Nov 162015
 
drishti

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.

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 Jitender K Sahdev

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Nov 152015
 
Sanskrit Names for Asanas

SANSKRIT WORD ROOTS OF ASANA NAMES

MAKING THEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND

Sanskrit Names for Asanas

If you are not sure what to do when the teacher calls for “Utkatasana”, or, can’t quite tell “Hasta padangusthasana” apart from “Chaturanga Dandasana”, or,  not clearly visualising “Prasarita Padottanasana”, or can’t get your mouth around “Utthitta Chaturanga Dandasaana”, here is some help! 

What is in a Name!

Two basic things make identification of asanas (poses) easier:

String of Pearls

First, you must know that those long Sanskrit words are in fact like strings of pearls. This is something peculiar to Sanskrit. For example, Paschimottanasana has 4 words in it:

  • Paschima (West or backside of the body);
  • Utt (intense)
  • tana (stretch);
  • Asana (pose).

Learning to identify the smaller words within the long name makes it easier not only to recognize but also helps to pronounce.

Common Mother Language

The second important point is that, in English (as well as other languages), we use words that are distant cousins to Sanskrit.

According to linguists, there are nineteen families of languages in the world, and the languages of the western world have developed from one original tongue. No written record exists of this mother tongue, but strong similarities between words in different western languages, called Indo-European languages, point to a common origin. With the demise of Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT), newer theories have come up, but here is an indicative chart according to accepted theories at present:

Sanskrit_Language Tree

Many opinions are afloat even about the age of the Sanskrit. The oldest form of Sanskrit is Rigvedic (or Vedic)Sanskrit; so, some estimates can be made about the age of Sanskrit from the age of Vedas. Various postulates in vogue are:

  • The modern linguists place the age of the first book of Vedas, the Rig Veda, at about 1800 B.C., placing Sanskrit at 3,800 years of age.
  • Astronomical references in the Vedas, however, provide some broad approximations that help date the beginning of the tradition. Some Vedic notices mark the beginning of the year at the vernal equinox in Orion; this was the case around 4500 B.C. This places Sanskrit at 6,500 years of age.
  • Atreya, a descendant of Hindu sage Atri, was a well-known Ayurvedic expert from 6th century BCE.  Having lived in India for many years, he stated in Practical Atreya, “Ayurveda has very old roots, long before recorded history. Hinduism is a much later manifestation of the Vedic culture. Theoral tradition states that the first of the Vedas was composed about 40,000 years ago. This comes from my personal (Atreya’s) dialogs with yogis and teachers in India.  The oral traditions are still very much alive in India, when valuable information is passed orally from teacher to student”. This account implies that Ayurveda, and Sanskrit, have existed for approximately 42,000 years.
  • Some Indian Vedic scholars believe that creation, and so, Sanskrit – the divine language, is more than 2 billion years old.

Even according to first postulate, the oldest languages of the Indo-European family are Sanskrit (1800 B.C.), Greek (800 B.C.) and Latin (500 B.C.) French is a direct descendant of Latin, and about half of English words come from French. The Anglo-Saxon side of English, related to German, is also part of the big Indo-European family. According to Indian scriptures, Vedic language, which is the mother of Sanskrit, is said to be the mother of all languages.

One day in yoga class, this very obvious link was pointed out to me. I was explaining to the students that the asana they were doing was Janushirasana, and further expanded that janu meant knee and shir meant head. One student pointed out immediately that in French, the word for knee is genou, and is similarly pronounced like janu. There are so many other similar sounding words in languages : mother is ‘matri’ in Sanskrit, brother is ‘bhrata’, mrta is Sanskrit for dead or corpse and, in French, mort means death or dead and then goes on into English to show up again in mortuary (a place for the dead). This is a long list….

The Names of Asanas

Sanskrit Alphabets

Since the late 19th century, Sanskrit has been written mostly with the Devanagari alphabets. However it has also been written with all the other alphabets of India, except Gurmukhi and Tamil, and with other alphabets such as Thai and Tibetan. The Grantha, Sharda and Siddham alphabets are used only for Sanskrit. Since the late 18th century, Sanskrit has also been written with the Latin alphabet. The most commonly used system is the International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration (IAST), which was been the standard for academic work since 1912.

Devanagari alphabets for Sanskrit

Vowels and vowel diacritics (ghosha)

Sanskrit Vowels

 

Consonants (vyanjana)

Sanskrit Consonants

 

Conjunct consonants (sanyoga)

There are about a thousand conjunct consonants, most of which combine two or three consonants. There are also some with four-consonant conjuncts and at least one well-known conjunct with five consonants. Here are some of the commonly-used conjuncts:

Sanskrit Conjunct Consonants

 

Pronunciation.

Do your best, keeping in mind that intention is important. Sanskrit is an implosive language – when you say Sanskrit words, the sound vibrations influence marmas, nadis and chakras.

Pronunciation of Sanskrit alphabets can be guttural, palatal, cerebral, dental or labial:

Sanskrit Names

Word Roots for Names of Asanas

The word-roots for names of asanas are mostly from four categories:

  1. anatomy
  2. animals
  3. sages and deities, and
  4. shapes of objects.

Additionally, names of poses are further broken down into numbers and characteristics of the pose. As we get acquainted with some of these basic translations within the asana, then the longer names of asanas start to become easily comprehensible.

Anatomy:

  1. Pada: foot/ leg (pied in French means foot, while pedestrian in English denotes someone on foot)
  2. Hasta: hand
  3. Anguli: fingers
  4. Angustha: big toe
  5. Janu: knee
  6. Shira or Shirsha: head
  7. Mukha: face
  8. Karna: ear
  9. Jathara: stomach
  10. Anga: limb
  11. Bhuja: arm
  12. Sarvanga: (sarva) whole (ang) body
  13. Shava: corpse
  14. Prana: breath/ lifeforce
  15. Pashchima: west direction (back side of body)
  16. Purva: east direction (front side of body)

Animals:

  1. Shvana: dog
  2. Bheka: frog
  3. Baka: crow
  4. Ushtra: camel
  5. Go: cow
  6. bhujanga: snake/ serpent
  7. kapota: pidgeon/ dove
  8. kurma: turtle
  9. matsya: fish
  10. shalabha: locust/ grasshopper

Sages and Deities:

  1. Bharadvaja: a sage; also the father of famous archer, Drona, who trained the cousins who would later became rivals and fight the famous war Mahabharata, of which Bhagwad Geeta is an excerpt.
  2. Garuda: was the king of the eagles; Garuda once provided transportation and carried Lord Vishnu to the aid of devotee, Gajendra who was in a life threatening situation.
  3. Marichi: son of Brahma and grandfather of Surya the sun god.
  4. Matsyendra: Lord of the Fishes; a fish heard all the teachings when Shiva was imparting knowledge of Yoga to Parvati. Shiva gave him divine form to then spread the knowledge of yoga.
  5. Surya: Sun god
  6. Virabhadra: the great warrior who sprang to Shiva’s aid to seek revenge on his father-in-law.
  7. Nataraja: one of the names of Shiva, the lord of the dance.
  8. Hanuman: chief of the monkey army; one of Rama’s greatest devotees who came to his aid. Hanuman made huge leaps across the sea- first to find Sita and then to save Rama’s brother.

Shapes of Objects:

  1. Parigha: gate latch
  2. Hala: plough, plow
  3. Vriksha: tree
  4. Tula: scales
  5. Tada: mountain or Palm tree
  6. Setu: bridge
  7. Nava: boat
  8. Mudra: seal
  9. Dhanur: bow
  10. Danda: rod/ staff/ stick
  11. Chandra: moon
  12. Vira: hero
  13. Asana: pose/ posture

Numbers:

  1. Eka: one
  2. Dwi: two, both (dwa in Polish, pronounced dva)
  3. Tri: three (trois in French)
  4. Chatur: four (cztery in Polish, pronounced ch-terry)
  5. Pancha: five
  6. Shat: six
  7. Sapta: seven
  8. Ashta: eight
  9. Nava: nine
  10. Dasha or Dasham: ten

Characteristics:

  1. Adho: downward
  2. Urdhva: raised/ upward
  3. Utthitta: extended, stretched.
  4. Parivritta: revolved
  5. Baddha: tied/ bound
  6. Supta: reclining/ sleeping
  7. Uttana: (utt) intense, (tan) stretch
  8. Sthiti: stability
  9. Upavistha: seated
  10. Prasarita: spread out
  11. Ardha: half
  12. Salamba: with support
  13. Nirlamba: without support
  14. Kona: angle
  15. Pida: pressure

These are only some of the representative root words.

 Delve deeper into this and many more informative topics in Yoga.

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Dr Jitender K Sahdev

President and Director of Teaching

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Trauma, PTSD, Stress, Mental Health and Yoga

trauma

Trauma literally means a physical injury, or a deeply distressing, disturbing emotional event. Emotional or psychological trauma is often the result of a physical injury, or an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved with that experience; it is the result of a real or perceived threat to life, or sexual violence. A traumatic event involves one experience, or repeating events with the sense of being overwhelmed that can be delayed by weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences. 

If the symptoms persist for more than one month, it is termed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most people having experienced a trauma event will not progress to PTSD. Assault-based trauma victims are more likely to develop PTSD.  People who experience non-assault based trauma such as witnessing trauma, accidents, and fire events, are less likely to develop PTSD. Children, especially those less than 10 years of age, are less likely to experience PTSD after trauma. War veterans are more at risk for PTSD.

Trauma is a very common occurrence; according to an estimate, at least 1 in every 4 adults has suffered trauma at one or the other time in life. It is also one of the top five most costly health problems. This post discusses emotional or psychological trauma.

History

Trauma is as old as humans, although the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD only made it into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV) in 1980. War, rape, natural disasters and abuse are as old as humans, and so is PTSD. Called soldier’s heart in the American Civil War, shell shock in the First World War, war neurosis in WWII, combat stress reaction in the Vietnam War, sometimes loosely labelled nervous breakdown, diagnosis that was gradually reformulated as PTSD.

There fell in this battle of Marathon, on the side of the barbarians, about six thousand and four hundred men; on that of the Athenians, one hundred and ninety-two. Such was the number of the slain on the one side and the other. A strange prodigy likewise happened at this fight. Epizelus, the son of Cuphagoras, an Athenian, was in the thick of the fray, and behaving himself as a brave man should, when suddenly he was stricken with blindness, without blow of sword or dart; and this blindness continued thenceforth during the whole of his after life. The following is the account which he himself, as I have heard, gave of the matter: he said that a gigantic warrior, with a huge beard, which shaded all his shield, stood over against him; but the ghostly semblance passed him by, and slew the man at his side. Such, as I understand, was the tale which Epizelus told.

– Herodotus (6.117 – Rawlinson translation)

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus describes that warrior Epizelus experiences hysterical blindness, possibly an extreme form of PTSD. The Greek playwright Sophocles has devoted Ajax and Philoctetes to devastating descriptions of the post-battle breakdowns. The hero Ajax kills hundreds of farm animals, believing them to be his commanding officers, and finally commits suicide by throwing himself on the point of his sword. “What should I do?” cries the despairing Ajax. “The gods hate me, the Trojans loathe me, the Greeks despise me!” The victims of PTSD are known to be at increased risk for homicide and suicide even today. Chaturanga (four limbs of the armed forces), or chatur, is an ancient two player Indian strategy game which is the common ancestor of the board games chess, shogi, makruk, xiangqi and janggi. Four player version was called chaturaji. It was described as shataranja by the Arab scholar Abu al-Hasan ‘Alī al-Mas’ūdī as a tool for military strategy, but also for reliving old battles, perhaps as a form of exposure therapy!

