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‘Brief Meditation Can Curb Stress’

 Recent studies have suggested that months to years of intensive meditation can improve attention and lower stress……….click & see

Researchers now believe that in less than one week of meditation practice with the integrative body-mind meditation training method can produce noteworthy improvement in attention and ones’ state of mind.

The study of 40 Chinese undergraduates found that participation in 20-minute integrative meditation sessions over 5 days showed greater improvement in attention and overall mood, and lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue, compared with students in a control group who participated in relaxation training.

Dr Yi-Yuan Tang from University of Oregon in Eugene and colleagues report their research in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Integrative meditation, they explain, “incorporates several key components body and mind techniques including body relaxation, breathing adjustment, mental imagery, and mindfulness training, which have shown broad positive effects in attention, emotions, and social behaviors in previous studies. This combination may amplify the training effect over the use of only one of these components.”

As mentioned, after just 5 days, students in the integrative meditation group showed significantly greater improvement on tests of attention and mood than did the relaxation control group. Their reaction to a mental stressor was also significantly improved, as evidenced by a significant decrease in stress-related cortisol levels. These outcomes after only 5 days of training “open a door” for simple and effective studies looking at the benefits of meditation.

The findings in this study highlight the potential value of integrative meditation for stress management, body-mind health, and improvement in cognitive performance and self-regulation,” Tang’s team notes.

“Our study is consistent with the idea that attention, affective processes and the quality of moment-to-moment awareness are flexible skills that can be trained,” they add.

The integrative body-mind training approach was developed in the 1990s. The technique avoids struggles to control thought, relying instead on a state of restful alertness, allowing a high degree of body-mind awareness while receiving instructions from a coach, who provides breath-adjustment guidance and mental imagery while soothing music plays in the background.

Source:The Telegraph (Kolkata, India)


The Corpse Pose (Yoga Relaxation)

Relaxation and relief from hypertension, fear psychosis and insomnia.

Description:In India it is called “SAVA ASANA”. SAVA …means dead body and ASANA standa for yoga exercise. It is always adviced that while doing yoga exercise, one should do this after every set of exercise for few seconds and at least two minutes after all sets of exercises for total physical relaxation of the body and mind.

How to do this… & see

The classic relaxation pose practised before each session, betweene very exercise and in the final relaxation.

1.Lie on your back and feet spread about 18 inches apart and hands about 6 inches from your sides, palms up.

2.Ease yourself into the pose, making sure the body is symmetrical.

3.Let your thighs, knees turn outward.

4.Release all your mussels and nurves (as if you are a dead person)

4.Close your eyes and breathe deeply but normally, try to keek your mind free from any thinking.