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March 10th, 2011

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Naturopathy at Renuv Med spa Wellness center in Feasterville Lower Bucks County Pa 19053

October 13th, 2010

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. Naturopathy is a holistic system, meaning that naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person. Most naturopathic doctors use a variety of therapies and techniques (such as nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture).

There are two areas of focus in naturopathy: one is supporting the body’s own healing abilities, and the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health. While naturopathic doctors treat both short bouts of illness and chronic conditions, their emphasis is on preventing disease and educating patients.

What is the history of naturopathy?

The modern form of naturopathy can be traced to 18th- and 19th-century natural healing systems. Such systems include hydrotherapy (water therapy), which was popular in Germany and nature cure, developed in Austria, based on the use of food, air, light, water, and herbs to treat illness.

Benjamin Lust, a German immigrant, first introduced naturopathy to the United States in 1902 when he founded the American School of Naturopathy. The school emphasized the use of natural cures, proper bowel habits, and good hygiene as the tools for health. This was the first time that principles of a healthy diet, like increasing fiber intake and reducing saturated fats, became popular.

In the mid-1920s to 1940, the use of naturopathic medicine declined. It was not until the 1960s that naturopathic-style holistic medicine became popular again. Today, naturopaths are licensed care providers in many states. They offer a variety of natural therapies, including homeopathy, vitamin and mineral supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, relaxation techniques, and herbal remedies.

Some of the more common treatments used by a naturopath include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – These therapies include drinking natural spring water, taking baths, alternating hot and cold applications, and water exercise, all of which are thought to stimulate healing and strengthen the immune system.
  • Physical medicine — This natural approach to healing involves using touch, hot and cold compresses, electric currents, and sound waves to manipulate the muscles, bones, and spine.
  • Detoxification — This therapy removes toxins from the body by fasting, using enemas, and drinking lots of water.
  • Spirituality — Personal spiritual development is encouraged as part of an overall health program.
  • Lifestyle and psychological counseling — An N.D. may use hypnosis, guided imagery, or other counseling methods as part of a treatment plan.

Naturopaths consider patients to be participants in their health care, so you may be asked to make lifestyle changes (such as changing your sleeping, eating, and exercise habits).

Because naturopaths combine so many therapies, it is difficult to single out specific illnesses that respond well to naturopathy. Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions from arthritis to ear infections (otitis media), from HIV to asthma, from congestive heart failure to hepatitis. N.D.s treat the whole person (rather than only treating a disease or its symptoms), aiming to help their patients maintain a balanced state of good health. Because of this holistic approach, naturopathy may be especially suited for treating chronic illnesses.

Acupuncture at Renuv Medspa Wellness center Feasterville Lower Bucks county Pa 19053

October 13th, 2010

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various very precise acupuncture points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. This  is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. t .

The earliest written record of acupuncture is the Chinese  with elaboration of its history in the second century BC medical text . The practice of acupuncture can perhaps be traced in China as far back as the Stone Age, some chronic afflictions being treated with  sharpened stones . One explanation was that some of the soldiers in the war who were afflicted with arrows got cured without any treatment. Different variations of acupuncture are practiced and taught throughout the world.

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture gained attention in the United States during  President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. In one part of the visit, the delegation was shown a patient undergoing major surgery while fully awake, ostensibly receiving acupuncture rather than conventional anesthesia . Later it was found that the patients selected for the surgery had  received heavy indoctrination before the operation.

Medical acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:

  • promotion of health and well-being,
  • prevention of illness,
  • treatment of various medical conditions.

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended.

Usually acupuncutre procedure does not cause any pain. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to takeplace. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

Weight Reduction in Renuv Med Spa in Feasterville, Lower Bucks County, Pa 19053

October 5th, 2010

Weight reduction  is one method of  keeping oneself attractive and healthy. You would ask, “Why is weight reduction important?” excess weight is not only unsightly but disease forming. It is the root cause of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure ,cardiovascular diseases ,arthritis , arteriosclerosis,  which could cause severe  health hazards and complications. Increased weight can also lead to insulin resistance .

What is insulin resistance?

