Book Review: Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

Is there anyone without some fear? With the experience of fear comes a constant search for a way out of it. There is no instantaneous relief. But the enlightened Ones state there is a path to freedom from fear. First we must understand our fears and their source. Then the fear is transformed with love—love... Continue Reading →

Bessel van der Kolk On Yoga And PTSD

Thanks to Cindy for this post. Western psychotherapy has hardly paid any attention to the experience and interpretation of disturbed physical sensations and action patterns. Yoga is one of the Asian traditions that clearly help reintegrate body and mind. For someone to heal from PTSD [post-traumatic stress syndrome], one must learn how to control bodily reflexes. PTSD causes memory to be... 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 →

Raja Yoga Benefits Seniors In North Jersey

In the chair yoga, pranayama, and meditation class that I do at our local senior community center, many seniors (70-87 years old) are  active, pro-active, in their health care. Many do multiple types of exercises. None of them get on the floor. There are several health issues in the group of 20-30, mostly women. There... 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 →

Meditation and Brain Stem

Long-term meditation is associated with increased gray matter density in the brain stem Vestergaard-Poulsen, Petera; van Beek, Martijnc; Skewes, Joshuaa c; Bjarkam, Carsten R.b; Stubberup, Michaeld; Bertelsen, Jesd; Roepstorff, Andreasa c Abstract: Using magnetic resonance imaging, we observed higher gray matter density in lower brain stem regions of experienced meditators compared with age-matched nonmeditators. Our... Continue Reading →

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