Ayurveda Massage

What is it and the Benefits?

Ayurveda Massage course at Bend it like Buddha Yoga-Portugal

A variety of research studies have highlighted that Ayurveda massage helps in locating and removing the ailments related to muscles, joints and ligaments. It has further been proved through scientific studies that the massage further contributes to the improvement in blood circulation and initiation of detoxification. The stimulation is often very strong, however, the effects of the massage at the very end are not only relaxing but rejuvenating. With this powerful bodywork taking place, the practice of deep yogic breathing further provides the necessary integration and amplifies the benefits. Besides this, the passive yoga stretching during the massage contributes to increasing the mobility of joints together with the flexibility of the ligaments serving as an excellent tool for rehabilitation. (Sinha, Lohith and Ashvini, 2017).  

Look who wants a massage too;-) from our 200 hour course in Goa.

Ayurveda massage is an effective and unique form of yoga based bodywork originating in India. Some scholars assert that Ayurveda originated in prehistoric times and that some of the concepts of Ayurveda have existed from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization or even earlier. Ayurveda developed significantly during the Vedic period and later some of the non-Vedic systems such as Buddhism and Jainism also developed medical concepts and practices that appear in the classical Ayurveda texts. The Ayurveda massage is considered as a combination of deep tissue massage and that is assisted by the yoga stretches and energy work. At our studio, Bend it like Buddha we incorporate the Ayurveda massage, energy work and breath work into all of our 200 hour yoga teacher trainings. This helps activate and cleanse the nadis which are energy channels and the mind and body become more balanced.  Our body is a storehouse of tensions and issues that are sometimes originating from unresolved emotional trauma. Ayurveda massage also helps in the relieving fatigue and awakening of the entire body and then each of the areas of the body are cleansed and refreshed through massage combined with the power of breath and stretches.

As the Ayurvedic medicine tradition consider the interaction and balance of mind, body and spirit from the internal power of the individual, in a similar manner, Ayurveda massage serves to relieve the pain as a preventive medicine through an increase in the circulation, stimulation and strengthening of the lymphatic system. Symptomatic relieve of stress and generation of positive emotions are also among the other benefits of Ayurveda massage. Ayurvedic massage practitioners may also suggest a variety of lifestyle changes based on the particular imbalances in a person and Dosha type. The Ayurveda massage further helps the individual to stay healthy, improving the nervous system and strengthening the immune response thus increasing the longevity together with facilitating long-term weight loss. Healthier skin together with better vision and eye health have also been proved to be the scientific benefits of Ayurveda massage (Kothainayagi and Gupta, 2018).

Stress and other toxins are accumulated in our body on regular basis and a good massage has the ability to remove these toxins. Ayurveda massage is recharging the body, making the mind soothed and relaxed. The overall sensation, in this way, is improved with the internal organs stimulated and efficiency of them is improved. Lubrication of joints, releasing muscles and calmed nerves, as a result of the massage further contributes to the mental alertness and brings an increase in the overall physical stamina of a person (Kulkarni et al., 2010).

Learning 45+ massage techniques at our yoga studio in Praia da Rocha beach, Portimao Portugal

There are certain similarities between Ayurvedic massage and Ayurvedic yoga massage, however, Ayurvedic yoga massage provides additional benefits. Our yoga school is committed to delivering the highest standard of Ayurvedic yoga massage training to our students, both beginners, people with injuries and seniors are warmy welcomed to join any of our Ayurveda massage courses in Portugal, Bali or India. All our courses are suitable for beginner students.

The release of chronic stress and tension is tangible and during the Ayurveda massage the natural energy flow is restored into the body making it feel light, calm and aligned. There are practitioners that may schedule a regular Ayurveda massage treatment as a form of physical maintenance of your body thus helping you maintain good physical and mental health in a stressful world.

Ayurveda massage relaxes the body both physically and mentally while the overall result can be observed in the form of a deeper and refreshing sleep pattern, with the aging effects reduced and the emergence of a rejuvenated appearance and inner well-being.

References

Kothainayagi, B. and Gupta, S., (2018). CONCEPTUAL AND APPLIED STUDY ON ABHYANGA (AYURVEDIC MASSAGE). PARIPEX-INDIAN JOURNAL OF RESEARCH6(7).

