Author: Snehas Bhowmik

Third eye and seven chakras of life

Third eye and seven chakras of life

What is a third eye?

Third eye. When we talked about the third eye, we depict the picture of Lord Shiva with the third eye in the middle of his two eyebrows. We need to read and understand what is behind it. Shiva opens his 3rd eye does not mean that he has opened a third physical eye. The third eye is used as a metaphor here. When you have to open your third eye you literally do not open another eye; it is a complete sense of opening the third dimension. It is not a physical thing. You see everything from a different dimension. This eye is both ways inward and out ward. It beyond the normal perception of life. It is a perception of life is in a higher
state of energy.

Why it is in the middle of the eye

Why it is in the middle of the eye. There is seven states of the energy of human life. These are also called the seven chakras, and among the seven chakras the sixth chakra is called the Ejna, and it is located in the middle of the eye. One can depict a human life based on this energy level of life. This seven chakras or the energy level of life are also represented by location in the human body. The seven states of energy are as follows or seven chakras are discussed below.

The seven chakras of life

Muladhara (Root)

This is the basic state of human life. Here food and sleep that is what this person wants in life. The dominant factor in life is food and sleep. He does not want more than this food and sleeps in his life, and that is what he wants and is satisfied with. Chakras location is at the base of the spine or near the tailbone.

Svadhistana (Secral)

This type of people is not only satisfied with food and sleep, but he is also a pleasure seeker as well. He likes to enjoy the pleasure of the world, the physical pleasure of the world. This is located just below the belly button.

Manipura (Solar Plexus)

This person is a doer in the world and an achiever of life. The location starts in the center of the belly button and extends up to the breastbone or where two sets of ribs connect in the center of your chest. When this 3rd chakra is balanced, people will feel a sense of wisdom, decisiveness and personal power.

Anahata (Heart)

In this state of energy human is a creator. He can create many things. The heart chakra’s center is located right over the heart, and it radiates down to your breastbone and up to your throat. When 4th chakra is balanced, you can equally feel love for yourself and others. Even when tough things happen, you can still see the compassion and kindness in others.

Vishuddha (Throat)

This state of life can be resembled as a power house. It is not literally mean the physical power of the human. Human can be a power house in so many ways. A person that has a balanced Throat Chakra can express themselves well, particularly in a verbal manner. It is also a seat for self-expression and can be viewed as a crossroad that occurs between the heart and the head — serving as a mediator between emotions and thoughts. The throat chakra’s center is right in between collar bone, and it radiates down to the center of the heart and up to the center of eyes. You will know exactly which words are appropriate for each situation. Speaking with a balanced throat chakra will enlighten and inspire those around you

Ajna (Third Eye)

Here people have clarity of vision and are intellectually realized. You have the stability of life. You are still not ecstatic. People are
intellectually realized, and their life cannot touch or disturbed. The 6th chakra which translates to “beyond wisdom.” This chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the five senses. Extra sensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all comes from the third eye. There is a small pinecone-shaped gland in your brain that takes in light. This gland, the pineal gland, is responsible for helping feel awake in the daytime and sleepy at night. Long before brain imaging, ancient cultures knew this Third Eye existed, and they also realized that it receives information from sources outside of the five senses.

Sahasrara (Crown)

Is the last part. There is no method. Pathless path, or method to get beyond. In this state people are ecstatic. Everything happens in stage is automatic, nobody needs to do anything. Achieving a balanced crown chakra is the goal of every spiritual warrior, and it’s not easy to do. You can think of it like the Buddhist concept of achieving nirvana. Once you achieve it, you’re not really human anymore – you’ve conquered suffering and death.

What are the 7 Chakras of life?

The entire universe is made of energy, and our body is no exception. Long before modern technology and science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that move inside of us, the 7 chakras. So what are the seven chakras? Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally translates to wheel.

This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centers in our body, starting at the base of our spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head. In a healthy, balanced person, the 7
chakras provide exactly the right amount of energy to every part of body, mind and spirit.

Activate third Eye

How to activate third eye or seven chakras? This 3rd eye or seven chakras can be activated through guided meditation or seven chakras meditation. How to open your “Third Eye” will explain how to activate your third eye through guided meditation.

Resources:

  1. Mindbodygreen.com
  2. Ishafoundation.org
  3. Innerenigneering.com
  4. Sadhguru live lectures
  5. Wikipedia

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Transcendental Meditation and Hypertension

Transcendental Meditation and Hypertension

Is Transcendental Meditation (TM) a scam? An analysis of Clinical study of the effect of TM and exercise on High blood pressure.

What is High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from heart to other parts of the body. Everybody has blood pressure and without blood pressure people cannot survive because then blood will not flow to the remote part of the body from heart. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. Blood pressure has a normal range and if that exceeds the range it can damage heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High blood pressure is also called hypertension.

High Blood Pressure Statistics

According to “center for disease control and prevention” the hypertension statistics says

  • About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults.
  • About 1 in 3 American adults has prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal—but not yet in the high blood pressure range.3
  • Only about half (54%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.2
  • High blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014—that’s more than 1,100 deaths each day.1
  • High blood pressure costs the nation $48.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work.

High blood statistics
Hypertension Statistics

High Blood Pressure and Medication

Blood pressure is often controlled by medication but it is widely spoken out that exercise and meditation can improve the blood pressure.  As those improves stress and anxiety of human life since those are related to blood pressure. There are many clinical studies were presented in favour of those claims. But is it so? Let us analyse few clinical study which were published in famous medical journal.

People now a days started believing and depending strongly on meditation to reduce all sorts of physical and mental illness. This was supported by lots of meditation gurus and one of them is Deepak Chopra. He mentioned that pharmaceuticals are only 20% effective on any chronic illness [1].

People tend to forget that all drugs have side effects and all drugs lose their efficacy when taken over a long enough period [2].

 TM Clinical Trial 

This article will be comparative study of  relation between exercise and hypertension and TM and hypertension. This article will discuss with three clinical trials results published in American journal of Hypertension and those are:

  1. Post-Exercise hypertension after aquatic exercise in older women with hypertension: A randomized cross over clinical trials [3].
  2. A Randomized Controlled Trial on Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Blood Pressure, Psychological Distress, and Coping in Young Adults [ 4].
  3. Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis [5].

This analysis will discuss the findings of those three trials and try to find whether the transcendental meditation has any remarkable or statistically significant impact on healing blood pressure.

First Method:

Twenty-four women 70.0±3.9 years with a resting systolic / diastolic BP (SBP/DBP) of 124.0/72.3 mmHg and body mass index (BMI) of 29.8±4.1 kg/m 2 were randomly assigned to participate in a 45 min session of moderate intensity, water-based exercise (WATER) and a 45 min land control session (CONTROL). All experimental sessions started at 9 am sharply with 7 days between them. Subjects left the experiments wearing an ambulatory BP monitor for the next 21 hr.

First Results:

Systolic BP was lower by 5.1±1.0 mmHg after WATER than CONTROL over 21 hours (p<0.001), over awake hours by 5.7±1.1 mmHg (p<0.001) and sleep hours by 4.5±0.4 mmHg (p=0.004). Diastolic BP was lower following WATER compared to CONTROL: 1.2±0.3 mmHg over 21 hours (p=0.043); 0.9±0.6 mmHg over awake hours (p=0.101); and 1.4±0.9 mmHg over sleep hours (p=0.039).

Second Method:

The second clinical trial was a randomized control trial (RCT) of 298 university students randomly allocated to either transcendental meditation program or wait-lists control. At baseline and after three months, BP, psychological distress and coping ability were assed. A subgroup of 159 at risk for hypertension was analyzed similarly.

Second Results:

Changes in systolic BP /diastolic BP for the overall sample were −2.0/−1.2 mm Hg for the TM group compared to +0.4/+0.5 mm Hg for controls (P = 0.15, P = 0.15, respectively). Changes in Systolic / Diastolic BP for the hypertension risk subgroup were −5.0/−2.8 mm Hg for the TM group compared to +1.3/+1.2 mm Hg for controls (P = 0.014, P = 0.028, respectively). Significant improvements were found in total psychological distress, anxiety, depression, anger/hostility, and coping (P values < 0.05). Changes in psychological distress and coping correlated with changes in SBP (P values < 0.05) and DBP (P values < 0.08).

Third Method:

PubMed and Cochrane databases through December 2006 and collected publications on Transcendental Meditation (TM) were searched. Randomized, controlled trials comparing blood pressure responses to the Transcendental Meditation technique with a control group were evaluated. Primary outcome measures were changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressure after practicing Transcendental Meditation or following control procedures. A specific subjects rating system (0-20 points) was used to evaluate studies and random-effects models were used for meta-analyses.

Third Results:

Nine randomized, controlled trials met eligibility criteria. Study-quality scores ranged from low (score, 7) to high (16) with three studies of high quality (15 or 16) and three of acceptable quality (11 or 12). The random-effects meta-analysis model for systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respectively, indicated that Transcendental Meditation, compared to control, was associated with the following changes: -4.7 mm Hg (95% confidence interval (CI), -7.4 to -1.9 mm Hg) and -3.2 mm Hg (95% CI, -5.4 to -1.3 mm Hg). Subgroup analyses of hypertensive groups and high-quality studies showed similar reductions.

Analysis of Clinical Trials

This analysis is based on the results of three study shown above. For the first study we found that the test was done on 24 women with average age of 70.0±3.9. There BP was 124.0/72.3, which is within the normal range (Systolic 120-130 and Diastolic 70-80). The BP was not statistically averaged like the age, which is not normal especially for BP.

Here in all three cases such as aerobic exercise in water than control and in awake and in sleep; the blood pressure of both systolic and diastolic has reduced significantly. P value in all cases shows less than 0.05, which is an indication of very minimum chance of results being false.

In the second clinical test, they demanded that changes in SBP/DBP for the hypertension risk subgroup were −5.0/−2.8 mm Hg for the TM group compared to +1.3/+1.2 mm Hg for controls (P = 0.014, P = 0.028, respectively). Significant improvements were found in total psychological distress, anxiety, depression, anger/hostility, and coping (P values < 0.05).

Other Clinical test review of TM effectiveness: Controversies

There are TM controversies. The small number of studies included in this review do not permit any conclusions to be drawn on the effectiveness of meditation therapy for anxiety disorders. Another study found out that scientific research on meditation practices does not appear to have a common theoretical perspective and is characterized by poor methodological quality. Firm conclusions on the effects of meditation practices in healthcare cannot be drawn based on the available evidence [7]. Is TM a scam?

2004 American journal of hypertension published an article concluding that “All the randomized clinical trials of TM for the control of blood pressure published to date have important methodological weaknesses and are potentially biased by the affiliation of authors to the TM organization” [8].

A study from PMID found [9] [10], A few studies of overall poor methodological quality were available for each comparison in the meta-analyses, most of which reported non-significant results. TM had no advantage over health education to improve measures of systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure, body weight, heart rate, stress, anger, self-efficacy, cholesterol, dietary intake, and level of physical activity in hypertensive patients.

A 2014 Cochrane review found that it was impossible to draw any conclusions about whether TM is effective in preventing cardiovascular disease, as the scientific literature on TM was limited and at “serious risk of bias” [11].

Conclusions

It was demanded that after Transcendental Meditation (TM) the blood pressure has reduced. We know that blood pressure can fluctuate 10 points within couple of minutes. BP of a person at a certain point of time depends on so many factors such as his mental, psychological and physical conditions. Mental and psychological conditions includes his mood, stress level, anxiety, depression etc. and physical conditions includes his type food consumption on that day. So other than TM there are so many factors which can influence the change of BP. And there were no exact design of experiment was followed which can statistically prove the influence of each factors on the BP.

As they have mentioned the reduction of maximum SBP and DBP is between -5 and -1.2 mmHg is very subjective and could be wrong.

It can be concluded from the three studies that the first study of water based exercise with the elder women has more impact on the reduction of high blood pressure. The other two studies has greater chance of biasness due to their involvement with TM organisations as mentioned. So there is highly likely that TM has no influence to reduce blood pressure but relaxation from anxiety and stress.

References and further study

  1. [Curing disease without medicine; YouTube VDO].
  2. [Huffington post: Fatal prescription drug: Dr. Deepak Chopra]
  3. Post-Exercise Hypotension After Aquatic Exercise in Older Women With Hypertension: A Randomized Crossover Clinical Trial. American Journal of Hypertension, hpx165, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpx165, Published:07 September 2017
  4. A Randomized Controlled Trial on Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Blood Pressure, Psychological Distress, and Coping in Young Adults. PDF Authors: Sanford I. Nidich, Maxwell V. Rainforth, David A.F. Haaga, John Hagelin, Published: American Journal of Hypertension, Volume 22, Issue 12, 1 December 2009, Pages 1326–1331, https://doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2009.184
  5. Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis. Authors: Anderson, J.W.; Liu, C; Kryscio, R.J. Published: American Journal of Hypertension, 2008 Mar; vol 21(3), pp 310-6. Epub 2008 Jan 31.
  6. “Meditation therapy for anxiety disorders”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1): CD004998. PMID16437509. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004998.pub2 Authors: Krisanaprakornkit, T.; Krisanaprakornkit, W.; Piyavhatkul, N.; Laopaiboon, M. (2006). Krisanaprakornkit, Thawatchai, ed.
  7. “Meditation practices for health: state of the research”. Ospina MB, Bond K, Karkhaneh M, et al. (June 2007). Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep) (155): 1–263. PMID17764203.
  8. Journal of Hypertension. 22 (11): 2049–54. PMID15480084. doi:10.1097/00004872-200411000-00002.Canter PH, Ernst E (November 2004). “Insufficient evidence to conclude whether or not Transcendental Meditation decreases blood pressure: results of a systematic review of randomized clinical trials”.
  9. Canter PH, Ernst E (November 2003). “The cumulative effects of Transcendental Meditation on cognitive function–a systematic review of randomised controlled trials”. Wien. Klin. Wochenschr. 115 (21–22): 758–66. PMID14743579. doi:10.1007/BF03040500.
  10. Ospina, MB.; Bond, K.; Karkhaneh, M.; Tjosvold, L.; Vandermeer, B.; Liang, Y.; Bialy, L.; Hooton, N.; et al. (June 2007). “Meditation practices for health: state of the research” (PDF). Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep) (155): 1–263 [4]. PMID17764203.
  11. Hartley, L; Mavrodaris, A; Flowers, N; Ernst, E; Rees, K (1 December 2014). “Transcendental meditation for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 12: CD010359. PMID25436436. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010359.pub2.
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Three Meditation Gurus Who Changed the World

Three Meditation Gurus Who Changed the World

There are many meditation gurus (Teacher) in the world but only a handful of people who dedicated their life and brought technic of mediation from the ancient books and spread it to the world. These three meditation gurus: Maharishi Mahesh yogi, Sadhguru and Deepak Chopra have created a huge awareness to the people with its positive impact and explained the concept of spirituality with science. The following three meditation gurus made it popular with its endless results and was able to pay attention to the world.

1. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is famously known as the Guru of transcendental meditation (TM) who developed and bring TM to the western world. He was born in 12 January, 1918 and died in 5 February, 2008. He was born Mahesh Prasad Varma and became known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In Sanskrit, “maha” means great, and “rishi” means seer. Critics of the yogi say he presented himself with the name, which is Sanskrit for “great seer.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

His Birth and Early Life:

Authors Paul Mason and William Jefferson say that he was born 12 January 1917 in Jabalpur, Central Provinces, British India (now Madhya Pradesh, India). The place of birth given in his passport is “Pounalulla”, India, and his birth date 12 January 1918.

He studied Physics at Allahabad University and received his Master’s degree in 1940. After finishing his academic studies, however, he decided to look for deeper meaning in life — he started rigorous yoga and meditation practice as a disciple of a highly revered yogi, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.

His World Tours and spread of TM:

After the death of his Guru Dev (Swami Brahmananda Saraswati) in 1953, Bal Brahmacharya. In 1955, Brahmachari Mahesh left Uttarkashi and began publicly teaching what he stated was a traditional meditation technique learned from his master Brahmananda Saraswati, and that he called Transcendental Deep Meditation.

He traveled all around India for two years (1955-1957) interacting mainly with his “Hindu audiences” in an “Indian context”. At that time, he called his movement the Spiritual Development Movement. Maharishi Mahesh tours all over the world between 1958 and 1968 mainly to spread the knowledge and benefits of TM to western and eastern world. During that time he visited different cities of Europe and America and attended several lecture, TV interview and conducted transcendental meditation teaching courses to TM teachers.

Further Growth of TM:

Maharishi Mahesh has established several organizations and trusts around the world and almost all of them are involve in spreading and practicing TM.

1969, he inaugurated a course in his “Science of Creative Intelligence” at Stanford University, which was then offered at 25 other American universities.

In 1970, the Maharishi held a TM teacher training course at a Victorian hotel in Poland Springs, Maine, with 1,200 participants. Also he held a similar four-week course with 1500 participants at Humboldt State College in Arcata, California.

In 1974, the Maharishi International University was founded. October 1975, the Maharishi was pictured on the front cover of Time magazine. During the 1980s, the organization continued to expand and his meditation technique continued to attract celebrities.

In 1990, the Maharishi relocated his headquarters from Seelisberg, Switzerland, to a former Franciscan monastery in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He also created a subscription-based, satellite TV channel, called Veda Vision, which broadcast content in 22 languages and 144 countries.

Conclusions:

The Maharishi died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on 5 February 2008 at his residence in Vlodrop, Netherlands. The cremation and funeral rites were conducted at the Maharishi’s Allahabad ashram in India, overlooking the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The Maharishi is survived by a brother and “a number of nephews”. One nephew, Girish Chandra Varma, is chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools and a “senior functionary of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement in India.”

Maharishi Mahesh will be remembered for his contribution to the Transcendental meditation. Millions of people has been trained and have improved their life through regular practice of TM.

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2. Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

Jaggi Vasudev often referred to as Sadhguru, is a yogi, mystic, poet and New York Times bestselling author. Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary guru, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal.

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Sadhguru and his Early Life:

Sadhguru was born in September 3rd 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka to Susheela and Dr. Vasudev, Jagadish was the youngest of four children. His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and as a result, the family moved frequently. He started his yogic journey when he was 12. After his schooling at Demonstration School, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

Sadhguru and his Spiritual Journey:

At the age of 25 on 23 September, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience. He describes his experience (Simone, Cheryl (2008) in “Midnights with the Mystic).He started his first yoga class in 1983in Mysore, India. Eventually he expand his yoga teaching all around the India.

Isha Foundations:

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation in 1993, a volunteer-run international non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia. The foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in it being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Isha Vidhya (Education in Sanskrit), is Isha Foundation’s educational initiative, which aims to raise the level of education and improve literacy in rural India.

Inner Engineering:

Isha yoga’s flagship program is ‘Inner Engineering’, which introduces people to meditation and pranayama and the Shambhavi Mahamudra. He also conducts yoga classes for corporate leadership to introduce them to what he calls “inclusive economics”, which he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today’s economic scenario (“The route to ‘dharmacracy'”. Business Today. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011).

He establish Adiyogi, a statue depicts Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru, who offered yoga to humanity. The statue is built by Isha Foundation and weighs around 500 tons. Jaggy Vasudev notes that the statue is for inspiring people to take up yoga. Jaggy Vasudev designed the 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center.

Conclusion:

Sadhguru is a modern yogi, he has given a new dimension to the teaching of yoga and philosophy of life. He is a teacher and he has answered to every question about life, happiness and ultimate goal of human life. Now a days he has been busy with inner engineering activities all around the world. About his latest book “Inner engineering, A yogi’s guide to Joy” he mentioned that,

“My aim in this book is to help make joy your constant companion. To make that happen, this book offers you not a sermon, but a science; not a teaching, but a technology; not a precept, but a path.”

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3. Deepak Chopra?

Deepak Chopra is an Indian born American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. He is famous for his work on Spiritual law of success, quantum healing, meditation and mind body relationship.

Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra

Early Life and Education:

Chopra was born in New Delhi, India, to Krishan Lal Chopra (1919–2001) and Pushpa Chopra. His paternal grandfather was a sergeant in the British Indian Army and his father was a prominent cardiologist. Chopra completed his primary education at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1969. He spent his first months as a doctor working in rural India.

He married in India in 1970 before immigrating with his wife that year to the United States. Between 1971 and 1977 he completed residencies in internal medicine.

His Eastern Influence and western connection:

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an influence on Chopra in the 1980s while visiting New Delhi in 1981, he met with Indian council for Ayurvedic medicine.

He became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, one of the founders of Maharishi Ayur-Veda Products International, and medical director of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Chopra also became one of the TM movement’s spokespersons. In 1989 Chopra’s Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine was published, followed by Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide (1990).

Chopra left the Transcendental Meditation movement around the time he moved to California in January 1993.By his own account, the Maharishi had accused him of competing for the Maharishi’s position as guru, although Chopra rejects identification as a “guru”.

In 1995 Chopra was not licensed to practice medicine in California where he had a clinic; however, he did not see patients at this clinic “as a doctor” during this time. In 2004 he received his California medical license, and as of 2014 is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. Chopra is the owner and supervisor of the Mind-Body Medical Group within the Chopra Center, which in addition to standard medical treatment offers personalized advice about nutrition, sleep-wake cycles and stress management, based on mainstream medicine and Ayurveda.

His philosophy of mind and body

Consciousness:

Chopra speaks and writes regularly about metaphysics, including the study of consciousness and Vedanta philosophy. He is a philosophical idealist, arguing for the primacy of consciousness over matter and for teleology and intelligence in nature – that mind, or “dynamically active consciousness”, is a fundamental feature of the universe.

Approach to Health Care:

Chopra argues that everything that happens in the mind and brain is physically represented elsewhere in the body. That is with mental states (thoughts, feelings, perceptions and memories) directly influencing physiology by means of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.

Chopra and physicians at the Chopra Center practice integrative medicine, combining the medical model of conventional Western medicine with alternative therapies such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and Ayurveda.

Alternative Medicine:

Chopra has been described as “America’s most prominent spokesman for Ayurveda”. His treatments benefit from the placebo response. Chopra states “The placebo effect is real medicine, because it triggers the body’s healing system.” Chopra has metaphorically described the AIDS virus as emitting “a sound that lures the DNA to its destruction”. The condition can be treated, according to Chopra, with “Ayurveda’s primordial sound”.

Theory of Aging:

Chopra believes that “ageing is simply learned behavior” that can be slowed or prevented. Chopra has said that he expects “to live way beyond 100”. He states that “by consciously using our awareness, we can influence the way we age biologically. You can tell your body not to age.”[37] Conversely, Chopra also says that ageing can be accelerated, for example by a person engaging in “cynical mistrust”.

Spirituality and Religion:

Chopra has likened the universe to a “reality sandwich” which has three layers: the “material” world, a “quantum” zone of matter and energy. A “virtual” zone outside of time and space, which is the domain of God, and from which God can direct the other layers. Chopra has written that human beings’ brains are “hardwired to know God” and that the functions of the human nervous system mirror divine experience.

Conclusions:

Deepak Chopra is a licensed physician who always thinks outside of the box about human life and mind. He has his own belief and theory of disease, aging, spirituality and religion. He tried to explain disease, spirituality and aging in terms of consciousness and quantum healing. By doing that he has been working to make a connection between the Ayurveda, yoga and modern medicine.

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Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation. What is it?

Transcendental Meditation or TM in short is a meditation technique, unlike all other meditation it is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s.

How to practice Transcendental Meditation

TM is one of the most hyped forms of meditation. The TM technique is relatively simple without going too in-depth. One sits comfortably, closes his or her eyes, and repeats a very short mantra (in Sanskrit) without moving the lips or making a sound for about 20 minutes, two times a day. This mantra is given by his/her guru or teacher. Usually the teacher meets with the practitioner regularly to ensure correct practice of technique.

What Happens when you do TM?

Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence.

How Does TM Differ from Other Meditation Techniques?

Brain research has identified three basic approaches to traditional meditation and those are:

  1. Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)
  2. Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)
  3. Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought — a unique state of restful alertness)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention nor open monitoring as mentioned above in 1 and 2. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm deep within.

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6 Pranayama to Reduce Your Weight

6 Pranayama to Reduce Your Weight

What is Pranayama?

 As per the definition of Yogapedia:

Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath: the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, Prana, meaning “life force,” and Ayama, meaning “extension.”

Pranayama is an integral part of yoga. The controlled breathing enables both the rhythm of performing yoga poses and relaxing the mind for meditation.

 

6 Pranayama
6 best Pranayama

The Breath

Breathing is the most important tool and accessible link to all meditation. Pranayama manipulate our breathing technique whether meditation place our attention to breathing. A proper breathing technique not only refresh our lungs with fresh oxygen but also juvenile every cell of our body.

6 Pranayama to Reduce Weight

The following six pranayama are recognised as most effective to reduce weight. This six pranayama not only reduce weight but also very good for diabetic, high blood pressure, abdominal complain and all other lungs disease.

1. Bhastrika Pranayama

2. Kapal Bhati Pranayama

3. Bahaya Pranayama

4. Anulom Vilom Pranayama

5. Bhramri Pranayama

6. Udgeeth Pranayama.

 

All of the Pranayama should be practice in the posture of padmasana (Lotus Pose), siddhasana or otherwise sukhasana with spine, neck and head straight in one line. If anybody has issues with back, spine or legs he can practice in a comfortable sitting position

1. Bhastrika Pranayama 

Steps for Bhastrika Pranayama:

  1. Sit comfortably on flat ground (could be on a chair) with head and spine straight.
  2. Take a deep breath through both nostrils and fill your diaphragm (lungs) not your belly with air.
  3. Take 5 seconds pause and exhale with hissing sound.
  4. Inhale deeply and exhale completely.
  5. Do this for 2 min to 5 minutes max and 2 to 5 times every day to get a result.

kapalbhati Pranayam
KAPALBHATI PRANAYAM

      2. KapalBhati Pranayama 

Steps of KapalBhati Pranayama

  1. Sit comfortably on flat ground (lotus posture is better) with head and spine straight.
  2. Now take a deep breath (inhale deeply) through your both nostrils until your lungs are full with air.
  3. Now Exhale through both nostrils forcefully, so your stomach will go deep inside.
  4. This inhale and exhale process will go quick without any pause for no more than 5 minutes but several times during day.
  5. Repeat this process for 5 to 10 minutes.

     3.  Bahaya Pranayama 

Steps of Baahya Pranayama:

  1. Sit comfortably on flat ground (lotus posture is better) close your eyes keep your spinal cord and head straight.
  2. Breathe in deeply (inhale) and then Exhale completely.

    Bahaya Pranayam
    BAHAYA PRANAYAM

  3. After exhale hold your breath and bring your chin down as much as you can.
  4. Try to pull your stomach inwards as much as you can, such that the stomach and back seem to touch each other from inside.
  5. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds. Then get back to original position.
  6. Repeat this process for 2 to 5 minutes.

    4. Anulom Vilom Pranayama

Steps of AnulamVilom:

  1. Anulom Vilom Pranayama is comparatively easy to do then previous three Pranayama, first of all close your eyes and sit comfortably (padmasana) and rest your hands on your knees.
  2. Close the right nostril with the right thumb.
  3. Inhale slowly through the left nostril, inhale the oxygen as much as you can, this will fill your lungs with air.
  4. Remove your thumb from your right nostril, as you remove your thumb from right nostril exhale with you right nostrils and at the same time use your middle finger to close your left nostril.
  5. Repeat this process for 5 minutes. Be focused and concentrate in your breathing.

Anulom Vilom Pranayam
ANULOM BHILOM PRANAYAM

 

       5. Bhramri Pranayama

Steps of Bhramri pranayama:

  1. Firstly you should sit in any comfortable posture
  2. After that close both of your ears with your thumbs and put your index fingers on your forehead, middle fingers on either side of your eyes, the ring fingers on your two nostrils to close them partially, and your small fingers on each side of your mouth.
  3. Now inhale deeply through your nostrils and recite AUM sound through your nose with mouth closed making a humming sound like that of the big bee with your nose for as long time as possible in one breath. There is no need to say AUM. You just have to make the Sound.
  4. The next step is, take another deep breath in through the nose (mouth closed) and repeat AUM as above for the second time, and then for the third time.
  5. Now it will energizes and purifies your body with the energy of AUM.

BHRAMARI PRANAYAM

     6. Udgeeth Pranayama.

Steps of Udgeeth Pranayama:

  1. Sit on a flat surface comfortably and padmasana of preferable. Close your eyes, your head and spine should be straight.
  2. Breathe deeply through your nose till diaphragm is full with air, and exhale.
  3. While exhaling chant the word Ohm.
  4. Make sure to keep the sound of “O” long and the “M” short (OOOOOOOO.hhh.m).
  5. Repeat this 3 to five 5 minutes.
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Yoga or Meditation?

Yoga or Meditation?

Yoga and Meditation

Meditation or Dhyana
Meditation or Dhyana

Yoga and meditation can be used interchangeably in some context. But there are slight differences in the way of practice and belief. These two terms  has a root of thousands years to the Vedic year of Indian subcontinent. Meditation can be termed as an element of yoga, which is mainly concerned with mental relaxation and attentiveness known as “Dhyana” in Sanskrit (picture on right).

Yoga, on the other hand, is a psycho-physical regulation focusing on the physical postures known as “Asanas” in Sanskrit (posture) and breathing exercises known as Pranayama”.

Even though Meditation is deeply rooted to the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism but it itself is not a religion. Practicing yoga does not mean that you are practicing a particular religion.

Meditation is a practice where you control your brain to reach a certain level of consciences and this consciousness eventually enhance your brain power to improve your physical, emotional and mental health.

Looking at the two picture here will clarify the difference of yoga and meditation.

Benefits of meditation

It is proven by different scientific research that meditation or yoga has different kinds of benefits. Such as:

Physical benefits:

Weight loose, Improve sleep, Beat addiction, slow aging, Boost energy, Pain relief, Relieve anxiety, Overcome depression, Reduce high blood pressure, Stress relieve etc.

Brain and mind:

Improve focus, Boost brain power, Improve memory, Subconscious mind power, Neurology, Increase intelligent, and Neuroplasticity.

Personal Growth:

Positive energy, Increase motivation, Positive thinking, Forgive and forget, be optimistic.

Yoga Posture
Yoga Posture

Emotional:

Control anger, Relieve anxiety, Overcome depression, Sleepless, Stop Worrying, Overcome depression.

Metaphysical: 

Lucid dreaming, Raise consciousness, spiritual awakening, Quantum mind, Open third Eye.

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Different Forms of Meditation

There are different forms of meditation and each one may have one or more of the benefits listed above.

Do not confuse with yoga Asanas with other types of meditation.  Yoga has hundreds of Asanas which is Physical postures followed during yoga. But meditation is practiced by sitting with eyes closed, crossed legs, the back straight, and attention placed on breathing in and out. For the period of meditation the individual focuses on his or her breathing. And when wandering thoughts emerge, one returns to focusing on the object of meditation or breathing.

One of the popular meditation technic which is very popular and developed by Maharhi Mohesh Yogi called The “Transcendental Meditation technique” or simply TM. TM is a specific form of silent Mantra Meditation. The meditation practice involves the use of a mantra and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with one’s eyes closed. It is reported to be one of the most-widely practiced. It is the most widely researched meditation techniques, with over 340 peer-reviewed studies published.

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