Yoga For Quality Life

What would you be prepared to pay to have a healthier, fitter, stronger and stress-resistant body? What price would you be prepared to pay to enjoy these remarkable benefits?
We might even ask ‘What’s the real price for a better quality of life?’

image (18)And these are good questions because people seem to be more than willing to pay a small fortune for cosmetic surgery, for expensive drugs to help them cope with life’s vicissitudes and for counselling when things go wrong. But what if there were a better way to achieve all of these worthy aims? The answer might surprise you because the solution can be found in the ancient practices and teachings of Yoga. Surprised? Well, let’s accept that Yoga is far more than a gentle form of stretching and exercising the body. The main aim of the system is to integrate all the different parts that make up the human entity and bring them into a state of sustained harmony. That means bringing the mind and body into a state of natural balance, correcting the posture, learning to breathe, calming the mind and mastering our emotions. Sounds like a tall order but that’s why Yoga is offered as a lifetime pursuit. The more you practise the methods, the more you gain. And the more you gain, the more you realise you can benefit from further practice. It’s a beautifully virtuous cycle and the benefits can transform your life. Certain postures, for example, certainly support a calmer state of mind and this can lead in turn to much greater resistance to stress.

cover (2)But we all have to start at the beginning and that usually means accepting the physical limitations that mark the beginning of our practice. Gradually, with daily repetition of the basics, with patience and persistence, the rewards reveal themselves. We develop greater flexibility. A lot of the old aches and pains disappear. We feel lighter, more mobile. Our energy levels receive a very welcome boost. We sleep better. We digest our food more efficiently. The world starts to look a little different as you take better control of your fears and your over-active stress response. Your posture begins to change. You look younger, more energised, more at peace with yourself and the world around you.

And what price would you pay for these wonderful gifts? Just a few minutes a day. That’s all. As you begin to feel the benefits, you’ll naturally want to do more and this is a normal part of the evolutionary pathway of Yoga. In a short time, you move from practising Yoga as a pastime to living Yoga as a natural extension of your everyday life. And it feels wonderful.

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Understanding Yoga

cover (2)Have you ever dreamed of discovering the elixir of youthful and enduring beauty? many of must believe in it because there are plenty of cosmetics companies that are willing to spend an absolute fortune advertising their creams and potions as the secret promise of renewed youthfulness but, for the most part, they’re only offering a thin disguise to hide the ravages of time! But is there a better way to offset the effects of ageing and restore a more natural state of youthfulness and vitality to our bodies and to our complexions?

We know that stress ages the body at an accelerated rate. We know that poor nutrition adds to the severity of the problem. But we often experience problems in the form of aches and pains that are a result of poor mobility and a consequent loss of flexibility. How many of us sit for hours at a time in a fixed position in front of a computer screen? Poor posture and a lack of movement conspire to rob us of our suppleness and produce a host of unpleasant side effects. This is where Yoga can transform our lives. The gentle application of the poses and stretches can reverse the challenges of our poor posture and help us to become much calmer, more centred, more balanced and much more resistant to stress. Turn down the stress response and our bodies respond by working much more efficiently than before. We soon discover that the daily practice of Yoga can turn back the hands of time and lend a youthfulness to our bodies and faces that has to be experienced to be believed.

Learning to relax really works. For example, an early experiment in clinical hypnosis encouraged the volunteers to imagine that they were going back in time, regressing all the way back to the age of five. The change in their faces was quite remarkable as they naturally appeared so much younger. Tense muscles relaxed. Frown lines disappeared as their facial expressions took on a childlike appearance. The results were recorded and it’s fascinating to observe how much of a difference can be achieved simply by encouraging an individual to relax and let go of their daily habits of stress and tension. You may have seen pictures of Yogis whose age is impossible to determine because they express such a profound sense of calm and wellbeing. It is a completely natural condition and one of the great rewards of taking a few minutes a day to practise the ancient methods of Yoga. You do not have to be flexible. You just have to be able to sit and it really is possible to adapt most of the beginner’s postures to suit almost everyone. Then, with a little patience and daily practice, the real miracles begin to show up. Most of us benefit enormously from the improvements in our posture and flexibility. We learn to breathe more naturally. Our digestion improves. The old familiar signs of stress begin to slip away and we discover new ways of moving and holding ourselves. This natural re-alignment of your body can eliminate countless sources of pain, unlocking cramped muscles and pinched nerves, improving blood flow and aiding concentration. Once you discover the benefits of daily, gentle practice, the habit becomes natural and automatic and you’ll look forward to this precious oasis of calm that you create for yourself every single day. It really is never too late to start but today would be the best day of all to begin your own personal exploration of your real potential. The results could simply astound you as they’ve astounded countless numbers of practitioners before. It’s one of the most wonderful ways to restore humans to their most natural condition. And it feels wonderful.

