शुक्रवार, 9 सितंबर 2011



ADA recommendation for daibetes -2011


excellent ppt by ADA for standard of medical care recommendation for 2011 

diabetes -ppt slide

wonderful power-point slide for diabetes introduction and prevention plan by us maxico border diabetes project


बुधवार, 7 सितंबर 2011

The scientific aspect of Yoga :swami niranjan

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
(T.T.C. - Ganga Darshan, 21.8.86)

The scientific aspect of Yoga is very important because it provides us with the means to understand the actual yogic process of how the different techniques of asana, pranayama, concentration and relaxation can influence and transform one's personality, behaviour, rationality and intellect. Not only with regard to grown-ups, but to children also.

In North France, disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati have founded an institution called "Research on Yoga in Education", (R.Y.E). The R.Y.E. yoga teachers train teachers from various higher secondary schools, middle schools, colleges and universities. After completing the training they go and teach their respective students.

The practice of yoga in the classroom has been accepted by the various educational systems in Europe because they have found that with the practice of specific asana and pranayama, the student can develop his intellect, his memory, his ability to retain information which is being constantly fed into the brain, and the ability to express what he knows. In every class, the students are given a set of asana and pranayama practices. If there are, say eight classes scheduled during the day, then they will do two asanas and a pranayama eight times during the day. They have found that these practices help to develop the creative nature in every student. The inspectors, professors headmasters and principals of colleges and universities, are all very happy with the result brought about by the practices of yoga.

In another part of the world. South America, yoga is taught to the priests, nuns and monks of various Christian denominations in their monasteries, convents and schools. In fact, they were the first people who invited our Guru to South America, and later they sponsored the establishment of the ashram there, run by the swamis from Munger.

If you talk to them they will only tell you one thing: they believe that, through the practice of yoga, they are able to understand their own religion better, and it is TO develop a deeper understanding of their religion and philosophy that they practice yoga. If you ask them whether there is any conflict between Christianity and Yoga, they will say, "No". So this is another aspect of Yoga, that it is not bound to any particular faith, country or religion but belongs to, and is the heritage of humanity.

Yogic training has picked up a lot of force in the United States of America, in Australia, in Europe and in some parts of South America - Swamis go to various prisons and teach the long-term and short-term prisoners. Prisoners from the maximum security cells are also taught, and their behaviour, their thinking process, everything is monitored by the psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. They find that people who practice yoga improve the quality of their thinking and behaviour, and they become responsible members of society when they leave prison.

In 1968 when Paramahamsaji went to the United States, he was invited to a prison in Chicago to teach yoga. He went there the first day and was confronted by a completely unruly mob of about one hundred and fifty prisoners and convicts. Some were fighting with each other, some were smoking chillums, ganja and marijuana in one corner, some were creating a lot of disturbance while others were jeering and laughing. The wardens were unable to control the lot of them. In that condition Paramahamsaji spent about one hour, simply giving the instruction: "Please try to be quiet and lie down".

At the end of the session, if you call that a session, the head prisoner, the dadda, came to Paramahamsaji, and said "What are you trying to teach us?" Paramahamsaji said. "I'm not trying to teach you anything. I only want you to lie down quietly on the floor for five minutes". The dadda said to him, "We will do it if you fulfil one of our conditions". "What is it?" Paramahamsaji asked. One of them offered a cigarette to him and he said, "All right, I will have a cigarette, but first lie down". Somehow, the head man made the other prisoners lie down, and for five minutes they practiced yoga nidra. Paramahamsaji then left the room and told the warden, "I'm not coming back again". The warden said, ''Swamiji, I don't know what you have done, but since you left the room there has been absolute silence, everyone is quiet. You have to come back again!'

So Paramahamsaji went back again the next day and for one week he gave them instructions in the practice of Yoga Nidra, and at the end of the seminar Paramahamsaji told the head prisoner, "You have fulfilled my condition, now I will fulfil yours. Give me your packet of cigarettes'. The prisoner said, "Swamiji, I'm really sorry. How can I ask a swami to have a cigarette!" And after that same prisoner left the maximum security cell, he began to teach other prisoners across the United States in various prisons.

In Western countries (Europe, America and Australia) there are drug rehabilitation centres, and the half-way-house, for drug addicts, where yoga is taught. This training has started to take them away from their addiction and to give them a solid foundation in life. It has begun to create a positive change in their personality so that they can remove or overcome this habit. They have found that the practice of yoga works very well.

In many countries, the psychiatrists and psychologists utilise the techniques of yoga nidra, pratyahara and dharana in the course of their treatment. If you study psychology, you will find that it is divided into two parts. One is traditional Freudian psychology and the other is modern psychology. In Freudian psychology the method of treatment of the mental problem is either through hypnosis, electric shocks or medicines, (or all three) to overcome states of anxiety, neurosis, depression, frustration, fear, different types of phobia, inhibitions and complexes. In modern psychology they are utilising other techniques of communication, and verbalisation along with traditional methods.

