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Where Should You Shop for Yoga Clothes for Women Seniors?

Barbara and a few of her friends wanted to do something fun that would keep them active during their senior years, so they decided to join a yoga class for fun. After they signed up for their class at the senior citizen near their neighborhood, they went out for lunch together and began discussing what they would where to class. All of the women agreed that typical yoga clothes for women were a bit too form-fitting for mature women like themselves to wear comfortably, so they decided to head out that afternoon to shop around for the right outfits.

While typical clothes for yoga were generally agreed to be too form-fitting, the women knew that they didn’t necessarily need to look only at yoga-specific attire. Even when they decided that shopping for general athletic apparel would be suitable, they still didn’t know which stores would carry the best athletic gear for seniors. So where should you shop for yoga clothes for women who are seniors? Here are some good ideas:

• Department stores often carry a great selection of women’s yoga clothes as well as general athletic apparel.

• Sporting goods stores as well as athletic specialty shops offer a wide selection of merchandise that may be suitable for a yoga class.

• Discount stores that sell clothing along with general merchandise are a great source for affordable athletic gear, from clothing to mats and other gear that you may need.

• Online retailers, from name-brand websites to others that may not be as well known, offer a wide range of merchandise that may be suitable for senior women to wear to a yoga class. You can do a quick search for athletic apparel to look through a wide return of results.

Yoga clothes for women are not easy for women of any age to find, and it is even more difficult for seniors to find the right clothes to wear simply because of the form-fitting nature of such apparel. However, when you take into account the fact that you can wear a wide variety of athletic apparel and don’t have to stay confined to yoga-specific apparel, you will have a wider selection of options to choose from. If you can’t find the right clothes in your local stores, you can find a wider selection of options to choose from online, which can help make your search easier and faster.

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Pros and Cons of The "Asian Foot-Massage" Businesses

Almost every week, it appears that a new Asian foot massage business opens up in town. I am amazed how these people can bond together to get a fully-staffed business up and running in no time. There is no shortage or bad economy for them. Every time I see an ad for a grand opening of one of these, I wonder how it is that I missed that link or why more cultures don’t bond likewise to build up one another. I have wondered whether these cultures don’t have the competition, malaise, fear and fraud among them; i.e. the energies which have kept so many other ethnic groups back, mine included. They seem to appreciate that one person might have a dream for a business, but it takes more than that one person to put it all together. I appreciate that too…and I give the Asians a lot of credit for this essential trait.

So I was curious about this “foot massage business” and since I can’t always afford to go get a massage myself, it seemed an economical option. After all, the Asian community is at the forefront of reflexology and Eastern therapeutic treatments, so there is much benefit in receiving sessions from them; even if it is just a “learning experience”. It is necessary to indulge here, that many of these businesses have a history or appear to have a connection with the porn industry. There are all kinds of stories of police busts among other sting operations across the State/Country. Some are not “shy” about promoting their services and their ads may be found in local cheap and/or free magazines and news papers. I actually know people, men and women (but especially men) who have patronized and got their “happy tugs”. This indulgence is a pro or a con depending on who you are and what you seek in a massage. As a therapist, one has to make the decision whether or not they want their profession to align with this for the sake of money, and/or whether to dignify their skill set and keep their profession honorable.

Every few weeks I notice coupons in one of those coupon magazines that come with your junk mail, advertising 60-minute foot massages for $19.99. I thought, wow…that’s cheap… I wonder what they do in the 60 minutes…. The ad indicated that they added in shoulder/back, head, and hand massage with the foot reflexology, and that there was the option to get a full-body massage for $35.00 using special herbal oils. So I called and told them I wanted to check them out but didn’t make an appointment. I drove by shortly thereafter and peeked through the glass doors. It was so dark I could only see my own reflection. I opened the door and looked around but maybe it was too bright outside for my eyes to adjust quickly to the darkness inside. After a few moments a man came up to ask whether he could help me. I glanced around, said no thanks and left. All those images of the “happy looking” men leaving that place next door to the spa I used to work for in Studio City came flooding through my mind and I felt dirty for having gone in…but I would eventually conquer this feeling so as to form my own opinions. What were the pros and cons of patronizing a place like this?

