I recently came across an article that I thought was interesting enough to share, and I think I may be able to provide proper scientific support for these claims for the very first time ever by presenting the original published study. The timing of astral disembodiment in which the spirit leaves the body has allegedly been captured by Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, who photographed a person at the moment of his death with a bioelectrographic camera.
The image taken using the gas discharge visualization method, an advanced technique of Kirlian photography, shows in blue the life force of the person leaving the body gradually.
According to Korotkov, navel and head are the parties who first lose their life force (which would be the soul) and the groin and the heart are the last areas where the spirit before surfing the phantasmagoria of the infinite.
In other cases, according to Korotkov, the “the soul” of people who suffer a violent and unexpected death usually manifests a state of confusion in your power settings and return to the body in the days following death. This could be due to a surplus of unused energy.
The technique developed by Korotkov, who is director of the Research Institute of Physical Culture, St. Petersburg, is endorsed as a medical technology by the Ministry of Health of Russia and is used by more than 300 doctors in the world for stress and monitoring progress of patients treated for diseases such as cancer. Korotkov says his energy imaging technique could be used to watch all kinds of imbalances biophysical and diagnose in real time and also to show if a person does have psychic powers or is a fraud.
This technique, which measures real-time and stimulated radiation is amplified by the electromagnetic field is a more advanced version of the technology developed for measuring Semyon Kirlian aura. Here is an interview with Dr. Korotkov talking more about his practice:
Now, before we get into the good stuff, let’s consider a few things.
Dr. Korotkov is the author of more than 200 papers in leading journals on physics and biology, and he holds 17 patents on biophysics inventions. Prof. Korotkov has led a research career for over 30 years, combining rigorous scientific method with an insatiable curiosity about things of the spirit and the soul with deep respect for all life. He is also a scholar in philosophy and a serious mountaineer of 25 years experience. He has given lectures, seminars and training sessions in 43 countries, presenting papers and workshops at more than 100 national and international conferences.
If one were to question the credibility of this story, it could not be on the basis that the scientist is not credible. He is the Professor of Computer Science and Biophysics at Saint-Petersburg Federal University of Informational Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. Professor of Research in Saint Petersburg Academy of Physical Culture, and the President of the International Union for Medical and Applied Bioelectrography just to name a few.
I visited his website, and looked through the articles he has published. He has tons of papers on measuring human energy fields, the scientific measurement of the human aura, and other fascinating topics. But upon my research, I realized I stumbled upon the original paper which represents a summary of results of experimental research on post mortem evoked bioelectrographic activity of the human body on the basis of Kirlian effect. The study titled “Experimental investigations of post mortem bioelectrographic images of human fingers.” can be found HERE.
They were measuring the left over energy field of dead human bodies using GDV technology. Once an hour, they would go down to the experimental room, dry a photo-paper list (date, time), put the photo-paper under the fingers and take two gas-discharge photos onto one list, having simultaneously exposed a metal bench mark object on the same list. On the whole, in the period of two years 26 experimental sessions were put into
practice, each of which took from three to five days. Among the dead were both men and
women aged from 19 to 70. The found that there were 3 main groups of photographs that emerged during their experiments, and these photographs were always correlated with the type of death that person endured:
1) Curves on the photo readings with relatively small variation amplitude. This was associated with a “calm death” as a result of natural motives, stipulated by organism’s condition, generally in the old age.
2) Curves on the photo readings with availability of one pronounced peak for several hours after death and
relatively small amplitude afterwards. This was associated with an “unexpected death” in the issue of traffic accident followed by craniocerebral trauma.
3) Curves on the photo readings large amplitude variations, which continue for a long time. These were associated with an “unnatural death” as a consequence of unfavourable concourse of circumstances: a suicide, a murder, improper medical care, lungs clot.
They concluded that these are soft or left-over energetic substances of the dead that remained with the corpse and can be photographed, with the photos correlating with the time of trauma they experiences. The nature of their death would determine the height of the amplitude of the energy field, as well as the length of time the energy field was measurable and observable. There exists a sort of fingerprint of the soul that can be detected within the body. Here is a photo showing the nature of GDV photography:
They say that the study gives credence to the idea of our physical systems being correlated with our energy-informational structures (souls). “We are talking about energy-informational structure as an objective space-field structure, interconnected with human body, but existing independently of it, particularly for some
definite time after death. This structure originates from the birth and changes in the process of morphogenetic synergism.”
As I quote from the original paper which can be found here:
“We have received provisional data demonstrating that in some cases in a few days before death the raise of patient’s activity and increase of gas-discharge intensity are observed. Such data may provide for a new information on the process of Transition to other Life.”
So for the first time ever, the infamous case finally has the original study coupled with it to strengthen its claims. The photos of the soul leaving the body at death would look nothing like the one at the top of the article, and would look more like spikes and amplitudes in GDV energetic photographs that correlate with the nature of the persons death and the time at which they died. There may be other similar studies among the hundred he has published which have yet to be dug up and reported upon, but I think that it’s interesting to at least acknowledge the fact that photographs of our energy-informational systems can be objectively photographed within our bodies after death.