Kulkarni, A., Kaushik, J.S., Gupta, P., Sharma, H. and Agrawal, R.K., (2010). Massage and touch therapy in neonates: the current evidence. Indian pediatrics47(9), pp.771-776.

Sinha, K.K., Lohith, B.A. and Ashvini, M.K., (2017). Abhyanga: Different contemporary massage technique and its importance in Ayurveda. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences (ISSN 2456-3110)2(3), pp.245-251.

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is associated with letting things go. Not necessarily removing or forgetting about a past hurt but for an ideal life and good health it is generally better to forgive and forgetrather than holding grudges and resentment. Forgiveness is not only linked with others rather, often it is not being able to forgive yourself for a past mistake. Sometimes it is not possible for one to forgive one’s self. One can apply the Patanjali Sutras and the 8 limbs of yoga that is, let go and surrender.  You might not believe this but practicing yoga makes you a master in forgiveness either consciously or unconsciously. At our yoga studio, at Bend it like Buddha we teach people the gesture of forgiveness through the act of exhaling for example. We consider that when you let the things go through exhalation, there is an inspiration waiting for you. That moment in the present moment, pulling in relief and practicing forgiveness through the breath.


A question here can be raised; how can you forgive someone who has hurt you? Consider not confusing forgiveness with acceptance. Different scientific studies have been conducted that have proved that forgiveness is an act that is linked with our brain; however, it is also important to act with all your heart. Yoga helps you to establish ourselves making a contact with the peace and harmony thus strengthening the quality and power of lives. The power of forgiveness will let you move through different circumstances of your life more peacefully. 

The researchers have explained forgiveness being associated with both internal and external elements. These internal and external elements are the behavioural and emotional elements and have further emphasised that forgiveness often involve both public and private aspects of forgiveness. There, however, are only a few types of research that have studied the public and private aspects of forgiveness. McCullough, Worthington and Rachal (1997) have stated that people deal with injustice in many different ways; they might not decide to forgive or to change their emotions. Not forgiving or responding in resentment, bitterness or retaliation leads towards affecting the physical, mental, social as well as physical health in a negative manner. The researches, in this regard, have suggested that forgiveness can benefit the health in more positive ways.

Another study was conducted by a psychologist, Charlotte van Oyen Witvliet. The people were asked to think about someone who has either mistreated or hurt them in any way after which their blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension is monitored. An increase in heart rate and blood pressure has been observed while the research participants recall these unpleasant incidents. These participants were then asked to imagine forgiving their offenders and while practicing forgiveness, their stress level is observed to be decreased (Witvliet et al., 2001). 

There are some people who have considered forgiveness as emotions while the others as behaviour. Forgiveness does not require exposing oneself to the same situation again and again and most often the people also see a link between forgiveness and forgetting. Usually, when yoga is taught, an intention to let go is put into the process. It is definitely not an easy process to let something go. While practicing yoga asana, meditation and pranayama are most commonly preferred, however, it does require a reasonable time and daily practice to see and feel the results. 

Forgiveness is a decision; it is a daily practice much like yoga and meditation. This practice helps with releasing emotions thus shifting the mind towards a more pure, positive state. For some people, forgiveness is emotional not logical as it does not always make sense and not an orderly process.

How to Forgive?

The first stage is simply becoming aware of the need to forgive. Allow you to feel free and experience the full force of emotions. Express the emotions through journaling, counselling or even punching a pillow and screaming without bothering others. This may be difficult but once you go through this stage, you will definitely feel more relaxed as you will accept the situation by letting go the resistance and difficult emotions. Acceptance is the first step to improvement and when you accept how you feel about a situation and how it has impacted your life, you will find yourself releasing the grudge. On this path of forgiveness, meditation will be your invaluable aid. The stages of forgiveness, as stated above, will guide you while practicing forgiveness during meditation, pranayama and yoga. Asking for wisdom and guidance from your higher self will also provide patience and strength of going through the phase. Forgiveness will help create more space in the body to bring in more positive experiences and experience life with more ease.

References

  • McCullough, M.E., Worthington, E.L., Jr., and Rachal, K.C. (1997). Interpersonal forgiving in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 321-336.