My experience proved the following combined “pros” and “cons” (not in any order of priority/significance):

1. It’s weird going into or coming out of these facilities, especially if you are a therapist.

2. Hardly anyone there speaks English. This means your therapist won’t talk to you the whole time.

3. Usually, you won’t want anyone to know you are there so you turn off your phone.

4. It’s cheap! $15-$20 worth! $35 for full body massage!…but you get what you pay for.

5. These places are usually convenient…right next door from where you work, for e.g., so no need to park your car right in front. Simply leave it at the job or grocers across the street.

6. The staff is usually very attractive, like the folks at your nail salons.

7. It’s pretty dark inside so you may not recognize others or be recognized.

8. You can give a fake name and wear disguise.

9. You don’t take your clothes off unless you go into that “back room” for the “full-body” massage.

10. The overall ambiance embodies the culture of the staff.

11. Certifications and licensing are prominently posted in the “front lobby”.

12. You get served right away, usually, and they finish right on time.

13. Tipping is a must! The therapist waits in expectation while you pay or gather your things.

14. General reflexology happens in a large room with other patrons getting the same thing done right next to you.

15. Most of the “Certifications” prominently posted are copies of certifications and not always CA certified (and one doesn’t know whether they are real).

16. From a therapist’s standpoint, the staff appears not to have training over 250 hours and in anything other than Shiatsu/Reflexology.

17. The staff consists of both men and women.

18. Be prepared for a staff member that just came in from cigarette break.

19. You don’t have a choice for your attendant unless you made reservations and asked for someone by name.

20. Most of the patrons of these places appear to be white and/or non-black.

21. I think the “foot soak” is just a pan with plain warm water, nothing else.

22. Everyone appears to be very tired and somewhat frustrated with their job.

23. If you are an athletic female (muscular), expect them to be extremely rough/rude (change attendant without notice and speak in their language with “disdainful gestures” while doing so) and don’t protest…they won’t understand you and will just keep going. (My Asian colleagues have often asked me why it is I think I need to be so “muscular and un-feminine”… Culturally, they believe women should be “slender but soft”, to attract and keep the men. Others say’ the Qi in the muscular female is too strong. This might be why the female attendants seem to opt out” and let the male attendants massage me. These men acted like I was a freak and did not treat me like a lady. I believe this is because I don’t appear to be as “soft” as they thought women should be.)

24. I’ve seen men get service with their shirts off, but ladies shouldn’t try this!

25. Ladies shouldn’t go in their sports bra or just a tank top alone on top, hoping to get more back and shoulder action. They’ll simply put a towel over you and continue with their “robot-like routine”.

26. Don’t ask them not to touch your face. They don’t understand you (unless you indicate to the customer service person who might translate if he/she understands).

27. Ladies should wear comfortable yoga-like clothing. No jeans, shorts, dresses, or skirts. One would think shorts would be o.k., but I tried it and no…don’t…!!

28. Part of their routine is to “stretch” your legs, which from a therapist’s standpoint is a Shiatsu-like stretch a la yoga’s “spinal twist”. Jeans are too close-fitting and inflexible for this stretch and shorts can become like ropes strangling your groin ‘n goodies, especially if you get a “very zealous” male attendant. Mine appeared to have been looking for a particular reaction or to show off his power. I felt like he was pleased he “conquered” me…the muscular, un-feminine woman…(but I knew he wouldn’t understand my language if I complained so I didn’t…)

29. There doesn’t appear to be any breaks between clients, so the staff is really very tired.

30. These businesses are open sometimes from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in general, but one can find some who are open later.

I have decided, based on my own observations and experiences, that I will no longer patronize these establishments. My first objection is that we don’t speak the same language. When I say “that hurts”; “please don’t touch my head or my face”; or “I don’t want to be stretched like that”, these directions/requests are received with a smile and nervous nods and they just proceed with their routine, or until someone comes over to translate, which might be too late and/or cause a scene in this large room of service providers.

In my opinion, these are not legitimate massage therapists and they give credit to those who believe “anyone” can give a massage or do reflexology. They fall in line with the other chain spas and franchises which are simply in the “making-money business” not in the “people- health- then-money business”.