When we eat carbohydrates,  Insulin is released  from the pancreas gland to burn the carbohydrate  load.  In normal people more  the dietary  carbohydrate , there is  increased  secretion of Insulin in the body to burn that load of carbohydrate. But in people with  Insulin resistance , then  cells have increasing difficulty responding to insulin .  So the pancreas has to  releases more insulin in an attempt to override the resistance. In the end pancreas gets exhausted and can’t produce enough insulin to accomplish this goal. As a result, blood glucose levels rise leading to diabetes.  The  excess  blood glucose gets stored as body fat. More  insulin resistance, more fatty cells .
✦ Increased weight can lead to other serious complications
People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for more than 30 other diseases and conditions besides above mentioned , like  Cancer , Stroke and  Breathing problems

Being overweight  causes  low energy levels making  people  get easily  tired. When you get tired easily, you would not be able to be productive at work, at home or at school.

Being physically fit can also help you think straight. Plus, being healthy can extend your life.
These are just some of the reasons why weight loss is important to all.

There are various ways to lose weight like continuous physical exercises, eating  proportioned and right kind of meals, doing yoga and some recommended natural medicinal substance.

At Renuv med spa and wellness center, we use the Transitions Lifestyle System which focuses on three core concepts: behavior modification, low-glycemic eating – foods that work for you, not against you and body composition.

Our Transition Lifestyle coach will support and teach you everything you need to know about the glycemic index of foods, how to change unhealthy behaviors, how to boost metabolism by focusing on body composition (muscle vs. fat), how to read food labels, how to get past a weight plateau and how to become an overall healthier you. Transitions Lifestyle System also offers the best natural nutritional supplements to help support your weight loss goals. They will enhance the use of fat as fuel, reduce the effect of high glycemic foods on blood sugar, target stubborn belly fat and promote lean muscle mass, control appetite and burns fat, maintain normal thyroid function and occasional fatigue. Transitions also offers natural shakes, snacks and nutritional meals if needed for those with busy lifestyles or just for a quick meal. . All appointments and meetings with your Lifestyle coach are private and kept confidential.

Receive all the Nutritional support without nutritionist prices. Contact Virginia at 267-467-3340.

So go ahead and  refer your  loved ones who are interested in weight loss to Renuv spa and give them a gift of  health.

Yoga & Pilates classes in Renuv Med spa in Feasterville, Lower Bucks County,Pa 19053

October 5th, 2010

Yoga and Pilates  exercises  focus on improving your flexibility, strength and balance while enhancing your posture, coordination and mental focus. Yoga and Pilates classes are a great way to quiet the chatter of daily life, relieve stress and feel great.   Participation in Yoga classes, Windsor Pilates classes will typically result in a 250 – 400 calorie* burn.

YOGA:

You’re never too young or too old to reap the health benefits of yoga.

Yoga, the Sanskrit word for “union”, is a practice that uses posture and breath control to induce relaxation and improve strength, and its health benefits may surpass those of any other activity. Whether you practice yoga to relax, stretch, breathe, meditate, or simply because it’s in fashion, you may not realize the numerous health benefits of Yoga. And while there are many different kinds of yoga, ranging from the more gentle hatha yoga to the more strenuous, like Bikram yoga (which is performed in a 105°F room) or power yoga, every form of yoga improves your health from head to toe.

Here are some of yoga’s many health benefits.

  • People suffering from hypertension can benefit from yoga tremendously, as hatha yoga can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Many practitioners claim that yoga has also lowered their cholesterol.
  • Power yoga is an excellent form of cardio conditioning, which strengthens core muscles while it keeps blood and oxygen circulating throughout your body.
  • Yoga benefits anyone’s mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood, and better concentration throughout the day. Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
  • Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas.
  • Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep.
  • Yoga can help fight fatigue and maintain your energy throughout the day.
  • Hatha yoga can relieve chronic back and neck pain, since the poses and postures gently stretch and strengthen your back and neck muscles.
  • Yoga is often prescribed to help heal various injuries, including repetitive strain injuries, knee and back injuries, pulled hamstrings, even minor skin burns. Of course, you should consult your physician before using yoga as a treatment for any injury!
  • Yoga is an excellent weight-bearing exercise that can improve your bone density. This is particularly beneficial for women approaching menopause, since yoga can help ward off osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone.
  • Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits.
  • he Yoga class will borrow from each instructor’s experience with Yoga and may incorporate basic poses from various Yoga styles.

Pilates :

Originally created to rehabilitate dancers’ injuries, is a perfect complement to  Yoga practice. Pilates gym classes develop core strength and body alignment. Consider alternating Yoga and Pilates classes in your routine for maximum results. Members of all fitness and experience levels are welcome.