  • Witvliet, C.V.O., Ludwig, T. E., and Vander Laan, K. L. (2001). Granting forgiveness of harboring grudges: Implications for emotion, physiology, and health. Psychological Science,12, 117-123.

The Benefits of seated Meditation

You certainly have heard that meditation is good for you but perhaps you have questioned the validity? There are hundreds of scientific studies that show meditation has a plethora of benefits some of the recent studies are quite incredible such that it can alter deep-seated traits in our brain patterns and character.

Neuroscientists have tested if these effects of meditation are just momentary and they have brought something very surprising for us! There are some scientific studies that have proved that mindfulness practices such as yoga decreased the level of depression, high blood pressure and anxiety. A scientific study has been conducted in Belgium involving around 400 students. Through the study, it was concluded that the students that have participated in the mindfulness program reported a reduction in the level of stress, depression and anxiety (Filip et al.,2013). Another incredible study conducted in the University of California has further indicated that the meditation is not only effective in treating patients with emotion regulation and social anxiety disorder but at the same time, it further decreases dysfunctional beliefs and ruminative thinking (Ramel et al., 2004).

Gamma brainwaves play an important role in day to day functioning of the brain and thus meditation. Gamma rays not only assist with improving and maintaining memory, they further function in such a manner that they help a person stop feeling stressed and depressed. Our brain is made up of millions of cells and the brain waves with the highest frequency are called the gamma waves and hence are critical to understanding the functioning of the human brain during different emotional states. Moreover, it has been observed associated with a feeling of greater well-being and improved cognition. The researchers have indicated the meditative students-group displayed high-levels of gamma brain wave activity concluding that meditation has some astonishing effects on altering an individual’s mood, cognition and functioning of the brain. It has been demonstrated that yogis have also elevated gamma oscillations for meditation practice. Arare gamma pattern in yogis has been observed as the standard feature of their everyday brain wave activity. In yogis the gamma oscillations are far more prominent of their brain activity make up. Ordinarily gamma waves from, say, a creative insight, last no longer than a fifth of a second—not the full minute seen in the yogis. Yogis are people who practice regular yoga, meditation, breathwork and pranayama.

Our Bend it like Buddha yoga studio in Portugal holds sessions for daily meditation during our retreats and programs and plays a significant part in helping people feel relieved after their everyday tensed activities and situations. In our 200-hour teacher training, we meditate at least 2x a day for two weeks during the Vinyasa and Ashtanga teacher training program and students of our yoga school often feel these wonderful benefits after the first meditation class. People do not need to be experts to apply. We warmly welcome beginners and seniors to come learn how to stretch themind and body with us! Soon we will be offering online meditation training for beginners-stay tuned

Those who have studied the benefits of Gamma waves claim that meditation practices enable better processing of information and have further supported the healthy functioning of memory. In our upcoming documentary Just Breath to be released spring 2019; several experts and scientists also discuss Gamma and the incredible benefits of meditation. Gamma waves are considered as providing a significant role in unlocking the information about brain health including individualssuffering from head traumas.

Richie and Antoine while studying the gamma brain state have discussed that, considering the electrifying data in EEG frequency, deficiency in gamma waves could host a number of issues (Goleman et al., 2018). A decrease in the number of gamma waves is an indication that the individual is increasingly prone to depression, impulse, stress or lack of focus.Fascinatingly meditation practices help to regulate mood and anxiety disorders and considered to be effective enough to treat anxiety and depression much like antidepressant drug therapy. A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has indicated the practice of open monitoring meditation explaining that the meditators are more likely to attend a moment to moment stream of stimuli and meditation, in this way, has helped in reducing their stress level and anxiety. Seated meditation increased grey concentration in the brain, especially in those areas that involve learning and memory, regulations of emotions, sense of self and having a perspective. In a nutshell, meditation provides at least a short-term performance improvement. Long-term meditation, on the other hand, enhances the ability to generate gamma waves in the brain, improves focus, attention and ability to work in stressful conditions.

At the Bend it like Buddha Yoga school we recommend beginners to start with seated meditation 5 minutes daily and working up to longer lengths (60minutes).