Legitimate body workers, like me, are genuinely concerned about the health and welfare of their patrons and people in general. We don’t “judge you”, which in my experience, I believe these places judged me.

When an individual goes in for massages in any facility, they should not have to wonder whether they are fat, skinny, muscular, black, short, tall, ugly, pretty, or what not. Yes, in my particular business, clients will ask about their health conditions and what I find while working on them. Some will ask for suggestions as regards what path to take to address a health issue. Sometimes I know and sometimes I don’t. Others do lament about trying to lose weight or put on weight or low energy, or soreness after a workout, etc., and yes I have experience in nutrition and wellness as well as weight management/personal training and have no problems making recommendations that I know work. However, this is generally not the reason for coming in.

Although I do make recommendations as regards how to eat in the days following your massage session with me, this is simply to nourish the organs effected in your session and to prolong your therapeutic results. The ultimate goal is for your health to improve, which it will with your consistency in coming for treatment and following through on the suggestions. Yesterday, a client told me she considers my opinions/treatments right up there with her team of doctors. It was a sweet compliment and I believe her. She’s seen results and experienced “my power” as she calls it and it feels great that I’ve attracted someone so open, and available for healing.

Mostly, we get massages because we believe they are good for us and our health. They feel good and we want to feel good. The economics are definitely a concern, but we understand that we get what we pay for. The people who patronize the foot-massage businesses and the chain spas, are usually making an economic decision, not necessarily a health related decision. I would want to be sure that my therapist has had some training in an American accredited school and is licensed and certified by the State or County in which I receive service. I also would want to know that the establishment is honorable with labor rules and is in no way connected with the porn industry. Lastly, I would want to know that there is no prejudice; that everyone speaks the language I speak; that there is value on my money just as much as any other patron, and that my spirit and my body will be honored in the professional delivery of service contracted and for the betterment of my health and vitality.

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Can a Virgin Be Part of Tantra Sex

God in his infinite wisdom gave a gift to man in the form of a virgin. This is one of the wonders of nature. Equally the science of tantra advocates a path to God through the act of maithuana (sex). The question that begets an answer is how tantra is compatible with defloweration of a virgin.

Tantra theory is applicable when both partners believe in what they are doing and have full knowledge of their acts and consequences if any. In addition a woman is supposed to be an active partner in the act on the path envisaged by tantra. It stands to reason that she must have some knowledge of the act and its relation to tantra.

A virgin on the other hand is only a beginner and it is a moot point whether the tantra and the sex act for God and its realization can be understood in a strict sense as she has never had sex before. However tantric philosophy talks of sex as sacred and in case a man can lead her to the path laid down by tantra then a virgin can be a part of tantric sex. This can be an elevating experience.

For this to happen the man must be learned in the affairs of the tantra and its philosophy. Thus it may entail a man who is much older than the girl. For only an older man with experience can guide a virgin in the tantric and related sex. But a younger man who understands tantra and all its manifestations is not a bar to guiding a virgin. For the man it becomes a sacred duty to rouse the girl and bring her to a level that makes her believe in the tantra and the sacred sex.

It goes without saying that for a girl her virginity is something very emotional for her hence to initiate her with tenderness and love is of great importance.. Awakening her senses will be real test for the man hence his experience and age will be a factor. Once a man has decided to deflower the girl and the girl is willing then he needs to talk to the girl and explain the concept of Tantra and all related matters. As tantra involves giving yourself of your own free will it is important for the girl be aware of this act and give her assent for it.

The girl will not know much except the fact that she is gifting to the man something very precious. Thus it is important to take the girl into the room and talk to her for long on the art of love. Relate to her the theory of tantra and the fact that the sex act can lead to exciting possibilities like previous births and extra sensory perceptions. The kiss soft and succulent must play a major part in this act as well as the build up to the act as undressing and massaging the body with aromatic oils.

There is to be no rushing. Surges of power must be controlled and always think of God at these times. Take your partner with you to the higher echelons of the mind. Rise above pure carnal pleasure. This may take a long time and hence the experience and knowledge of the man will matter a lot.

Tantric sex is not finishing anything like a cannon ball but conserving energy till you can reach sublime bliss. Thus the entry is a small part of tantra and it should be slow and steady.

