Monthly Archives: March 2016

Can Yoga Improve the Public Health?

Effects of yoga on public health

In recent years, yoga has become very popular in the Western World. The people use this ancient practice as an exercise routine and improving their lifestyles. The yoga can promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It can help to maintain the public health. The aim of public health is to research and prevent infectious diseases and improve and protect human health by promoting healthy lifestyles. Yoga has many health benefits that can improve the public health.

According to a recent study, it can help to control the blood pressure and effective at elevating mood and easing anxiety. Yoga improves the flexibility, muscle strength and physical ability. It can reduce the risk of heart attack and can relieve depression and also lower the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Yoga helps to sleep better and relieve from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

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The yoga improves the immune system of the body that can help to improve the public health. The yoga increases the level of energy, vitality and maintains a balanced metabolism. It reduces the extra weight and improves the athletic performance. Many problems caused by the stress like Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation are very dangers for the body. If you stress less, you’ll suffer less. Yoga relieves the stress so reduce the risk of these problems.

Yoga has a lot of physical benefits as well as mental benefits. Yoga gives you the peace of mind and slows down the mental loops of fear, anger, desire, frustration and regret. So it reduces the risk of migraines insomnia to lupus and heart attacks. Keep quiet your mind and live longer and healthier. Handle your negativity with the positive energy of yoga. It increases your inner strength and helps keep you drug free. It keeps viruses and allergies away with the help of internal cleansings of the intestines from rapid breathing exercises.

There are lot of benefits accept these of yoga. Yoga is a mine of health benefits and can improve the public health easily and promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all. The public health organizations also state about yoga, it is a tool of health benefits. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the physical and mental health disorders are on the rise, and yoga has the ability to counteract many of the symptoms of these common illnesses. A regular practice of yoga can improve your quality of life. The WHO (World Health Organization) says that depression is a major contributor to suicide and heart disease and number one cause of disability around the globe. Yoga has a power to beat the depression.

UN (United Nations) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says on the International day of yoga that yoga can improve public health and promote peace. Yoga training and meditation under the direction of yoga master are very effective tools for public health. It is good for our mind and for our body also. It has tremendous health benefits and a study says that people experienced significantly superior brain function after practicing yoga. There are many types of yoga and you need to find out best fit for you.

What are The Things Makes a Yoga Teacher Great and How to Choose Best Studio?

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It is great to start yoga practice and a yoga teacher is like a pillar of your whole yoga teacher training building. What makes a yoga teacher great? There are a few qualities that seem to be present in a great yoga instructor. A yoga master should be clean mind and body, if he or she takes alcohol or smoke then it’s difficult to discern the transformational role that yoga has played in his or her life. The main concern of a yoga teacher should be safety first.

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Yoga should be an essential part of a teacher’s life and that his or her dedication to the practice is something that I should follow. A yoga teacher should be polite and respect to students. A yoga master who puts people down or calls out someone in a rude manner in front of the class can’t be a great instructor. He or she should be authentic and have a clear language to describe proper alignment; alignment pertains to safety and not simply looking cool. A teacher should be act or perform in a manner that risks being diametrically opposed to authenticity and integrity. He or she should have overall intension about the series they are teaching and should be flexible to adjust for the sundry levels and temperaments of the students. These are the common things a yoga teacher should have. A yoga teacher is a guide for the path of a yoga teacher training.

The focus of yoga teachers training is to unite the mind, spirit and body through the breath or prana. The practice of yoga generates the temperature to heat up the body and start moving the kundalini and gets blood flowing. Many teachers have the diplomas and think that they are ready to teach yoga classes. But a few of them are fully prepared to teach people.

The yoga has been popular over years and you can now find yoga studios and classes in most major cities’ corners. It is difficult to choose a great yoga studio for yoga teachers training. There are a few thing should keep in mind to choose a yoga studio for practicing yoga.

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  • Is studio or program is the Yoga Alliance registered? – The yoga studio you want to join should be Yoga Alliance registered. There are two levels of registry 200 hour yoga teachers training and 300 hour yoga teachers training.
  • Is the program taught by qualified instructors? – The program exist doesn’t means it is a quality program. You should examine that how many years of experience faculty have who lead the teacher training.
  • What price or fees? – You should know the total cost of the certification. Is there any hidden cost or not?
  • Know anyone who has graduated from the studio? – Try to know anyone who has graduate from that studio and tells about his or her experience with the studio.
  • Know the curriculum and classroom format? – Ask your teacher to show you the full curriculum and book list and know the format of hours.
  • How much yoga experience you required to apply? – One year of yoga practice is required to apply for potential teacher trainees. If a program requires no previous experience, this should raise a red flag.
  • The school teaches the styles of yoga you love and practice? – You should investigate the styles of yoga which teaches in the school.
  • What is the student-teacher ratio in the studio? – It means one teacher handle the how many students in a class.
  • The fair market price for Yoga Teacher Training? – What are the fair market prices for the program you want to join? And compare them with studio’s prices.