You can sit on a bolster or have your back against the wall, set your device-timer. Close your eyes, hands interlaced below your belly and focus your attention on each inhale and exhale. Some students find it useful to bring focus to a mantra, color or symbol if they find concentrating on only the breath is too challenging. Avoid the temptation in engaging with daydreams or random thoughts. Meditation is a wonderful mini holiday that you can do whenever you feel tired, for a “pick me up” or about to do an anxious activity or meditate anywhere and anytime.

You can also try guided meditations on YouTube.

Here is a meditation for forgiveness I created and just posted on YouTube:

Enjoy!

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References

Filip, R., James, G., Gucht, K., J. Williams, G.,(2013). School-Based Prevention and Reduction of Depression in Adolescents: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness Group Program. Mindfulness.

Goleman, D., Davidson, R., Goleman, A., Davidson, A. and Staff, L. (2018). How Meditation Changes Your Brain — and Your Life. [online] Lion’s Roar. Available at: https://www.lionsroar.com/how-meditation-changes-your-brain-and-your-life/ [Accessed 14 Dec. 2018].

Ramel, W., Goldin, P.R., Carmona, P.E. and McQuaid, J.R., 2004. The effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive processes and affect in patients with past depression. Cognitive therapy and research28(4), pp.433-455.

Meditation for Forgiveness

Tis’ the season to be jolly…and for gatherings with family and friends. For some, the holiday season can be very difficult and a painful time to go through. I created this #NEW Metta Kindness Meditation to help you let go of negativity or to listen to this whenever you feel a twinge of a grudge or anger towards someone who has hurt you.

 

Forgiveness…your health depends on it! I created this #meditation to create space for you to let go of grudges and to release anger. I created this meditation for people to be able to consciously and deliberately release emotions of resentment or vengeance. The positive effect of this meditation is also enhanced with an original binaural beats-sound healing piece in the background produced by @jerometruman

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Not forgiving or holding a grudge causes your body to release an over loaded amount of cortisol, a hormone that can cause havoc to the body and later may manifest in hard to treat illnesses such as high blood pressure.

Science says that forgiveness brings plenty of health benefits including improved relationships, reduction in pain, decreased anxiety and stress, it lowers blood pressure, lowers your risk of depression and provides you with a stronger immunity and better heart health.

Letting go of negative emotions can even have a remarkable impact on the body immediately! A 2015 meta-analysis synthesising various high quality experiments on loving-kindness meditation, found a medium-sized improvement to daily positive emotion.The length of time meditating on Metta did not affect the magnitude of positive impact of the practice!

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Mettā meditation, or loving-kindness meditation, is the practice and the cultivation of Mettā, or in other words benevolence, kindness, and compassion. The practice consists of repetitions of mantras such as “may you be happy” or “may you be free from suffering”, for example directed at a person with whom you have a challenge with and others.

Prior to the advent of the Buddha, according to Martin Wiltshire, there existed the traditions of Brahma-loka and meditation with the four virtues of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. The early Buddhist texts assert that pre-Buddha ancient Indian sages who taught these virtues were earlier incarnations of the Buddha. Post-Buddha, these same virtues are found in the Hindu texts such as verse 1.33 of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, wherein the word Maitri is synonymous with Metta.

Loving-kindness (maitri), along with compassion and equanimity, are found in the early Upanishads of Hinduism, while loving-kindness (metta) is found in early Sutras of Jainism along with compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. The ancient Indian Paccekabuddhas mentioned in the early Buddhist Suttas, those who lived before the Buddha, mention all “four immeasurables” and Brahmavihara, and they are claimed in the Sutras to be previous incarnations of the Buddha.

This meditation will help cultivate benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the ill-behaved.

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LOKAH SAMA STAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU!

May all beings everywhere be happy and free!

 

 

 

 

The Science behind the importance of Ceremonies & Rituals

Human beings are social animals which benefit greatly from coming together through different shared rituals, traditions and practices. These rituals and traditions connect us together with a kind of social glue. Different types of rituals have been observed throughout history and cultures. The most common among which include meditation and prayers as well as rites of passage such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. In the nineteenth century, these rituals were first debated by the scholars when the inquiry regarding the origins of religion began. One of the most common sources of ritual experiences is in spiritual practices while rituals and traditions have further been observed playing an important part in maintaining and transmitting cultural values.