Taking a girl’s virginity is one of the great acts in a human life. It is her transformation from a maiden to a woman and the significance needs to be appreciated. Sexual union (maithuana) as per tantric thought is a method to awaken and harness the inner energy. Coercion or force has no place and the aim of the man should be to initiate the virgin to a world she would never have experienced earlier. Treat the initiation more as sacred duty than anything else.

At some stage after prolonged foreplay a thrust may be necessary. Do it gently. Some blood could be the result. Stop all movement and continue soft kisses. Move only once acceptance is total. Procreation is Gods gift. Hence the man must treat it as a sacred duty. Awaken the girl to the finer points of Tantra and this by itself will give you immense satisfaction and happiness. This is a sacred duty. A novice will fail and hence an experienced man can only carry out what is envisaged in tantra.

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Yoga – A Cure For Baldness and Hair Loss

According to an interesting article I just read about baldness causes and was surprise to learn that the risk for hair loss is absolutely high. Modern life brings benefits but also tremendous risk to our health. Stress, junk food, air pollution and so many factors may cause hair loss and it appears today in early age more then even before.

Hair loss endure an embarrassment and emotional pain. Many times, hair loss is temporary but in some cases it can be permanent, and in any case you should rush to your doctor immediately once you notice material shedding.

Other reasons for hair loss include too much vitamin A and anti-depressant therapy. The physical reasons for hair loss are over or under-active thyroids, certain fungal infections and hormonal imbalances. Even underlying problems such as lupus or diabetes may result in excessive hair loss.

Stress is a major factor for baldness, it may also trigger pattern baldness in women and men.

Baldness and thinning hair may be a result of:

  • Toxic substances
  • Severe radiation
  • Illness and diseases
  • Heredity
  • Aging
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Nervous & stress disorders

And there are so many other causes for baldness … you can read all about them in the below link. What I want to focus on is how yoga can help to prevent hair loss.

Yoga is a natural baldness cure for the simple reason it removes stress. Stress makes you ill, it also accelerates aging, and yoga is also an old natural anti aging tradition. Stress also harm your hair. It promotes excessive level of DHT hormone levels that are the reason for pattern baldness and influences the growth cycle of your hair. Yoga does the opposite, it improves blood stream to any corner of the body including the scalp, hence providing better nutrition and oxygen to the follicles.

Yoga makes you calm and in control. It prevents the negative physiological process that stress brings, and offset it to zero. When you are healthier in general – you also have healthy hair. Healthy skin & nails. You just look and feel so much better.

When you add yoga to your daily routine your body will demand healthy food. The same happens in any sport. You will naturally prefer healthy foods and they will taste better. Healthy nutrition, vitamins and minerals will help grow shiny strong healthy hair and prevent hair loss. Yoga will reduce your blood pressure and can also cure deceases. Some medical conditions including the use of medications cause baldness. When yoga us practiced your physical condition is improved and also your hair condition. I used to have a student who suffered from hair loss. When she entered my studio for the first time her hair was so thin you could see her entire scalp. Today, 6 months later her hair is full and you can not see her scalp. She told me she thinks it's because of my yoga lessons, as it helped her to stop taking anti-depression drugs. "I do not need them anymore" she said "I have found the best anti depression mediation – yoga".

You can make Yoga look much better and it is a perfect baldness cure . If you are losing hair, start yoga. It will remove some of the main causes for baldness and improve your overall health.

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How To Stop Premature Ejaculation – Master When You Ejaculate Every Single Time!

Are you trying to learn how to stop premature ejaculation? It can leave you worrisome when your sexual partner is not satisfied at your sexual performance, particularly when information on how to stop premature ejaculation are readily available. Let’s clear ourselves of the term premature ejaculation. If someone ejaculates within 2 to 2.5 minutes of the start of intercourse, then he could be said to be suffering from this condition.

Causes of Premature Ejaculation

Typically, two out of every three men have suffered or are suffering from premature ejaculation and nearly all men would have experienced at least one episode in their lifetime.

The causes of premature ejaculation are too many to count, but the common ones are psychological like anxiety, stress, and lack of sleep. This condition may also be caused due to side effects of certain drugs, or if you have recently undergone surgery.