A workout designed to develop core strength and coordination, the focus of this Pilates class will be on traditional Pilates movement patterns, the use of breath and correct alignment. Participants will enjoy improvement in posture and overall toning. Fitness and Pilates unite in this contemporary toning gym workout. Group exercise classes are comprised of exercises based on traditional dance and Pilates movements.

You’ll experience both standing and floor exercises that focus on stability, balance, and core strength for a complete full-body workout!

Teacher:  The results  depend on the passion of the teacher . More passionate the teacher, better are the results.

At Renuv Med-spa Dottie Pierce ( whose  is fondly called Dottie Pilates and  is also known as ” the Legend ” ) conducts classes of Yoga and Pilates on a regular weekly  basis. She has a vast experience in all types of Yoga.

Just call us to book a class and take a first step towards improving your health.

Shirodhara at Renuv Medspa Wellness center in Lower Bucks county, Feasterville ,Pa. 19053

August 31st, 2010

Shirodhara is a luxuriant and easy way to achieve instant calm and rejuvenation. It derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dhara. Shiro means head and dhara means  stream . It involves the warm and consistent stream of  oil on the forehead, in between the eyebrows, specifically on the ‘third eye’ area. This is the ” Ajna chakra ” point . It is said to be the seat of human consciousness. The oil  is allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating a blissful sensation. Even though in most cases  sesame oil is used, Shirodhara can also be performed with other oils or warm water or milk.

Practiced for over 5000 years, shirodhara massage originates from Ayurvedic medicine of India and  aims to harmonize the body, mind, senses and soul.

Ayurveda may be an ancient Indian therapy but its appeal is thoroughly modern. This holistic system of diet, herbal remedies and massage has been a big hit all over the world with people who are  looking to regain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

As the warm oil flows down the scalp ,all your mental demons – fear, anxiety, anger or irritability – dissolve into an ocean of calm as your mind is lulled into a state of serenity and expanded consciousness.

This treatment which is very popular in NY city and on the west coast is offered  in Renuv med spa and wellness center,in a tranquil and comfortable environment with  background music of a calming sea and a soft treatment table.

Lying on your back  , your head will be positioned under the oil ‘fountain’ – a copper vessel with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils will stream gently onto the forehead.

As the oil strokes the third eye, it has a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain, stimulating the endocrine glands namely the pituitary gland and hypothalamus  and the flow of endorphins. The procedure is also said to synchronize alpha brain waves, enhancing blood circulation to the brain, improving mental clarity and generally releasing deeply trapped ama, or toxins.

After the oil flow is finished, you are then left for a few minutes to relax and assimilate the experience of a heightened state of awareness and a long-lasting sense of peace .

Shirodhara truly honors the body as a sacred temple and a vehicle for the divine spirit within.

A client who is hooked on  this treatment likens it to a ” velvety hand of God caressing my forehead!!”

Health & Beauty products available at Renuv Med Spa Wellness center in Feasterville, Lower Bucks county,Pa. 19053

August 2nd, 2010

Optimum health and ageless beauty is the goal of our spa  Renuv Med Spa & Wellness Center,which is located in Feasterville ,  Bucks county, Pa .

As we all know beauty cannot sustain without optimum health and only  healthy life style alone is not enough  to achieve optimum health. Although a disciplined  life style consisting of low cal, high  nutritive ,low junk food  and regular exercise is the most important part of the health puzzle , we do need to supplement it with many quality nutritional products. Renuv Med spa and wellness center carries many such wonderful products to do just that.

At Renuv med spa we carry many  5 star products marketed by Market America like  OPC ,the premium  anti oxidant with its unique isotonic delivery system and ultimate  aloe juice to name a few. These are such a powerhouse products that many health problems can be minimized or abolished by the regular use of these 2 products alone.  Cannot believe it? Then you must try them for 3 months.  We also carry  the Transitions line of products designed for weight loss. All the diseases  of the modern world like Diabetes, heart ailments ,high blood pressure , lipid abnormalities can be reduced by keeping your weight under control. Transitions product line will help you do that by not affecting your taste buds. Testimonials by numerous  product users attest the fact that these are the best products in today’s health and nutrition industry .