Many practitioners of psychology experimented with peculiar techniques such as re-birthing and primal scream, where the patient is taken in a state of hypnosis back to the time of birth. However, they found that, after incorporating the process of relaxation and concentration practices, which help to stabilise the mental faculties, the patients improve much faster than those treated with the traditional or normal psychology techniques.

In India also, a Jot of research has been done into the physical therapy aspect, as to how the practices of asana and pranayama can help the problem of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and gastric problems etc. We have conducted many courses in our branch ashrams, in different medical institutions, colleges and hospitals, with the help of competent doctors, under medical supervision, under controlled conditions, under uncontrolled conditions, under controlled diet and medication, under many different circumstances, and we have found that the practices of asana and pranayama are very effective for managing the problems of asthma, diabetes, poor memory, hypertension, stress, anxiety, the heart, the digestive system, etc. Of course there are some conditions in which immediate medical treatment is necessary, conditions of surgery for example, but research has shown that about ninety percent of somo-psychic illness, {diseases which begin with the body and influence the mind) and psycho-somatic illness (which begin, with the mind and influence the body) can be helped through yoga.

Not only these, but also so-called "incurable" ailments have been helped through yogic practices. There is the case of six cancer patients about who medical science had completely given up hope. They had tried every treatment under the sun - chemotherapy, radiation, diet etc., but nothing had worked. The doctors had given them only a couple of months to live. However, one doctor though, ''Why not try an experiment with yoga". He took those six patients with him and simply gave them practices of relaxation and concentration and a few pranayama practices - nothing more. Three things; concentration to develop a positive mental condition, pranayama to develop vitality, the healing power within, and relaxation to overcome the fear psychosis, the nervousness, the depression, the tension.

With these three practices alone he was able to save those six patients. This investigation was mentioned in the journal of The American Medical Association. His name was doctor Ainslie Myers. Another doctor in Australia did the same thing and got the same result. In Bombay, there was one doctor, head of the cardiology department in Bombay who used to teach yoga, specifically the practices of relaxation, to all the patients who would go to the hospital, and a lot of research has been done with his help on the effect of yogasanas, relaxation, shavasana, yoga, nidra and pranayama in overcoming different psychological imbalance. So even scientists and doctors now believe that such incurable cases can also be helped and controlled through the practices of yoga, if not completely cured. I have just presented you with a very few examples in order to show the vast possibilities of the great yogic science.

रविवार, 4 सितंबर 2011

Yoga Capsules prescription for everyone

Yoga Capsules prescription for everyone 

Yoga Capsules: diabetic yoga

Swami Niranjanananda introduced the concept of Yoga Capsules last year. Yoga capsules are bite-sized chunks of various yoga practices, that take a maximum of 5-10minutes to do, done at specific times of the day as well as whenever we find we have a few spare minutes. This style of practice is perhaps more suited to our time-constrained lives than taking a full hour or so out of our day to devote to yoga. Specifically Swami Niranjanananda mentioned 5 key yoga capsules that we can use to help us improve our potential, productivity and ability to enjoy life. PRacticing these capsules regularly at least 5 days a week, will very quickly bring about positive changes in all aspects of your life, and take yoga from being a practice to being a lifestyle!

You will see if you add up the time it takes to do all 5 capsules, you are doing 40 – 50 minutes of yoga a day!Taking these capsules regularly can make a huge difference to your overall functioning and sense of well-being and happiness, without you having to spend a cent at the doctors or pharmacy!

The techniques given here are described in full detail in the book, 'Asana Pranayama Mudra Bhanda' by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. If you are unsure of the techniques it is best to learn then from a Sayananda Yoga Centre near you.

Here is the prescription:
Upon Awakening in the morning - Caspule 1
Before Breakfast - Capsule 2
Several times during the day - Capsules 3 and 4
Just before bed - Capsule 5

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Sound vibrations from these mantras create subtle changes to the body and mind. Like a mood creates a vibration in the body, so to do the sounds from these mantras create certain vibrations that uplift the mind and heart and help to set a more spiritual tone to the day.       
Take this capsule first thing in the morning when you wake, before getting out of bed even! They are most effective if done before the mind starts to extrovert itself into the activities of the day, hence immediatelty on awakening when the mind is still quite and without any impressions is the best time.
Chanting 11 rounds of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (mantra for physical and mental health and well-being), 11 rounds of Gayatri Mantra (mantra for wisdom and knowledge, mental clarity and concentration). They may be chanted out loud, or mentally repeated. Swami Niranjananda says that these mantras "demagnatize the energies of the body, to strengthen them, and to awaken their creative qualities."
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This capsule will ensure good physical health and wellbeing. It will balance the body, breath and mind.

