I am currently listening to Hillary Clinton's audio book "WHAT HAPPENED?". In the first disc, she tells about her starting to learn Yoga to help her get through the horrible shock of losing the electoral vote (she won the popular vote!) and learning how to meditate, and proper breathing. She describes analoma viloma (alternate nostril breathing). This technique prepares your body for meditation by clearing your Chakras. All my students have been taught this technique -- following is a description of the Chakras, which I described in my Yoga In Islandia newsletter 18 years ago!

CHAKRAS - What are they?

Chakras are energy centers in the body. There are basically seven such centers: the root, at the base of the spine, the second one is at the pelvic area, the third at the navel - solar plexus , the fourth at the heart center, the fifth at the throat, the sixth is between the eyebrows (the third eye), the seventh at the crown of the head. In Sanscrit the word Chakras means Circle, and the theory is these swirling circles of energy empower us, and if blocked by illness, imbalance of any sort, we suffer, and feel debilitated. The regular practice of Yoga keeps these circles of energy open and flowing. When we Meditate, the action of being quiet and serene through proper breathing, emptying the mind and focusing on a spiritual word or thought, activates the upward motion of the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, clearing all the chakras on the way. There are techniques to achieve this, and practiced on a regular basis, restores and maintains good health. Harvard Studies by Dr. Herbert Benson have documented the health benefits of Meditation and its effect of lowering blood pressure, calming the nerves, and maintaining good health.

The recent news that the National Institute of Health is supporting a study of Dr. Dean Ornish's program for heart patients which includes 10% fat diet, yoga, meditation and group support is certainly encouraging. Dr. Ornish gives credit to his guru, Satchidananda, a disciple of Sivananda.


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