Many drugs suppress the re-absorption of a chemical called serotonin thereby training your body how to stop premature ejaculation, but this could also easily be achieved without taking any drugs at all, the same result can be achieved by patiently and persistently practicing certain techniques, not only during intercourse, but also during normal day activities.

Hypnotherapy and Self Hypnosis

Self-induced hypnosis is highly beneficial in treating premature ejaculation as it helps to reinforce positive insight into one’s own strength and wellness and help alleviate anxiety and fear. Self hypnosis has to be learned and is to be practiced on a daily basis.

Lucid Dream Experience

Lucid dreams are dreams that come during the initial part of your sleep, where you still know it is a dream and you can perceive the environment to some extent. You could actually control the dream and retain in your memory and this reinforces positive feelings throughout. This technique is rarely used to figure out how to stop premature ejaculation, but it is a theory.

Yoga and Related Exercises

Another way to teach yourself how to stop premature ejaculation is a particular type of yoga practice called the shatkarmas and mooladhara shakthi bhanda exercises help you stimulate your sexual vigor. Another set of exercises used are called the hastha mudras, and certain mudras like the vajroli mudra helps increase sexual desire and satisfaction.

Relaxation, Positive Reinforcement Technique

Since rest and relaxation are the key to lead a happy and fulfilling life, it is imperative to break stress patterns, take time-outs and breaks with your loved ones, or simply enjoy what you do help you have a happy and fulfilling sexual life. Once you learn how to relax and not be so intensely stressful, your body will react by relaxing and this can prolong ejaculation time.

Changes in Intercourse Intervals

When our body is used to certain regular activities, it reacts back the same way it is used to. When you change the interval of sex the body could possibly react in a different way and may help you achieve adequate time to ejaculate. Also you could allow more time for foreplay and mutual stimulation and indulge in healthy and non-risky sexual games to enhance your level of satisfaction.

Foreplay can help also to teach your body how to stop premature ejaculation. While you may think this would speed the process up, taking your time during foreplay will help your body to relax and not force a quick response.

Consequences of Premature Ejaculation

As a matter of fact, good communication and understanding with your sexual partner and getting a true understanding of this condition could nullify whatever the consequences of the diseases be.

Initially, if a sense of sexual satisfaction for both the partners does not take place and give rise of to tensions, promiscuity and doubtfulness could arise in the relationship. This in turn could result in lowered self-esteem and confidence, and feeling simply left out of this world. The condition could also result in depression and anxiety towards sex if left untreated.

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How to Naturally Overcome the Refractory Period?

Okay, you’ve just had one of the best orgasms you’ve had in a while, you turn over off of your lady, and you lay there in bed, not wanting to do a thing.

You’ve provided your lady with an orgasm, but she’s not done yet. She begins to play with your penis, but its floppy and not going anywhere. She begins to suck on it, but still no erection…

She looks at you with a face like “what’s going on with your dick?”… And while you are embarrassed and wish you had it in you… you just can’t get yourself to get an erection again… and you don’t feel like doing it either.

Sex is the last thing on your mind… eating or sleeping sound like much better options…

But your girl’s not fully satisfied… again… you feel like a total weakling… but there’s not much you can do.

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, you are familiar with the inconvenience that is known as the male refractory period… the above scenario used to happen with us number of times… and it sucks to say the least

The Pain-in-the-Ass known as the Male Refractory Period

The vast majority of men have a refractory period. The refractory period is what hits us after we ejaculate. After we ejaculate, we lose our erections, our sex drive disappears, our penis becomes very soft, and it takes a good while to get hard again.

This refractory period keeps us men from really performing sexually how we’d like. Some men have stronger refractory periods than others. This means they feel more wiped out and have more difficulty achieving an erection after they climax.

As we age, our refractory period increases as well.

While young we may be able to have an orgasm, and within a few minutes get another erection, an older man may take up to a day or two before they can get hard again after an orgasm!!

The refractory period is what differentiates our orgasm from a female’s… While we feel wiped out after we orgasm, a woman has no such time period.

While an orgasm is still highly satisfying for a female, she is actually just getting warmed up and can keep going… hence the importance of providing a woman with multiple orgasms….

