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Many students are experiencing increased pressure within their university life. Meditation and yoga work fabulously at relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression.
"Wellness programs are becoming increasingly important as students today face an overwhelming amount of pressure and stress at school. And that takes a toll on mental health. Nearly one in 10 college students report experiencing symptoms of depression, according to 2014 research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Alarming mental health statistics are why Kishor Nayar, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, started MIT’s Art of Living club while pursuing his master’s degree . Citing concern over mental health issues and pointing to the stress and isolation he observed on campus, Nayar believes that meditation should..."
Yoga has been around for thousands and thousands of years and more people are starting to take it up and implement it into their everyday routine.
"There are many reasons why yoga is becoming popular today. One thing is, your body is like a barometer, it makes you realize some fundamental facts about yourself. If you know how to watch it, it tells you everything about..."
Doing yoga can really help you and your partner bond and bring balance into your wonderful and flourishing relationship.
"We don't need to elucidate on the benefits of practicing yoga everyday but did you know that practicing yoga with your partner can bring harmony in your personal relationship..."
Many people think meditation can only be done sitting still, but that is far from being true. Meditation involves taking the mind to a peaceful place and encouraging self-development.
"Contrary to popular belief, meditation doesn't always mean sitting in lotus pose with your eyes closed. In fact, most people are unaware that you can practice meditation virtually anywhere -- sitting still is not a requirement..."
Easy desk yoga that you can try out during your busy day at work to release some stress and ease tension.
"Experiencing that midafternoon slump? You could pay a visit to the office vending machine for a sugary pick-me-up, but a 30-second stretch at your desk will give you the same rush of energy..."
Stress at times, is unavoidable. However, learning how to cope with stress can be very beneficial for those who lead busy lives.
"Throughout our day-to-day routine there is a chance you may encounter a situation, person or event that will cause an assault on your mind and body known as stress. But the more you’re equipped to handle these situations, the better the recovery..."
Yoga is really beneficial for anyone and it can help those with excess stress in their lives. Yael Stone is an advocate of this and helps to combat ill physical and mental health by teaching yoga in a New York shelter.
"When she’s not portraying inmate Lorna Morello on the Netflix prison drama Orange Is The New Black, Yael Stone chips away at the trauma caused by incarceration in an unexpected way..."
Children/Young adults have a lot of potential in them. Maximising the energy they have during school hours can really put them on track to a successful life. One of the ways schools are increasing the energy within an educational environment is through embracing yoga.
"In the 15 years since, Bent On Learning has seen yoga in the classroom grow beyond those 10 schools. They are now bringing the practice to 3,500 students around the city and find the demand for classes growing faster than they can keep up. Program manager Kristin Lalka estimates that..."
This is an interesting article about a unique relationship with food. 'I ached for nourishment after my premature birth, incubating under lights with a bottle of formula. As a child, food made me itchy, sick, and full of cravings. Being told that food was inherently “good” or “bad” if it made me “skinny” or “fat” confused me further. When I was 15, I lost my dad to suicide, and subtle emotional eating began to fill the voids. In my search for deeper spiritual happiness, I followed rivers and became a mountain medic, a yogi, and a nutritionist. I discovered how yoga’s wisdom could…'
She knows she doesn’t have the stereotypical “yoga body,” and she owns it. Instead of telling followers to ask themselves how they look doing yoga, Jessamyn focuses on the internal effects of the exercise — how her students feel. A yoga teacher herself, Jessamyn is larger than many of her students, and told The Cut that she encourages women who have misconceptions about curvier yoga instructors to take her class.
5 ways to keep your memory sharp
The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp.
Manage your stress. The constant drumbeat of daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can certainly distract you and affect your ability to focus and recall. But the bigger problem is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety—that can lead to memory impairment. If you don’t have a strategy in place for managing your stress, protecting your memory is one reason to get one. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and a “mindful” approach to living can all help.
Get a good night’s sleep. People who don’t sleep well at night tend to be more forgetful than people who sleep soundly. A good night’s sleep is essential for consolidating memories. The most common reason for poor sleep is insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, many medicines used to treat insomnia can also impair memory and general brain function. That’s why it’s best to try improving your sleep habits first and turn to medication only if those steps don’t help. If you do need sleep aids, use the lowest dose for the shortest time needed to get your sleep back on track.
If you smoke, quit. Easier said than done, certainly, but if you need additional motivation, know that smokers have a greater degree of age-related memory loss and other memory problems than nonsmokers. People who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day at midlife have more than double the risk of developing dementia in old age compared with nonsmokers. However, those who stop smoking by midlife and those who smoke less than half a pack a day have a similar a risk of dementia as people who have never smoked.
If you drink alcohol, do so moderately. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk for memory loss and dementia. People with alcoholism have difficulty performing short-term memory tasks, such as memorizing lists. Another type of memory loss associated with alcohol use is called Korsakoff’s syndrome. In this condition, long-term vitamin B1 deficiency combined with the toxic effects of alcohol on the brain can trigger sudden and dramatic amnesia. In some cases this memory loss is permanent, but if caught early, can be reversed to some degree.
Protect your brain from injury. Head trauma is a major cause of memory loss and increases the risk of developing dementia. Always use the appropriate gear during high-speed activities and contact sports. Wear seat belts when riding in motor vehicles. Car accidents are by far the most common cause of brain injury, and wearing seat belts greatly reduces the chances of severe head injury. Wear a helmet when bicycling, riding on a motorcycle, in-line skating, and skiing.
Fantastic News about great work in America with the war veterans who are experiencing massive difficulties on their return home. Innovative work by Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness read more here
Great story about how yoga is helping yound school children in DEtriot feels happier
Interesting article where the boffins at Harvard talk about how acupuncture and Alexander techniques therapies helped to reduce pain with little or no side effect. Research published by the Annals of Internal Medicine compared two different therapies compared with standard care.
Read to learn about new research that mindfulness practices have the potential to slash health care costs.
I have been told many times that I look young for my age (a fine 35 years) I do meditate and now here Huffington post have written about what may have contributed, beside my genes. I do however want to be able to appreciate my age and white hairs and wrinkles as they are part of life. Meditation can really teach us self acceptance no matter how old or young we look.