Monthly Archives: April 2016

5 Things May Crash Your Immune System and You Get Sick

Immune system is a system of body’s protection against infection and illness. It protects your body from the germs (bacteria and viruses) and parasites. It is your friend that protects you from the infection. It creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses in the body. It is a balanced network of cells and organs that work together to protect you against illness and keep healthy. But there are many thing matters for your immune system. The things given below can affect your immune system and you get sick.

  • No Exercise: – Workouts are very beneficial for your body and make you strong. The exercise has no direct link to immune system but have effect on the body health. There are lots of benefits of exercises, it maintains your body weights, lowers blood pressures and can protect you from many diseases. Many workouts or yoga exercises have a deep impact on the body. Some people join the yoga teachers training by yoga master and gym centers to get the health benefits.

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  • Stress: – Stress is a reaction that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. It is your body’s way of responding to any kind of situation. A stress can crash the immune system and sometimes time in stress harbor feelings of frustration or resentment and anger. These can degrade and wear out your immune system and you may get sick, or are subject to disease.Getting enough sleep can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the immune system. So enough sleep to get the body back into fighting shape is the key. Stressful moment can make you unhealthy easily and weaken your immune system. The enough sleep may vary by person like most adults need 7-8 hours a night. Teens need 9-10 hours and school-aged kids need at least 10 hours and preschoolers need 11-12 hours whereas new born baby need 16-18 hours sleep.

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  • Antibiotics: – The antibiotics have a bad effect on the body with the good effect. Over 80% of immunity in the body resides in the intestinal tract in the body and built by the healthy ‘friendly’ bacteria balance. The antibiotics change the immune system and kill all bacteria, not just bad bacteria. Since the good bacteria also killed by the antibiotics the ability of the body to produce appropriate immune cells is altered.

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  • Lifestyle Changes: – The life style of a person also affects the immune system. Doing exercises or yoga and sleep well and enough can help your immune system to work at high level. A good outlook is also may be helpful for your immune system. Live with positive attitude and healthy. One study shows that the immune system kept pace with thoughts. When people feel better the immune system work better and when people feel worry, their immune system slow.

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  • Bad Food habits: – Food habits are very important for our immune system. Many studies prove that people who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables get sick less.Fruits and veggies keep your immune system strong and make you healthy and strong. So eat fruits and vegetables to keep your body away from infection. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables help your immune system fight viruses and bacteria. While dairy products indirectly weaken your immune system because the dairy products (including yogurt, butter, whey protein and cheese) create congestion by generating a lot of mucous. So if you have already a cold and cough than these products is only going to make it worse! So reduce dairy products intake as a whole during this season.

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Well these are five things you can avoid to be healthy and your immune system is optimal at all time.

Does Yoga Really Work? What It Can Do and Can’t Do?

It is a question that frequently asked by many people. They are interested in yoga and want to know that yoga has really a power to change their life and thoughts of mind? Many study shows that yoga has a slow impact on the body and mind. It directly works on the body parts to improve the flexibility, mobility and strength. People who practice yoga deeply with breathe control in the direction of yoga master they feel the difference. It also develops a sense of connection to a super power (God, Nature etc.) and improves your spiritual growth. When practice yoga you need develop yourself without competing with the rest of the people in the yoga class if you are in your yoga teacher training program.

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You have heard many times that yoga can relax you and can get you fit. There are many things that yoga can do and yoga can’t do for you. It can’t cure all that ails you but offers significant benefits. Yoga can improve mobility, flexibility, strength and balance. It is good for a lot of musculoskeletal issues and pain but it can’t say that it cures any orthopedic condition. One more issue is that most of the people think that yoga is an exercise and try to do the most physically hard poses possible than it may or may not help you, but it also can hurt you. The right yoga can help you to control heart rate, blood pressure, reduce stress and relax you. The primary purpose of yoga is relaxation and it is really matters that are you going into a state of mindfulness or are you in your body.

It can also help you sleep better and controls thoughts of mind. Basically yoga helps to strengthen muscles or body parts that have been weakened from a lack of movement and make them flexible. The research of the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine not found yoga to be helpful for asthma and the jury is still out on whether yoga may be helpful for arthritis. But it found that yoga helps to reduce stress, anxiety, insomniadepression and back pain and controls blood pressure and heart rate.

Yoga should be considered as a complimentary therapy, not a replacement for standard therapy. Yoga is a great tool, effective and safe with comfort. Yoga is also useful for your kids and if taught properly in yoga classes than it could be a great addition to physical education or health classes. It could be a way to bond with your child.

Yoga works for many disease and disorders and can give you a sense of positivity. Yoga is a mind body connection to develop a sense of spirituality and it can be refer to the people as a complimentary therapy. Yoga helps your bodies in circulation and digestion can change your life. It also has low impact on your body with positive energy and a lot physically and mentally health benefits.

Sadhana and obstacles

Sadhana means to “tune in”, and is the fundamental everyday practice that we as yogi and yogini commit to reach Liberation or Mokṣha.
Each one of us, as individual and unique human beings, needs peculiar ways to adjust ourselves in behaves, ego, alignment of bodies (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual) in order to permit to the energy, prana, to flow naturally and lead us to liberate, heal, let go, clean and transcend obstacles to personal evolution in the process of expanding the consciousness.
Sadhana is constituted by a sequence of yoga, meditation, and rituals, given form the yoga master, yoga teacher or Guru.
Why do we need instructions?
It is really important to find someone that can lead us in this process because it is very challenging to see oneself from “out side” and correct and see what is really needed for evolutionary work and liberation, at least at the beginning.
But it’s also true that knowing when the beginners-state ends is also quite complicate… but this is another kind of story!