A brief recapitulation of history of PTSD is:

  • 3000 BC (? 8000 B.C., or still older) –  The horrendous combat events described in the Mahabharata and the demeanor and death of the main warrior characters such as Jayadratha graphically illustrate the trauma and symptoms now recognized as PTSD.
  • 1900 BC – Egyptian physicians report hysterical reaction.
  • 8 Century BC – Homer in The Odyssey describes flashbacks and survivor’s guilt.
  • 730 BC – Homer’s great epic, The Iliad narrates a series of harrowing episodes of battle stress that were experienced by the ancient Hellenic combatants. He clearly paints the picture of the horror of war and trauma of combat. Achilles, the archetypal warrior, cries out in anguish and rage at the death and mutilation of his friend Patroklos. 
  • 490 BC – Herodotus writes of a soldier going blind after witnessing the death of a comrade next to him.
  • 3 -5 BC – Jataka stories in Budhism
  • 1597 – Shakespeare vividly describes war sequel in King Henry IV
  • 1600 – Samuel Pepys describes symptoms in survivors of the great fire of London.
  • 1879 –  Rigler coins term Compensation Neurosis
  • 1880’s  – Pierre Janet studies and treats traumatic stress. He describes “hysterical and dissociative symptoms”, inability to integrate memories, by “phasic nature” of suppression and intrusion.
  • 1899 – Helmut Oppenheim coins term  Traumatic  Neurosis
  • WW-I :  –  “Shell Shock”
  • WW-II :   -“Battle fatigue”, “Combat exhaustion”, and, again, “Traumatic Neurosis”
  • 1952 – Carl Jung analyses the psychological component of story of Job in Bible
  • 1980 – PTSD becomes a diagnostic category  in DSM

Careful research and documentation of PTSD began in earnest after the Vietnam War. The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study estimated in 1988 that the prevalence of PTSD in that group was 15.2% and that 30% had experienced the disorder at some point since returning from Vietnam.

Cause

Stress, trauma or tension can happen due to many causes — a difficult or failed relationship, a financial hardship, a car accident, violence, an abuse, to name just a few. There is frequently a violation of the person’s familiar ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. This is also seen when a person feels violated or betrayed or disillusioned by some institution in unforeseen ways. Upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger may be the result. For most people, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually disappear.

But in some cases, the symptoms don’t decrease – one does not improve with each passing day. In fact, one may start to feel worse. The trauma may reflect in the body through the central nervous system. It may manifest as both emotional/ psychological as well as physical symptoms, ranging from flashbacks and anxiety, sensori-motor reactions as intrusive images, sounds, smells, body sensations, physical pain, constriction, numbing and even deep muscle patterns. These persisting trauma symptoms have the ability to derange one’s mental, psychological, biological, and social health.

An event will most likely lead to trauma if:

  • it is unexpected,
  • one is not prepared for it,
  • feels unable to prevent it;
  • happens repeatedly,
  • someone is intentionally cruel, or,
  • if it happened in childhood. 

This can also be caused by one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. 

In case of a perceived or real threat, the first thing that happens is ‘sympathetic stimulation’, preparing the body for ‘fight or flight response. When the situation worsens further, in addition to changes in CNS, the ‘primitive dorsal vagus‘ elicits immobilization or ‘freeze‘ behavior; ventral vagus is connected with empathy, social communication and self-soothing behavior. 

Neuroendocrinology of Trauma

PTSD symptoms may result when a traumatic event causes an over-reactive adrenaline response, which creates deep neurological patterns in the brain. These patterns can persist long after the event that triggered the fear, making an individual hyper-responsive to future fearful situations. During traumatic experiences the high levels of stress hormones secreted suppress hypothalamic activity that may be a major factor toward the development of PTSD.

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is responsible for coordinating the hormonal response to stress. In PTSD, there is a maladaptive learning pathway to fear response through a hypersensitive, hyperreactive, and hyperresponsive HPA axis.

Low cortisol levels may predispose individuals to PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD have chronically low levels of serotonin, which contributes to the commonly associated behavioral symptoms such as anxiety, ruminations, irritability, aggression, suicidality and impulsivity. Serotonin also contributes to the stabilization of glucocorticoid production.

Low levels of dopamine can contribute to anhedonia, apathy, impaired attention, and motor deficits. Increased levels of dopamine can cause psychosis, agitation, and restlessness.

Hyperresponsiveness in the norepinephrine system can be caused by continued exposure to high stress. Overactivation of norepinephrine receptors in the prefrontal cortex can be connected to the flashbacks and nightmares. A decreased awareness of the current environment prevents the memory mechanisms in the brain from associating the flashback with the current environment.

Majority of reports indicate people with PTSD have elevated levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone, lower basal cortisol levels, and enhanced negative feedback suppression of the HPA axis by dexamethasone.

Neuro-anatomy of Trauma

Trauma

Three areas of the brain in which function may be altered in PTSD have been identified:

  • prefrontal cortex,
  • amygdala, and
  • hippocampus.

PTSD is considered a syndrome of deficient extinction ability. The amygdala is a heterogeneous brain structure implicated in processing of emotions and storing the emotional aspects of memories. The amygdalocentric model of PTSD proposes that it is associated with hyperarousal of the amygdala and insufficient top-down control by the mPFC (medial prefrontal cortex) and the hippocampus in particular during extinction. Studies suggest that therapeutic strategies that enhance IGF2/IGFBP7 signalling and adult neurogenesis might be suitable to treat diseases linked to excessive fear memory such as PTSD.

Amygdala can also pre-empt neo-cortex through amygdala hijack; an amygdala hijack exhibits three signs: strong emotional reaction, sudden onset, and post-episode realization if the reaction was inappropriate.In human studies, the amygdala has been shown to be strongly involved in the formation of emotional memories, especially fear-related memories. During high stress times, the hippocampus, which is associated with the ability to place memories in the correct sequence and context of space and time, and with the ability to recall the memory, is suppressed. This suppression is hypothesized to be the cause of the flashbacks that often affect people with PTSD. When someone with PTSD undergoes stimuli similar to the traumatic event, the body perceives the event as occurring again because the memory was never properly recorded in the person’s memory. 

The maintenance of the fear involved with PTSD has been shown to include the HPA axis, the locus coeruleus-noradrenergic systems, and the connections between the limbic system and frontal cortex. The HPA axis that coordinates the hormonal response to stress, which activates the LC-noradrenergic system, is implicated in the over-consolidation of memories that occurs as a result of trauma. This over-consolidation increases the likelihood of one’s developing PTSD. The amygdala is responsible for threat detection and the conditioned and unconditioned fear responses that are carried out as a response to a threat.

The LC-noradrenergic system has been hypothesized to mediate the over-consolidation of fear memory in PTSD. High levels of cortisol reduce noradrenergic activity, and because people with PTSD tend to have reduced levels of cortisol, it is proposed that individuals with PTSD fail to regulate the increased noradrenergic response to traumatic stress. It is thought that the intrusive memories and conditioned fear responses to associated triggers is a result of this response. Neuropeptide-Y has been reported to reduce the release of norepinephrine and has been demonstrated to have anxiolytic properties in animal models. Studies have shown people with PTSD demonstrate reduced levels of NPY, possibly indicating their increased anxiety levels.

Amygdala

The basolateral nucleus (BLA) of the amygdala is responsible for the comparison and development of associations between unconditioned and conditioned responses to stimuli, which results in the fear conditioning present in PTSD.

fear

The BLA activates the central nucleus (CeA) of the amygdala, which elaborates the fear response, (including behavioral response to threat and elevated startle response). Descending inhibitory inputs from the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) regulate the transmission from the BLA to the CeA, which is hypothesized to play a role in the extinction of conditioned fear responses.

The Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve (X cranial nerve) is a primary component of the autonomic nervous system. The word vagus means “wandering” in Latin. The words vagabond, vague, and vagrant come from the same root. The vagus nerve is known as the wandering nerve because it has multiple branches. This is one of the major nerves that goes to the brain. By stimulating the nerves, you can cause upstream changes in the brain without having to go into the brain.

Visceral Supply

Polyvagal theory outlines the structure and function of the two distinct branches of the vagus, both of which originate in the medulla. Each branch is associated with a different adaptive behavioral strategy, both of which are inhibitory in nature via the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The sympathetic-adrenal system is involved in mobilization behavior; vagus nerve acts opposite to this. According to polyvagal theory, these opposing systems are phylogenetically arranged.

Trauma Release

Dorsal Vagal Complex (DVC)

The dorsal branch of the vagus originates in the dorsal motor nucleus and is considered the phylogenetically older branch. This branch is unmyelinated and exists in most vertebrates. Also known as the ‘vegetative vagus’, it is associated with primal survival strategies of primitive vertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians. Under great stress, these animals `freeze` when threatened, conserving their metabolic resources.

Vagus

The dorsal vagal complex (DVC) provides primary control of sub-diaphragmatic visceral organs, such as the digestive tract. Under normal conditions, the DVC maintains regulation of these digestive processes. However, prolonged disinhibition can be lethal for mammals, as it results in apnea and bradycardia.

Ventral Vagal Complex (VVC)

A more sophisticated system with increased neural complexity evolved in mammals. This enriched behavioral and affective responses to an increasingly complex environment. The ventral branch of the vagus originates in the nucleus ambiguus and is myelinated to provide more control and speed in responding. It is also known as the “smart vagus” as it is associated with the regulation of sympathetic “fight or flight” behavior in the service of social affiliative behaviors. These behaviors include social communication and self-soothing and calming. In other words, this branch of the vagus can inhibit or disinhibit defensive limbic system, depending on the situation. The VVC provides primary control of supra-diaphragmatic visceral organs, such as the esophagus, bronchi, pharynx, larynx and heart. When vagal tone to the heart’s pacemaker is high, a baseline or resting heart rate is produced. In other words, the vagus acts as a restraint, or brake, limiting heart rate. However, when vagal tone is removed, there is little inhibition to the pacemaker, and so rapid mobilization (“fight/flight”) can be activated in times of stress, but without having to engage the sympathetic-adrenal system, as activation comes at a severe biological cost.

Vagal Tone

In order to maintain homeostasis, the central nervous system responds constantly, via neural feedback, to environmental cues. Stressful events disrupt the rhythmic structure of autonomic states, and subsequently, behaviors. Amplitude of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) is a good index of PNS activity via the cardiac vagus. That is, RSA is a measurable, noninvasive way to see how the vagus modulates heart rate activity in response to stress. This method is useful to measure individual differences in stress reactivity.

Research has shown that amplitude of RSA is an accurate indicator of the efferent influence of the vagus on the heart, and is widely used for this purpose. Since inhibitory effects of the VVC branch of the vagus allow for a wide range of adaptive, prosocial behaviors, it has been theorized that individuals with greater vagal tone are able to exhibit a greater range of such behaviors. On the other hand, decreased vagal tone is associated with illnesses and medical complications that compromise the CNS. These complications may reduce one’s capacity to respond to stress appropriately.

Chronic ‘freeze‘ reaction due to stress or unresolved trauma adversely impacts physical vitality and health:

  • chronic tension patterns cause pain commonly in the neck/shoulder and lower back regions
  • typical muscle patterns mainly in jaw, neck, throat, shoulders, diaphragm, pelvis and hamstrings
  • adrenal fatigue occurs which in turn inhibits the immune system
  • the ‘rest, digest and relax’ function of the Parasympathetic Nervous System never gets a chance to act
  • digestive system is impaired; endocrine system is disrupted causing imbalance of growth hormones and reproductive hormones
  • the body pH becomes acidic and promotes inflammation.

All of this leads to a variety of secondary illnesses including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory illnesses, immune disorders, to name just a few.

Trigeminal Nerve

The trigeminal nerve (V Cranial Nerve) is the fifth paired cranial nerve. It is also the largest cranial nerve. It is responsible for sensation in the face and motor functions such as biting and chewing. Its name derives from the fact that each trigeminal nerve (one on each side of the pons) has three major branches: the ophthalmic nerve , the maxillary nerve , and the mandibular nerve. The ophthalmic and maxillary nerves are purely sensory, and the mandibular nerve has sensory (or “cutaneous”) and motor functions. The trigeminal nerve originates from three sensory nuclei (mesencephalic, principal sensory, spinal nuclei of trigeminal nerve) and one motor nucleus(motor nucleus of the trigeminal nerve) extending from the midbrain to the medulla.