How familiar are you with your body? The human body is a marvel of evolution that amazes scientists on a consistent basis. And why wouldn’t it? Though in many ways we are similar to other lifeforms on our planet, the human is a unique animal with traits and capabilities unrivaled in the animal kingdom. Our bodies’ unique and sometimes bizarre physiology is a testament to this. From being the only animal with the ability to cry emotionally to possessing superhuman strength (enough to even lift cars), these are 25 Amazing Facts About The Human Body You May Not Be Aware Of.
Naturopathy And Yoga In Nerul.. To change the way you live!!
- Even though Naturopathic Principles are as old as history, they are as new as tomorrow because nature and truth never change. Any system that cured people years ago will help people today, and we can now scientifically validate and explain the clinical success of these approaches. – Arno R. Koegler (1898 – 1991)
- Ultimately, the entire universe has to be understood as a single, undivided whole, in which analysis into separately and independently, existent parts has no fundamental status. – David Bohm (1917 – 1992)
- The principles of naturopathic medicine are what distinguish it from every other type of medicine and what makes naturopathic medicine so clinically powerful, effective and in tune with patients. If we forget, ignore or do not follow these principles, naturopathic medicine will be relegated to a historical foot note. Paul Saunders
- People are beginning to realize that it is cheaper and more advantageous to prevent disease rather than to cure it. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- The treatment of disease is not nearly as important to long-term health and recovery as determining the true cause(s) of disease – Iva Lloyd
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Author Unknown
- The truth of our medicine will always win out, the truth of what we are doing will always survive. – John Bastyr (1928 – 1995)
- During the healthy condition of man the spirit like force which animates the material body rules supreme as “dynamis”. All parts are wonderfully maintained by it as a harmonious vital process, both in feelings and functions, in order that our intelligent mind may be free to make the living, healthy, bodily medium subservient to the higher purpose of our being.” – Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843)
- Health is linked to emotional responsiveness in the face of changing life circumstances and social interactions. The word “e-motion” tells it all – we want to keep our feelings and energy in motion, rather than locking them in our tissues. – Sat Dharam Kaur
- The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must come from nature, with an open mind. – Paracelsus (1491 – 1541)
- The light and airbath cure leads to a faster more efficient restoration of a human being than any method of water cure no matter how refined it might be. A human being is not a fish. Water is not our highest element of life — light and air are our highest, more delicately organized life-vessels. All organic life would degrade and die in the shortest time without them. – Arnold Rikli (1823 – 1906)
- It is the breezy, moving outdoor air, permeated with sunlight and rich in oxygen and ozone, that generates the electric and magnetic currents which are so stimulating and vitalizing to everything that draws the breath of life. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- Do not under any circumstances; shut the air and sunshine from your home. Do not mind if the furniture, curtains, draperies, etc. will fade. It is better to let them fade than you should. – Louisa Lust(1868 – 1925)
- The basic biological reality is that humans are still utterly dependent on the natural world and its ecological processes, for our health, well-being, and prosperity. All humans need to breath, eat, and drink, and it’s nature that provides us with fresh air, clean water, and the ability to grow food. All humans require a reasonably hospitable climate, and the interconnected web of natural systems regulates the planet’s climate and makes life on earth viable. – David Suzuki, PhD
- A change in the environment brings about change in ‘needs’, resulting in change in behavior, bringing change in organ usage and development, bringing change in form over time – and thus the gradual transmutation of the species. – Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck
- It is the breezy, moving outdoor air, permeated with sunlight and rich in oxygen and ozone, that generates the electric and magnetic currents which are so stimulating and vitalizing to everything that draws the breath of life. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- On awakening in the morning and several times during the day, if circumstances permit, expose your nude body to the invigorating influence of the open air and the sunlight. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place consider the seasons of the year. – Hippocrates, 400 BC
- The world that environs us, that is around us, is also within us. We are made of it; we eat, drink, and breathe it; it is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. – Wendell Berry
- The Earth is alive, mind is pervasive, all beings are our relations. This realization changes everything. It changes our perceptions of who we are and what we need, and how we can trustfully act together for a decent, noble future. – Joanna Macy (2006)
Health and Disease
- Chronic disease never develops suddenly in the human body. Nature always tries to prevent its gradual development by acute and sub-acute healing efforts. If these, by any means whatever, are checked and suppressed, then they are followed either by fatal complications or chronic after effects, the mysterious “sequelae” of medical science. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- Every acute disease is the result of a purifying, healing effect of nature. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- Our task is not to treat the disease, but the patient. – Vincent Preissnitz (1799 – 1851)
- Those who do not find time every day for health must sacrifice a lot of time one day for illness. – Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821 – 1894)
- He (doctor) is likewise a sustainer of health if he knows the things that disturb health, that engender and maintain disease, and is aware of how to remove them from healthy people. – Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843)
- Health and disease are related in that they are two phases of one state, and neither can be known without contrasting it with the other. – J.H Tilden (1852 – 1942)
