This book attempts to bridge the considerable gaps that exist between spiritual philosophies and evidence-based medicine and between the psychotherapeutic models of the East and the West. Based on the insights of both the ancient wisdom and modern medicine, this book presents Yogic science not just as a set of physical exercises or religious rituals but as theories about the mind that have bio-psycho-social implications in relation to health and illness.
Drawing on his years of monastic training and his extensive experiential, clinical and research knowledge on the utility of Yoga meditation in standardized and evidence-based medicine protocols, the author describes symptom-specific clinical applications of Yogic/meditative techniques using standardized protocols for the various psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions. In addition, he explains the value of these techniques in reducing stress and improving quality of life in healthy populations. Dr. Pradhan names the proposed integrative model of psychotherapy Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Y-MBCT). Unlike other models, Y-MBCT uses Yoga in its entirety (all eight limbs, including meditation) rather than piecemeal. The standardized and evidence-based format of Yoga meditation described in this book will help all aspiring Yoga practitioners and will hopefully also provide the impetus for multicenter research studies on the value of this ancient wisdom.
Uniting body and mind for greater wellbeing and serenity, shown in over 120 photographs. It is a simple guide to the ancient practice of yoga and its many healing benefits. It recommends beneficial postures for specific ailments such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and back, neck and head pain. It features 120 helpful photographs and clear step-by-step instructions for all the yoga postures, as well as easy-to-follow routines and exercises. It advises on the best practice to gain maximum benefit from each yoga session. Yoga has been enjoyed for thousands of years, bringing stillness to the mind, and health and vitality to the body. Today we are rediscovering how this ancient art can bring healing into our lives, especially by rebalancing the nervous system, which is thrown out of balance by the demands of modern life. This practical book explains how to achieve union, harmony and balance through posture, breathing and meditation. There are breathing exercises, step-by-step routines for stretches and relaxation sequences, as well as information on how yoga can help health problems. With 120 photographs, this is the perfect guide to all-round wellbeing through yoga.
A bumper volume of yoga postures, practices and programmes to improve both your body and mind
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Concentration signifies the state of being at a centre (con and centrum). Applied to thought, it is the act of bringing the mind to a single point. Each human being must practise concentration subjectively and objectively. In other words, each human being aims with more or less precision at concentration on a point within and a point without his own world. Concentration "without" is illustrated when you devote all your attention upon Nature, such as learning a trade, a profession, a science, an art or some form of business. This is Evolution, outgoing or positive mental energy. I shall call this Objective Concentration. Concentration "within" implies the withdrawing of attention from the external world and the placing of mind on "God," "Spirit," "Heaven," "Religion," "Peace," "Nirvana," "Eternity," etc. This is Involution, i.e., incoming or negative energy.
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