Trigeminal

The ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular branches leave the skull through three separate foramina:

  • superior orbital fissure,
  • foramen rotundum and
  • foramen ovale.

The ophthalmic nerve carries sensory information from the scalp and forehead, the upper eyelid, the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, the nose (including the tip of the nose, except alae nasi), the nasal mucosa, the frontal sinuses and parts of the meninges (the dura and blood vessels). The maxillary nerve carries sensory information from the lower eyelid and cheek, the nares and upper lip, the upper teeth and gums, the nasal mucosa, the palate and roof of the pharynx, the maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses and parts of the meninges. The mandibular nerve carries sensory information from the lower lip, the lower teeth and gums, the chin and jaw (except the angle of the jaw, which is supplied by C2-C3), parts of the external ear and parts of the meninges. The mandibular nerve carries touch-position and pain-temperature sensations from the mouth. Although it does not carry taste sensation (the chorda tympani is responsible for taste), one of its branches—the lingual nerve—carries sensation from the tongue.

The two basic types of sensation are touch-position and pain-temperature. Touch-position input comes to attention immediately, but pain-temperature input reaches the level of consciousness after a delay. Touch-position information is generally carried by myelinated (fast-conducting) nerve fibers, and pain-temperature information by unmyelinated (slow-conducting) fibers. Touch-position and pain-temperature sensations are processed by different pathways in the central nervous system. This hard-wired distinction is maintained up to the cerebral cortex. Within the cerebral cortex, sensations are linked with other cortical areas.

The complex processing of pain-temperature information in the thalamus and cerebral cortex (as opposed to the relatively simple, straightforward processing of touch-position information) reflects a phylogenetically older, more primitive sensory system. The detailed information received from peripheral touch-position receptors is superimposed on a background of awareness, memory and emotions partially set by peripheral pain-temperature receptors.

As the trigeminal nerve has reciprocal projections to the nucleus tractus solitarius, the locus coeruleus, and the reticular formation, its role is implicated in mood regulation and anxiety disorders.

Pelvic Splanchnic Nerves

Pelvic splanchnic nerves or nervi erigentes are splanchnic nerves that arise from sacral spinal nerves S2, S3, S4 to provide parasympathetic innervation to the hindgut. The parasympathetic nervous system is referred to as the craniosacral outflow; the pelvic splanchnic nerves are the sacral component. They are in the same region as the sacral splanchnic nerves, which arise from the sympathetic trunk and provide sympathetic efferent fibers. They contribute to the innervation of the pelvic and genital organs. The nerves regulate the emptying of the urinary bladder, control opening and closing of the internal urethral sphincter, influence motility in the rectum as well as sexual functions like erection. They contain both preganglionic parasympathetic fibers as well as visceral afferent fibers. In the distal 1/3 of the transverse colon, and through the sigmoid and rectum, and the cervix in females, the pelvic splanchnic nerves supply parasympathetic function, including transmitting the sensation of pain. The proximal 2/3 of the transverse colon, and the rest of the proximal gastrointestinal tract is supplied its parasympathetic fibers by the vagus nerve.

 

Symptoms of trauma

Following trauma, people react in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. Traumatic event is an ABNORMAL event and all reactions to it are NORMAL reactions.

Common physical symptoms of trauma can be: insomnia or nightmares, easy startling, racing heart, aches and pains, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, edginess and agitation, muscle tensions. Common emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma can be: shock, denial, or disbelief, anger, irritability, mood swings, guilt, shame, self-blame, feeling sad or hopeless, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and fear, withdrawing from others, feeling disconnected or numb. People who have lost a loved one may go through a grieving process. These symptoms may last from a few days to a few months, gradually fading as you process the trauma. But even when you’re feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time by painful reminders.

Diagnosis

Trauma, specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms, a physical examination and a thorough psychological evaluation. 

PTSD Mnemonic

E – Event/experience (threatening to life or physical integrity of self or others)

R – Re-experience (flashbacks, nightmares etc)

A – Arousal (anxiety, startling, hyper-vigilance, irritability)

A – Avoidance (of things, places, images etc. reminiscent of event)

D – Duration of more than one month

Criteria for PTSD are given in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

DSM criteria for PTSD

Diagnosis of PTSD requires exposure to an event that involved or held the threat of death, violence or serious injury. Your exposure can happen in one or more of these ways:

  • You experienced the traumatic event.
  • You witnessed, in person, the traumatic event.
  • You learned someone close to you experienced or was threatened by the traumatic event.
  • You are repeatedly exposed to graphic details of traumatic events (for example, if you are a first responder to the scene of traumatic events).

You experience one or more of the following signs or symptoms after the traumatic event:

  • You relive experiences of the traumatic event, such as having distressing images and memories.
  • You have upsetting dreams about the traumatic event.
  • You experience flashbacks as if you were experiencing the traumatic event again.
  • You experience ongoing or severe emotional distress or physical symptoms if something reminds you of the traumatic event.

In addition, for more than one month after the traumatic event you may:

  • Try to avoid situations or things that remind you of the traumatic event
  • Not remember important parts of the traumatic event
  • View yourself, others and the world in a negative way
  • Lose interest in activities you used to enjoy and feel detached from family and friends
  • Feel a sense of emotional numbness, feel irritable or have angry or violent outbursts
  • Engage in dangerous or self-destructive behavior
  • Feel as if you’re constantly on guard or alert for signs of danger and startle easily
  • Have trouble sleeping or concentrating

Your symptoms cause significant distress in your life or interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks.

For children younger than 6 years old, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Reenacting the traumatic event or aspects of the traumatic event through play
  • Frightening dreams that may or may not include aspects of the traumatic event

Seeking professional help

Everyone heals at his or her own pace and recovering from a traumatic event may take time. Professional help is indicated if even after months one is still experiencing symptoms. 

One should seek professional help if one is:

  • Suffering from great fear, anxiety, or depression
  • Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
  • Having trouble functioning normally at home or work
  • Experiencing disturbing memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Trying to avoid more and more things that remind you of the trauma
  • Feels emotionally numb and disconnected from others
  • Using alcohol or drugs to feel better

Trauma treatment in Modern Medicine

Trauma freezes you in a state of fear and hyper-arousal and disrupts natural equilibrium. In PTSD, nervous system gets stuck in that traumatic state. Successful trauma treatment must re-establish your sense of safety and remove this imbalance.

Trauma treatment and healing entails:

  • Discharging ‘fight-or-flight’ or ‘freeze’ emotions
  • Processing trauma-related memories and feelings
  • Learning how to regulate strong emotions
  • Rebuilding the ability to trust other people

Different treatment options available in Modern Medicine are:

Psychotherapy

Several types of psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, may be used to treat children and adults with trauma. Some types of psychotherapy used in trauma treatment include:

Validation. Validation of the devastating impact of their initial trauma is the most healing thing. This relieves the burden of shame and guilt often associated with abuse.

Exposure therapy. This behavioral therapy helps you safely face what you find frightening so that you can learn to cope with it effectively. One approach to exposure therapy uses “virtual reality” programs that allow you to re-enter the setting in which you experienced trauma.

Somatic experiencing uses body’s unique ability to heal itself. This focuses on bodily sensations rather than thoughts and memories of the traumatic event; that gets you in touch with pent-up trauma-related energy and tension. Natural survival instincts take over from there, safely releasing this energy through various ways of expression like shaking, crying, and other forms of physical release.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is psychotherapy that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology. This 8-phase therapy incorporates some elements of CBT with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation. These back-and-forth eye movements unfreeze traumatic memories, and resolve them.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you process and evaluate your thoughts and feelings about a trauma. Cognitive-behavioral therapy doesn’t treat the physiological effects of trauma; however, it can be helpful when used in addition to a body-based therapy such as somatic experiencing or EMDR.

Expressive therapy. Expressive therapies, expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy, is the use of tactile, visual or other creative arts like Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/ Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Poetry Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Multimodal Therapy etc as a form of therapy. The process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. Expressive therapy can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression.

 

 Medications. Most medications do not have enough evidence to support their use. Symptomatic medication – anti-anxiety, anti-depression, sedatives, may be prescribed for emotional trauma patients. Several types of medications can help improve symptoms of trauma:

  • Antidepressants. These medications can help symptoms of depression and anxiety. They can also help improve sleep problems and concentration. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are approved by FDA.
  • Anti-anxiety medications. These drugs also can improve feelings of anxiety and stress for a short time. Because these medications have the potential for abuse, they are not usually taken long term.
  • Prazosin. If symptoms include insomnia or recurrent nightmares prazosin (Minipress) may help. It may reduce or suppress nightmares in many people with trauma.

Nerve Stimulators

Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS). Scientists have discovered that artificial Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), through electrical impulses via a surgically implanted pacemaker like device, shows promising results in reducing depression, anxieties and even conditions such as epilepsy, obesity, PSTD, OCD(obsessive-compulsive disorder) and PD (Panic Disorder). VNS has also shown positive effects in promoting weight-loss as the signals to the brain of ‘fullness’ are more easily transmitted. The VNS device is sometimes referred to as a ‘pacemaker for the brain’. It is placed under the skin on the chest wall and a wire runs from it to the vagus nerve in the neck. VNS Therapy is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker. This is approved by FDA.

Trigeminal Nerve Stimulator (TNS). TNS can be delivered via the non-invasive external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS) system or the minimally-invasive subcutaneous trigeminal nerve stimulation (sTNS) system for problems including epilepsy, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). It works by sending signals in through the trigeminal nerve into the brain stem. From there, the signals can influence the activity in the centers of the brain that produce serotonin and norephinephrine, and also send signals to the anterior cingulate, the amygdala, the areas of the brain that are very important for things like emotional regulation and anxiety. This is still an investigational method. 

Trauma self-help strategy

Break the cycle. When you feel anxious, take a brisk walk or jump into a hobby to re-focus.

Do not stay alone. Isolation makes things worse. Connecting to others will help you heal; so, make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone.

Support. Ask for the support if you need. Turn to a trusted family member, friend or a professional counselor.

Participate. Try to do normal things with other people that have nothing to do with the traumatic experience. Make the effort to reconnect.

Support group. Join a group of people with similar problems. Being with others who are facing the same problems can help reduce your sense of isolation, and hearing how others cope can help inspire you.

Volunteer. Volunteering can be a great way to challenge the sense of helplessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by comforting or helping others.

Stay grounded. Have a structured schedule to follow. Stick to a daily routine, with regular times for waking, sleeping, eating, working, and exercise. Make sure to schedule time for relaxing and social activities, too. Break big tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Take pleasure from the accomplishment of achieving something, even it’s a small thing. 

Find activities that make you feel better and keep your mind occupied (reading, taking a class, cooking, playing with your kids or pets), so you’re not dedicating all your energy and attention to focusing on the traumatic experience.

Allow yourself to express your feelings . Acknowledge your feelings about the trauma as they arise and accept them. Accepting your feelings is part of the grieving process and is necessary for healing.

You may want to go outdoors and find a peaceful place. 

Take care of your health. A healthy body increases your ability to cope with stress from a trauma. Get plenty of sleep. After a traumatic experience, worry or fear may disturb your sleep patterns. A lack of sleep can make your trauma symptoms worse and make it harder to maintain your emotional balance. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day and aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms and exacerbate feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation.

Exercise regularly. Regular exercise boosts serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals. It also boosts self-esteem and helps to improve sleep. For maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days.

Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings. While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice. Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats—such as salmon, walnuts, soybeans, and flaxseeds—can give your mood a boost.

Reduce stress. Making time for rest and relaxation will help you bring your life back into balance. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Schedule time for activities that bring you joy—favorite hobbies or activities with friends, for example.

Helping someone in trauma

Helping a loved one who has suffered a traumatic or distressing experience may be tough, but your support can be a crucial factor in their recovery.  

