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Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk

Introduction: Pre-existing Conditions (i.e., Prejudices)

Is it possible to write a favorable review of a book (“Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief”) whose author traces the idea to write the book to an astrological reading? What if, in addition to that, the book is about a discipline that I have attempted several times, unsuccessfully, to enjoy? Yes, over the course of at least half a century, my dabbles with yoga has been uncomfortable, difficult to impossible and off-putting. Of course, the operant word here is “dabbles”-I admit that all such feeble attempts lacked conviction and perseverance.

A barrier between yoga and me is that it often seems steeped in mysticism, spirituality and/or New Age babble.

As if this were not enough, beginning to read what Julie had written, I poured over 14 pages of blurbs for the book and the author’s acknowledgements section. These extensive prefatory pages did not mitigate my preexisting reservations. Imagine-25 testimonial blurbs replete with suspect phrases and terms, including “ancient teachings, Eastern traditions, spiritual reflections, vinyasa practices, sankalpas, koshas, mudras and union with oneself.” Yike. What was I in for?

In any event, something happened that led to a new perspective on yoga. It started with a chance encounter, one that, however unlikely, involved yet another experience of taking a yoga class.

A Chance Encounter

Less than a week before I began reading Julie Lusk’s words about yoga nidra (not just the blurbs and acknowledgements sections), I signed up for a yoga class. Not just any yoga class, but one geared to the (very) young. This came about when I was invited to accompany my wife’s grandson to a class across the street at our local art institute.

What could go wrong? Maybe I’d get insights about yoga to help with the review of Julie’s book.

Upon arrival, I looked around at my fellow classmates. I sensed I was in the right place. I have a competitive nature and could not help but notice that I had at least 70 years on everyone in the room, except for the parents. (With them my advantage was only about 50 years). I figured I could use this experience and a bit of cunning to stand out, to crush the little tykes with athletic moves. If running about in circles were involved, I’d exhaust the tots with endurance and speed.

Oh, I know yoga is not supposed to be competitive, nor should the gifted flaunt their prowess, but being a one-time class superstar would be harmless fun, I suspected. Who knows, maybe I’ll be invited to teach the next class.

Well, things did not turn out that way. In fact, the opposite proved true. The five to seven-year-olds effortlessly performed poses I suspect were copied from Cirque du Soleil. When, 20 or so minutes into the contortions, the teacher instructed everyone to leap up and run around the room, I struggled to my feet. I had barely begun to lurch forward when a hoard of tots came charging by on their second loop around the room.

When the bell rang giving near-sacred relief, I was exhausted and sore. I knew for sure, after one last failed attempt, that yoga was not for me. How could I give a glowing review, as was my desire, to Julie’s book?

Encouragement from the Author

I sent an e-mail to Julie, mentioning that in order to get in the proper frame of mind to review the book, I had accompanied my wife and grandson to a kid’s yoga class. I mentioned that it was much harden than any triathlon I did last year. I enclosed two photos taken during class.

Julie replied in short order:

These pictures made my day!!! Yoga is all about joyfulness-and you and your family found it, judging from the looks on everybody’s faces, especially the little tyke. His grin gives me a grin every time. As for you, I’m happy you’re taking a dip. But the teacher in me can’t resist, especially when it comes to safety. See how your knees are… well up around your ears in sitting? To protect your knees and keep the proper curve in your back, they need to be below the hip crest or touching the floor. They’re probably up there due to tight hamstrings from all the other good stuff you do. The answer is simply to sit on cushions to lower your knees. Gotta take care of those knees! Doing hip openers will help too, but that’s a long-run solution. But once again, “real” yoga is ultimately about unconditional joy. BTW, the only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.

I predict it could help your running and other pursuits.

Another thing I’d like to say is that I sent you the yoga nidra book as a get-well present to help you recover from the stroke and give you a delicious yoga experience without having to practice mere postures, as is what’s commonly emphasized these days. If you turn to the very last page, you can register the book and have access to free downloads to the 3 primary yoga nidra practices featured.

So carry on, good fellow! Love – your yoga coach.

P.S. By the way, a triathlon would be way harder than any yoga I did last year-or ever!

I found this advice encouraging, motivating and just delightful. Most of all, I picked up on this comment in Julie’s response: “The only posture needed for what’s in my book is lying on your back.”

