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Ayurvedic and Yogic Approaches to Hair Fall Treatment

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Ayurvedic and Yogic Approach      Hair fall is a common concern affecting people worldwide, with causes ranging from genetic factors and hormonal imbalances to lifestyle choices and stress. In pursuing healthy hair, many individuals turn to Ayurveda and Yogic science for natural and holistic solutions. These ancient Indian systems offer a unique blend of herbal remedies, dietary guidelines, and yogic practices to promote hair health from within. Ayurvedic Principles in Hair Fall Treatment - Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, views hair fall as a result of imbalances in the doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. According to Ayurvedic principles, the imbalance of these life forces leads to disruptions in bodily functions, including those related to hair growth. 1. Herbal Remedies -    Ayurveda advocates the use of various herbs to address specific doshic imbalances. Amla (Indian gooseberry), Brahmi, Bhringraj, Neem, and Aloe Vera are commonly recommended for rejuvenating pro

Exploring the Swadisthana (Sacral) Chakra - A Research-Based Perspective

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          The Swadisthana Chakra, often referred to as the sacral chakra, is a key element in traditional yogic philosophy and energy systems. Located in the lower abdomen, just below the navel, the Swadisthana Chakra is associated with various aspects of human experience, including creativity, sexuality, and emotional well-being.  Exploring the Swadisthana (Sacral) Chakra Anatomical and Physiological Correlations -      The Swadisthana Chakra is often linked to the reproductive and pelvic regions, which encompass the reproductive organs and associated structures.  Research indicates that the autonomic nervous system, responsible for regulating involuntary bodily functions, plays a crucial role in the areas associated with the Swadisthana Chakra. The sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system are intricately connected to emotional and sexual responses, aligning with the traditional understanding of the sacral chakra's influence on emotions and creativi

The Role of Ethics in Yogic Science

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        Ethics plays a crucial role in yoga, as it goes beyond the physical postures and encompasses a holistic approach to life. In the context of ethical principles in yoga, there are various paths or branches, and Nyaya Yoga Mimansa is not a widely recognized term in traditional yogic literature. However, Nyaya and Mimansa are two distinct philosophical schools in classical Indian philosophy, and they may not be directly related to the ethical aspects of yoga. The Role of Ethics in Yogic Science            In the realm of ethics in yoga, one of the key foundational texts is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which outlines the eight limbs of yoga. Two limbs specifically focus on ethical principles: Yama and Niyama. 1. Yama -    Yama refers to moral disciplines or ethical restraints. It includes five principles: Ahimsa (Non-Violence) - This involves practicing compassion and non-harm towards all living beings. Satya (Truthfulness) - Being truthful and honest in thoughts, words, and acti

Which Gland is Impacted the most, while practicing Mayurasana, the Peacock Pose?

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"Mayurasana teaches us that true strength arises not from force, but from the harmonious balance of body and mind."           Peacock pose, or Mayurasana , is a yoga pose that mainly targets the abdomen area, specifically the solar plexus and the digestive organs. The pancreas is the gland that is most affected by Mayurasana practice. With the legs raised and the torso balanced on the hands, this pose compresses the abdominal region firmly. Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)           In Mayurasana, the pancreas is compressed, which is supposed to stimulate and massage the organ, possibly enhancing its function. Through the production of insulin and digestive enzymes, the pancreas plays a critical role in blood sugar management and digestion. Mayurasana is thought to improve insulin sensitivity and improve the condition of the digestive tract. -Tanmay Bhati

Reconnoitring the Scientific and Yogic Perspectives on Prana: The Vital Life Force

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          Prana, often referred to as the vital life force, holds a significant place in both scientific and yogic philosophies. In yogic traditions, prana is considered the subtle energy that permeates all living things, providing the essential force for life.   Cell Structure      This article aims to delve into the scientific and yogic aspects of prana, exploring its connection to oxygen and the role of food in sustaining this vital energy. Scientific Perspective -      From a scientific standpoint , prana finds resonance with the concept of energy, particularly in the context of human physiology. Oxygen, an elemental component of the air we breathe, plays a crucial role in cellular respiration, the process by which our cells generate energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) . Oxygen is transported by the bloodstream to every cell in the body, where it participates in the complex metabolic reactions that release energy.      In this context, the breath is a primary vehicle

