Archive for March, 2013
9 Life Enriching Benefits of Yoga

We’ve all heard at one time or another about how yoga is great for our holistic well-being and some of us have a daily yoga practice we do with that in mind. What you may not know is that the list of life enriching benefits of yoga just keeps on growing and here we look at several new discoveries about the wonderful benefits of yoga that have emerged in recent years. If you don’t incorporate some form of yoga into your daily life you may reconsider after reading this and become a yogi or yogini yourself!

Yoga gives an immune boost to breast cancer survivors

In breast cancer survivors, the Iyengar method of yoga not only promotes psychological well-being, but seems to offer immune system benefits as well, according to new research. The Iyengar method, created by B. K. S. Iyengar, “is considered to be one of the more active forms of yoga,” says lead researcher and presenter Pamela E. Schultz
“It still has the meditative component, but it’s been shown to have a physical output equivalent to a moderate-intensity exercise.” –Source

Yoga reverses the risk of heart disease

Ycan reverse the clinical and biochemical changes associated with metabolic syndrome, according to results of studies from Sweden and India. Waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides were significantly lower, and “good” HDL cholesterol levels were higher in the yoga group as compared to controls, Agrawal’s team reports in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. –Source

Yoga proven to help back pain

Research shows that regular yoga sessions may be an effective way to combat back pain. In one study, those who practised weekly 75-minute yoga classes made greater progress than those who took part in strengthening and stretching classes. The researchers found that at the end of 12 weeks patients in the yoga group were better able to do daily activities involving the back. After another 14 weeks they also reported less pain, and used less pain relieving drugs. –Source

Yoga enhances sexual performance

A study published in the December 2008 edition of The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed women who were not satisfied with their sex life experienced heightened arousal and better orgasms when they practiced yoga. Another study published in the same journal in 2007 showed yoga was the most effective solution for men dealing with premature ejaculation in comparison to Prozac and non-prescription drugs.Source

Yoga can help heal in PTSD recovery

Recently Yoga has begun to be used as a treatment to aid in healing those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a recent study, a group of female patients suffering from PTSD were taught Hatha Yoga in eight sessions while another group of female patients underwent eight sessions of group therapy. Those who finished the Yoga training showed a substantial improvement in symptoms such as “the frequency of intrusive thoughts and the severity of jangled nerves” in comparison to those who underwent group therapy. –Source

Yoga helps in weight control through mindfulness

According to a new study headed by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, people who practice yoga regularly are less likely to be obese. The reason isn’t necessarily the exercise part of yoga but the mindfulness part that promotes a slim body. It was found that middle-age people who practice yoga gained less weight over a ten year period than those who did not. This was independent of physical activity and dietary patterns. –Source

Yoga helps in stopping binge eating

According to research conducted at the University of The Rockies, binge eaters were encouraged to take part in a 10-week yoga therapy program. These participants saw a dramatic drop in their binge-eating episodes towards the end of the program. Every week, the program included an hour of yoga and group discussion afterwards that lasted half an hour. –Source

Yoga improves mood and reduces anxiety

Yet another study has confirmed that yoga can assist in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety, and cardiac disease. Chris Streeter, MD, and his colleagues from Boston University School of Medicine discovered that it may be because of yoga’s ability to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an endogenous antidepressant neurotransmitter present in the brain. –Source

It’s well known yoga reduces stress; now we know why

Research has suggested for some time that psychosocial interventions like meditation reduce the adverse effects of caregiver stress on physical and mental health. However, the pathways by which such psychosocial interventions impact biological processes are poorly understood. –Source

This article originally appeared on SHIFT>

SHIFT> Has Launched!

It’s here! After a year of much time, money & effort we have launched our new site called SHIFT>

SHIFT> is a transformation focused social sharing site that was created in order to accelerate individual and collective consciousness so humanity can see a bright future instead of a dystopian one. Shift thrives on social sharing and so we have made it the focus as we will demonstrate a little later.

Shift.is acts as a platform for inspiring others to do their part in our collective movement into a paradigm that is anchored in balance, harmony and coherence with one another and our environment. We provide a place for people to become co-creators of a world which is enlightened about the challenges facing humanity and working on solutions to them. We want to help individuals and groups work together in a way that benefits the whole of humanity.