Now that put a whole new perspective on yoga in general and yoga nidra in particular. Maybe I didn’t have to meet the Cirque du Soleil standard to succeed at enjoying yoga. Now I was ready to read Julie’s book in earnest.

Learning to Understand and Enjoy Yoga

When I next settled down to read Yoga Nidra, finally past the blurbs and such, I encountered Julie’s opening sentence-a revelation I will long remember: “Did you know that yoga can be practiced without performing physical exercise?” A yoga washout, I was also cheered, as noted a moment ago, by the next sentence-“that meditation can be done lying down instead of sitting up still and straight like a statue.”

I did not realize that such points of view were held by yoga experts. Both sentences were revelations, almost Dickensonian in memorability, such as, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… ” From Julie’s two sentence beginning continuing throughout the 205 pages that followed, “Yoga Nidra” managed something I wouldn’t have expected of a yoga book-it held my interest.

Among the strengths of Yoga Nidra is the comprehensive information on the nature and dynamics of the phenomenon of stress. The treatment of stress incorporates creative techniques for managing it, even turning negative (as well as positive) energies to advantage via relaxation, guided imagery, meditation and disciplined thinking.

On occasions, I’ve wondered if yoga is mostly an art, a science, a skill, a discipline, a branch of knowledge or what? While that answer did not come right away, a related and welcome one did, namely, that yoga is not a religion. That I never doubted, despite jejune attempts by some religious zealots to defame it as such. Still, I welcomed the fact that Julie gave this looney notion short shift. While Julie assures those so inclined that people of all faith traditions can benefit from yoga, she added that “it supports their religious convictions in genuine ways.” Well, that’s nice, I suppose, but equally important is that it does not resort to or rely upon faith (i.e., “believing what you know ain’t so” according to Mark Twain) but rather that yoga is supported by ample research that underscores its healthful properties.

As with the 25 blurbs spread over eleven pages before the reader reached the start of the 205 page book by Julie Lusk, I think there are too many personal stories by yoga enthusiasts (not identified save for first names). These testimonials inhabit excessive space and slow the pace of learning. How many readers need continuous cheerleading from those who found yoga helpful? On the other hand, I suppose it’s possible many other readers will welcome this feature. I found it akin to advertising-at times I would have liked to have the literary equivalent of a remote device to mute or fast forward past the effusive commentaries.

Other positive features of Yoga Nida were 1) the guideline sections for making positive changes, 2) the extensive tips for establishing a regular pattern of practicing yoga and creating a home culture that supports enjoyable and healthy lifestyles and 3) the chapter on revitalization. Finally, readers will surely appreciate the extensive references and resources section particularly the audio files that Julie made available as free downloads to complement texercises provided in the book.

In short, Yoga Nidra delivers on Julie’s promise of complete relaxation and stress relief.

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Yoga and Personality Development

What is personality?

Human personality is a very complex topic by itself. There are many

definitions of personality. For the sake of simplicity we can consider it as a

collection of physical, mental and behavioral traits and patterns that we

exhibit in our life.

Often personality development is either misunderstood or ignored. It is

acknowledged mostly in professional fields. Companies conduct training programs

on communication skills, leadership skills, and creativity and so on. They

collectively call these trainings as “Personality Development”. Unfortunately

they are talking about only one side of the coin. No doubt that these traits are

important but they are just “external”. These programs miss the more important

factor – body and mind. There are hundreds of books available in the marked who

are supposed to tell you “how to win” or “how to be happy” but how many really

get benefited just by reading the books? Books will tell you to think positive

but the poor individuals do not know how. Just by thinking that “I will think

positive” you can not be positive. It requires practice and fine tuning of body

and mind. Unless you have proper foundation of body and mind you simply can not

build any superior personality infrastructure.

Do I need personality development?

Majority of people feel that they already have a developed personality and

they don’t need to enhance it further. After all they are working in

professional and personal sector for years! But let me tell you that if you are

thinking on the same lines then its time to introspect. The first step in

personality development is to acknowledge that you need to improve your

personality.

How do you know whether you need fine tuning of the personality? Just sit

peacefully and try to answer the following questions:

  • Do you feel that you work hard but still don’t get expected returns?
  • Do you often feel that you deserved a promotion but somebody else
    grabbed it instead?
  • Do you feel drained after your job hours?
  • Do you feel stressed – physically and mentally?
  • Does your job affect your health?
  • How are your interpersonal relationships?
  • Do you feel void ness in your life?
  • Do you often feel unhappy (many times not knowing why)?
  • Do you feel that you can not deliver 100% of your potential?

