Friday, December 2, 2016

Meditation Techniques for Seniors to cope with Financial Stress

How Meditation & Spiritualism Can Help Seniors in India Cope with Financial Stress

Meditation is a vehicle to take you on to the journey of Inner Path. Our life goes through different aspects of life and one of those is management of financial part. We all earn our money to live better life but in today livelihood scenario. It is not that easy.This blog will reveal you the facts about working younger easy life and family ship of Seniors. 

Seniors in India are the fastest growing segment of the population. By definition, a senior in India is a person who is 60 years old or more. Currently, there are more than 100 million elderly citizens in the country and the population is expected to increase by 40% in the period 2000-2050 according to the United Nations. 

Seniors Live Alone
The Census 2011 data revealed that 15 million senior citizens live alone and of this figure, 75% are women. Although India is a country that prides itself on strong & closely knit-families, the statistics show otherwise. More than 50% of households surveyed do not have anyone aged 60 or above living with them.

Financial Stress
Elderly people living with a family member have someone helping take care of them. The socio-economic burden predominantly lies with the son, daughter or relative. In contrast, seniors living on their own have to be independent and self-reliant economically and financially. With a majority of the seniors, working is necessary to sustain themselves and their spouse. The uncertainty of finances contributes to stress and anxiety among the elderly. Tobacco and alcohol consumption may be a typical response to cope with stress and anxiety. Grover and Malhotra reviewed data that suggests depression among the elderly is high associated with aging, unemployment, and poor socioeconomic status.

Dealing with Financial Stress

Tackling the problem is essential not only by providing assistance to the elderly financially (government or NGO support schemes) but also mentally and physically to improve their well-being. Promoting health care policies and programs benefit India’s elderly immensely. Exercising, walking and meditation can help take off the stress of financial uncertainty. Yoga, in particular, is viewed as a positive form of reducing stress and anxiety. It sharpens the mind, improves mood, enhances balance, protects joints and bones while building strength and endurance to help seniors cope with stressful life events. Note, however, that although many forms of yoga are perfectly safe, caution must be exercised with the elderly as it can become a strenuous activity.

With the time passing we all see the reality of life that we all make money for livelihood but our life management plan always changes due to circumstances we face in daily life. Due to growth of Income and development of society. We always being careless that days and age are flying by and what we need to be more focused if we want to live a Healthy life. Our unique India has global learning approach and this continue growth of global learning is somewhere taking us to leave our Vedic wisdom. If we maintain our living way with spiritual path and continue to Meditation practice. It will heal and work for us. Bhakti Yoga has nine modes and five mental attribute.

There are many meditation techniques which eastern world produce and spreading to the global meditation learning community. You can explore with us more about 20 different meditation techniques in our 28 Days meditation training - International certification program.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

10 Easy Steps for Meditation for Beginners

                                     Meditation Steps for beginners practitioners

Indian Meditation School at Rishikesh ,Sharing you techniques to learn Meditation practicing yourself. Here are 10 easy steps to start meditation.

