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  • Yoga for Addiction Recovery

    London, UK (PRWEB) May 11, 2006

    Kundalini Yoga: the addictive personality is a new two part DVD featuring a set of yoga kriyas and meditations designed and presented by yoga specialist Carolyn Cowan to help people dealing with the mind and its desire to escape. It focuses on physical and spiritual tools to calm and still the anger, depression and memories that lead to all forms of addictive behaviour ranging from excessive eating to smoking, drugs, alcohol and acting out of sexual fantasies.

    Carolyn has battled with addiction during her life and has found yogic practise has helped her to overcome many of the emotional problems associated with addiction. She went through counselling and programmes for alcohol and drug rehabilitation and has now been clean for over 14 years. Her passion and commitment is to assist others in the transformation and journey to overcome issues of the addictive mind. This DVD is a stand alone programme and does not have to be undertaken in conjunction with AA or NA or any other 12 step program.

    The basic premise of Kundalini Yoga: the addictive personality is that the addictive mind looks outside searching for something beyond oneself for fulfilment. By using the kundalini kriyas and meditations as presented by Carolyn, people who are predisposed to addiction can return to the inner self, find that there is the ultimate connection and in turn resolve issues of addiction. This method has been tried and tested by Carolyn and many other people with who she conducts workshops.

    Kundalini yoga is the most overtly spiritual of all yogas and connects to the soul. It combines yoga postures, breath, sound chanting and meditation, thus raising the Kundalini and allowing you to experience your highest consciousness. The DVD includes kriyas for glandular balance and detoxification as well as meditations for releasing childhood anger, healing both addiction and depression as well as releasing ghosts of the past.

    Self-taught make-up artist, photographer and yogic teacher, Carolyn Cowan has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 1998. She is the chair of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher?s Association working predominantly with pregnant women, Mothers, children and recovering addicts. She has produced a series of yoga DVD?s designed to empower women, deal with pregnancy and learn about meditation. She is also a key organiser of the Great British Yoga Festival 2006.

    Carolyn?s long standing varied career has enabled her to work with music icons such as Elton John, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie creating different looks for them with her impressive make up and body painting skills. She also teaches Body painting classes in London, is a mother with two children and has a flourishing business in devotional accessories and DVD production.


  • The Seven Laws of Yoga: Law 5 – Law of Intention & Desire

    A segment from the fifth DVD of Dr. Chopra’s Grow Younger, Live Longer series discussing The Seven Laws of Yoga
    Video Rating: 4 / 5

  • Yoga Exercises : Zen Yoga Buddhism Exercises

    Zen Yoga Buddhism exercises focus on having an inner understanding about the Buddhist practice by using knowledge and wisdom. Learn all about the Zen Buddhist way through yoga with advice from a yoga instructor in this free video about Zen Buddhism exercises. Expert: Ganapati Contact: Bio: Ganapati has been in the field of holistic healing since 1999. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

  • New American Meditation Institute Study Reports Wide-Ranging Health Benefits from Meditation and Yoga

    Averill Park, NY (PRWEB) December 1, 2009 ??

    A new retrospective, interview-based, case study found that meditation and yoga practices learned by students who attended The American Meditation Institute?s Heart and Science of Yoga course led to the following reproducible, long-term, health-promoting benefits: lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, reduced cholesterol levels, decreased chest pain, diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain, weight loss, increased breathing capacity, increased exercise capacity, improved quality and quantity of sleep, improved energy levels, increased creative capacity, diminishment of migraines, significant reductions in stress and fear, elimination of irritable bowel syndrome and a general sense of happiness and optimism in all facets of life for every participant.


    The course curriculum, which was the basis of the study, was developed and taught by Leonard Perlmutter, founder and director of the American Meditation Institute and award-winning author of ?The Heart and Science of Yoga: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear?. Noted physicians Mehmet Oz, Dean Ornish and Larry Dossey have endorsed Mr. Perlmutter?s book, which serves as the curriculum for his annual mind-body medicine CME course for physicians.


    The AMI study was developed as part of the accreditation process for physicians? continuing medical education through the Albany Medical College. The study was conducted by Beth Netter, MD, an holistic physician practicing mind-body medicine in Delmar, New York and chair of AMI?s Continuing Medical Education Committee.


    The following are a few statements obtained from the AMI health study:


    Participant #2: ?Before the course I was out of shape physically and mentally. Physically I had high cholesterol around 230, was out of shape and had poor eating habits. I had been an athlete. I went to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack but it was indigestion. It was the wake-up call that helped me start the meditation course. I was resisting the cholesterol-lowering medication my doctor wanted me to take. Mentally I was mildly depressed. After the course my cholesterol went from 230 to 160s, my heart rate went down from 80s to 50s, and my blood pressure went from 140/90 to 110/70.?


