and providing a physical cocoon. It also improves cognitive functions and can play a role in control of various  mood disorders.

This simple fact that increasing temperature of extremities by covering with a blanket increases sleep propensity is already being promoted for treatment of various disorders:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • All Affective Disorders (Mood Disorders)
  • Multiple Depressive Disorders (MDD)
  • Narcolepsy, and more….

Invention/ evolution of various new gadgets is based on the same and similar concepts, like:

The use of these and many more similar gadgets is being promoted for an ever-growing list of diseases.

Is This a Cultural Issue?

Is this tendency to cover up a cultural issue? This message of this whole discussion is loud and clear – tendency to cover is a matter of basic human physiology! All we have discussed here applies to all humans, everywhere. This kind of behavior is exhibited by humans and animals alike and is readily explainable on the basis of normal human sleep physiology.

How it all applies to massages

  1. Lying down for massage decreases Core Body Temperature, irrespective of the state of dress.
  2. Covering with a sheet serves many purposes:
    1. It helps preserve body heat.
    2. It provides an isolated micro-climate.
    3. It provides a cocooning effect.
  3. Warming extremities, esp. feet, leads to favorable DPG. This induces release of ‘happy hormones’ from the brain and helps the client relax. Again, state of dress does not matter.

The same principles as discussed here, based on sound scientific explanations, can be applied when trying to induce a relaxation response –  covering up a person (esp. extremities), naked, partially or fully clothed with a blanket or top-sheet makes all the sense if your intention is to help the person relax. This claim is very well supported by instinctive, experiential, age-old practices, and substantiated by modern scientific studies which confirm a legitimate physiological basis for such normal human behavior. 

Rather, the opposite of this is not in line with normal human physiology, though it might be the personal preference or personal belief of some people modified by learned adaptive behavior or a result of complex psychological phenomena. As per the available scientific data, this kind of behavior does not conform to scientific documentation of normal human physiology of sleep and relaxation! If at all, this is likely to be exhibited only by a small minority.

In my personal experience, I am still to come across a person who ever objected to being covered by a top sheet for a massage, even when fully clothed.

Legal Perspective

Draping laws vary in North America. In USA, an increasing number of massage boards (most states in USA, e.g., Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington etc.) have it as a legal requirement to drape the client; draping is considered ‘not optional‘ there, irrespective of the state of dress or undress. In some other US states, draping may be optional if agreed to by both – the client and the therapist, but the client has to sign additional consent for this.  

In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick have established regulatory authorities (Colleges). Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA) recommends providing non-transparent draping materials to the client, and arranging and securing draping so that only the part of the patient’s body that is being assessed or treated is exposed. Also, reasoning for removal of clothing and respect for the client’s right to decline the removal of certain or any clothing is to be explained. Use of sheets to cover themselves once they are in position for treatment should also be explained to the client. CMTO also gives directions for draping.

Carry home message for masseurs and their present and prospective clients

Drape a client, whether fully or partially clothed. Only the area to be treated should be exposed. If the client does not want to be covered, and the law of the land permits it, you may go with an undraped massage. Getting additional consent for that might be a good idea, especially if it is legally required. Massage is for the client’s benefit and (s)he has to be comfortable all through the massage. When the choice falls upon you, covering the client during massage – naked, partially or fully clothed, is always better.   

It just makes all the sense in the world! 

 

References

Here are some studies/ scientific articles which confirm various points related to thermoregulation in sleep (read relaxation):

  1. Cutaneous warming promotes sleep onset

  2. Skin deep: enhanced sleep depth by cutaneous temperature manipulation.
  3. Effects of thermal environment on sleep and circadian rhythm

  4. The Body’s Thermoregulation During Sleep
  5. Nighttime Enrichment Preferences of 3 Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
  6. Somatic influences on subjective well-being and affective disorders: the convergence of thermosensory and central serotonergic systems
  7. Somatic influences on subjective well-being and affective disorders

  8. A theory of social thermoregulation in human primates

Here are discussion groups/ blogs which confirm that most people tend to cover themselves in sleep, or look to cuddle themselves with a partner

9. Why do we feel a need to sleep with a blanket? Is it biological or cultural?

10. that-freakin-guy explains, why do humans have such a strong desire to sleep under a blanket or sheet even when it is hot?

11. Why We Sleep Together

12. Relaxation, Stress & Sleep

13. Swaddle your baby for a better, longer sleep

14. Why do people want to put on something like a blanket while sleeping?

Neurological data on brain-wave activity, relaxation and sleep:

15. Brainwaves Overview

16. Types and Stages Of Sleep

17. What is the function of the various brainwaves?

18. Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep

  

 

Dr Jitender K Sahdev Designations

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

D.Sc. (AM), Ph.D. (AM), M.D. (AM)

E-RAP 2500, E-RYTh 2500, E-RWT 500, RYBT, RWSYT, RWPYT, RWCYT (Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada)

E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT (Yoga Alliance, USA)

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Fc Surgery (SASMS)

Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)

FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

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Nov 192015
 

South London SAVY Yoga – Yoga for Osteoporosis

SAVY Yoga has been serving the city of London and surrounding areas since 2011 under the most qualified and experienced faculty in LONDON and CANADA, and one of the most qualified and experienced faculty in the WORLD! To serve the people of London in a better way, instead of serving some run-of-the-mill pseudo-yoga routines, we offer some very useful and healing, authentic Yoga/ Pranayama routines, ranging from gentle to very challenging Yoga, for the  beginner to the advanced student alike.

Here, we bring to you an introduction to Yoga classes being taught at our South London SAVY Yoga Studio.

Through demonstration, discussion and experiential movement, you will gain key understanding of proper postures and how to keep your body safe. As common sense dictates, one can function properly only if one is disease-free and is in a healthy state of body, mind and spirit. So, for us, your health and disease-free state comes first of all. Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Marmas, Kriyas, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana – our Yoga is much more than mere gymnastics and sauna! 

South London Yoga Classes at SAVY bring to you the taste, values and expertise of the true traditional Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga from India. Inspired adherence to the eight pillars or steps of yoga bestow one with a calm mind and fit body and lead one towards attaining an emancipated life. In more physical or materialistic  terms, Yoga is more than capable of keeping one physically and mentally fit and disease-free. It has become the new hot and favoured way to sweat it out for better health. SAVY Yoga is a humble step in that direction.

Yoga for Osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis specifically addresses the problems of osteoporosis and osteopenia. Osteoporosis means an increased porosity of bones – a disorder that thins and weakens bones, making them more porous. The consequent danger is possible break, which is when many people discover they have had this ‘silent’ disease for some time. Osteopenia, or low bone density, is a precursor to osteoporosis that puts one at an increased risk of fracture.

For bone health, bone density as well as the structure of bone is important. Yoga not only helps grow bone mass, but also may stimulate the formation of a bone structure that is able to resist greater amounts of pressure, as well as many different types of challenges, because yoga poses pull and stretch the bones from every conceivable angle. There are other important ways in which yoga benefits people with osteoporosis, such as, improving balance, muscular strength, range of motion and coordination, lessening anxiety etc. Bringing down the level of stress hormones is an important factor which is achieved through Yoga. All these factors also help reduce the risk of falling.

Yoga for Osteoporosis includes Yoga postures which are of immense benefit in prevention of Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. The poses selected are such as can be done by everyone. These are based on classical Hatha Yoga postures, mindfulness and breathing exercises. Not all yoga postures are suitable for Yoga for Osteoporosis. This specific routine includes suitable asanas, mindfulness, mudras as well as breath control exercises which help in prevention of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

As one ages, a lack of flexible joints in the body increases the risk of pain. Exercises included in this routine also take care of that. This routine, in fact, increases one’s ability to perform other forms of yoga by having better lubricated, flexible joints. This also creates a better sense of balance and peace of mind.

Yoga for Osteoporosis routine educates the connective tissues of the body to stretch, which , in turn, stimulates periosteum to produce bony tissue. The postures focus more on neck, back, hips, thighs and legs. Focus on these tissues has a better effect on stretching and exercising of the bone and joints areas of the body.

This type of practice is beneficial to a wide variety of people. People of every age can do and receive the benefits of these exercises. These exercises also make you ready for getting deeper into yoga and meditation in a very subtle way.

This routine is suitable even for eating disorders, inpatient drug treatment centres, drug addiction rehab centres, or even for those seeking pain treatment and trauma recovery.

With the regular practice of this kind of yoga, you would be amazed to see how the yoga practice helps you not only in making a difference in your lives but also helps in overcoming so many health issues. Regular practice of Yoga ensures a long and healthy life.

You are most welcome to  learn this routine and stay healthy.

This classes are offered regularly every month.

Here are required details of the classes:

  • Time: On Thursday: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Where: SAVY International South London Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Formats: 1 Class every week for One Month (4 Class package)
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment: A commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.
  • Cost: Total cost is $72 for one month program.

Please check the exact schedule and time below.

Benefits of Yoga for Osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis improves the body in a variety of ways. These may include:

  • Better bone and joint health
  • Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints
  • Greater strength
  • Greater stamina
  • Regulated energy levels
  • Improved health
  • Feeling calm and balanced
  • Slowed signs of aging
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Stress levels lowered
  • Improved meditation
  • Improved practice of other forms of yoga

Established benefits of Yoga:

  • Improved General Health
  • Longevity
  • Anxiety Relief
  • Stronger Bones
  • Healthier Heart
  • Healthy Weight
  • Lower Stress Levels
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improved Lung Capacity
  • Improved Brain Function
  • Greater Sense of Balance
  • Better mind-body connexion
  • Better Sexual Function  & Libido
  • Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics
  • Relief from Chronic Back Pain and Neck Pain
  • Better over-all quality of life & much more…

The salient features of London Yoga Classes of SAVY Healing Yoga are:

  • Comprehensive, authentic, world class teaching and knowledge-base in all aspects of Yoga
  • Authentic Ashtanaga and Vinyasa Yoga training based on true, traditional Yoga from India
  • Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Kriyas. Chakras, Kundalini Awakening, Shatkarma, Marma, Mantra etc
  • Clear, concise, to-the-point instruction and individualized care
  • One of the most qualified, experienced, international faculty, well-trained in India with excellent teaching skills
  • Yoga School with highest ranking of RYS 500 – we train yoga teachers up to the highest rank
  • Yoga Therapy services for all diseases available
  • Wonderful, knowledgeable, stable, regular, supportive, warm, welcoming yoga community
  • Unique, specialized yoga classes – Sukshma Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Deep Stretch Yoga, Yoga for Face, Meditation Classes, Sun and Moon Salutations, Pranayama etc
  • Workshops on interesting Yoga topics from time to time
  • Delve deep into the field of Yoga – Keep learning and sharing knowledge
  • Suitable time of classes
  • Small size of even group classes
  • Small Class Yoga for smaller groups
  • Private sessions also available
  • Decent studio  and studio setting – enjoy the character and warmth of the Victorian heritage building
  • Authentic Yoga at reasonable rates

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To delve deeper into this important topic in Yoga, please also check different courses at SAVY. 

 Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

Please contact us to learn more about Yoga. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited in courses and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So, respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming Yoga experience. 

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Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

 

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Nov 162015
 

Drishti – Focused Gaze in Yoga

drishti

Control of drishti, or gaze, has been taught in Yoga for thousands of years. On a simple level, drishti uses a specific gazing direction for the eyes to control attention. Focusing gaze helps in focusing mind. In every asana in yoga, students are taught to direct their gaze to one of nine specific points, but the full meaning of drishti isn’t limited to its value in asana. 

In Sanskrit, drishti means gaze; it can also mean a vision, a point of view, or intelligence and wisdom. The use of drishti in asana serves both as a training technique and as a metaphor for focusing consciousness toward a vision of oneness. Drishti organizes our perceptual apparatus to recognize and overcome the limits of ‘normal’ vision. One of the main purposes of yoga is to bring the consciousness to one point so that it isn’t constantly wandering from one thing to another. In every posture of the yoga series there is a drishti, or gaze, so that the mind remains focused and concentrated. A drishti encourages an inward looking attitude and discourages students from looking around the room or being distracted by non-yogic thoughts.

Incorporating drishtis into every posture is an advanced practice. Students usually master co-ordinated breath and movement (vinyasa) first and then gradually incorporate more bandha and drishti work into their practice. Sometimes in meditation and pranayama practices the eyes are held half-open and the gaze is turned up toward the third eye or the tip of the nose. In the Bhagavad Gita (VI.13), Krishna instructs Arjuna, “One should hold one’s body and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose.” When using the inner gaze, sometimes called Antaric Drishti, the eyelids are closed and the gaze is directed in and up toward the light of the third eye. As Iyengar says, “The closure of the eyes directs the sadhaka (practitioner) to meditate upon Him who is verily the eye of the eye… and the life of life.”

Throughout the history of yoga, clear, true perception has been both the practice and goal of yoga. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, “You are not able to behold me with your own eyes; I give thee the divine eye, behold my Lordly yoga” (11.8). In Yoga Sutras, the classic exposition of yoga, Patanjali points out that in viewing the world, we tend not to see reality clearly, but instead get deluded by the error of false perception. This basic misidentification is called avidya (ignorance), and its counterpart, vidya, is our true identity. In Chapter II, verse 6, he says that we confuse the act of seeing with the true perceiver: purusha, the Self. He continues, in verse 17, to say that this confusion about the true relationship between the act of seeing, the object seen, and the identity of the Seer is the root cause of suffering. His cure for this suffering is to look correctly into the world around us.

Vipashyana or Vipassana

The correct use of tristhana – breath, bandha and drishti in yoga practice is said to bring us closer to reality and unleash the power of the five elements:

  • The element of earth is activated by moola bandha, producing foundation, stability and strength.
  • The element of water is found in the fluidity of flowing posture work, or vinyasa, and in the sweat produced by the practice.
  • The element of air is linked to by the continuous and uninterrupted flow of ujjayi breath in and out of the body and the feeling of lightness created by the application of bandhas.
  • The element of fire is found by connecting to the heat of the practice, particularly at manipura chakra and throughout the body.
  • The element of ether or space is found during the postures as students seek to open up the body and find new levels of stretch and flexibility.

Yoga brings about transformation on a physical, emotional, mental and energetic level. When the above elements are incorporated into a correct practice, the process of positive change starts. The positive transformation of the body and mind by yoga is seen as the fruit of practice and a reward for working with dedication and discipline at this demanding system of asana practice.

Drishti, or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga (pratyahara) concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb (dharana) relating to concentration.

Each yoga asana is associated with a particular dṛiṣhṭi. There are nine drishtis (when you count both Parshva Dṛiṣhṭis, left and right sides, as one). The practice of drishti develops concentration—and teaches you to see the world as it really is. 

Eyes are the doors which connect the inside mind to the outside world. If the eyes are totally fixed, the mind really stops; it cannot wander. The eyes are the most delicate. That is why they can be more tense than any other part, and with the eyes in tension, the whole mind is tense. The eyes are just doors to the mind. We are predominantly visual creatures. Where our eyes are directed, our attention follows. Our attention is the most valuable thing we have, and the visible world can be an addictive, over-stimulating, and spiritually debilitating lure. When we get caught up in the outer appearance of things, our prana (vitality) flows out and gets dissipated. Allowing the eyes to wander creates distractions that lead us further away from focus.

By controlling and directing the focus of eyes, and then of attention, we can control the focus of our mind.

Besides its use in asana, drishti is applied in other yogic practices. In the kriya of trataka, the eyes are held open until tears flow. This technique not only gives the eyes a wash but also challenges the student to practice overriding unconscious urges – in this case, the urge to blink.

Our eyes can only see objects in front of us that reflect the visible spectrum of light, but yogis seek to view an inner reality not normally visible. With practice, we become aware of how our brains let us see only what we want to see. Often our opinions, prejudices, and habits prevent us from seeing the reality. Drishti is a technique for seeing correctly the world around us. Used in this way, it becomes a technique for removing the ignorance that obscures this true vision, a technique that allows us to see oneness in everything.

Drishti types

Nine Types of Drishti

Angusthamadhye

For Anguṣṭhamadhye drishṭi, meaning ‘to the middle of the thumb, the practitioner looks to the thumb.

Examples of asanas which employ Aṅguṣṭhamadhye as their dṛiṣhṭi can be found in the Surya Namaskara vinyasas.

Bhrumadhye

The Bhrumadhye drishṭi, meaning ‘to the middle of the eyebrows/brow, has the gaze set at the ‘third eye’, which is right between the eyebrows. In order to do this, the eyes are closed half way. This purportedly stimulates the olfactory and optic nerves, consequently awakening the autonomic and central nervous systems. It soothes the cranial nerves and aids concentration, and helps awaken kundalini shakti.

It is advised that caution be taken as prolonged or incorrect practice may cause problems for the eye muscles or nervous system. Initial practice is often done for only seconds at a time, but is gradually increased.

An example of a vinyasa which includes the Bhrumadhye dṛiṣhṭi in its practice is Surya Namaskara.

Nasagre

The Nasagre drishṭi, meaning ‘to the tip of the nose’, has the eyes fixed on the tip of the nose. Purportedly strengthens the eye muscles.

Keep the body pose firm, in Padmasana if possible, and centre the gaze at the tip of the nose. In the later stages, it can be practised even with the closed eyes. The process of gazing at the tip of the nose without fluttering the eyelids, helps to achieve the concentration of the mind.

While learning it can be performed even for a minute or two at a stretch. Later, it may be practised for longer duration. 

This helps achieve the concentration of the brain fast and with ease.

Hastagrahe

The Hastagrahe drishti, generally meaning ‘the taking of the hand’ or ‘the putting of the hand to’, or (in the context of dṛiṣhṭi) ‘to the tips of the hand’, involves looking at the (usually extended) tips or palm of the hand.

Utthita Trikonasana, and its twisted partner Parivrtta Trikonasana are two examples of asanas which use Hastagraha dṛiṣhṭi.

Parshva

Parshva drishti, involves looking to the left or right side.

Urdhva

Urdhva drishti has the eyes pointing upwards, to the sky.

Nabhichakre

The navel is the center of focus for the Nabhichakre drishti, meaning ‘to the (magical) navel-circle’.

Adho-Mukha-Shvanasana uses the Nabhichakre drishti.

Padayoragre

Padayoragre drishti, meaning ‘to the tips of the feet’, is gazing to the toes.

Basis of Drishti

The source of drishtis in yoga is limbs 5 and 6 from the eight limbs of yoga. The 5th limb of yoga pratyahara concerns sense withdrawal. To avoid the delusion and suffering caused by preoccupation with sense objects as described in the Maitri Upanishad, sense withdrawal is practiced in order to help the practitioner become ‘centered’. According to tantric philosophy, keeping ‘centered’ madhya will eventually suspend the mind and prana, allowing recognition of bhairava, or device consciousness.

The sixth limb of yoga dharana (concentration), includes maintaining drishti during yoga practice in order to ensure dhyana (meditation) will occur.

Variation Between Styles

There may be differences between different styles regarding how drishti is practiced and which ones are used for specific asanas, however drishti is a primary part of Hatha Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Raja Yoga traditions.

In Practice

As with many Yogic techniques, with drishti there is a danger of mistaking the technique for the goal. Dedicate your use of the body (including the eyes) to transcend your identification with it. So when you look at an object during your practice, don’t focus on it with a hard gaze. Instead, use a soft gaze, looking through it toward a vision of cosmic unity. Soften your focus to send your attention beyond outer appearance to inner essence.

In general, practitioners should use the various bahya (external) gazing points during more externally oriented yoga practices, including asanas, kriyas (cleansing practices), seva (the service work of karma yoga), and bhakti (devotion); use the antaric (internal) gaze to enhance contemplative and meditative practices. If you find yourself closing the eyes during any practice and focusing on the dramas or perplexities of life instead of being able to maintain a neutral, detached focus, re-establish an outer gaze. On the other hand, if the outer gaze becomes a distraction to your concentration, perhaps an inner-directed correction is necessary.

Constant application of drishti develops ekagrata, single-pointed focus. When you restrict your visual focus to one point, your attention doesn’t wander from object to object. Moreover, it becomes much easier for you to notice the internal wanderings of your attention and maintain balance in mind as well as body.

Drishti Gives The True View

A Yogi uses a vision comprised of viveka (discrimination between ‘real view’ and ‘unreal, apparent view’) and vairagya (detachment from a mistaken identification with either the instrument of seeing or that which is seen). Charged with yogic vision, we see our true Self. As we gaze at others, we perceive our own form, which is Love itself. We see their suffering as our own; our heart is filled with compassion for the struggles of all the souls. The yogic gaze emerges from an intense desire to achieve the highest goal of unitive consciousness, rather than from egoistic motives that create separation, limitation, judgment, and suffering.

Like all yogic practices, drishti uses the gifts of a human body and mind as a starting place for connecting with our full potential. When we clear our vision of the veils of habits, opinions, ideas, and their false projections about what is real and what is false, we gaze beyond outer differences toward the absolute Truth of internal oneness.

To delve deeper into this important topic in Yoga, please check different courses at SAVY. 

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President and Director of Teaching

Please contact us to learn more about Yoga. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited in courses and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So, respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming Yoga experience. 

 

Aug 232015
 

Yoga for Breast Cancer Care© Workshop (YBCC©)

Meditation

 

Claim Your Breast Health Back

Breast cancer is a complex disease that will affect 1 in 8 (1 in 9, in Canada) women during their lifetime. Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosis in women in Canada over the age of 20 and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women, after lung cancer.

YBCC© is a very effective and systematic approach breast cancer as well as other minor diseases of breasts too. Using effectiveness of yoga postures, meditation, mudras etc. as a therapeutic tool, and the science of breath, it provides support for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, and may be helpful in prevention. It shows immediate impact for most people, and can be integrated into a simple daily routine. It is easy to learn and easy to practice.

Expected Outcome

  • At cellular level, this routine will put on a road to recovery from disease and senescence
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of stress and anxiety medications
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of post-treatment symptoms
  • Symptomatic relief of other psycho-somatic disorders
  • Increased stamina and energy levels, better work performance, improved sleep
  • Decreased stress levels, increased happiness

Here are some more benefits of YBCC©:

  • This program sets you on a course to better health. You learn healthy habits which you can continue to follow.
  • Reduce chronic pain.
  • Develop a strong will-power.
  • Detoxify and cleanse your body.
  • Develop healthier eating habits.
  • Develop a body that is more flexible, healthier and stronger.
  • Natural weight management.
  • At the completion of the program, develop an on-going daily practice of your own.
  • The benefits of a regular practice cannot be over-emphasised!
  • Learn how to manage stress effectively.
  • Develop the habit of waking up early, thus leaving much more of the day for yourself.
  • Morning yoga gives you abundant energy and vitality for the rest of the day.
  • There are innumerable other benefits beyond this list.

This program has been designed by Dr Sahdev, based on his almost three decades of clinical experience in main-stream Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India. These techniques actually deliver!

What better way to regain health than through yoga?

This workshop addresses the problem of breast cancer and other minor diseases of breasts too.

Yoga is not just physical stretching, but it is a whole science of life!

Yoga and Ayurveda offer many ways of helping in diseases.

SAVY Healing Yoga Studios

Proudly introduce

Yoga for Breast Cancer Care© Workshop (YBCC©)

An effective routine consisting of

7 exercises

which specifically target breast cancer and other minor breast issues

 THERE IS PRACTICALLY NO-ONE WHO CANNOT BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM! 

Individualized Yoga Therapy care also available

AT SAVY – WE DELIVER RESULTS!

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Confront time and become the author of your health.

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The program consists of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Highlights of the Program 

  • Designed and researched by a well-trained, well-qualified doctor in Modern Medicine, equally qualified and well-conversant with Yoga and other alternative systems, who has studied as well as taught this all for almost three decades
  • A unique fusion of modern scientific enquiry and ancient sciences and wisdom
  • Three decades of diligent, systematic and painstaking study and clinical research
  • Based on asanas, mindfulness and breathing-based exercises which have been proven to heal
  • One of the most effective routines for breast cancer care
  • A very well-designed, well-managed program, easy to comprehend and follow
  • Under supervision of one of the most qualified Yoga faculty in the world
  • Optional follow up program

Please check the schedule of workshop below:

Note: Please confirm the exact schedule with the Studio.

Here are the details: 

  • Location:
    • Physical Location: 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9
    • Online
  • Formats: 3-Class Series
  • Days & Time:
    • Group Sessions: Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm, or
    • Private Sessions: By appointment
  • Cost:
    • Group Sessions: $150 for all 3 group sessions (+HST), or
    • Private Sessions: $499 for all 3 private sessions (+HST) 
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes at studio, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for further training. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Components of Class:

YBCC© routine includes:

  • Simple Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Effective Breathing Exercises
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Healing Mudras, and more…
  • Discussion on some of:
    • breast cancer awareness and why it is important
    • identifying what is normal in breasts
    • what common changes to look and feel for
    • what to do next
    • breast screening program – purpose
    • known risk factors.
  • Monitoring :

To monitor improvement, you may get the following parameters checked before and after sessions:

    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Quality of Life form

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, a pen and journal. You may bring a blanket for cushioning as we will be lying on the floor during part of the class. Class is limited, so register early. Class not appropriate for pregnant women and heart patients (we have separate programs for them).

 

For registration and payment, please call 519-701-2609 or email info.healingyoga@gmail.com.

Terms

  • Your spot will be confirmed after receiving full payment on phone, online or in person at the studio.
  • Valid only for the sessions it is purchased for
  • Once booked, dates of workshop cannot be changed
  • Non-refundable, non-transferable
  • No cash-back or credit
  • No surrender value. 
  • Valid only if authorized by the studio

Redemption Instructions

  • To confirm your spot, please call or email, or come to the Studio.
  • Print and present this voucher.
  • Contact Studio for confirmation and for further instructions
  • Call at 519-701-2609 or email at info.healingyoga@gmail.com.

Please contact us to book your spot. Please book your spot at the Studio (WE PREFER CASH AT THE STUDIO); your spot will be confirmed only after receiving full payment. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience. 

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President and Director of Teaching

The Head of Faculty – Dr Jitender K Sahdev, in addition to being a Physician in Modern Medicine from India, is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner par excellence in London with over 51,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience and almost three decades of experience in Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and other alternative treatment modalities. A Surgeon by profession from India, he started his Surgical career in a Cancer Hospital in India and in his Surgical career over almost three decades, performed thousands of cancer surgeries. He utilizes Ayurveda and Yoga as stand-alone as well as complementary therapies for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades.

 

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You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation. 

 

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Aug 152015
 

Registration Open for Trauma Release Yoga Practitioner – Level 1A

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Jul 302015
 

SAVY Trauma Release Yoga – Learn 7 Exercises

Trauma Release Yoga  

Have you ever had stress?

Have you ever faced anxiety issues?

Have you ever been through any trauma?

Have you ever had a significant physical injury?

Have you ever been through a tense phase in your life?

Have you ever experienced trauma that is still troubling you?

Have the ‘short-term fixes’ added to your disappointments so far?

If your answer is “Yes“, then TRAUMA

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A PROGRAM DESIGNED BY A DOCTOR

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& Liberate Yourself!

TRY© is a very effective and systematic approach for trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, addictions, psychoses including schizophrenia and other mental health issues. Using effectiveness of predominantly interoceptive, proprioceptive and kinesthetic interpretation of Yoga as a therapeutic tool, and the science of breath, it teaches how to release deep chronic tension and stress. It shows immediate impact for most people, and can be integrated into a simple daily routine to help restore a sense of inner peace and emotional resilience. It is easy to learn and easy to practice.

TRY© acts through and on Vagus nerve, Pre-Frontal cortex, Amygdala, Hippocampus, and other parts of brain, and releases effects of trauma from the deepest levels of brain, body and mind!

This program is designed by Dr Sahdev, based on his almost three decades of clinical experience in main-stream Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India. These techniques actually deliver!

What better way to regain health than through yoga?

Benefits include:

  • Scientific approach based on the Neuroscience of trauma, stress and psychoses
  • Awaken inherent healing capacity through Nervous System 
  • Relief in Stress/Anxiety/Trauma/ Depression/ Other Mental Health issues 
  • Minimize the risk of triggering resurfacing of trauma response
  • Better management of emotional instability
  • Build better emotional resilience
  • Expand your ‘window of tolerance’ naturally
  • Easing of neck/ shoulder/ low back pain or tension
  • Integrate scientific skills and approach with your existing practice
  • Safe approach to greater stabilization of body and mind

TRY© induces healing at the deepest levels of body and mind. Designed by a physician, expect the best from this program!

 

SAVY Healing Yoga Studios

Proudly introduce

Trauma Release Yoga©– Level 1

An effective routine consisting of

7 exercises

which specifically target stress, tension, trauma, PTSD and other mental health issues

 THERE IS PRACTICALLY NO-ONE WHO CANNOT BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM! 

Individualized care also available

AT SAVY – WE DELIVER RESULTS!

Join SAVY Yoga Classes and save precious time, money and lives!

Confront time and become the author of your health.

Join these specialized classes NOW!

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you.

Let’s get started!

You can do it!

Natural, Safe, Drug-free, Effective

The program consists of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Highlights of the Program 

  • Designed and researched by a well-trained, well-qualified doctor in Modern Medicine, equally qualified and well-conversant with Yoga and other alternative systems, who has studied as well as taught this all for almost three decades
  • A unique fusion of modern scientific enquiry and ancient sciences and wisdom
  • Three decades of diligent, systematic and painstaking study and clinical research
  • Based on asanas, mindfulness and breathing-based exercises which have been proven to heal, and some very specific postures, and more
  • One of the most effective routines for stress, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and other mental health issues.
  • A very well-designed, well-managed program, easy to comprehend and follow
  • Under supervision of one of the most qualified Yoga faculty in the world
  • Proper follow up program

Please check the schedule of workshop below:

Note: Please confirm the exact schedule with the Studio. Here are the details:

  • Location: 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9
  • Formats: 3-Class Series
  • Days & Time:
    • Group Sessions: Tuesdays, from 7 to 8 pm, or
    • Private Sessions: By appointment
  • Cost:
    • Group Sessions: $150 for all 3 group sessions (+HST), or
    • Private Sessions: $499 for all 3 private sessions (+HST) 
  • Components of Class:
    • TRY© – Level 1 routine includes:
  • Simple Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Effective use of breath
  • Healing Mudras, and more…
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes at studio, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for further training. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Monitoring : To monitor improvement, you may get the following parameters checked before and after sessions:
    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Quality of Life form

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, a pen and journal. You may bring a blanket for cushioning as we will be lying on the floor during part of the class. Class is limited, so register early. Class not appropriate for pregnant women and heart patients (we have separate programs for them).