The answers to the above questions will tell you whether there is any

friction within yourself.

The yogic view of of personality

As per Yoga the human body consists of five sheaths or layers. They are:

  • Conscious physical sheath (Annayama Kosha
  • Subconscious physical sheath (Pranamaya Kosha)
  • Mental sheath (Manomaya Kosha)
  • Intellectual Sheath (Vigyanmaya Kosha)
  • Blissful sheath (Anandamaya Kosha)

The Annamaya Kosha is related to our conscious physical deeps including

walking, talking, viewing and other such functions. These are the functions that

we perform using our physical body deliberately.

The Pranamaya Kosha deals with physical activities that we do in subconscious

state. Digestion, movement of the heart and lungs fall in this category. We

never do any deliberate efforts for these actions; still the body knows how to

perform them.

The Maniomaya Kosha deals with mind, emotions and thoughts. All our gross

thinking and emotions fall in this category.

Intellect is that faculty that decides what is good and what is bad. It is

the ability for rational thought or inference or discrimination. The Vigyanmaya

Kosha helps us to identify true from false. We can choose the correct path in

this “maya” filled world with the help of nourished Vigyanmaya Kosha.

Anandamaya Kosha or bliss is a pure state of happiness and joy which is

beyond any material pleasure. Samadhi or deep meditation gives such a joy.

The Anandamaya Kosha is the innermost sheath wrapped by other sheaths in

succession.

If you observe carefully you will realize that each sheath affects certain

part of our personality. Accordingly we can classify our personality as follows:

  • Conscious physical personality
  • Subconscious physical personality
  • Mental personality
  • Intellectual personality
  • Spiritual personality

How Yoga can nourish these personalities?

The conscious as well as subconscious physical personality can be greatly

improved by Yoga postures. Yoga postures stretch your body and induce

relaxation. They affect the vital force or Prana and cause it to flow in

specific parts of the body. They are excellent remedy for back aches, digestion

problems and heart problems. The modern life forces us to sit at a place without

much physical activities. Yoga postures can strengthen the joints and various

parts of the body.

The mental personality is greatly affected through Pranayama and

concentration. Our mind remains focused at our work and in home enabling us to

do the things with full dedication and interest. In naturally results in better

personal and professional gains.

Meditation enriches the intellectual personality. Your mind becomes calm and

clear. You can think with more care and affection for others. Maya can not

delude you any more. Your decisions prove to be correct.

Finally, the deep meditation or Samadhi brings you the ultimate bliss. The

joy that is impossible to achieve through worldly enjoyments. This is the final

aim for any Yogi.

In summary practicing Yoga regularly nourishes all these five personalities

and makes your life joyous, happy and healthy.

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Planetary Aspects That Favour A Businessman – Career Horoscope And Astrology Predictions

A lot of people wish to become an entrepreneur but only those with appropriate planetary combinations in their birth-chart grow to be a thriving businessman. Let us recognize those planetary combinations which cause the individual to turn into an eminent and prosperous businessman.

Planetary Combinations in the Birth-chart

1. In the birth-chart the conjunction between the lords of the Trine house or Kendra or their aspect relationship gives rise to the Raj Yoga, which provides favorable results to the individual. Likewise, when the lord of the Trine or Kendra develops a relationship with the eleventh house or the second house, the potential to make money will be great. A powerful fortune and wealth are the crucial resources of a businessman. Raj Yoga builds the fortune and Dhan Yoga multiplies his earnings.

2. When Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction in the Kendra, the Yoga to make money is created in the birth-chart. Additionally, if Sun is situated in the eleventh house the individual will get high potential to earn money.

3. To be a flourishing businessman, the presence of favorable Panch Mahapurush Yoga and Rajyoga is obligatory in the birth-chart together with Dhan Yoga.

4. Mars should be the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart of Aries Ascendant and it should be exalted in the tenth house forming Kuldeepak Yoga and Ruchak Yoga, and Mercury should also be situated with Mars. Or Jupiter should aspect the ninth lord from the second house. Or Sun should be the fifth lord, Moon the fourth lord and Venus the seventh lord in conjunction in the eleventh house.