As far as the skin health goes, we use 2 product lines Hylunia and Obagi. The former was created by a rocket scientist ( literally ! ) for his kids who were having allergic reactions to Jonson baby products. When a product line is created for your own flesh and blood how  can it be anything but the best! This product line boasts all natural ingredients without the use of harmful ingredients like alcohol and paraben which can create tissue inflammation by altering cell DNA.

Obagi product line was designed by Dr Obagi, a renowned dermatologist, to take care many common skin problems which affect  women like uneven pigmentation, acne marks etc. Continuos use of this product line can produce miraculous results.

Come in Renuv Med Spa and browse our display cabinets or ask for a free sample.

Or better yet come in and we will show you how to take a FREE nutra-physical test and get the results delivered to you. This is a public service and will cost you nothing at all.

( This service falls under anti-aging , beauty enhancement and health improvement category. )

Tissue Ionic Detox in Renuv Med Spa Wellness Center in Feasterville,Lower Bucks county Pa 19053

July 16th, 2010

Renuv Med spa uses a cutting edge technology in detoxification method  to detoxify the entire body at cellular mitochondrial level in one treatment.

This is one of a kind technology of cellular detoxification that combines two different methods such as Far infra red energy ( Chi or Prana energy and vibration ) with ionic detoxification , all in one treatment. This  treatment is equivalent to 7-21 days of Panchakarma treatment.

This method uses the space technology method to activate the cells in the body . A specific wave length of Far Infra Red spectrum is responsible for the mitochondria of each cell to liberate the energy in the form of ATP , which in turn  creates and moves waste and free radicals into the blood vessels and lymphatics. When a person is in Far infra red sauna with feet soaking  in foot bath, toxins from each and every cell of the entire body drain out and move toward the feet by gravity.

The treatment is based on the premise that the body is  made up of electromagnetic energy with each cell exhibiting positive and negative charge. The electrode  made up of positive and negative charge attracts negatively and positively charged toxins respectively . Feet being the most porous parts of the body  drain the toxins in the water. The research has indicated that the surface area of the electrode is critical to remove toxins . Our Detox unit’s electrode is many times larger than the other  electrodes in the market.

At Renuv med-spa and wellness center , located in Feasterville, Bucks county ,Pa we use Express Ionic detox unit is developed by US advanced Medical research Inc .

( This service falls under anti-aging , beauty enhancement and health improvement category. )

Massage & Couples Massage in Renuv Med Spa Wellness Center Feasterville , Lower Bucks County Pa 19053

June 17th, 2010

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Indian head massage  is very popular.Dr. Laboyer wrote a book on Indian way massage to the newborn baby.  As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What Is It Exactly?

The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

There are many variations of massage and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Who provides massage therapy

A person who professionally provides massage therapy is most often called a massage therapist, although there are some other health care providers (such as chiropractors) who also have massage training. This Backgrounder mainly uses the term massage therapist. Most massage therapists learn and practice more than one type of massage.

To learn massage, most therapists attend a school or training program, with a much smaller number training instead with an experienced practitioner. Many students are already licensed as another type of health care provider, such as a nurse.

Massage therapy treatments usually last for 30 to 60 minutes; less often, they are as short as 15 minutes or as long as 1.5 to 2 hours. For some conditions (especially chronic ones), therapists often advise a series of appointments. Therapists usually try to provide an environment that is as calm and soothing as possible (for example, by using dim lighting, soft music, and fragrances).

During treatment, you will lie on a special padded table or sit on a stool or chair. You might be fully clothed (for example, for a “chair massage”) or partially or fully undressed (in which case you will be covered by a sheet or towel; only the parts of your body that the therapist is currently massaging are exposed). Oil or powder helps reduce friction on the skin. The therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines. He may also provide recommendations for self-care, such as drinking fluids, learning better movement, and developing an awareness of your body.

How massage therapy might work

Scientists are studying massage to understand what effects massage therapy has on patients, how it has those effects, and why. Some aspects of this are better understood than others. For example, it is known that:

  • When certain forces are applied to the muscles, changes occur in the muscles (although those changes are not clearly understood or agreed upon).
  • Massage therapy typically enhances relaxation and reduces stress. Stress makes some diseases and conditions worse.