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I found the best way to stay committed to Sadhana for me to work with mental tricks that mind will make to seduce me in procrastinate the practices and sabotage my personal evolution.
There are so many mind-tricks and everyday there is a new one like: “Today you are tired, maybe you need to sleep more!!” Or “You don’t need this practice, you already got it, you can go faster and skip it!” Or “Is better if you check email first, and then you can have your Sadhana”. Or “Is not good for you to make everyday the same thing, it’s boring!” or again.. “Maybe you need an energetic walk, instead of seating for thirty minutes in silence!”
The movement of the mind is endless, as endless are the stories that can make up to take us out of focus to practice. The more we have knowledge, and intelligence, the more this stories will be really well made up and appear real!
There is very hard tendency in human being’s nature to NOT change and also to keep the conservation of the present state: change requires a lot of energy, more than keeping things the way they are… or complaining because they are not changing.
So the first thing we have to be really aware of is the commitment to that change.
Are we really ready to let go all the old habits?
Are we really ready to achieve a newer and better state in life?
Once we have established this straight commitment, and are decided to change, we can deal with obstacles.
When a tendency to procrastinate comes, we can observe it as part of the Sadhana and say to it: “I know you are only a voice in my mind, and this is not real.” We can play with it! Don’t ever take that voice seriously, but instead set alarm even earlier in the morning, and make an action that is opposite to the tendency of sabotage.
One powerful key is to take actions!
Be very aware that yoga is all about practice, and any other decision for not to practice is opposite of this principle.
One other thing that can be very helpful is to share part of Sadhana with some other yogi or yogini, as practice yoga together or meditation especially at the beginning can be very helpful.
As more we go further with Sadhana, the gift we receive is that it will become part of our life, Sadhana itself will be our life and naturally flowing with all activities of the day and gradually will make deep and powerful changes.
Habits can be also being built as positive habits, so once our body will be happy with what is happening, it will be easier to maintain the new habits.
So one last suggestion is to focus on the intention that made you the first time to step on the top of you mat or sit on your meditation cushion, which will keep the willingness to proceed strong and still.
Take few moments everyday to connect to that initial motivation, and you will see the difference in the practice instantly.
May you have you an intense, passionate, and powerful Sadhana !
And…never forget to smile, and play with the obstacles: they are part of this beautiful life…
Have a uplifting and energetic day“.

With love,
Francesca

Source:- Sattva Yoga Academy blog.

Yoga Can Make Everything You Do In the Gym and Much More

Yoga is more effective. It has a lot of benefits over the exercises like one benefit is injury prevention. A gym session can make you tired and hungry and a yoga session revitalizes you and helps in improve digestion. The yoga has not just physically benefits but mentally, intellectually and spiritually benefits also. It has a slow impact on the body and increases the flexibility, tone and strength. With yoga you do not need to any equipment, just some space to practice yoga asanas.

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Gym needs equipments and you cannot do it at home. Everyone can not afford a gym at home and it could be far from your home and you might end up using precious time reaching your gym. A gym session may increase your hunger and overeating. Gym workouts mostly have only physical benefits and rarely offer mentally benefits. It acts on the physical appearance and tone the muscles. Most of the exercises seem to put the body to rigorous work, help to burn out some calories and increase your flexibility. It helps keep muscles fit and resistant to stress related issues. It enhances the circulation and exclusion of toxins. It burn unnecessary calories and consume more food.

Yoga can make these all things with more benefits. Yoga is developed to stay in deep meditation for long time sitting at the one place by the ancient Hindu Indian saints. They use yoga to keep their body and mind fit for enlightenment and spiritual lifestyle. Yoga makes you active for whole day and Improves blood circulation and removes toxins. It keeps you stress free and improve your peace of mind. It controls many diseases and disorders and easy to do at home without going to any workout place. It helps in bowel movement and relieves constipation. The main aim of yoga to keep body fit with fit mind. Through yoga you can regulate the mind with burns out the calories and regularize the blood flow and stabilize the thought flow in the mind. A yoga teachers training can overcome mental stress and attain inherent peace.

There are many reasons where yoga beats the gym. Both yoga and gym has its plusses and minuses. Yoga is good for all and gives you benefits of exercises and more.

Mobility and Flexibility– Yoga is a fun way to improve your mobility and flexibility. Surya Namaskars yoga asana is the best way to improve your mobility and flexibility. Mobility is a daily requirement and leads with nutritive and lubricities to wash each joint while flexibility is the range of motion about joint. Improving mobility and flexibility will benefiting your lifts and increase your movement efficiency.

Bodyweight Strength– Yoga improves the bodyweight strength. Yoga has ability to makes you in the position where you might not otherwise make yourself in at the gym. Yoga is a style of bodyweight training and you can practice it regularly. In bodyweight training, your muscles adapt to the resistance and get stronger.

Noncompetitive Environment– Yoga is a noncompetitive environment and you don’t need to compare yourself to the person on the mat next to you. Yoga can bring you back to your center for your hunger for big lifts.

Breath Control- Pranayama is the yogic science of the breath control and yoga has a significant emphasis on the breath control. Yoga keeps you aware of your breathing during your yoga training sessions.