Rahu should be exalted in the Ascendant. Additionally, Saturn as the lord of the tenth house or eleventh house should be placed in the ninth house. Consequently, these Yogas will influence a person to be clever, ambitious and influential with strong determination and he will become a booming businessman and will develop his business more.

5. If the second lord and the fourth lord are situated in the Ascendant Saturn as a Yogakaarak planet in the eleventh house in the birth-chart of Taurus Ascendant, and Mars and Venus are in conjunction in the second house, Jupiter in the tenth house and Rahu in the seventh house then the individual will enlarge his business and achieve popularity, fame, money and wealth.

6. In the birth-chart of Cancer Ascendant, Jupiter and Venus are to be positioned in the Ascendant, Sun in the eleventh house, Mars which is the Yogakaarak of the tenth lord is to be sited in the third house, Moon which is the Ascendant lord is to be situated in the second house and Saturn as the seventh lord is to be found in the ninth house, Mercury should be in its own sign and located in the house of expenditure. Thus these yogas will provide wealth, fame, and make the individual brave and a triumphant businessman.

7. If Saturn is in its own sign and shares an aspect relationship with the tenth or eleventh house/lord and Rahu also affects the eleventh house and the Ascendant or the Ascendant lord is in relationship with the tenth house/lord or ninth lord or it influences the Ascendant house and together with this Mercury develops any kind of relationship with the eleventh lord or the second lord then the individual will become a winning businessman.

8. If Mercury is the Ascendant lord and exalted in the fourth house with the eleventh lord and the second lord is in the tenth house, and among the ninth lord, third, fifth or tenth lord any two are in conjunction in the eleventh house the individual will be very well-off and a victorious businessman.

9. If Mercury is exalted and placed in the second house with the Ascendant lord in the birth-chart and if the ninth lord is in conjunction with the third lord or the tenth lord is in the third house and influences the twelfth or tenth house and Rahu influences the eleventh house or the second house then the individual becomes a booming businessman.

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5 Benefits of Practicing Daily Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is now a common practice by persons targeting deep tissues including ligaments, tendons and joints. This involves limited movements where a person stays in one position for an extended period of time, usually between 3 and 5 minutes. The poses involved work great for parts of the body with more connective including thighs, pelvis, spine and hips among others. Most of the poses involved are practiced when lying or sitting on the floor, and these are usually held for around three to five minutes. It is, therefore, important to wear comfortable clothing. As a beginner, you should not aim to hold the poses for long, but you should start with what you can handle without overstretching your limits. It will only be a matter of time before you start noticing some improvements.

The major benefits that you will enjoy when practicing Yin Yoga include:

1. Strengthening connective tissues: There are numerous functions associated with the body’s connective tissues with some good examples being promoting mobility, maintaining posture and promoting the proper function of blood vessels among others. By practicing Yin Yoga, you will be strengthening these tissues, and they will be performing their functions more efficiently. This will also help to reduce cases of injuries.

2. Improved energy flow: You can rely on Yin yoga to enhance the flow of energy through various body channels and this helps to boost the health functions of different organs. These exercises are also known for boosting the body’s immunity and slowing some signs of aging like wrinkles and receding vision among others.

3. Improved flexibility: Most people only come to learn of connective tissues after being involved in injuries like a blown out knee, strained spine and sprained ankles among others. Yin yoga helps to gently stretch the limits of tissues like tendons and joint ligaments, therefore, helping to improve flexibility in such areas. This means that your body will now be prepared for more challenging situations.

4. Reducing stress: Due to our current lifestyle, most of us are stressful which greatly affects our performance, feelings and even thoughts. These leads to health problems like hypertension, heart ailments and diabetes among others. You can reduce stress by practicing Yin Yoga since the deep exercises are known to calm the mind. This prepares the body to handle even more stressful situations.

5. Increased circulation: Poor blood and fluid circulation in the body can contribute to numbness and tingling in various parts like hands and toes among others. Holding some of the poses involved in Yin yoga will greatly help you to improve circulation in vital body organs like the spine and glands. This also promotes better flow of synovial fluids thus improving mobility in joints like knees and pelvis.

You should take the time to find reputable Yin yoga trainers to ensure that all poses involved are safe and that these are practiced the right way. This will help to enhance effectiveness and limit cases of injuries.

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Classification of Yoga Postures

Classification of Yoga Postures has always been a discussion in yogic culture. Some yoga schools classify yoga postures as STANDING, SITTING, LYING ON BACK & LYING ON STOMACH. While some yoga school will classify as: FORWAD BENDING, BACKWARD BENDING, TWISTING, INVERSIONS, EXTENSIONS & BALANCING.

