Antiaging and Yoga Practices and Prayers

by GS Krishnan
(New Delhi, India)



I have come across some literature and lectures by religious preachers that certain yoga practices and regular prayers can help in anti aging. I normally carry out some breathing practices as a part of daily exercises.

However are there specific yoga postures for improving longevity? What types of such postures to be done at what times of the day? How to measure the improvements we are getting from such practices? Should these be combined with any specific types of breathing practices?

Also are there specific ways of prayers that can be held to improve your mental health, which can also lead to improvement in anti aging? Should we combine prayers with any specific meditation techniques?

Finally, should we combine the Yoga, breathing and prayer/meditation techniques towards anti aging?

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Aug 25, 2009
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Antiaging and Yoga Practices
by: George Parigian Jr.

Hello GS,

You have posed some very interesting questions. Thank you!

I must admit that I am not very familiar with Yoga or the breathing exercises that are taught in the Yoga tradition.

However, so many of the wellness concepts and practices that are advocated in antiaging have their philosophical roots in Eastern traditions like Yoga and Ayurveda.

Yoga postures, breathing exercises, and prayer are all part of that Eastern holistic tradition and should be considered a whole system to be followed as closely as upir person life will allow.

I am not sure where the concept of abdominal or ?belly breathing? comes from, but I am sure it is either Indian or Tibetan in origin.

The antiaging effect of these Eastern systems of exercise, diet, and prayer/meditation comes in part from the stimulation of the 7 energy chakras of the body that correspond to our endocrine (hormonal) system.

Aging is related to declines in our anabolic hormones and neurotransmitters. The Eastern approach (including but not limited to Yoga) helps us keep our hormonal system functioning in a healthy way, and allows us to slow down the rate of aging and maintain physical and mental health into advanced age.

I can?t tell you precisely when to practice the exercises. However three critical times of the day are logically: morning, mid day, and evening.

In the morning you will want to perform exercises and breathing that will stimulate your body and provide energy to start the day.

In the middle of the day, you may want to rest and recharge for the remainder of the day ahead. This is called ?power napping? in the West, but there may be a specific exercise or breathing/meditation ritual in Yoga for this.

In the evening the exercise and mediation is geared toward getting you to relax physically and mentally so that you may have a good night?s sleep.

All these methods: Yoga postures, exercise, meditation/prayer, can and should be combined in a way that fits your personal needs and lifestyle.

There is a system of exercise called ?The Five Tibetans.?

These exercises are specifically designed to re energize the chakras and promote antiaging. Bhuddist monks in the lamaseries of Tibet developed this system many centuries ago. In many ways it was the very first system of antiaging!

Carolinda Witt has modified it to fit the realities of modern life, into a system called T5T

Click on this link to check out my web page on the T5T system


There are also an excellent book on the subject of Yoga and health:

B.K.S Iyengar Yoga the Path to Holistic Health

The author of this book is world renowned as one of the foremost teachers of Yoga and the man most responsible for bringing Yoga to the West.

You must follow your own intuitive sense to find the right way to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Good Luck and Good Health,

George


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