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YogaStatistics show that all too many people in industrialised nations are living with anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization has stated that depression was the third most important cause of the global disease burden in 2004 and anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, generalized anxiety, phobias and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) are the most common cause of mental illness. Chronic stress has been linked to depression and anxiety, as well as a plethora of physical illnesses as well, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Keeping our stress levels is down is important not only to prevent disease, but also to ensure positive outcomes when we are receiving treatment for challenging illnesses such as cancer. For this reason, enlightened members of the medical profession are constantly seeking cheap, effective ways to lower stress, without the side-effects of medication. One of the most promising practices they have come across, whose benefits have been documented in a host of scientific studies over the past decade, is yoga.

  • Yoga boosts memory and concentration: A fascinating study carried out by scientists at Wayne State University in Detroit, found that just one session of hatha yoga significantly improved subjects’ working memory and concentration, resulting in better test results.  They also found that those who had run on a treadmill in lieu of attending yoga class, did not have the same ability to focus mentally. Lead study author, Neha Gothe, notes that controlled breathing and meditation enhance concentration, keeping everyday stressful thoughts at bay. The deep state of relaxation which ensues, argues Gothe, could be the reason for improved memory and concentration.
  • Yoga battles stress: One of the most groundbreaking studies undertaken recently on the positive effect of yoga involved women receiving radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Patients recovering from cancer are faced with devastating side-effects, which normally include fatigue, stress and depression. The study showed that women who attended yoga sessions three times a week for six weeks had less fatigue and depression, lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and better sleep quality. It is for these same reasons that yoga is currently one of the most popular complementary treatments in top drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres around the world. Yoga helps recovering addicts gain a sense of control, and it also helps them relax, battle stress and focus on the present moment. It can be a powerful aid in recovery and can enhance their quality of life even after they have overcome addiction.
  • Yoga increases self-esteem: A study published in the International Journal of Yoga (2009) found that those who performed yoga enjoyed a greater improvement in self-esteem than those who performed other types of physical exercise.Yoga Asanas
  • Yoga improves the mood: A German study published in 2005 found that women who described themselves as ‘emotionally distressed’ saw great improvements through the regular practice of yoga. For three months the women attended two 90-minute classes every week. At the end of the study period, they had less perceived stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue. They also reported greater well-being and energy.
  • Yoga can aid those with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A study on Australian war veterans with severe PTSD found that a combined programme of yoga asanas, controlled breathing, guided medication and information on the reduction of stress, resulted in significant improvement six weeks after the commencement of the study. Improvement was measured by the veterans’ results on the Clinician Administered PTDS Scale (CAPS), which measures the severity of PTSD symptoms. The yoga group lowered their CAPS scores from an average of 57 (moderate to severe PTSY) to 42 (mild to moderate PTSD). Interestingly, the benefits were found to persist some six months after the study had ended. A control group of veterans who had been placed on a waiting list, did not show improvements in their CAPS scores.
  • Yoga can aid those suffering from somatization disorder: Somatisation disorder is a chronic condition in which sufferers can have pain in more than one part of the body, despite no physical cause being found. A study published in January, 2014, found that yoga training for a period of 12 weeks was able to reduce somatisation in a group of healthy women. Anxiety, depression, fatigue and hostility levels were also decreased.
  • Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) and depression: The experts at Harvard University note that Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY), which can be traced to traditional yoga and which involves cyclical breathing patterns (ranging from slow to fast), has decreased symptoms of depression in two studies thus far. In addition to battling depression, SKY has also been found to lower stress hormone levels, leading researchers to conclude that this technique could be highly useful in treating depression in those in the early stages of recovery from alcohol addiction.

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http://integratedlistening.com/just-20-minutes-of-yoga-can-immediately-stimulate-brain-function/

http://yoga.org.nz/benefits/psychological_benefits/benefits_psychological.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics/burden.htm

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/49754688_A_randomized_control_trial_of_the_effect_of_yoga_on_Gunas_(personality)_and_Self_esteem_in_normal_healthy_volunteers

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

http://www.bpsmedicine.com/content/8/1/1

isro mars missionThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), that got global recognition for its successful launch of a mission to Mars, will now launch German, French, British and Canadaian satellites, a top official said.

“We will be launching EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Programme) satellite belonging to Germany. The satellite will weigh around 800 kg,” ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan told a news agency in an interview.

The EnMAP is a hyperspectral satellite that would provide images of the Earth at regular intervals. This apart, ISRO will be launching French satellite SPOT-7 during the first quarter of 2014, Radhakrishnan said.

“There will be four more small foreign satellites that would go along with SPOT-7,” he added.

ISRO had launched the SPOT-6 satellite in 2012.

Radhakrishnan said discussions were held with British agencies for launching three satellites each weighing around 300 kg and also to launch a set of Canadian satellites. The idea is to have at least one commercial launch every year using the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the ISRO chairman said.