Here I would like to put the traditional view on classification of Yoga Postures, where there are only 3 categories as below:

Cultural Postures

Postures for Relaxation

Meditative Postures.

CULTURAL POSTURES: All yoga postures that help to stretch the body from various directions/angles are known as cultural postures. By activating specific muscles, ligament, tendons and nerves, the purpose of cultural postures is to release tension from each and every part of our body. The effects of cultural postures are not limited to the muscles and joints, but they also stimulate our internal organs and helps us regulated the functions of our internal organs. As a result we don’t only gain suppleness and strength in our body, but also get enhanced physical wellbeing and a great sense of control. These postures can be very therapeutic as they help in preventing various conditions such as back pain. All type of forward bend, backward bend, twisting, balancing, inversion, and extensions are Cultural postures. For example: Pachimottasana (seated forward bend), Bhunjasana (cobra pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), vrikshasana (tree pose), Ardhya-matysendrasana (Seated twisting), Shirshasana (Headstand) etc. are cultural postures.

POSTURES FOR RELAXATION: The purpose of these postures is to provide rest to the body in between or/and after the practice of cultural postures. Traditionally there are only 2 postures for relaxation: SHAVASANA (The Corpse Pose) & MAKARASANA (Crocodile Posture). Usually a typical Hatha Yoga session ends with Shavasana, as it provides a complete rest to the body and the yoga practitioner feels more refreshed and energized after the rather feeling tired. In yogic tradition, there is great importance of SHAVASANA as the practice of YOGA NIDRA (physic sleep) is done in SHAVASANA. SHAVASANA is also very therapeutic and it is highly recommended for those who suffer with high blood pressure, insomnia etc. MAKRASANA (Crocodile Posture) is greatly beneficial for strengthening diaphragm in order to activate diaphragmatic breathing. Proper breathing literally means, living joyfully and live more carefully. Especially in the modern world, where we don’t breathe well, there is great importance of MAKARASANA for those who often breathe through chest. We should not forget that (chest breathing produce anxiety and tension within the body). Diaphragmatic breathing is also a great foundation of PRANAYAMA and MEDITATION.

MEDITATIVE POSTURES: The purpose of CULTURAL POSTURES and POSTURES FOR RELAXATION is to prepare the body for meditative posture. Meditative postures provide good stability and comfort to the body in order to sit longer without any physical distractions during meditation. We must not forget that physical stability and comfort, both are complementary to each other. Stability in the meditative postures brings great comfort and vice versa. Meditative postures helps to keep the back straight by maintaining the natural bends of spine. By keeping the back straight, we allow our diaphragm to move freely and thus there is no blockage in the energy flow during meditation. One can choose a comfortable meditative posture for meditation, which allows proper blood flow towards lower half body. There are total of 4 MEDITATIVE POSTURES as per tradition are: SUKHASANA, PADMASANA, SIDDHASANA & SWASTIKASANA

Note: Some traditions do recommend VAJRASANA (thunderbolt pose) as a meditative posture. But, traditionally it is not a meditative posture.

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Thousand Pillar Hall – An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

India is very famous for its temples. Thousands and thousands of temples built and maintained from time immemorial. The sculptures and the building techniques will speak itself the glory of the great tradition.

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple, there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc.

The Thousand Pillar Hall is very famous for its beautiful construction.

The hall, even though called as thousand pillar hall, it has only 985 pillars. The pillars are erected in such a way as to fall in line from any angle we view..

In the year 1983, an expert team from audiology department went in to the hall and carried out an extensive study. They have used latest scientific gadgets and found that there is absolutely no echo in any part of the temple even with all the crowd around the sound level seldom exceed 80 dB (decibel)

Naturally the noise level in a quiet surrounding will be 40 dB, in a crowded street about 80-85 dB and at the airport when a jet aircraft takes off, it will be about 100 dB.

According to the team headed by Dr Kameswaran, an ENT specialist, there appears to be a built-in mechanism in the precincts of Madurai temple for containing the echo. The total noise does not exceed a specific level which would make it unpleasant to the visitors.

The temple is an acoustic marvel, observed the experts. Near the road there is one Ashta Shakti Hall. There the noise level is only 40 dB.