    Participant # 13: ?My symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and panic attacks decreased after the course. I went through menopause without any issues.?


    Participant #14: ?My migraines diminished, my cholesterol went down, and I significantly reduced my blood pressure medication.?


    The next six-week Heart and Science of Yoga course, which formed the basis of the American Meditation Institute health study, will begin on Tuesday evening, December 8 in Averill Park, New York. The class, conducted by AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter, will present a comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind-body medicine.


    For more information, call 800.234.5115 or subscribe to ?Transformation,? our FREE journal of Yoga Science as holistic mind-body medicine.


    About the American Meditation Institute

    The American Meditation Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of meditation and its allied disciplines. In its holistic approach to wellness, the Institute combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. AMI offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs.


    AMI Meditation teaches people of all levels of experience to control, conserve and transform their greatest natural resource — the power of the mind — into thoughts, words and actions, which can enhance their physical, mental and emotional well being


    In contemporary terms, AMI Meditation provides the technology for creating new mental software that empowers each individual to make conscious, discriminating and reliable choices—choices that translate into peace of mind, physical balance and emotional healing.


    Media Contact:

    Mary Helen Holloway

    60 Garner Road, Averill Park, NY 12018

    Tel: 800-234-5115

    Fax: 518-674-8714



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  • Karma Yoga – An Introduction

    Article by sacha Tarkovsky

    Karma Yoga, or the “discipline of action” is based on the teachings of the Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita, the holiest of Hindu scriptures. As one of the four pillars of yoga, Karma yoga requires the adherence to one’s duty (swadarma) while remaining detached from the reward. Simply, It is the yoga of performance of “right action”.

    What is right action?

    You might glance over the Sermon the Mount, as Jesus was very specific on what He considered ‘right action’. He mentions not to kill, or even speak badly about another. He mentions about sexual fidelity, and even not to think about it (as having the same result as committing it).

    He says what is correct for marriage, for the saying of oaths, for not seeking revenge, for what do to do please God, and how to pray correctly. He says how to fast, how to think, not to worry (about the material life), not to judge others, and how to remain steadfast. All of these are principles of Karma Yoga.

    So how can I practice Karma Yoga in my daily life?

    Nothing could be easier. You do your swadarma (your rightful duty) daily, without regard to the rewards it will bring; just to do your best each day. You keep your mind, as much as you can, on God, and you will be practicing Karma Yoga. You can apply the simple but eternal truths as found in the Sermon.

    And If You Do?

    Without having the fruit of your action in mind, you can be sure that the poor in spirit will inherit the kingdom of heaven. That those who mourn will be comforted. That those who are meek will certainly inherit the earth.

    You can be confident that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.

    That the merciful will obtain themselves mercy. That the pure of heart will see God, The peacemakers will be called the sons of God. Finally for all who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake will obtain the Kingdom of Heaven.

    This is Karma Yoga expressed in a Western way, but any Yoga recognizes them, and He who said them. Practiced daily, you are yourself then a Karma Yogi.

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  • Yoga Day USA and the Distortion of Yoga in America

    USA (PRWEB) January 24, 2006

    For thousands of years Yoga referred to the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti. If you are not familiar with these or other such terms, and yet think you are familiar with Yoga, it may be because you have heard little of the more authentic meanings, goals and practices of Yoga, while also having heard little of the true roots of Yoga.

    To see the distortion of Yoga in America over recent decades, one need go no further than Yoga Day USA, which is scheduled for January 28, 2006. In their website ( and press release the promoters state that the ?Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga? or ?to ?Make the Connection?? with Yoga are stress relief, pain relief, better breathing, flexibility, increased strength, weight management, improved circulation, cardiovascular conditioning, better body alignment, and focus on the present for health reasons. The authentic reasons for Yoga seem to be not even worthy of mention in their Top 10 Reasons for Yoga.

    Yoga Alliance, the sponsor of Yoga Day describes itself on the website as ?the leader in setting educational standards for yoga schools and teachers.? However, while they claim this authority, they do not see fit to acknowledge or include in their Yoga Day promotions the fact that the roots of Yoga come from the ancient tradition of Sanatana Dharma, out of which has grown Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other traditions. Interestingly, while the Yoga Day promotions do not acknowledge the root of Yoga, many religious leaders in America who are opposed to Yoga for religious reasons are very quick to point out the authentic roots of Yoga, effectively reversing the roles of promoters and opponents.

    To counterbalance the recent distortion of Yoga in America, there is a slowly increasing presence of scholars, teachers, religious leaders, teaching institutions and organizations that are speaking out about the true nature of Yoga and its goals. Individual seekers and media who are interested in knowing more about authentic Yoga can easily find these organizations and their spokespeople.

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