While ejaculating in large amounts is good for male fertility, the refractory period it creates is not good for their sexual performance.

How to Reduce your Refractory Period

There are a couple of options to reduce your refractory period.

Increase your testosterone production naturally – One option for quickly overcoming your refractory period is to naturally increase your testosterone production. There are a number of things you can do to boost this testosterone production, such as a little exposure to sunlight everyday (direct exposure to your bare back works well for this, as strange as it sounds).

Eating broccoli works well too. It contains something called indoles which work to increase your overall testosterone levels.

What this increase in testosterone helps for is to increase your overall sexual appetite and libido. After ejaculating, you will still maintain at least some desire for sex. This mental desire greatly helps you to become aroused and erect again quickly. Without this desire, your erection will not want to cooperate with you.

Erection strengthening exercises – Another way to battle the refractory period is to perform erection strengthening exercises… there are a couple of options for this, and none of them require medication.

You have some muscles within your body, below/behind the base of your penis. This includes the PC/BC muscles and the pelvic swing. With certain kegel like exercises you can strengthen these muscles, and help create stronger, longer lasting erections.

There are also some manual techniques that can improve blood flow to your penis, helping you achieve complete erections quicker.

With this combination of increased testosterone levels, libido, and better erection quality, you can help reduce or completely overcome your refractory period.

How to COMPLETELY ERASE your Period with the male multiple orgasm?

Another option to battle the refractory is the male multiple orgasm technique.

Orgasm and ejaculation are two separate events happening simultaneously. You can separate the two.

With a strong pc muscle, and the proper techniques, you can hold back your ejaculation during orgasm. Ejaculation is what causes you to have a refractory period and lose your erection… not orgasm. So with this technique you can maintain your erection after orgasm, erasing your period. This allows you to continue penetrating after you climax.

And the good news is you can repeat the technique over and over each time you are going to ejaculate, allowing you to have multiple orgasms without losing your erection, and lasting as long as you want. This technique is called the Male Multiple Orgasm.

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Are There Any Risks In Chakra Meditation?

Should one take precautions when practicing chakra meditation? This form of meditation is often taught in Yoga and Reiki sessions. Chakra meditation focuses on the seven major chakras, starting at the root and working up toward the crown. Similar to Kundalini Yoga, this type of meditation can produce powerful channels of energy that run up the spine, energizing chakras along the way. While meditating on the chakras can create feelings of bliss and awareness, there is some controversy over its safety in certain situations.

Contraindications for Chakra Meditation

When done gradually with proper guidance, chakra meditation is generally considered to be safe. However, anyone who has the following conditions should avoid this type of meditation, unless they are closely supervised by an experienced meditation teacher.

• epileptic seizures

• mental or emotional conditions

• heart disease and other serious physical illnesses

• conditions requiring medication

Possible Effects of Chakra Meditation

Chakra meditation produces physiological and psychological changes in the mind, body, and spirit. When done incorrectly or without proper guidance from a competent meditation or yoga teacher, unexpected side effects, such as the following sensations, can possibly occur.

• shivers along the spine

• feelings of electricity running through the body

• spontaneous motor movements

• nausea or headaches

• changes in breathing patterns

• laughing or crying unexpectedly

• audio or visual hallucinations

• anxiety, disorientation, or depression

• reactions to suppressed memories

• out-of-body experiences

• altered sleep patterns

• increased psychic ability

In spite of possible discomfort in cases where techniques are used to force the chakras to open too quickly, the many benefits of chakra meditation are undisputed. Opening the chakras provides an opportunity to get in touch with the deep energy hidden within the body, often creating mystical experiences and feelings of oneness with the world.

Some meditation experts believe that bad meditation experiences are more likely to occur when the person doing the meditating is under a lot of stress, has long-term problems or suppressed memories from the past, or is undertaking the process without support and assistance from a well-trained guide. Fear of chakra meditation or negative expectations may also contribute to bad experiences. Anyone going through these symptoms should consult a knowledgeable therapist or health professional familiar with these issues.

When this form of meditation is correctly used to clear blockages in the body’s energy fields, it can help to prevent illness, improve mental and emotional stability, and open the soul to a higher level of consciousness.