The team members said that with this ambient noise it is possible for a person to contemplate and meditate the Divinity.

Roughly about 5000 to 6000 people visit the temple daily. And the sound level recorded during the peak hours is of the order of 70 dB to 80 dB.

It implies that the artisans were aware of the basic principles of acoustics. The huge icons on the unpolished pillars, the distribution of vents, the allocation of open space all around, are all mechanisms to contain the noise level. The arrangements are so made that is not crude but there is an artistic planning combining utility with beauty. This arrangement strangely contrasts with arrangement made in certain modern buildings where instruments for breaking noise and absorbing sound are hung from the roof in a very clumsy and unartistic manner.

This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. The pillars depicts four kinds of motifs, one consisting of moulded squares, the other with rampant dragon, the third with a figure of a deity and the fourth that of a donor or his family. The unpolished pillars of exactly of same size and shape are placed at mathematically accurate positions. These aspects have made the hall echo resistant.

In addition, the pillars are so peculiarly arranges that anyone sitting at a specific spot could view a central figure without any obstruction in any position. At any position inside the hall, in consequence to the arrangement of the pillars, there open up around us 16 colonnades of varying width and such length of each side that the perspective afforded by them is simply marvelous.

The expert team rightly described the thousand pillar hall as an acoustic marvel.

Thousands of such intricate wonders are hidden in these Indian temples.

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Sexual Reflexology

Sexual Reflexology moves reflexology beyond the realm of foot massage and into the realm of sexuality. It is based on the principle of using our sexual reflex points in lovemaking to heal the rest of our body. Our sexual organs are the most powerful reflex points on the body. The whole body provides the sexual organs with energy so when the sexual organs are stimulated they in turn stimulate and energize the entire body. In this way, sexual intercourse is a form of ecstatic acupressure. This means that sexual intercourse can have deep healing properties when applied intentionally and precisely.

In the pelvis are a vast number of nerve endings and channels for the veins and arteries as well as tissues that communicate with every square inch of the body. All the major acupuncture meridians that carry energy between the body and the vital organs pass through this area. Therefore, if it is blocked or weakened, as is the case with people who are sexually impoverished, then energy will leak and the organs and brain will suffer. When the pelvic and sexual organs are stimulated and strengthened through, what is known as “sex-ercises” it can charge the brain with energy, increase circulation, stimulate nerve flow, strengthen the urogenital diaphragm and tonify the energy of the sexual organs making you healthier and even more sexy.

On the other hand sexual energy can be depleted or wasted needlessly through careless and unconscious sex, improper care of the sexual organs and body, as well as practices such as men’s constant ejaculation and the imbalance in the female menstruation cycle. This means that it is important that men learn how to regulate and control ejaculation and women work on balancing the female cycle.

For those men who masturbate frequently and ejaculate wasting their sperm, (the pleasure is momentary) they loose their source of vital energy not allowing the water of life to spread to the rest of the body. Each ejaculation involves the loss of half an ounce of semen. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the #1 cancer diagnoses for men. At least 80% of all men can expect to experience some degree of prostate trouble during their lives. Studies show that one of the causes of prostate problems is sexual excess. When a man becomes sexually excited, either by thinking about sex or by physical contact, all the pelvic reproductive organs, including the prostate, become congested with blood. When the prostate is continually subjected to this engorgement, it becomes inflamed and enlarged. This impedes the flow of urine and over time creates an unhealthy environment for disease.

Women, on the other hand, commonly believe that they can not avoid premenstrual symptoms and losses of mucus and blood which by the way contains vital substances such as iodine, lecithin, calcium, phosphorus, iron and sex hormones. The truth is ovulation need not be accompanied by painful and prolonged menstruation. Hemorrhage or rupture of blood-vessels is unnatural and not normal contrary to popular belief. Leucorrhea (discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection) and excessive menstrual bleeding result from an inflammatory condition of the mucus membrane of the uterus. Frequent sex (especially if it began at an early age) can lead to various other genital complaints, which sometimes assume a malignant form, including cervical cancer.

I am frequently interrogated about my over all energy and essence by men, in particular, who are drawn to me because they sense a great deal of energy that they sometimes describe as incredible or magnetic, radiant, compelling and most times sexy. What they feel and sense is my over all sexual energy, my central vitality.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, over the years I’ve been able to associate the overall health of my clients with their sexuality. When someone’s sexual organs are depleted or blocked, I can sense it in the fading condition of their hair, skin, eyes, lumbar spine, and often their mood and over all energy field.

