Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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09 Apr 2024


Meditation and Stress Management

Meditation and Stress Management 

by Shri K. C. Jain, Treasurer,
IYA & Managing Trustee, Akhil Bharatiya Anuvrat Nyas

One of the words that we increasingly hear nowadays in conversations is ‘stress’. With the focus being put on mental health in recent times, there has been a growing awareness that stress can be a major hinderance to a ‘good’ and healthy life. If one were to simply put it, stress refers to a condition where

Young yogi with chakras, the concept of peace and relaxation.

Stress does not always need to have negative connotations. When taken in its positive connotation, stress can inspire the individual to be stimulated, creative and grow as a person. It is when the stress becomes overbearing, and begins to take a toll on the physical, mental and emotional health of a person that it becomes a matter of concern.

There can be any number of triggers for stress. They could be work-related, from financial problems or personal problems, relationships, academic or peer pressure, or from illness. But they can all be pinned to a psychological origin and if unchecked, can lead to long term problems which manifest in the physical body as well as the psyche. Most commonly identified symptoms of stress include insomnia or excess sleep, lethargy, lack of concentration, loss of focus and concentration, anxiety and depression, low levels of energy, frequent headaches, weight loss, tearfulness, among others. Long-term complications from stress include high blood pressure, hyperventilation, recurrent skin conditions, heartburn and acidity, etc.

In stress management and to cure depression, meditation offers significant benefits. Identifying all disorders, including stress, as being psychosomatic in nature, meditation undertake to cure the individual from within. This is done through a combination of Meditation, asanas, pranayama, diet and nutrition changes and Naturopathy among others.

Since relaxation and mindfulness are stress management techniques which have also been accepted by the medical sciences as having significant effect on patients. Regular practice of meditation, guided as well as unguided (after a significant period of training), helps calm the mind and the body. For this it is also important that the practitioner practice meditation in a clean and quiet environment with complete focus and dedication.

There are different aspects of Preksha Meditation which serve useful benefits in stress management. Mantra meditation, Kayotsarga, Antaryatra, Shvaas Preksha, Sharir Preksha, and other techniques of Preksha Meditation practiced under the guidance of a trained instructor can be beneficial to those suffering from stress.
At Adhyatma Sadhna Kendra, treatment and management of stress and affiliated disorders is available to patients on walk-in basis as well as in residential camps. Please enquire at the Kendra for more information on upcoming camps.

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