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Sleep Better

We seem to be living in an age where normal sleep has been largely forgotten. I really don’t meet too many people these days who enjoy a good night’s rest and it’s time we did something positive to address this problem.

images (1)If you visit your doctor and complain about a lack of sleep, there’s a high probability that you’l get a prescription for medication that will put you into a chemically-induced sleep – a condition that is far from natural and prone to unfortunate side effects. Is there a more natural alternative that will keep us at a safe distance from the drugs and still help us to experience the wonders of a great night’s sleep? Of course there is! You’re probably well aware that there is a long and ancient tradition of using herbs and plants to promote sleep but that might not be the best way to ensure a peaceful night’s repose, especially in the long term. We need a more fundamental approach to developing better habits when we go to bed and that starts with our sleeping environment.

Most bedrooms are far too bright. Does that surprise you? Bright light from bedside lamps, television sets, laptops or mobile phones tends to stimulate your brain and encourage your body to wake up. This is the exact opposite of how you want to feel when you get into bed. Blue light is a particular problem because, like daylight, it sends a potent wake-up signal to the brain. So you need to lower the lights and remove all those brightly-lit gadgets from your sleeping quarters. That’s a pretty good starting point. But there’s more.

IMG_4428As a species, we developed some very effective defence responses to keep us alive and that includes our ancient reactions to things that go bump in the night. An unsual noise can not only wake us instantly from a deep sleep but it can trigger a release of adrenaline in preparation to meet some threat or danger in the night. You might consider wearing ear plugs because it’s important to reduce the background noise of air-conditioning units, radiators, creaking floorboards or the host of other sounds that can infiltrate our senses and disturb our sleep.

The next piece of advice is a little more controversial and it’s the subject of pets. Having animals on the bed is a mistake for lots of good reasons and I know that many people will simply shake their heads in disbelief and ignore this advice completely. And that’s fine. As long as you’ve read the advice and decided to ignore it, you’re making an informed decision and choosing what you feel is best for you. If you insist on having animals in the bedroom, you might consider makiing up a bed for them on the floor because their movement can disturb you and wake you up and that’s not the best way to respect your need for a great night’s sleep.

Ultimately, you need to create a routine and an environment that are perfectly aligned with good sleep. This will hep you to experience the best possible results every night and enable you to wake up feeling completely refreshed and restored. If there is anything in the bedroom that’s interfering with your sleep, remove it. I’m not sure that this advice applies specifically to spouses and I wouldn’t want to provide an excuse for you to park your beloved on the sofa downstairs – with the dog – for the night! But, in the interests of a good night’s rest, it might be one alternative to consider!

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

1022016514mMK3V4vL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_When was the last time you had a great night’s sleep? The fact is that very few people actually sleep well. Does that surprise you or did you think you were the only one who wakes up bleary-eyed and needing a few more hours in bed? We’re not talking about full-blown insomnia, where the sufferers usually need some form of medication to sedate them for the sake of their health and sanity. We’re referring to the more common varieties of disturbed or restless sleep that leave you feeling muzzy-headed and half-asleep in the mornings. And it’s more widespread than you might suspect.

Part of the problem can be attributed to the increasing levels of stress that everyone seems to be enduring these days. No doubt about it – stress is a major culprit when it comes to losing out on a good night’s sleep. People complain of tossing and turning, unable to relax, chewing over their problems and difficulties in the small hours instead of resting in a deep and refreshing slumber. But is this inevitable? Do we have to let things slide until the only solution is a foil packet of sleeping pills by the bedside and the risk of side-effects and possible addiction? Well, if we can learn to relax before we hit the sack, there’s a much greater chance that we’ll discover the joys of truly restful sleep. And how, you may ask, do we do that? The answer lies in developing a routine before you go to bed each night. You develop an incredibly positive habit that creates a fabulous expectation that, as soon as you step into your bedroom, you begin to wind down. You build the expectation that you’re going to welcome a great night’s sleep. Keep the bedroom tidy. Avoid all alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed. It will wake you up! Remove all the clutter. Banish the TV, laptop, cell phone and anything that could disturb you. The bedroom is fa place or relaxation and sleep. A temple of calm and stillness. No fighting or arguing. No food either. Take a warm bath or shower and let the water wash away the cares and worries of the day. Use subdued lighting. Remove all blue lights, no matter how small, since they trigger responses in the brain that make you wake up. Practise the art of relaxing every muscle in your body, breathing more deeply and gently until you start to feel the calming effects of letting go of your stress. Breathe and tell yourself that you are going to sleep really deeply and well. Say to yourself that you’re going to wake up feeling totally refreshed and ready for whatever the day may bring.

These techniques have been very well researched and they’re very, very effective. The more you practise them, the easier they will seem, and the more noticeable the results. Most of our stress behaviour is really a deeply-embedded habit. Once you get into the habit of relaxing before bed and releasing all the physical stress, you’ll be amazed how much better you sleep. And you’ll start to wake up feeling better than you ever imagined possible. Great sleep is an essential element in the campaign for better health and it’s a fundamental contributor to an enhanced sense of daily wellbeing. Take up the habit of perfect sleep and start to feel wonderful every single day. You deserve it!

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Tame Your Stress Response

image (16)One of the questions that turns up in my E-Mail more often than others is the ever-popular topic of how to reduce the daily stress that characterises our modern, technoloigically-advanced lives. We just don’t seem to be able to handle our stress. Isn’t that strange? Just think about that for a moment. We’ve made extraordinary advances in our knowledge and understanding of so many fascinating areas of discovery. We have access to more knowledge than any other generation in the history of our species. We have virtually instantaneous communication with people all around the world. We’re linked by satellites, by fiber-optic cables, by microwave signals, all at the touch of a button on a handheld device. Yet, with all this extraordinary technological development, we’re still essentially the same creatures that were wandering around the plains of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years. The speed of our technological advances has not been matched by our capacity to adapt to the relentless pace of all these marvellous changes. And one of the consequences has been a disturbing rise in our stress levels.

If we look back only twenty-five years, the number of people suffering from adrenal stress was estimated to be around twenty percent of the total test sample. Now it’s over ninety percent. Yet this worrying increase in adrenal stress cases has gone largely unnnoticed. We could describe it as an epidemic because it’s so widespread yet it remains for the most part an invisible condition. The symptoms have become so familiar that people rarely notice that anything is wrong. Until we cross a fine threshold and the body rebels as our health begins to suffer. The rewal quaetion in the face of this dilemma is to ask whether we can do something about it.
And the answer is ‘Yes’. Most definitely – Yes.

Humans have been facing danger and uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of years. If we hadn’t successfully image (35)adapted to the stresses and dangers of life on the wild savannahs of ancient Africa, we simply wouldn’t be here today. Evolutionary biologists have estimated that our modern stress response probably developed around fifty to sixty thousand years ago. The increase in adrenaline and cortisol levels, blood diverted from the digestive system, senses focused narrowly on the threat or danger – all the familiar symptoms of the human stress response. But this very expensive defence mechanism was only intended to last for a few minutes – long enough for our distant ancestors to face the threat or escape. It was a life-saving response to a potentially lethal threat. Once the danger was past, our ancestors engaged a simple mechanism to disarm the stress levels in their bodies. Despite all of our technological sophistication, this response is still very much hard-wired into all humans today. Our ancestors would breathe out heavily, probably grunting loudly as they exhaled, and they would relax their shoulders. This powerful signal switched off the stress response and restored our ancestors to normal, optimal functioning. And the same instinctive method works just as well today as it did fifty thousand years ago. Our bodies are essentially the same today as they were back then. The method triggers the same ancient responses that equipped our ancestors to let go of their stress in only a minute or two. That’s how they survived. Try it for yourself. Breathe out deeply – loudly if you prefer! – and relax your shoulders. It’s so incredibly simple, so deceptively low-tech, yet so dramtically effective. Use it whenever the first hints of stress creep into your posture. It’s a game changer and one of the most natural and powerful mechanisms for taming your stress response. And it’s absolutely free.

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Quantity or A Quality Sleep

cover (5)Do you feel that you’re stresed? Let me give you a clue. One of the most revealing signs of stress is an inability to sleep well. Whilst there are many causes for poor sleep that range from trapped nerves to restricted breathing to painful joints and muscles, a surprising number of people simply don’t sleep well because they’re stressed. It may be a question of quantity – not having enough hours of sleep for your mind and body to fully recover. Or it may be a question of the quality of your sleep. And how can you tell whether you’re getting enough in terms of both quantity and quality? It shows up in the way you feel when you wake up. If you wake easily and feel refreshed, that’s a very good sign that you’ve slept well. If you still feel tired and have the feeling that you could use some more time in bed, the chances are that you haven’t slept well. And it shows.

Fatigue is a killer. More road accidents are caused by fatigue than by drugs or alcohol. That translates into a startling fact: if you’re tired, you’re more dangerous on the road than someone who’s been drinking. Think about that for a moment. More accidents are caused by fatigue than by alcohol. Yet you’ll get into a car and drive even when you’re yawning and feeling sluggish and far from adequately refreshed.

There’s evidence that a lack of adequate sleep can lead to serious compromises in your health. We know that stress can age the body prematurely but a lack of sleep has also been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, poor concentration, low libido, unhealthy food cravings as well as depression and anxiety. This is not the complete list but I’m sure you’ll get the message: a lack of sleep is bad news for every aspect of your life. So what can we do about it?

get-a-good-nights-sleep-with-melatoninSome of the best methods for ensuring a great night’s sleep encourage us to develop a set routine every night that will gently condition us to relax. The routine means switching off all electronic media at least half an hour before we get into bed and that includes television. It means we learn to relax every muscle in the body and breathe a little more deeply. We keep the bedroom lamps tirned down low and eliminate all blue light from the sleeping environment. We allow enough time to get all the sleep our minds and bodies need. We tell ourselves that we’re going to sleep deeply and peacefully. We remind ourselves that we’re going to wake up feeling wonderfully refreshed and ready for whatever the day may bring. We develop our own personal routines that become habits, simple behaviours that support a great night’s sleep, every night.

The difference to your wellbeing can be profound and the improvement in your health very pleasantly surprising. We’re much moe capable of dealing with stress when we’re refreshed and relaxed. So make a commitment today to start sleeping better than ever before and make every night a truly wonderful, relaxing experience. You deserve it.

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