Yoga for wellness 09/5/04 Dr. Pranav Pandya, MD Chancellor : Dev Sanskriti University, Himalayas Head: ALL WORLD GAYATRI PARIVAR,HARDWAR Foundation the result of Sagacious wisdom and insight of Ancient Rishis of Himalayas in : Physiology Psychology, Ethics and Spirituality Health WHO defined (1948) health as state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely absence of disease Spiritual dimension was added much later. Role of spirituality in Modern conventional system of medicine has been neglected since its inception Applied Science of Existence The Sun Adhibhautik – The visible source of heat and light Adhidaivik – Bestower of Life, Prana Adhyatmik – The Source of Consciousness Applied Science of Existence Sthool (Gross) Sukshma (Subtle) Karan (Causal) Yog For Wellness Body, Mind, Spirit (Consciousness) continuum Yog is ―the‖ science of strengthening and improving wellness Physical – Through Asnas and Pranayam Mental – Through Pranayam and Meditation Spiritual – Meditation & Samadhi Asanas Yogasanas basically perform five functions: Conative (Voluntary exercise of the organs of action) Cognitive (Purposeful channelization of positive energy) Functions The postures are designed to release tension, improve flexibility and maximize the flow of vital energy Thereby affecting the various interrelated channels (nadis) of the mind-body complex Benefits of Yogasanas The regular practice of yogasanas has an immense amount of therapeutic value Regular practice helps to keep our body fit, controls metabolism, thereby cholesterol and sugar level, reduces weight, normalizes blood pressure and improves heart performance Physical fitness thus achieved leads to reduction of physical stress and greater vitality Medicinal Effects Of Yoga Disciplines The thyroid, pancreas and all other hormone secreting glands are stimulated by postures (asanas) and kriyas if we do them regularly Pranayam ‘Prana’ is the Vital Cosmic Energy ‘Aayam’ implies dimension Pranayam thus means go into dimension of Prana and try to exercise in it. It is much more than mere deep breathing (The mind-body continuum) Pranayam Pranayama is the control of the Prana and the vital forces of the body. Pranayama is the perfect control of the life-currents through control of breath Breath is external manifestation of the gross Prana. Pranayam A correct habit of breathing must be established by the regular practice of Pranayama. Basic Rules for Pranayam Environment should be clean fresh and peaceful The posture should be sitting with straight back or sukh asana Appropriate time is the early morning (one hour before and one hour after sunrise) Stomach should be kept empty Restrict negative thoughts Keep your mind busy in creative works & be regular Perform meditation with Pranayam Meditation The purpose of meditation is to bring inner equilibrium by regulating our intricate network of neuronal system, chakras and small and big plexuses (upatyikas) Meditation A cleanser of our mental garbage Our day to day necessecity It gives relief from mental constipation Research on Effect of Meditation Using tools of modern neuroscience like : • rCBF (regional Cerebral Blood Flow) • real time MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) • MEG (magnetoencephalography) & • Improved EEG (electoencephalography) neuroscientists are now able to better understand the effects of meditation on the brain. Research on Effect of Meditation Now we solid scientific evidence that meditation fundamentally changes the way our brain functions and even alters the physical structure of the brain itself. Meditation During study meditators, trained monks, showed high-frequency gamma waves, a brain wave pattern associated with higher mental activity, perception and consciousness. The gamma wave frequency was higher than normal even before they started meditating. This suggests that the impact of meditation on the brain waves is permanent and not limited to the meditation session itself. Meditation The monks‘ brains showed more and unusually powerful gamma waves compared to a control group consisting of volunteers without previous meditation experience. The higher the meditation experience, the higher were the levels of gamma waves. Some experienced monks showed the most powerful gamma waves ever to be documented in a human being. In the control group without previous meditation experience, the increases in gamma waves were only slight. Meditation The mind can be trained through meditation. Mental training changes the brain, improving its capacity for awareness, happiness and compassion. Further research showed that meditation can change structure of the brain itself. Meditation A new study found that meditation not only changes the physical structure of the brain, it even increases the size of the brain. Regular meditation increases the thickness of those brain areas connected with cognition and emotional processing and well-being. These sections of the cortex, or thinking cap, normally get thinner with age. Meditation These findings are consistent with other studies that showed how the corresponding areas of the brain grow thicker with repeated practice. Thus, a musician has a thicker ‗music area‘, A dancer a thickened ‗motor skills area‘ and so on. Meditation the thinning of the grey matter of the brain is normally part of the aging process and that her study would therefore suggest that meditation can play an important role in reversing some of the negative effects of aging, Role of Consciousness When we wake-up in the morning our brain has our mind up and about—more or less. But ―who‖ is waking up? And what is ―consciousness‖? Waking-up often feels as if we‘ve been away and the mind is returning to the body. If so, where was it? Role of Consciousness Consciousness is one of the great unsolved puzzles of neuroscience. We know it when we experience it. But what is it? And what is the source of its origin? The problem is so challenging that it was left to philosophers. And science is still unable to answer. Meditation – Ultimate tool to connect with the Source of Consciousness Meditation Implies concentration