 

For registration and payment, please call 519-701-2609 or email info.healingyoga@gmail.com.

Terms

  • Your spot will be confirmed after receiving full payment on phone, online or in person at the studio.
  • Valid only for the sessions it is purchased for
  • Once booked, dates of workshop cannot be changed
  • Non-refundable, non-transferable
  • No cash-back or credit
  • No surrender value. 
  • Valid only if authorized by the studio

Redemption Instructions

  • To confirm your spot, please call or email, or come to the Studio.
  • Print and present this voucher.
  • Contact Studio for confirmation and for further instructions
  • Call at 519-701-2609 or email at info.healingyoga@gmail.com.

  Please contact us to book your spot. Please book your spot at the Studio (WE PREFER CASH AT THE STUDIO); your spot will be confirmed only after receiving full payment. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.   

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Become a Trauma Release Yoga© Ambassador!

Trauma Release Yoga© Ambassadors are our team members who want more community agencies and organizations, and the individuals they serve, involved in our effective trauma healing yoga practice.

Are you interested in becoming an Ambassador?

To become an Ambassador, please send your current resume, work history, and brief outline of why and how you want to be involved. Please let us know any ideas you have on promoting our outreach programs. RYT 200 will be an asset.*

Once a team member, we’ll work together to bring this program to our communities, to those who really need it.

Please send an email to savy.yogaeducation@gmail.com

 

FAQs

Do I need my TRYP© Certification to be a Trauma Release Yoga©Ambassador? Do I need it to be a Teacher?

Ambassadors ARE NOT required to have their TRYP© Certification. If you would like to begin sharing information about our TRY© Program at clinics, hospitals, facilities and organizations, you can do so RIGHT NOW!

Teachers ARE required to have completed their TRYP© Certification. We’ll prefer Trauma Release Yoga©Ambassador to promote our programs.

 

What are the required components for my TRYP© Certification? Is Level 1A required?

Please check the details of TRYP© Certification here.

 

Will there be more of the required TRYP© Certification training classes available soon?

We are thrilled that so many of you have expressed interest in our TRYP© Certification!

Workshops will be offered periodically.

Please look for more detailed information in the coming weeks and months to register for these events.

 

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Dr Jitender K Sahdev, 

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Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 51,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy, as well as stand-alone therapy. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

 

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You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

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Jul 192015
 

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Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Your Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc. (Alternative Medicine), Ph.D. (Alternative Medicine),MD (Alternative Medicine), M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher in London ON. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

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Breathing and Mindfulness in Fibromyalgia

Breathing, Mindfulness for Fibromyalgia

Breathing, Mindfulness in Fibromyalgia – Retraining your breath and brain without Drugs

Did you know, you can retrain your ‪breath, make your brain healthier and defeat ‪fibromyalgia ‪naturally?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects muscles and soft tissues. Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown cause, characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as morning stiffness, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, headaches, including migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disturbances, cognitive problems with thinking and memory or “fibro fog”, problems with thinking and memory, painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes

It is not a true a form of arthritis, though fibromyalgia is considered an arthritis-related and rheumatic condition. However, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities. Fibromyalgia is prevalent in about 2 – 4% of population. Between 80 and 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are females, but men and children may also be affected. Most people are diagnosed during middle age and prevalence increases with age. Fibromyalgia has been associated with lower levels of health-related quality-of-life and work-productivity loss.

People with certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus), or ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis) may be more likely to have fibromyalgia, too. Average yearly direct medical costs/person range from $3400 to $3600. Total annual costs per person is $5,945.

Cause

Causes and/or risk factors for fibromyalgia are unknown, but some factors are loosely associated with disease onset: stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), repetitive injuries, illness (e.g. viral infections), certain diseases (i.e., SLE, RA, chronic fatigue syndrome), genetic predisposition, obesity etc.

Problem is with the perception of pain stimuli. People with fibromyalgia react strongly (abnormal pain perception processing) to things that other people would not find painful. Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). Two neurotransmitter chemicals– glutamate and substance P, which increase the transmission of pain signals, are high in people with fibromyalgia. Serotonin, nor-epinephrine, and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which decrease pain transmission, are low in people with this condition. Brain imaging studies show that when patients with fibromyalgia are given a mild pressure or heat stimulus, the pain-processing areas of their brains light up. In people without fibromyalgia, they don’t. In addition, the brain’s pain receptors tend to develop a memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.

Control Brain through Breath in Fibromyalgia

 

New findings suggest that people with fibromyalgia have abnormalities in the peripheral nervous system, but even proponents of peripheral involvement now agree that the central nervous system plays an important role.

One may have two or more coexisting chronic conditions. Such conditions can include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, vulvodynia etc. Whether or not they share a common etiology, is not known.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Standard laboratory tests fail to reveal a physiologic reason for pain. American College of Rheumatology guidelines suggest certain criteria: a history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months, and other general physical symptoms including fatigue, waking unrefreshed, and cognitive (memory or thought) problems. Moreover, doctors often check for certain tender points on the body.

Common symptoms of fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS, may include:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Morning stiffness
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Sleep problems
  • Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • Tender points
  • Urinary symptoms, such as pain or frequency etc.

Some more common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

Muscle Aches: Many people complain of a deep, aching muscle pain that cannot be massaged or stretched out. It can feel like you’ve pulled a muscle, but it could also be a burning or aching sensation. Muscle aches can act up on some days more than others.

Headaches: About half of all fibromyalgia sufferers also suffer from chronic headaches or migraines. A chemical imbalance in the brain may be to blame. Headaches can come on suddenly, and may be triggered by other muscle pain.

Tender Points: Experts have located 18 specific tender points on the body that are triggered by fibromyalgia. These are found at the back of the head, between the shoulders, front of the neck, top of the chest, elbows, tops of the hips, and inside of the knees. There are 18 points (9 pairs) which can be painful when pressed, and may spread pain to other body parts. 

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Fatigue: Chronic, daily, debilitating fatigue is present. The muscle pain and joint stiffness can make it difficult to sleep, and conditions like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea have been known to occur alongside fibromyalgia. A sleepless night leads to a lethargic day, and a lack of sleep can even make you more sensitive to pain.

Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, and frequent waking during the night are common side effects. Not surprisingly, this fibromyalgia insomnia feeds the fatigue, and can further impair concentration and memory.

‘Brain Fog’ or ‘Fibro fog’: Fibromyalgia patients may also find that certain physical symptoms can lead to other pains or even mental distress. For example, physical pain can have a big effect on ability to think clearly and solve problems – a cognitive problem commonly known as “fibro fog.”

Treatment

Conventionally, multidisciplinary treatment is recommended, including screening and treatment for depression. Scientific evidence for effective therapies includes pharmacotherapy, aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening exercise, education about disease process, relaxation therapy in a primary care setting, cognitive behavioral therapy etc.

It is important to find a doctor who is familiar with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia treatment often requires a team approach, with your doctor, a physical therapist, possibly other health professionals, and most importantly, yourself, all playing an active role. Yoga Therapy or Therapeutic Yoga has a big role to play.

Medications

Medications can help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Common choices include:

Pain relievers: Over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others) may help; prescription pain relievers such as tramadol (Ultram, Conzip) may be required. Narcotics are not advised, because they can lead to dependence and may even worsen the pain over time.

Antidepressants: Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) may help ease the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Amitriptyline or fluoxetine (Prozac) may also be prescribed to help promote sleep.

Anti-seizure drugs: Anti-epileptics are often useful in reducing certain types of pain. Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise) is sometimes helpful in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms, while pregabalin (Lyrica) was the first drug approved by FDA to treat fibromyalgia.

Therapy

Talking with a counselor can help strengthen your belief in your abilities and teach you strategies for dealing with stressful situations.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies

Self-care is critical in the management of fibromyalgia.

Reduce stress. Avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. People who quit work or drop all activity tend to do worse than do those who remain active. Try stress management techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises or meditation.

Get enough sleep. Getting sufficient sleep is essential. Practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day and limiting daytime napping.

Exercise regularly. At first, exercise may increase your pain. But doing it gradually and regularly often decreases symptoms. Stretching, good posture and relaxation exercises are helpful. Exercise boosts brain levels of nor-epinephrine and helps reduce stress.

Pace yourself. Practice moderation – means not overdoing it on your good days, and not self-limiting or doing too little on bad days.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Fear of pain can make things worse. This form of ‘talk therapy’ helps patients learn new ways to think about how they feel, and that affects brain function and can reduce pain. CBT is effective in fibromyalgia. CBT can help change how the brain interprets pain signals.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Eat healthy foods.

Limit your caffeine intake.

Do something that you find enjoyable and fulfilling every day.

Alternative Medicine

Meditation and yoga, have been practiced for thousands of years, but their use has become more popular in recent years. Many practices remain unproved because they haven’t been adequately studied.

Yoga. Yoga combines meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation. This has been found to be helpful in controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.

Tai Chi. Also called Chinese Yoga, this has benefits similar to Yoga.

Marma Therapy. Marma points or the Indian pressure points, help restore balance in energy. This acts through changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. Good Marma Therapy plan can go a long way. Effect of Marma massages have not been studied in the west, but it is believed that they are quite effective.

Acupuncture. Derived from Marma Therapy, acupuncture is a Chinese medical system based on restoring normal balance of life forces by inserting very fine needles through the skin to various depths. Some studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, while others show no benefit.

Massage therapy. Yoga and Ayurvedic massages, based on Marma points, have wonderful clinical effect. Even western massages – deep tissue massage, or Swedish massage, can reduce your heart rate, relax your muscles, improve range of motion in your joints and increase production of your body’s natural painkillers. It often helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Prognosis

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, but it is not progressive. It is never fatal, and it will not cause damage to the joints, muscles, or internal organs. In many people, the condition does improve over time.

Newer Research on Fibromyalgia

Understanding pain

Some promising research now being conducted is on understanding pain. Research suggests that fibromyalgia is caused by a problem in how the body processes pain, or more precisely, a hypersensitivity to stimuli that normally are not painful. These studies include:

  • Role of neurotansmitters, called cytokines, that regulate immune cell function.
  • The use of imaging methods to evaluate the status of central nervous system.
  • Role of immune cells in triggering a cascade of events leading to the activation of nerve cells, chronic pain, and the dysregulation of the effects of analgesic drugs against pain.
  • An intensive evaluation of twins to assess role of genetics or environment.
  • A study examining the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in pain patients.
  • The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative. The PROMIS initiative is researching and developing new ways to measure patient-reported outcomes (PROs), such as pain, fatigue, physical functioning, emotional distress, and social role participation that have a major impact on quality of life across a variety of chronic diseases.

Yoga and Ayurveda in Fibromyalgia

From Ayurvedic point of view, it is described as ‘Mansa Dhatugat and Mansavrut Vata‘ disease.  Broadly speaking, fibromyalgia is perceived as a Vata imbalance. Vata is the main imbalance and aggravated Vata destabilizes the nervous system and can create hypersensitivity leading to pain and tenderness. Accumulation of ‘ama’ (toxins) and shrotorodha are also contributing factors. This is accompanied by weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress should also be tackled.

Panchakarma Therapy

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Pre-purification Measures namely ‘snehan‘ and ‘swedan‘ are very useful to balance ‘Vata‘ and to loosen the toxins. Snehan is the Herbalized Oil Massage. This oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage. Swedan is sweating and is given immediately following the snehan. A herbal decoction may be added to the steam to further enhance effect. This also provides a deeply soothing and balancing  effect to the entire nervous system. The motion of massage creates heat  and friction which enhances circulation and helps cleanse.

Diet and Nutrition

Fibromyalgia and CFS patients should have:

  • Vegetable juice and soup
  • Carrot, cucumber, beetroot juice
  • Cooked vegetables like squash, zucchini and pumpkin
  • Spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, asafoetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric.
  • Green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt
  • Khichadi (recipe made by cooking rice and mung dal)
  • Desi Ghee (clarified butter) or Olive Oil.

The following should be avoided:

  • Eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets, foods like brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes.
  • Too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, chocolate, cocoa.
  • Sleeping during the day and staying up late at night 
  • Too much worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.

Ayurvedic Herbs

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  • Decoction of the roots of ten herbs (Dashamularisht) should be given in the dose of 30 ml., twice daily.
  • Daily use of ‘Triphala choorna’ is recommended for colon cleanse.
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water or milk, taken twice a day, helps to reduce pain and inflammation in fibromyalgia.
  • Garlic enhances immune system function and helps detoxify.
  • Guggul is a very helpful herb for relief of pain.
  • Licorice root supports the glandular system. It should be used only up to seven days in a row. Avoid it if you have high blood pressure.
  • Ginger tea relieves minor aches and pains. Steep 1 teaspoon of the grated root in 8 ounces of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste, if you like. Alternatively, take 1 to 2 grams of powdered ginger (saunth) a day with food.

Generic preparations available in market such as Dashamularisht, Triphala, Guggul, Maharasnadi Kwath, Vata Vidhwans Rasa etc. can be taken under the guidance of an expert Ayurvedic physician.  

Retraining your Brain through Therapeutic Yoga, esp. Breath, without Drugs

Yoga has always had a lot to offer. I’ve always called it a science beyond nano-science! Effective treatment for fibromyalgia is possible through Yoga Therapy and we offer world-class Yoga Therapy services at SAVY under Dr Jitender K Sahdev. The real route to fibromyalgia recovery lies in non-drug approaches that retrain the breath and thence brain. The primary source of fibromyalgia pain is not in the back, neck, head, stomach or legs, where the pain is typically felt, rather it’s in the brain! And that points to the real solution. Lifestyle, and mind-body approaches that help with fibromyalgia have something in common – they all help restore a balance of neurotransmitters in the brain and central nervous system. They literally change the brain! Brain imaging studies also show that these approaches can affect brain function. They are not just as effective as medication, but almost always safer and much less expensive.

Fibromyalgia is often worsened by stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the condition. Sleep disturbances increase fatigue. Efforts should be made to increase the Sattvic quality of mind.

A significant study published in the journal Pain suggests that yoga can help improve fibromyalgia symptoms. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon randomly assigned 53 female patients with fibromyalgia either to a yoga program or standard medication treatment (control group) for eight weeks. The Yoga of Awareness program included gentle yoga poses, meditation, yoga breathing (pranayama), yoga coping instructions and yoga group discussions. 

The researchers found that the yoga group had significant improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms including pain, mood, fatigue, poor sleep, memory problems and coping strategies. Furthermore, the yoga group had a 24 percent decrease in pain, 30 percent decrease in fatigue and 42 percent decrease in depression.

Asanas

Deep stretching is known to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia. Some helpful poses are:

  • Tadasana,
  • Uttanasana,
  • Balasana,
  • Viparitakarni,
  • Bhujangasana,
  • Virbhadrasana,
  • Badha Konasana
  • Shavasana or Yoga Nidra

More of Vata reducing routines will be helpful. Regular practice of different postures should be done. Progressive deep relaxation, i.e., shavasana (corpse pose) brings about relaxation. At SAVY, we offer specialized Yoga routines very well-suited for fibromyalgia.

Pranayama

According to Vedic scriptures, there is no disease which cannot be conquered through breath. Pranayama also creates a state of restful alertness in mind and body. Pranayama exercises like:

  • Ujjayi,
  • Bhastrika,
  • Kapaal Bhaati,
  • Anulom Vilom

are some of the exercises which can help in fibromyalgia. All this must be undertaken strictly under proper guidance. Some clinical studies done in India have shown very positive results. Dr Sahdev’s Breathe and Heal Therapy, is one of the most effective and the safest breathing and mindfulness Yoga program specifically designed by a doctor for therapy.

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Mudras

Hasta mudras attack the very root of problem; they address the issue of imbalance of five elements. Done for a minimum 45 minutes a day, they can be very effective.

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These are some of the representative mudras:

  • Gyan Mudra
  • Vata-nashak Mudra
  • Anjali Mudra
  • Apana Mudra
  • Apana-Vayu Mudra
  • Prana Mudra

You should be able to notice the difference within a week. Mudras of the body, base, tongue, eyes etc form an integral part of our Yoga Therapy program. You can also join a specialized course on Hasta Mudras.

Shatkarma

The six detoxifying procedures of Yoga:

  • Neti,
  • Dhauti,
  • Nauli,
  • Basti,
  • Kapaal Bhaati, and
  • Traatak

if done with proper technique, can be very helpful. Learn these under expert guidance at SAVY.

Lifestyle and Daily Routine

One of the most important factors is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb the natural body rhythm. When we eat, sleep and exercise in fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural cycle. Regularity in daily life can be extremely effective in reducing Vata imbalance. Expert Yoga Nutrition guidance is available at SAVY and should be availed. 

Visit us at SAVY Studio for your individualized Therapeutic Yoga guidance and overall well-being.

You can book your appointment here.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev
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HEALING THROUGH BREATHING 

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If you have genuine interest in helping and empowering people with health issues, this program is especially for you! 

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You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation. 

 

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Feb 142015
 

Yoga for Heart, Stroke, Stress

Based on Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing

 yoga for hypertension, heart disease, stroke

SAVY Healing Yoga Studios

Bring to you

Yoga for Heart, Stroke, Stress

Based on Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing/ DSBH Therapy

Specific routine consisting of MOST BENEFICIAL exercises

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Definitive role in prevention.

Especially designed to prevent stress, heart diseases, hypertension, dyslipidemias, stroke and related disorders.

More advanced individualized routines even effective for regeneration of damaged tissues available

AT SAVY – WE DELIVER RESULTS!

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of preventable death for men and women in Canada, taking a life every 7 minutes. Chronic and uncontrolled stress increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

What better way to regain health than through yoga?

Why Yoga?

Think prevention!

As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. Also, it can address any dyslipidemia issues. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.

SAVY presents Yoga classes for prevention of Stress, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Dyslipidemias, Stroke and related disorders.

Yoga acts at physical level through its effect on the limbic–hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (LHPA axis); millieu interiur, and hence, bodily functions can be controlled through Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana, Kriyas, Mudras, and other more refined elements of Yoga. Learn all this in SAVY Yoga classes.

Join SAVY Yoga Classes and save precious time, money and lives!

Yoga Classes will include:

  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Nada Mediation
  • Mudras,
  • And more…

This routine offers immense healing potential for the heart, stroke and stress specifically, and for the body, mind and spirit in general.

It helps in prevention as well as in rehabilitation.

Confront time and become the author of your health.

Join these specialized classes NOW!

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you.

Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

Let’s get started! You can do this!

The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Mindfulness and breathing exercises routine will be taught incrementally in 3 sessions. To derive full benefit and to learn the routine thoroughly, please sign up for the full program.   

Here are the details:

  • Location: 163 Concord Road London ON N6G 3H9
  • Days & Time: Every Friday, from 5 to 6 pm (total 4 classes)
  • Cost: $85 for all 3 sessions (+HST).
  • Components of Class:
    • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
    • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
    • Nada Mediation
    • Mudras,
    • And more…
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes at studio, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for further training. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Monitoring : To monitor improvement, you may get the following parameters checked before and after one month:
    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Lipid Profile :
      • S Cholesterol,
      • S Triglycerides,
      • HDL Cholesterol,
      • LDL Cholesterol,
      • INR

Please contact us to book your spot. Please book your spot at the Studio (WE PREFER CASH AT THE STUDIO); your spot will be confirmed only after receiving full payment. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.

You can also register for Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop.

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E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT (Yoga Alliance, USA)

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President and Director of Teaching

Please contact us to learn more about Yoga and Ayurveda. We would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited in courses and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So, respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming Yoga experience. 

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

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Jan 232015
 

Heart Health Yoga Classes

Based on MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)

Heart Health Yoga Classes

Heart and Stroke Foundation London

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Heart Health Yoga Classes

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Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of preventable death for men and women in Canada, taking a life every 7 minutes. Chronic and uncontrolled stress increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

What better way to reduce stress than through yoga?

Why Yoga?

Think prevention!

As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.

February is HEART month

As a part of Heart and Stroke Foundation, London’s

Yoga for Heart Campaign

SAVY presents discounted Yoga classes for prevention of Stress, Heart Disease and Stroke

Yoga acts at physical level through its effect on the limbic–hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (LHPA axis); millieu interiur, and hence, bodily functions can be controlled through Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana, Kriyas, Mudras, and other more refined elements of Yoga. Learn all this in SAVY Yoga classes.

Join SAVY Heart Health Yoga Classes and save precious time, money and lives!

Heart Health Yoga Classes will include:

  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  • Jitendra Kriya©
  • Primordial sound Mediation
  • Mudras, and more

This routine offers immense healing potential for the heart specifically, and for the body, mind and spirit in general.

It helps in prevention as well as in rehabilitation.

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This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you.

Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

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The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Mindfulness and breathing exercises routine will be taught incrementally in 8 sessions. To derive full benefit and to learn the routine thoroughly, please sign up for all 8 sessions.

Here are the details:

  • Location: 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Days & Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5 to 6 pm, for the month of February (total 8 classes)
  • Donation: Minimum suggested donation is $108.48 ($96 + HST) for all 8 sessions or $15 drop-in (+HST).
  • Components of Class:
    • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing)©
    • Asanas (Yoga Postures)
    • Jitendra Kriya©
    • Primordial sound Mediation
    • Mudras, and more
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). Missed  classes will not be compensated.
    • In addition to the classes here, you should also follow the routine at home.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for another month. Continue this practice for better results.
  • Monitoring : To monitor results, you may get the following parameters checked before and after one month:
    • Blood Pressure in mm Hg
    • Pulse rate/ minute
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Weight
    • Lipid Profile :
      • S Cholesterol,
      • S Triglycerides,
      • HDL Cholesterol,
      • LDL Cholesterol,
      • INR

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Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 35,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

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Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation. This is an exercise program and the results may vary.

 

Jan 172015
 

Yoga Science of Hand Gestures – Hasta Mudra Vigyan

Hand PosturesMudra‘ means a seal! In Yoga, one can make mudras with hands, eyes, whole body etc. All these mudras work in harmony with other healing methods and, done regularly, can have wonderful healing effects. Therapy with mudras offers very effective results. It works through the energy system of the body – nadis, chakras, marmas. Hasta Mudras are the gestures made with hands.

 

Our hands gestures express our inner feelings and deeper consciousness.We see mudra used, though in a crude form of common hand gestures, every day: we make an ‘o’ when things are OK, or give a ‘thumbs up’ sign, and we express peace by raising the index and middle fingers, which can express the opposite if the hand is reversed! This is one of the greatest secrets in yoga, right at the tips of your fingers! You can take your yoga practice and even your health to a completely new level by touching your finger-tips in some particular way. These particular finger positions are called ‘hasta mudras’, or hand gestures, or energy seals.

Hasta Mudras or hand  gestures allow you to direct the developed awareness of the vital energy (prana) within your body. By using mudras in your yoga and meditation practice, you can facilitate healing, balance your energy levels, focus your mind, and deepen your meditation. Holding a mudra, or hand position, during an asana practice brings a powerful and profound steadiness and focus to your practice. You can even control your breath through mudras. Mudras can generate a strong psychic effect upon the inner being and facilitate spiritual advancement.

The hand and finger positions of mudras or hand gestures make important connections in the nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways (nadis). It is also said that mudras increase energy and blood circulation to different parts of the brain, to important nerve junctions and glands.

Early yogis mapped out the hand areas and their associated reflexes which relate to the different areas of the body and brain. These areas of the hands and fingers also affect emotions and behaviors. By curling, stretching, crossing and touching fingers to other fingers and areas of the hand we can effectively communicate with the body and mind.

Certain mudras in yoga control the involuntary physiological processes and the breathing. Mudras accomplish this by uniting various marma points in the fingers that in turn activate different areas of the brain as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

One example is when you join your hands together palm-to-palm in Namaste or Anjali mudra; this brings marmas together and nerve circuits in the head and the upper part of the body in the vagus nerve system are united together. This produces a physiological response that induces calmness and a deeper breath.

Your hands are essentially an energy map of consciousness. Each finger has a quality that it represents and stimulates. In traditional yoga,

  • the little finger represents tamas (inertia)
  • the fourth or ring finger represents rajas (activity, action, passion);
  • the middle finger represents satva (purity, peace)
  • the index finger represents the atma or individual soul; and
  • the thumb represents the Parmatama or Supreme soul.

The fingers also affect the elements of the body, the chakras, the major organs, and even planetary energies.

Perhaps the most basic mudra in yoga is accomplished by touching the thumb and the index finger together to form Gyan Mudra, or the seal of wisdom. You can also say that this mudra symbolizes the union of the individual soul (index finger) with the Supreme soul (thumb).

There are hundreds of mudras in yoga, yet mudras are rarely taught extensively in yoga classes. You can facilitate healing, expand your consciousness, relax your mind, and improve psychological conditions by simply touching your fingers and hands together. Mudras are easy to perform at any time, although sitting in the lotus position and focusing on the healing is desirable. Although mudras can be used for healing certain ailments, regular practise of mudras will contribute to your overall good health and can be used as a preventive measure. Continuous practice of the mudras will produce changes in your body using pulse centres on parts of your hands, which trigger certain healing processes.

Mudras are performed with both hands at the same time, unless otherwise specified. ingers should remain comfortable during the procedure and not held stiffly or tight.

The science of Mudra Vigyan is amazing. Mudras can be quite effective in some illnesses like: Shunya Mudra for ear ache, Apan Mudra for urinary infections, Mritsanjiveni Mudra for heart attack are some of the examples.

Basis

Our body is composed of five elements – earth, water, air, fire and ether (space). These five elements also form cosmos. These five elements have assigned functions in our body to keep it healthy. After intensive research, Indian sages found that Hastamudras (hand gestures) are very important, for keeping a balance in the energy the flow among the five elements. All five fingers regulate the five elements of body.

 Hasta mudras

These are as follows–

(a) Thumb – Fire element

(b) Index finger – Air element

(c) Middle finger – Space or ether element

(d) Ring finger – Earth element

(e) Little finger – Water element

Fingers in Vedic Astrology

According to Vedic Astrology, the Jupiter (index) finger, when long, indicates a love of power and command over others; when short, it denotes a dislike of responsibility and lack of ambition.

The Saturn (middle) finger, when long, indicates prudence, love of solitude and a reserved, studious disposition; when short, it denotes frivolousness and a general lack of seriousness in all things.

The Sun (ring) finger, when long, indicates a love of the beautiful, a desire for celebrity status and fame; when excessively long, the tendency towards notoriety, speculative risk-taking, the love of money and gambling; when short, it denotes a dislike for all these things.

The Mercury (little) finger, when long, indicates mental power, a grasp of languages, and the power of expression, especially in speech; when short, it denotes difficulty in speaking and expression of thoughts; when crooked, with an irregular Head Line, it denotes a handicapped mentality.

Hasta mudras are helpful in maintaining good health and getting relief from diseases. Joining the tips of the fingers or pressing by thumb, regulate and balance respective elements in the body. Its daily practice can keep oneself healthy for life. It has tremendous healing power and if practiced properly, even major diseases can be cured. It also offers happiness and spiritual attainments.

How to perform hand mudras

Mudras in general are actions of hands and fingers that can be performed at any time in any way, like sitting, standing, walking or travelling though maximum benefit can be derived by doing them in sitting posture: especially in sukhasana (easy pose), vajrasana, or padmasana. If you have time constraints, you can even perform them in installments.

Timing and duration for mudras

Initially, mudras should be performed for at least 10 minutes and then can be extended to 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Here are some guidelines for performing Mudras:

  1. Balance, Decrease, Increase :
    • Touching the Tip of the Finger and Thumb Balances the Element represented by the Finger.
    • Touching the Finger Tip at the base of the Thumb Decreases the Element.
    • Touching the Thumb Tip to the base of the Finger Increases the Element.
  2. A light contact between the tips of the thumb and the fingers is sufficient, you need not apply pressure.
  3. Fingers not actively involved in the Mudra should be straight.
  4. Whenever possible, perform the Mudra with both hands. Mudra can be performed with one hand when there is problem on opposite side.
  5. Mudras can be Practised anytime, anywhere.
  6. Mudras can be performed by anybody, facing any Direction. Mudras are universal.
  7. Chanting of Mantras [eg: Aum, Gayatri, Om Namah Shivaya] with Mudras gives better results.
  8. Suitable dietary advice can reinforce the benefits of Mudras.
  9. For therapy, the specific Mudras are to be practised for 50 minutes, followed by Prana Mudra.
  10. Prana , Apana , Prithvi and Gyana Mudra can be practised for unlimted time . Other Mudras must be practised till the problem persists.

 

Here are some representative Hasta Mudras or Yogic Hand Gestures:

Gyan Mudra or Mudra of Knowledge

Gyan Mudra

Method:

Join tips of index fingers and thumb and keep three fingers straight. Keep your hand at your folded knee, remember to keep palm facing up. Put a little pressure on joined tips and rest of the hand would be in relaxed position.

Effect:

Mudra of knowledge – it connects you with universal knowledge. The tip of thumb correlates to the pituitary and endocrine glands. When you press these centers with the index finger the two glands work actively.

Time duration:

Practice it for 20-30 minutes every day.

Benefits:

Enhances memory, sharpens intellect, enhances concentration and prevents insomnia. When practiced regularly, it will relieve psychological disorders like hysteria, anger, depression etc. It also prevents headache, loss of sleep, tension, anxiety, depression and fears. It helps in spiritual attainments.

 

Prithvi Mudra or Mudra of Earth

Prithvi Mudra

Method:

Tip of the ring finger touches the tip of the thumb with the other three fingers stretched out.

Specialty:

Reduces all physical weaknesses.

Time duration:

Has no particular time duration. You can practice it any time you want.

