October 23rd, 2013 by Phil
It's all too easy to overindulge in sweet treats and fatty foods, especially during the holidays. Doing so can cause you to feel bloated, which comes with symptoms like gassiness and indigestion. Many people turn to antacids and other medications to ease an upset stomach, but Fox News suggests the natural method of yoga in one of its alternative healing articles.
Some yoga postures can help ease abdominal discomfort caused by bloating. They do so by promoting a healthy digestive system and providing relief from gas. The wind-removing pose, for instance, involves lying on your back with your legs straight out and arms at your side. While inhaling, bring your right knee up to your chest and raise your chin to meet your knee. Be sure to keep your tailbone pressed to the floor and maintain deep breathing to expand the abdomen.
The healing article also discusses postures that focus on improving blood flow and giving you an energy boost – bloating can often make you feel groggy and drained. The bridge pose is a good one to try and involves lying on the floor on your back with arms at your side and lifting your hips to the air to stretch the stomach and chest. By engaging in these and other poses, you can beat that bloated, tired feeling.
October 18th, 2013 by Phil
Along with promoting health and wellness among communities across the country, Dahn Yoga strives to spread knowledge of Korean culture. In its monthly newsletter, Dahn Yoga Life, the organization teaches practitioners about East Asian principles with its "Learn Korean" series. These articles provide definitions to Korean words and phrases and describes the deeper meanings behind them.
In October, the series focused on the word "Han." This single character has deep and varied meanings that can't be easily described using one English word. It encompasses the concepts of largeness, centrality, wholeness and a greater being. It is most accurately translated as "a great, wide, bright something that is one and yet encompasses all."
This word shows up often in the practices of Dahn Yoga, which is a form of mind-body training based in Korean culture and values. In fact, founder Ilchi Lee greets students with this expression when overseeing training sessions. People who engage in this exercise can come to truly understand Han while striving to clear and deepen their consciousness through meditation and a greater understanding oneself and the world around us.
October 15th, 2013 by Phil
Calligraphy is an ancient art that utilizes script and creative brush strokes. It's been long used as a way to express thoughts, desires and feelings, and many people in the Western world use the technique to give letters, cards and documents an elegant flourish. However, one calligraphy artist is using the art for a charitable cause.
According to The News International, Abdul Rasheed is a self-taught painter out of Karachi, Pakistan, who has contributed his work to a fundraising effort to collect money for the Indus Hospital. He had more than 75 calligraphic pieces hanging in the art gallery of the Sheraton Hotel, where guests could purchase. All proceeds go to the hospital, which provides free medical services to poor people in the area.
This isn't the first time Rasheed has used the calligraphy alphabet to raise money for a good cause. In 2005, he contributed to a fundraiser for victims of the Kashmir earthquake. His paintings, which feature sweeping images, versus from the Quran and names of gods, have gained Rasheed international renown and provided a financial boost for various community organizations.
October 10th, 2013 by Phil
When striving for personal growth, it can be helpful to look to people with experience in self-development for guidance and inspiration. Fortunately, yoga is an ancient technique practiced all across the world, so there's plenty of written material and seasoned yogis to provide you with leadership and encouragement.
One such person is Tao Porchon-Lynch. At the age of 95, this master instructor has more than 70 years of yoga practice under her belt. She founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in the early 1980s and has since trained hundreds of other teachers in the United States, France and India.
Porchon-Lynch is a personal growth expert in her own right. Throughout her years, she has focused her attention on becoming a better person and improving the world. According to Pocono Record, she has marched alongside Gandhi, served as a documentary writer and has worked to increase literacy in India. Today, as the world's oldest living female yogi, she continues to work to inspire elderly adults in her town. Porchon-Lynch's colleagues recognize her important role in the community.
"The inspiration she gives the seniors in our community, as well as the young, highlights the resolve we all have inside us to explore our potential to be the best, most productive human being we can be," said fellow yoga instructor Nadya Matychak.
October 7th, 2013 by Phil
Personal growth is a huge part of going to college. Along with academic excellence, social stimulation and intellectual invigoration, attending a university can help people learn more about themselves. For many, it's a huge step in developing into functioning and happy adults. The faculty at Brown University understands this and recognize the effect yoga can have in the growth process.
Many schools offer yoga as an extracurricular activity for their students, and a growing number of universities are beginning to offer such courses for class credit. But Brown University is taking a unique approach to the practice. During Nudity in the Upspace week, the school began offering a variety of events and activities revolving around nakedness. The Ivy League school holds this annual event to celebrate the human body and wipe away the stigmas surrounding nudity.
As a part of Nudity in the Upspace, Brown gave students a chance to enroll in a nude yoga class. The purpose of the course is to help people feel more comfortable with their bodies and strengthen the connection between the mind and the body. This, in turn, can encourage youth to strive to reach their personal growth goals and develop into healthy, intelligent adults.
October 1st, 2013 by Phil
As people get older, they often feel like they've reached an endpoint to self-development, however, personal growth is a lifelong process that is never quite complete. That's why it's important to keep striving for improvement even as we move into our elderly years. Along with eating right and seeing a medical care provider regularly, exercise is essential for the healthy aging process.