There is one way of looking at sex that is negative, shameful and narrow. Then there’s another way that when done properly can take you all the way to infinity. In the book Sexual Reflexology, Mantak Chia illustrates the step-by-step process of maintaining Ejaculation and Menstruation Cycle Management while sharing 15 healing positions: 8 for men and 7 for women. These sexual healing positions use the distinct reflexology areas of the penis and vagina to target specific health issues during love making. Each position puts pressure on different parts of the sexual organs, relative to which part of the body needs to be healed. Through this stimulation related organs are rejuvenated and the orgasmic energy is guided up to the specific organs. These techniques have been tested and proved over millennia.

So if you’re one who holds sex as a dirty act or refuses to engage based on your learned fears you may want to rethink this beautiful, pleasurable and power act in which every living creature came through. For it is the pathway that we can return to for renewed life!

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Cure Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Weakness Naturally and Permanently

Some men experience erectile dysfunction which is basically a condition of inability of getting an erection and sustaining it long enough for sexual lovemaking. Erection starts with physical or mental stimulation in which the blood flows to create pressure and makes the male organ expand. But when the muscles contract and stop the flow of the blood, erection dies down. A weak erection, erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation is known as sexual weakness.

Erectile Dysfunction can occur when there is a break in the sequence of events in achieving an erection. Damage to muscles, nerves or arteries may cause erection dysfunction. Certain medical conditions like kidney diseases, heart disease, clogged blood vessels, alcoholism and diabetes are reasons for most of the erection dysfunction cases. Sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress, fatigue, anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence and obesity may also cause the condition. Sexual weakness can have the same reasons as stated above.

Tests may be done in order to diagnose such conditions. For treatment for sexual weakness options like Drug therapy, psychotherapy and surgery are available. These drugs for treatment of sexual weakness may have side effects due to the chemicals in them. However there are ways to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness naturally as stated below:

1. Ginkgo: Ginkgo is effective as it smoothes the muscles due to which the blood flow to the male organ increases.

2. Zinc: Zinc is required by the body for smooth functioning and the deficiency of zinc may lead to sexual weakness and erectile dysfunction in males. Consume zinc rich foods like fish, nuts, oysters.

3. Exercises: Exercises especially pelvic strengthening exercises help to strengthen the muscles near the male organ.

4. Yoga: Practice yoga and the breathing techniques in yoga which will help you remain calm and stress free.

5. Herbal Capsules: Herbal aphrodisiacs are available which act like a sex tonic and provide energy and strength to the body. They help in eliminating sexual problems and is therefore used to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness naturally. These capsules are herbal thus are safe and do not have negative side effects.

6. Massage Oils: Massage oils are available for massaging the male organ to increase the blood circulation. This helps to cure erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness. The oil needs to be massaged above the prostate gland gently.

7. Garlic: Eat raw cloves of garlic everyday to improve your sexual health.

8. Nuts: Nuts help in regaining vigor and strengthening the sexual system.

9. Onion: Include onion in your diet and consume this regularly.

10. Ashwaganda: This herb calms the nerves and aids in reviving the body and mind thus improving the sexual health.

11. Indian Gooseberry: Indian gooseberry or amla are natural aphrodisiacs and help overcome impotence and sexual weakness naturally.

12. Ginger: Ginger is also beneficial. Turmeric and black pepper should also be included in the diet.

Exercise regularly and lose the excess fat. Exercising will also help to reduce stress, practice meditation and yoga too. Communicate freely with your partner and work out the relationship issues. Avoid smoking, taking drugs and alcohol and maintain a positive attitude towards life.

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10 Powerful Tips to Prevent Hair Loss

Do you see hair on your pillow each time you get up in the morning? If so, you have a hair loss problem. Below are some hair care tips that can help you prevent hair loss.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most effective natural treatments for hair loss. By applying coconut oil on your head, you can improve your hair growth. The oil provides the required moisture and removes impurities.

Amla

Amla is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. So, this can treat a lot of health issues. You can prepare a solution by breaking an Amla or you can use Amla powder as well. You can also crush an Amla and mix its juice with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Then you can apply the mixture on your scalp. After it gets absorbed by your scalp, you can rinse your head with lukewarm water.