There are many more aspects that are not yet known or well understood scientifically, however. Some of the proposed theories 3 are that massage:

  • Might provide stimulation that may help block pain signals sent to the brain (the “gate control theory” of pain reduction).
  • Might shift the patient’s nervous system away from the sympathetic and toward the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system helps mobilize the body for action. When a person is under stress, it produces the fight-or-flight response (the heart rate and breathing rate go up, for example; the blood vessels narrow; and muscles tighten). The parasympathetic nervous system creates what some call the “rest and digest” response (the heart rate and breathing rate slow down, for example; the blood vessels dilate; and activity increases in many parts of the digestive tract).
  • Might stimulate the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as serotonin or endorphins.
  • Might cause beneficial mechanical changes in the body–for example, by preventing fibrosis (the formation of scar-like tissue) or increasing the flow of lymph (a fluid that travels through the body’s lymphatic system and carries cells that help fight disease).
  • Might improve sleep which has a role in pain and healing.
  • Might provide some health benefit from the interaction between therapist and patient.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.

Hot stone massage

A stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly river stones which over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient’s back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.

At Renuv med-spa and wellness center , located in Feasterville, Bucks county ,Pa we offer a special package for regular massage clients.

( This service falls under anti-aging , beauty enhancement and health improvement category. )

Pranayama in Renuv Med Spa Wellness Center in Feasterville, Lower Bucks county ,Pa 19053

June 14th, 2010

Pranayama

One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or the science of breath control. Breathing is the only means of supplying our bodies and its various organs with oxygen which is vital for our survival. Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. Pranayama promotes proper breathing. Proper Breathing, in a Yogic point of view, is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain. Pranayama – consists a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant health.

Each cycle of breathing consists of inhaling followed by exhaling and may be analyzed into four phases or stages, each with its distinct nature and traditional Sanskrit name. The transitions from inhaling to exhaling and from exhaling to inhaling involve reversals in the direction of the movements of expansive or contractive movements of lungs, thorax and abdomen. The time necessary for such reversals can be very short, as may be observed if one deliberately pants as shortly and rapidly as he can. Yet they can be long, as one may notice if he intentionally stops breathing when he has finished in breathing or out-breathing. The effects of these pauses, especially when they become lengthened deliberately at first and then spontaneously,-seem remarkable. Thus in our analysis of the Four Stages of Breathing, we shall pay special attention to these pauses, how to lengthen them and how to profit from them.
The Four Stages of Breathing in Yoga

1.Puraka (Inhalation)
It is a process of drawing in air .
2.Abhyantara Kumbhaka (Pause After Inhaling) Full Pause – Kumbhaka consists of deliberate stoppage of flow of air and retention of the air in the lungs, without any movement of lungs or muscles or any part of the body .
3.Rechaka (Exhalation)
The third stage, Exhalation, is called Rechaka. Like inhalation, it too should be smooth and continuous, though often the speed of exhaling is different from that of inhaling. Normally, muscular energy is used for inhaling whereas exhaling consists merely of relaxing the tensed muscles. Such relaxing forces air from the lungs as they return to a relaxed condition.
4.Bahya Kumbhaka (Pause After Exhaling) Empty Pause
The Fourth Stage of Breathing, the pause after exhaling, is also called kumbhaka, especially when the stoppage is deliberate or prolonged. This empty pause completes the cycle which terminates as the pause ends and a new inhalation begins.
To attain optimum health, 4 types of pranayama should be practiced daily.
Kapalbhati- series of Forced exhalation and involuntary inhalation
Anulom-viloma- Breathing only by one nostril by purposely closing the other nostril alternatively closed with fingers .
Bahya – forced exhalation followed by prolonged pause .
Bhramari – resonating the “om” primordial sound throughout your head and body by closing all the apertures like eyes,ears,lips,glottis and nose .
Pranayama not only prolongs life but controls the
Pranayama – Safety
Pranayama should be safe if you are supervised by an instructor. You should also consult your doctor before you start the practice of Pranayama if you suffer from breathing problems like asthma or shortness of breath.

Pranayama should be satisfying and enjoyable. Therefore, it should not be practiced beyond your limits. It is not about how long you can hold your breath but about controlling one’s breath in a way that it comes out smoother and more relaxed, making exhalation an important part of Pranayama. Pranayama should not be practiced if you are emotionally upset or tired. You must be relaxed before doing it so that you will not run out of breath. The smoothness of breath is of paramount importance in practicing Pranayama. If at some point during practice your breath suddenly becomes rough or uneven, stop and relax. Then, slowly allow your breathing to return to its normal pace.