Benefits:

  • Helps to increase weight for weak life-force people
  • Improves the complexion of skin and makes the skin glow
  • Promotes body functionality

 

Varuna Mudra or Mudra of Water

Varuna Mudra

Method:

Tip of little finger touches the tip of thumb with the other three fingers stretched out.

Specialty:

Balances the water content and prevents all diseases which come due to lack of water.

Time duration:

Has no specific time duration. Can be practiced according to convenience.

Benefits:

  • Retains clarity in blood by balancing water content in the body
  • Prevents the pain of Gastroenteritis and Muscle Shrinkage

Vayu Mudra or Mudra of Air

Vayu Mudra

Method:

Keep the index finger on the base of the thumb and press with the thumb keeping the other three fingers straight.

Specialty:

Prevents diseases that occur due to imbalances in the air.

Time duration:

The practice of this mudra for 45 minutes reduces the severity of disease in 12 to 24 hours. For better results practice for 40-60 days.

Benefits:

  • Relieves Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Parkinson’s disease and paralysis without any medicine
  • Useful for Cervical Spondilytis, paralysis of the face, and pressure on nerves in neck
  • Relieves gas pressure in the stomach

Shunya Mudra or Mudra of Emptiness

Shunya Mudra

Method:

Keep the middle finger at the mount of Venus and press with the thumb.

Specialty:

Reduces the dullness in the body.

Time duration:

One can practice this for 40 to 60 minutes daily until relieved.

Benefits:

  • Relieves an earache within 4 or 5 minutes

Useful for the deaf and mentally challenged

 

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Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Jan 162015
 

Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

A part of Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapy)

Vipashyana or Vipassana

Vipashyana, or Vipassana, or Breath Awareness Meditation, comes from the source of Yoga, the Vedas – the books of knowledge.

Rig Veda, handed over for thousands of years from generation to generation through shruti, and written in 1700 BC (?), mentions the technique of Vipashyana and is full of praise for Vipashyana in Mandala 10, Sukta 187, Rik 4 :

यो विश्वा॒भि वि॒पश्य॑ति॒ भुव॑ना॒ सं च॒ पश्य॑ति ।

स नः॑ पर्ष॒दति॒ द्विषः॑ ॥

yaḥ ǀ viśvā ǀ abhi ǀ vi-paśyati ǀ bhuvanā ǀ sam ǀ ca ǀ paśyati ǀ

saḥ ǀ naḥ ǀ parṣat ǀ ati ǀ dviṣaḥ ǁ

Yo vishvabhih vipashyati bhuvanah sam cha pashyati

sa nah parshadati dvishah.

One who practices Vipashyana in a perfect way, comes out of all aversion and anger – the mind becomes pure.

Vipashyana is a Sanskrit word. ‘Vi’ in Sanskrit is equivalent to the Latin ‘dis’.” ‘Pashya’ in Sanskrit means ‘to see’. The ‘vi’ in vipashyana may then mean to look into, look through or to see in a special way.’ The ‘vi’ can also function as an intensive, and thus vipashyana may mean ‘seeing deeply’. 

In Budhism, a synonym for ‘Vipassana’ is paccakkha (Pāli); this is a deformed sound of ‘pratyakṣha’ in Sanskrit,  which means ‘right in front of your eyes’, or, ‘what is very obvious’, refers to direct experiential perception. Thus, the type of seeing denoted by vipashyana is that of direct perception, as opposed to the knowledge derived from reasoning or argument. Its nature is a clarity of mind.

Mahatma Budha, a well-known exponent of this Yogic technique of Vipashyana, popularized this technique through his teachings. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk defined Vipassanā as:

Looking into something with clarity and precision, seeing each component as distinct and separate, and piercing all the way through so as to perceive the most fundamental reality of that thing”

Pranapanasmriti, or prAnapanasmriti (Sanskrit) , or Anapanasati (Pali) is mindfulness of breath. This is a core meditation practice which is simpler than, and a stepping stone to, Vipashyana. Pranapanasmriti or Anapanasmriti comes from Sanskrit word roots Prana (upward breath) + Apana (downward breath) + Smriti (memory, or to remember, or to be mindful of). So, this reminds one to focus on, and remember, or be mindful of, the breath! This is a part of most mindfulness programs based on breath awareness. But one has to practice these to derive the benefits; mere knowledge of the techniques is not enough!

More references to breath awareness meditation in Vedic literature and the importance of breath can be found here.

The Practice of Vipashyana or Vipassana or Breath Awareness Meditation

We humans are subject to innumerable limitations. We are imprisoned in the body and the stratosphere of the earth itself. We are slaves to the inevitability of sickness, age, and death – we have to face it at one or the other time. There is no-one who really controls his life fully, attains all his goals, and knows no setbacks of any kind! Meditation shows the way to self-awakening, the way to freedom from suffering and limitation.

We have lost awareness of our true Self through awareness of external objects, and become habituated, even addicted, to objective consciousness. Meditation shows us the way to remembrance and restoration. Meditation is the process of re-centering our awareness in the principle of pure consciousness which is our essential being. By focusing on breath – the meeting place of body, mind, and spirit, we can reverse our consciousness.

The breath is connected with body, emotions and mind – breath is calm when the body, emotions and mind are calm, and agitated or labored when these are agitated or labored. That is why we exhale heavily when we feel exhausted and inhale enthusiastically when feeling energized or exhilarated.

Breath exists on all planes of manifestation. Breath is external manifestation of Prana, the vital force. Breath is gross Prana. Breath is Sthula (gross), Prana is Sukshma (subtle). By exercising control over this breathing you can control the subtle Prana inside. Control of Prana means control of mind. Mind cannot operate without the help of Prana. The vibrations of Prana produce thoughts in the mind. Mind works because of Prana – it is Prana that sets the mind in motion. It is the Sukshma Prana that is intimately connected with the mind. Prana is the connecting link between annamaya kosha on one hand and manomaya kosha, vigyanamaya kosha and anandamaya kosha on the other hand, or, matter and energy on the one hand and consciousness and super consciousness on the other.

Koshas

By sitting with closed eyes and letting the mind become easily absorbed in observing and experiencing the movements of the breath, we expand our consciousness to meet the eternal Super Consciousness. We start with awareness of the ordinary physical breath, but that awareness, cultivated correctly, leads us into higher awareness which enables us to perceive the subtle movement behind the breath. Perception moves from subtle to subtler, to the subtlest.

From Consciousness to Super Consciousness

According to Yoga philosophy, all that is manifest came into being consequent to imbalance in sattwa, rajas and tamas, and Prana is the essence of all that is manifest. Prana is present all over the universe both in macrocosm and microcosm. Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe, the sum total of all the forces in nature, the sum total of all latent forces and powers which are hidden in men and which lie everywhere around us. Proper flow of Prana in our bodies assures their healthy state.

Prana is a subtle energy arising from rajo guna. It works as an interface between gross and subtle body, enabling all the psychophysical functions. This sometimes leads to confusion of prana with jiva. Though closely connected, prana is witnessed by the jiva which is floating in prana in the heart cavity. Prana’s movement leads to jiva’s identification with the gross body. Mundaka Upanishad says (3.1.9):

esho anur atma cetasa veditavya yasmin pranah pancadha samvivesha
pranais cittamsattvam otam prajanam yasmin vishuddhe vibhavatyesha atma

“The atomic soul can be perceived by perfect intelligence as floating in the five kinds of life airs (prana, apana, vyana, samana and udana). When the consciousness (that pervades from the soul through the entire body) is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material airs, its spiritual influence is exhibited.”

The breath is the evolutionary force which causes us to enter into relative existence and manifest therein until we evolve to the point where we are ready to return to our original status, purified. To turn back from the multiplicity of relativity and return to our original unity we must center our awareness in that primal impulse to duality which is manifesting most objectively as the process of our physical inhaling and exhaling. These seemingly two movements are in reality one, inseparable from one another, and together are capable of leading us back to the Super Consciousness. Through our full attention focused on the entire process of inhalation and exhalation, we become immersed in the subtler levels of that alternating cycle, moving into deeper and deeper levels until we reach the originating point.

Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing – Vipashyana, or Vipasana, or Breath Awareness Meditation (BAM)

MBH breath awareness from Jitender K Sahdev

Simple and easy

Breath Awareness Meditation is simple and easy because it goes directly to the root – loss of awareness. The root cause of suffering lies in the memories of the past, or the plans of the future. Awareness of breath brings us back to the moment. Also, Breath Awareness Meditation is so natural and spontaneous that it teaches us about itself–the actual practice, its meaning, purpose and effect. The more we practice, the more our spiritual intuition comes to the fore and becomes our instructor. Breath is your teacher!

Stages of Development

  1. Bring your awareness to the upper lip or below the nostrils. 
  2. Observe the breathing in and breathing out in the fixed area of the upper lip or below the nostrils. 
  3. Maintain your attention in this area and gently bring your awareness back to this area if you are distracted. 
  4. Be a neutral observer.  Notice the temperature of the breaths, sensations below the nostrils or upper lip, and the rhythm while simply observing them.
  5. If you are not able to maintain your awareness in the fixed area, then:
    1. In the first stage, you can use counting to stay focused on the breath. After the exhale you count one, then you breathe in and out and count two, and so on up to ten, and then you start again at one.
    2. In the second stage, you subtly shift where you breathe, counting before the inhale, anticipating the breath that is coming, but still counting from one to ten, and then starting again at one.
    3. In the third stage you drop the counting and just watch the breath as it comes in and goes out.
    4. In the final stage the focus of concentration narrows and sharpens, so you pay attention to the subtle sensation on the tip of the nose where the breath first enters and last leaves the body.

The practice of Breath Meditation

  1. Sit comfortably, relaxed, with back and neck straight. 
  2. If you wear glasses, take them off.
  3. Place your left hand with palm facing up on your lap and place your right hand (palm up) on top of your left palm. Or, place your hands on your knees or thighs, palms up or down, or resting, one on the other, in your lap. 
  4. No background music – silence is the utmost important.
  5. Turn your eyes slightly downward and close them gently. Just closing your eyes reduces your brain-wave activity by about 75%, thus helping to calm the mind.
  6. Your mouth should be closed so all breathing is done through the nose. This, too, aids in quieting the mind. Mouth closed, jaw relaxed, so the upper and lower teeth are not clenched or touching one another, but parted a little.
  7. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply three or four times, feeling the inhaling and exhaling breath moving in and out through your nostrils.
  8. Now breathe naturally and easy, keeping your awareness at the fixed spot, or on counting, as the case may be, feeling the breath as it flows in and out of your nostrils. Do not follow the breath in and out of your body, but just be aware of the breath movement sensation at the fixed spot.
  9. Keeping your awareness at the one spot, breathe naturally and calmly, observing the sensation of the breath moving there throughout all your inhalations and exhalations. This enables you to enter effortlessly into witnessing your breath.
  10. Do this for the rest of the meditation, letting your awareness rest gently on the breath at the chosen spot, and feeling the sensations of the breath moving there. After a while it may feel as though the breath is flowing in and out the spot more than the actual nostrils, or you may not feel the spot at all – just the breath moving at the location of the point. That is perfectly alright, but the focus of your attention should be only at that point–not somewhere else either outside or inside the body.
  11. Let the breath be. If the breath is naturally long, let it be so. If it is short, let it be so. If the inhalations and exhalations are of unequal length, that is just fine. Let the breath be natural and unforced, and just observe and experience it. In time, your breath will become more subtle and refined, and slow down. Sometimes your breath can become so light that it almost seems as though you are not breathing at all. At such times you may perceive that your inhaling and exhaling are more like a magnetic pull or flow in and out instead of actual breath movements. This occurs as the subtle life force (prana) that produces the breath switches back and forth in polarity from positive to negative. It is also normal for your breath awareness to move back and forth from more objective to more subtle and back to more objective.
  12. Sometimes the subtle breath is silent, but at other times you will inwardly “hear” the breath making sounds as it moves in and out. These will not be actual physical sounds, but very subtle mental sounds. They may be like the sounds made by forceful or heavy inhalation and exhalation; whatever they may be, just be calmly aware of them while staying centered on the breath.
  13. The breath is a kind of barometer of the subtle energies of body and mind. Sometimes it is very smooth, light and easy, and at other times it feels heavy, even constricted, or clogged, sticky, ragged, uneven, and generally uncomfortable and somehow feels ‘not right’. When this occurs, do not try to interfere with it or ‘make it better’. Rather, just relax and be calmly aware and let it be as it is. If you do this, the problem in the subtle energy levels which the breath is reflecting will correct itself and the breath will become easy and pleasant.
  14. In Breath Meditation we only focus our awareness on the breath at fixed spot, and not on any other point of the body. However, as you meditate you may become aware of one or more areas of your body at different times. Stay centered on your breath.
  15. Thoughts, impressions, memories, inner sensations, and the like may arise during meditation. Be calmly aware of all these things in a detached and objective manner. Let them come and go as they will, but keep your attention centered on the tip of the nose and your breath moving there. Be indifferent to any inner or outer phenomena. Breath Meditation produces peace, awareness and quiet joy in your mind as well as soothing radiations of energy in the physical and subtle bodies. Be calmly aware of all these things in a detached and objective manner–they are part of the transforming effect of meditation, and are perfectly alright, but keep your attention centered on your breath. Even though something feels very right or good when it occurs, it should not be forced or hung on to. It is not the experience we are after, but the effect.
  16. If you find yourself getting restless, distracted, fuzzy, anxious or tense, just inhale and exhale slowly and deeply a few times, feeling the inhaling and exhaling breath moving in and out through your nostrils, at the same time feeling that you are releasing and breathing out all tensions. Then resume meditation as before. Relaxation is the key to successful meditation practice.
  17. Keep in mind that Breath Meditation basically consists of being aware in a relaxed and easy manner of your breath as it moves in and out at the fixed spot.

At the end of your meditation, keep on being calmly aware of your breath moving in and out of your nose as you go about your various routine activities. In this way you can continue in the calm and clear state of meditation.

In between, in your meditation, it is good to check three things:

  1. Am I aware of the chosen spot?
  2. Am I continuously experiencing the movement or energy-flow of the breath at or in the chosen spot?
  3. Am I aware of the breath movement throughout the entire duration of each inhalation and exhalation?

These are the essential points of Breath Meditation.

Recommended Frequency and Duration:

  1. Week 1: 10 minute meditation – 2 times a day (morning and evening)
  2. Week 2: 20 minute meditation -2 times a day (morning and evening)
  3. Week 3: 30 minute meditation – 2 times a day (morning and evening)

 

Certification Test:

For Certificate (for CEU’s or DBE), you can apply for online Certification Test. Please contact office for the Certification Test Request Form. Completed form is to be submitted along with,

  • Certification Test Fee ($120, plus HST), and,
  • Log sheets with one week practice record.

Please download Log sheets by clicking at the links:

 

Please click here to go to Free Mindfulness and Breathing – Based Healing E-Course (A part of DSBH Therapy) Post

 

Primordial Sound Meditation

Please click here to visit Primordial Sound Meditation post.

Got a problem? – Just GROW*!

Click here to check this program.

 

To learn more about mindfulness and breathing based free e-course and the science behind it, and to attend live workshop, please contact us.

 

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Jan 122015
 

SAVY Face Yoga Challenge

FORGET BOTOX, FORGET ABOUT GETTING UNDER THE KNIFE

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE NATURAL FACELIFT!!!

MAKE FUNNY FACES AND GET RID OF WRINKLES AND SAGGING

CHANGE YOUR FACE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

YOU CAN NOW REGISTER FOR SAVY FACE YOGA CHALLENGE 

NEXT CHALLENGE STARTING IN FEBRUARY!

Yoga is a process of not only keeping the body healthy but also of enhancing one’s beauty and figure. Just by devoting some time daily for a month, any person can improve his/her natural charms. Every person in this world wishes to remain young and beautiful for ever. And each one tries to improve his/her beauty through natural as well as artificial methods.

The routine of SAVY Face Yoga Challenge is easier and exercises are more enjoyable that you can do for short periods of time, so that you can gently rebuild and boost your self esteem. For your own benefit, “tune in” to your body. This is for joyful warming up, warming down, healing and recovery. Stay within your capability and personal comfort zone. Just do it every day, and your whole body including your facial tone will improve.

You will be taught exercises followed in SAVY Yoga for Face, which is a guided course for women and men of all ages. It benefits the body, the mind and the spirit.

On a physical level, it teaches to invigorate and rejuvenate the face by strengthening muscles and oxygenating tissues. It increases face firmness and elasticity, adding volume and brightness to the skin and visibly smoothens and stretches out face wrinkles. More specifically it fills and strengths lips, cheeks, cheekbones, eyes, forehead, jaw line and the neck. It visibly reduces puffy eyes, dark circles, saggy eyelids and double chin. You will achieve a full facial workout and energize the body.

SAVY Face Yoga Challenge, is based specifically on:

  • Mukha Yoga (Face Yoga) exercises,
  • Asanas (Yoga Postures),
  • MBH (Mindfulness and Breathing-Based Healing),
  • Nada Yoga 
  • Kriyas
  • Mudras
  • Marmas (Indian Pressure Ponts), and more, 

offers immense healing potential, for the body, mind and spirit.

It can be used as support for muscle rehabilitation, to reduce minor facial asymmetries and can be adopted as an alternative or as a supplement to plastic surgery and cosmetic medical treatments.

Confront time and become the author of your face.

Join this Challenge and see the difference for yourself!

After you complete this 30 day challenge, you will feel the change. You will feel more confident about the way you look and the way you feel.

This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga challenge a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually.

SET ON A COURSE TO STREAMLINE YOUR FACE AND JAW-LINE IN JUST 30 DAYS

Let’s get started! You can do this!

The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor. Here are the details:

  • Time: On week Days: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Where:
    • Physical Location : SAVY International South London Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4, Or
    • Online – You’ll be sent routine for each day.
  • Formats: One Month Format
  • Batches: One batch per month.
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). To underline the importance of this, you are required to sign a form stating the same at the beginning of the program.
    • Be available for photographs before and after the Challenge.
    • At the end of the one month program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for another month. Continue this for at least 6 months.
  • Cost: Total cost is $399 for one month program.
  • Components of Program:
    • Asana (physical postures/stretching)
    • Mukha Yoga (Face Yoga)
    • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
    • Meditation
    • Self Marma Massage of important Marma Bindus
    • Nada
    • Yoga Nutrition advice based on Dosha
    • Pearls of Ancient Wisdom

The same program is also taught on one-on-one basis and online. Please book your appointment for pre-challenge consultation.

 Please check the schedule here:

Please contact us if you are interested. I would love to hear any suggestions or comments that you might have. Space is limited and participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis. So respond early to participate in this exciting, life-transforming experience.

 Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

Your Yoga Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, MBBS, Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 35,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

 

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation. This is an exercise program and the results may vary.

Jan 062015
 

Got a problem? – Just GROW *

GROW

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and drink it!

Problems give you a chance to GROW *

A chance to GROW * bigger than, and out of, your problem.

Have you ever had any situation, when you felt totally hopeless?

Haven’t there been times when you felt all was slipping out of your hands?

Don’t worry! Don’t get scared! Don’t stop!

Enhance your problem-solving skills

Just GROW *!

In a Nutshell

This practice shows you how to GROW* bigger than, and out of, your problem.

This practice will help you come back to, and stay in, the present moment.

GROW* shows you a way to create space and reconnect with your natural wisdom and resilience.

Don`t expect any particular result. Just remember the word :

GROW *

G – Get out, detach, disengage

Disengage Physically or Mentally

Disengage from the situation physically by moving away, or detach mentally by focusing on yourself.

Make a quick mental note of how you are feeling. (You can use HaBiTT* from DSBH Therapy.)

R – Return to your breath

Bring awareness to your breath

  • Gently bring your focus to breath & stay with your breath. (You can also do DAB* from DSBH Therapy.)
  • Feel the light play of the air on nostrils. Stay focused on your breath. (You can use ATTRACTS* from DSBH.)
  • Breath will help get you to the present moment and to tune in to a state of calm awareness.

O – Observe objectively

Get a bird’s eye-view

  • Do a quick simple body scan – are you feeling tight? Loosen up consciously! (You can do LaSeRS SCAN*.)
  • Then, observe what is happening around: sight, sound, smell etc. Stay calm and detached.
  • Mentally rise to get a bird’s eye view of the situation and analyze components of the situation.

W – Wit and wisdom

Continue with detachment

  • Stay detached, curious, open, calm and resourceful.
  • Make a list of what you observed and analyzed, and prioritize.
  • Use your wit to conjure up new possibilities/ solutions/ remedies, plan steps and proceed to implement.

You will see yourself GROW * bigger than, and out of, your situation!

Get introduced to the concept of GROW * with FREE MBH E-COURSE!

Join  Mindfulness and Breathing – based Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapyto learn full details of this power-packed program!

We’d love to hear from you.

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p style=”text-align: center;”>You can pre-order your copy of the book Got a problem? – Just GROW *! Coming soon!

 

GROW, HaBiTT, DAB*, ATTRACTS* and LaSeRS SCAN* are the topics included in full Mindfulness and Breathing – based Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapy).

Individual workshops are also offered. Copyright pending.Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Dec 132014
 

Registration Open for Yoga for Breast Cancer Teacher Training

YOGA FOR BREAST CANCER TEACHER TRAINING

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

 OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

SPECIALITY

Yoga for Breast Cancer Teacher Training Program

 30 HOURS PROGRAM

FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

AS WELL AS

BREAST CANCER CARE

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 or YOGA THERAPY 1000 PROGRAM

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

 Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or

YOGA THERAPIST 1000

Or

Deepen their yoga practice and knowledge

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

Your Teacher Trainer – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc. (Alternative Medicine), Ph.D. (Alternative Medicine),MD (Alternative Medicine), M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher in London ON. A Surgeon by profession from India, he started his Surgical career in a Cancer Hospital in India and in his Surgical career over almost next three decades, performed thousands of breast cancer and other surgeries. He utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

Join NOW and fulfil your aspirations! 

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant page.

Click here to learn more about choosing your Yoga Teacher Training wisely.

Click here to know about our other Yoga Teacher Training courses.

*Conditions apply.

Nov 152014
 

Beat the Beast

SAVY International Inc./ SAVY Yoga Studio has started a novel series Beat the Beast – a series of 10-day workshops, each one targeted at different major diseases as well as positive health. Under this series, we offer workshops on some very useful Yoga routines including yoga postures, breathing exercises, marma therapy, nada yoga, shithilakaran, meditation techniques, mudras, kriyas, and a lot more – all that which is specifically effective for the said  health issue and has a proven role in the care of that particular state. Participants will be required to attend 90-minute classes for the specified 10 days. 

Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus

Claiming Your Health Back from Diabetes

Beat the Beast series, based on Yoga, Pranayama, Nada, Marmas, Meditation and more, offers immense healing potential for the body, mind and spirit.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels. In 2013 it was estimated that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes. In Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. Gestational Diabetes, this type affects females during pregnancy. The most common diabetes symptoms include : Polyuria – frequent urination, Polydipsia – intense thirst, and Polyphagia – intense hunger. Weight gain, unusual weight loss, fatigue, cuts and bruises that do not heal, male sexual dysfunction, numbness and tingling in hands and feet are also commonly reported symptoms. In Type 1 Diabetes, if you follow a healthy eating plan, do adequate exercise, and take insulin, you can lead a normal life. In Type 2, patients need to eat healthily, be physically active, and test their blood glucose. They may also need to take oral medication, and/or insulin to control blood glucose levels.   Yoga is not just physical stretching, but it is a whole science of life! Yoga and Ayurveda offer many ways of helping in diseases. SAVY offers programs based on Yoga, Marma, Kriyas, Mudras, effective breathing techniques and other healing elements of Yoga. Validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them in the past, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, inspired by his work in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver! Right from the day of  SAVY‘s inception, we’ve put benefits of all the advanced and superlative skills and knowledge on offer for the benefit of humanity under our Yoga Therapy programs, specifically including Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program. In a study done on effect of yoga in Diabetes-2 cases, yoga resulted in significant reduction in BMI, glycemic control, and malondialdehyde and increase in glutathione and vitamin C and helps in reducing oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes. Yoga in addition to standard care helps reduce BMI and improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients.

We offer very well-structured, effective, advanced and result-oriented programs for Diabetes care as well as other diseases. These are the methods which work at cellular level and root out any insufficiency. As studies are proving, Yoga has a definite role to play in Diabetes mellitus management.

To read more about role of Yoga in Diabetes mellitus, please click here.

The Overall and Personal Cost of Diabetes

 The out-of-pocket expenses associated with diabetes remain a substantial portion of disposable income and a barrier to the prevention of diabetes-related complications. The estimated total economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 in USA was $245 billion, a 41% increase from our previous estimate of $174 billion (in 2007 dollars). This highlights the substantial burden that diabetes imposes on society. Additional components of societal burden include intangibles from pain and suffering, resources from care provided by non-paid caregivers, and the burden associated with undiagnosed diabetes.

What do I learn in a Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus Workshop?

diabetes

You will be practicing a capsule of extremely useful exercises, physical as well as mental, in a time-bound manner. This program sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit! This could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned yoga practitioner, you will find this yoga workshop a truly rewarding experience physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually. You will learn, in a nutshell, about diabetes mellitus symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine and the Yoga/ Ayurveda perspective. You’ll also be given an overview of all major modalities of treatment available. You’ll be given an overview of the role of yoga in these diseases. Based on DSBH Therapy and Dr. Sahdev’s clinical work in India spanning over three decades, we’ll introduce you to a system of breathing retraining and routine of yogic exercises. This system has:

  • Scientific basis – based on the standard principles of yoga and breathing, guidelines of the science of breathing – Pranayama and supported by research
  • Natural – it’s all natural and no supplements, vitamins, pills are advised
  • Drug-free – categorically no drugs are involved in any form
  • Potent – as medical research into their effectivity has shown so far, these methods are quite effective and potent, and in good hands and with proper guidance, success rate is quite predictable
  • Effective – these breathing exercises significantly decrease stress, anxiety, insomnia symptoms and can be really helpful
  • Safe – we follow international best practice guidelines

 

How is it beneficial to me?

Beat the Beast – Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus workshop sets you on a course to perfection in body, mind and spirit! As the latest studies suggest, it can be useful for prevention as well as during treatment.

Here are some of the benefits of attending this program:

  • This program sets you on a course to perfection. You learn healthy habits which you can continue to follow.
  • At the completion of the program, develop an on-going daily practice of your own.
  • PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
  • The benefits of a regular practice cannot be over-emphasised!
  • Natural weight management.
  • Develop a body that is more flexible, healthier and stronger.
  • Learn how to manage stress effectively.
  • Reduce chronic pain.
  • Develop the habit of waking up early, thus leaving much more of the day for yourself.
  • Morning yoga gives you abundant energy and vitality for the rest of the day.
  • Develop a strong will-power.
  • Detoxify and cleanse your body.
  • Develop healthier eating habits.
  • There are innumerable other benefits beyond this list.

Also, this workshop will give you an overview of  Diabetes Mellitus, symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine and the Yoga/ Ayurveda perspective. It introduces you to yoga and breathing re-training which is completely natural, safe, potent, effective and totally drug-free. You receive advice on management. If you are suffering from Insomnia, Panic Attacks or Sleep Apnoea the appropriate advice will be applicable to improve these specific conditions too. The Workshop teaches you strategies which help you to optimize health. The aim is to learn yoga routine to help you lead a normal healthy life again.

You’ll get guidance and aid to continue doing that after attending workshop. You can also opt for follow-up plans. All this helps you deal with the problem in a more systematic and positive way.

 

Expected Outcome

  • At cellular level, this routine will put on a road to recovery from disease and senescence
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of stress and anxiety medications
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of symptoms and complications
  • Symptomatic relief of other psycho-somatic disorders
  • Increased stamina and energy levels, better work performance, improved sleep
  • Decreased stress levels, increased happiness

  Who does this workshop help?

The workshop is most useful for those people who are prepared to take time and responsibility to control their problems. The workshop will be useful to anybody who can follow instructions, do breathing exercises and wants to learn more about his/ her problems and is open to newer medically-documented solutions. It is useful for people with all types and degrees of severity of stress and anxiety as well as people with other disorders such as insomnia, snoring, sleep apnoea and panic attacks. It is also effective in reducing chronic fatigue.  It works for those who are and remain willing and motivated to act upon the advice given in the workshop.

 

What does Beat the Beast workshop entail?

Beat the Beast workshop consists of 90-minute practice on each day, for 10 week – days. Clients learn yoga and breathing exercises. These exercises are known and proven to be effective and help in recovery.

 

Top Ten Reasons to attend ‘Beat the Beast’ workshop at SAVY

1. Highest standards of Professionalism, Qualifications and Experience 

It’s vital to learn correct and proper techniques for yoga and breathing exercises. Dr. Jitender K Sahdev, President at SAVY International Inc. and creator of Yoga and Pranayama programs at SAVY, has been working in India as a Surgeon for the last almost three decades, is one of the most qualified and experienced Yoga experts in the world with an E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance, USA, is a Yoga Therapist and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, and has M.D., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Alternative Medicine. He has worked in Neurosurgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care, and many other Super Specialities in India. The programs are a result of a lifetime of the most exhaustive experience in Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Yoga. SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200 and RYS 300 yoga school. Our registered yoga teachers have the highest ranks as yoga teachers, are Yoga Therapists and are trained and experienced DSBH Educators as well.  We train yoga teachers, yoga therapists, Marma Therapists, DSBH Educators etc.

2. Pre-Workshop Consultations are free

Our 15 minute pre-workshop consultations are free. We listen to you. Book your pre-workshop consultation now!

3.Proven Workshop Formats

The workshop gives you a lot of information which is amazing in practical application. It consists of procedures and breathing exercises which are considered very useful and most are of proven value. We strive to bring the most comprehensive knowledge and proven application techniques to you.

4.Individualized approach

Because of small group size, you get individual attention and all your questions are answered and concerns addressed.

5.Competitive Cost

We offer the best value for money services. Free pre-workshop consultation, free Question-Answer sessions after workshop and training material for workshop. Under one of the most qualified faculty in the world, with one of the best programs, our costs are most competitive.