of conscious mind. Focus it on unconscious – integrate both – go towards super conscious and establish on it. This is whole of meditation - Sri Aurobindo Meditation Subconscious is just like a black box of cockpit. The moment we start meditation we start viewing all our previous samskars and our good/bad deeds. One should not be scared at this level. Meditation Going one step further Yog-Sutra defines the state of Samadhi – oneness with the source of consciousness Achievements of meditation. Enhanced memory, Muscular relaxation, Mental equipoise Inner calmness Increased awareness Cheerfulness all the time Disappearance of jealousy – lust and other vices Behavioural modification Psi qualities. Enhanced neural coordination Applied Yog Medicinal Effects Of Yoga Disciplines Scientific studies in Svyoma and DSVV reveal that all incurable ailments could be treated by yogic kriyas, asanas and varieties of meditation Medicinal Effects Of Yoga Disciplines Followed properly under the right direction: All yoga disciplines regulate the neurohormonal receptors, thereby controlling all secretions responsible for inner awakening and blissful joy Medicinal Effects Of Yoga Disciplines Neurophysiologists say that 5HT, serotonine and noradrenaline levels rise with posture/pranayam and bandh while serum cortisol level decreases Yoga Therapy The aging process, which is largely an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning, can be slowed down by practicing yoga. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration. Yoga Therapy also Involves Dietary Recommendation Regularization of Routine Proper Environment Guidance Yoga Therapy Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation can help ailments such as : Diabetes, Blood pressure, Digestive disorders, Arthritis, Arteriosclerosis and Degenerative Disorders Chronic fatigue Syndrome Asthma, varicose veins and ALL Heart conditions Psychosomatic and somatoPsychic Disorders Yoga Therapy According to medical scientists: Yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems. It works on network pathology Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive therapy Yoga for Stress and insomnia Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalan, Tadasana, Katichakrasana, Shavasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana, Gomukhasana, Vajrasana, Sarvanagasana, Matsyasana and Shavasana Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhramari, Ujjai Kriyas : Jal Neti, Vaman, Kapalbhati Special Practices : Yog Nidra, Gayatri Mantra Jap Yoga for Depression Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Pragya Yog, Shavasana, Marjariasana, Gomukhasana, Simhasana, Siddhasana Pranayam : Bhastrika and Nadi Shodhan Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti and Vaman Special Practices : Mahamrityunjaya Jap and Chanting of OM Yoga for Hypertension Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalana, Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana, Shavasana, Sarpasana, Makarasana Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Ujjai, Sheetali and Bhramari Kriyas : Kapalbhati and Jal Neti Special Practices : Walk slowly for few minutes and meditate regularly Yoga for Diabetes Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana, Surya Namaskar, Shavasana, Sarpasana, Udar Sanchalan practice, Shaktibandha, Halasana, Vakrasana and Bhunjangasana Pranayam : Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhan, Sheetali and Bhramari Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti, Vaman and Laghu Shankha Prakshalana Special Practices : Yog Nidra and So-Ham Sadhana Yoga for Asthma Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana, Marjariasana, Bhunjangasana, Shavasana, Surya Namaskar, Makarasana, Gomukhasana, Dhanurasana Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhastrika, Suryabhedan i Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti, Kunjal Special Practices : Yog Nidra and So-Ham Sadhana Yoga for Obesity Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana, Marjariasana, Bhunjangasana, Shavasana, Surya Namaskar, Makarasana, Gomukhasana, Dhanurasana Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhastrika, Suryabhedan, Bhramari Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Kunjal Laghu Shankhaprakshalan Special Practices : Yog Nidra Yoga for Spondilitis and Backache Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalana, Marjariasana, Makarasana, Bhunjangasana, Ardha Shalabhasana, Vajrasana, Sarpasana, Pragya Yoga, Shavasana, Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Ujjai, Bhramari Kriyas : Kapalbhati,Jal Neti, Vaman, Laghu Shankhaprakshalan SPECIAL MENTION Surya Namaskar Pragya yog Shavasan Gatiyog(Dynamic Yoga) Psychological Benefits Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stresses, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration ,brings total equipoise Dev Sanskriti University A Centre for Research and Study of Ancient Indian Sciences and Spirituality Situated at the foothills of Himalayas - in Haridwar , about 200 Kms from National Capital Delhi Emphasis Culture Competence Character Moulding of Elegant, competent, dedicated scholars of outstanding character & merit Emphasis Value based Management • Work culture • Subsistence allowance • Teaching by behaviour and action • Involvement in the development of society Courses Offered (Semester System) Masters Degree (M.A./M.Sc.) • Psychology • Yogic Science and Human Consciousness • Indian Culture and Tourism • Journalism and Mass Communication Diploma: Courses to start : • Yoga and human consciousness • Masters in Holistic Medicine • Holistic Health Management • Masters in HR Management • Theology • Masters in Bio-informatics • Rural Management • Advance Diploma in CAM • 3D Animation & Visual Effects •Diploma in Scientific Spirituality Future Plans • Distance Education Centers all over India and Abroad • Center for R&D in Integrative Medicine • Center for Indology Shantikunj- Haridwar A centre where people are trained in ways of leading enlightened life.
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