Most of us wonder about meditation.What is Meditation and how to start practicing it ? Today you will experience it is not difficult as it appeared in our first thought. The assumption of thought of sitting silent with your eyes closed and your mind focused on one thought seems to scare many of us. But meditation can be really easy. Here are 10 great tips to get you started on your road to nirvana.
Pick the time
Meditation is a time to relax and the time you pick should be entirely yours. It is important that you choose a time when you will not get disturbed and have the freedom to extend the session if you please. The best part about picking the time is that you are not anxious about the next activity you have to do. This not only allows you to relax it also helps deepen the process of meditation.  Practitioners suggest the hours during either sunrise and sunset, while nature transitions between day and night, is ideal for the practice.
Silence please!
A quiet and calm place is of course the best for meditation. Avoid places where you are likely to be disturbed by your family, house help or dog/cat. A quiet corner is the best to ease you into a trance, making your meditation experience more enjoyable and relaxing.
Take a seat
Your posture makes all the difference. Sit comfortably and in a place that is steady. Your spine should be erect with your shoulders and neck relaxed. Make sure you sit on the floor on a rug or mat and keep your eyes closed throughout meditation process.  
Eat light
Meditation is best done before a meal or with a half-full stomach (usually two hours after a meal). Trying to meditate after a heavy meal will only make you sleepy and you will doze off during the process. A light stomach leads to a more agile mind that has enough energy to focus on one thing. Your brain is not diverting all its energies towards digesting food or trying to keep hunger pangs at bay. Also, make sure you do not try to meditate when you are hungry, you will find it extremely difficult to concentrate.
Warm-up first
It is best you do a few warm-up exercises before you get to meditating. This is because warming up the body helps to improve circulation, reduces restlessness and helps the body feel lighter. Try doing some light stretching exercises or sukshma yoga (a short and easy yoga practice that lasts for about seven minutes and is designed to loosen up the body) before you start.
Breathe easy
Before you start, it is best to do some deep breathing. This not only helps oxygenate your body and internal organs, it will also help you ease into the meditative state better. Try doing breathing exercises like anulom vilom before you start. A few minutes should be good enough to prepare you. (Read: Anulom vilom pranayam – beat diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol with this yoga asana)
Smile, it increases your face value
While meditating, make sure you have a gentle smile on your face. It will help you feel happier, more relaxed and peaceful. That gentle smile will help you meditate better. Don’t worry about anyone looking at you or  judging you, you are meditating for your own well-being.
Get some guidance
During the first few times you meditate it might be difficult to actually focus. The best way is to get some direction by using guided meditation techniques. These are simple audio files that will instruct you as you meditate. Not only does this make the process simpler it is also much more enjoyable.
Be gentle with your eyes
Once you are done with your meditation, don’t be in a hurry to get back to your routine. Open your eyes slowly and allow yourself to once again become aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Enjoy your day
Experts say that meditation is like an instant energy booster. It enlivens the mind and body helping you stay charged for the rest of the day. Consider it your mini-vacation.
Finallyaccording to Guru ‘Meditation happens, you can’t do it. You can only create a congenial atmosphere for it to happen.’
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Meditation School India - Shree Mahesh Heritage is a Government of India registered institution is known as residential Meditation teacher training school for  advanced practitioners and beginners who want to become a certified Meditation Instructor (Teacher). Located in Himalayan region of Rishikesh , School conducts meditation courses like : 300 Hour Meditation Teacher Training , 15 Days Meditation Retreats & 7 Days Meditation for beginners & Vedic healing programs Eg: Riki, Panch Karma & chakra healing etc. It is established in Year 2012.  At Meditation School ,we are blessed having all those four naturally available to let you study, feel and experience. During the Meditation TT course or retreats, you will learn Vedic way of  mantra chanting  eg: ‘Gayatri Mantra’ for the purification of intellect. Besides your meditation teaching skills development You will study some selected verses from Bhagvat Gita to understand mind, meditation, Sattvic diet, obstacles and progressive signs of meditation etc. The seekers visiting to rishikesh loves to feed cow as a selfless service and enjoy a sense of inner peace and tranquility (optional activity).
Here you get a chance to learn and develop skills  of living life spiritual way and  especially  to become good at helping people with:

  • Addictions
  • Pain Management
  • Manifesting Goals and Dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Finding Life Purpose
  • Connecting to Higher Self and Guides

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shakti of Meditation

“Meditation has the power to calm nerves, relieve stress, focus on victory – and also to extend lives. Decades later, I began offering free meditation lessons to the patients at my wellness clinic in South Florida. Over time, I saw that the patients who meditated seemed to thrive. They were also happier, healthier and younger in body and spirit.”

The doctor then goes on to cite results from medical research that justify the outcomes of meditation practice he had found in his clients. He claims, “These studies prove that you can slow your aging by using your thoughts and emotions to influence your chromosomes. This mind-body connection remains a cornerstone of my anti-aging philosophy. You see, the modern world overloads our brains.”
Modern lifestyles are not only stressful, they also distance us from Nature, our primary healer. Continuous states of stress destabilizes autonomic activities of body systems due to excessive secretion of Cortisol hormone, including triggering insulin resistance leading to anxiety, depression, which in turn lead to hypertension, diabetes and if not controlled timely, to other more serious health disorders. Research shows that Cortisol shortens telomeres, the caps at the end of each strand of DNA in all living creatures and sabotages telomerase, the enzyme that rebuilds telomeres.

