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Yoga: Take A Deep Breath
This Ancient Science Can Improve Your Health

By Rajshree Patel, Art of Living Foundation, Los Angeles, Executive Director

 

Who knew the key to better health lies in our minds, not to mention our lungs?

Stress, anxiety and depression are known to be significant factors in the onset and progression of a wide spectrum of illnesses ranging from cancer and HIV-1 infection to asthma and cardiovascular disease.

The scientific and medical communities are finding that the key to quality and length of life is our mental and emotional health.

Yet, this concept is nothing new. It dates back more than 5,000 years as a basic tenet of the Yogic Science of Breathing, a precise science of wellness promotion based on the impact of the mind and emotions on creating and restoring optimal health.

One of the most comprehensive and effective breathing techniques derived from this science is the Sudarshan Kriya. It uses specific rhythms of breath to eliminate stress, support the various organs and systems within the body, transform emotions and return peace of mind.

Sudarshan Kriya® and its accompanying practices (SK&P) are time-honored stress management/health promotion techniques whose health benefits are being validated by modern medical science. Independent research has shown that SK&P significantly:
• Reduces levels of stress (reduces cortisol — the stress” hormone)
• Supports the immune system
• Increases optimism
• Relieves anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe)
• Increases anti-oxidant protection
• Enhances brain function (increased mental focus, calmness and recovery from stressful stimuli)
• Enhances well-being and peace of mind
(see http://www.aolresearch.org/index.html)

As many around the world have experienced, these breathing practices have a unique advantage: they are free from unwanted side-effects, can cut healthcare costs and are easy to learn and practice in daily life.

In these times torn with strife and uncertainty, people are looking for alternative ways to reduce stress and live healthier lives.

The reality is that such a simple thing like breathing can truly change your entire outlook on life.  

These ancient practices are the cornerstone of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s simple but powerful message of health and peace found through mediation, breathing techniques and knowledge.

Sri Sri, the internationally-renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, recently inaugurated a new Art of Living health center in Los Angeles. The new Art of Living Foundation Los Angeles Center will host a wide range of health-oriented programs in practice worldwide, including yoga, meditation, and knowledge programs that will be open to the public, as well as programs that utilize breath and other ancient techniques to manage negative emotions and improve general well-being.  

The new center is located at 948 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Visit: http://www.artoflivingla.org