Some breathing techniques may induce dizziness or even make you lose consciousness. If that happens stop immediately. Relax.

Pranayama needs to be practiced in a place where there is fresh, clean air because in Pranayama, air will be pulled deeper into your lungs, so the air needs to be very clean. And it should be done in an area with room temperature; conditions that are too hot or too cold may affect the regularity of your breathing.

These are just some basic guidelines to keep your practice of breathing exercises safe. It is always best to have a instructor with you every time you practice. Keep in mind not to do Pranayama up to levels that may make you uncomfortable, and to always do things slowly and carefully.
Advantages of Pranayama-
Along with bringing more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, these techniques have also proved to help the prevention of major diseases and curing some minor illnesses. Breathing is one of the ways to get rid of waste products and toxins from our body.
Oxygen is the most vital nutrient in our bodies. It is essential for the proper and efficient functioning of the brain, nerves, Glands and other internal organs. The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If the brain does not get proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will cause degradation of all the vital organs of the body and the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts, depression and, eventually, vision and hearing declines. Oxygen rejuvenates and purifies blood stream. The quickest and most effective way to purify the blood stream is by taking in extra supplies of oxygen from the air we breathe. The Breathing Exercises described are the most effective methods ever devised for saturating the blood with extra oxygen. : Oxygen recharges the body’s batteries (the solar plexus).Most of our energy requirements come, not from food, but from the air we breathe. By purifying the blood stream, every part of the body benefits, as well as the mind. Scientists have discovered that oxygen is critical for the production of ATP – the chemical basis of energy production in the body called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). If something goes wrong with the production of ATP, the result is lowered vitality, disease and premature aging.

Importance of Healthy Breathing
We know how to breathe. It is something that occurs automatically, spontaneously, and naturally. We are breathing even when we are not aware of it. So it seems foolish to think that one can be told how to breathe. Yet, one’s breathing becomes modified and restricted in various ways, not just momentarily but habitually. We develop unhealthy habits without being aware of it. We tend to assume positions such as slouching that diminishes lung capacity to function properly, which result to shortened breaths. A normally sedentary person, when confronted with a perplexing problem, tends to lean forward, draw his arms together, and bend his head down. All these body postures result to reduced lung capacity. As our duties, responsibilities and their attendant problems become more demanding; we develop habits of forgetting to breathe. The more we concentrate on something, the tenser the muscles become. This leads to the contraction of the muscles in your arms, neck and chest. As the breaths become shorter and shorter. After an extended period of intense focusing, the whole system seems to be frozen in a certain posture.
As our breathing is shallow and quick, we stop taking in sufficient oxygen and eliminating sufficient carbon dioxide. As a result, our bodies become oxygen starved, and a toxic build-up occurs. Plus shallow breathing does not exercise the lungs enough, so they lose some of their function, causing a further reduction in vitality. Animals which breathe slowly live the longest; the elephant is a good example. We need to breathe more slowly and deeply. Quick shallow breathing results in oxygen starvation which leads to reduced vitality, premature aging, poor immune system and a myriad of other factors.

Reasons for Fast and Shallow breathing- The major reasons are: We are in a hurry most of the time. The increasing stress of modern living makes us breathe more quickly and less deeply. We are easily excitable or angry or suffer from Anxiety due to worry. These negative emotional states affect the rate of breathing, causing it to be fast and shallow. Modern technology and automation also reduces our need for physical activity , so there is less need to breathe deeply and we develop the shallow breathing habit. Plus as a result of pollution, our body instinctively inhales less air to protect itself from pollution. The body just takes in enough air to tick over. Lack of oxygen is a major cause of heart disease, Stroke , cancer , fatigue, sleep disorders, anxiety, stomach upsets, heartburn, gas, muscle cramps, dizziness, visual problems, chest pain and heart palpitations. As we go through life, these bad breathing habits we picked up become part of our lives and we can suffer permanent problems. The good news is that these are reversible.
Certainly, Yoga is not the only way to cope with stress and the resultant drop of oxygen supply in the brain brought on by constricted breathing. Taking a break from work or a good laugh may all result into some readjustment of constricted breathing patterns. But people with highly stressful jobs need something more . Deep Breathing Exercises and stretching of muscles, participation in active sports is useful. Going for a walk is very good.

The Ancient sages knew the importance of correct breathing and developed techniques to increase Health and life span and should be be practiced regularly.
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