We are here to help humanity by dissolving the boundaries that exist between each other and helping people realize the oneness and interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

As much as we love Peace and Loveism and have put literally hundreds if not thousands of hours into it for the benefit of humanity we won’t be able to continue spending time, money & energy on both SHIFT> and Peace and Loveism so after October Peace and Loveism will close down unless someone is willing to take on the torch.

Using SHIFT> For Social Transformation

The core of SHIFT> is it’s community shares feed. Using it is quite simple after you understand your way around it as we’ll show in easy to understand directions using screenshots of different kinds of things that can be done.

Viewing the Community Shares Feed

When you first come to the site, whether it’s by typing in shift.is into your browser or clicking on a link on another site that takes you there, this is what you’ll see. It’s the homepage and from here you can navigate to the other areas of the site. Since the Community Shares Feed is the focus of SHIFT> that’s what we’ll guide you through.

From the homepage you’re going to be able to get to the Feed in a few different ways. The main way is by clicking on the Community Shares Feed button at the top left of the homepage just above the site logo. You can also access the Feed by clicking on the Get Involved button just to the right of the logo.

A third way to get to the Feed is to click on one of two View all community shares buttons if you scroll down the homepage. One of the buttons is in the New Community Shares sidebar on the right and the other is in the 5 Random Community Shares sidebar on the left.

That covers how to view the Feed. Simple enough right? Now we’ll show you how you can share something to the feed.

Sharing Something to the Feed

As with viewing the Feed, there’s also several different ways to share something to the Feed. The simplest way is to click the +Share Something button in the top left of the homepage.

Two other ways to share something to the Feed are also side by side the previous methods of viewing the Feed, as you can see below.

One final way to share something is if you’re already in the Feed by clicking on the +Upload/Share Something button as seen below.

…and a closeup

Now you know how to get to the Feed and share something! But wait, you don’t have a user account yet so you won’t be able to share anything inspiring yet. Not to worry, creating an account is very simple and in some instances you won’t even need to make one if you have Facebook.

Creating an Account

Membership is completely free and easy to set up. We’ll walk you through how to set up an account using two methods. The first is creating an account directly on SHIFT>

From the homepage, click on the Login/Register button in the top right of the site.

Once you click on Login/Register, you’ll see the page below.

From this page you can register a new account using the form on the right side or Connect with Facebook using the button on the left side. Registration is very simple here and if you already have a Facebook account you can go ahead and click on the button to connect with your Facebook account and that’s it! You are now able to post all the wonderfully inspiring and consciousness-expanding things that your heart desires.

Since SHIFT> is community-driven it thrives when many of us come together to share and support things that are transformational and awaken awareness to not only the incredible possibilities for humanity and ourselves but also expand awareness and inspire action by showing the present state of things. Together we can make sure our future is a bright one. We hold the keys to our destiny. Let’s unlock the door to a bright one.

SHIFT> Has Launched!

It’s here! After a year of much time, money & effort we have launched our new site called SHIFT>

SHIFT> is a transformation focused social sharing site that was created in order to accelerate individual and collective consciousness so humanity can see a bright future instead of a dystopian one. Shift thrives on social sharing and so we have made it the focus as we will demonstrate a little later.

Shift.is acts as a platform for inspiring others to do their part in our collective movement into a paradigm that is anchored in balance, harmony and coherence with one another and our environment. We provide a place for people to become co-creators of a world which is enlightened about the challenges facing humanity and working on solutions to them. We want to help individuals and groups work together in a way that benefits the whole of humanity.

We are here to help humanity by dissolving the boundaries that exist between each other and helping people realize the oneness and interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

As much as we love Peace and Loveism and have put literally hundreds if not thousands of hours into it for the benefit of humanity we won’t be able to continue spending time, money & energy on both SHIFT> and Peace and Loveism so after October Peace and Loveism will close down unless someone is willing to take on the torch.

Using SHIFT> For Social Transformation

The core of SHIFT> is it’s community shares feed. Using it is quite simple after you understand your way around it as we’ll show in easy to understand directions using screenshots of different kinds of things that can be done.

Viewing the Community Shares Feed

When you first come to the site, whether it’s by typing in shift.is into your browser or clicking on a link on another site that takes you there, this is what you’ll see. It’s the homepage and from here you can navigate to the other areas of the site. Since the Community Shares Feed is the focus of SHIFT> that’s what we’ll guide you through.