6.We Listen

Your feedback is a very important to us. We understand psychological and emotional aspects of dealing with a chronic health condition, and we use a persistent, but non-stressful, approach. Your co-operation is of paramount importance.

7.Best Support in Industry

We believe in a long and congenial Client – Practitioner relationship. All messages, emails and enquiries are answered promptly.

8.Commitment

We are result-oriented and committed to work, given the willingness and commitment on your part too.

9.We welcome a dialog with your Health-Care Provider

We understand that searching for the best available options is a goal of any chronic health condition management. Information about our programs and DSBH therapy is available on our website for your health care provider.

10.We are flexible 

We understand the demands of modern life, costs in health and disease and respect your time. We’ll try our best to be flexible and accommodate your schedule.

 

An Overview of what you learn in ‘Beat the Beast’ Workshop

This programme will give you a better understanding, a sense of control and an improved quality of life right from Day 1. Practised regularly, with commitment, what you learn here will produce improvements in every area of life.

Day 1

  • filling up of registration and waiver form
  • introduction to Diabetes Mellitus
  • understanding the problems
  • introduction to disease monitoring
  • introduction to some exercises

Day 2 – Day 7

  • introduction to and practice of fuller routines of yoga postures and breathing exercises, in a graded manner
  • the importance of, and how to maintain 24 hour nasal breathing, even during sleep
  • Introduction to basic exercises in DSBH Therapy- Module 1, and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT)
  • learn and practise vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques

Day 8 – 10

  • practice of full routines of yoga postures, breathing exercises and other elements of yoga
  • DSBH Therapy and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT) in more detail
  • practise of vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques
  • Question- Answer Session
  • Feedback – we check your results to make sure you are practising correctly.

Schedule The program will consist of a group-based practice led by a knowledgeable and experienced instructor. Here are the details:

  • Dates:
    • November 21 to 30, 2014
    • November 16 to 20, November 23 to 27, 2015

Please confirm final dates with the studio at the time of registration.

  • Time: On week Days: 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
  • Where: SAVY International South London Yoga Studio at 119-D Exeter Road London ON N6L 1A4
  • Formats: Two-week Format
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing any class (except in an emergency). To underline the importance of this, you are required to sign a form stating the same at the beginning of the program. Missed classes will not be compensated in any way.
    • At the end of the program, continue the same practice at home or sign-up for other relevant programs to make it a life-long habit.
  • Cost: Total cost is $699 for 10-day workshop.
  • Components of Program:
    • Asana (physical postures/stretching)
    • Yoga Nidra/ Shithilikaran (relaxation)
    • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
    • Mudras and Kriyas
    • Meditation
    • Self Marma Massage of important Marma Bindus
    • Nada
    • Aum Chanting
    • Energy Healing
    • Chakra and Kundalini Awakening Exercises
    • General Ayurvedic Detox Diet advice
    • Pearls of Ancient Wisdom

Daily Practice will include:

  • Asana: We will practice a variety of relevant asanas (physical postures) during this period. Even though we shall maintain the same basic pattern, each day we might either introduce a new pose or practice variations of different poses. The asana practice will improve strength, flexibility, endurance and balance in different parts of the body. Also, asanas act on different Marma points and hence on Chakras.
  • Yoga Nidra/ Shithlikaran: Yoga Nidra/ Shithilikaran (deep relaxation) helps not only relax the body but also helps calm the nerves, the mind and activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Pranayama: Pranayama is the bridge between our physical body and other sheaths. Various pranayama (breathing techniques) practices will include all or some of – bhastrika (deep forceful breathing), kapaalabhaati (breath of fire), bahya pranayama (holding the breath out), agnisaar ( belows breathing with breath holding), anulom vilom (alternate nostril breathing), many other deep breathing practices, sectional breathing, sitali (cooling breaths), breath retention (kumbhaka), bandhas (energy locks) and much more.
  • Mudras and Kriyas: You’ll receive guidance for relevant mudras/ kriyas.
  • Meditation: We shall practice a few simple but very effective meditation techniques.
  • Self-Marma Massage: Marma bindus are the energy points which connect to the chakras through nadis. Self-massage of various important marmas helps open up energy channels and balance chakras.
  • Nada: Nada (Indian Classical Music) notes have the same effect as the Marma bindu massage and help to open up and balance various chakras. We’ll be practising various notes and may even practice some compositions based on various ragas on different occasions.
  • AUM Chanting: AUM is the primordial sound and AUM chanting has a healing effect on all our sheaths. We’ll be investing some  of our time in it daily.
  • Energy Healing: Various exercises are conducive to very positive energy fields around us while practicing in a group. We’ll be doing these exercises on different occasions.
  • Chakra and Kudalini Awakening Exercises: Various procedures, chants, exercises which help balance chakras and so are conducive to kundalini awakening in the long run will also be done.
  • Ayurvedic/ Yoga Dietary Advice: Importance of diet on the basis of body type, and its role in healing will also be highlighted. You will be given a general advice on diet throughout the program.
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  • ‘sattvic’, light, nutritious, VEGETARIAN food (no meat, poultry, oil, fish or eggs).
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Nov 142014
 

On World Diabetes Day – Diabetes Mellitus

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14 to mark the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting of London ON, who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea leading to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

This day engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat of diabetes. It was adopted as an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world. Healthy Living and Diabetes is the World Diabetes Day theme for 2014-2016.

The logo for World Diabetes Day is the blue circle – the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign.

 

Diabetes Mellitus

Around 250 B.C., the name “diabetes” was first used. The word diabetes comes from Greek, meaning a “siphon”. Araetus the Cappadocian, a Greek physician during the second century A.D., named the condition diabainein. He described patients who were passing too much water (polyuria) – like a siphon. The word became “diabetes” from the English adoption of the Medieval Latin diabetes.

In 1675, Thomas Willis added mellitus to the term, although it is commonly referred to simply as diabetes. Mel in Latin means “honey”; the urine and blood of people with diabetes has excess glucose, and glucose is sweet like honey. Diabetes mellitus could literally mean “siphoning off sweet water”.

In ancient India people observed that ants would be attracted to some people’s urine, because it was sweet. The term “Sweet Urine Disease” was coined.

Key Points

diabetes

  • Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels.
  • In 2013 it was estimated that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes.
  • In Type 1 Diabetes – the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.
  • In Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type.
  • Gestational Diabetes – this type affects females during pregnancy.
  • The most common diabetes symptoms include
    • Polyuria – frequent urination
    • Polydipsia – intense thirst, and
    • Polyphagia – intense hunger.
    • Weight gain, unusual weight loss, fatigue, cuts and bruises that do not heal, male sexual dysfunction, numbness and tingling in hands and feet are also commonly reported symptoms.
  • In Type 1 Diabetes, if you follow a healthy eating plan, do adequate exercise, and take insulin, you can lead a normal life.
  • In Type 2, patients need to eat healthily, be physically active, and test their blood glucose. They may also need to take oral medication, and/or insulin to control blood glucose levels.
  • As the risk of cardiovascular disease is much higher for diabetics, it is crucial that blood pressure and cholesterol levels are monitored regularly.
  • As smoking might have a serious effect on cardiovascular health, diabetics should stop smoking.
  • Hypoglycemia – low blood glucose – can have a deleterious effect on patient.
  • Hyperglycemia – when blood glucose is too high – can also have a bad effect on the patient.

There are three types of diabetes:

1) Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

The body does not produce insulin. It is also referred to as insulin-dependent diabetesjuvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before their 40th year, often in early adulthood or teenage years. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. Patients with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life. They must also ensure proper blood-glucose levels by carrying out regular blood tests and following a special diet. The prevalence of type 1 Diabetes among the under 20s in the USA rose 23% between 2001 and 2009.

2) Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

diabetes

Beta cells in islets of Langerhans do not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the receptors in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance). Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People with more of central obesity are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems. It may respond to simple measures such as : loss of weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring blood glucose levels regularly. However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease. Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Men whose testosterone levels are low have been found to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

3) Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Diagnosis of gestational diabetes is made during pregnancy. This type affects females during pregnancy. Some women have very high levels of glucose in their blood, and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.

The majority of gestational diabetes patients can control their diabetes with exercise and diet. Women whose diets before becoming pregnant were high in animal fat and cholesterol had a higher risk for gestational diabetes, compared to their counterparts whose diets were low in cholesterol and animal fats.

Pre-diabetes Mellitus

The vast majority of patients with type 2 diabetes initially have prediabetes. Their post-prandial blood glucose levels go higher than normal, but come back to normal. Studies indicate that some damage to the circulatory system and the heart may occur even at this stage.

Investigations

Doctors can determine whether a patient has a normal metabolism, is pre-diabetic or diabetic through three tests:

  • The Hb A1c test: Glycated hemoglobin (hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, A1C, or Hb1c; sometimes also HbA1c or HGBA1C) is a form of hemoglobin that is measured primarily to identify the average plasma glucose concentration over prolonged periods of time.
    – at least 6.5% means diabetes
    – between 5.7% and 5.99% means pre-diabetes
    – less than 5.7% means normal
  • The FPG (Fasting Plasma Glucose) test
    – at least 126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/L) means diabetes
    – between 100 mg/dl and 125.99 mg/dl (5.5 to 7.0 mmol/L) means prediabetes
    – less than 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) means normal
    An abnormal reading following the FPG means the patient has impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
  • The OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test)
    – at least 200 mg/dl (11.2 mmol/L) means diabetes
    – between 140 and 199.9 mg/dl (7.8 to 11.2 mmol/L) means prediabetes
    – less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) means normal
    An abnormal reading following the OGTT means the patient has impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)

Blood Glucose Regulation

Following is the list of known hormones which regulate blood glucose levels.

Hormone Tissue of Origin Metabolic Effect Effect on Blood Glucose
Insulin Pancreatic β Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Enhances entry of glucose into cells

2) Enhances storage of glucose as glycogen, or conversion to fatty acids

3) Enhances synthesis of fatty acids and proteins

4) Suppresses breakdown of proteins into amino acids, of adipose tissue into free fatty acids

Lowers
Somatostatin Pancreatic δ Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Suppresses glucagon release from α cells (acts locally)

2) Suppresses release of Insulin, Pituitary tropic hormones, gastrin and secretin

Lowers
Glucagon Pancreatic α Cells in Islets of Langerhans

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances synthesis of glucose from amino acids or fatty acids

Raises
Epinephrine Adrenal medulla

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Raises
Cortisol Adrenal cortex

1) Enhances gluconeogenesis

2) Antagonizes Insulin

Raises
ACTH Anterior pituitary

1) Enhances release of cortisol

2) Enhances release of fatty acids from adipose tissue

Raises
Growth Hormone Anterior pituitary Antagonizes Insulin Raises
Thyroxine Thyroid

1) Enhances release of glucose from glycogen

2) Enhances absorption of sugars from intestine

Raises

Controlling Diabetes

All types of diabetes are treatable.

Diabetes type 1 lasts a lifetime, there is no known cure. Patients with type 1 are treated with regular insulin injections, as well as a special diet and exercise.

Type 2 usually lasts a lifetime, however, it can be managed with or without medication, through a combination of exercise, diet and body weight control. Sometimes insulin injections are also required.

Patient has a significantly higher risk of developing complications especially if diabetes is not adequately controlled.

 

Complications linked to diabetes

Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

  • Eye complications– glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and some others.
  • Foot complications– neuropathy, ulcers, and sometimes gangrene which may require that the foot be amputated
  • Skin complications– people with diabetes are more susceptible to skin infections and skin disorders
  • Heart problems– such as ischemic heart disease, when the blood supply to the heart muscle is diminished
  • Hypertension– common in people with diabetes, which can raise the risk of kidney disease, eye problems, heart attack and stroke
  • Mental health– uncontrolled diabetes raises the risk of suffering from depression, anxiety and some other mental disorders
  • Hearing loss– diabetes patients have a higher risk of developing hearing problems
  • Gum disease– there is a much higher prevalence of gum disease among diabetes patients
  • Gastroparesis– the muscles of the stomach stop working properly
  • Ketoacidosis– a combination of ketosis and acidosis; accumulation of ketone bodies and acidity in the blood.
  • Neuropathy– diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage which can lead to several different problems.
  • HHNS (Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome)– blood glucose levels shoot up too high, and there are no ketones present in the blood or urine. It is an emergency condition.
  • Nephropathy– uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to kidney disease
  • PAD (peripheral arterial disease)– symptoms may include pain in the leg, tingling and sometimes problems walking properly
  • Stroke– if blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels are not controlled, the risk of stroke increases significantly
  • Erectile dysfunction– male impotence.
  • Infections– people with badly controlled diabetes are much more susceptible to infections
  • Healing of wounds– cuts and lesions take much longer to heal

 

Some Facts And Myths Regarding Diabetes

Many presumed myths keep making rounds. It is important to have an accurate picture of the disease. Some common diabetes myths are mentioned here:

  • People with diabetes should not exercise– THIS IS NOT TRUE! Exercise is important for people with diabetes, as it is for everybody else. Exercise helps manage body weight, improves cardiovascular health, improves mood, helps blood sugar control, and relieves stress. Yoga has been shown to have an important role. Patients should discuss exercise with their doctor first.
  • Fat people always develop type 2 diabetes eventually– Again, this is not true. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of becoming diabetic, they are risk factors, but do not mean that an obese person will definitely become diabetic.
  • Diabetes is a nuisance, but not serious– Diabetes is a serious disease. Two thirds of diabetes patients die prematurely from stroke or heart disease. The life expectancy of a person with diabetes is from five to ten years shorter than other people’s.
  • Children can outgrow diabetes– Child-onset diabetes is almost always type 1; insulin-producing beta cells in islets of Langerhans in pancreas do not produce insulin, so they will need to take insulin for the rest of their lives.
  • Don’t eat too much sugar, you will become diabetic– A person with diabetes type 1 develops the disease because immune system destroyed the insulin-producing beta cells. A diet high in calories, which can make people overweight/obese, raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if there is a history of this disease in the family.
  • I know when my blood sugar levels are high or low– The only way to be sure about your blood sugar levels is to test it regularly. Even very slight rise in blood-glucose levels significantly raises the risk of ischemic heart disease.
  • Diabetes diets are different from other people’s– Experts say that there is no need to buy special diabetic foods because they offer no special benefit as compared to the healthy things we can buy in most shops. Diabetics just need to eat healthy.
  • High blood sugar levels are fine for some, while for others they are a sign of diabetes– High blood-sugar levels are never normal for anybody. Some illnesses, mental stress and steroids can cause temporary hikes in blood sugar levels in people without diabetes. Anybody with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels or sugar in their urine should be checked for diabetes.
  • Diabetics cannot eat bread, potatoes or pasta– People with diabetes can eat starchy foods. However, they must keep an eye on the size of the portions. Whole grain starchy foods are better, as is true for people without diabetes.
  • One person can transmit diabetes to another person– Diabetes is not infectious or contagious.
  • Only older people develop type 2 diabetes– A growing number of children and teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes. Experts say that this is linked to the explosion in childhood obesity rates, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
  • I have to go on insulin, this must mean my diabetes is severe– people take insulin when diet alone or diet with oral or non-insulin injectable medicines do not provide good-enough diabetes control. Insulin helps diabetes control. It does not usually have anything to do with the severity of the disease.
  • If you have diabetes you cannot eat chocolates or sweets– People with diabetes can eat chocolates and sweets if they combine them with exercise or eat them as part of a healthy meal, provided blood glucose level stays within normal limits.
  • Diabetes patients are more susceptible to colds and illnesses in general– A person with diabetes with good control is no more likely to become ill with a cold or something else than other people.

 

 Ayurveda in Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes was known to ancient Ayurveda and Yoga experts thousands of years ago.  The Indian physician Sushruta in 400 B.C. described the sweet taste of urine from affected individuals, and for many centuries to come, the sweet taste of urine was key to diagnosis. Diabetes Mellitus is known to Indians from Vedic period onwards by the name Asrava (Prameha). Diabetes is also known as Madhumeha (means passing sweet urine) in Ayurveda. The knowledge and effectiveness of diagnosis can be understood from the fact that Ayurveda has classified Diabetes (madhumeha) into 20 different types!

Types of diabetes , Causes and Symptoms

Two types of Prameha from management point of view has been described:

  • Krisha Pramehi (Lean Diabetic), and
  • Sthula pramehi  (Obese Diabetic)

They are classified in Ayurveda on very similar grounds as Diabetics are classified in IDDM and NIDDM respectively.

On the very similar pattern we find the classification as

  • Sahaj pramehi (Congenital) and
  • Apathaya nimmitaj (due to overeating and wrong eating habits).

Ayurveda clearly defines diabetes.  Diabetes Mellitus was known to Hindu Civilization since vedic period by the names:

  • Asrava(Prameha),
  • Madhumeha, or
  • Maharoga(Major Disease),

as almost all parts of the body and every cell of human physiology are affected.

It also disturbs 5 sheaths of the body –

  1. annamaya kosha {Food sheath},
  2. pranamayakosha{Energy sheath}, 
  3. manomaya kosha{Mind Sheath},
  4. vijnana maya kosha{IntellectualSheath} and
  5. anandamaya kosha{Bliss Sheath}.

According to Ayurveda, prameha is divided in 4 major types (and total 21 types)

  • Kapha type (again divided into 10 types)
  • Pitta type (again divided into 6 types)
  • Vata type (divided into 4 types)
  • Juvenile diabetes for children (for unhealthy practices of parents and/or due to the sins of past-birth)

The main cause of prameha (diabetes) are lack of exercise and consumption of excess food having ushna, snigdha and guru nature. Foods that increase kapha, medhas and mootra are the major factors for prameha.

 

Yashcha kinchith vidhiranyepi sleshma medho moothra samjananam sa sarva: nidana vishesha.

 

Classification of Prameha (Diabetes) :

According to Ayurveda , Prameha (Diabetes) can be classified in two categories :-

1)      Apatharpana uthaja prameha describing the lean diabetic and

2)      Santharpana uthaja prameha relating the obese diabetic.

 

Classification according to Causes of diabetes :-

1)      Sahaja prameha (congenital)

2)      Apathyanimittaja prameha (due to over eating and poor habits)

 

Classification of Diabetes according to Dosha :-

According to Ayurveda, Prameha (diabetes) is a tridoshaja vyadhi.  However the predominance of any one dosha and dooshya enables its classification into

  • Vataja Prameha
  • Pitaja Prameha, &
  • Kaphaja Pramehas.

They are further sub classified into 20 sub categories according to characteristics of urine, its volume, dhatu being excreted through urine.

Normally, Prameha (Diabetes- Madhumeha ) is classified by Ayurvedic Practitioners according to dosha predominance viz.

1) kapahja,

2) pithaja,

3) vathaja,

4) kapha-pithaja,

5) kapha-vathaja,

6) pitha-vathaja, and

7) vatha-pitha-kaphaja.

Sannipatha, kevala vathaja and kapha-vthaja(to some extent) and pitha-vathaja can be considered as IDDM. And others are considered as NIDDM.

 

1. Sweda Profuced Sweating
2. Angagandham Foul Smell of the Body
3. Anga Shidhilathwam Looseness of the body
4. Sayyasna Swapnasukhabhishangithwam Feeling of lethargy
5. Hridayopadeham Feeling of something coated or heaviness of hridaya.
6. Netropadeham Feeling of some thing coated on eyes
7. Jhwopadeham sensation of a coated tongue.
8. Shravanopadeham Feeling of coating on ears
9. Anga ghanathwam Heaviness of body parts
10. Keshathivridhi Excessive growth of hairs
11. Nakhathivridhi Excessive growth of Nails
12. Sheetha priyathwam Affinity towards cold
13. Gala shosham Dryness of throat
14. Thalu shosham Dryness of palate
15. Asya madhuryam Sweet taste in mouth
16. Karadaham Burning sensation of palms
17. Pada daham Burning sensation of soles
18. Moothra madhuryam Sweetness of urine

 

According to Sushruta, Dosha predominance is the primary factor in Diabetes Complication.  According to him Malabandha (Constipation) is a complication of this disease as the patient has a concentration of Meda.  In such cases laxatives of average doses are not effective.

According to Brihathrayees, pidika (diabetic carbuncle) is a major complication of prameha (Madhumeha).

Complications as per Dosha :-

Kaphaja

  • Avipakam– indigestion
  • Aruchi– Loss of appetite
  • Chardi– Vomiting tendency
  • Athinidra– Excessive sleep
  • Kasam– Cough
  • Peenasam– Cold with running nose

Pittaja

  • Vasthimehanyotoda – Pain in Bladder & urinary path
  • Mushkavatharanam – Pain in testes
  • Jwara– Fever
  • Daham– Burning sensation
  • Trishna– Thirst
  • Amlika– Acidity
  • Moorcha– Giddiness
  • Vitbhedanam– Loose Motion
  • Hridayashoola– Pain in heart region
  • Nidranasam– Loss of sleep

Vataja

  • Udavartham-Upward movement of vatha.
  • Kambam-Tremor
  • Hridgraham-Gripping pain in chest region
  • Lolatha-Affinity
  • Soolam-Pain
  • Anidratha-Insomnia
  • Sosha-Wasting
  • Kasam-Cough
  • Swasam-Difficulty to breath
  • Badhapureeshathwa        –Constipation

According to Charaka.  There are three types of prameha.

  • Sadhya  – curable
  • Yapya    – Palliable
  • Asadhya – Incurable

Sadhya: Describes patients who have been diagnosed very early in the onset of prameha (Madhumeha). In this category of patients , there can be those who are sthoola  (obese) and the origin of their disease is in apathyaja (poor living habbits)

Yapya: Patients under this catagory have Pittaja prameha & certain types of kaphaja prameha.However Yapya (palliable) helps control the disease with treatment.

Asadhya: Describes the incurable version of prameha (Madhumeha) & inherited diabetes.Sahaja patients suffering from this variety are Krisha (lean)

 

Involvement of Ojas in Prameha (Madhumeha)

Ojas is the essence of life, an extract of the seven dhathus (Elements) Rasa(Chyle), Rakta (Blood),Mamsa (Muscles), Majja(Marrow), Asthi (Bone), Meda (Brain & Spinal Cord), Sukra (Sperm & Ovum), Ojas (Mahadhatu=Superior Dhatu) represented as bala {strength }of the body. The ojus in a healthy person determines the physical, psychic, sensory motor functions of the body. The biochemical component of the body which is reddish, white, slightly yellowish in colour residing in heart and other vital organs of the body. If ojas is distrubed, degeneration will be fast and result in decreased life span. In prameha the ojas (life essence) is expunged from the body through all navadwaras especially through urine & sweat.

Ojas gets imbalanced in prameha in two ways:

  1. Through obstruction in blood vessels (srothorodha)
  2. Degeneration of the body components is dhatu kshaya this can cause both cardiac & nervous system disorders.all this is ojakshaya meaning an imbalance in Ojus.

 

Management of Prameha (Madhumeha)

According to Ayurveda the line of treatment of prameha is strictly on individual’s constitution.

1)      The prakrithi of the patient

2)      Dosha predominance of disease

3)      Dooshya vitiation

4)      Obstruction in srothus

5)      Manasika Prakrithi

6)      Ahara & Vihara

7)      Samskaras or Hereditary factors etc…

In general Diabetes Mellitus (Vathaja prameha) patients are advised to have Bhrimhana medication & diet which increases dhathus in the body.

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Herbs useful in treatment of Diabetes :-

Specifications :-

Latin Name : Pterocarpus marsupium – leguminosae

Rasa (Taste) : Kashaya (Astrigent), Tikta (Bitter)

Guna (Characteristics ) – Lakhu (Light), Ruksha  (Rough)

Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cold)

Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Katu (Pungent)

Actions according to Ayurveda :-

  • Rasayana : Vijaysar rejuvenates each and every cell of the body.
  • Raktasodhana : Vijaysar purifies the blood and removes all toxins from it.
  • Krimirogahar (Antihelmenthic) : Vijaysar is very useful in disease which originate from external causes like infection, worm infestation etc.
  • Pramehaghna : Vijaysar is useful in all disease which involve discoloration of urine including diabetes (Madhumeha).

For thousands of years, ancient physicians have been successfully treating Prameha with the Ayurvedic measures and drugs. Many drugs have already been screened for their anti-diabetic property/blood sugar lowering property. The importance of diet and exercise is also stressed in Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic diet regimens and the recipes may serve as a good replacement for the Diabetic patient. Though many of the diabetic drugs that are used today have a good sugar lowering (Hypoglycemic property they essentially act only symptomatically. The management modalities can be categorized as:

  • Vyaayam (Exercise),
  • Pathya (dietary regulation),
  • Panchakarma (Bio-purification procedures) and
  • The use of therapeutic measures (Medicines).

The herbal drugs used in the management of Prameha are bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. Some of the widely used herb apart from Vijaysar for the management of diabetes is as follows:

  1. Eugenia jambolana:(Jamun beej churna) Dry seed powder of Jamun fruits have to be used in a dose of one-teaspoon twice/thrice daily with lukewarm water.
  2. Gymnema sylvestre: (Gudmar patra churna) Dry leaves of this plant have to be used one teaspoon daily with lukewarm water. The leaves when chewed render the mouth tasteless to sweet for 45 min to one hour.
  3. Pterocarpus marsupium (Vijaysar churna) Bark of this plant is available in the form of powder. Cubes or Vijaysaar glasses are also very popular & Effective.  The piece of Vijaysaar is kept in water overnight or water is kept in the glass is consumed early morning on empty stomach. One should discard these cubes or glasses once there is no color change observed in water.

4.Ficus bengalensis (Nyagrodha twaka churna) This is banyan tree bark. A decoction of bark is to be prepared and consumed twice daily in a dose of 40 to 80ml. The decoction is prepared by taking around 25-50gms of bark to which 4 cups of water are to be added. It is heated to make one cup, which has to be consumed.

  1. Shilajeet Popularly known as Rock salt, various reputed companies have Granular or powdered form of Shilajeet available. Though not very useful in reducing the blood sugar it is an excellent remedy to for loss of libido in males and in case of generalized weakness.
  2. C. Tamal (Tejpatra) This is very commonly used as a spice in preparing food products. A diabetic patient may make a point to add the leaves of this plant in his food. Also the powder of leaves may be consumed.
  3. Fenugreek seeds (Methi churna) Seeds of Methi have to be soaked in warm water overnight and chewed early in the morning with warm water. One may take powder of these seeds with warm water twice daily.  Methi powder may be added to the wheat flour to prepare chapattis.
  4. Momordica chirantia Karvellaka (Karella) Juice of Karela should be taken early in the morning in a quantity of 20 ml.  The dried whole fruit powder can also be consumed in the dose of ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily.
  5. Embelica officinalis (Amala) When fresh Amla are available one may take Amla juice 20 ml daily or otherwise powder of Amla fruits may be taken twice daily.
  6. Curcuma longa (Haridra) Haldi powder along with Amla juice is a very good combination in patients of Diabetes. It is especially useful in prevention as well as treatment of patients of Diabetic eye disease. Haldi can be put in milk as well.
  7. Kirat tikata (Chirayata) A decoction of this plant is to be taken daily early morning. It is a very popular remedy used in all parts of the country for various skin disorders and hence forms a perfect remedy for skin infections in Diabetics .

An ayurvedic physician may advise adjuvant ayurvedic drugs. Not only do these help in lowering the blood sugar but also prevent the long-term complications of diabetes. We shall name some of these combinations/preparations:

  • Chandraprabha vati: In a dose of 500 mg twice or thrice daily. This is specially used in patients having Diabetes with Urinary tract infection or in females having leucorrhoea. This can be used along with Gorshuradi guggul in the same dose.
  • Trivang Bhasma: This is a combination of three bhasmas namely Naga, Vanga and Yashaha Bhasma. It is to be taken in a dose of 125mg twice daily available in the form of powder. It is very useful in conditions where there is excessive urination, Male sexual problems as well as to treat generalized weakness.
  • Dhatri Nisha: A combination of Haldi powder and Amla Rasa and has to be taken early morning and is especially useful in eye condition.
  • Vasant Kusumakar Rasa: A very useful tonic for diabetics especially useful in the stage of complications it has to be consumed in a dose of 125 mg twice daily. Along with having a general tonic effect it also helps in Diabetic eye condition and in preventing various conditions developing due to Nerve weakness.
  • Arogyavardhini
  • Mamajjaka Ghana vati
  • Jambvasava
  • Pathyakshadhatryadi kashaya
  • Panchanimba churna

Along with regular use of vijaysar, following herbs can also be used depending upon symptoms

1)       Diabetes with Arthritis: Yograj guggul, freshly prepared decoction of Dasamoola, Rasna saptak, a paste of sunthi or Dasang lepa may be applied on the affected joint.

2)       Diabetes with constipation: Powders like Gandharva haritaki, Isabgool, Panchaskar, Hingvastak can be used to relieve constipation.

3)       Diabetes with burning sensation in the soles and palms: this can be well managed with Mangista Ghana vati, chandrakala rasa, Chandraprabha vati, pravaal pisti, Guduchi satva etc

4)       Diabetes with cough: Diabetic patient suffering of chronic cough may given powders of Yasti madhu, Kantakari, Vasa, Shati etc. Ayurvedic cough syrups available in the market are not safe to be taken by a diabetic patients

5)       Diabetes with excessive thirst: Excessive thirst may be managed with the use of cold infusions (heema) of Dahayanak, usheera, Chandan etc. Praval, Guduchi, may also be used.

6)       Diabetes with excessive urination: excessive urination can be treated with the use of Trivang bhasma, jasad bhasma, etc

7)       Generalised weakness and fatigue are the usual symptoms that can be treated with the use of herbs like shatavari, Ashvagandha, Bala Yastimadhu. Complications like tapyadi loha, Vasant kusumakar rasa are also very effective

8)    Impotence is a very distressing symptom of a diabetic patient. By assessing the age of the patient they may be advised Ashwagandha, Kaucha beeja, musali etc.