  • Be patient and understanding. Healing from emotional or psychological trauma takes time. Don’t judge.
  • Offer support to get back into a normal routine. That may mean help with collecting groceries or housework, for example, or simply being available to talk or listen.
  • Don’t pressure your loved one into talking but be available when they want to talk. 
  • Help your loved one to socialize and relax. Encourage them to participate in physical exercise, seek out friends, and pursue hobbies and other activities that bring them pleasure. Take a fitness class together or set a regular lunch date with friends.
  • Don’t take the trauma symptoms personally. Your loved one may become angry, irritable, withdrawn, or emotionally distant. This may be a result of the trauma and may not have anything to do with you or your relationship.

Helping a child

Following trauma, a child may show regression, tendency to take the blame, disturbed sleep or helplessness.

Regression. Many children may regress to an earlier stage, when they felt safer and more cared for. Younger children may wet the bed or want a bottle; older children may fear being alone. It’s important to be patient and comforting if your child responds this way.

Take the blame. Younger children tend to think that it must be their fault. Be sure the child understands that he did not cause the event.

Sleep disturbance. Some children have difficulty falling asleep, or wake frequently, or have troubling dreams. You can give your child a stuffed animal, soft blanket, or flashlight to take to bed. Try spending extra time together in the evening, doing quiet activities or reading. Be patient. It may take a while before your child can sleep through the night again.

Helplessness. Let them know that it’s normal to feel scared or upset. Your child may also look to you for cues on how they should respond to traumatic events so let him or her see you dealing with symptoms of trauma in a positive way.

Alternative Medicine

Yoga, including Meditation, can be a lifesaving healing technique for trauma and PTSD patients. Yoga helps by addressing deeply ingrained stress in the body and mind. By releasing held tension through yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation practices etc, physical and emotional trauma stored even at autonomic level can be released. A somatic approach helps ease the feelings of helplessness, fear, arousal, and disconnection that can arise for trauma patients. Meditation acts at CNS level.

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

Marma Therapy. Marma Therapy has a great vata calming effect. Marma points act through changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. A good Marma Therapy plan can be very helpful.

Massage therapy. Yoga and Ayurvedic massages, based on Marma points, have wonderful relaxing and healing 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.

Homeopathy. Homeopaths claim amazing results in PTSD! In classical Homeopathy, treatment for chronic ailments is constitutional. For acute cases, especially in case of a holocaust or a natural disaster, using Genus Epidemicus may suffice. A few remedies will most likely be very frequently required for the majority of the population. In a case of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or a hurricane, the majority of relatively healthy people are going to respond with the picture of a limited number of remedies, e.g., Arsenicum, Ignatia amara, Aconitum, Arnica, Stramonium etc. The response to the remedy is claimed to be very dramatic and satisfying to both the patient and the practitioner.

Prognosis

With proper therapy, prognosis for PTSD is good. It depends upon the severity and length of time a person has suffered from the disorder. Psychotherapy can change brain chemistry. There are significant risks to a person with PTSD if they do not receive treatment – they may stay in a hyper-aroused state, further damaging their brain. Irritability, anxiety, or numbness may interfere with their ability to love and to work. Suicide is also a risk with untreated PTSD.

Yoga and Ayurveda in Trauma, PTSD, Stress and Mental Health

PTSD fits the Ayurvedic understanding of vata invading majja dhatu and manovahasrotas (mind channels). After witnessing or experiencing the trauma, the individual develops a set of vata symptoms that include repeatedly re-experiencing the trauma. Hyperarousal is an important vata condition leading to disproportionate responses to stimuli, e.g., startling. 

Watch for symptoms of vata ojo vyapat (invasion of vata into ojas), such as extreme fatigue, memory issues and reversal of the diurnal cycle (awake at night and sleeping during day). However, because the amygdala is involved with anger as well as fear, there may well be a strong pitta component or even pitta ojo vyapat. Appropriate diet and lifestyle suggestions should thus be individually tailored within the prakriti-vikriti paradigm. The usual triad of diet, lifestyle and herbal therapies form the mainstay of chikitsa; other treatment interventions include oil therapies and Vedic stress reduction techniques like yoga and meditation.

Less is more, this applies especially to PTSD clients. So, move slowly.

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

Sattwik food is preferable. Rajasik food leads to more activity and tamasik food leads to an increase in greed, anger, etc. Most of vegetarian food is sattwik; you can start with decreasing the percentage of non-vegetarian food in your diet. Concept of xenohormesis also favors vegetarian diet.

PTSD 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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Ashwagandha is always useful where there is vata in majja dhatu and is known to increase dopamine levels, mitigating the over-activation of the amygdala. Bacopa or Brahmi can be used to help regulate serotonin production and can be combined with other nervine and adaptogenic herbs. These should be taken under the guidance of an expert Ayurvedic physician. Some bhasmas, which are prepared on the principle of potentization, can also be used to strengthen ‘nerves’.

Marma Therapy and Yoga/ Ayurvedic Massages

Therapeutic Massages

Therapeutic Massages

Vata soothing oil therapies that are valuable in PTSD include abhyanga with dosha specific massage oil such as Vata Massage Oil and shirodhara using Shirodhara Oil which contains nervine herbs such as brahmi, Bhringaraj, Ashwagandha and skullcap. Shirodhara has been shown to help normalize serotonin and noradrenaline levels and reduce anxiety and is traditionally said to remove vata from majja dhatu. Sarvangadhara or pizhichil with sesame oil can also be used to calm vata and normalize majja dhatu. Also, specific Marma points can be used for achieving specific results.

Therapeutic Yoga in Trauma

Yoga has always had a lot to offer. I’ve always called it a science beyond nano-science! Yoga and Yoga-based practices (YBP’s) have sparked new activity in new scientific research and one sees evidence of so much new research coming out of study of YBP’s – newer theories, newer bodily mechanisms, newer approaches to therapy, newer explanations! Yoga-based interventions have been associated with measureable changes in physiological parameters, perceived emotional states, and cognitive functioning. The scientific community should be careful and diligent in placing the credit of all these newer finds where it actually belongs.

Effective treatment for PSTD is possible through Yoga Therapy and we offer world-class Yoga Therapy services at SAVY under Dr Jitender K Sahdev. The real route to PSTD recovery lies in non-drug approaches that act on nerves, brain through asana, pranayama, meditation etc. And that points to the real solution. Lifestyle, and mind-body approaches that help with PSTD have something in common – they all help restore a balance of neurotransmitters in the brain and central nervous system. They are not just as effective as medication, but almost always safer and much less expensive. Efforts should be made to increase the Sattvic quality of mind.

Research indicates that a healthy vagus nerve is vital in experiencing empathy and fostering social bonding, and it is crucial to our ability to observe, perceive, and make complex decisions. Areas of distribution of trigeminal nerve and pelvic splanchnic nerves may also be utilized to achieve the same purpose. Tests have revealed that people with impaired vagal activity have also been diagnosed with depression, panic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, panic disorders, violent mood swings, fibromyalgia, early Alzheimer’s and obesity. 

Through its array of asanas, drishti, pranayama, hasta, kaya, netra, adhaar mudras, bandhas, kriyas – neti, dhauti, nauli, basti, kapal bhati, and tratak, dhyana and more, with stimulation and healing effect on Vagus Nerve, Trigeminal Nerve, Pelvic Splanchnic Nerves, LHPA Axis, and even Neo-cortex, Yoga offers much less intrusive, non-invasive and natural way to maintain and regain health!

Asanas

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

  • Tadasana,
  • Utkatasana
  • Sarvangsamasana
  • Halasana
  • Viparitakarni,
  • Bhujangasana,
  • Virbhadrasana,
  • Badha Konasana
  • Setubandhasana
  • 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 TRY (SAVY Trauma Release Yoga) program specifically designed for PSTD.

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:

  • Deergha Pranayama
  • Visham Vritti Pranayama
  • Mahat Pranayama
  • Ujjayi,
  • Bhastrika,
  • Kapaal Bhaati,
  • Anulom Vilom

are some of the exercises which can help in PSTD. 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

Shambhavi mudra, one kind of drishti, is very effective vagal stimulant. It should be learnt under an expert.

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.

Meditation

Meditational therapies help the prefrontal cortex send calming messages to the amygdala. Both relative and absolute practices are important. Relative level practices may be more useful initially; relative practices include visualizations, affirmations, aspirations and relaxation practices. Visualizations work directly on the limbic brain and practices using words work on the prefrontal cortex. Visualization can include creating an image of a safe space and picturing oneself being there and relaxing. This sends messages of safety and relaxation to the limbic system. Affirmations can include positive phrases which help reprogram the prefrontal cortex to send healthy messages to the amygdala. Similarly, an aspiration practice can be used and combined with the breath. This practice helps the prefrontal cortex and limbic system to function normally. Once the mind is calmed by the use of relative practices, absolute practices such as vipashyana (mindfulness meditation) can be introduced. These practices help us see beyond the trauma by deepening our understanding of the impermanence of all phenomena. They have also been found to regulate prefrontal activity in favour of positive emotions.

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. 

TRY (SAVY Trauma Release Yoga) 

SAVY Trauma Release Yoga

 

SAVY offers this very effective and systematic approach for trauma, PTSD, stress and mental health. It teaches how to release deep chronic tension and stress, has 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. Benefits includes:

  • Stress/Anxiety/Trauma/ Depression Relief
  • Better emotional resilience
  • Easing of neck/ shoulder/ low back pain or tension

These techniques induce healing at the deepest levels of body and mind. 

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

You can book your appointment here.

 

 

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

Click on the image below to know details:

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HEALING THROUGH BREATHING

NATURAL, SAFE, DRUG-FREE, EFFECTIVE

Note : DSBH Therapy ®, MBH Therapy® or TRY® has not been evaluated by Health Canada, US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. This technology does not claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner. Results may vary between individuals. There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.

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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Jul 302015
 
Trauma Release Yoga

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

THE FIRST CANADIAN YOGA PROGRAM FOR TRAUMA, PTSD, PSYCHOSES & OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

A PROGRAM DESIGNED BY A DOCTOR

is for YOU!

Choose a Safe Approach to Stabilization!

& 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.   

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR Trauma Release Yoga© PROGRAM?

Do you want to share all of the great benefits of a Trauma Release Yoga© classes to those who need it?

Help us bring Trauma Release Yoga©, a powerful healing tool, to more people. Connect within your OWN communities, on our behalf, to share this program with those who really need it.

You can help us!

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.

 

Be compensated generously for building this initiative!

Be a team member and be useful to your community!

Thanks for this awesomeness!

 

Help us deliver Trauma Release Yoga© to our communities and the people who are most in need!  

CONTACT US    

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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 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.

 

To learn more about Trauma, PTSD, Stress, Mental Health and Yoga, please click on the image below:

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Looking at taking SAVY TRY© even further, and becoming a qualified Practitioner?

Join our SAVY TRY© Practitioner Training programme.

Click below to know more:

Trauma Release Yoga Practitioner

 

Note : DSBH Therapy ®, MBH Therapy® or TRY® has not been evaluated by Health Canada, US Food & Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. This technology does not claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner. Results may vary between individuals. There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.

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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  • Dr Jitender K Sahdev holds the copyright for this program. Conditions apply.

HST applicable with all payments.

Jul 192015
 
MUDRA VIGYAN

Registration Open for Mudra Vigyan – The Science of Yoga Gestures Level I

MUDRA VIGYAN

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

 OPENING OF REGISTRATION

OF

SPECIALITY

Mudra Vigyan – The Science of Yoga Gestures Level I

30 HOURS PROGRAM

Learn and experience  the science behind Hand Gestures.

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 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.

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Mar 082015
 
Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

Registration Open for Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

SAVY Yoga Studios Proudly Announce

OPENING OF REGISTRATION

FOR

Integrated Anatomy and Therapeutics

 95 HOURS PROGRAM

WILL BE COUNTED TOWARDS RYT 500 PROGRAM

World-Class Yoga teacher training in Canada

Under one of the top qualified faculty!