According to him, the PSLV rocket’s reliability has been underlined once again with the launch of Mars Orbiter in a precise manner despite the challenges.

Queried about the status of Mars Orbiter, he said: “The Orbiter has been raised to around 193,000 km apogee (farthest point from Earth). We are all gearing up for the dawn of Dec 1 when the Orbiter will be injected in trans-Martian orbit.”

ISRO has been switching on the various systems and payloads of the Orbiter to check their functionalities and health. Read more

Unhealthy eating is mainly caused by bad and irregular eating habits. When you find yourself down the grocery aisle and one side you have junk foods while on the other side you have freshly picked vegetables, which do you choose? The thing about people is that they usually pick the junk foods and spend more cash on it than the vegetables which are healthier. This increases your risk in your health so picking the best foods to eat is the right way to keep your healthy lifestyle safe. So, the problem is, how do you choose the right food for your health?

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It is known that a typical American eats 85.5 pounds of fats and oils. American are spending 10% of their incomes on fast food each year. The typical American diet increases the risk of cancer 47%. Here are some unhealthy eating habits that you should learn to avoid. Skipping breakfast, food binging, eating during other activities, emotional eating, eating sate nights are some bad eating habits that leads to diseases and body imbalance.

The Dilemma Of Obesity

Obesity negatively impacts the health of people in many ways. Studies suggest that being overweight or obese increases the relative risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease in women. Women who are obese have a higher risk of low back pain and knee osteoarthritis. Obesity negatively affects both contraception and fertility as well. Maternal obesity is linked with higher rates of cesarean section as well as higher rates of high-risk obstetrical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. It is therefore very important to understand the signs of obesity and take preventive measures before it is too late.

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It is known that more than 37% US people are suffering from Obesity. Around 79% of Americans are meeting the exercise guidelines for aerobics. Adults needs 30 minutes of exercise every day and 5 days a week to maintain healthy weight.

Nowadays in this age of fitness and weight loss, body fat seems to be a taboo phrase that needs to be eliminated completely from our lives. There are articles, discussions, publications and research done on how to get rid of excess body fat. Indeed, the list of problems that obesity and excess body fat brings on is countless. Indeed, in a fat person, any kind of health complication is either brought on or adversely affected by the body fat.

Today more people are suffering from back pain because of their work style and lack of exercises in their routine lifestyle. Back pain affects most of us at some time in our lives and this leads to absence from work and have to spend on money to get relief from the pain. Half of the working Americans admit to having back pain. It is estimated that Americans are spending $50 million to get relief from back pain. There are 3 types of back pains such as acute, sub acute and chronic.

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Some people take painkillers when they suffer back pain and they didn’t really realising the hazardous side effects that may come along with it. In fact human body has not been designed to take the pressure from highly hazardous painkillers.  By doing exercises like stretching and strengthening your back every day is the best way to prevent lower back pain.

We can get relief from back pain using some natural methods in a healthy and natural way. They are Massaging, Herbal dietary supplements Hypnotherapy, yoga and etc. These techniques are highly effective in treating pain in one of the most natural ways.

If you are battling a bulge that just won’t go away, then Vaser liposuction might be exactly what you need. Vaser Liposuction is a simple procedure that removes excess fat in stubborn areas; areas that exercise and diet just can’t hit. Vaser Liposuction is different from regular liposuctions and it uses state of the art ultrasound technology to reshape the body. When a person gets liposuction, they remove fat and smooth out problem areas. It is an easy way to contour your body when diet and exercise don’t work. With Vaser Liposuction ultrasonic waves break up and separate fat cells for removal while leaving vital tissues unharmed.

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Liposuction was first introduced in the 1979. Back then, technology was nowhere near where it is today; liposuction got a bad rap. Liposuction was considered an unsafe and painful process; unfortunately, some people still think this is the case.

Today, when properly done, Vaser liposuction has almost no risks or side-effects; the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients never even have to step foot into a hospital to get the procedure done. Vaser Liposuction works to shrink your skin and shape your body. If you are close to a normal weight with just a few problem areas, then you are a perfect candidate for liposuction.

Vaser Liposuction is a quick and easy procedure; you simply show up at the office and leave once the procedure is done. With liposuction, there are no long hospital stays or inconvenient recovery times.

Breast augmentation is also known as Augmentation mammoplasty and is surgical process to increase the size, shape of a woman’s breasts. There are 2 types of breast implants silicone, saline and the composite filler.  The surgeon will place silicone, saline implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue to increase the size of breasts. The saline implant contains elastomer silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution and the silicone implant posses viscous silicone gel; and the other composition implants contains fillers such as polypropylene, soy oil etc.

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Breast augmentation is elective surgery and it is not covered by insurance plans. Women over the age 18 are a good fit for Saline Implants and the women over the age 22 are suitable for Silicone Gel Implants. Breast implants are not permanent devices, and the people who undergone Breast augmentation may need additional surgeries on your breasts because of complications to get better shape.

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