From the homepage you’re going to be able to get to the Feed in a few different ways. The main way is by clicking on the Community Shares Feed button at the top left of the homepage just above the site logo. You can also access the Feed by clicking on the Get Involved button just to the right of the logo.

A third way to get to the Feed is to click on one of two View all community shares buttons if you scroll down the homepage. One of the buttons is in the New Community Shares sidebar on the right and the other is in the 5 Random Community Shares sidebar on the left.

That covers how to view the Feed. Simple enough right? Now we’ll show you how you can share something to the feed.

Sharing Something to the Feed

As with viewing the Feed, there’s also several different ways to share something to the Feed. The simplest way is to click the +Share Something button in the top left of the homepage.

Two other ways to share something to the Feed are also side by side the previous methods of viewing the Feed, as you can see below.

One final way to share something is if you’re already in the Feed by clicking on the +Upload/Share Something button as seen below.

…and a closeup

Now you know how to get to the Feed and share something! But wait, you don’t have a user account yet so you won’t be able to share anything inspiring yet. Not to worry, creating an account is very simple and in some instances you won’t even need to make one if you have Facebook.

Creating an Account

Membership is completely free and easy to set up. We’ll walk you through how to set up an account using two methods. The first is creating an account directly on SHIFT>

From the homepage, click on the Login/Register button in the top right of the site.

Once you click on Login/Register, you’ll see the page below.

From this page you can register a new account using the form on the right side or Connect with Facebook using the button on the left side. Registration is very simple here and if you already have a Facebook account you can go ahead and click on the button to connect with your Facebook account and that’s it! You are now able to post all the wonderfully inspiring and consciousness-expanding things that your heart desires.

Since SHIFT> is community-driven it thrives when many of us come together to share and support things that are transformational and awaken awareness to not only the incredible possibilities for humanity and ourselves but also expand awareness and inspire action by showing the present state of things. Together we can make sure our future is a bright one. We hold the keys to our destiny. Let’s unlock the door to a bright one.

Music Review: Der Waldläufer – Wanderlust (2013)

Der Waldläufer is the name of a German ambient/chillout/downbeat music artist creating mesmerizing soundscapes that take you on an inner path to outer space. Creating an ethereal atmosphere that combines soothing drones and tribal instruments,  Der Waldläufer is a blend of consciousness-raising harmonics that is refreshing and invoking of a peaceful serenity within.

Be prepared to be taken on a journey through time and space…through cosmic valleys of tranquility. A perfect listen to on a Saturday morning as you look at your window and see the snow falling ever-so-lightly or on an afternoon out in nature as the sun sets and nature’s inhabitants are preparing for their slumber. Der Waldläufer’s music is so soothing that we would even recommend if for meditation where you are seeking that added element that will be able to take you on a peaceful ride unlike possible if you’ve just come home from a hectic day and are looking to decompress.

We love supporting artists that not only produce great music but also have a deeper intention within their beautiful sounds and Der Waldläufer is an artist that certainly has both.

YouTube Video

Official Site
Soundcloud
Bandcamp

Music Review: Der Waldläufer – Wanderlust (2013)

Der Waldläufer is the name of a German ambient/chillout/downbeat music artist creating mesmerizing soundscapes that take you on an inner path to outer space. Creating an ethereal atmosphere that combines soothing drones and tribal instruments,  Der Waldläufer is a blend of consciousness-raising harmonics that is refreshing and invoking of a peaceful serenity within.

Be prepared to be taken on a journey through time and space…through cosmic valleys of tranquility. A perfect listen to on a Saturday morning as you look at your window and see the snow falling ever-so-lightly or on an afternoon out in nature as the sun sets and nature’s inhabitants are preparing for their slumber. Der Waldläufer’s music is so soothing that we would even recommend if for meditation where you are seeking that added element that will be able to take you on a peaceful ride unlike possible if you’ve just come home from a hectic day and are looking to decompress.

We love supporting artists that not only produce great music but also have a deeper intention within their beautiful sounds and Der Waldläufer is an artist that certainly has both.

YouTube Video

Official Site
Soundcloud
Bandcamp