© Copyright 2011 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

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Martial Arts and Sexual Health

According to history, in A.D. 527, an emperor named Wu Di invited an Indian monk named Bodhidharma to travel to China. The purpose of the journey was for Bodhidharma to come and teach his fellow monks in certain exercises to help strengthen their bodies. Monks in Henan province were frequently attacked by bandits and had no training in how to defend themselves.

After arriving in Henan Temple, Bodhidharma meditated for nine long years. After he finished the meditation, Bodhidharma wrote two books entitled, “Yi Jin Jing” and “Xi Sui Jing”. The former was about exercises for developing external strength while the latter was about meditation and breathing. After finishing the two books, he wrote a third book entitled “Shi Bao Luo Han Shou” (The Eighteen Hands of Lohan), which was about his experiences as a member if the Kshatriya. (Indian warriors and rulers). This book included synchronized defensive routines. Historians consider this book as the first manual on offensive and defensive combat movements. That was how the martial arts began in China.

These facts explain the close similarity of the postures in Chinese martial arts and yoga. Both traditions focused on the lower abdominal region as the center of all human energy (chi, pneuma, ki). Martial arts and Yoga were both developed to promote a healthy body, increase lifespan, and attain a state of bliss.

According to Eastern beliefs, the mysterious power of the chi is responsible for self-healing, self-recovery, and self-realization; and that ll life in the cosmos is inspired by the chi. As the “life force” or vital energy that is present in every living thing, it is also the same force that controls the universe. Chi is the Chinese word for the word life…and translated as ‘pneuma’ in Greek… and ‘ki’ in Japanese.

Clinical studies show that martial artists use several aspects of fitness like muscular strength, endurance, aerobic, and anaerobic conditioning. Their training also involves flexibility, body composition, motor skills, and coordination. These training modes may give practitioners health benefits such as stronger muscles and improved endurance. Martial arts training also includes meditation. These moments of stillness may bring short periods of relaxation. Some people actually see martial arts as “moving meditation.” Researches have also shown that the regular practice of martial arts help release stress and improve one’s self-esteem.

Sexual health

But more than just a system of self-defense and meditation, the martial arts practice is also associated with the improvement of libido and overall sexual performance. People who frequently exercise have more energy, less anxiety, better self-esteem, and increased testosterone levels. Martial arts not only firms one’s body and improve their overall health, martial arts can also improve one’s sex life. The practice of martial arts entails rigorous physical exertion. Still, Bodhidharma was careful to teach his monk-students about the virtue of moderation. He taught them that even in martial arts, care must be exercised to avoid over-training. Some studies show that too much intense physical training may have an effect on one’s sterility. An investigation by health experts revealed that exercising too much causes fatigue, which then temporarily reduces sperm count and quality. Other researches point out that those who exercised to the point of exhaustion produced less sperm during ejaculation. Specialists say that this happens because the body literally “kills” itself during training. To build muscles and improve the body, it needs to recuperate to attain normal cell development. Intense physical activities may reduce the level of hormones in the bloodstream that affects sperm production. Medical experts believe that sperm levels return to nearly normal after about three days. They added that drinking coffee after a few hours of training may protect sperm quality because of the antioxidants that are found in caffeine.

Indeed, understanding the benefits of martial arts and exercise can make a difference in one’s life. If done properly, these arts may promote good health, and an even better sex life.

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Home Foot Care – How a Toe Straightener Can Help With Overlapping Toes

A toe straightener can help with overlapping toes, hammertoes and mallet toes. When combined with better fitting shoes, it can also help with bunions. Here's a look at how the straighteners work.

The underlying causes of the problems are tight tendons. The toes may have been pushed into unnatural positions after years of wearing tight, narrow shoes. Regularly stretching the toes is not even something that most athletes take the time to do. Basically, we ignore our feet, until there's a problem.

Before you invest in straighteners, take a look at your shoes. If there is not enough room for you to wiggle your toes, if you feel pressure on the lower joint of the big toe or the outside of the pinky toe, then your shoes are too tight. You need a change.

