Music For A Man’s Heart

Indian men, specifically coronary patients, responded well to Raga Desi Todi (Hindustani classical music), in a study measuring psychophysiological reactions to music at the Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India. The men listened to the slow-paced, taped raga played on the flute for 30 minutes a day for 20 days. Healthy controls did the same. Music's historic role in... Continue Reading →

New Year Brings New Digital YI Magazine

Happy New Year to Everyone! Each year we find there is more yoga and meditation content freely available. We begin this year with the first digital issue, Winter 2012,  of Yoga International.  This is an excellent publication from the Himalayan Institute based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Now anyone with Internet access can read its content. This... Continue Reading →

Problem With Breathing Counting To 5

Here are the problems with being told to count to 4, 5, 6 while breathing in and doing the same breathing out by various sources (newsletter from our medical provider, yoga books, stress management advice, etc.): Average rate of breathing: I have been watching the number of breaths per minute, called eupnea, in the age... Continue Reading →

Breathing For Awareness And Hypertension Videos

Mahasri Yoga is now on You Tube. Certain breathing practices help significantly with hypertension. It is hoped that the following two audio tracks in English and Gujarati recently uploaded on You Tube will be helpful and enjoyable: Mahasri Yoga: Pranayama-Body Stillness (English) Mahasri Yoga: Pranayama-Body Stillness (Gujarati) Dealing with hypertension in its early stages, using... Continue Reading →

Alternate Nostril Vs Balanced Breath For Hypertension

Several studies have indicated the positive effects of alternate nostril breathing (ANB)/anuloma viloma on heart rates, blood pressure, and hypertension. The study cited below provides some of the specific research papers. However, this study in the International Journal of Yoga, Ghiya S, Lee CM. Influence of alternate nostril breathing on heart rate variability in non-practitioners of... Continue Reading →

Yoga Therapy For Peri And Post-Menopausal Diabetes

According to the International Journal of Yoga, January 2012 paper, Effect of yoga therapy on reaction time, biochemical parameters and wellness score of peri and post-menopausal diabetic patients: It is now recognized that diabetes mellitus (DM) is a lifestyle and psychosomatic disorder in which factors such as sedentary habits and physical, emotional and mental stress... Continue Reading →

Harvard Healthbeat Latest:Stress and Yoga

According to Harvard Medical School's August 9, 2011 Healthbeat issue, stress plays a significant role in cardiovascular symptoms and their outcomes. Common causes of stress can be work, finances, family situations, illness, caregiver stress, and natural disaster related stress. The newsletter states: Learn relaxation techniques. Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and... Continue Reading →

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