Understand Human Anatomy, Physiology, Energy Bodies

Range of Movements, Chakras, Archetypes, and more

Deepen your understanding of Yoga

And How it affects the Five Sheaths

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

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.

You’ll be training under the most qualified team of Yoga Teachers in Canada. Director of Teaching – 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, has a special interest and a much deeper understanding of Human Anatomy and Therapeutics. He utilizes Yoga as a stand-alone as well as complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for almost four decades. He offers Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda services 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.

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Jan 132015
 
Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

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

Primordial Sound Meditation

AUM and Primordial Vibration

OM or AUM is the most important and significant Mantra. It is considered as the root mantra of all mantras. In fact, all mantras start with OM. OM is the most often chanted sound among all the sacred sounds on earth. The one mantra you start your yoga class with and end with, is the mantra OM or AUM. It is the most important mantra of Yoga. This mantra has been handed down to us by sages; Maharishi Vishwamitra discovered this sound during meditation.

It is believed traditionally that every ‘thing’ that we see or feel, comes from Primordial Vibration, which is symbolised by AUM. This sound is considered as the sound of the existence. It is believed that the whole universe, in its most fundamental form, is made up of vibrating, pulsating energy. Vibration produces sound and AUM is considered the humming sound of this cosmic energy. AUM is said to be the primordial creative sound from which the entire universe has manifested. It is also known as the ‘Anahat Nada‘, the “Unstruck Sound“, meaning, the sound that is not made by striking of two things together. If you observe the nature of sound you’ll find that all ordinary audible sounds are produced by the striking of two objects. All sounds within our range of listening are produces by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, resulting in pulsating waves of air molecules which we interpret as sound.

In contrast to this, AUM is the sound which is not the result of the striking of two objects. It rather emanates on its own. It is the primal sound of the universe that contains all sounds in itself. All material objects, all living beings, including each of us, all spiritual teachings, including Yoga, all languages, including Vedic language, all scriptures, including the Vedas, everything has emanated from this primordial vibration!

Human system is capable of producing only three fundamental soundsA, U and M. All other sounds are produced by permutation and combination of these three sounds. AUM is the marriage of these three fundamental sounds – A, U and M. Let’s do an experiment: Keep your tongue still – hold it with your hand. Then try producing different sounds. You’ll be able to produce only three sounds – A, U and M. Tongue is that ingenious instrument, with the help of other parts of oral cavity, which helps you produce all different types of sounds. That is why these three are called the root sounds.

Let’s do another experiment: sit down straight and chant A…, U…, and M… one by one. Do you feel any vibration anywhere when you chant them separately? A vibrates Manipura chakra (lower abdomen) to chest, U vibrates upper chest to throat, and M vibrates the whole head. This one sound AUM vibrates your whole body from inside! There are 72,000 nadis in the body and they meet 3/4th of an inch below naval. The sound of AUM produces vibration in this Manipura chakra. Each one of these sounds activates certain nadis and produces effect in certain dimension of your energy system. Vibration produces sound and sound produces creation…! Sound can create, maintain or annihilate.

Science tells us that all matter is formed of molecules, which are further made up of the smallest indivisible particles called atoms. Atoms are further made up of sub-atomic particles – electrons, neutrons, protons, pi-ons, mesons etc. Each one of these sub-atomic structures is particulate as well as wave in nature. Each sub-atomic particle is further divisible into quarks which are only wave in nature, a form of energy. So, all of us are, in the true essence, made up of energy. We are just condensed energy forms! Einstein formulated his famous equation that E = mc², where E stands for energy, m stands for mass, and c is a constant. So, this equation shows that energy is directly proportional to the mass, meaning that mass cannot be destroyed or created; it can just change from one form into another. OM or AUM symbolises that everything in any macrocosm or microcosm, is a state of energy originated from that primordial vibration.

But unlike all other mantra, there is no meaning of OM. It is actually not a word, it is a sound. As per Hindu tradition, OM is the purest name of God. It is the sound of the supreme consciousness. So when you repeat OM, you actually take the name of God. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati was founder of the ‘Arya Samaj’. He used to write ‘ Ao3m' instead of 'Aom ‘. The ‘3 ‘ (Devanagari digit 3) between O and M is called ‘ploot’. Swami Dayanand used ‘ploot’ to emphasize long pronunciation of ‘O’. Only followers of Swami Dayanand Saraswati (members of ‘Arya Samaj’) write ‘ Ao3m' instead of 'ॐ'. The syllable that is prior to a ploot is pronounced for a longer time/period (more than double). So ' Ao3m ‘ is to be pronounced as OOOm (o…m).

Om in Sanatan Dharma. Sanatan means old. Indian mystical and philosophical thinking is impregnated with Om, mentioned widely n the Upanishads, Tantras, Puranas, Samkhyas and Yoga Vashishta. It symbolises the essence of Sanatan Dharma (the Eternal Way), commonly known as Hinduism – the tolerant and profound conglomeration of spiritual thinking and practice from which Yoga has come. Om is widely known as the ‘Mahat Mantra’ – ‘the great mantra’. Om is not directly mentioned in Rig Veda, probably because it was considered too sacred to utter or even write down. Om is first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in the Yajur Veda in verse 1:1 where it is known as the ‘pranava’ – ‘the humming sound’- or ‘udgitha’ – ‘the elevating chant’. Interestingly, no graphic representation of Om has yet been found in the extensive excavations of the so called Indus Valley civilization (circa 3000 BC, though probably much older). The reason may be either that Om was considered too sacred to be graphically represented, or that it had not yet been realised and brought into mainstream spiritual practice. The oldest direct references and descriptions of Om are to be found in the Upanishads which are considered to contain the essential teachings of the Vedas.

Om in the Mandukya Upanishad. The Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of the Upanishads – the scriptures of Hindu Vedanta. It is in prose, consisting of twelve verses expounding the mystic syllable Aum, the three psychological states of waking, dreaming and sleeping, and the transcendent fourth state of illumination (Atyanta shunyata). This Upanishad has been greatly extolled. Muktikopanishad, says that the Mandukya Upanishad alone is enough for salvation. According to Dr Radhakrishnan, it contains the fundamental approach to reality.

The Mandukya Upanishad is exclusively dedicated to explaining the significance of Om. It says that Om symbolises everything manifest and yet it has its origin in the Unmanifest. In its analysis it writes Om as Aum with each of the three syllables having specific significance.

There are three mātrās (“letters”, syllabic instants in prosody) in the word aum: ‘a’, ‘u’ and ‘m’.

The ‘a’ stands for the state of wakefulness, where we experience externally through our mind and sense organs. The ‘u’ stands for the dream state, in which inward experiences are available. In the state of deep sleep, represented by the sound ‘m’, there is no desire and consciousness is gathered in upon itself.

But there is a fourth, transcendent state, that of one “who is neither inwardly nor outwardly aware, nor both inward and outward, nor with consciousness infolded on itself, who is unseen and ineffable, ungraspable, featureless, unthinkable and unnameable.” The fourth state (turīya avasthā) corresponds to silence as the other three correspond to AUM. It is the substratum of the other three states. It is referred to as atyanta-shunyata (absolute emptiness).

Om in Indian Classical Music.

The phonemes of the Vedic hymns and the seven fundamental nodes – Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni of the Indian classical music have originated (distinctly recognized by the Rishis) from the vibrations of the sublime sound of Om in the Nature. The Vedic quote – ‘Ekoham Bahusyami’ implies that all the sounds, all the energies, all the motions and everything existing in the universe have originated from the vibrations of this single anahata nada. This is the source of the manifestation of the Shabda-Brahm and the Nada Brahm.

 

Om in the Bhagavad Gita. Om is widely mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita where the mantra Om is an essential part of its teachings and practice. Krishna tells Arjuna:

‘O Arjuna, I am the taste of pure water, and the light of the moon and the sun.

I am the essential nature of the mantra Om mentioned in the holy scriptures,

the sound in ether, as well as the courage and virility of human beings.’

verse 7.8

Krishna, who symbolises underlying Intelligence or Consciousness, is the essence of Om. Om, as sound vibration, is an expression of this underlying Consciousness. Therefore, by practising Mantra or Gyana Yoga (or even Bhakti Yoga) we can trace Om back to its source. In this way, we are enabled to realise the nature of Consciousness.

Krishna talks of death and the importance of chanting Om at the time of death:

‘The mantra Om symbolises Reality. At the time of death, repeat Om and you will go forth from the body and attain the Supreme Goal.’

verse 8.13

From the Yogic viewpoint, death is not just the time of disintegration of the physical body, but also a golden opportunity of directly realising our Immortal or Deathless Essence. Chanting Om at the point of death can be a valuable part of this process.

Krishna also says that all spiritual practices should be initiated with Om:

‘Before starting sacrifices, holy practices and austerities (as prescribed by the scriptures), serious spiritual seekers should chant Om.’

verse 17.24

Indeed, this is what we often do before starting Yoga practice or Meditation – we chant Om a few time, either aloud or mentally, whether alone or in a group. Try it! It works wonders.

 

Symbolism of the Syllables of Aum. A, U and M, both as syllables and as sounds, as well as the silence after chanting Aum, symbolise a number of different things as follows:

Aum can be chanted by feeling the resonance of ‘A’ in the abdomen, then allowing the ‘U’ to resonate in the chest and finally, feeling the ‘M’ vibration in the head.

A = abdomen

U = chest/throat

M = head

After the sound of Aum there is silence; this symbolises that which is ‘above’ the head (i.e. beyond thinking), the ineffable: Spirit, or Consciousness.

According to the Mandukya Upanishad, the syllables of Aum represent the following realms of experience:

A = jagrat (waking state)

U = swapna (dreaming state)

M = sushupti (deep sleep state)

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises the spiritually awakened state, which transcends the previous three states.

The three syllables of Aum symbolise the three levels of mind as follows:

A = conscious

U = subconscious

M = unconscious

After chanting Aum there is silence; this represents the Super-consciousness state which transcends the previous three states.

According to Yoga, Tantra, Samkhya and Vedanta, the whole of nature, including the human mind and body, is made up of the three gunas (Sanskrit, ‘guna’, qualities):

  • sattwa (harmony, clarity and light);
  • rajas (passion and dynamism); and
  • tamas (ignorance, darkness and inertia).

The three syllables of Aum symbolise these three gunas as follows:

A = tamas

U = rajas

M = sattwa

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises the state of trigunatita (Sanskrit, tri, three; atita, beyond) – that which transcends the three gunas, i.e. Pure Consciousness.

The three syllables of AUM symbolise the three principles of existence symbolised by Brahma, the creative; Vishnu, the sustaining; and Shiva, the destructive:

A = Brahma

U = Vishnu

M = Shiva

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises underlying Reality which is the substratum behind, and beyond, creation (Brahma), sustenance (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva).

The three syllables of AUM symbolise the three realms of time: past, present and future:

A = Present

U = Past

M = Future

After chanting Aum there is silence; this symbolises underlying Reality which underlies and yet is beyond past, present and future; the Timeless out of which time emerges.

Beyond Aum-the Transcendental. According to the Mandukya Upanishad, the Transcendental State is called turiya (Sanskrit, the fourth) – that which is beyond and yet encompasses the three states symbolised by A, U and M. Hence, in order to discourage us from putting a concept on something which is beyond concept, it is simply and succinctly called ‘the fourth.’

Turiya can be symbolised as follows:

The circle symbolises Turiya, underlying Reality. It includes jagrat, the conscious waking state (A); it includes swapna, the dream, or subconscious state (U); and it includes and yet is beyond shushupti, the causal, unconscious state (M). Though not necessarily visible to eyes, the first three states exist in, and are part of, the manifest universe.

Turiya includes all of these three states or levels of manifest reality, and yet it is beyond them. It encompasses them and yet transcends them.

It is the unseen substratum which can only be realised when our mind dissolves into Consciousness – when, to use an expression attributed to the sage Ramakrishna, the ‘salt doll dissolves in the ocean.’