Luckily, there are some shoe manufacturers that realize the importance of wearing appropriate shoes, with wide, deep toe boxes, but they also recognize that people like to be fashionable. So, today's toe-friendly shoes are more stylish than the old orthopedic shoes. They come in fashionable colors and assorted materials, too.

Once you have your new shoes, you can begin to use a toe straightener on a regular basis. The devices work by gradually stretching the tendons. They apply just enough pressure to accomplish your goal over time.

Straighteners are not usually recommended for people with diabetes, unless they are being used under a podiatrist's supervision. Because of reduced sensation and circulation to the toes, a person with diabetes may not be able to tell if there is too much pressure or even if their shoes are too tight.

For people that are in generally good health, a toe straightener can be used to straighten one two or three toes, according to a person's needs. A soft pad fits beneath the foot. The tops of the toes and sides of the toes are protected with foam pads. So, there is immediate relief from any pain caused by a mallet or hammertoe and the separation prevents additional rubbing between the toes.

Depending on the severity of the condition, a toe straightener could help normalize the tendon length and reverse the joint changes. For more severe conditions that do not respond to this kind of treatment, in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease for example, there are other options.

When the deformities are severe, as they can be in diabetics and people with Charcot foot, a custom fit orthotic allows for walking in comfort. Shoes made of soft materials further increase comfort and allow people with bad feet to get some essential exercise.

It is important for everyone to pay close attention to the health of their feet. Bad feet can lead to bad knees, hips and a bad back. Sub-consciously, you attempt to relieve the pain by changing the way that you walk, which can put the entire lower body out of alignment.

So, a toe straightener might not be the only thing that you need. But, if you do decide that's the right choice for you, do a little comparative shopping. The quality varies greatly.

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The Three Schools of Tantric Yoga – Kaula, Mishra, Samaya

The Sanskrit word Tantra means expansion, so the concept behind performing tantric yoga is to expand all levels of consciousness to reach the inner Shakti or Cosmic Being. Tantric yogis attempt to focus on the spiritual energy within to overcome all subconscious confines and boundaries. It aims to arouse and synchronize the opposing factors inside each yogi in order to reach the internal divine life or cosmic force, whether it is on a waking level, sleeping level or in a state of dreaming.

In order to attain these levels, it is important to practice tantra yoga under the supervision of a Guru or Tantric Acharya, as they can help you to learn the proper way of identifying the key factors that influence the feelings and thought process. This in turn allows the yogi to overcome the hurdles such as narrow-mindedness, egocentricity, self centeredness and unawareness that restrain from acquiring harmony and peace. As a result Tantra yoga encourages the yogi to achieve levels of central focus and altruism.

Tantric yoga has three different schools: Kaula, Mishra and Samaya. All three vary in their nature with respect to the practice that is required.

KAULA TANTRA: This tantra teaches control over the lower part of the body, including the lower spine and the reproductive organs. The purpose is to gain control over physical needs of the body and use the force not just for sensual pleasure. For yogis looking to enhance their tantric yoga skills, there are a number of teachers available along with written script that can guide them in honing their skills. Kaula is one of the most popular forms of tantra being widely known in the USA as well. However, it is important to find an instructor who has authentic experience and knowledge about the schools of tantra.

MISHRA TANTRA: The word Mishra means mixed; therefore it is a mixture of internal and external rituals. It is a higher practice than Kaula and involves more advanced practices. The main focus of Mishra is on the heart with devotion towards the feminine principles of the universe. All practices are done in the mind by focusing it towards the inner heart and do not require the use of any external objects.

SAMAYA TANTRA: The word Samaya can be translated into the expression “I am with you”, as it refers to the emancipation of the Shakti. This is the highest form of tantra and opposed to the Kaula and Mishra, Samaya is based on pure yogic practice without the interference of any external rituals. Samaya aims to lead the yogi towards self realization and inner liberation with meditation. The pure meditative state ensures that the energy is channeled upwards to achieve spiritual union at the top of the head.

As tantric is a purely meditative form of yoga that acts as the basis of the entire mental and physical characteristics of the individual, a genuine yoga lover will eventually come across the enlightenment and energy that it seeks to promote. The different schools of tantra provide the yogi to explore their spirituality to its inner most depths.

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