Stress, nutritional deficiency, pollution… The causes of hair loss are many. However, there are several new ways to fight hair loss, for both men and women.
Hair loss can be triggered by infections, drugs, diseases, diet and other factors, but most of the time it’s a result of genetic predisposition. The generic trait, which can be passed on by either parent, determines not just if, but when, we will lose hair. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia because it is an androgen (a male hormone) that causes the problem.
Prince William – victim of hair loss
Researchers believe that in those predisposed to hair loss, the follicles start to produce the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which grabs the male hormone testosterone from the blood and converts it to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. DHT attacks the hair follicles, which then weaken and shrivel. For men, hair usually recedes Continue reading “New Ways To Fight Hair Loss!” »
Breath – experience the stillness
We can live for weeks without food and days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen. Our life itself is measured from our first breath to our last. Still, most of us don’t give breathing a passing thought except when we have a head cold or visit that friend who lives in a fifth-floor walk up.
In yoga, we learn that the breath is the bridge from body to mind, from outer concerns to inner peace. Yoga is like a four-legged stool – postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation and each “leg” is of equal value. Breathing is used during asanas to assist in reaching our personal best (usually, inhalation accompanies an upward – or backward -bending movement, exhalation a downward – or forward bending move). Pranayama is also an important practice in its own right. Pranayama brings under your control the normally automatic function of breathing in order to regulate the flow of prana, or life energy, throughtout your system.
With the exception of trained singers, elite athletes, and yogis, most people are shallow breathers who seldom completely fill their lungs with air or fully exhale stale air and start fresh. Learning pranayama can help you use your lungs full capacity for breath. The result is greater vitality, clearer eyes, skin, and a better functioning respiratory system. (This may be the reason many people who take up yoga say they get fewer colds than they did before.)
Some basics of pranayama are:
Sit cross-legged on the floor or on a cushion. As an alternative, you can kneel or sit in an accomodating chair. In any case, avoid rigidity, but keep your back straight enough that your Continue reading “Best Breathing Practices!” »
foods considered tamasic and rajasic
You may have noticed it already. If not , it’s sure to happen to people practicing Yoga. Their nutritional revelation. You’ll be tending to the business of grocery shopping or ordering from a menu, and it will hit you “I am eating better than I used to, and I didn’t even realize I was doing it.”
Our lives are not in the lap of the Gods, but in the lap of our cooks – Lin Yutang
Virtually, all those who have been into Yoga for a while find themselves eating healthier foods. The yogic explanation for this is that doing asanas, pranayama, and meditation changes you at a cellular level. My affinity towards yoga started when I was 21. I tried all kinds from Bikram yoga (a.k.a Hot yoga) and Power yoga to Hatha yoga. The first lesson I learnt, more than anything was about food, and how food can completely re-design your body and mind.
Foods that are greasy, chemically preserved, or excessively sweet simply stop looking good. Beyond this gradual leaning toward more natural, healthful foods, yoga teachings themselves include a detailed philosophy of Continue reading “Make peace with your plate” »
We all enroll in yoga class expecting to engage in stretching and strenghening movements that, over time will make us look and feel better. Maybe want to lose some weight or have a firmer, more toned body. Or we have stressful jobs and want to work off some of the tension we bring home from them. Or we feel guilty about not exercising and figure we ought to do something physical.
By joining a gym or taking up jogging can only make you lose those extra pounds and accomplish those goals. We are drawn to yoga looking for something more, either consciously or at some deeper level. We may be seeking more meaning in our lives. Or greater self-control. Or to know ourselves better.These are among the promises of yoga.
As individuals, we may have strong spiritual beliefs, but our culture frowns on letting these strongly affct our dealings in the real world. Things were quite different in ancient India, where Yoga developed. There, the touchstone of reality was the spiritual world, and life on earth was seen as a mere reflection, described by the Sanskrit word Maya.
If you have made up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or Later you shall find it – Paramahansa Yogananda.
Paramahansa Yogananda – A true Yogi
Believing that development of the soul was the purpose of living in a body, yoga’s early teachers would only take on prospective students after they had mastered yoga’s ethical precepts. It is different in the twenty-first century West. Usually only serious students who Continue reading “Yoga – the ethical precepts” »