Eggs

Since Eggs are rich in proteins and minerals, they are an ideal choice to treat hair loss. Mix one egg white with a teaspoon of fresh olive oil and then apply this mixture to your scalp. Let the mixture stay on your head for 15 minutes and then wash it with lukewarm water.

Acupressure

This ancient treatment procedure improves hair growth. Another acupressure technique known as Balayam enhances circulation and triggers hair growth. You can try this natural treatment to see if it works for you.

Yoga Asanas

Popular yoga asanas, such as anulomvilom and kapalbhati may also help in preventing the hair loss. According to experts, these asanas work by cleansing our system to reopen the pores and improve blood circulation.

Diet

For better hair growth, you may want to eat a better diet. You need protein for stimulating hair growth. Aside from this, foods, such as milk, cheese, beans, fish and grains should be part of your healthy diet.

Iron

The deficiency of iron in your body may cause hair loss. To provide your body with iron, you should eat dal, soybeans, spinach, chicken, red kidney beans, eggs, meat and fish, just to name a few.

Cover Your Head

Excessive exposure to heat, humidity, dust and pollution can cause hair loss. Therefore, you should cover your head when going outside in summer.

Castor

According to Dr Blossom Kochchar, if you have a hair loss problem, you should mix equal amount of sweet almond oil and castor oil and then massage your scalp with the solution. You can use a cotton ball to put it on your head.

Other hair care tips

You should not make it a habit to straighten your hair on a regular basis. Besides, you should avoid blow drying or coloring your hair every other day. This can help you prevent hair loss to a great extent.

So, if you are on the lookout of some effective natural treatments to prevent hair loss, you can try the 10 treatments we have explained above. These natural treatments can be done without any problem and you won’t need to worry about the side effects either.

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Women’s Jeans Problems: Hidden Dangers of Jeans for Women?

Jeans are the perfect clothing choice for trendy girls and women around the world. It is the oldest fashion trend for women who like versatile and comfortable wear to keep safe from cold in the winter and also look nice. Jeans can be an annoyance too despite all the joy it brings to women; it feels awkward when you bend and suddenly your crack is exposed to the world.

Let us help you avoiding the issues with jeans that annoy many women every once in a while.

Jeans Higher Than Ankle Crease

When your lovely jeans are higher than your ankle, your ankles might look sloppy. Not noticing the jeans length in the store might make you purchase jeans that are shorter than your legs. Hence, you need to hem them by going to the tailor again to fix the height. Therefore the biggest challenge is to pick out trendy jeans that suit your height and fits your legs in length.

Jeans That Prevents You to Stretch

If you want to save yourself from public humiliation, then avoid wearing jeans that are too tight and stretchable. Go to the fitting room and do a lot of stretching, give jeans a good test try before paying the merchant. Check the fabric by doing some stretch sitting and squatting. Low yourself to the ground level and check if squatting position is usually good for you wearing the jeans. If not, recheck your jeans size.

Avoid Nightmare during Sports and Yoga

Especially for sports loving girls and wicket keepers, squatting positions are common. It is recommended to wear a stretchable item that helps you bend easily. Yoga also requires squatting with your heels flat on the floor. Dancing also requires stretching, wearing tight jeans may annoy you during execution.

Don’t Be a Fashion Victim

Have you heard the story of a 35-year-old woman whose legs were swollen and she could not walk anymore due to weak limbs? This nightmare happened as a result of her passion for jeans fashion; doctors cut off her jeans and removed them from her legs to cure her of compartment syndrome. This fashion victim of skinny jeans had to go through a lot of pain and discomfort. So be aware of the medical hazards of skinny jeans for the sake of fashion before you will be treated like her at the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

This Can Happen to Any Woman

Wearing tight jeans can also cause some lower leg nerve injury in women. The tender legs can only bear enough pressure of clothing, the researchers say that wearing loses trousers is a better option than fashionable tight jeans. Numbness in thy has also been very common which can lead to compressed nerves in the groin.

Wash Your Jeans Inside Out

It seems that when your jeans are washed, its colour fades out a bit. The perfect blue colour is a romance for women and men, with hand wash, the lovely jeans do not remain as dark as it is. Therefore, dry it before it comes out of hand wash.

Best Denim Jeans Price

The best Denim Jeans price can be found at a prime comparison e-commerce platform. The price comparison sites provide incredibly lovely options to buy the best jeans possible on the planet by giving a wide range of options.

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