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The program graduates experience? – This could be a great source to know everything about the studio. A graduate can tell all about the studio.

7 Yoga Poses to Avoid During Pregnancy

These poses avoid during pregnancy

During pregnancy body produce the hormones called relaxin, which makes inflexible parts of your body like bones and ligaments soft. These soft parts of body may affect during the yoga poses that are deep starched. So be careful with yoga when someone is pregnant and avoid these poses below.

1- Seated Spinal Twist (ardha matsyendrasana):- It compresses the internal organs, including the uterus. During pregnancy, yoga poses with deep twists from the belly should be avoided.

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2- Skull Shining Breath (Kapalabhati): – Yoga poses with breath retention or rapid inhales and exhales should be avoided during pregnancy. Kapalabhati is a yoga pose requiring breath retention or rapid inhales and exhales.

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3- Legs up the wall (viparita karani):- Avoid inverted poses and if you are not comfortable avoid the turning yourself upside down. It may inherent risk to your baby if you are not super comfortable with inversions. Deep inversion should be avoided during pregnancy.

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4- Full wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana):- Avoid deep backbends. Full wheel pose required deep backbend. So if you are comfortable then you may do it in the first trimester if you are feels good.

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5- Boat pose (Navasana):- Yoga poses that work for abdominal strength should be avoided. Boat pose is the best pose to focus on your abdominal strength. So it should be avoided during pregnancy.

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6- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana):- During pregnancy you should avoid the yoga poses that require lying on the belly. In the cobra pose you lie on the belly and place your palms directly under your shoulders on the ground. You may try it during first trimester as the fetus is still very small.

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7- Lie on the back: – Yoga poses that require lying on the back for a long period should be avoided during pregnancy. In second trimester doctors may advise against lying on your back for long periods. You can start savasana pose lying on your left side as early in your pregnancy as you like. Savasana pose on back for a long period of time should be avoided.

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Bikram yoga/Hot yoga is yoga that can raise core temperature of your body. During pregnancy it is not recommended to raise your body’s core temperature. A very vigorous form of vinyasa yoga, like Ashtanga or Power yoga may be practice, but be flexible and willing to try gentler styles in the direction of a yoga master. Parental yoga teachers training may be helpful and beneficial during pregnancy.

15 Amazing and Rare Yoga Pose Most People Don’t Want to Try

15 Amazing Yoga Poses

1- Handstand Scorpion:- It is hard enough, might be challenging for most people. It is a really lovely pose.

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2- Half Lotus Crow:- It engages multiple muscles that constantly contract. It’s all about backbend.

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3- King Pigeon Pose:- yoga pose works the upper back and arms, as well as the core.

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4- Scorpion With a Broken Tail:- This yoga pose are insanely challenging and this pose is so named because the body resembles a scorpion with its tail arched above its head.

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5- Big Toe Bow:- Teardrop Bow or Big Toe Bow Pose is known as Padangustha Dhanurasana. It is a advanced variation.

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6- Peacock:- This pose you balance with your body parallel to the ground. It isn’t for everyone.

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7- Sleeping Yogi:- In this pose put your foot behind your head in the Sleeping Yogi Pose. For most people, it’d be painful.

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8- Hummingbird:- This is a gorgeous arm balancing yoga pose. This pose  requires amazingly open hips, as well as upper-body strength.

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9- Peacock Variation:- This is a crazy variation of peacock pose. In this pose get your legs in that bent position with peacock pose.

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10- Firefly B:- It is an arm balance pose that requires more core strength than arm strength.

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11- One-Legged Staff:- It’s similar to the grounding backbend Inverted Staff pose but this variation is no joke.

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12- Drop Back:- This pose requires the spinal flexibility of Wheel pose along with some serious core strength.

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13- Standing Flying Crow:- This arm balancing pose increases arm strength, core strength, and balance.

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14- Leg Behind the Head Sage:- Sage pose works your core and upper body but leg behind is a advance pose.

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15- Eight Crooked Limbs:- This pose strengthens the arms and the spines ability. This arm balance is also an extreme twist pose.

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Browse for our yoga gallery and yoga training advantages at Sattva Yoga Academy.

Why Fat Means is Not Always Unhealthy?

If someone says that you can be fat and healthy or thin and unhealthy, you may be shocked. But being fat isn’t necessarily bad and doesn’t necessarily make you unhealthy, according to researchers in United States and Germany. A study published in the European Heart Journal, the overweight people have lower risk of heart disease or cancer, compared with the normal weight people, and have fifty –fifty chance of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar levels. The overweight people have 75% chance of normal results on blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar, one-third of normal weight people.

