Thanks to Eduard a yoga enthusiast at my classes who sent me this radio program about how the mind impacts our body. This is really NOT about suggesting a cancer sufferer should go to homeopathic medicine instead of Chemo or chant mantras until they are better. It's just about adding the power of our mind to our amazing western medical cures. Especially for chronic illnesses, neural illnesses or things or subjective mind-related nature such as pain.
I come to this as an obvious protagonist of yoga and mindfulness (I have now dedicated my life to getting people to try yoga!) So do listen to the article to make up your own conclusions! It is 30 mins long it's Australian so completely down to earth! Read my thoughts by clicking the read more tab.
Bringing this back to Yoga Quota. Tomorrow I go to Steppin' Stones the program for homeless people. I'm bringing them yoga so they can have a share or taster of it's benefits and make their own conclusions. I'm completely anxious because we all know what happened last time I tried to reach homeless people. But absolutely sure, especially after listening to this article that it will help- if only I can reach one person!
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I think it is obvious that the brain works with neural electrical impulses nerves in the brain are connected to our bodies . And given that, and the truth that the brain and our thoughts are not completely understood there is a possibility worth exploring that the brain help with physical ailments.
Some well known examples of mind power we take for granted are the placebo affect, paralysed people sensing their limbs, phantom pregnancies, people with PTSD getting physical limps or other because of their brain.
Some less well known insights are that Pain, mood, depression, sleep have a major subjective element. that is not to say that there are not physical measurable chemical contributions to those states, just that there is also a mind element. I'm absolutely not of the 'Man Up' camp when talking about mental illness stress and the like.
Stress for example is the sympathetic nervous system triggering our fight or flight response. But becomes a problem when we have triggered this all the time, and we can't switch it off. The effects are measurable - including ageing. Switching it off was called the Relaxation Response by Dr Herbert Benson, Harvard, in the 70s
So what can we do to help us relax or use the power of our mind?
The clip suggested meditation mainly. Yoga has exercise elements (which was also suggested) and meditation elements. It also got 2 people to tell us their lifestyle tips.
Lifestyle tips: Sun or vitamin D, diet, exercise (yoga!), meditation regularly, explore the spiritual side of your life by writing in diary, positivism.
Lifestyle tips: meditate, practice yoga regularly, write in diary, value family and friends over everything else, seek professional help.
Doesn't sound like rocket science to me so worth a go. The people above had some astounding positive effects from doing those lifestyle choices. E.g. avoiding MS relapse, conceiving a child.
If you want to find out more here are some good links for you:
Dr Herbet Benson
Shannon Harvey 'the Connection'
Dr George Jeloneck - Overcoming MS