Plunging through the Centre of Infinity. There is a well-known and ancient hermetic statement:

‘Reality is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is no-where.’

There are many levels of interpretation, one of which was pointed out by Giordano Bruno. He said that whereas finite space, no matter how large it is, can have only one centre, infinite space has its centre everywhere. Mathematically, infinite space has an infinite number of centres.

One hundred years later, Leibnitz, the German mathematician, inspired by Bruno’s thinking, tried to explain the same thing with his theory of the Monad (‘monas’ is ancient Greek for ‘unit.’). Leibnitz described each centre of infinity as a ‘monad.’

Each single monad contains the reflection of the entire universe – which is in agreement with modern Quantum theory as well as many mystical systems including Yoga and Tantra.

The Hua Yen (or Kegon) School of Chinese Buddhism has tried to explain this even further with the image of Indra’s Jewel Net where there are an infinite number of jewels in each of which is reflected all the other jewels together. Also, each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel also reflects all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process going on. This gives an idea of infinitely repeated interrelationship among everything in the universe.

In Yoga, each centre of infinity is called bindu. Each monad, each particle of existence, is impregnated with energy and Consciousness. Each bindu is in intimate contact with every other bindu. Each bindu shares with the Totality and the Totality shares with each bindu. The Primordial Vibration, symbolized by Om, resonates through each of these infinite number of centres. By chanting Om (or any other mantra), we move from a state of extroversion and dissipation to a more introspective, harmonious state.

Centring ourselves in Meditation, we are able to ‘touch’ the bindu (the Transcendental Point, symbolised by the dot in the top of the Om symbol Å). Plunging through this Bindu (which exists everywhere), we can realise the nature of Reality.

The Bindu of the Human Personality. Each and every embodied being is an expression of Shiva (Consciousness; underlying Reality) acting through the medium of Shakti (Energy; the Quantum Vacuum). As we have already said, each bindu (particle) of existence acts as a conduit for the flow of creative energy represented by the raif.

But the bindu of the human personality is known as the Anandamaya Kosha, the Blissful Sheath or Causal Body. This is the nucleus of our existence as an embodied being. In Meditation, we are in contact with this level of our being, and we can be catapulted into osmotic contact and realisation of underlying Consciousness. As Eckhart, the medieval German mystic, said:

“The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which He sees me.”

That is, Reality ‘sees’ us (i.e. is in constant and intimate contact with us) through the bindu, but we can also reciprocate by ‘tuning’ into Reality through the bindu (by ‘seeing’ through the same ‘eye’). The bindu, here the Anandamaya Kosha, allows us to realise Reality. Or, more correctly, we should say that the bindu is the point through which the Cosmic Consciousness realises itself through the individual consciousness.

When we chant Om we focus on the resonance which is the raif. Our being gets absorbed in this vibration and this has the power to lead us back, via the bindu, to realise the underlying nature or Consciousness which is beyond the bindu.

All this is indicated by the symbol of Å: it is a symbol of the process of manifestation or creation, the means by which we exist as embodied beings. But, at the same time, Aum also symbolises the process of return, where through practice (Sanskrit, sadhana) we can realise our essential Roots.

The Analogy of the Lotus. The lotus flower is an archetypal symbol of the evolutionary potential and development of each human being.

The lotus has three stages of growth and can be related to A-U-M as follows:

The roots that sink deep in the mud correspond to ‘A’; the stem, as it grows through the water, corresponds to ‘U’; and the bud and the flower above the water facing the Sun is ‘M’. We are born in the womb, the matrix of matter (the roots in the mud); we grow up, developing the intellect, learning about our emotions and the ways of the world (the stem in the water of life); finally, we can blossom like the beautiful lotus flower when we realise our eternal connection with Spirit (our petals unfurl in the Sun).

Put in other terms, we can say that the lotus symbolises our growth in life as we pass through the three gunas: where we start in the mud of tamas (ignorance; identification with our physical form), pass through the waters of rajas (emotions, passion, ambition and furious activity) and finally, through refinement of our understanding (perhaps having practised Yoga or some related system), we arrive in the fresh air and clear sky of sattwa (harmony, joy and clarity). Then we are enabled to realise the Reality (the sun) which far transcends our individuality (symbolised by the lotus).

A-U-M and the lotus symbolise this whole process to supreme fulfilment of our lives.

From the Circle to the Point. During chanting, the sound of Om starts with a circle and ends with a point. During pronunciation, the lips are slightly apart with ‘A’, slowly starting to close with ‘U’ until they are completely closed with ‘M’.

There is, at first, expansion outwards and then contraction inwards. Try it for yourself.

This indicates the path of Yoga: starting from a more or less (mentally and emotionally) dissipated state (represented by the circle), where we search for meaning externally, in the world at large, we start Yoga and progressively move to a more unified state where we are centred in Being (represented by the point). Every time we chant Om we are symbolising the path towards Unity.

Om in other Mantras. Om is an integral part of most other mantras used in Yoga (Om Namah Shivaya, Gayatri Mantra, Mrityunjaya Mantra etc.). Om precedes other mantras since it symbolises Consciousness and without Consciousness, nothing can exist. Without the presence of underlying Intelligence, the mantra has no value and no power to transform; indeed it cannot even exist! Om is the very core, the bed-rock, of all sounds and all other mantras. Without that which is symbolised by Om nothing can exist, including each of us.

Om takes us Home. Our essential nature, our original home, is Consciousness. H-O-M-E is composed of OM encompassed by HE; Therefore, OM is the essence of HE (Underlying Intelligence). Chanting Om helps us to realise the roots of our Being, and in the deepest sense takes us homeward.

Om Symbolises:

  • The vibration of God.
  • Truth, the Absolute.
  • The ‘hum’ of the universe.
  • Liberation and the means to it.

 

Om Symbolises and Encourages:

  • The descent of Universality into the human heart.
  • The descent of the Infinite into the finite.
  • The expression of the Unconditioned into the conditioned.
  • The descent of the Formless into form.

 

How to chant AUM

AUM can be chanted slowly or quickly. Each method is as good as the other and you must experiment yourself to find out your own preference.

Benefits of chanting AUM

  • AUM, pronounced correctly, arouses and transforms every atom in the physical body, setting up new vibrations and conditions, and awakening the sleeping power of the body.
  • The chanting of AUM drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distractions.
  • If you are depressed, chant AUM for 10 minutes, you will be filled with new vigour and strength.
  • Chanting of AUM gives energy.
  • Continuous practice of AUM helps in improving the brain capacity and memory. Our capacity to grasp any knowledge increases. Our mind becomes more active and we are able to take decisions quickly. Chanting of AUM stimulates sleeping brain centres.
  • Just 5 minutes of AUM chanting gives calmness and relaxation to our body and mind. Chanting of AUM improves confidence level and prepares us to face the adverse circumstances of life.
  • AUM removes nervousness and fears from the mind.
  • Chanting of AUM before bed gives sound sleep. The problems of Insomnia and scary dreams are addressed by AUM chanting.

 

The Science behind Pranav Jaap, or Udgitha, or Primordial Sound Meditation, or AUM Chanting

How to do Pranav Jaap or Primordial Sound Meditation

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The chanting of Om and reflection on its meaning helps to bring about a transformation in our perception so that we can start to realise the meaning of the above.

 

► OM – AUM – AMEN – AMIN – OGHAM…….

 

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World Diabetes Day

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.

 ayurved med

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 

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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.

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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.

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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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Recent years have seen an exponential upsurge of interest in Yoga. Just in USA, more than 36 million people do Yoga every day! According to some estimates, almost 2 billion people in the world do yoga every day! The demand for well-trained Yoga teachers has also increased. Traditionally in India, the training of Yoga has been handed down from generation to generation through the Guru-Shishya parampara, where the Shishya used to stay with the Guru for at least 12 years to learn the basics. But a large percentage of new teachers now coming into this field have not had the benefit of that kind of training. Yoga is a life-long passion which demands dedicated and disciplined training. Though training in advanced Yoga can still be had only through Guru-Shishya tradition, some standardized training formats acceptable in the west are available in schools being run everywhere.

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School

International Yoga Federation is the largest Yoga Teacher Registry in the world. Yoga Alliance, USA is one of the largest Yoga Teacher registry in the world. Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada is an upcoming Yoga registry with a very clear vision and direction. There are many other registries. These registries have introduced some minimum standards where none existed before. These Yoga Registries gives registration to those completing their education only in a Registered Yoga School. Look for RYS/RSY 200 and RYS/ RSY 300 designations. Don’t be convinced that you can apply for Yoga registry on your own after you complete their program. All major registries would accept training only from Yoga Schools registered with them.

To check whether the school you are interested in is registered with Yoga Alliance or not, click here. Be sure to search by typing in the city and state. To confirm registration with Worldwide Yoga Alliance, Canada (WWYA), please click here. Don’t just type in the name of the studio or you might get bogus search results.

RYS/ RSY 200 schools can train teachers up to RYT/ RTY 200 level. RYS/ RSY 300 schools can provide further training to enable you to register as RYT/ RTY 500. Advantage of an RYS/ RSY 300 school over an RYS/ RSY 500 school would be that you can complete 500 hours training in two stages: 200 hours and 300 hours. With an RYS/ RSY 500 school, you can’t break up your training into two stages.

Generally speaking, RYS/ RSY 300 or RYS/ RSY 500 schools should have more experienced teachers. In essence, Yoga is experiential knowledge; understanding of subtleties comes only with experience. If you look back and think about your own yoga practice you can discern how different is it today compared to the first day you started it!

SAVY International Inc. is an RYS/ RSY 200 and RYS 300/ RSY 500 Yoga School, with registered branches in Canada and India.

Teachers

Transmission of knowledge is not just a detached deliverance of sermons. Not every program is a quality program. Every yoga teacher training program has a primary teacher of the training, and other assisting teachers. Check out the experience of the primary and other teachers. Sound theoretical knowledge is also essential. You want a teacher who is in the know and can make you ‘teaching-ready’.

At SAVY, Director of Teaching, Dr Jitender K Sahdev E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT, D.Sc., Ph.D.,MD, M.B.,B.S., Fellow in Surgery, Fellow in Surgical Oncology, is a Yoga Teacher with over 50,000 hours of Traditional Yoga teaching experience. A Surgeon by profession from India with almost three decades of experience in Modern Medicine, he utilizes Yoga as a complementary therapy for optimizing the health and wellness of his students, and for easing symptoms of pain and tightness associated with disease in his clients. He trained under doyens of Yoga in India for over four decades. He is also a Yoga Therapist in Canada.

In addition, SAVY has four more E-RYT 500 Yoga teachers, all duly registered with Yoga Alliance, USA and WWYA, Canada. You can check the credentials of our teachers here.

You – Pre-Course Experience

Yoga comes from India and its original texts are in Sanskrit/ Vedic language. All the new terms and concepts might be overwhelming for a totally green trainee. It’s good idea to start preparing for the course in advance by attending yoga classes and reading good books in Yoga to provide you with a working terminology and base. A good program should ask you to document previous experience and/ or offer some kind of preparatory pre-course/ additional training.

Program

Yoga is too vast. It offers immense possibilities. It’s important to have a good overview of all aspects of Yoga. Choose a program which introduces you to all aspects of Yoga so that you can make an informed choice later on when you become an RYT and might choose to specialize in one aspect of teaching, like Yoga for Seniors, Teens, Athletes, Children, Pranayama, Meditation, Marma Therapy, Ayurveda or Nada etc. Your basic certification training is the time when you should be introduced to the basic concepts of Yoga.

Yoga is not another exercise form! If a yoga program teaches you that, it’s misinforming you. Yoga is science of neuro-physio-endocrinology. Studies have shown that Yoga boosts neuro-transmitter levels in brain and even modulates nerve impulses in peripheral nerves. In a basic Yoga certification program, the main focus should be on understanding basics of Yoga. Yoga is very vast in content and application. As new research is establishing with each passing day, Yoga has diverse applications. Almost all traditional methods find their roots in Yoga and Ayurveda. Does the program teach Yoga, or is the program buttressed by lots of ‘throw-ins’ like cross-fit, sauna, aroma, weight training and other stuff to cover up the lack of actual knowledge and real value of the program?

