Yoga and Meditation: Exercise or a Gateway to the Spirit World?

Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains.  They can practice yoga in their home watching a video.  If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years.  Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga.  There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses.   In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?

The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation.  Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”.  Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship.  Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.

‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it.  The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams.  It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one.  It is a supernatural force that can overtake you.  Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation.  In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye.  The third eye is the gate to your higher power.

Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike.  However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga.  Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit?  Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God.   Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit.  When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life.  When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power.  Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.

In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception.  One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces.  If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies.  Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.

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6 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

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Winter can bring about a whole host of problems and obstacles when it comes to staying healthy. It is, of course, cold and flu season.

Winter also brings about a lot of holidays and holiday parties, which can throw a wrench into any healthy eating regimen. Add alcohol at those gatherings, the stress of being extremely busy, holiday shopping where you’ll come across many people with a cold, and it’s a recipe for a health disaster.

And there’s no cure for the common cold. So how exactly can you keep yourself from having all your energy zapped out of you while ending up flat on your back on the couch for days, despite that mile long to do list?

So, you’re surrounded by sick people, your stress levels are high, you’re really busy, and your eating isn’t as healthy as it would be under normal circumstances. It doesn’t sound good!

But don’t worry. All is not lost! There are ways to stay healthy this winter!

  1. Get Your Sleep

No matter how busy you are or what you have to get done, getting enough sleep is absolutely crucial to a healthy body and mind! You can not skimp on sleep!

Your body needs time to rest and recover, even more so when stress levels are higher, which is definitely the case around the end of year holiday season.

You may also want to cut back on your workouts during the winter to make sure your body has time to recover. When your body is overworked and you aren’t getting enough sleep, it promotes an acidic environment, and this is a breeding ground for viruses and other nasty germs to have their way with you.

Get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Yes, even on weekends. And do your best to get up about the same time every day, seven days a week.

  1. Relax, Chill Out, Kick Back

Whatever you want to call it, you need to find time to take the proverbial chill pill. A 2012 study that was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that people who had to deal with a very stressful occurrence were twice as likely to end up with the common cold.

So find some down time, whether it’s yoga, meditation, or just sitting quietly listening to mellow music. Even fifteen minutes a day can work wonders.

  1. Get Spicy

Take some turmeric. It contains curcumin which is an immune system booster, exactly what you need during cold and flu system. You can get whole turmeric powder in tablets or capsules.

  1. Bad For Your Breath But Good For Your Health

Another great immune booster is garlic. A study published in Advances in Therapy showed that garlic can decrease the frequency of the common cold by as much as 64 percent!

But cooking can ruin the active ingredients, so be sure to mash it or chop it and put some in a salad or something.

  1. Drink Your Green Tea

Green tea has high levels of powerful anti-oxidants to help keep you healthy. It also has high levels of catechin, which can fight and maybe even prevent damage to your cells.

And here’s something to go with “Chill Out” to get rid of that stress! Green tea is high in theanine, which has been shown to have a calming effect and can help you to unwind and relax.

  1. Try Some Echinacea

This one is still up for debate, and there are many in the medical community on both sides of the argument.

However, a study done in 2010 in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that while taking echinacea won’t help prevent a cold, it could possibly shorten the time in which you have the cold. It can’t hurt, so if you feel a cold coming on, you might want to try some.

Nothing you do will guarantee you don’t succumb to a cold this winter, but if you follow these simple tips to stay healthy, you’ll give yourself a great chance of doing so.

Even if you succumb to a cold, chances are you could be healthier, have more energy and feel less stressed throughout the winter.

Author : Aria Meyer is a freelance writer and an active blogger. She writes mainly about fashion and technology, but she also writes about other topics too. She is currently working with several e-commerce websites to help them with content. Aria received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach and is currently living in Walnut, CA. Right now, she is working closely with EMed Items to help them grow the marketing department.

Your Hair, Your State of Mind: Emotional Effects of Hair Loss in Women

Standing in front of your bathroom mirror every morning, you notice more and more strands of hair left on your hair brush. At first, the loss may not be noticeable. You may frown and wonder why, but with a busy day ahead, your mind soon shifts to other more pressing issues.

Over time, you’re still able to cover up the thinning area, possibly styling your hair differently or even buying a volumizing spray. However, at a certain point, you notice your scalp becoming visible. The hairs become further and further apart. You have a busy life, and doctors’ visits aren’t normally something you have time or money for.

This change in appearance is affecting your self-esteem. Even if your hair was never one of your favorite features, you now realize it really was your crowning glory. You may find yourself turning down the chance to hang out with friends or even avoiding going out in public. Hats may start to become part of your daily wardrobe.

It practically goes without saying that any sort of hair loss (or alopecia as it is known in the medical community) is cause for alarm; it is a good reason to go straight to your doctor and determine the cause.

If you get nothing else from the time spent reading this, it should be this: the sooner you are able to determine the “root” cause of your hair loss, the sooner you can begin to form a plan of action and cope with its effects.

So what are the emotional effects of hair loss in women?

  • Concerns about aging. We unconsciously relate our loss of hair with a loss of youth and therefore inevitable aging.
  • Dissatisfaction with appearance and poor body image. A change in hair or altered hairline can really change a person’s appearance. Perception of this change as negative can have a profound effect on a person’s overall self-worth.
  • Decreased self-esteem. A sense of physical attractiveness is an essential element of self-esteem. When hair loss occurs, it can rapidly lead to a negative opinion of one’s overall pride.
  • Loss of confidence. Along with embarrassment and shyness, hair loss can easily result in loss of confidence in women. Where we were once able to approach social situations, we may now feel inadequate.
  • Jealousy and envy. Coveting other women’s healthy locks is a common reaction to hair loss in women. This feeling of inadequacy can often fuel other emotional effects as well.
  • Introversion and depression. If left untreated, the emotional effects of hair loss can result in a woman isolating herself and suffering from clinical depression.

Each of the above repercussions is completely normal. Losing your hair is traumatic at any age no matter the cause; however, there is hope!

Medication, such as Minoxidil, have created new hope for women experiencing alopecia. You can also take heart in the fact that hair loss due to hormonal changes is often temporary. Even complete hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment is considered a temporary condition.

In the mean time you can boost your confidence by:

  • Shopping for a wig. It may sound superficial, but the minute that you slip on a wig you may quickly feel up to leaving the house again. Wigs have come a long way, and now even many acrylic wigs look very realistic. You can shop for a wig that closely matches your natural hair or go for a new look.
  • Finding a hairpiece. You can mask localized hair loss with the use of a clever hairpiece such as a topper for the crown of your head.
  • Experimenting with colorful scarves and hats. These can be worn alone or as a combination. You can search Google celeb looks and you’ll find that they are actually very much in fashion.
  • Focusing on your health. The only sure-fire way to give yourself the best chances of coping with your hair loss is to prioritize a healthy diet and get the right amount of exercise. Consider taking up yoga, which integrates elements of both mental and physical wellness.

Hair loss in women is actually much more common than you might think. If you or someone you know is suffering from it, the first step is to determine the cause. After a visit with your doctor, you can begin to cope with the emotional effects.

If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to friends and family about your condition, take the time to join an online forum or discussion group. Sometimes it can be surprisingly easy to type your feelings out anonymously. You’ll be amazed by how much support is actually available.

You can also consider seeking professional therapy to help you process your emotions related to hair loss. In the meantime, keep in mind that your feelings about the condition are perfectly normal. Breathe in, develop a plan of action and this too, shall pass.

 

Written by Nyima Bieber