Laughter Yoga started in 1995 in a Mumbai park in India, when a medical doctor – Dr Madan Kataria became interested in the power of laughter in curing illness. It started with just 5 willing participants but there are now over 1000 laughter clubs across the world. http://laughteryoga.org
Evidence has shown, that making yourself laugh provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as real laughter because “the mind does not know we’re faking it.” Laughter yoga sessions generally start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping, eye contact and subtle body movement to break down inhibitions and encourage childlike playfulness – something we adults don’t have enough of in my professional view. Breathing exercises are also used to prepare the lungs for laughter,
Laughing is brilliant way to strengthen our immune system, completely reverse the symptoms of depression & anxiety alongside many other health benefits. How does this happen? By bringing more oxygen to the body and brain, which in turn, enhances positive feelings and improves interpersonal skills. Just 15 minutes a day of real belly laughter is proven to be the equivalent of 100 sit ups in the gym – it’s perfectly natural, has exactly the
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Just stop for a minute to consider the above research by a professional mental health body in relation to 21st Century children – our children.
Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, my generation is one in which children went out to play in the morning and came back in the evening, too exhausted to think about being depressed. Don’t misunderstand me, my family were poor working class with my clothes always second-hand & discipline dished out where necessary. But in terms of mental health, it wasn’t even an issue growing up and I certainly don’t recall any of my childhood friends having mental health problems, the way children do now. So I find myself asking ‘what’s wrong with the world today?’ Could it be the advanced levels of technology we now have? where virtual friends are many and real face-to-face conversations practically non-existent? Or could it be, because children no longer need to use their mind to do anything? Let’s face it, with online spellchecking & auto correcting, online calculators
Dementia & Alzheimers seem to be on the increase, especially in the West. I’ve certainly noticed an increase in people mentioning during treatments, their fears around the symptoms. But do you know, there’s a way to slow down the process and maybe even cure the symptoms? I’m really not joking, and I’ve absolutely no idea why we aren’t told about it – Meditation.
But would you know the difference between Alzheimers & Dementia? This is a powerful question and for most of us, the answer would be NO. First let’s understand the differences, and then how a simple practice like meditation can help reverse the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease destroys neurons and their connections in the parts of the brain controling memory. These include; the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. It later affects areas in the cerebral cortex responsible for language, reasoning, and social behaviour.
Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting our mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning (for example, making sense of the world) Dementia is a kind of umbrella that Alzheimer’s disease stands under, and it has many causes. The most common is Alzheimers. Please note… there are different types of dementia too.
Welcome to day 12 of our 17 days in colour. I really hope you’re enjoying the blog, and finding my posts beneficial. Colour is a really significant part of our lives but it lives welcome to day 12 of our 17 days in colour. I really hope you’re enjoying the blog, and finding my posts beneficial. Colour is a really significant part of our lives, but it goes much deeper than that. Colour has a huge impact both positively and negatively on our mental, physical & spiritual well-being. Throughout the blog we’ve explored a range of colours all with their own powerful healing properties and now let’s explore the earthy colour – Brown
Brown is the colour of grounding, earthiness and all things material. This colour is represented by the elements of Earth and is excellent if you’re pondering on decisions or if you’re trying to find some resolve when changes are happening. Wearing the colour brown in such situations can bring instant clarity and relief from the anxiety created. Brown also represents stability, alongside conservation, protection of household, family and pets, healing animals & finding lost objects. For anyone trying to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration or wanting help in a financial crisis brown is such a powerful colour to wear.
People who have a tendency for attraction towards the colour brown, or practical and logical thinkers, with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing but it’s guaranteed to keep you firmly grounded. Brown is associated with the Root Chakra. People who prefer the colour brown prefer the comforts and nature of life rather than the material and they love more than anything the outdoors – really hating the prospect of being stuck in one place for too long unless it’s stimulating.