At SAVY, we introduce you to the basics of Yoga instead of burdening you with redundant, unrelated knowledge. Being a man of some qualifications and quality experience, Dr Jitender K Sahdev is very well-versed with the basics of Yoga and its neuro-endocrinological base.

Curriculum

The distribution of hours in the course should be such that it covers basics of Yoga. Curriculum of a registered program should comply with a certain standardized format. Schools registered with YA, USA have to comply with YA guidelines. Make it sure before joining the course.

RYT/ RTY 200 and RYT 300/ RTY 500 courses at SAVY are registered with YA, USA and WWYA, Canada, and comply with the prescribed curriculum. Other advanced courses are there to help you delve deeper.

Avenues for Growth

Does the school you are joining offer anything beyond the basic certification? There is every chance you might get interested in pursuing your career further in Yoga. So, choose a school which provides advanced courses and training in Yoga.

SAVY trains Yoga teachers at RYT/ RTY 200 and RYT/ RTY 500 levels and beyond. In addition, we also offer advanced courses in Pranayama, Marma Therapy, Meditation, Ayurveda, Kriyas, Yoga Nutrition, and more. Our basic program prepares you for more advanced learning in Yoga. So, even sky is not the limit at SAVY!

COST
Total cost

In the world of yoga teacher training, there are many options for schedule and format. Some are residential, some not. Some are all-in-one, some are module based.

Do your math correctly when considering module-based and residential programs . Sometimes they are designed to have a low advertised rate that doesn’t accurately reflect the actual cost of the program. Do your math before you commit.

Fair Cost

A quick web search and you’ll find a wide variety of data on this one. The cost of a yoga teacher training depends greatly on what is on offer. Some Yoga Alliance certified programs might not actually fulfill the need of minimum 200 hours. Other programs might exceed the minimum hours required.

Generally, tuition for a 200-hour yoga teacher training program ranges from $2,800 to $5,000, or even more, for a non-residential program, but because of competition, you may get some very good programs at lower prices. If you plan to attend a residential program, plan to add extra for food and lodging. Compare oranges to oranges. All RYT 200 programs have to maintain at least the required minimum standards!

In case of multiple modules, make sure you know exactly how many modules you must complete in order to get certified, and the minimum and maximum period for that. Add up the costs, or call the school and ask.  Get all the information before you take the final plunge.

Many programs have separate fees for the following:

  • Certification testing
  • Required workshops or retreats
  • Yoga class passes
  • Study material
  • Practice material
  • Supplemental support (online videos, workshops, lectures)
  • Continuing education

SAVY offers RYT 200, RYT 500 and other courses at very competitive costs. For those who can’t afford the normal cost, we also offer Sponsored courses, Scholarships, bursaries etc.

CLARITY & FIT
Graduation requirements.

Many certification programs might require you just to show up for the training, and you’re certified. While this may be appealing to some, it’s better to actually learn something meaningful that will help and inspire you be a great teacher.

A good program will measure your proficiency at what you’ve learned before certifying you, much like when you were in college or high school. A good program will test your knowledge as well as your teaching skills before certifying you.

At SAVY, we help you build your knowledge base and test it before issuing a certificate.

Absence Policy

Unforeseen circumstances may crop up and interrupt your training. Check out the policy of the school about absences ahead of time. A good program will have attendance policy clearly explained in writing.

We have a clear policy regarding this at SAVY.

Know Your Teacher

Find a teacher who can inspire you. Take at least one class with the teacher you want to train with. Be sure before you commit. A good teacher with a good base will make you ready to adapt to any teaching style. There is only one Yoga though styles may be different. All that differs in different styles is the order of yoga postures. Basics always remain the same. So, finding a good, knowledgeable teacher, and not a style, should be your priority; sticking to one style right from the beginning might be too restrictive.

COMPETENCE

Sufficient program hours to adequately cover the curriculum

Opting for a quick certification might be intense. Less than four weeks duration might make it too challenging in view of long hours you’ll be required to put in. Go for it only if you think you can work that hard. Also, some pre-course preparation will be required. If you do not give enough time for the concepts to sink in, you might be ill-prepared to teach. Choose the format and schedule carefully.

We offer different formats at SAVY.

Recognition of credentials of the program

Some yoga teacher training programs are proprietary which means that you will be branded as a teacher by the school’s brand of teacher training. The plus side of this practice is that you’ll have a good chance at getting hired at one of their studios. The down side will be that other studios may not want to hire you.

You may want to consider a yoga teacher training programs that is not franchised or limited by its brand identity. For example, in usual teacher training programs, trainees gain proficiency in the sequencing method and use of voice. These methods equip the teacher to create well designed classes that are original, effective and that transcend brand identities.  As a result, the graduates are confident to teach anywhere, in any style.

While the market is growing and more and more places are offering yoga, finding a teaching job in Yoga is no different than any other job search – it’s quite competitive. So, choose a program which doesn’t clip your wings and keeps your options wide open.

Your Options

Oftentimes, people learn about how convenient and cost-effective online learning programs are and then rule other options out. This is not a good idea. Why? Because in some situations, a traditional form of learning may be more advantageous. This can be the case in a situation where the aspiring yoga instructor is looking for hands-on experiences that cannot be offered by the online yoga program. Those who plan to become yoga instructors should also consider the value of hybrid classes in which there is a combination of online and in-person instruction. SAVY offers in-studio as well as hybrid programs.

THE ESSENCE OF THE SEARCH IS YOU!

In the last analysis, it all about YOU!

In Yoga they say you’ll find your Guru in front of you when you are ready to learn, and if you don’t have that burning desire to learn, even the most capable Guru won’t be able to do much for you! Only malleable clay can be molded into a good shape. Your dedication, devotion, desire to learn and passion will determine how much knowledge you can imbibe from your teacher. How much water you can put in a vessel will depend on the suitability and size of the vessel. You have to be thirsty for knowledge. To a person who doesn’t have appetite, even the most delicious dishes won’t have much appeal. Be interested. To succeed in anything, you have to give your 100% to it. A good Yoga Teacher Training program has to be a lot of hard work. Can you force someone to be an Olympic champion? That desire has to come from within. Are you ready to learn? Are you ready to work hard for it? Do you have that kind of devotion and dedication? Be clear about what you want from your YTT program and pay full attention to absorb all the available information.

If you are preparing to begin an exciting career in the field of Yoga instruction, you should know that doing so can help lead to a personally and professionally rewarding life. Obtaining Yoga certification from a good school is a great way to get the knowledge and experience necessary to excel in this vocational and now competitive sector. By following the guidelines outlined above, aspiring yoga instructors can make a good choice and take an important step toward attaining the education necessary to accomplish their vocational dreams.

Best of luck for your endeavour!

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 

Sep 102014
 
DSBH Breathing Educator Program

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 272014
 
Yoga Studio Anniversary

SAVY Newsletter, August 2014

A Very Happy SAVY 3rd Anniversary to you from all of us at SAVY! We, at SAVY, celebrate our 3rd Annivarsary and we enter into our 4th year of operation together. We thank you for all the trust and faith you have placed in us and for staying with us!

This is as much your success as it is ours. We have been trying to do our best and bring the best in Yoga to you, and you have been there to recognize, accept and reward our efforts. Thanks for your patience and support! Like everything else around us, SAVY was and is just a concept, our combined expectations and efforts have helped to take it one step further towards a real shape. SAVY has been moving from strength to strength! It has progressed from one to three Studios spread around London. For all that SAVY has been able to accomplish during these years, please check SAVY Storyline here.

SAVY was conceived to be an island of excellence for Yoga, Yoga Therapy, meditation, breathing exercises, Marma, Nada and other elements of Yoga. In line with our ideals, perfection in whatever we offer is more of a habit than a matter of convenience or business sense. We don’t compromise on the quality of our work! Period! Perfection, by definition, is not achievable, but we have been striving hard to stand up to the highest standards of professionalism, perfection, excellence and morality, pushing the bar up a little all the time; you have had a taste of some of this excellence, more is on way.

On this auspicious occasion, in line with our promise bringing the best to you in all our attempts, at the most affordable rates, we have kept SAVY the most affordable Yoga Studio in London. Here is what all we have on offer for you:

As a token of thanks to you, and in keeping with our promises, we bring another (incredible) offer to keep you fit, healthy and in shape. At $39/ month for regular yoga at SAVY, this is the most economical plan in North America! Please click on the image to find more details of this offer. This offer is open for everyone!

Classes at South London and North London locations are on as usual. Please check  Downtown Yoga Classes page for registration of classes at downtown location.

Yoga Gift Certificate

Also, you can still get the 20-Class Gift Certificate for $99; we have some of them available for you. At less than $5 per class, does it get any better?

50 PLUS

We bring these specifically designed classes more suitable for the 50+ friends. Please check the details by clicking on the image. We also offer on-site classes. If you have a small group (>5) and want to be taught at your place, please contact us. We’ll make arrangements for you under the supervision of the best in the business!

SAVY International Inc is a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and we train aspiring Yoga Teachers up to the highest rank. For those who are interested in adopting Yoga Teaching as a career,  our RYT 200 courses are starting on August 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014 in a 4-week format, and in September, 2014, in a weekend format. We are accepting students for week-end format RYT 200 also, which starts in September, 2014 and January, 2015. Registration is open for all these courses. As an extension of our 3rd Anniversary Celebrations to aspiring Yoga Teachers, we offer all these courses at the most economical rates in North America! We also offer scholarships and bursaries.

DSBH Breathing Educator Program

Also, we are now accepting students for DSBH Therapy Educator program, which happens to be the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EDUCATOR PROGRAM! DSBH Therapy Educator program is meant to provide training in DSBH TherapyBased on the science of breathing, 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. 

It gives us immense pleasure to announce opening of Registration for the First Breathing Educator program of Canada. We’ll also make a separate formal announcement for this. Registration forms for this program will be available at the Studio from 1st August, 2014

It is a brilliant opportunity for those who want a career in the healing sciences. This is the future of yoga, science and healing arts brought together to you today! Please click on the image to check the details of the program.

 Breathe and Heal

This is science of the future brought to you today!  DSBH Therapy or Dr Sahdev’s Breathe and Heal Therapy is a Yoga Therapy program based on the healing effect of breathing exercises and other elements of yoga. This is the FIRST TRULY CANADIAN BREATHING EXERCISES PROGRAM!

 

Medical research has shown that yoga and breathing exercises play a big role in controlling stress, anxiety, depression and other mental and mood disorders. All this is very well documented. Based on DSBH Therapy, we offer FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS at work places, corporate offices and to any large groups. Please contact us today to book a date for a Free Breathing Exercises Introductory session at your work-place.

Fight Cancer

Recent medical research has proven the relevance of Yoga, esp. breathing exercises in Cancer management, though I have been a witness to much more profound effects of breathing exercises. Being a Surgical Oncologist in India, helping cancer patients and guiding cancer survivors has always been a passion with me! Fight Cancer is the sum total of all the experience and knowledge accumulated over the past almost three decades of dedicated work in Surgery, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Alternative modalities of treatment. Under this and our SAVY Yoga Cancer Support Services, we are accepting cancer patients for Yoga Therapy with any stage, any type of cancer.

         

Priyanka, a fantastic Henna artist, brings you the beauty of Henna Art!   Henna is a beautiful form of body art that embodies purity and centuries of religious symbolism and cultural traditions, from many parts of the world. Lately it has been adapted as a popular substitute to tattooing, as the henna pattern will last up to a week and resemble a tattoo. Today henna is seen as a versatile art medium like any other for creative expression. Safe for your skin and soothing to your senses.  Please click on the image to get your ticket for the the Henna Event.