Aghori, Shiva and Tantra

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          The Aghoris are a religious sect in India that worships Lord Shiva, a prominent deity in Hinduism. They are known for their unconventional and ascetic practices, which often involve rituals and behaviors that might seem extreme or taboo to many people. Aghoris believe that by embracing these practices, they can attain spiritual enlightenment and a deep connection with Lord Shiva. Aghori, Shiva and Tantra "I am neither good nor bad, I am what I AM"         Yes,  Aghori practices are a unique and often controversial sect of Hinduism that explores unconventional and extreme methods of spiritual awakening. Kundalini's awakening in the context of Aghori practices is considered a powerful and transformative process.   The Practices - 1. Tapas and Austerities -    - Aghoris believe that Kundalini awakening is a result of intense tapas or austerities. These practices often involve severe penances, fasting, meditation, and devotion to a chosen deity. Aghoris believe tha

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama - Stress Management and Influence on the three Nadi's

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     Pranayama, the practice of breath control in yoga, can be a valuable tool for reducing stress and anxiety. One specific pranayama technique known for its stress-reducing benefits is Anulom Vilom, also known as Nadi Shodhana. It is a balanced breathing exercise that influences the human system's three primary nadis (energy channels): Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama  Anulom Vilom Pranayama - 1. Stress Reduction and Anxiety Relief -    Anulom Vilom is often used to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. This is achieved through several mechanisms -     Balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems -  Anulom Vilom helps restore the balance between the "fight or flight" response (sympathetic) and the "rest and digest" response (parasympathetic), reducing the body's stress response.    Improved oxygenation -   The controlled and deep breathing in this pranayama technique increases oxygen supply to the brain, promoting

The Scientific Aspects of Nine Days of Devi Sadhna during Navratri

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         T he spiritual benefits of Navratri are often approached from a religious and faith-based perspective, and we can also consider the practices scientifically and anatomically to understand how they might offer psychological and physiological benefits. Worship of the Goddess Durga           Here's a day-wise Devi Sadhna (worship of the Goddess) plan with a scientific and anatomical perspective: Day 1 - Devi Shailaputri - Scientific Perspective - Begin with grounding and connecting with the Earth. Shailaputri is often associated with the element of earth. Spending time in nature, barefoot, can help you connect with the Earth's energy and calm your nervous system. Anatomical Insight - Walking barefoot on natural surfaces, known as "earthing" or "grounding," can have physiological benefits, such as reducing inflammation and stress, improving sleep, and enhancing overall well-being. Day 2 - Devi Brahmacharini - Scientific Perspective - Brahmacharini r

The Nine Devi and The Navratri - The Divine Feminine

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  When Shakti, also known as Devi (the embodiment of Energy), merges with Shiva - to manifest Rudra - The one who roared. Devi - Fierce and Serene           Navratri, a vibrant and spiritually significant festival celebrated in India, embodies the worship of the divine feminine energy or Shakti. This nine-night festival, dedicated to the Nine Devi (Various aspects of Goddesses Durga), holds a profound place in Hindu culture. It beautifully illustrates the concept of feminine energy and the moon's significance while emphasizing the importance of fasting and devotion to the Devi.       In this article, we will delve into the symbolism, physics, and influence of each Devi in our lives.   The Concept of Feminine Energy in Navratri -            Navratri, a combination of two words, "Nav" meaning nine, and "Ratri" meaning nights, signifies the nine nights of celebration. These nights symbolize the cosmic dance of the feminine energy or Shakti. Hindu philosophy belie

Samyama An Advanced Meditation Technique

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Samyama is introduced in the third chapter (Vibhuti Pada) of the Yoga Sutras, specifically in Sutras 3.1 to 3.6. Samyama - A Meditation Technique           Samyama refers to a set of advanced meditation techniques that involve the simultaneous application of Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption or union) on a specific object, idea, or aspect of reality. It is considered a profound practice that can lead to deep spiritual insights and transformation. Here are the steps of Samyama - 1. Dharana (Concentration) - In this first stage, you focus your mind intensely on a chosen object or concept. This requires sustained attention and the ability to exclude all other distractions from your awareness. The object of concentration could be an external object, an internal sensation, a mantra, or even an abstract idea. 2. Dhyana (Meditation) - Once you have achieved a deep and unwavering concentration on the chosen object, it naturally transitions into meditation.