Nobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers

Three scientists have shared this year’s Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for discovering how the body responds to changes in oxygen levels, one of the most essential processes for life. William Kaelin Jr at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University in Massachusetts, Sir Peter Ratcliffe at Oxford University and the Francis Crick Institute…

Master Your Nervous System

The part of the nervous system that cannot be controlled by our will is called the autonomous nervous system. It consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways that regulate the vital functions of the body. These can be influenced by inner and outer factors of both physical and mental origins. Both parts of the nervous system are con­tinuously at work and do it in an antagonistic way to maintain a healthy balance.

Asthma – Breathe To Cure!

Asthma – a new “pandemic”? There has been a drastic increase in the number of patients with asthma in recent decades. Asthma affects almost 23 million Americans, including 7 million children according to the American Lung Association. Asthma rates in children under the age of five have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994 in America. Asthma may…

Blood – Natural Doping!

The main role of blood When you breathe and air enters your lungs, oxygen is delivered via your blood, to every cell in your body. Here, oxygen is consumed in the Krebs cycle (citric acid cycle), which is a cascade of chemical reactions involving the transformation of the food you have eaten to energy-rich molecules called ATP (the cell’s…

Nitrogen Oxide – A Pleasant Poison!

The unknown “miracle” gas! Breathe through your nose! This applies to everybody, everywhere and at any time. There are numerous reasons for this, but here follows a physiological and very tangible explanation. In 1998 the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to three American scientists for their discovery of nitrogen oxide’s ability to expand blood vessels….

Vibration Therapy

Good Vibrations… More and more research is focusing on examining the many com­plex mechanisms that music contains and the beneficial impact that dif­ferent sounds have on our brain, and in turn our state of mind. This is a positive indication of openness and desired innovations are beginning to see the light of day. “Healing” music…

Your incredible nose

Use your nose! When air enters your nose, the many small hairs in your nose imme­diately filter out larger particles. Air then proceeds to the nasal conchae where it is humidified and warmed, and at the same time, smaller par­ticles are filtered out by the surrounding mucous membranes. Indeed if we use our nose properly, we will…

Ashtanga Yoga

The origin of yoga Ashtanga is the basis of yoga. The word originates from Sanskrit and means “with eight limbs”. In The Yoga Sutras, Pantanjali systematically describes the eight parts that comprise the complete yoga system and leads the practitioner (the yogi) to the true goal. Buddha lived almost contemporarily with Patanjali and there are many obvious convergences between…

Hatha Yoga

A modern yoga! If only the physical aspects of hatha yoga are used, it is called ghatastha yoga (ghata means “physical effort”). Modern expressions like “fitness yoga” and “power yoga” that flourish within gym classes are within the same category, even if they do not derive from the original exercises’ rhythm and succession. In many instances “power yoga”…

Pranayama – Power of the Universe

What is Pranayama? Pranayama is a traditional aspect of yoga and is composed of two Sanskrit words: The first, prana, meaning life force, and the second, ayama, meaning control. If we understand breath in terms of life force, there is a connection between controlling your breath and controlling your life force. The breath provides an easy access to…

The Art Of Freediving

The origin of freediving Freediving is also called apnea, a Greek word meaning “without air”. You probably know the concept of sleep apnea which is an illness where the body simply “forgets” to breathe during sleep. Over the course of history freediving has been used for various pur­poses. In Denmark enormous piles of clamshells have been…

Develop Mental Power With Breath Holding

The “Business” of Breath Holding There is no challenging exercise that is more powerful when it comes to facing yourself than holding your breath. You are floating in water, it is quiet, you are alone with your thoughts and your body reacts to the increasing carbon dioxide and decreasing oxygen concentrations. Your diaphragm starts contracting,…

Chakras – Wheels Of Energy

Chakras and inner energy The word chakra means “wheel” or “rotating ring”. The individual chakras are positioned where energy channels join in the body, and work as transformers that control the energies of the body. The three most important energy channels are ida, pingala and su­shumna. Ida starts from the left nostril and pingala from the right. They cross each other…