Permitted food for Diabetics according to Ayurveda :

Wholesome diet habit for diabetes:
1. Shigru(drum stick)
2. Haridra(turmeric)
3. Amalaki(goose berry)
4. Shyamaka-Setaria italica (L.) Beau.
5. Kodrava- Paspalum scrobiculatum,Linn.
4. Yava(barley)
5. Godhuma(wheat)
6. Mudga(green gram)
7. Kulattha(horse gram)
8. Patola(snake gourd)
9. Karavellaka(bitter gourd)
10. Maricha(pepper)
11. Lashuna(garlic)
12. Jambu(blue berry)
13. Vyayama(exercise) etc

Prohibited diet for diabetics according to Ayurveda:
1. Kanda- moola (root-rhizome)
2. Ikshu (sugar cane juice)
3. Taila(oil)
4. Ghrita(ghee)
5. Guda(jiggery)
6. Kanjika/shukta(sour beverages)
7. Madya(alcohol)
8. Pishtanna(carbohydrate rich food)
9. Anupa mamsa(flesh of marshy land)
10. Dadhi (curd)
11. Navanna (new grains)
11. Divaswapna (day sleep etc)

 

7 Effective Home Remedies for Controlling Sugar

Ayurveda recommends many simple home remedies to keep diabetes under control. Incorporating one or two of these remedies into your daily diet plan can help you prevent or at the least manage your blood glucose levels.

  1. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoon of amla powder + half a tablespoon of methi seeds powder in half a glass of water and take daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
  2. Mix honey with barley that is soaked overnight in Triphala decoction (available at Ayurveda stores) and have it several times during the day.
  3. Juice of bitter melon or gourd can test the toughest amongst us. But when taken on an empty stomach it works wonders at balancing our blood sugar level.
  4. Grind and mix 100gms of fenugreek (methi) seeds, 50gms of turmeric and some white pepper. Take one teaspoon of this powder with a glass of milk twice daily.
  5. Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek overnight in water and drink it with water or milk in the morning.
  6. A tablespoon of the juice of the Indian gooseberry mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice is said to enable the pancreas to secrete insulin, if it is taken daily for two months.
  7. Drink a glass of water with 10 tulsi leaves, 10 belpatras and fenugreek leaves early in the morning on an empty stomach.

Yoga in Diabetes

Effectiveness of Yoga at preventing and treating diabetes is due to its emphasis of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as its ability to balance the endocrine system, massage and tone the abdominal organs, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, and reduce stress. Pranayama or breathing exercises offer still greater hope.

Stress has been shown to play an important role in diabetes by elevating blood glucose levels and increasing the odds of developing certain complications, such as heart disease, stroke and infections. And having a chronic disease that requires major lifestyle changes and constant monitoring can be very stressful in itself. Research now shows that chronically elevated levels of cortisol (hormone produced by the stress response) can lead to blood sugar problems, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Yoga and meditation are the two best practices to reduce stress and yoga has been shown to dramatically lower cortisol levels in the body.

All steps of Ashtanga Yoga, viz., Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi, are important and should  be adhered to in the same order. In health or disease, it’s always better to know and choose yoga postures and pranayama exercises according to the prakriti and  vikriti of the person.

In general, exercise is a highly effective part of diabetes treatment because it increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar. Many studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes, confirming that the practice of postures can stimulate the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Yoga has also been proven helpful for weight management, blood sugar control, as well as lowering of the dosage of diabetic medications.

Yoga Postures

Surya Namaskar
Forward bends, twists and prone (belly down) poses all compress the abdomen to stimulate the pancreas, with prone poses being the most effective. Use forward bends and calming poses to reduce stress. In addition to acting on koshas and balancing chakras, yoga postures improve lymphatic circulation and hence body immunity. Yogic postures done with focus on breath, bandha, drishti and proper alignment are meditative and help in detoxification. Two reasons that yoga is particularly great for diabetes is that it:

  • Rejuvenates pancreatic cells, through alternate abdominal contractions and relaxation, during asanas (yogic postures which produce relaxation) and breathing exercises.
  • Reduces blood sugar due to muscular exercise involved in the asanas.

Some yogic postures provenly beneficial in diabetes are:

  1. Surya Namaskar (sun salutation)
  2. Setubandhasana (bridge pose)
  3. Pavanamuktasana (wind relieving pose)
  4. Trikonasana (triangle pose)
  5. Tadasana (mountain pose)
  6. Sukhasana (easy pose)
  7. Padmasana (lotus pose)
  8. Pashimottanasana (posterior stretch)
  9. Ardhmatsyendrasana (half spinal twist)
  10. Pawanmuktasana (joint freeing series)
  11. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  12. Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose)
  13. Dhanurasana (bow pose)
  14. Halasana (plow pose)
  15. Naukasana (boat pose)
  16. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  17. Shavasana (corpse pose)
  18. Anila Asana

Pranayama

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Practice Pranayama to increase circulation of blood, oxygen and prana to facilitate healing and for stress reduction. Ashwin, the breath, is said to be the physician of gods. According to Vedas, it heals all maladies, with a name or without it. Recent years have witnessed a rise in interest in the healing powers of pranayama and myriad of studies have proven its positive effects on health. Pranayama has immense healing potential, and in expert hands, can work wonders. Pranayama is a great way to boost immunity. It is the bridge between the physical body and spiritual body and optimizes the flow of Prana. In general, some exercises like:

  • Bhastrika
  • Ujjayi
  • Kapal Bhati
  • Anulom Vilom
  • Moorchha
  • Vibhag Pranayama
  • Mahat Pranayama
  • Sama Vritti Pranayama
  • Visham Vritti Pranayama etc.

have been shown to help in diabetes. Please check the details of some breathing exercises here.

To offer the advantages of this yogic science of breathing, SAVY launched Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program ,a stepped program based on some very safe and healing breathing exercises in 2012.

Meditation 

meditation
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind and activates the body’s natural healing abilities. You can use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of yoga practice:

  • Yoga Meditation,
  • Third Eye Meditation
  • Prana Healing Meditation

Yoga Nutrition

Healthy Heat Eating

Diabetes has been linked to the western lifestyle, as it is rarely seen in cultures that consume a natural non-processed, non-refined diet. Because of the standard Western diet that is high in sugar and dead carbohydrates that turn to sugar, the pancreas becomes exhausted and the cells are overworked. A yogic diet that is high in fiber, whole grains, legumes and vegetables is recommended to lose excess weight and stabilize blood sugar levels. With the synergetic combination of yoga, regular aerobic exercise and healthy diet diabetes can be controlled and quiet often reduced or even cured.

Some studies on raw vegetarian diet claim miraculous results.

Marma Therapy

Marma Points

Marmas can also be called minor chakras; they are vital points in the body through which life energy flows. There are 108 marmas and they are classified into different groups. Some marmas are very important in diabetes, and if massaged with proper pressure/technique, order, oil, duration etc., can help a lot in prevention as well as relief. Some points for diabetes are :

  1. Indrabasti
  2. Hridaya marma
  3. Tala Hridaya
  4. Urvi Marma
  5. Stanarohita Marma
  6. Guda Marma

Activation of these and other important points by massage with specific herbal oils, medicated ghrita in a gentle manner with discrete motion is highly beneficial. All this must be undertaken under the strict supervision of a well-trained expert with actual experience.

 

Ayurvedic/ Yogic massage based on Marma Therapy is quite beneficial. This is done not only as a means to relieve stress but also for deeper therapeutic reasons. It assists in hormonal balance. Most masseurs are not trained in such specialized massage, so, finding a knowledgeable expert becomes very important.

Mudra Vigyan and Kriya Vigyan

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Various hand postures (hasta mudras) are said to have very beneficial effect in health and disease.

There are five hand mudras which are quite effective in diabetes. Practice for 45 minutes daily at a stretch or three times of 15 minutes each, depending on your comfort level.

1. Surya Mudra

 ‘Surya’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Sun’. Surya mudra is known to increase the fire within the human body that in turn ensures an optimised metabolic rate. Diabetics, in general, have poor metabolic rates which results in increased sugar levels and weight gain. Regular practice of this mudra will help boost metabolic rates, thus ensuring loss of weight and lowering of sugar levels. The mudra also helps easing indigestion and associated problems.

Method:

  1. Sit or stand straight.
  2. Stretch your hands to your front.
  3. Bend your ring finger so that it touches the root of thumb.
  4. Keep the other fingers spread out, apart from each other.

 

2. Pran Mudra

Known as the Mudra of Life, it helps in improving the vital force of life and activates your Mooladhara Chakra or root chakra. Thus, it empowers you wholly within. The mudra, when practiced without fail, helps in detoxifying your body. Practicing this mudra alongside Apan Mudra has been proven to offer relief to those suffering from diabetes.

Method:

  1. Sit down in a relaxed position, preferably, Padmasana (Lotus pose), with your eyes closed. Those who are uncomfortable in this position can opt for performing the mudra in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
  2. Focus on your breathing.
  3. Keep your hands on your sides.
  4. Bend your little finger and ring finger to touch the thumb.
  5. Keep the index finger and middle finger straight.

Make sure that you perform this mudra with both the hands.

 

3. Apan Mudra

The mudra, also called the mudra of purification, is one of the easiest yoga mudras. It aids in striking a better balance between the elements within the human body. Thus, it ensures that the unwanted toxins are flushed out properly from your body. This mudra results in frequent urination for eliminating the wastes, thus lowering the blood sugar levels.

Method:

  1. Sit in Padmasana or Vajrasana. Those who have knee problems can opt for standing in Tadasana.
  2. Keep your hands stretched to your front.
  3. Bend your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger in such a way that their tips come together.
  4. Keep the little finger and index finger straight.

Make sure that you perform this mudra with both the hands. Combine this mudra with Vayu mudra and practice regularly for preventing and curing diabetes.

 

4. Gyan Mudra

Also known as Chin Mudra, it can be practiced by the diabetics to enjoy deep relaxation. It helps in relaxing the body and eliminating stress and other mind-related issues.

Method: The mudra, in general, is practiced alongside meditation poses.

  1. Choose a sitting position, such as Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana, depending on your ease of doing so. You can even choose Tadasana, if you can concentrate without any trouble. Those who find it difficult to follow any of the yoga asanas can opt for sitting relaxingly on a chair. Keep your eyes closed.
  2. Keep your back straight; head and chest should be held high. Focus on your breathing.
  3. Keep your palms on your knees. Palms should face upwards.
  4.  Bend the index finger to touch the thumb’s tip, while the rest of the fingers are kept straight.
  5. Performing this Mudra while chanting will yield more effective outcomes.

 

5. Linga Mudra

Lingam, in Sanskrit, means phallus – the male reproductive organ. This mudra is helpful for those who are suffering from diabetes. It helps in activating the fire element within the human body, thus generating intense heat. This, in turn, causes an increase in metabolic levels. The higher the metabolic levels, the more the chances of a person losing weight. This, automatically, lowers blood sugar levels, offering relief from diabetes.

Method:

  1. Sit down in Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana or choose to stand in Tadasana.
  2. Clasp your hands stretched in front of the body while keeping the fingers intertwined.
  3. The thumb of your left hand should point upward. Circle it with the right thumb and right index finger.
  4. Inhale and exhale normally and maintain the position for 15 minutes.

 

 

Nabho Mudra - Breathe and Heal

Nabho Mudra – Breathe and Heal

Also, Nabho mudra and Khechari mudra, when done properly along with certain Pranayamas, are said to have a curative effective.

ayurved

Panchakarma requires strict supervision by an expert. Shatkarma is a set of six detoxifying procedures, viz., Neti, Dhauti, Nyauli, Basti, Kapal Bhati, Tratak, which are said to remove the toxins from the body and thus help the body recover from any ailment.

 

NADA YOGA AND MANTRAS

All disorders in Ayurveda have been correlated to karmic influences. Hence chanting Mantras with appropriate gestures is very helpful. The selection of Mantras and time to chant depends on the natal chart and its interpretation.

Gayatri Mantra

Mantras influence the vibratory functions of cells and help them work in specific synchronization with the brain. Over a period of time it helps to cleanse the body of toxins. These therapies must be followed with strict guidelines of diet and lifestyle.

 

VEDIC ASTROLOGY AND GEMSTONES

Gemstone therapy and Vedic astrology have been shown to be useful in diabetes.According to Astrology, planetary Combinations which causes Diabetes are:

  • Two or Three Malefic Planets if posited in Watery Signs
  • Two or Three Malefic Planets posited in the 6th House.
  • Two of Three Malefic Planets posited in Libra or in 7th house
  • Moon afflicted by Sun or Mars in Watery Signs
  • Venus afflicted by Sun or Mars in Watery Signs
  • If the 6th lord is posited in 8th or vice versa

Astrologically, Diabetes can be cured by wearing two gems:

  1. Red coral, and
  2. Yellow sapphire.

There are certain rules for wearing the stone:

1. The Gemstones shall be worn in silver.
2. Gemstones shall be energized by purification.
3. The Gemtones shall be worn in right hand.
4. Gemstones can be worn in a single pendant where Yellow Sapphire shall be fitted on the right hand side and Red Coral on the left hand side.

At SAVY we offer Yoga Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and other ailments.

Also, please look up here for upcoming workshops, or

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Learn all that directly under expert guidance of one of the most qualified faculty in the world! Your Yoga Teacher – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500 D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, is a Yoga Therapist /Yoga Teacher in London with over 37,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India with almost three decades of experience in Medicine, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients and for easing symptoms associated with disease. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

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Note : Yoga Therapy is best administered in an individualized manner though some generalized guidelines have been provided for all.

You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation. 

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Another Study Establishes Role of Yoga in Breast Cancer

Meditation

For thousands of years, Yogis have known how to control body processes and functions through yoga. Regular yoga practice is said to retard the process of aging and improve quality of life. Even in modern times, many of the well-known exponents of yoga are known to lead healthy lives well into their nineties.

Recent years have seen an increased interest in role yoga can play in health as well disease. With each passing day, more and more studies are putting a stamp of authenticity on what yogis have been claiming for  a long time. Yoga Therapy is a new upcoming modality with a lot of substance and potential to it. Yoga is capable of helping with prevention as well as in challenging the unhindered march of the beast of disease.

Very recently, research team at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) in Alberta and the University of Calgary Department of Oncology has published a study that establishes yoga has significant potential and should be further explored as a beneficial physical activity option for cancer survivors. The study found that telomeres, which are protein complexes at the end of chromosomes, maintain their length in breast cancer survivors who have psychological intervention, while telomeres shortened in women who were not involved in support groups. Shortened telomeres are associated with diseases, while longer ones are thought to help protect the body. In the study, in the Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery group, the women attended a 90-minute group session about meditation and Hatha yoga for eight weeks. They were also told to meditate and do yoga at home daily. In the Supportive Expressive Therapy group, the women met for 12 weeks for 90 minutes to talk about their concerns and feelings. It allowed them to express their emotions, rather than stifle them. Participants randomly placed in the control group attended one, six-hour stress management seminar, but did not experience any other interventions. It was seen that the women in both of the active groups where they learned meditation or yoga, or did the support groups, they all maintained their telomere lengths, so they were basically the same. But, the women in the control group who had no intervention — their telomeres became shorter..

Telomeres, Cancer and Aging

There has been a small group of scientists, gerontologists, studying the reasons we age and fall sick, for many years – how, and can we, slow down or control the process. More and more researchers are joining the field. Telomeres are protective pieces of DNA material at the ends of every chromosome in every cell in the body. Telomeres, like protective caps at the end of our shoelaces, function to protect our genome integrity and preserve cell function. As we age our telomeres shorten. Scientific studies have shown that short telomeres are associated with age related decline and dysfunction. Evidence clearly shows that people with long telomeres age healthier and live longer.

A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration. A telomere is a repeating DNA sequence (for example, TTAGGG) at the end of the body’s chromosomes. The telomere can reach a length of 15,000 base pairs. Telomeres function by preventing chromosomes from losing base pair sequences at their ends. They also stop chromosomes from fusing to each other. However, each time a cell divides, some of the telomere is lost (usually 25-200 base pairs per division). Telomeres protect a cell’s chromosomes from fusing with each other or rearranging—abnormalities which can lead to cancer—and so cells are normally destroyed when their telomeres are consumed. Most cancers are the result of “immortal” cells which have ways of evading this programmed destruction. Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information. When the telomere becomes too short, the chromosome reaches a “critical length” and can no longer replicate. This means that a cell becomes “old” and dies by a process called apoptosis.

Telomere activity is controlled by two mechanisms: erosion and addition. Erosion, as mentioned, occurs each time a cell divides. Addition is determined by the activity of telomerase.

Telomerase, also called telomere terminal transferase, is an enzyme made of protein and RNA subunits that elongates chromosomes by adding TTAGGG sequences to the end of existing chromosomes. Telomerase is found in fetal tissues, adult germ cells, and also tumor cells. Telomerase activity is regulated during development and has a very low, almost undetectable activity in somatic (body) cells. Because these somatic cells do not regularly use telomerase, they age. The result of aging cells is an aging body. If telomerase is activated in a cell, the cell will continue to grow and divide. This “immortal cell” theory is important in two areas of research: aging and cancer.

Cellular aging, or senescence, is the process by which a cell becomes old and dies. It is due to the shortening of chromosomal telomeres to the point that the chromosome reaches a critical length. Cellular aging is analogous to a wind up clock. If the clock stays wound, a cell becomes immortal and constantly produces new cells. If the clock winds down, the cell stops producing new cells and dies. Our cells are constantly aging. Being able to make the body’s cells live forever certainly creates some exciting possibilities.

Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

Yoga in Cancer

At SAVY, we have always maintained that Yoga has a big role to play in all diseases, including cancer. Modern Science has only started discovering the wonders that can be achieved with Yoga and Pranayama, the science of breathing exercises, very recently. Some of the recent studies have concluded:

  1. Brain Growth: According to a Harvard study, when controlled breathing is used during meditation, it can actually increase the size of the brain. Meditation that involves focusing one’s attention on the breath has the capacity to increase cortical thickness. Please click at the link to read about some major studies done on the effect of meditation on brain. Another paper mentions the role of meditation in improving the quality of life.
  2. Prevent Heart Attack: Low heart rate variability has been associated with a greater risk of heart attacks. A 2012 study found that deep breathing practices can improve heart rate variability in healthy test subjects.
  3. Lower Stress: Shallow breathing is a sign of stress and ‘fight or flight’ sign of the body. Sitting quietly and focussing on your breathing helps your body achieve a state of calm, shifting from functioning from sympathetic nervous system ( characterized by drive, fight, flight and ambition) to the parasympathetic nervous system (relax and receive).
  4. Get rid of Negative Emotions: We feel short of breath during times of panic or stress. This is the body’s natural reaction to a perceived threat. Focusing on breathing can help to alleviate anxiety, symptoms of depression, and other negative emotions. Last year, Australian researchers found that deep breathing 30 minutes before a performance effectively reduced musicians’ performance anxiety.
  5. Reduce Examination Phobia: A 2007 study published in the journal ‘Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ found that students who practiced deep-breathing meditation before an exam reported perceiving less anxiety, self-doubt and concentration loss than the students who did not practice deep breathing .
  6. Lower Blood Pressure: Taking slow, deep breaths for just a few minutes a day could help lower your blood pressure, according to Dr. David Anderson of the National Institutes of Health. While researchers have observed that slow, deep breaths can help to relax and temporarily dilate blood vessels, they don’t yet know precisely why deep breathing has the capacity to cause a lasting drop in blood pressure.
  7. Inflammation and Immune Function: A brief daily yogic meditation intervention may reverse the pattern of increased NF-κB-related transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines and decreased IRF1-related transcription of innate antiviral response genes previously observed in healthy individuals confronting a significant life stressor.
  8. Gene Expression: A recent study found that mind-body practices like yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises can trigger the body’s “relaxation response,” a physiological state of deep relaxation that alters the way it responds to stress. This state can counter the negative effects of stress for people with health conditions like anxiety and hypertension, by actually altering the expression of genes in the immune system.
  9. Cellular Aging: A pilot study published in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that brief daily meditation practices by family dementia caregivers can lead to improved mental and cognitive functioning and lower levels of depressive symptoms. This improvement is accompanied by an increase in telomerase activity suggesting improvement in stress-induced cellular aging.

There is also evidence for role of yoga breathing in asthma and more evidence is accumulating. This recent study is another milestone in establishing the role of Yoga in health and disease.

SAVY’s Crusade Against Diseases

Yoga and Ayurveda offer many ways of helping cancer patients. SAVY offers programs based on Yoga and effective breathing techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, inspired by his work in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver!

Right from the day of  SAVY‘s inception, we’ve put benefits of all the advanced and superlative skills and knowledge on offer for the benefit of humanity under our Yoga Therapy programs, specifically including:

Some highlights of management of breast cancer from Yoga point of view have been discussed here.

We offer very well-structured, effective, advanced and result-oriented programs for Cancer care as well as other diseases.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Do Yoga regularly. Yoga has been shown to go a long way in boosting immunity. Join our targeted, very well-structured programs to help you achieve that end.
  2. Learn breathing exercises from a knowledgeable teacher and practice them regularly. Pranayama has been shown to have a lot of healing effect. We offer training in Pranayama in Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program. Some of the breathing exercises for cancer are given here.
  3. Practice breast self-massage as well as use professional help. Marma massages, done properly, help with lymphatic drainage and open up blockages in energy channels.
  4. Exercise regularly using movements that involve the shoulders and build torso and upper arm strength.
  5. Wear comfortable, natural fiber (i.e. cotton) underwear. Bras that have under wires or that are strapless should not be used as they will make the breasts sag and allow toxins to accumulate in breast tissue.
  6. Use aluminium-free deodorant. Empirical studies show that aluminum can enter the blood and lymph systems through the skin and severely challenge the immune system.
  7. Avoid hydrogenated fats like margarine and vegetable shortening.
  8. Eat a vegetarian diet with little or no saturated or mono-saturated fats, refined sugars, dairy products, meats, and caffeine, and high in whole grains (i.e. brown rice, oats, barley) , green and orange vegetables (i.e. carrots, squashes, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc.).
  9. Eat soy-based products, such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh occasionally.
  10. Choose to eat organic foods and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Many synthetic chemicals (including what is found in fertilizers, pesticides. germicides) mimic hormones and cause physical and emotional havoc.
  11. Use supplements such as vitamins E, C, and B-complex as well as minerals. Eat mineral-rich sea vegetables or take mineral supplements particularly when your stress level is high.
  12. Use hormone-free contraception. Avoid long-term use of the pill and synthetic hormone therapies when possible.
  13. Expose your breasts to sun and moon light.
  14. Sleep in complete darkness.
  15. Color TVs, microwave ovens, and computer screens emit radiation that can damage tissue.
  16. Each body type has its own, unique beauty. Seek that out in yourself and become it.
  17. Sensuality and sexuality are not opposed to or the enemy of spirituality. Celebrate life!

At SAVY we offer special sessions for Yoga for Breast Cancer and other programs for Cancer Care.

Please check the dates for upcoming workshops here.

Learn all that directly under expert guidance of one of the most qualified faculty in the world! Your Yoga Teacher – Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, D.Sc. (Alternative Medicine), Ph.D. (Alternative Medicine),MD (Alternative Medicine), M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery and Surgical Oncology, the most qualified and experienced Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher in London ON and Canada. A Surgeon by profession from India, he started his Surgical career in a Cancer Hospital in India and in his Surgical career over almost next three decades, performed thousands of breast cancer and other surgeries. He utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more…. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He is a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

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Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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Oct 042014
 

Yoga for Breast Cancer

 yoga for breast health SOME FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER

  1. The highest incidence of breast cancer is found in Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada and the United States, countries with a high level in milk consumption.
  2. Breast cancer is practically not present in societies where animal milk is not consumed, especially in Eastern countries.
  3. There is evidence to suggest that wearing tight bras for prolonged hours daily increases the risk of breast cancer. Women who wear bra 24 hours a day may face up to 125-times higher cancer risk.
  4. No breasts are perfectly symmetrical, shapes and sizes of each pair may vary.
  5. Fibrous and fatty tissue in the breast is normal. Changes in breast texture and ptosis are a part of moving through the years.
  6. There is no family history of breast cancer in 80% of breast cancer cases.
  7. 90% of breast lumps are not malignant. But they should always be checked. Early detection of breast cancer is vitally important.
  8. Mammograms are tools for early detection, not prevention.
  9. Breast cancer incidence increased by 50% when hydrogenated oils (i.e. margarine) became common in diets.

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?

Cancer can be explained as abnormal growth of cells due to uncontrolled division. Breast cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the breast; malignant means that it can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body. Most often, breast cancer starts in cells that line the ducts, which are the tubes that carry milk from the glands to the nipple; this type of breast cancer is called ductal carcinoma. Cancer can also start in the cells of the lobules, which are the groups of glands that form milk; this type of cancer is called lobular carcinoma. Both ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma can be in situ, which means that the cancer is still where it started and has not grown into surrounding tissues. They can also be invasive, which means they have grown into surrounding tissues. Less common types of breast cancer can also develop. These include inflammatory breast cancer, Paget disease of the nipple and triple negative and basal-like breast cancers. Rare types of breast cancer include non-Hodgkin lymphoma and sarcoma. Every cell contains a DNA which is copied into the new cell; in cancer, there are mistakes in copying. There are error-correcting proteins in cells which prevent these mistakes and render an exact copy. When mutations occur in these error-correcting proteins they cause cancers which may cause enhanced multiplication. These mutations can manifest as errors in enzymes or specific markers like p53, BRCA1, BRCA2 in case of breast cancers. Mutations can be inherited or acquired. Breast Anatomy

1-Chest Wall; 2-Pectoralis major; 3-Lobule; 4-Nipple; 5-Areola; 6-Lactiferous duct; 7-Fatty tissue; 8-Skin

Cancer cells keep on replicating as opposed to normal cells which die after their purpose is served. To ensure that the cell completes its life span there are protective pathways, like P13K/AKT or RAS/MEK/ERK pathway. Mutations may also occur along this pathways, like the PTEN protein which turns the pathway off for each cell when the cell is required to die.

PRESENTATION

The first sign of breast cancer often is a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram. You might feel a firm, not necessarily painful, lump in your breast while showering or doing a regular breast self-exam. Also lumps in the armpits are a warning sign. While a lump is the most common sign of breast cancer, other noncancerous conditions, like cysts, can also cause breast lumps. Women with a rare form of the disease called inflammatory breast cancer can develop a red, pink, or purple rash across part of their breast. The skin of the breast might also appear puckered, like the skin of an orange, peau d’orange. If you notice an unusual lump in your breast, report it to your doctor and have it checked. Male breast cancer is not uncommon and must be taken seriously. breast cancer To summarize, signs of possible breast cancer are:

  • A lump
  • Ongoing pain
  • Size changes or swelling
  • Redness, rashes or crusting in the breast, armpit or collarbone areas
  • Changes in the nipples – discharge or inversion
  • Puckering of the skin.

DIAGNOSIS AND TESTS
Breast examination can be done by self or by a trained medical practitioner. Mammogram, which uses a series of X-rays to show images of your breast tissue, is currently the best imaging technique for detecting tumors. Ultrasound uses sound waves, which bounce off the breast to create a picture of the tissue inside. An ultrasound is not used to screen for breast cancer; it can help spot tumors in dense breasts that don’t show up clearly on a mammogram. An ultrasound can also help the doctor find out whether a growth discovered during a mammogram or breast exam is cancerous. Biopsy, where a small amount of the lump material or fluid is excised with the help of a needle and examined under the microscope. FNAC (Fine-needle aspiration and cytology) is the most common form of biopsy where a thin, hollow needle is used to withdraw cells from the lump and is sent to the lab for analysis. Surgical biopsy which is the most accurate method for confirming cancer. The surgeon removes a part (incisional biopsy) or whole (excisional biopsy) of the breast lump depending on the size and sent to the lab for histo-pathological examination. Estrogen and progesterone receptor tests is done if the biopsy confirms the cancer. This test helps determine the treatment protocol.

BREAST CANCER STAGES

TNM Staging (Tumours, Nodes, Metastasis) is used to find the breast cancer stage. Breast cancer stages range from early, curable breast cancer to metastatic breast cancer. After breast cancer is diagnosed, doctors do tests to find out whether cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. Then they assign a stage, which helps them treat the cancer. In stages 0 and 1, the cancer hasn’t spread beyond the breast. Stage 2 cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes. Stage 3 tumors have spread to the lymph nodes, and possibly the chest wall. Stage 4 means cancer has reached other, remote parts of the body.

METASTASIS

Metastasis is a process when the cancer cells spread through the blood stream and get localized at other organs and cause secondary tumors. Common sites include bone, liver, lung and brain. The manifestation can be known by bone or joint pain, unexplained weight loss, jaundice, neurological symptoms etc.

TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

Breast cancers that are influenced by hormones estrogen and progesterone are treated with HRT (Hormone replacement therapy) and radiation . Surgery is performed where the tumors are devoid of hormone receptors. Surgical procedure can vary from simple Lumpectomy (removal of lump) to partial or complete removal of the breasts (simple mastectomy , partial or segmental mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy). Breast reconstructive surgery is offered for women after radical mastectomy. Surgery is generally followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

RISK FACTORS

  1. Drinking alcohol: Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. 
  2. Being overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese after menopause increases breast cancer risk. Higher estrogen levels and higher blood insulin levels have been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer.
  3. Drinking Milk: Breast cancer is practically not present in societies where animal milk is not consumed, especially in Eastern countries. Consumption of more than 2 glassfuls of milk has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
  4. Physical activity: Evidence is growing that physical activity in the form of exercise, even as little as 1¼ to 2½ hours per week of brisk walking, reduces breast cancer risk. To reduce your risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week.
  5. Having children: Women who have not had children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk overall. 
  6. Birth control: Studies have found that women using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. Once the pills are stopped, this risk seems to go back to normal over time. Women currently using birth-control shots seem to have an increase in breast cancer risk, but it appears that there is no increased risk in women 5 years after they stop getting the shots. Birth control implants, IUD, skin patch, vaginal ring also use hormones that could fuel breast cancer growth.
  7. Hormone therapy after menopause: Hormone therapypost-menopausal hormone therapy(PHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) or just estrogen therapy (ET), Combined hormone therapy (HT) after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer. The use of bioidentical hormone therapy should be thought to have the same health risks as any other type of hormone therapy. Long term use of estrogen therapy (ET) has been found to increase the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in some studies.
  8. Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding may slightly lower breast cancer risk, especially if it’s continued for 1½ to 2 years.
Having one or many risk factors does not mean that you are sure to get the disease.