Meditation is the best medicine-free practice for Stress Management, which directly helps in establishing balance between the two hemispheres of the brain – the sympathetic and parasympathetic, and restores normal autonomic operations of various body organs. It stops the excessive Cortisol hormonal secretions so that telomeres are not sabotaged. Meditation may not remove the cause of stress but it certainly frees the mind from the web of stresses and allows it time to connect the all-empowered medi-server in our brain with the rest of the body to run and monitor body’s normal health management processes on an ongoing basis. The combined role of intellect duly empowered by the knowledge levels of the individual about his holistic health existence at physical, subtle and causal levels is the key in stress management techniques, which is reinforced during meditation process. No wonder worldwide medical research in recent decades on cancer, heart and other non-communicable chronic diseases have established beyond doubt efficacy of Yogic practices in body and mental health management. Pranayam and Meditation are the backbone of such Yogic practices and results are commensurate to the theoretical knowledge and practical experience base of your trainer. The more we learn through Yogic techniques to keep the stress factors away from impacting on the body health, the more we can free ourselves from dependence on medicines, which are not free from harmful side-effects. The two paras below are reproduced from Al Sear MD Wellness Center mail:
“Recently, researchers tracked 88 breast cancer patients. One set of women practiced meditation for eight weeks and their telomeres grew significantly longer. The other group of women got a six-week stress-management course – and their telomeres didn't grow. Another team of researchers followed 142 breast-cancer patients for 12 weeks. And telomerase activity skyrocketed by 17 percent among the patients who meditated. But telomerase activity stalled at three percent in the patients who didn't use the power of their minds.8
In a similar experiment, psychiatrists studied people who were stressed over caring for loved ones with dementia. Some of the care-givers were taught Hindu-style yogic meditation. Some care-givers only took breaks to listen to relaxing music. Listening to music barely budged the care-givers' telomerase activity, but meditation sent it skyrocketing by 43 percent. Harvard Medical School psychiatrists looked at telomeres from people who regularly practice a Buddhist-style of meditation. The meditators had significantly longer telomeres than people who didn't meditate. Plus, the study found that meditation benefited women most of all.”
I wish to conclude by merely stating the obvious. The more we learn to live in tune with Nature, prepare ourselves to serve others than wanting to promote self-interest all the time, learn from others’ strengths and ignore their shortcomings, observe religious practices for Self-development and not merely for preaching and propagating to others as a belief, faith or ideology, always be open to grasp authentic knowledge from all reliable sources without discrimination in a scientific approach – meaning it should appeal to your own sound logic and reasoning, and, above all, we must realize that nothing in this world belongs to us permanently, not even our own body, and we have to depart one day leaving everything behind. Therefore, keep that sense of detachment from every action of yours and all belongings so that you are never stressed about contrary to expected results of those actions or fear of losing the belongings, the worst fear being that of losing the body - death.
Meditation School India | Shree Mahesh Heritage, Offer you an Opportunity to avail the power of Meditation from the skilled Meditation Teacher.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Things to bring for Meditation and Vedic Spiritual Retreats

                   Checklist : Things to bring on your Meditation & Spiritual Beginner Retreats 

Meditation and Spiritual Retreats contribute to the health and wellness of our bodies, minds and souls.  The serene and spiritual city of Rishikesh is the perfect place to cultivate a practice of meditation.You have been excited and looking forward to your retreat or training for months.  Now that it is almost time to leave, what do you pack?
There is a fine line between over-packing and under-packing. You want to make sure you have what you need without lugging around stuff you have no use for while you’re away. The location, Rishikesh and length of the retreat, 15 Days or 4 Weeks will be important to keep in mind when you pack your bags. This article is specifically geared towards folks coming to The Meditation School India | Shree Mahesh Heritage in holy River Ganga city for a retreat, so you can make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and prepared during your stay.
Meditation teacher training and beginner spiritual retreats at the school are residential programs and you are provided 3 meals, 1 room with single occupancy including an attached bath, free wifi and hot water facility.
This is to ensure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and prepared during your stay.

