Quest for Eternal Bliss

Quest for Eternal Bliss

Yoga is a classical Indian science dealing with the search for the soul. The word ‘Yoga’ signifies both the way to discovery of the soul and union with it. It is an ancient natural system of physical, mental, and spiritual culture designed to increase vitality, produce rejuvenation, attain spiritual awareness of one’s own perfection and to achieve harmony with all material manifestations as well as the subtle yet powerful unseen universal energies.

Philosophers and mystics developed and perfected yoga over the centuries in ancient India. Yoga is so comprehensive that it deals with every aspect of life and delves into the very nature of reality. It is a method by which we can increase the body’s supply of life force or bio-energy and remove any interference to the transmission of this energy, throughout the mind and body. Yoga has specialised in this subject for thousands of years and is an unsurpassed means of attaining your full, unlimited potential.

Yoga & the Ageing Process

Yoga & the Ageing Process

Yoga is an ancient Indian science, which disciplines the mind and body in preparation for higher states of awareness. Yoga allows an actual experience of the interconnectedness of the whole being. One of the benefits of this discipline is the mind and body are brought into harmony creating a perfect environment for health and wellbeing. A proven side effect of this enhanced wellbeing is a slowing or even reversal of the ageing process.

This reversal of the ageing process is not due to any one aspect of Yoga. Yoga is a complete science and perfect harmony and wellbeing will only be attained when all aspects are practised regularly. These aspects include Self-purification, Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Relaxation Techniques and Meditation.

Self-Purification relates to motives, speech, action and care of the body.

Asanas are postures that increase flexibility, strengthen and tone the muscles, stimulate glandular activity, strengthen the nervous and immune systems, massage the internal organs, lengthen the spine, rejuvenate the skin and purify the blood.

Pranayamas are breathing techniques that expand the lungs, oxygenate the blood, balance the metabolism, help with cellular regeneration, aid in the digestion, create a healthy nervous system, control weight, align us with the energy of the Universe and help calm the mind.

Relaxation will reduce stress, release muscle tension, enhance the immune and nervous systems, relax the mind and allow a profound healing rest on a cellular level.

Meditation is a spiritual practise that brings about peace, joy, love, detachment and the realisation that all is one.

When all these aspects are practised you will start to feel and look younger. When they are mastered you will realise you are and have always been perfect.

Yoga for PMS

Yoga for PMS

A high level of pain and discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle often reflects a high level of physical and nervous tension in the body and mental and emotional opposition to the process. This is why some women who are habitually tense and on edge tend to have difficulty with their menstrual cycles, while those who have a healthy body and accept the menstrual process may have no abnormal symptoms.

Yoga offers natural and effective methods to help prevent and relieve premenstrual pain, without toxic side-effects. The benefits of yoga actually extend far beyond the physical body; yoga develops your awareness of menstruation as a useful part in your life. Yoga will also help you regulate your hormones and balance your system. Women who practise yoga regularly have found that period pain, and the tension and symptoms that lead up to your period, are eased and possibly eliminated with regular practise over a few months.

Yoga for Asthma

Yoga for Asthma

The practice of yoga is ideally suited to the asthmatic sufferer with impaired breathing ability. Yoga, taking breath as the basis of all the postures, is highly effective in re-educating breathing habits and improving resistance to attacks. Yoga helps in restoring depleted and blocked pranic energy channels. This is achieved gradually and persistently with a combination of the asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), shatkriyas (cleansing practices) and meditation. Yoga looks at the dietary aspect, considering food allergies and mucus-producing foods, and suggests a balanced, healthy consumption of preferably organic, vegetarian food.

Only with consistent and regular daily practice of the yogic methods of asanas and breathing techniques is it possible to relieve the condition of asthma – if not cure it altogether.

The Tibetan Rites

The Tibetan Rites

The Dalai Lama is into it and so is Uma Thurman's dad. Melissa Downes discovers an ancient secret that is finally out of the bag. If someone had told me I'd spin around in circles in a bid to grow younger I'd have laughed out loud. But the money-back guarantee that it would change my life intrigued me. So, here I am practising my "spin", the first rite in an ancient technique called The Five Tibetans. The Five Tibetans are best described as energising exercises that originated in the Himalayas. In the 1930s, a retired English army officer called Colonel Bradford heard of a monastery of remarkably old, yet healthy `ageless' monks and went in search of their "fountain of youth". Colonel Bradford studied the postures the monks performed each day. He dubbed them The Five Rites of Rejuvenation. In 1935, Peter Kelder wrote a book, Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth (Doubleday), based on the Colonel's findings and an updated version released 50 years later sold more than two million copies. The five postures require a minimum amount of daily effort but work by balancing and squeezing the body's seven endocrine glands (the endocrine regulates the organs and has been linked to ageing) and rebalancing the seven energy centres, also known as chakras. This, its followers claim, regulates the body's ageing process by detoxing and restoring life energy or Ki.