For many people, it becomes more difficult to maintain a steady exercise schedule as they grow in years. This can be due to physical restraints and to lack of motivation caused by a lack of energy. However, yoga offers seniors a soothing option for physical activity that's easy to get into as a beginner. It utilizes gentle stretching through basic postures coupled with breathing practices and focused meditation.
Clinical research has proven the effects of yoga on seniors' personal growth plans. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, studies have shown that people who suffer from conditions related to aging, such as low back pain and low mobility, have found relief from these symptoms thanks to yoga. Scientists have found that it increases flexibility and balance, which can lead to fewer falls and broken bones, and it can reduce blood pressure. Yoga also serves to reduce anxiety and depression, among other mental health benefits.
September 26th, 2013 by Phil
Calligraphy is a unique art form that embraces the beauty of the alphabet and grace of the brush stroke. Many people apply this ancient technique to more modern mediums, like contemporary painting and sculpture. But a group of performance artists are taking things a step further and incorporating calligraphy into dance.
According to CCTV-9, the Hong Kong Dance Company is putting on a show entitled "Spring Ritual Eulogy" that is comprised of dance interpretations of famous works of calligraphy. The group takes the stage at Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts to give audiences a modern stage dance experience combined with a taste of tradition. It looks at the delicate relationship between words and abstraction with graceful, flowing body movements set to the tune of classical Chinese music.
The show features two main dances based on the works of renowned masters of the calligraphy alphabet. One piece is "Preface to the Orchid Pavilion," which was created by patron saint of calligraphy Wang Xizhi 1,700 years ago. The other work is by Yan Zhenqing, who lived during the Tang Dynasty. He created "Eulogy for a Nephew" after his nephew was killed while fighting against a rebellion. This intriguing dance show won the Hong Kong Dance Award in 2013.
September 23rd, 2013 by Phil
Many publications provide readers with healing articles for people seeking treatment for medical issues and general imbalances in life. Some discuss kooky methods, while others lend advice concerning traditional techniques that have proven to be effective, like yoga and meditation. But one method that has taken the spotlight lately is art.
According to one of the holistic healing articles published by Time Out Dubai, The Third Eye center has begun offering an art healing session to help people deal with depression and other afflictions. The session is led by holistic artist Abeer Ayash, who has been certified as a Master Thetahealer by the Vianna Stibal ThetaHealing Institute.
The purpose of the class is to utilize inner expression to resolve everyday issues and learn to handle the emotions that come with them. Ayash also emphasizes the strong therapeutic properties of color involved in art healing.
"As humans, we are vibrating beings of energy and light and colour is a primal communicator, expresser and influencer in our existence," Ayash said. "Colour not only affects our mind, body and soul but also can change and heal it. From the root to the top of the body, a rainbow is manifested, and having an awareness of these colours allows for self-communication and growth as well as transformation."
September 17th, 2013 by Phil
Yoga is an ancient practice that has been long used by many cultures to strengthen the mind-body connection and reach personal growth goals. Today, it remains an effective method for obtaining new levels of consciousness and self-awareness. One moving story of such use of yoga takes place in a quaint hamlet of Sasthana, where a group of former drug addicts have helped transform their lives and the local community with the help of this soothing exercise.
According to the Deccan Herald, a group of young men and women hailing from Norway, America and South Africa have found relief from addiction to drugs thanks to yoga. The yogis, along with yoga instructors and gurus, recently traveled to Sasthana to take part in a four-week karma yoga program, which involves cleansing rituals, yoga practice and community-building projects – they helped renovate a bus stop and built homes for two destitute families.
These ex-drug addicts have risen from some unsavory situations to become personal growth experts in their own rights. Ole Johnny, for instance, was hooked on heroin for six years, suffering from side effects like hepatitis and delta virus, before he dedicated himself to yoga and healthy living. Now, Johnny is studying yoga at the Norwegian Institute of Sport and aims to become an instructor after graduation to help other people overcome addiction and other life afflictions.
September 11th, 2013 by Phil
Walk through a bookstore and you'll find shelf after shelf of self-help and personal growth books. While many are full of bologna, some contain life-changing advice that can help you reach your transformational goals, like these best-selling and award-winning guides:
Living the Life You Love
In 2013, the Living Now Book Awards named Paula Renaye the gold-medal winner for personal growth and motivation. This speaker and life coach authored the book, "Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation." It's a step-by-step manual that provides tips and techniques, true stories of success and exercises for improving overall wellness. Throughout the book, Renaye encourages readers to break free from the limitations of their negative thoughts and patterns and to alter their daily lives in beneficial ways.
The Call of Sedona
Another book focused on personal growth was written by Dahn Yoga founder, Ilchi Lee. "The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart" is geared toward people seeking greater meaning in life and a larger sense of contentment. The guide is centered around the spiritual awakening that the writer experienced during his years living among the stunning landscapes of Sedona, Ariz.. It takes a practical approach to the use of meditation and the earth's capacity to heal the heart.