Meditation Yoga Mat
We do provide mats at the SMH Retreat School, but if you have one at home, bring it along. —the exception is Perfect Health, where mats will be available to borrow.

Comfortable Clothes
Comfortable clothes means something different to everyone. The Meditation School in Rishikesh is a casual environment, so bring the type of clothing you feel most comfortable in. That ranges from yoga or workout clothing, to slacks and skirts, and everything in-between. Make sure to bring yoga clothes if you intend to participate in yoga classes.

Winter Layers, Summer Layers, Monsoon Layers 
Anyone who’s been to Rishikesh knows that in winter evenings and mornings are chilly, and afternoons are warm. During our indoor sessions, we do our best to regulate the temperature, but sometimes the thermometer doesn’t always cooperate with us. (Winter season is November to February ). Packing layers ensures you are comfortable regardless of the weather inside and out.

Comfortable Shoes 
The Meditation School accommodation is located on the grounds of a beautiful resort. If you’re someone who is a walker and likes to explore on foot, bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes so that you can enjoy the grounds. We are also about a 10 min walk from the Ganga River banks if you’re feeling adventurous.

Bathing Suit 
If you plan to enjoy bathing in River Ganga or at the accommodation before or after the retreat, you should absolutely pack your bathing suit (only in summer). The sun shines in Rishikesh around 300 days a year, so you can soak in your vitamin D and all the amenities at Shree Mahesh Heritage school or accommodation.

Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses 
Speaking of the sun, if you’re planning to spend some time in the great outdoors, bring anything you may want to have on-hand to protect yourself from overexposure, such as SPF, a hat, and sunglasses.

Water Bottle 
We will provide water to drink at school premises but not at the accommodation. You can buy a plastic reusable bottle, but if you prefer to use glass/stainless steel or your own bottle refill , make sure to bring it along.

Your Favorite Journal 
When you arrive at registration, you will receive hand-outs, journal, pen and course material. If you have a special journal or something you often write in, bring it on your retreat so you can add your new experiences and thoughts.

A Book 
Books can be great tools for inspiration and to make notes in. The books we reference the most at our retreats are the Patanjali Yog Sutra , Hatha Yoga, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, so having one of those with you for the retreat would be beneficial. If you’re looking for a new book to dive into, find one in our online bookstore.

Healthy Snacks for Travel 
If you’re flying or driving a distance to the retreat, remember to stock up on healthy snacks, as it can be tough to find healthy options in airports or on the road. Fruit, nuts, granola bars, and trail mix are great options that travel well. Snacks may come in handy if you get hungry between meals during your retreat as well.

An Open Mind 
Even if you forget everything on this list, if you show up with nothing but yourself and an open mind, you’ll have truly all you need to receive all of the benefits the retreat.

#About Rishikesh : Things to do - Water Rafting , experience the thrill of Bungee Jumping -83 meters and Flying fox- 1 km" , Ganga Aarti participation ,visit Vasishtha Cave etc. 

What You Won’t Need on a Retreat
X - Fancy clothing or jewellery
X - Hair dryer/hairspray
X - Perfume
X - High heels
X - Your venti latte or 5-Hour Energy Drink
X - Your own agenda or schedule
X - Inhibitions

Best Regards,
Sarvottam Kumar

You’re headed out for a meditation and yoga retreat, excited about the possibilities and open to new experiences. You’ve been looking forward to it for months, but now that it’s almost time to leave, you have no idea what to pack.
There’s a fine line between over-packing and under-packing. You want to make sure you have what you need without lugging around stuff you have no use for while you’re away. The location and length of the retreat will be important to keep in mind when you pack your bags. This article is specifically geared towards folks coming to The Chopra Center in sunny Southern California for a retreat, so you can make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and prepared during your stay.
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