Fat is a major source of energy and our body needs some fat from the foods. It is needed to build the cell membranes, the sheaths surrounding nerves and helps to absorb vitamins and minerals. Fat is very essential for blood clotting, inflammation and for long-term health. Some good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and some bad dietary fats and some saturated fats fall somewhere in the middle.

The fats have similar chemical structure, hydrogen atoms bounded with a chain of carbon atoms. The length and shape of the carbon chain and the number of hydrogen atoms connected to the carbon atoms makes fats different to each other. This slight difference makes a crucial difference in form and function. We can divide fats into three categories:

  • Good fats- It comes from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish and have fewer hydrogen atoms bonded to their carbon chains.

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  • Bad fats- It saturated fats comes from foods rich in trans fats like pizza, hot dog etc. When vegetable oils heated in a heavy-metal catalyst such as palladium in the presence of hydrogen than hydrogen atoms are added to the carbon chain and oils turns into solids.

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  • In-between fats- It comes from red meat, whole milk and other whole-milk dairy foods, cheese, coconut oil, and many commercially prepared baked goods etc.

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The ideal body weight is a matter of study and raises questions more than answers. An ideal body weight is controversial. It may be perceptions of how the people appear and how their clothes fit and hoe they look; there may be more to health than meets the eye. There are not risk factors for big killers in the United States like stroke, heart disease etc.

A study says that is based on the data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. The study found that, when we talk about the risk of early death, being overweight may not be as important as where on the body your fat is distributed. The people with normal weight and had a paunch that is, a lot of visceral or belly fat, which, unlike run-of-the-mill subcutaneous fat is metabolically dangerous and promote insulin resistance and inflammation and had a higher risk of early death.

The people with concentrated belly fat also had a higher risk of death than overall obese people. Overweight people had a lower risk of heart disease and lower risk of early death as compared the people with normal weight or the underweight; the people who underweight had the highest death risk.

The main thing is that, being metabolically fit may be the game changer. So the fit person is metabolically better than someone who is unfit.

 

From Sattva Yoga Academy, school of yoga teachers training in Rishikesh.

Does Age Matters in Practicing Yoga?

This is a question: Is there an age limit for practicing yoga? Many people want answer. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fat or how skinny, how young or how old, how strong or how weak. Everyone and anyone can practice yoga. Young or old and patients suffering from diseases can practice yoga.

Would you judge a yogi’s ability solely on their age or other aspects of their physical appearance? The answer is “No”. Anyone can’t judge the yogi’s ability solely on age or physical appearance. Here is example:

Jaysea Devoe has gotten a lot of press in the year 2014, as the youngest person to complete a 200-hour teacher training and register with Yoga Alliance at just 12 years old. Now 14, she is teaching a weekly family class for all ages in her hometown. In an interview, she seems grounded and wise, practices asana and meditation daily, volunteers, makes jewelry. Her slightly unconventional parents have encouraged all of their children pursue their passions to their fullest extent, and it shows. She is the world’s youngest standup paddle boarding instructor”. —From resource.

She teaches adults safely. What do you think? Is it possible for a 12 year old to be a safe and effective yoga instructor?

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There is no age limit for doing yoga, any aged people may be a yoga professional, even very old. Yoga is like other things in that once people reach a certain age; they think it’s too late and that they’re too old to start. It is really ridiculous. The people in old age also can practice yoga with great benefits. The ancient books say that deep practice of yoga can even reverse the old age and making the yogis young. There may be overstatement but the good effects of yoga can be seen. Also the people suffering from various diseases can get benefits and get rid of their problems (Patients need to practice yoga under the direction of yoga Guru). Many people advice on practicing yoga in middle age, but ancient text says that “YOGA IS FOR ALL”.

People can do yoga at any age. It’s just a matter of picking what type of yoga you choose to do and working within your abilities. Yoga might even help you age better, keeping you elastic and building strength through low-impact moves. It can be a great option because it does not require any specialized equipment and can be done anywhere. It has a lot of benefits over the physical exercises. Yoga can beat the age. Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar a yoga teacher, when he was over 90 years old, he was capable of traveling to China and giving a three-day workshop consisting of classes that lasted for many hours each day. Mr. Iyengar is an example of what yoga can do for an aging human.

Yoga can do everything and can bring peace and wisdom. A person over 70 years old can teach about 18 classes a week and traveling, if he/she has a deep practice of yoga. From young adults to old and very old, very weak (physically and mentally) or strong, people suffering from diseases can practice yoga. All of them can achieve success in reaching the uppermost position in yoga (Under the direction of yoga expert). Yoga teachers training can improve the perfection in doing yoga.