Rituals, however, can take an extraordinary array of shapes and forms. You must have heard of these rituals performed in religious settings or in solitude involving fixed as well as repeated sequences of actions. Such as when people use mala beads while meditating or chanting a mantra. People have been observed engaged in different rituals for different purposes. The purpose for rituals may include, either with the intention of achieving desired emotional outcomes, to boost confidence level or to reduce anxiety, performing well in a competition or to alleviate their grief are just a few examples.

Rituals and ceremonies can be extremely effective and have a multitude of benefits according to scientific studies. Some of the most prominent benefits have been observed in the form of the healthy emotional well-being of humans because rituals have the ability to make these practices sacred and connect people together.

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Whenever a student first visits our studio at Bend it like Buddha Yoga, Praia da Rocha in Portimao, Portugal for the Vinyasa and Ashtanga 200 hour yoga teacher training they too will go through rituals and a ceremony with powerful sound healing and dance-movement for example. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner or a senior just starting out with basic exercises and stretching all are warmly welcome into our yoga space. There are many other Yoga rituals, for example chanting the mantra OM with a group of yogis at the end of a yoga class and sometimes with the added benefit of sound healing with a Tibetan singing bowl during Shavasana. Even attending a yoga class is a ritual in itself as it provides a sense of routine for staying committed and balanced in our lives.

The anthropologists have further revealed that rituals have the necessary impact on the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of people. In answer to the question if rituals and ceremonies actually work, it has been revealed through scientific research that rituals have resulted in enhancing the confidence and emotional stability in people in their abilities( Norton, Gino 2013) Furthermore, experimental research by Norton, Gino proves multiple benefits from practicing rituals. Not only do they have the power to alleviate grief, but they also serve to enhance the experience of consuming food—even something as mundane as a carrot. This is also describing the practice of mindfulness. Essentially, to be able to be mindful and to be in the present moment is an important prerequisite for leading a joyful, peaceful and stress free lifestyle.

A purification ceremony is a term that is associated with some spiritual rituals which means to be free of uncleanliness, negativity and toxins. Science has proved that water is essential for and thus can be used to cleanse our subtle energetic body. For this reason, water has also been used ceremoniously during our yoga teacher training in Ubud and it has nothing to do with believing any dogma or religion for students to receive the most of its purifying benefits.

In Bali, Bend it like Buddha school has planned a very special ocean salutation for our students’ initiation ceremony to the 200 hour teacher program. Water is considered one of the key forces of life. In a similar manner, the Hindu God of water that is also recognised as The Water Temple in Bali is considered sacred for bringing love, healing, good fortune and health (Martin, 2018). A purification water ceremony, in this regard, would be held at our yoga venue in Bali where the ceremony will be started in the main pool to bath and meditate after making the offering at the temple. It is required to set a Sankalpa a personal resolve, this intent could be something a person would like to let go of for example. After which a person can either lie down in Shavasana or sit in meditation. The Balinese priest will prepare a little of the holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting powerful mantras in Sanskrit. Our students will be invited to receive this sacred water cleansing as this blessed water is sprinkled over their head.

The scientific studies have further proved positive effects of singing bowl sound meditation on a person and thus the concept of sound healing is used as an alternative medicine as sound waves and vibrations can help the body heal during yoga rituals and ceremonies. Tibetan singing bowls are not only widely used for spiritual practices but also they are used for medicinal purposes such as in the healing process. These unique, beneficial and beautiful tones are creating the perfect state of mind for deep meditation, inspiration and creative thinking.

Blissful Breath, Breath of Bliss or the Mother Wave breath is applied to all of our Breath to Breath ceremonies which we have already shared in the Algarve-Portugal, Taiwan, Bali and at Portugal Spirit hosted by one of the largest Yoga festivals in the world. Here is a Portugal Spirit Festival Review of our Breath to Breath ceremony.