- Health must at all times come from and be maintained by digested foods. Naturopathic physicians understand this principle and use it to repair the damage done to organs, tissues and cells which have become depleted of the necessary constructive elements. These necessary elements can come only from digested foods. After a food is digested, it goes through a process of assimilation which converts it into nutrition which is carried by the circulation to every organ, tissue and cell. Remember, this process begins first with the digestion of food, and no drug yet offered can rectify damange done by failure of digestion. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- The human body possess an inherent ability to heal itself through the mechanisms of homeostasis – restoring balance in structure and function and adapting to environmental change. – Benedict Lust(1872 – 1945)
- It is much more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has. – Sir William Osler, MD (1849-1919)
- Everything’s physical manifestation reflects it’s inner essence. – Doctrine of Signatures Jakob Bohme (1575 – 1624)
- Such chronic supposed-to-be-incurable disease as tuberculosis, cancer, locomotor ataxia, paresis, paralysis agitans, infantile paralysis, secondary and tertiary syphilis, etc., yield to the natural treatments, provided there is enough vitality in the system to respond to treatment and the destruction of vital parts and organs has not too far advanced. – Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
- The essence of all disease is the accumulation in the system of waste matter and impurities due to wrong habits of living. The elimination of this toxic matter from the body is what nature is striving for all the time . . . It is through detoxification . . . that the healing latent within all of us can be given a free hand to function. – Joseph A. Boucher (1916 – 1987)
- Our job is to make over the blood. Until we do, we’re just spinning our wheels. – Harold Dick (1921 – 1994)
- Our only purpose is to cleanse and purify. – Harold Dick (1921 – 1994)
- Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food – Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC)
- If a patient complains of one of more trivial symptoms that have been only observed a short time previously, the physician should not regard this as a fully developed disease that requires serious medical aid. A slight alteration in the diet and regimen will usually suffice to dispel such an indisposition. – Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843)
- If all people understood how to use water one-half of all the afflictions from disease would be removed. The other half would be taken care of by understanding how and when to eat, how to breathe and the necessity of daily exercise. – Louisa Lust (1868 – 1925)
- Food precisely in the form nature gives it to us is always best for the digestion. – Louis Kuhne (1835 – 1907)
- The cornerstone of any method of healing is the individualized diet . . . nutrition will bring you health, energy and well-being. – James D’Adamo
- Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato (428 – 348 BC)
- If the people can be thoroughly indoctrinated in the general principles of Hydropathy, they will not err much, certainly not fatally, in their home-applications of the Water-Cure appliances to the common diseases of the day. If they can go a step further, and make themselves acquainted with the lawa of life and health, they will well-nigh emancipate themselves from all need of doctors of any sort. – Russell Thacker Trall (1812 – 1877)
- All along the history of medicine, the really great physicians were peculiarly free from the bondage of drugs. – Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)
- For 30 years, I have tried every single application upon myself. Three times – this I acknowledge openly – I found myself induced to change my system, from great to still greater softness. According to my present conviction, now fixed for 17 years and tested by innumerable cures, he who knows how to apply the water in the plainest, easiest, and most simple way, will produce the most profitable results. – Sebastian Kneipp (1824 – 1897)
- There is a vast difference between curing and treating. There is a vast difference between doing something for the patient and just merely doing something to the patient. – Otis G. Carroll (1879 – 1962)
- Never go to bed without trying to learn something new each day. – John Bastyr (1912 – 1995)
- In curing, we are trying to get somewhere, we are looking for answers. In curing, our efforts are specifically designed to make something happen. In healing, we live questions instead of answers. We hang out in the unknown. We trust the emergence of whatever will be. We trust the insight will come. The challenge in medicine is not the choices between one and the other. We need both. – Paul Epstein
- There are two kinds of suffering. The suffering that leads to more suffering, and the suffering that leads to the end of suffering. If you are not willing to face the second kind of suffering, you will surely continue to experience the first. – Ajahn Chah, A Still Forest Pool
- The path to happiness and a sense of well being in this very life lies not in avoiding suffering but in using the conscious, embodied, direct experience of it as a vehicle to gain deep insight into the true nature of life and your own existence. – The Buddha
- Healing is not a matter of setting the molecules straight, it is a matter of helping the one in need of healing into an experience of wholeness. – Larry Dossey, MD
- The journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, it is in seeing with new eyes. – Proust
- You can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. – Einstein
- In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few. – DT Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
- If there is a single definition of healing, it is to touch with mercy and awareness those pains from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. – Stephen Levine, Healing into Life and Death
- When any experience of body, heart, or mind keeps repeating in consciousness it is a signal that this visitor is asking for a deeper and fuller attention. Under all the tears, the pain, the fear, and the anger we have contracted our self around, we can find freedom, joy and ease in the face of all life. – Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart
- When the mind is still, tranquil, not seeking any answer or solution even, neither resisting nor avoiding, it is only then that there can be a regeneration. