MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. Of course, many of us having been doing this for years, but did you know it had a name? First developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (video) in 1979, MBSR is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about waking up and being present in the richness of each moment of our lives. Within this awakening, we gain access to our deepest inner resources for living, healing, and coping with stress.

Duke University has been leading the field in MBSR since 1998. On their website,www.dukeintegrativemedicine.comthey write: “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs similar to ours have been offered in the United States and around the world for over 20 years, and thousands of people have participated. This approach can help people who are coping with medical problems, job or family-related stress, and anxiety and depression. The majority of participants report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels improve and people learn to better cope with pain that may not go away. Most people also report an increased ability to relax, greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations. However, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a complement, not a substitute, for whatever medical treatments a person may be receiving and should not be used in place of medical care.”

Patients report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels improve and people learn to cope better with chronic pain. Most people also report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.

MBSR has been used to treat the following conditions:

ADD/ADHD Anger/stress management Anxiety, panic, or depression Chronic Pain Daily life stress Fatigue Headaches High blood pressure Job or family stress Personal growth and development Serious illness Sleep disturbances Type A behavior


Kriya: An Ancient Technique for Restoring the Soul by Stephen Thomson

| by Stephen Thomson

Kriya Yoga is a powerful and life-changing spiritual practice that combines the spiritual techniques of yoga and meditation into a system that can be easily incorporated into your daily life. The result of regular practice is the rapid acceleration of spiritual development. Indeed, one minute of practice is said to equate to one year of natural unfoldment. In Autobiography of a Yogi, the life story of Paramahansa Yogananda, Kriya Yoga is described as “a simple, psycho-physiological method by which human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers.” Accordingly, to portray the technique of Kriya as a mere mental technique that transports the life force up and down the spinal column is a woeful oversimplification.

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What Is Yoga? The 8 “Limbs” of the Practice Made Relevant Today by Sindy Warren

What is the first image that pops into your mind when you hear the word yoga? I’m guessing it’s got something to do with the physical practice, or asana as it’s called in Sanskrit. A long and lean-looking woman in a downward facing dog. Or the well-defined physique of a man standing on his hands. These images, and what the vast majority of people – including yoga practitioners – would conjure up in response to this question, is actually just a miniscule part of the practice of yoga. Yoga is a practice of integrating mind, body, intellect and spirit.

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Treating Dementia With Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga

Do you know someone who suffers from dementia? Witnessing a loved one slowly lose their memory and reasoning skills can be a very painful experience. Dementia is a persistent syndrome that tends to get worse over time–affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. It is distinct from Alzheimer’s in that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease, but general dementia can stem from a variety of unrelated brain illnesses.

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Yoga Science Teaches Us How to Transform Energy by Leonard Perlmutter

You learned in grade school science class that energy can appear in either the potential or kinetic form. The electricity in the wiring of your home is available for any use you choose. When you turn a light switch to the “on” position, energy appears in the form of light. This is the kinetic state because the energy is being used or expended. However, when you turn the light switch to the “off” position, the energy remains in the potential state–ready to be used at the flick of a switch.

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Developing Your Yogic Superpowers to Make the World a Better Place

| by James Connor

Anyone who casually skims the verses of The Yoga Sutra, the third century root text available in nearly every yoga studio, bumps into a most perplexing fact. The third chapter on Mystical Powers describes specific causes for supernormal abilities like mind reading, invisibility, and flying. So what exactly are the causes for superpowers? And how can we develop them within ourselves to make the world a better place?

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Tao Porchon-Lynch – the Oldest Yoga Instructor in the World

Tao Porchon Lynch is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. At age 96, she is the Guiness World Record holder as the oldest yoga instructor. Featured on Fox News, TedTalks, the BBC and YouTube, she has been teaching yoga for over 56 years. On her website, www.taoporchon-lynch.com , you can see her having an audience with the Dalai Lama. She still teaches six days a week and drives herself to work.

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Stop the Violence Within by Will Donnelly

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On www.spirituality.com, Will Donnelly shares his experience with negative self-talk: Never speak badly about yourself. It’s a simple statement, one many of us would agree with in concept. But do you follow it’s advice? Probably not. Because our inner critic speaks to us in a voice so familiar we rarely notice it’s presence. Recently, I had a friend say out loud with absolute conviction: “God, I’m such a (expletive) idiot….”

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Bicep Curls and Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk by Nancy Shute

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Biceps Curls and Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk by Nancy Shute at www.npr.org Women who work out with weights an hour a week cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and yoga or stretching exercises count, too, according to a study that tracked the health of almost 100,000 women. Doctors have long known that regular exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, but that’s always been translated as aerobic exercise like jogging or brisk walking.

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5 Yoga Poses That Help With Depression

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5 Yoga Poses that Can Help With Depression Yoga can be a powerful practice for battling depression. The use of breathwork as well as the increased blood flow to the brain that comes from certain poses, all act to soothe our nerves and help us reach a calm state. A regular practice of yoga and meditation can affect our neurotransmitters in positive ways, and of course enhance our overall health, which also helps to lift depression.

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