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This breath work practice we add to our rituals and ceremonies is very different than Pranayama. The powerful breath work we practice is combined with movement, Kundalini kryas, Reiki, dance and mantra which infuses the group with incredible sensations, stokes the fire of aliveness and creates a safe space for emotional release. Often we hear students describe their emotions after our Breath to Breath ceremony as life changing and unconditional love from within. This Breath to Breath journey is guided by a compassionate and experienced teacher, binaural beats sound healing, empowering mantras and positive affirmations that take students towards a deeper spiritual experience. The scientific evidence of Breath Work like this has been presented in form of producing a response in the body which stimulates the brain in a very unique and beneficial manner. A study, in this regard, has been completed by an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University for studying and measuring the effect of breathing techniques on people. The study has revealed a decrease in anxiety and decrease in depressive effect after specialized breathing (Alderman, 2016).

There has been an ongoing debate regarding which of the rituals have been effective and which have not been, some of the yoga class rituals are surprisingly effective with incredible benefits overall.

These are just a few examples of the rituals and ceremonies we share combining mantra, sound binaural beats healing, water purification ceremonies and powerful breath work healing. We offer these classes at all of our 200 hour teacher trainings in Goa, Mysore, Bali and Portugal.

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The Science behind Sound Healing

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A question that students often ask is if sound healing is based on sound science or it is just a bunch of noise. Sound has been observed impacting the physical, mental, emotional as well as the spiritual state of a person. It has further been stated that certain sound frequencies that can be considered as healing have the ability to influence our brainwaves. Psychological abnormalities are increasing today such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder…and the amount of medicines prescribed to relieve the symptoms have been criticized. For this reason, people are moving towards alternative ways of healing such as yoga, meditation, breath work, pranayama and sound healing.

You probably have been familiar with the effect of music and you might agree with me that even in the most tense situations great music has made you feel relaxed. But how is this possible?  Many students in our yoga teacher trainings are interested in determining the science behind binaural beats and sound healing in general. Deeply rooted ancient cultures and civilizations, when researched, have been observed considering sound like a tool that can be used for promoting the physical as well as emotional health. The ancient Egyptians believed vowels as sacred and for this reason, have used vowel sound chants in healing. Tibetans, on the other hand, have considered the singing bowls as a sacred symbol for rituals.

Auditory beats in the brain have been extensively studied by many researchers and it has been revealed that our different states of consciousness have a direct relationship with the chemical, electrical and as well as the architectural environment of our brain (Patel and Iversen, 2014). This architecture of our brain structure, as well as its connectivity, is altered by our thought processes and our daily habits together with the neurochemical and electrical oscillations of our mind. Understanding the fundamentals of sound in healing requires developing an understanding of the brainwaves. Generating from electrical pulses, these brainwaves have been divided into five different bandwidths with the slowest wave occurring during the state of sleep and then faster waves in the state of daydreaming.

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Our brain has the ability to absorb new information quickly, control our mood and our sleep patterns together with the healing responses. There are certain specific frequencies of sound that can be used for the generation of neurotransmitters. The different patterns of brainwaves are linked with the production of neurochemicals that are associated with stress release and relaxation. With concerns regarding the benefits, it is often recommended to listen to a binaural beat for generating alpha waves between 8 and 14 hertz because this is scientifically proven to produce more serotonin, the “feel good” chemical release of the body. On the other hand, music has also been observed in producing a relaxed alpha state relieving a person from emotional suffering and stress. Listening to music is shown to create peak emotions, which increases the amount of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is produced in the brain and helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Interestingly, research also shows that playing or creating music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression.

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Sound healing is trending up the same way as yoga considering it a viable medium mainly to address stress which is so prevalent in today’s society. I am always amazed yet saddened to learn the main reason students come to our yoga school is to heal themselves of something such as anxiety or high blood pressure or some other health issue. Yoga is also a meditation system that is associated with cleansing and expanding consciousness and increasing energy. While binaural beats have now been significantly used during yoga sessions synchronizing the hemispheres of the brain through specific frequencies. The spiritual journey of yoga through these binaural beats is now significantly used to change the vibrations within our brain shifting us towards a more positive state of mind. In our yoga school, Bend it like Buddha we the yoga instructors and teachers have heavily brought their experience in yoga, therapy and neuroscience to their teachings and healing processes into their sessions which often involve binaural beats sound healing. Yoga instructors, today, have specialized in working with the subconscious mind in connection with the body and the emotions. In this way, sound has been observed playing a great role in guiding especially the one suffering from psychological distress towards a transformational as well as sustainable wellness of body, mind and soul. Binaural beats with guided meditation has become a great team for listening to the binaural beats music as a lot of binaural beats music has been designed to entrain the brain in a similar way as that of meditation.