  • Being a woman: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for breast cancer. Breast caner is about 100 times more common in women than in men. 
  • Getting older: Most invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 and older.
  • Certain inherited genes: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects (called mutations) passed on from a parent. Genetic testing can be done to look for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2genes (or less commonly in other genes such as PTEN or TP53).
    • BRCA1 and BRCA2: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In normal cells, these genes help prevent cancer by making proteins that help keep the cells from growing abnormally. In some families with BRCA1 mutations the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80%, but on average this risk seems to be in the range of 55% to 65%. For BRCA2 mutations the risk is lower, around 45%. Breast cancers linked to these mutations are more often found in younger women and more often in both breasts than cancers not linked to these mutations. Women with these inherited mutations also have a higher risk of developing other cancers, mainly ovarian cancer. In the United States, BRCA mutations are more common in Jewish people of Ashkenazi (Eastern Europe) origin than in other racial and ethnic groups, but anyone can have them.
    • Changes in other genes: These gene mutations are much less common and most of them do not increase the risk of breast cancer as much as the BRCA genes. They are seldom causes of inherited breast cancer.
    •  ATM: Inheriting one abnormal copy of this gene has been linked to a high rate of breast cancer in some families.
    •  TP53: People with Li-Fraumeni syndrome caused by this gene have an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as some other cancers such as leukemia, brain tumors, and sarcomas (cancers of bones or connective tissue). 
    •  CHEK2: Li-Fraumeni syndrome can also be caused by inherited mutations in the CHEK2gene. 
    •  PTEN: Mutations in this gene causes Cowden syndrome, a rare disorder that puts people at higher risk for both non-cancer and cancer tumors in the breasts, as well as growths in the digestive tract, thyroid, uterus, and ovaries. 
    •  CDH1: Women with mutations in this gene also have an increased risk of invasive lobular breast cancer.
    •  STK11: People with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome caused by inherited mutation of this gene have pigmented spots on their lips and in their mouths, polyps in the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts, and a higher risk of many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
    •  PALB2: Mutations in PALB2 gene can lead to a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Having a family history of breast cancer: Most women (about 8 out of 10) who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, but women who have close blood relatives with breast cancer have a higher risk of the disease, having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer almost doubles a woman’s risk, and women with a father or brother who have had breast cancer also have a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Having a personal history of breast cancer: A woman with cancer in one breast has a higher risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast or in another part of the same breast. 
  • Your race and ethnicity: White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer. African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Having dense breast tissue: Women with dense breasts on mammogram have a risk of breast cancer that is 1.2 to 2 times that of women with average breast density.
  • Certain benign breast conditions: Women diagnosed with certain benign breast conditions may have a higher risk of breast cancer. Proliferative lesions without atypia (cell abnormalities) like Usual ductal hyperplasia (without atypia), Fibroadenoma, Sclerosing adenosis, Several papillomas (called papillomatosis) and Radial scar seem to raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer slightly. Proliferative lesions with atypia, like Atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and Atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH), raise breast cancer risk by 3½ to 5 times higher. Women with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) have a much higher risk of developing cancer in either breast.
  • Starting menstruation (periods) before age 12: Women who started menstruating early (before age 12) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. 
  • Going through menopause after age 55: Women who had menopause later (after age 55) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. 
  • Having radiation to your chest: Women who as children or young adults were treated with radiation therapy to the chest for another cancer (such as Hodgkin disease or non-Hodgkin lymphoma) have a significantly higher risk for breast cancer. 
  • Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES): Women who took DES during pregnancy may also have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
There are some things that might be risk factors for breast cancer, but the research is not yet clear about whether there really is a link. 

  1. Diet and Vitamins: A diet low in fat, low in red meat and processed meat, and high in fruits and vegetables has health benefits. Studies have found that breast cancer is less common in countries where the typical diet is low in total fat, low in polyunsaturated fat, and low in saturated fat. It’s clear that calories do count, and fat is a major source of calories. 
  2. Chemicals in the environment: Compounds in the environment that have estrogen-like properties, for example, substances found in some plastics, certain cosmetics and personal care products, pesticides, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) could affect breast cancer risk.
  3. Tobacco smoke: Studies have shown that heavy smoking over a long-time is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.  Secondhand smoke contains chemicals that, in high concentrations, may cause breast cancer.
  4. Night work: Some studies have suggested that women who work at night, such as nurses on a night shift, might have an increased risk of breast cancer. 
There are many factors that research has shown are not linked to breast cancer.  

  1. Antiperspirants: Based on the available evidence, there is little reason to believe that antiperspirants increase the risk of breast cancer. 
  2. Bras: Some literature has suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. Wired bras are also linked to higher risk. Though some literature suggests higher risk with the prolonged use of bras, there is no good scientific or clinical support for this claim.
  3. Induced abortion: Studies have provided very strong data that neither induced abortions nor spontaneous abortions have an overall effect on the risk of breast cancer. 
  4. Breast implants: Several studies have found that breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer, although silicone breast implants can cause scar tissue to form in the breast. 

AT RISK POPULATION

The disease rarely affects women under 25 years of age. 1 in every 8 women is at the risk of developing cancer sometime in life. Lack of child bearing or breast feeding, late pregnancy are risk factors. Caucasian women are more likely to develop breast cancer than are black or Hispanic women. High fat diet, alcohol intake, tobacco use, exposure to radiation, genetic susceptibility (BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations) and parental history, overuse of contraceptive pills, hormone replacement therapy are additional risk factors.

AYURVEDA/ YOGA PERSPECTIVE

Tumor is described in the 11th Chapter of “Nidan Sthan” of the noted Ayurveda scripture “Sushrut Samhita” as:

Gatra Pradese Kwacita Deva Dosa¡, Samurchita Mansamabhipradusya |
Vrattam Sthiram Mandarujam Mahantamanalpamulam Ciravraddhayapakam||
Kurvanti Mansopacayam Ca Ïopham, Tadarbudam Ïastravido Vadanti |
Vatena, Pittena, Kaphena Capi, Raktena Mansena Ca Medasa Va ||
Tajjayate Tasya Ca Lakshanani, Granthe¡ Samanani Sada Bhavanti |

Meaning 

In some part of the body, the excess of vata and other doshas cause unusual growth which may consist of flesh and tissues, which may or may not cause little pain but spreads deeper inside and imbalances the important dhatus (chemicals), and which does not burst on its own and matures slowly. This arbuda looks like a granthi (knot or hard acne) and which is a manifestation of abnormal tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha) and infected blood, myoplams/tissues (majja), flesh or any cells. It may sometimes be caused by infections (leading to tridoshaj imbalance and abnormal changes) in a wounded or internally injured part of the body, which malign the blood, serum, lymph, or body tissues, etc.

Breast cancer is loosely correlated to the reference of Stana Arbuda mentioned in Ayurveda texts (Stan = Breast, Arbud == hard lump ) by certain scholars. Stan Arbud is categorized as per Dosha :

  • Vata type
  • Pitta type
  • Kapha type
  • Vata, pitta and kapha type or Tridoshaj

Uncontrolled growth of cells occurs from Vata derangement. The process of cells transforming into mutated ones happens because of Pitta imbalance. The inability of the cells to complete their life span and die or go on without perishing can be termed as Kapha imbalance. These stages can occur individually or in combination (Tridoshaj). Breast cancers, or for that matter, any cancer, occurs because of enzyme disruption and/ or mutations in the body. Certain mutations may be Karmic (genetic dispositions) but most of them are acquired due to our ignorance and lack of knowledge about food and lifestyles. Erratic eating habits disrupt and cause enzymatic changes. It is recommended in most ancient cultures to be at ease and refrain from any physical work for first 3 days of menstrual cycles to establish a good blood flow. Having sex at the right age releases certain enzymes in your body that promote health. A good sexual intercourse activates the chakras which helps promote health. Proper implementation of knowledge of Tantra Yoga is a great preventive and remedial measure to hormonal disorders. The management of Breast Cancer is done at all the five levels of the Pancha Kosha.

Annamaya Kosha Yoga postures like Surya Namaskar, Shalabhasana, Naukasana, Simhasana, Dhanurasana. Relaxation and Balancing Techniques like Yoga Nidra, Marma Therapy. Kriyas like Shatkarma. Mudras like Gyan Mudra, Nabho Mudra, Ayurvedic medicines and herbs etc.
Pranamaya Kosha Nadishodana Pranayama, Suryabhedana Pranayama, Kapaal Bhaati Pranayama and Bhramari Pranayama etc.
Manomaya Kosha Concentrative or Mindful Meditation through breath, AUM meditation, Nada Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Tantra Yoga etc
Vignanamaya Kosha Conceptual corrections and Yogic Counseling
Anandamaya Kosha Discovering bliss through karma etc

 

YOGA/ AYURVEDA RECOMMENDATIONS

Three-fold approach to treatment is recommended:

  1. Aaahar (good diet)
  2. Vihaar (good lifestyle)
  3. Aushadhi (medicine).

These have to be followed in the same order.

Aahar

In Yoga/ Ayurvedic Nutrition, aahaar (diet) is decided according to constitution. Still, some general guidelines can be followed by everyone:

Eat at proper time, have fruits for breakfast or dinner at least 3 times a week. Whole fruits should be eaten (no juices except Pomegranate) without adding salt or sugar. Unripe fruits must not be consumed. Fruits should never be combined with milk. Dairy products should be avoided or at least their consumption should be reduced. Also fruits should not be eaten after meals except banana which should not be consumed empty stomach. Lunch should comprise of whole grains cooked properly. The use of microwave and other unnatural ways of cooking must be avoided. One should not sleep after meals. One should not eat after sunset. Eating immediately before sleeping interferes with GH secretion and hence repair processes of body. Go to bed around 10pm. Staying awake between 1am and 2am deranges melatonin secretion and increases risk of cancer. One should get up before sunrise. Avoid extra salt and refined sugar.

Fasting

One aspect of cancer cells is that they need up to 30 times more food than a normal cell. Just by denying yourself food on certain days, you could put down the level of cancerous cells. In every ‘mandala‘ of 40-48 day, human body does not need food for three days. In general, ekadashi, or 11th day, after full moon and new moon is more suitable for fasting. Fasting on these days opens doors to health and spiritual growth. Several studies have also confirmed the benefits of fasting

Vihaar should be according to Yamas and Niyamas, which should be followed by everyone. They guide us about ways to lead a stress-free life.

YOGA

Yoga helps in all form of cancers. Yoga is important for prevention as well as an adjunct in therapy. Studies have proven the beneficial role of yoga in prevention as well as during treatment. All steps of Ashtanga Yoga, viz., Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi, are important and should  be adhered to in the same order. In health or disease, it’s always better to know and choose yoga postures and pranayama exercises according to the prakriti and  vikriti of the person.

YOGA POSTURES

 Surya Namaskar In addition to acting on koshas and balancing chakras, yoga postures improve lymphatic circulation and hence body immunity. Yogic postures done with focus on breath, bandha, drishti and proper alignment are meditative and help in detoxification. Some yogic postures beneficial in breast cancer are:

  • Paschimottanasana
  • Shalabhasana
  • Naukasana
  • Simhasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Surya Namaskar etc.

Shakti Chalana Kriya we teach, also help in correcting and balancing the energy system.

PRANAYAMA  

Meditation Ashwin, the breath, is said to be the physician of gods. According to Vedas, it heals all maladies, with a name or without it. Recent years have witnessed a rise in interest in the healing powers of pranayama and myriad of studies have proven its positive effects on health. Pranayama has immense healing potential, and in expert hands, can work wonders. Pranayama is a great way to boost immunity. It is the bridge between the physical body and spiritual body and optimizes the flow of Prana. Some exercises like:

  • Ujjayi
  • Bhastrika
  • Kapal Bhati
  • Anulom Vilom
  • Vibhag Pranayama
  • Mahat Pranayama
  • Sama Vritti Pranayama
  • Visham Vritti Pranayama etc.

have been shown to help in cancer. Please check the details of some breathing exercises here. To offer the advantages of this yogic science of breathing, SAVY launched Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program ,a stepped program based on some very safe and healing breathing exercises, more than a year back. Fight Cancer program at SAVY, which has a very safe and stepped program of breathing exercises – DSBH Therapy , at its crux, is a very safe program for cancer care – for prevention, as adjunct therapy of cancer patients, cancer survivors and even for families of cancer patients.

MEDITATION

meditation Meditation acts at deeper levels of the mind and detoxifies all koshas. Meditation technique should be chosen carefully. Even simple Concentrative Meditation Techniques (CM), like focusing on breath, sound, mantra, image, TM etc., have been found to be useful in cancer care. Mindfulness meditation (MM) also has been shown to have very positive effect in health and recovery. A recent study confirmed the beneficial role of Yoga and meditation in breast cancer patients. At SAVY, we have been working on Yoga with Intention in Meditation, in which the intention to heal is introduced while the subject is in a meditative stage. It has a much deeper healing effect.  

MARMA THERAPY AND MASSAGE  

Marma Points Marmas can also be called minor chakras; they are vital points in the body through which life energy flows. There are 108 marmas and they are classified into different groups. Some marmas are very important in breast disorders, and if massaged with proper pressure/technique, order, oil, duration etc., can help a lot in prevention as well as relief. Some of these points are :

  1. Apalapa marma
  2. Hridaya marma
  3. Apastambha marma
  4. Kukundar Marma
  5. Stana Mula
  6. Stana Parshva etc.

Activation of these and other important points by massage with specific herbal oils, medicated ghrita in a gentle manner with discrete motion is highly beneficial. All this must be undertaken under the strict supervision of a well-trained expert with actual experience.   Ayurvedic/ Yogic massage based on Marma Therapy has always included extensive work on the breast area for women. This is done not only as a means to beautify the breast, encourage a delightful shape and for greater comfort but also for deeper therapeutic reasons. It teaches that massage over and around breast tissue improves or helps maintain health in all parts of female reproductive tissue as well as assists in hormonal balance. Most masseurs are either not trained in such specialized massage and/or will not do it because of the fear of sexual harassment suits. Most agree, however, that it is therapeutic and beneficial. indian head massage Recently, some studies have documented the role of breast massages in breast cancer prevention. Also, these massages may offer relief in post-operative complications.

AYURVEDA MEDICINES

ayurved med Ayurveda medicines are very helpful in all stages of this disease and can help improve quality of life. Selection of medicines is done on the basis of prakriti and vikriti after proper assessment. Regular use of turmeric cuts your chances of getting breast cancer by 50%. Neem also helps in keeping the number of cancer cells in the body in check. Some medicines can also to be applied externally, like: Aloe vera root, Jasmine, Pomegranate juice mixed with mustard/sesame oil, Terminalia chebula fruit powder, Manjistha, Raktachandan and grape juice. Herbs like Symplocos racemosa, Semecarpus anacardiuum, Moringa oleifera, Oroxylum indium etc are used by physicians in form of external application. These herbs require supervision.

MUDRA VIGYAN AND KRIYA VIGYAN
Various hand postures (hasta mudras) are said to have very beneficial effect in health and disease. Gayatri mudras, a set of 32 hand postures to be performed with chanting of Gayatri Mantra, is said to have a very beneficial effect in cases of cancer.  yoga mudra Also, Nabho mudra and Khechari mudra, when done properly along with certain Pranayamas, are said to have a curative effective in cancer. ayurved Panchakarma requires strict supervision by an expert. Interestingly Snehana, i.e., intake of various medicated oil preparations in a classical way a week or 10 days prior to the start of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, has been found to reduce the toxic effects of such therapies. Shatkarma is a set of six detoxifying procedures, viz., Neti, Dhauti, Nyauli, Basti, Kapal Bhati, Tratak, which are said to remove the toxins from the body and thus help the body recover from any ailment.

NADA YOGA AND MANTRAS

All disorders in Ayurveda have been correlated to karmic influences. Hence chanting Mantras with appropriate gestures is very helpful. The selection of Mantras and time to chant depends on the natal chart and its interpretation. Gayatri Mantra Mantras influence the vibratory functions of cells and help them work in specific synchronization with the brain. Over a period of time it helps to cleanse the body of toxins. These therapies must be followed with strict guidelines of diet and lifestyle.

VEDIC ASTROLOGY AND GEMSTONES

astrology Gemstone therapy and Vedic astrology have been shown to be useful in cancers. Blue sapphire has been found to be most useful.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Do Yoga regularly. Yoga has been shown to go a long way in boosting immunity.
  2. Learn breathing exercises from a knowledgeable teacher and practice them regularly. Pranayama has been shown to have a lot of healing effect.
  3. Practice breast self-massage as well as use professional help. Marma massages, done properly, help with circulation and lymphatic drainage, and open up blockages in energy channels.
  4. Exercise regularly using movements that involve the shoulders and build torso and upper arm strength.
  5. Wear comfortable, natural fiber (i.e. cotton) undergarments. Bras that have underwires or that are strapless should not be used as they allow toxins to accumulate in breast tissue.
  6. Use aluminium-free deodorant. Empirical studies show that aluminum can enter the blood and lymph systems through the skin and severely challenge the immune system.
  7. Avoid alcohol. Having even one drink per day increases breast cancer risk, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
  8. Avoid hydrogenated fats like margarine and vegetable shortening.
  9. Eat a vegetarian diet with little or no saturated or mono-saturated fats, refined sugars, dairy products, meats, and caffeine, and high in whole grains (i.e. brown rice, oats, barley) , green and orange vegetables (i.e. carrots, squashes, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc.).
  10. Grapes and grape-based products have shown cancer chemopreventive potential and are also known to improve overall human health.
  11. Eat soy-based products, such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh occasionally.
  12. Choose to eat organic foods and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Many synthetic chemicals (including what is found in fertilizers, pesticides. germicides) mimic hormones and cause physical and emotional havoc.
  13. Use supplements such as vitamins E, C, and B-complex as well as minerals. Eat mineral-rich sea vegetables or take mineral supplements particularly when your stress level is high.
  14. Use hormone-free contraception. Avoid long-term use of the pill and synthetic hormone therapies when possible.
  15. Expose your breasts to sun and moon light.
  16. Sleep in complete darkness. Light interferes with melatonin secretion.
  17. Color TVs, microwave ovens, and computer screens emit radiation that may cause damage to tissues.
  18. Each body type has its own, unique beauty. Seek that out in yourself and become it.
  19. Sensuality and sexuality are not opposed to or the enemy of spirituality. Celebrate life!

SAVY offers specialized Breast Cancer Care programs based on Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy under one of the Most Qualified Faculty in the World, and the Most Qualified Faculty in Canada. 

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The Head of Faculty – Dr Jitender K Sahdev, in addition to being a Physician in Modern Medicine from India, is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner par excellence in London with over 51,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience and almost three decades of experience in Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and other alternative treatment modalities. A Surgeon by profession from India, he started his Surgical career in a Cancer Hospital in India and in his Surgical career over almost three decades, performed thousands of cancer surgeries. He utilizes Ayurveda and Yoga as stand-alone as well as complementary therapies for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients, for easing symptoms associated with disease, and more. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades.

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Dr Jitender K Sahdev Designations

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

D.Sc. (AM), Ph.D. (AM), M.D. (AM)

E-RAP 2500, E-RYTh 2500, E-RWT 500, RYBT, RWSYT, RWPYT, RWCYT (Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada)

E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT (Yoga Alliance, USA)

M.B.,B.S.,

Fc Surgery (SASMS)

Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)

FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

 

Note : Yoga Therapy is best administered in an individualized manner though some generalized guidelines have been provided for all. You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new therapy or exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises or undertaking any therapy program.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.   

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Sep 102014
 

Certified DSBH Breathing Educator – MBH Training

DSBH Breathing Educator Program

DO YOU WANT TO BE THE LEADER OR THE FOLLOWER?

Join One of the World’s Best, Thorough, Rigorous Breathing Educator Training Program

THE FIRST TRULY CANADIAN YOGIC BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM!

This is the science of the future!

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

Certified DSBH-MBH Breathing Educator

 30 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500

AND YOGA THERAPY PROGRAMS

Learn and Apply it in Your Practice

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Join and immerse yourself in the sea of knowledge and practice!

Open to anyone looking to become a

Yoga Alliance Registered

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher

Or deepen their yoga practice

Or start working as a DSBH Breathing Educator

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, and RYS 300 Yoga School

Registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

(We provide YTT in Yoga Retreats all around the world also)

We also offer RYT 200, Yoga Therapy, Breathing Educator and many other course.

If you have genuine interest in helping and empowering people with health issues, this program is especially for you! 

DSBH Therapy Educator program is meant to provide training in DSBH Therapy. Based on Pranayama, the science of breathing, and Dhyana, meditation, it is a well-structured, stepped and safe program. This equips DSBH Breathing Educators with tools to impart knowledge of safe and effective therapeutic breathing exercises to those who actually need it.

Based on effective breathing and other Yoga techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver!

This is the science of the future!

Benefits of this program include:

  • Learn Breathing and Mindfulness techniques effective in more than 90% of diseases
  • Improvement in your own health
  • Career growth – advance in your career to next levels
  • Outstanding education, training and supervision of a cutting-edge therapy in the new, growing field of breath-work
  • Availability of exclusive reading material
  • Virtual literature available for your clients
  • Access to a website master for the creation of your own website
  • Ongoing support for your professional development
  • On-going continuing education opportunities

You can register now for DBE-MBH training program.

This program is unique by virtue of its:

  • focus – which is therapeutic effect of breathing exercises and other yogic elements,
  • structure –  easy to follow, it starts with strengthening your lung capacity, immunity, neurophysiology
  • safety –  absolutely safe for just anybody,
  • depth and expanse – meant to address even the most deep-seated, intractable and chronic problems,
  • clarity – because of division into levels, all ambiguity has been done away with; you don`t go to the next level till you are ready,
  • applicability – it`s universally applicable; you go up the ladder as you advance, and
  • has a profound Yogic as well as medical base.

It contains some of the most potent and most effective therapeutic breathing exercises. Applied judiciously, this program has enormous healing potential!

Dr Jitender K Sahdev, the founder of the method, is a qualified Physician from India, has done MD, Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Alternative Medicine in India, and is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist in North America. He is one of the very few people in the world who are experientially as well as academically so well-equipped.

DSBH Therapy Educator program is the First Truly Canadian Breathing Educator Programto train educators for DSBH Therapy – the First Truly Canadian Yogic Breathing Exercises program designed for therapy.

ENROLL NOW!

IN THE MOST THOROUGH BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM

Join NOW and fulfill your aspirations! 

For schedule and any more details of the course, please contact Studio.

Register now!

Please click here and go to the relevant section on the page.

Follow the registration procedure as described.

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Jul 132014
 

Free Information Talks on Breathing Exercises for Therapy

 

SAVY INTERNATIONAL

Hi there!

Modern Science is validating amazing results of breathing exercises! Usefulness of Yoga Therapy programs in treatment is being documented through various studies.  recent medical study concluded that Yoga breathing (Pranayama) was a feasible intervention among patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy; pranayama may improve sleep disturbance, anxiety, and mental quality of life and a dose-response relationship was found between pranayama use and improvements in chemotherapy-associated symptoms and quality of life. 

It gives me immense pleasure to introduce Yoga services at SAVY International Inc. An ISLAND OF EXCELLENCE for Yoga, SAVY International Inc., in operation since 2011,  is an incorporated Canadian business and is a registered yoga school accredited RYS-200 and RYS-300 levels by Yoga Alliance, USA. We offer our services under one of the most qualified & experienced faculty in the world. Please check out SAVY Storyline to know about our journey so far.

DSBH Therapy, or Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy is the First Canadian Yogic  Breathing Exercises program designed for therapy, which helps achieve freedom from diseases and to attain positive health. This is also one of the very few breathing exercises programs in the world which offer training in yogic breathing exercises in a well-structured, stepped and safe way. Based on time-tested yoga techniques, including some very potent and effective breathing exercises validated by the stringent test of time, and a fruit of over three decades of laborious and painstaking clinical research and refinement in India, this program is one of the safest, most scientific and the most effective breathing exercises programs based on qualified medical and yoga expertise! It is the first, and so far the only, program in the world, to offer the benefits of Breathing Exercises, Surya-Yoga and other lesser known elements of yoga together for asthma, breathing problems, heart problems, cancer care and other major and minor diseases. 

We also launched DSBH Breathing Educator program, again, the First Canadian Breathing Educator program, to prepare DSBH Breathing Educators who’ll impart the knowledge about breathing exercises throughout Canada and the world in a safe and effective way.

Some of the recent studies have proved the following benefits of Pranayama, the science of breathing:

    •  Brain Growth and increase in grey matter
    • Improve concentration and mental focus
    • Prevent Heart Attack
    • Lower Stress
    • Get rid of Negative Emotions
    • Alleviate anxiety & depression
    • Effectively reduced performance anxiety
    • Reduce Examination/ Stage Phobia
    • Lower Blood Pressure
    • Favourable Gene Expression
    • Enhanced body immunity
    • Healthy Aging
    • Improve health
    • Amazing role in healing diseases
    • Bestow joy, peace and happiness
    • Awaken, balance and heal the chakras
    • Increase energy, vitality and awareness
    • Help break bad habits
    • Help manifest desires and intentions, with better focus
    • And many more benefits to be documented!

You can find links to some of these studies on Dr Sahdev’s’ Breathe and Heal’ Therapy page.

We offer interactive Free Information Talks which provide background on DSBH Therapy based on  clinically-proven breathing exercises, how to recognize symptoms of poor breathing, what healthy breathing looks like and how to improve breathing immediately. This talk can be tailored to the needs of various support groups and adjusted for time limitations from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

We also offer training in breathing exercises in a safe and stepped manner in Private sessions, small groups or workshops. From time to time, we hold workshops on different diseases based on breathing exercises.

These talks can be held at a physical location or on-line.

If you would like a free talk for your group,  or would be interested in attending a workshop, please contact us.

We look forward to serve you with the best of our abilities.

 Have a great day!

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 

 

 

 

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 

 

 

 

Jun 182014
 

Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop

Stress

Bringing your nervous system back into balance

Stress is necessary for life. Like finely-tuned strings of a guitar, you need stress for creativity, learning, and your very survival. Stress is harmful only when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that your nervous system needs to remain in balance. Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of contemporary life.

Click here to read post on Breathing Exercises for Stress,Anxiety,Insomnia, with Immediate Relief.

What do I learn in a Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop?

You will learn about stress, anxiety, their symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine and the Yoga/ Ayurveda perspective. You’ll also be given an overview of all major modalities of treatment available. You’ll be given an overview of the role of mindfulness and breathing exercises in these diseases. We’ll introduce you to a system of mindfulness and breathing retraining which delivers immediate and sustained improvement for people with stress and/ or anxiety, based on DSBH Therapy and Dr. Sahdev’s clinical work in India spanning over three decades. This system is:

  • Scientific basis – based on the standard medical principles of respiration, guidelines of the science of breathing-Pranayama and supported by research
  • Natural – it’s all natural and no supplements, vitamins, pills are advised
  • Drug-free – categorically no drugs are involved in any form
  • Potent – as medical research into their effectivity has shown so far, these methods are quite effective and potent, and in good hands and with proper guidance, success rate is quite predictable
  • Effective – these breathing exercises significantly decrease stress, anxiety, insomnia symptoms
  • Safe – we follow international best practice guidelines

 

How is it beneficial to me?

Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop will give you an overview of stress and anxiety management and introduce you to some basic breathing exercises in DSBH Therapy (full program offered in separate workshops) for  breathing re-training which is completely natural, safe, potent, effective and totally drug-free. You receive advice on management of stress and anxiety. If you are suffering from Insomnia, Panic Attacks or Sleep Apnoea the appropriate advice will be applicable to improve these specific conditions too. The Workshop teaches you breathing techniques and strategies which help you to optimise breathing. The aim is to learn breathing patterns to help you become a normal healthy person again. Normalising the breathing pattern in this way results in a decline in symptoms and need for medication.

 

Expected Outcome with exercises in DSBH Therapy

  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of stress and anxiety medications
  • Significant reduction in/or elimination of stress and anxiety symptoms and attacks
  • Decreased reliance on/or elimination of, sleep apnoea appliances such as CPAP machines and mandibular advancement splints.
  • Symptomatic relief of other psycho-somatic disorders
  • Increased stamina and energy levels, better work performance, improved sleep
  • Decreased stress levels, increased happiness

Who does this workshop help?

The workshop is most useful for those people who are prepared to take time and responsibility to control their problems. The workshop will be useful to anybody who can follow instructions, do breathing exercises and wants to learn more about his/ her problems and is open to newer medically-documented solutions. It is useful for people with all types and degrees of severity of stress and anxiety as well as people with other disorders such as insomnia, snoring, sleep apnoea and panic attacks. It is also effective in reducing chronic fatigue.  It works for those who are and remain willing and motivated to act upon the advice given in the workshop.

 STRESS

The Personal Cost of Stress and Anxiety and related conditions

More than 80% diseases are psycho-somatic. Every year many people with stress and anxiety-related conditions suffer from ill effects and even physical incapacity, fatigue, time off work or school with a poor quality of life, ongoing financial expenses and a deteriorating condition. People with SLEEP APNOEA have an increased risk for cardiovascular illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart attack and strokes, and in addition, SLEEP APNOEA is associated with a higher risk for road accidents due to daytime sleepiness. Learning DSBH Therapy will provide you with the knowledge and skills to get back your health and your life.

 

What does Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop entail?

Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop consists of two hours of teaching. Clients learn some exercises to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly. Improvement generally commences within the first 24 hours.

 

Top Ten Reasons to attend Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop and other Workshops at SAVY

1. Highest standards of Professionalism, Qualifications and Experience 

It’s vital to learn correct and proper techniques for breathing exercises. Dr. Jitender K Sahdev, President at SAVY International Inc. and creator of Yoga and Pranayama programs at SAVY, has been working in India as a Physician for the last almost three decades, is one of the most qualified and experienced Yoga experts in the world with an E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance, USA, is a Yoga Therapist and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, and has M.D., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Alternative Medicine. He has worked in Neurosurgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care, and many other Super Specialities in India. The programs are a result of a lifetime of the most exhaustive experience in Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Yoga. SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200 and RYS 300 yoga school. Our registered yoga teachers have the highest ranks as yoga teachers, are Yoga Therapists and are trained and experienced DSBH Educators as well.  We train yoga teachers, yoga therapists, Marma Therapists, DSBH Educators etc.

2. Pre-Workshop Consultations are free

Our 15 minute pre-workshop consultations are free. We listen to you. Book your pre-workshop consultation now!

3.Proven Workshop Formats

The workshop gives you a lot of information which is amazing in practical application. It consists of procedures and breathing exercises which are considered very useful. We strive to bring the most comprehensive knowledge and proven application techniques to you.

4.Individualized approach

You get individual attention and all your questions are answered and concerns addressed. We have age-appropriate programs for children.

5.Competitive Cost

We offer the best value for money services. Free pre-workshop consultation, free Question-Answer sessions after workshop and training material for workshop. Under one of the most qualified faculty in the world, with one of the best programs, our costs are most competitive.

6.We Listen

Your feedback is a very important to us. We understand psychological and emotional aspects of dealing with a chronic health condition, and we use a persistent, but non-stressful, approach. Your co-operation is of paramount importance.

7.Best Support in Industry

We believe in a long and congenial Client – Practitioner relationship. All messages, emails and enquires are answered promptly.

8.Commitment

We are result-oriented and committed to work given the willingness and commitment on your part too.

9.We welcome a dialog with your Health-Care Provider

We understand that searching for the best available options is a goal of any chronic health condition management. Information about our programs and DSBH therapy is available on our website for your health care provider.

10.We are flexible 

We understand the demands of modern life and respect your time. We’ll try our best to be flexible and accommodate your schedule.

 

An Overview of what you learn in Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop

This programme will give you a better understanding, a sense of control and an improved quality of life right from Day 1. Practised regularly, with commitment, what you learn here will produce improvements in every area of life.

Hour 1

  • filling up of registration form
  • introduction to stress and anxiety
  • understanding the problems
  • introduction to disease monitoring

Hour 2    

  • observe your breathing pattern and the effect of correct posture on breathing
  • the importance of, and how to maintain 24 hour nasal breathing, even during sleep
  • Introduction to DSBH Therapy and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT)
  • learn and practise up to three vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques

Question- Answer Session

feedback – we check your results to make sure you are practising correctly.

DSBH Therapy – optional but STRONGLY recommended!

As an expert, your practitioner understands the importance of full-fledged training program, follow-up, support and encouragement on the road to recovery. We are committed to providing you as much help as you need to achieve your personal health goals. You are encouraged to register for DSBH Therapy Workshop and go further on the road to recovery.

We also recommend making use of other specialised services available at SAVY Studio.

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Please get your ticket for Stress and Anxiety Care Workshop below:

Jun 162014
 

Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop

 asthma

 

 

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM ASTHMA?

DO YOU KNOW THAT EXERCISES INCLUDED IN DSBH THERAPY CAN REALLY HELP YOU?

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, a whistling sound when you breathe, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

According to the World Health Organization, asthma is now a serious public health problem with over 235 million sufferers worldwide. According to Statistics Canada, 8.5% of the population (aged 12 and over) have been diagnosed as having asthma (2010). Asthma is most common during childhood and affects at least 13% of Canadian children. Asthma continues to be a major cause of hospitalization of children in Canada.

What do I learn in a Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop?

You will learn about asthma, allergies, their symptoms, their pathogenesis according to Modern Medicine. You’ll also be given an overview of all major modalities of treatment available. You’ll be given an overview of the role of breathing exercises in these diseases. We’ll introduce you to a system of breathing retraining which delivers immediate and sustained improvement for people with asthma, allergies, sleep apnoea, snoring and other breathing-related conditions, based on DSBH Therapy and Dr. Sahdev’s clinical work in India spanning over three decades. This system is:

  • Scientific basis – based on the standard medical principles of respiration, guidelines of the science of breathing-Pranayama and supported by research
  • Natural – it’s all natural and no supplements, vitamins, pills are advised
  • Drug-free – categorically no drugs are involved in any form
  • Potent – as medical research into their effectivity has shown so far, these methods are quite effective and potent, and in good hands and with proper guidance, success rate is quite predictable
  • Effective – these breathing exercises significantly decrease asthma symptoms and reduce/ eliminate the need for asthma medications
  • Safe – we follow international best practice guidelines

 

How is it beneficial to me?

Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop will give you an overview of Asthma and Allergy management and introduce you to DSBH Therapy (offered in separate workshops) for  breathing re-training which is completely natural, safe, potent, effective and totally drug-free. You receive advice on management of asthma and allergies. If you are suffering from Panic Attacks or Sleep Apnoea the appropriate advice will be given to help you improve these specific conditions. The Workshop teaches you breathing techniques and strategies which help you to optimise breathing. The aim is to learn breathing patterns to help you become a normal healthy person again. Normalising the breathing pattern in this way results in a decline in symptoms and need for medication.

 

Expected Outcome with DSBH Therapy

· Significant reduction in/or elimination of, asthma reliever and preventer medications

· Significant reduction in/or elimination of, asthma symptoms and attacks

· Decreased reliance on/or elimination of, sleep apnoea appliances such as CPAP machines and mandibular advancement splints.

· Symptomatic relief of other respiratory disorders such as emphysema, bronchiectasis and COPD

· Increased stamina and energy levels, better work performance, improved sleep

· Decreased stress levels, increased happiness

Who does this workshop help?

The workshop is most useful for those people who are prepared to take time and responsibility to control their problems. The workshop will be useful to anybody who can follow instructions, do breathing exercises and wants to learn more about his/ her problems and is open to newer medically-documented solutions. It is useful for people with all types and degrees of severity of asthma, as well as people with other respiratory disorders such as emphysema, bronchiectasis, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnoea, anxiety and panic attacks. It is also effective in reducing chronic fatigue.  It works for those who are and remain willing and motivated to act upon the advice given in the workshop.

 

The Personal Cost of Asthma, Sleep Disorders and breathing-related conditions

Every year many people with ASTHMA and breathing-related conditions suffer respiratory infections, sore throats, physical incapacity, fatigue, time off work or school with a poor quality of life, ongoing financial expenses and a deteriorating condition. People with SLEEP APNOEA have an increased risk for cardiovascular illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart attack and strokes, and in addition, SLEEP APNOEA is associated with a higher risk for road accidents due to daytime sleepiness. Learning DSBH Therapy will provide you with the knowledge and skills to get back your health and your life.

 

What does Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop entail?

Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop consists of two hours of teaching. Clients learn some exercises to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly when sleeping, exercising, speaking, eating, and performing all daily activities. Improvement generally commences within the first 24 hours.

 

Top Ten Reasons to attend Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop and other Workshops at SAVY

1. Highest standards of Professionalism, Qualifications and Experience 

It’s vital to learn correct and proper techniques for breathing exercises. Dr. Jitender K Sahdev, President at SAVY International Inc. and creator of Yoga and Pranayama programs at SAVY, has been working in India as a Surgeon for the last almost three decades, is one of the most qualified and experienced Yoga experts in the world with an E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance, USA, is a Yoga Therapist and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, and has M.D., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Alternative Medicine. He has worked in Neurosurgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care, and many other Super Specialities in India. The programs are a result of a lifetime of the most exhaustive experience in Medicine, Alternative Medicine and Yoga. SAVY International Inc. is an RYS 200, RYS 300 and RYS 500 yoga school. Our registered yoga teachers have the highest ranks as yoga teachers, are Yoga Therapists and are trained and experienced DSBH Educators as well.  We train yoga teachers, yoga therapists, Marma Therapists, DSBH Educators etc.

2. Pre-Workshop Consultations are free

Our 15 minute pre-workshop consultations are free. We listen to you. Book your pre-workshop consultation now!

3.Proven Workshop Formats

The workshop gives you a lot of information which is amazing in practical application. It consists of procedures and breathing exercises which are considered very useful. We strive to bring the most comprehensive knowledge and proven application techniques to you.

4.Individualized approach

You get individual attention and all your questions are answered and concerns addressed. We have age-appropriate programs for children.

5.Competitive Cost

We offer the best value for money services. Free pre-workshop consultation, free Question-Answer sessions after workshop and training material for workshop. Under one of the most qualified faculty in the world, with one of the best programs, our costs are most competitive.

6.We Listen

Your feedback is a very important to us. We understand psychological and emotional aspects of dealing with a chronic health condition, and we use a persistent, but non-stressful, approach. Your co-operation is of paramount importance.

7.Best Support in Industry

We believe in a long and congenial Client – Practitioner relationship. All messages, emails and enquires are answered promptly.

8.Commitment

We are result-oriented and committed to work given the willingness and commitment on your part too.

9.We welcome a dialog with your Health-Care Provider

We understand that searching for the best available options is a goal of any chronic health condition management. Information about our programs and DSBH therapy is available on our website for your health care provider.

10.We are flexible 

We understand the demands of modern life and respect your time. We’ll try our best to be flexible and accommodate your schedule.

 

An Overview of what you learn in Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop

This programme will give you a better understanding, a sense of control and an improved quality of life right from Day 1. Practised regularly, with commitment, what you learn here will produce improvements in every area of life.

Hour 1

  • filling up of registration form
  • introduction to asthma and allergies
  • understanding symptomatology and mechanism
  • introduction to continued disease monitoring

Hour 2    

  • observe your breathing pattern and the effect of correct posture on breathing
  • the importance of, and how to maintain 24 hour nasal breathing, even during sleep
  • Introduction to DSBH Therapy and the concept of Breath Holding Time (BHT)
  • learn and practise up to three vital breathing and  mind/body relaxation techniques

Question- Answer Session

Feed-back and your queries answered.

DSBH Therapy – optional but STRONGLY recommended!

As an expert, your practitioner understands the importance of full-fledged training program, follow-up, support and encouragement on the road to recovery. We are committed to providing you as much help as you need to achieve your personal health goals. You are encouraged to register for DSBH Therapy Workshop and go further on the road to recovery.

We also recommend making use of other specialised services available at SAVY Studio.

Note : You should check with your health care professional before starting this or any new exercise program or breathing routine. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, migraines or heart or lung ailments. Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should consult their physician before performing any of the breathing or physical exercises.

The information contained in the program is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of the information in these programs/ workshops is at the reader’s discretion, risk and responsibility. The studio, author and the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained herein. A health care professional should be consulted regarding your specific situation.

Please get your ticket for Asthma and Allergy Care Workshop below:

May 012014
 

Downtown London SAVY Yoga – Breathe and Heal

SAVY Yoga is now being offered at three different locations in London ON : South London, Downtown London and North London. To serve London in a better way, instead of serving some run-of-the-mill pseudo-yoga routines, we offer some very useful Yoga/ Pranayama routines, ranging from gentle to very challenging routines, for a beginner to an advanced student alike. In this series we’ll be giving introduction to these classes one by one and what benefits you can derive from these innovative, all-new, all-yoga routines based on authentic Ashtanga Yoga.

 

Breathe  and Heal class is based on our popular Yoga Therapy program – Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program.

Controlling your breath is a strong remedy against a wide range of sufferings. Done optimally and with correct technique, your breath can activate your nervous system, optimise glandular secretions, boost the body immunity and rehabilitation process and fight illness, stress and pain. You can elevate your energy level and bring more joy into your life! This art and science of living could truly be a LIFE TRANSFORMING experience for you in the safest possible way.

This breathing exercises routine is designed to get your health back on track, and to address all health ailments – the simplest to even the most complex ones. It is more about scientific, efficient and effective breathing through correct breathing techniques, and recharging your body with the pure, unadulterated energy.

The breathing techniques included in the program have been tested medically and have been proven to be a natural, safe, drug-free and effective way to relieve, control or eliminate the symptoms of various diseases, like Asthma, Allergies, Stress-related disorders, Panic Attacks, Diabetes, Hypertension, CAD, Lipid Disorders, Auto-immune disorders, Brain Degenerative Disorders, Ataxias, Fatigue, Sleep Disorders, Mood Disorders, Irritability, Snoring, Cancer, Tumours, Side-effects of Medicines, the list is endless….

 Learn the ways to lead a long, healthy, disease-free life.

Learn how to regain your health if you’ve lost it or how to maintain the excellent health that you currently enjoy, and even slow down premature ageing.

Based on effective breathing techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine in India, inspired by his work in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India, these breathing and other techniques have been proved to actually deliver!

Modern Science has started discovering the wonders that can be achieved with Yoga and Pranayama, the science of breathing exercises, very recently, and already the results that are coming out are amazing! Here is what some of the recent studies have concluded:

  1. Brain Growth: According to a Harvard study, when controlled breathing is used during meditation, it can actually increase the size of the brain. Meditation that involves focusing one’s attention on the breath has the capacity to increase cortical thickness.
  2. Prevent Heart Attack: Low heart rate variability has been associated with a greater risk of heart attacks. A 2012 study found that deep breathing practices can improve heart rate variability in healthy test subjects.
  3. Lower Stress: Shallow breathing is a sign of stress and ‘fight or flight’ sign of the body. Sitting quietly and focussing on your breathing helps your body achieve a state of calm, shifting from functioning from sympathetic nervous system ( characterized by drive, fight, flight and ambition) to the parasympathetic nervous system (relax and receive).
  4. Get rid of Negative Emotions: We feel short of breath during times of panic or stress. This is the body’s natural reaction to a perceived threat. Focusing on breathing can help to alleviate anxiety, symptoms of depression, and other negative emotions. Last year, Australian researchers found that deep breathing 30 minutes before a performance effectively reduced musicians’ performance anxiety.
  5. Reduce Examination Phobia: A 2007 study published in the journal ‘Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ found that students who practiced deep-breathing meditation before an exam reported perceiving less anxiety, self-doubt and concentration loss than the students who did not practice deep breathing .
  6. Lower Blood Pressure: Taking slow, deep breaths for just a few minutes a day could help lower your blood pressure, according to Dr. David Anderson of the National Institutes of Health. While researchers have observed that slow, deep breaths can help to relax and temporarily dilate blood vessels, they don’t yet know precisely why deep breathing has the capacity to cause a lasting drop in blood pressure.
  7. Gene Expression: A recent study found that mind-body practices like yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises can trigger the body’s “relaxation response,” a physiological state of deep relaxation that alters the way it responds to stress. This state can counter the negative effects of stress for people with health conditions like anxiety and hypertension, by actually altering the expression of genes in the immune system.

Yogis knew all this and much more for thousands of years , without any million or billion dollar labs at their disposal!

 Highlights

  • Designed and researched by Dr Jitender K Sahdev, a well-trained, well-qualified doctor in Modern Medicine, equally qualified and well-conversant with Yoga and other alternative systems, who has studied as well as taught this all for almost three decades
  • A unique fusion of modern scientific inquiry and ancient sciences and wisdom
  • Fruit of almost three decades of diligent, systematic and painstaking study and clinical research
  • Based on breathing exercises which have been proven to heal, and some very specific postures, and more
  • One of the most effective breathing and healing routines
  • A very well-designed Pranayama routine, easy to comprehend and follow
  • Under supervision of one of the most qualified Yoga faculty in the world
  • ABSOLUTELY SAFE FOR EVERYONE. NO CONTRA-INDICATIONS.
  • Learn this routine to regain, maintain or improve your health

Natural, Safe, Drug-free, Effective

 Learn all that directly under one of the most qualified faculty in the world!

Breathe and Heal Class daily at Downtown London SAVY Healing Yoga Studio

This class is available as a package only. Drop-ins not allowed for this class. Please Pre-Register at least one day before for the class.

Please check the full schedule of classes through London Yoga Classes page.

Sign up today and live life to your full potential.

Call or email for any inquiries.

Jan 232014
 

SAVY Yoga for Weight Loss

Donna Hebert

New Year is here and along with it all the New Year Resolutions! In North America, 70% people have weight reduction on the list of their New Year Resolutions!

A controversy exists whether Yoga can help you achieve your desired weight loss goals? The answer is a definite YES! Combining yoga, a healthy attitude and yoga nutrition are all steps to get there with a savvy SAVY style.

There are myths that many people believe that exercising vigorously is the way to slim down and keep fit, which leaves them feeling exhausted just thinking about the arduous path to weight loss. There are unrealistic exercise routines that are out there which discourage and harm many. These irrational methods sometimes work but any exercise or dietary routine which cannot be incorporated in lifestyle in the long run, fails to achieve any permanent results. Unscientific weight loss programs and diet regimens lead to more muscle loss instead of fat loss and may lead to nutritional imbalances. So, most of even those who are able to shed some weight through a lot of effort are likely to get all that flab back with interest very fast, or land up with some nutritional or even hormonal imbalances.

Fat loss and weight reduction can be safely achieved through yoga. Beginning with an intention of exactly why you want to lose weight helps you set an awareness and direction towards your weight loss goals. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle with nutrient rich foods, plenty of sleep and yoga is the first step towards a valuable weight loss journey with permanent results.

SAVY Yoga has prepared a Weight Loss Routine that is simple, fun, light-hearted, and speeds up the body’s fat burning abilities through combining Vinyasa yoga and Pranayama, the breathing exercises, which lower stress hormone level and decrease the cortisol in the body.  This activates the body’s inherent sculpting capability to shape, tone, build muscle and balance energy so that a permanent weight loss can be achieved. Specific Yoga routines can also help you sculpt just one body part. In conjunction with Yoga Nutrition and other elements of Yoga under Dr Jitender K Sahdev‘s expert guidance, results are bound to happen!

Debbie

In SAVY Yoga for Weight Loss, the only weight you lift is your own. By completing the SAVY routine of stretches, breathing, and push and pull movements between your own muscle groups, yoga encourages fantastic benefits such as:

  • Reduces stress – reducing cortisol level and promoting better metabolism
  • Optimises hormones – through more balanced secretion of hormones at central and peripheral levels
  • Improves lymphatic circulation – helping you get rid of toxins in the body
  • Improves dietary habits – optimises diet through Yoga Nutrition advice, helping you  ward off toxins from nutrition
  • Creates more awareness – making you more aware and alive to your real potential
  • Raises heart rate – turning on cardio and fat burning abilities, and strengthening heart
  • Stretches muscles – helping you squeeze toxins out of muscles and body tissues.
  • Stimulates Marma points – helping you cleanse and balance your energy channels
  • Low impact exercise – Body and muscles are used fully in a low impact form that doesn’t stress the joints and ligaments
  • Increases brain volume, function, focus, coordination and balance
  • Promotes healthy lifestyle thus leading to more permanent results

A splendid mix and a great way to achieve overall positive health and a happier, more confident and slimmer you!

Contact today to register for the programme.

Jan 112014
 

Yoga for Hypertension, Heart Disease, Stroke

yoga for hypertension, heart disease, stroke

Yoga, an ancient science of health, once viewed as only an exercise form in the west, has always been known for its efficacy in countering some of the dreaded diseases in the land of its origin-India. It is now slowly being accepted into Modern Medicine and in the west also for its health benefits. Because of the lack of the scientifically supervised research studies, the scientific community has exhibited only tongue in cheek response to its acceptance for treatment of diseases, but with more and more health centres around the globe devoting their attention to proper investigation of the health benefits of yoga, the acceptance level is slowly escalating, ranging from a silent low-keyed nod to awe-inspired, open-mouthed amazement at the success of it all. If you’re willing to dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that ancient yogic teachings on diet and lifestyle reflect a practical wisdom that modern medicine is gradually validating. From time to time, attempts at plagiarism have also been there, but that is beside the point and beyond the scope of this article.

 

Non-communicable diseases, chiefly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, are the major cause of adult mortality and morbidity worldwide. Most of the non-communicable diseases, for example diabetes or heart disease, affect the person in the productive years. It causes reduced productivity and early retirement.

Also, it puts immense pressure on the public health expenditure as in most cases the treatment costs are higher compared to the communicable diseases. Preventive strategies such as yoga must be propagated for better health. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with all kinds of diseases – major or minor. In expert hands, with addition of Yoga Nutrition, meditation, Marma therapy and other lesser known forms of Yoga Therapy, Yoga can be a very potent therapeutic tool. Patients of high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease can expect amazing responses. A small but promising body of research suggests that yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. Neuro-degenerative disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Ataxias, Parkinsonism, AML etc have been shown to respond to varying degrees, depending on the structure of the programs and the expertise available. Metabolic and endocrine disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus etc., eye diseases, cancers, tumours, asthma and allergies, stress-related disorders, mood and sleep disorders and all other diseases are now known to respond to Yoga with varying degrees of success.

Yoga In Disease

The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit term that means ‘yuj’ or union. Its aim is to join body, mind, and spirit. Though there is just one Yoga, there are different minor or major forms of yoga, from the physically very gentle to very demanding types. Yoga’s path to balance the mind and the body involves mainly three interconnected threads: physical postures called “asanas,” controlled breathing, and calming the mind through relaxation and meditation. All three work together to attain a better optimised ‘milieu interiur’.

Getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles. Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels. Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar specifically, and body metabolism in general.

All Yoga Therapy programs at SAVY have Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program at its core, which revolves more around breathing exercises.

 

The time-tested deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate. Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones. At a deeper level, breathing exercises have a much more profound effect and act by achieving hormonal balance and balance in the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, and act by detoxifying the body. Attainment of positive and super-positive physical, mental and spiritual health is an altogether different level and dimension peculiar only to some advanced forms of yoga.

From therapeutic point of view, the postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind. Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with all kinds of diseases though more work in the past has been focused on cardiovascular health.

Possible benefits

Heart disease kills far more people than any other illness, more than all forms of cancer combined. When former US President Bill Clinton mentioned in a CNN interview that he’d adopted a near-vegan diet for the sake of his heart’s health, the media went wild. Once known for his love of hamburgers and junk food, Clinton—who had bypass surgery in 2004 and an angioplasty in 2010 to remove blockages from a clogged artery—was not a likely candidate for dietary asceticism.

Yoga and Heart

But he was persuaded to make the radical change by an extensive review of the scientific evidence. And if you’re concerned about heart health, it’s food for thought that you, too, may want to consider.

The research into the connection between yoga and diseases is still in its scientific infancy. Several dozen studies have explored the possible benefits of yoga for people with diseases, but these trials are mostly small or lack the scientific stringency. Still, this body of work suggests that yoga may:

  1. reduce high blood pressure
  2. improve symptoms of heart failure
  3. ease palpitations
  4. enhance cardiac rehabilitation
  5. lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones
  6. improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis, and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  7. down-regulation of disease-causing genes and up-regulation of disease preventing genes
  8. detoxify body
  9. attain greater hormonal balance,

and more.

Several randomized controlled trials under way should help pin down what yoga can do for people with different diseases.

Yoga can be a useful method for coping with cardiovascular disease. Even if all of the ongoing trials provide unequivocal support for yoga, it should be kept in mind that it won’t offer magical protection against heart disease. Nutrition and lifestyle still have to be watched.

Trying yoga

 

Beginning yoga can be a challenge. Traditional yoga is done by slowly stretching the body into a variety of poses while focusing on breathing and meditation. Attending a general yoga class populated by fit 30-somethings who expect a good workout may not be a very encouraging introduction. Some forms of yoga like hot yoga, power yoga etc, which have been shown in the past to be very physically demanding and having physical side-effects of their own, may not be advisable to patients at higher cardiovascular risk. It is always more prudent to attend yoga classes which offer fuller package of true yoga – yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, marma and more. SAVY Yoga classes are especially suitable from therapeutic point of view as they include all the major elements of yoga and have incomparable health benefits.

People with heart disease often have other health concerns, like arthritis, osteoporosis, vascular problems, vertigo etc, that limit their flexibility and movement. A good yoga instructor creates a safe environment for his or her students and helps them modify poses to meet their abilities and limitations.

Though yoga does not count towards physical activity requirements of 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, it has its own therapeutic effects which are unparalleled and unsurpassed by any other exercise form.

American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity

For overall health benefits to the heart, lungs and circulation, perform any moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity using the following guidelines:

  • Get the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week.
  • You can incorporate your weekly physical activity with 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week.
  • Physical activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
  • Include flexibility and stretching exercises.
  • Include muscle strengthening activity at least two days each week.

Although conventional medicine often recommends heart-pounding aerobic workouts for cardiac health, there is evidence that less-intense exercise provides major benefits.

  • Don’t over-exercise; recent studies suggest that extreme exercise, like running 10 miles if that’s not your norm, may actually promote inflammation.
  • Get 20 to 30 minutes of slow to moderate walking daily.
  • Practice gentle asanas—such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose); Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) with your feet on the wall; and Savasana (Corpse Pose)—easy pranayama exercises such as three-part breathing, and meditation. Even a few minutes per day can make a huge difference.
  • When you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure increases.  While this response can help you protect yourself when facing a threat, living in a constant state of stress may wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who are prone to stress have a higher risk for heart disease than their calmer counterparts. What we want is a nervous system that reacts to stressful situations when they happen, but then shifts back to relaxation. Yoga may help by dampening your body’s reaction to stress. A 2012 article published in the journal ‘Medical Hypotheses’ suggests yoga could prevent and treat some medical conditions, including cardiac disease, by improving stress-related imbalances in the nervous system.

How yoga helps?

Yoga can help prevent cardiac episodes. Yoga also has proven benefits for those who have faced cardiac arrest, heart attack or other heart event. Combined with Yoga Nutrition, it can totally reverse heart disease, as has been demonstrated by the medical uses of raw vegan diet also. The calming benefits of yoga may also help, and you may see benefits right away. After your first yoga class, your blood pressure will likely be lower, you’ll be relaxed and you’ll feel better. Long-term, sustained yoga may play a role in improving overall health. After 2-3 months of yoga, you may see a dramatic increase in exercise functionality, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels may decrease.

As Dr Ornish explains, “Chronic emotional stress makes plaque build up twice as fast in the coronary arteries that feed the heart. Stress also causes the coronary arteries to constrict, reducing blood flow to the heart. It makes the platelets stickier and more likely to form blood clots that may precipitate a heart attack.” Yoga is perhaps the most effective stress-reduction method ever invented. If you want to keep your heart healthy, incorporate these tips into your practice:

  • Do a yogic relaxation for at least a few minutes every day. Research suggests it can increase your resiliency to stress—and, by extension, to heart disease.
  • Balance your emotions with a regular yoga practice. Studies suggest that yoga helps diffuse emotions such as anger, hostility, and impatience that are linked to heart attacks.
  • Combat loneliness, another risk factor for heart disease, by becoming part of a community. A recent study suggests that people with spiritual practices who meet regularly in a group live longer and have fewer heart attacks.
  • Offer service (karma yoga) to those less fortunate than yourself—whether that means volunteering in a food pantry, or teaching a free yoga class in a retirement community. According to the yoga tradition, there is no better way to open your heart.

What To Eat

Diet is clearly a cornerstone of the holistic approach to heart health. We encourage a low-fat, vegetarian diet, especially according to your body type. In general, we recommend the following:

  • A wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes
  • Natural, unrefined soy foods
  • No more than one cup per day of non-fat dairy products (like skim milk)

Knowing what to eat, how to exercise,  and understanding why yoga is effective can help you avoid heart disease and enjoy life. It is highly recommend that you should go to a qualified and trained yoga instructor.

Dr Jitender K Sahdev’s almost three decades of first class extensive experience in the field of Medicine, Surgery, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and other alternative modalities in India is a huge boon to the field of Yoga Therapy.

At SAVY Studio, we offer yoga and yoga therapy routines with all the important elements of Yoga included for best health benefits. We offer group classes as well as we provide one-on-one Yoga Therapy guidance. Please check the website or contact the studio for details.

Oct 092013
 
Sep 222013
 
Aug 252013
 

One week of Yoga Classes Free in Yoga Month

Yoga Month 2013

Yoga Month 2013

September is International Yoga Month. Yoga is considered a great force to build both mental and physical strength. In a bid to attract more people towards yoga and making them aware of yoga benefits, SAVY International Inc is celebrating International Yoga Month in September.

SAVY Studio, one of London’s most favoured Yoga Studios, offers 10 wonderful ways to one and all to celebrate International Yoga month.

#1 Take Free Yoga Classes

New students can celebrate International Yoga Month this September by receiving Free Yoga classes for One Week at SAVY Studio. If you want to give yoga a try, now is your chance. Fill up the Registration Form online now and claim your free one week of SAVY Yoga in September, and continue with wonderful promotional offers at SAVY Studio.

#2 Download free Primordial Sound Chant

Get into meditation by listening to ‘AUM’ chanting recorded in Dr Jitender K Sahdev’s mesmerizing, mellifluous and melodious voice. Download it, sit in a quiet corner, play it, sing along and experience the bliss. Register for our Primordial Sound meditation classes starting soon.

#3 Educate yourself on the health benefits of yoga

Educate yourself on the health benefits of yoga in one or more of the following ways:

  • Read articles on this website about yoga poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), kriyas, mudras etc and keep yourself updated.
  • Learn what the Mayo Clinic has to say on the positive things that yoga can do.
  • The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has a page dedicated to yoga.

#4 Teach someone else to do yoga

If you have already learnt the correct yoga at SAVY Studio, give back by teaching your children, a friend, another family member or a colleague.

#5 Buy a yoga gift for yourself or another

If you have not done it already, buy yourself a Yoga Class Card or Unlimited Yoga Card, or get a Gift Certificate for somebody else. Check other promotional offers for Yoga month at the studio.

#6 Give a Yoga Gift

Get a Yoga mat for yourself or someone you care about and let him/ her improve quality of life with yoga.

#7 Learn a new yoga pose (asana)

If you already practice yoga, try something different by learning a new asana. You may even find a new favorite.

#8 Deepen your yoga practice

You know yoga already but you want to learn more! Sign up for an educational course at SAVY. It’s easy with online option and payment plans. Learn more about breathing exercises by joining Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program and live life to your full potential.

#9 Try Special Yoga Classes, Workshops, Yoga Massages, Marma Therapy, Yoga Nutrition, Mantra, Vedic Astrology

Yoga is too vast. Yoga can give you whatever you ask for. Try some different Special Classes, or deepen your knowledge with workshops on special topics.

#10 Spread the word

Tell your friends about SAVY Yoga and encourage them join yoga classes. If someone in your circle has health issues, let them know about Yoga Therapy services at SAVY and the pioneering programs like Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program and Fight Cancer’ Program. These programs can help in every disease under the sun! We offer Yoga Therapy as complementary treatment.

Enjoy yoga at SAVY all September and later with these 10 wonderful ways to celebrate International Yoga Month!

Steps to claim your FREE YOGA WEEK:

  • Get your free ticket below.
  • Go to http://www.savy-international.com/london-yoga-classes/ and fill up and submit Registration Form online.
  • Check the schedule of classes on the same page. We recommend starting classes on Mondays.
  • Email/ call SAVY Studio to let us know you are coming.

Get your FREE TICKET here:

Jul 252013
 

FIGHT CANCER

Fight Cancer

 

In an effort to provide hope and help to cancer patients and survivors, on or off treatment, at any stage of disease, we have introduced ‘Fight Cancer’ program as an extension of our Disease Reversal with Yoga Therapy and Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ programs.

Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program is the first, and so far the only, program in the world, to offer the benefits of Breathing Exercises and Surya-Yoga together for cancer and other major and minor diseases.

Cancer, like so many other diseases, has been eluding cure despite all medical research and informed enquiry so far. Skin cancer, Lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphomas, leukemias, thyroid cancer, endometrial cancer…, the march of cancer is unhindered and any measures have not proved sufficient to contain its advance. Millions of people die every year because of cancer.

The link between insufficient oxygen and disease was established by modern science long time back. Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 and again in 1944 for discovering the cause of cancer. He said, “Cancer has only one prime cause. The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of body cells by an anaerobic (oxygen-less) cell respiration.” Once the level of oxygen available to a cell drops below 60% of normal, the cell is forced to switch to an inferior method of energy production — fermentation. The cell can never be returned to the proper oxidation system, and loses its governor on replication. It begins to reproduce copies of itself wildly, a condition we call cancer. His findings were endorsed by The National Cancer Institute in 1952. Dr. Harry Goldbatt  published his findings in the Journal of Experimental Medicine in 1953 and his research confirmed that lack of oxygen plays the major role in causing cells to become cancerous. Dr. Albert Wahl said, “Disease is due to a deficiency in the oxidation process of the body, leading to an accumulation of toxins. These toxins are ordinarily burned in normal oxidation.” Dr. Wendell Hendricks of the Hendricks Research Foundation wrote: ” Cancer is a condition within the body where the oxidation has become so depleted that the body cells have degenerated beyond control. The body is so overloaded with toxins that it sets up a tumor mass to harbor these poisons and remove them from general activity within the body.” The evidence from these doctors’ research is conclusive. Oxygen plays the primary role in health and well-being. It is important to note that fear, worry and depression all interfere with free breathing and thus reduce oxygen uptake.

Hope sustains life and the remedy for all this is right under your nose! Yoga has a well-established palliative and supportive role and it is already being recommended to cancer patients by various hospitals. Pranayama or the Science of Breathing offers still greater healing potential and is a ray of hope! Ashwin, or the moving breath, is the physician of gods – thus goes a verse from the Vedas! According to the scriptures, breath, if directed properly, can cure each and every disease. Pranayama, the science of breathing, has a lot to offer and holds a lot of promise. Physically speaking, 70% of toxins in our body are thrown out through breathing. So, breathing exercises offer to actively detoxify your body, optimise stress level, regulate lymph flow, balance hormones in the body, balance sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the autonomic nervous system, increase nitrous oxide production, stimulate pituitary gland directly, offer gentle massage to internal organs and even achieve much more than that. In an effort to heal the chronic, intractable and so far incurable diseases, recent years have seen a surge of interest in the healing potential of breathing exercises as well. A lot of work is being done on breathing exercises and their effects in some parts of the world and there have been reports of some amazing results.  recent medical study concluded that Yoga breathing (Pranayama) was a feasible intervention among patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy; pranayama may improve sleep disturbance, anxiety, and mental quality of life and a dose-response relationship was found between pranayama use and improvements in chemotherapy-associated symptoms and quality of life. And there are reports of cure of cancer, though unconfirmed by Modern Medicine, from some parts of the world! Surya-Traatak, or better known in the west as Sun-Gazing, a procedure in Surya Yoga or Sun Yoga, stimulates pineal and pituitary, also boosts body immunity, and this aspect can certainly be used to help control or cure diseases.

Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program, to fight cancer as well, is based on effective breathing techniques, validated by the stringent test of time and the millions who tried them, and backed and refined by Dr Sahdev’s almost three decades of study and superlative clinical experience at the fore-front of main-stream Medicine, inspired by his work in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and other Super Specialities at premier medical institutes in India, his study, training and work in other Alternative modalities and Yoga, and an input of thousands of hours of educated and qualified clinical research and its deep analysis in India, these breathing and other techniques have been proven to actually deliver!

 ‘Fight Cancer’ program revolves mainly around breathing exercises, though there are other elements like Yoga Nutrition, Marma, Surya Traatak et al also.

To say the least, and claim the minimum, studies on the effect of breathing exercises done in the past on cancer patients have shown the following results:

  • Increased overall physical activity levels
  • Improved strength
  • Improved mood states
  • Decreased levels of perceived stress
  • Improved quality of life

With this newer and more refined ‘Fight Cancer’ program, we hope to go further and achieve much more.

We accept clients with any stage, any type, any level of the disease progression, provided they are able to breathe and follow instructions.

‘Fight Cancer’ is a stepped program. Clients start with the first step of Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program. They are required to learn and practice this routine of breathing exercises. After practicing this set of exercises for some time, at the dedicated classes at the Studio or at home, they can go in for the next step in Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program  when they are ready for it. The progress is individually monitored. Along with this breathing program, they have the option of getting guidance on Yoga Nutrition, and Marma Therapy as well. At a little more advanced level, some more procedure are also included.

This program can be easily followed by anyone who can breathe and can follow instruction. Those desirous of participating in the program can contact at the earliest possible and register for Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program program without losing any time. We want to be as helpful as possible, as early as possible.

Start with getting the Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program – Beginners CD/ audio + information booklet from the Studio and start practicing, or better still, go to Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program  page, fill up the contact form and send it to start the registration process for the next upcoming workshop.

Pashchimottanasana – The West Stretch or Seated Forward Bend

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Jul 212013
 

Pashchimottanasana – The West Stretch or Seated Forward Bend

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Pashchimottanasana

Paschimottanasana stretches the length of the spine, and allows the life-force to flow to every part of the body.

परसार्य पादौ भुवि दण्डरूपौ दोर्भ्यां पदाग्रदवितयं गॄहीत्वा |
जानूपरिन्यस्तललाटदेशो वसेदिदं पश्छिमतानमाहुः || ३० ||

prasārya pādau bhuvi daṇḍa-rūpau
dorbhyāṃ padāghra-dvitayaṃ ghṝhītvā |
jānūparinyasta-lalāṭa-deśo
vasedidaṃ paśchimatānamāhuḥ || 28 ||

Having stretched the feet on the ground, like a stick, and having grasped the toes of both the feet with both the hands, when one sits with his forehead resting on the thighs, it is called Paśchima Tâna.

इति पश्छिमतानमासनाग्र्यं पवनं पश्छिमवाहिनं करोति |
उदयं जठरानलस्य कुर्याद उदरे कार्श्यमरोगतां पुंसाम || 29 ||

 

iti paśchimatānamāsanāghryaṃ
pavanaṃ paśchima-vāhinaṃ karoti |
udayaṃ jaṭharānalasya kuryād
udare kārśyamaroghatāṃ cha puṃsām || 29 ||

This most excellent of all asanas, Pashchimottanasana, makes the breath flow through the Sushumna, rouses the gastric fire, makes the loins lean, and removes all diseases.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 1, verse 29

Pashchimottanasana (Sanskrit: पश्चिमोत्तानासन; IAST: paścimottānāsana), Seated Forward Bend, or Intense Dorsal Stretch, is a yoga posture.

(PASH-chee-moh-tan-AHS-anna)

pashchimottana = intense stretch of the west (pashima = west, uttana = intense stretch)

Together with Padmasana (lotus), Siddhasana (half-lotus) and Vajrasana (lightning-bolt pose), this pose is an accomplished pose according to the Shiva Samhita. It was advocated by 11th century yogi Gorakshanath.

Etymology

The name comes from the Sanskrit word paschima (पश्चिम, paścima) meaning “west” and uttana (उत्तान, uttāna) meaning “intense stretch” or “straight – asana  (आसन) meaning “posture”.

  • Paschima (पश्चिम, Paścima) = Back, West, Back of Body
  • ud (उद्, ud) =Prefix for Verbs or Nouns which indicates superiority in Location, Rank, Power, Intensity.
  • Tana (तान, Tāna) = stretched
  • Uttana (उत्तान, Uttāna) = intense stretch, straight, straightened
  • Asana (आसन, āsana) = Posture, seat

Pashchimottanasana (पश्चिमोत्तानासन, Paścimottānāsana) = Intense-Stretch-of-back-of-body

Classification and Level: Basic seated forward bend

Concentration: On the back and the Manipura Chakra

Step by Step:

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. You may support your buttocks on a folded blanket. Press actively through your heels. Rock slightly onto your left buttock, and pull your right sitting bone away from the heel with your right hand. Repeat on the other side. Turn the top thighs in slightly and press them down into the floor. Press through your palms or finger tips on the floor beside your hips and lift the top of the sternum toward the ceiling as the top thighs descend.
  1. Draw the inner groins deep into the pelvis. Inhale, and keeping the front torso long, lean forward from the hip joints, not the waist. Keep the back and neck straight. Lengthen the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis. If possible hold the big toes or take the sides of the feet with your hands, thumbs on the soles, elbows fully extended. Be sure your elbows are straight, not bent.
  1. When you are ready to go further, don’t forcefully pull yourself into the forward bend, even if your hands are on the feet. Always lengthen the front torso into the pose, keeping your head raised. If you are holding the feet, bend the elbows out to the sides and lift them away from the floor. The lower belly should touch the thighs first, and then the upper belly, the ribs, and the head last.
  1. With each inhalation, lift and lengthen the front torso just slightly; with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend. In this way the torso oscillates and lengthens almost imperceptibly with the breath. Eventually you may be able to stretch the arms out beyond the feet on the floor.
  1. Stay in the pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes initially. To come up, first lift the torso away from the thighs and straighten the elbows again if they are bent. Then inhale and lift the torso up by pulling the tailbone down and into the pelvis.

Anatomy of the Pose

Focus on extending the spine towards head with each inhalation, and try to bend down with each exhalation.

Joint Actions: Spinal flexion (moving towards extension); sacrum nutation; hip flexion, adduction, internal rotation; knee extension; ankle slight dorsiflexion; scapula abduction, upward rotation; glenohumoral joint flexion, slight external rotation, adduction; elbow extension; forearm slight pronation.

Working

Gravity acts to pull the torso towards the top of the thighs.

Spine: Extensors can act to deepen action in the hip joints.

Legs : Vastii and articularis genus to extend knees.

Lengthening

Spine: Spinal extensors (if releasing into pose), latissimus dorsi.

Legs : Hamstrings, gluteus maximus, piriformis, obturator internus and gemelli, gluteus medius and minimus, gastrocnemius and soleus; popliteus works at length (eccentrically) to prevent hyperextension of the knees.

Arms : Rhomboids, lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi.

Breathing

Breathing can be very helpful while moving into this pose. Emphasizing the action of the exhalation deepens the flexion at the pelvis, whereas emphasizing the action of the inhalation assists in extending the upper spine. This will only occur if the exhalation is initiated with the lower abdominal muscles and the inhalation is directed towards the rib cage.

 

Therapeutic Applications

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity, and cures diseases.

 

Basic Benefits:

  • Stimulates the Manipura Chakra and life energy.
  • Increases blood supply in the back.
  • Stretches the muscles of the back and along the back of the legs.
  • Activates kidney and pancreas function and aids in achieving a slim figure.

Contradictions and Cautions

Those having the following problems should observe caution:

  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Back injury: Only perform this pose under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Beginner’s Tip

Never force yourself into a forward bend, especially when sitting on the floor. Coming forward, as soon as you feel the space between your pubis and navel shortening, stop, lift up slightly, and lengthen again. Often, because of tightness in the backs of the legs, a beginner’s forward bend doesn’t go very far forward and might look more like sitting up straight.

Variations

Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana (urdhva = upward; mukha = face)

Lie on your back, exhale, and bend your knees into your torso. Then inhale and extend the heels toward the ceiling. Slowly, on an exhalation, swing your feet toward the floor above your head. You may or may not be able to reach all the way to the floor. Try not to let the back of the pelvis lift very far from the floor—this is an upside-down version of Paschimottanasana, not Salamba Sarvangasana or Halasana.

 

Modifications

Most students may sit up on a folded blanket in this pose. Extremely stiff students can place a rolled up blanket under their knees.

Partnering

A partner can help you release your lower back in this pose. There are various ways partners can help each other:

  1. Have your partner stand behind you facing your back. Perform the pose – then have your partner press his/her hands against your lower back and pelvis. The hands should be turned so the fingers point towards your tailbone. Remember though that the pressure isn’t to push you deeper into the forward bend; rather, gentle pressure (parallel to the line of the back) encourages the back spine and tailbone to lengthen away from the torso. Extend the front torso against this downward action.
  2. Have your partner sit behind you, tailbone to tailbone, back to back. As you deepen your pose, your partner may extend arms up, staying in close contact all the time and release his/ her weight on to your back slowly, almost lying down on your back as you complete the pose. You can do the same for your partner later on.
  3. Another way to get help from a partner is sitting in front of each other, feet apposed, holding hands while getting into the pose and keep holding hands while gravity acts to deepen the pose. You can walk your hands up your partner’s arms to get deeper, while directing your weight down towards thighs.

Preparatory Poses

  • Balasana
  • Janu Sirasana
  • Uttanasana

Follow-Up Poses

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana

 

Tips for Your Practice

Improvement with this pose is a lengthy process! The changes may take years, and you may encounter many roadblocks where your resistance temporarily slows you down.

Focus your mind on relaxing into the pose instead of pushing into it with force and meeting resistance. Relax and let gravity act. Where and how you use your weight depends on how deep your existing forward bend already is. If you are only a few inches from your legs, let the weight of your chest take you down towards thighs. If you can’t get so close to your legs, hold your feet or big toes and gently ease into more depth.

Here again, the mind can intrude, resisting the surrender that is required to fully benefit from this manoeuvre. Explore the mental patterns you’re bringing to the asana—an urge to push or a tendency to give up and space out—and redirect your attention to the sensations of letting go. As you deepen your pose by doing less, you will recognize how emotions stored in the body can tighten the muscles and hold you back. Surrender mentally and you will just ease into greater depth.

Here is another technique to help free your spine. Cup the back of your head in your hands. Drop your elbows toward the floor and let your upper back spread. Then keep your shoulder blades wide as you inhale and raise your elbows, stretching them away from your sides. Press the back of your head into your hands as you open your chest and lengthen your torso forward. Expand this motion for several breaths and then release your elbows, chest, and head down again. You may find your forward bend to be both deeper and more extended.

As you progressively surrender, stop resisting mentally and start easing into the pose, your pose grows quieter, supported by your legs, stay in touch with the form of the pose by sending delicate physical reminders to yourself whenever you feel the discomfort of misalignment disturbing your inner focus. Keep your heels, legs, thighs and tailbone in contact with the earth and active and your hip joints flexed. Continue to deepen the sensation that your torso is at rest on your legs, allowing your belly to stay on your thighs, feeling it as liquid and cool. Let distractions diminish and blur into the background and immerse yourself completely into the inner terrain of the pose.

Sustaining this inner focus is always a challenge. At some point, it becomes meditation. You will become aware of the struggle as you oscillate between effort and surrender, distraction and attention. Slowly, the influence of your mind becomes more and more obvious. You may be surprised by your resistance to prolonging the pose, particularly if you are quite flexible but not accustomed to holding the pose for long. At this point, whatever your tendencies, the mental challenges you encounter are the most likely threats to deepening your practice. A host of emotions will play upon your mind, and you thought this was a mere hamstring stretch! As you deepen your pose, you’ll encounter struggles that create agitation and sabotage a balanced, sattvic experience. You are determined to stay, no matter what, even though your whole being is begging for relief!

Shift your focus to the inner rhythm of your breath. It will be your guide. You can benefit from each insight that accompanies the process. With time and practice, Paschimottanasana will become a prolonged, body-oriented meditation.

Paschimottanasana forces you to deal with your resistance, attachments and habits. It teaches you what to hold on to and strengthen and what to leave. Introspection tells you that the mind does constantly influence your yoga. You learn that asana is a way to develop the psychological hardiness that comes from meditation and enlightenment.

Jun 302013
 

Nabho Mudra in Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program

Nabho Mudra

Nabho Mudra

Nabho Mudra involves the tongue touching the palate and is somewhat similar to Khechari mudra in its action. Nabho mudra is mentioned in Gheranda Samhita and is practiced by meditators from various traditions. Nabho mudra is an easy form of Khechari Mudra, which is mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and can be easily practised by anyone.

In Gheranda Samhita, Nabho Mudra is described as a practice where the practitioner turns the tongue upwards to meet the palate and then retains the breath. The text says that one can do this during all activities like sitting, walking, etc.

Nabho Mudra or Simple/ Small Khechari – which Gheranda Samhita claims can remove all disease and suffering of the Yogi, forms an integral part of Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Program, a scientifically and yogically correct and very effective breathing and meditation routine, full of possibilities. In Sanskrit, ‘Nabho’ means ‘space or heavens or sky’ and mudra means ‘posture’. So, literally it can be translated as ‘Space or Heavens  or Sky Posture’. Mudras are the postures and act as smaller body locks for energy. Mahatma Budha also made use of Nabho mudra and Vipashyana, now more popular as Vipassana from Pali language, during meditation.

The breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge from the Vedas and other classical Yoga books from thousands of years ago is just astounding, overwhelming, breath-taking and divine! In this modern era, we have just begun to understand this unfathomable sea of knowledge, handed down from generation to generation in a few brief and concise verses, and experiential practices. The full potential of all this knowledge in physical, mental, metaphysical and spiritual dimensions can be comprehended by a devout, practising yoga practitioner through regular practice only.

Nabho Mudra is simple, more of a Raja Yoga practice. Khechari Mudra is a somewhat similar, but more profound, practice, done in Hatha Yoga, which involves taking the tongue all the way back to reach the nasal cavity. Traditional Hatha Yoga is intended to lead to Raja Yoga, the ‘Royal Yoga’, the goal of which is the highest state of consciousness known as SamadhiKhechari is done with a lot of effort like milking the tongue and sometimes even cutting the frenulum of the tongue to free it. Once it is able to reach the nasal cavity, it can then be extended to the roof of the cavity. By stimulating certain regions of the cavity with the tongue, the yogi gets the benefit of amrita or nectar, as per Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Through this nectar, the yogi rejuvenates his body and attains long and healthy life. Whether this nectar is a physical secretion, or modulation of secretions from the master and other glands, is yet to be ascertained. 

Many masters say that cutting the frenulum for Khechari is unnecessary and the same results can be gained through constant practice of Nabho Mudra. It is said that during certain stages of meditation, the tongue automatically goes and touches the roof of the palate. By constant practice, the tongue can go further back towards the throat, till it touches the uvula at the back. Finally it can be made to enter the nasal cavity. This takes years of practice.

This mudra was kept a well-guarded secret for thousands of years, and very correctly so. Nabho and Khechari take the Yogi a step closer to gaining full control over the processes of the physical body. It is an old technique to achieve peace of mind and to facilitate a state of silent and deep meditation, and hence achieving the highest state of samadhi or contemplation.  Talavya or Talabhya Kriya (‘Talu‘ means palate; ‘Talavya‘ or ‘Talabhya‘ means related to palate) is the preparatory exercise to advance to a perfect Khechari Mudra. It must be learnt directly from a physical ‘Guru‘ and should only be practiced under direct supervision of the Guru. It takes a lot of practice to learn and to do accurately even when explained properly and correctly, and it must not be attempted except under expert guidance of a learned ‘Guru’ or teacher after understanding the procedure correctly. That is more because of what these mudras are capable of rather than just the procedures. Preliminary, preparatory procedures and training in Talabhya Kriya and other procedures are essential for serious exponents of Yoga.  Amateurish attempts at this may lead to many complications. However, very simple or initial versions can be explained and understood easily and can be taught even to non-yogis and not-so-advanced yogis.

Nabho Mudra can also be considered an easier option to the practice of full Khechari mudra. Though it remains to be documented medically, but clinically and in traditional Yoga practices, many different types of diseases, even intractable ones, have been found to resolve by the practice of this mudra. 

As a Sanskrit verse explains about Nabho Mudra:

यत्र यत्र स्थितों योगी सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा।

उर्ध्वजिव्ह: स्थिरो भूत्वाधारयेत्मवनं सदा।

नभोमुद्रा मवेदुषा योद्विना रोग नाशिनी।।

Yatra yatra sthitom yogi sarvakaryeshu sarvada

Urdhvajivha sthiro bhutvadharyetmavanam sada

Nabhomudra mavedusha yogvina roga nashini

Meaning 

The yogi, who stays constant in all aspects at all times, controls the breath

by placing the frontal part of tongue on the palate inside the mouth.

It puts an immediate stop to all mental turmoil.

All the diseases of yogi are destroyed by the practice of this mudra.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika states:

अथ खेछरी
कपाल-कुहरे जिह्वा परविष्ह्टा विपरीतगा |
भरुवोरन्तर्गता दॄष्ह्टिर्मुद्रा भवति खेछरी || ३२ ||

atha khecharī
kapāla-kuhare jihvā praviṣhṭā viparītaghā |
bhruvorantarghatā dṝṣhṭirmudrā bhavati khecharī || 32 ||

एवं करमेण षहण-मासं नित्यं युक्तः समाछरेत |
षहण्मासाद्रसना-मूल-शिरा-बन्धः परणश्यति || ३६ ||

evaṃ krameṇa ṣhaṇ-māsaṃ nityaṃ yuktaḥ samācharet |
ṣhaṇmāsādrasanā-mūla-śirā-bandhaḥ praṇaśyati || 36 ||

कलां पराङ्मुखीं कॄत्वा तरिपथे परियोजयेत |
सा भवेत्खेछरी मुद्रा वयोम-छक्रं तदुछ्यते || ३७ ||

kalāṃ parāngmukhīṃ kṝtvā tripathe pariyojayet |
sā bhavetkhecharī mudrā vyoma-chakraṃ taduchyate || 37 ||

रसनामूर्ध्वगां कॄत्वा कष्हणार्धमपि तिष्ह्ठति |
विष्हैर्विमुछ्यते योगी वयाधि-मॄत्यु-जरादिभिः || ३८ ||

rasanāmūrdhvaghāṃ kṝtvā kṣhaṇārdhamapi tiṣhṭhati |
viṣhairvimuchyate yoghī vyādhi-mṝtyu-jarādibhiḥ || 38 ||

न रोगो मरणं तन्द्रा न निद्रा न कष्हुधा तॄष्हा |
न छ मूर्छ्छा भवेत्तस्य यो मुद्रां वेत्ति खेछरीम || ३९ ||

na rogho maraṇaṃ tandrā na nidrā na kṣhudhā tṝṣhā |
na cha mūrchchā bhavettasya yo mudrāṃ vetti khecharīm || 39 ||

When the yogi now curls his tongue upward and back, he is able to, close the place where the three paths meet. The bending back of the tongue is khechari mudra and closes the three paths in akasha chakra. The yogi who remains but half a minute in this position is free from illness, old age and death. He who has mastered khechari mudra is not afflicted with disease, death, laziness, hunger, thirst and swooning. (HYP 8: 32-39)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika states further:

गोमांसं भक्ष्हयेन्नित्यं पिबेदमर-वारुणीम |
कुलीनं तमहं मन्ये छेतरे कुल-घातकाः || ४७ ||

ghomāṃsaṃ bhakṣhayennityaṃ pibedamara-vāruṇīm |
kulīnaṃ tamahaṃ manye chetare kula-ghātakāḥ || 47 ||

गो-शब्देनोदिता जिह्वा तत्प्रवेशो हि तालुनि |
गो-मांस-भक्ष्हणं तत्तु महा-पातक-नाशनम || ४८ ||

gho-śabdenoditā jihvā tatpraveśo hi tāluni |
gho-māṃsa-bhakṣhaṇaṃ tattu mahā-pātaka-nāśanam || 48 ||

जिह्वा-परवेश-सम्भूत-वह्निनोत्पादितः खलु |
छन्द्रात्स्रवति यः सारः सा सयादमर-वारुणी || ४९ ||

jihvā-praveśa-sambhūta-vahninotpāditaḥ khalu |
chandrātsravati yaḥ sāraḥ sā syādamara-vāruṇī || 49 ||

Daily he may eat the flesh of the cow and drink wine. The word go (cow) in Vedic language means tongue; eating it is to thrust it into the gullet, which produces heat in the body causing nectar to flow out of the moon (chandra nadi) situated on the left side of the eyebrow centre, also called ida nadi, and that is called drinking wine. (HYP 8: 47-49)

Gherand Samhita states:

The body becomes beautiful; samadhi is attained, and the tongue touching the holes in the roof of the mouth obtains various juices – first he experiences a saltish taste, through alkaline to bitter then astringent, then he feels the taste of butter then ghee, then of milk, then of curds, then of whey, then of honey, then of palm juice, and lastly arises the taste of nectar. (GS iii, 30-32)

 

Procedure

It must be learnt and practised only under an expert guidance. It is explained here as a reference for the benefit of those who are learning under an expert teacher.

  1. Sit in any of the Yogic sitting postures such as Padmasana, Sukhasana, Vajrasana, sitting in a chair or in stand-at-ease position. Initially, it is prudent to choose one of the sitting postures.
    padmasana

    Padmasana

  2. A correct and easy way of doing Nabho Mudra is by putting the tongue up against the palate, with the tip of the tongue touching between back of your teeth and hard palate, and tongue pressing against the hard palate, and keeping it there for as long as you can do it comfortably. More advanced techniques give access to varied functions.
    palate

    Palate

    Nabho Mudra-Breathe and Heal

    Nabho Mudra-Breathe and Heal

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    Nabho Mudra

  3. A correct and easy way of doing first level of Khechari Mudra is to put the tip of the tongue against the soft palate, behind the hard palate. For this, the tongue has to be turned upside down, bringing the undersurface of the tongue up, and touching the tip of the tongue with the soft palate. Keep it there for as long as you can. If you feel uncomfortable or feel pain, unroll your tongue and relax for a few seconds and again resume. Build up your practice slowly. A low protein diet helps advancing in this process, as does singhasana (the lion pose).
     
    Khechari Mudra Level I

    Khechari Mudra Level I

    khechari

    Khechari


     
  4. Also, at the same time, you should be doing Shambhavi mudra – keep the eyesight in the middle of both the eyebrows, at Aagya Chakra. It’s more easily done with eyes closed. shambhavi

The correct and complete practice of Nabho Mudra is achieved only when your eyesight is between both the eyebrows, in Shambhavi Mudra, and your tongue is in contact with the palate. Both of these should be accomplished together at one time. 

Also, Nabho Mudra can be practiced with PranayamaGheranda Samhita also instructs about retaining the breath during this practice. That is optional during meditation. During meditation, the breath naturally slows down. During deeper states, one may experience natural suspension of breath for a few minutes. This is called Kevala kumbhaka. Forcing Kevala Kumbhak is unnecessary and undesirable.

Understanding the Action of Nabho Mudra

Though explanation of the full effects and the actions of this simple, and to many seemingly illogical and unscientific, yogic procedure or pose is beyond the scope of this article, yet we can make an attempt to understand basic mechanism of some of the leading physical effects of Nabho Mudra, and to some extent, Khechari Mudra.

During Nabho mudra the tongue is fixed in one spot touching the palate. When the tongue doesn’t move, the onslaught of thoughts also decreases naturally. Thoughts may still occur, but only minimally. This principle is of great help in meditation. Instead of fighting with thoughts, just use Nabho mudra to get substantial help to reduce thoughts per minute.

In Yogic terms, we understand that the cosmic or prana energy can flow through the Sushumna nadi and nourish the entire body. This flow may be interrupted at the region of the throat. The prana energy flows from Vishudhi Chakra to organs of speech.

chakras3

If the flow of prana energy is obstructed or is obliterated, this may cause or contribute towards the instability or distractibility of the mind. Nabho mudra connects that prana energy directly to the next energy centre, i.e., Aagya Chakra, through various marma points. Thus, it helps bypass the normal route and encourages freer flow of prana. Placing the tongue against the palate is one way to bypass this blockage. This reconnection tends to calm the mind and leads to attainment of eternal bliss. This depends on the point of contact – the alveolar groove, the hard palate, the soft palate, the epiglottis, the nares, etc.; the tongue gets connected to various nadis, or energy channels, by touching marma points. Just by putting your tongue up, you can use Nabho mudra to connect the front and back channels of your body which prevents build up of too much pitta or heat. Nabho mudra can also be used to passively conduct energy flow to various upper centers and marmas (bindu, sahasrara, aagya, sthapani, simanta, etc.).

When practising routines that arouse kundalini, it is one of three safety factors that prevent ‘burn out’ in the head region, while still allowing flow of cooler energy through the crown, the third eye, and all of the associated bindus. The other two safety factors are a fully relaxed jaw release, and a suspended head position, which is said to release krikatika marma.

krikatika

Medically speaking, our body responds to any kind of threat by the ‘fight or flight’ response.

autonomic-nervous-system

In either case, sympathetic nervous system kicks in and it leads to a rise in blood pressure, in addition to other phenomena.  Tension and stress of daily living are also perceived by the body as a danger signal and have the same physiology, and the body responds through the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.

stress

The sensory nerves from the tongue to the brain, are branches of the trigeminal, facial, glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves; all of these, except the trigeminal, are linked to the parasympathetic component of the autonomic nervous system.

nerve-supply-of-tongue

Thus, through the practice of Nabho or Khechari Mudra, we stimulate these nerves which are concerned with relaxation and also monitor taste, secretion of the different salivary glands, respiration, and so