Note: These postures are recomended for people without any ailments or back problems. If you suffer any ailments it is best to seek guidance from a Satyananda Yoga Teacher and work out a program of postures that will help to alleviate the ailment first.
After cleaning yourself and waking up properly, but before breakfast practice 10 -15 minutes of asana (postures) practice. The following sequence is recomeded as it will stretch the spine, energise the body and remove the stiffness and tensions caused from sleep, and maintain the body in good health.
Do 7 rounds each of T.T.K (Tadasana, Tiryaka Tadasana & Kati Chakrasana)
            Tadasana: The palm tree pose
Inhale raising arms and extending upwards, hold breath in or breathe normally in final pose, exhale lowering arms down to head.
            Tiryaka Tadasana: Swaying Palm tree
Exhale bending over to sides, inhale coming up to centre.
            Kati Chakrasana: Standing Twist
Exhale twisting to sides, inhale coming to centre when doing it slowly. Breath slowly and deeply if doing it dynamically and faster.
followed by 3 rounds of Surya Namaskara (Salute to the Sun), first round slowly, then a little faster ending with a fast third round, this will get energy flowing and alleviate stiffness and fatigue from the body.

Followed by an Inverted posture can be performed e.g. Shoulderstand, headstand or half shoulder stand
Follow this with just 5 to 10 rounds of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breath) and 10-15 rounds of Bhramari Pranayama (humming bee breath) - (see capsule three)
             Use your right hand to control the flow of breath. Rest the thumb on your right nostril and your ring finger on your left nostril, index and middle finger rest on the eyebrow centre. Become aware of your breath.

Nadi Shodhan - Alternate nostril breathing:
Breath in through your left nostril, out through the right, then back in through the right and out through the left. This is one round. Keep breath soft and do not strain. Practice at the stage and level that you are comfortable with.
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This is a tranquilising pranayama and is useful in reducing mental tension, stress, insomnia, blood pressure and anxiety. It has also been used to harmonize the brain and induce a calm and meditative state of being.
15 rounds of Bhramari Pranayama(humming bee breath) sometime during the middle of the day when at work. This will help you develop awareness and concentration and improve your working capacity.
             Sit in any comfortable mediation posture with the spine upright. Allow the body to become still and steady in the posture, with your eyes gently closed. Your lips are together and your jaw is relaxed, the teeth are separated slightly.
Spend a few moments being aware of your natural breath as it passes into and out of the body.
Bring your hands up to your ears, with the elbows pointed out to the side and use either the index or middle fingers to block the ear canal. You may use the finger itself or block the canal by pushing the ear flap over the canal.
Take a deep breath in and as you exhale make a buzzing sound in the nasal passages.
Focus your awareness on the vibrations inside the head space and on the breath being steady and even.
Your exhalation should be slow and long. The humming sound should be soft and mellow and continue evenly for the entire exhalation.
At the end of the exhalation take a long deep breath in and repeat the process.
Without taking your fingers from your ears, repeat several breaths with the humming sound.
Practice initially for five to ten rounds, building up to ten to fifteen minutes. In cases of extreme mental anxiety or tension, or for therapeutic uses, one can build the practice up to thirty minutes.
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Relax in Shavasana and do a full scan of the body experiencing each part becoming soft and heavy and observe your natural breath, for 5 – 10 minutes when getting home from work, before doing anything else. This will give you time to let go of work and relax so that your interaction at home with your family and friends does not carry the undercurrent of your work day. This capsule can be done as often as needed several times dureing the day.
This practice helps to destress the mind before sleep, heplping one let go of the day and have a more peacefull sleep.
Just before going to bed, Spend 5 – 10 minutes recalling the events of the dayfrom when you woke up until this moment right before you fall asleep. This practice will further develop mindfulness and help you let go and release the day. You will also find over time that it creates more mindfulness during the day.
Let the body settle, lying in Shavasana (or sitting up if you prefer) and begin to recall the start of your day, right from the time you woke up. See how much of your day you can remember, in as much detail as possible, moving sequentially through the day until you reach the present time.
As you are recalling your day, imagine you are watching a movie (in which you are the star!) rather than involving yourself in what you are recalling. Try to develop a detached attitude to what you recall, paying particular attention to situations or circumstances where you felt angry or annoyed. Notice these emotions and see why you felt so affected in the moment. Once completed, look at any moments were you generated stress or negativity within yourself as a result of your actions or the situation, contemplate without judgment if there is another way of acting in those situations that would not cause negativity and resolve to act like that should a similar situation arise again in the future.
Practicing this technique daily will not only help improve your memory-recall ability but also give you the opportunity to become more aware of yourself and your actions. You may start to notice patterns in your behaviour and thoughts, which in turn will ultimately give you the power to change any negative or unhealthy patterns.