Now recall your yoga experience, have you ever felt your  muscles relaxed with a particular sound vibration. The sound of your yoga instructor playing the Tibetan singing bowl during Shavasana perhaps? I love doing this for our students. This is just a tiny one example how sound medicine can heal the body along with practicing yoga or meditation.

Blog post by

L. Farrah Furtado ( E-RYT 500) 

Ashtanga, Meditation, Pranayama and Vinyasa instructor

Usui Reiki 3rd degree master

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Reference

Patel, A.D. and Iversen, J.R., 2014. The evolutionary neuroscience of musical beat perception: The Action Simulation for Auditory Prediction (ASAP) hypothesis. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 8, p.57.

 

Yoga day charity event in Taichung

Awaken and Flow Workshop

This workshop is a collective contribution from 4 incredible women, from different backgrounds, sharing areas of personal passion and expertise. Throughout the day, sessions will focus on:
Body: with a Hatha Yoga Flow,
Breath: through guided breath work techniques
Mind: through a facilitated discussion and
Spirit: through a guided meditation incorporating art and music.

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In honor of the season of giving we will be collecting donations of art supplies (coloring books, markers, crayons, DIY crafts, etc) for the children at Christian Mountain Children’s Home in Kaohsiung.

As we prepare for the Holidays, don’t forget to give yourself the gift of well-being and self-love.

Tentative Schedule:

Session 1: 11:00-12:00: Greeting and Hatha Flow
Session 2: 12:00-1:30: Breath to Breath
Lunch Break 1:30-2:30
Session 3: 2:30-3:30 Mindset Matters
Session 4: 3:30-5:00 Meditation through art and music

Price:

$1,000 WITH art donations for Lotus Lake Orphanage
$1,200 WITHOUT donation (we will donate $200 to the orphanage)

 

Additional details including information about the presenters and session descriptions will be added in the comments leading up to the workshop. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today! Feel free to message if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the studio ♥

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When strangers become friends

 

A wonderful review about our Breath to Breath

workshop during the

Portugal Spirit Festival by Noemie Causse 

Another experience which was kind of life changing was the class, Breath to Breath with L. Farrah Furtado and DJ Loose Lion. It was my first ever experience with breath work, and it was – in the truest sense of the word – breathgiving not -taking. Such an incredible energy!

In retrospect I find it hard to describe what we actually did, as it was more about the intense energy in the room, also fuelled by the great live music from DJ Loose Lion. You can find the 90 minutes music mix here.

What I do remember: When it comes to breath work, you can forget everything you know from yoga, meaning that you are allowed to let your jaws fall open and to breathe deeply into the lungs through your open mouth. This alone feels wonderful already. Now imagine you do that in a room with many different people you don’t know. Strangers, basically. Now imagine, you look deep into the eyes of these strangers while you all breathe deeply and heavily through your open mouths. Pure and instant intimacy. You see no reason why you shouldn’t reveal to these people, what you’re missing in your life. And you have no inhibition to hold one “stranger‘s” hand, look them deep into the eyes and say to their face:

  • I’m sorry.
  • Please forgive me.
  • I love you.
  • Thank you.
  • And now I’m letting you go …

You can probably imagine that you will let go of that person’s hand with the feeling of saying goodbye to a friend, not a stranger. It’s as easy as that.

And this is how I would sum up this wonderful festival: As a meeting of people, merging to become friends.

Friendship

Emotional Release – 90min – Music Mix

Namaste People!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in our ‘Breath to Breath’ workshop at the Portugal Spirit Festival 2018.

What an incredible journey that was!
As promised here is a playlist link of the workshop, so you can experience it all over again anytime whenever you want and wherever you are.

This is the binaural, isochronic, healing music by sound healer Loose Lion. The playlist was created just for the Spirit Festival for the “Breath to Breath” session and this original music will also be on our upcoming Documentary Breath.

Emotional Release – 90min