Also, please check the website for workshops on different diseases under Yoga Therapy and DSBH Therapy. More workshops will be announced soon.

STRESS

Please click on this Happy Face to know more about breathing exercises for Stress and Anxiety and the upcoming workshop.

            asthma

Please click on the image to know some useful exercises for Asthma and Allergies and the upcoming workshops.

Please click on the icon to know about some useful exercises Cancer Care and the upcoming workshops.

Also, two more teachers from Toronto are joining our team:

A celebrity Yoga teacher and a Bollywood actress, Charu Puri is a Healer, a published author, a modern day Yogi and a singer-songwriter. She trained in India. She has been guiding people from around the world to help them find their path of self-knowledge for a decade. Awaken the sleeping serpent, Kundalini (consciousness), with Charu, with chakra meditation and chakra tuning (sound healing). Awaken your self-knowledge and ignite your inner fire!

Alka Masrani is a realtor by profession but her hobbies include learning and practicing healing. She is a certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practioner, MPS – Micropoint Stimulation Practioner, and Emotion Code Therapist. It has become her mission to help people HEAL. She looks forward to meeting lot of different people in this field and learning and helping people.

There is much more coming : some new courses in Yoga Education, meditation classes, Special Yoga Classes, Workshops, targeted Yoga Therapy programs, some short and long Yoga Retreats to keep you entertained and healthy. Coming days are going to witness still more activity at SAVY Studios. So, talk to you very soon again!

Please keep sending in your valuable suggestions; they help us in fine-tuning services at SAVY according to your tastes and needs.

Please spread the word about our world-class services and add your friends to our mailing list or give a reference.

Keep practicing yoga and lead a healthy, happy life! Yoga is for you!

BE SAVVY WITH SAVY YOGA! 😀

Have a nice time and see you soon at SAVY Studios!

Namastey!

Thanks and Regards,

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

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

E-RYT 500 (Yoga Alliance, USA)

Member, IAYT, USA

M.B.,B.S., Fc Surgery (SASMS)

Fc Surgical Oncology (SASMS)

FPC (IMA-AKNSI)

President and Director of Teaching

SAVY International Inc

SAVY International Inc.

Jul 192014
 
YA-TEACHER-RYT-200

What You Learn In SAVY Yoga Teacher Training Course

SAVY Healing Yoga has the goal of helping people to achieve complete emotional, mental and physical health through yoga – asanas, pranayama, marma, meditaion, mantra etc. This is Breath, Bandhas, Drishti and Alignment based traditional ashtanga Yoga – all these elements of yoga allow people to achieve balance and maintain it more easily while relaxing by building up their prana as their practice grows. SAVY Healing Yoga benefits all aspects of health and personality in totality – asanas and pranayama help one achieve a normal, and then , a more positive health. There are specific routines that are designed to focus an over-all health, and then, routines which have therapeutic effect on different systems of the body. People who are interested in achieving total health and help others achieve total health take SAVY Healing yoga teacher course.

Origin

SAVY Healing Yoga, which has very deep roots in India, has been created by me after almost three decades of study of Modern Medicine, all aspects of Yoga and Alternative Medicine. Along with being a practicing Surgeon in India, I have been practicing and teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapy, and Alternative Medicine, for the last almost three decades. Having worked in Neurosurgery and Surgical Oncology, other super-specialities and Surgery in general, gave me a deep insight and a deeper understanding into the working of human body, psyche’ and consciousness and studying yoga gave me a chance to delve deeper into and put the very deep neurophysiological concepts of the science of yoga in the right perspective. I understand it more with each passing moment! In my experience, if practised with proper understanding, it’s the most dynamic science I’ve come across, and the most practical as well, with unlimited potential and immense possibilities. I attempted to give a practical shape to these living, thriving and healing concepts of yoga in the form of SAVY Healing Yoga where we address wellness of the physical body through asanas and pranayama and the mental and spiritual body through pranayama and more advanced concepts of yoga. This is the future of health, wellness and therapeutic sciences brought to you today!

Benefits

The primary benefits of SAVY Healing Yoga are the complete healing of the mind and the body that it provides. It helps you achieve optimum health in every single dimension, and maintain it. It can be particularly effective for people who are looking to reduce stress and fatigue, and those who are trying to find means to address various health problems. It helps people recover more quickly from injury and illness, physical, mental or psychological.
It teaches how to control activation of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. With regular practice, this allows progressively increasing control of the normal nervous system. The muscles become more relaxed, blood pressure settles down, stress and anxiety disappear, immune system recovers and starts healing the body from inside, mind becomes more calm, outlook becomes more positive, you start seeing solutions to problems which seem to appear out of nowhere, focus improves and consciousness expands. That makes you more complete as a person. The more a person practices SAVY Healing yoga, the less susceptible the body will be to illnesses- psychosomatic or otherwise. It’s a great instrument to help a person achieve optimum health.

We teach you to use your body and mind as props – the best props that there can be! That is what yoga is all about – it makes you aware of the greatness of what you already possess, and learn to use your physical and mental assets to improve further. We don’t advise or encourage any external props in any form or shape. You are a self-sufficient entity, an example of perfection of God’s creations. You are your best prop! We teach you to awaken your own inner powers.

Teaching SAVY Healing Yoga

People who want to start a career as a SAVY Healing yoga teacher must first become certified. The following things are usually part of the curriculum in most classes to become a SAVY Healing yoga teacher:

  • Proper understanding of the history and philosophy of yoga
  • Learning correct yoga postures and putting their importance in the right perspective
  • Proper alignment for optimal energy flow through marmas
  • Understanding of human anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding of yoga anatomy
  • Understanding that yoga is in essence a science of neurophysiology
  • Healing effect of asanas, pranayama and meditation
  • Means to deal with emotional releases and responses during practice
  • Healthy teaching practices
  • Understanding the business of yoga

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev is the founder of SAVY International Inc. and SAVY Healing Yoga, is a Surgeon in India and an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist in Canada. He has more than 13,000 hours of teaching experience. He also designed the safe and potent therapeutic system of breathing exercises to address various health problems – Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Therapy (DSBH Therapy). At present, he lives and works in London ON.

Jul 132014
 
BREATHING EXERCISES

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

 

 

 

 

Jan 262014
 

Vinyasa Yoga Classes

Donna Hebert

This class has been structured for those who have done SAVY Yoga before and are not afraid of trying a little more difficult yogic postures. The good thing about yoga system is that there is something for everybody regardless of body weight, physical limitations/strength or flexibility. This class is about Yoga in flow! So, it is imperative that the students have learnt the routine of B II level class thoroughly. With the regular practice of those movements they would be amazed to see how the yoga practice is helping them in making a difference in their lives. This class is in 60 minute format.

This is a vibrant mix of postures aimed at gaining strength, flexibility and removing stress in the mind. SAVY provides a loving, nurturing and inspiring environment where all feel welcome and comfortable in the class. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned yogi, our class will invigorate the mind, body and soul.

Also, components in this class are : Nada, Yoga Postures, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting, Marma therapy, Tratak
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Practical class of yoga postures, pranayama (breathing exercises), visualisation, meditation etc at beginners’ level.

This will consist of a little more difficult yoga postures and breathwork. It is preferable that those desirous of attending this class should attend SAVY Yoga B II level class for some time first.

This class is available for those registering under some special cards, plans, promos etc.

Register now at the studio

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REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING FOR YOU – AUTHENTIC, EASY, AFFORDABLE

SERVING YOGA COMMUNITY AROUND THE WORLD SINCE 2011!

Now you can get your ALL NEW Registered Yoga Teacher Training at SAVY, in authentic, inexpensive, affordable and easy way, with an online option also now.

If you are looking for a genuine Traditional Ashtanga and Vinyasa based Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program in London, Kingston, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, GTA etc areas, then SAVY 200 (RYT® 200) program at SAVY International Inc, registered with Yoga Alliance USA, is the answer. For students from other areas, practically from all over the world who, we have the online option for the exactly same course which can be studied and practiced sitting in the comfort of your house, followed by a short, conveniently scheduled contact program.

In pursuit of our aim to make the real yoga accessible to more number of people, we need to train more numbers of accessible, knowledgeable, competent and affable yoga teachers who are available and have the ability to teach yoga to everybody and anybody, those who also understand what is written between the lines, have a deeper understanding of the subject and possess the capability to optimally modify the technique, posture or duration to suit their students in an individualized manner, and have the training and understanding to differentiate yoga from other competitive sports.

Yoga is not just twisting and turning of the body! What actually is yoga, what is the importance of the eight limbs of the Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga – yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana, dharna and samadhi, as described about Yoga in Patanjali’s ‘Yoga Darshana’, the original and authentic treatise of traditional knowledge of yoga, we want students at all levels of understanding and practice – beginners and advanced students alike, to be clear about that. There is a lot more to Yoga than just yoga poses! The students also get a chance to get familiar with the correct perspective on Pranayama, Marma Therapy, Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Primordial Sound Meditation, other dynamic and adynamic meditation techniques, Surya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Chandra Yoga, and lots of other lesser understood ancient sciences. Learning is a never-ending process, and this program lays a great, basic, firm, sound and accurate foundation. Sound yoga practices should be as accessible as they are effective. There is a shortage of sufficiently trained teachers to share authentic traditional yoga systems in a way that makes it available to people at every level.

SAVY Registered Yoga Teacher Training Courses help solve this problem. SAVY system of teaching yoga is based on the proven yoga traditions from India.

The salient features of Registered Yoga Teacher Training at SAVY are:

  •  Accredited SAVY 200 (RYT 200), SAVY 500 (RYT 500) courses
  • Comprehensive, authentic, world class training in all aspects of Yoga
  • Authentic Traditional Ashtanaga and Vinyasa Yoga training based on authentic Yoga from India
  • Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Kriyas. Chakras, Kundalini Awakening, Shatkarma, Marma, Mantra etc
  • Clear, concise, to-the-point subject matter and instruction
  • One of the most qualified, experienced faculty in the world
  • Accredited – become a Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Preference for Dr Sahdev’s ‘Breathe and Heal’ Educator Program
  • Train up to the highest level – RYS 200, RYS 500 Yoga School
  • Delve deep into the field of Yoga – Keep learning and sharing knowledge
  • Be conversant with all styles of Yoga
  • Affordable, easy payment schedule/ options available

We want these courses to be accessible to students with the right caliber and attitude. We don’t want you to waste time – time is precious! Technology can help us in overcoming the hurdles of geographical boundaries, and taking advantage of that, we have introduced the RYT 200 course in an Online/ distance format. One can complete majority of the work from home and can attend a 2-week intensive training to be able to register with Yoga Alliance.

In order to remove the hurdles of monetary shackles, we have kept the cost of the course really low, and, also, have made the payment structure very easy so that this doesn’t stay a hurdle for any aspiring student. Tuition fee can be paid in very easy-to-pay installments.

So, with these feathers in the cap, SAVY has been able to bring this Registered Yoga Teacher Training course within everyone’s reach on the globe! The road to get an authentic and credible Registered Yoga Teacher Training has been made really easy, so that more and more students are able to opt for the training for the REAL YOGA.

Join today and fulfil your aspiration the easy way! 

The steps to get a Registered Yoga Teacher Training in the easiest possible way are as follows:

The most convenient way to become a Registered Yoga Teacher:

  • Register today for SAVY 200 (RYT 200) online course.
  • On acceptance, complete the application process.
  • Pay upfront or choose from various easy payment options and start paying instalments of tuition fee.
  • Start receiving modules. At a very convenient pace, you should be able to complete all the modules within 10-11 months.
  • Complete your assignments/ quizzes for each module and the thesis from home.
  • Complete contact hours during the year the easy way.
  • Receive Certificate of Completion of course from SAVY – Congratulations! you are a certified SAVY Yoga Teacher now!
  • Register with Yoga Alliance and become a certified and Registered Yoga Teacher.
  • Continue paying off your instalments while you work and pay them all off!

For more details of the course, please click here.

You can also enter a contest to win a FREE REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE!

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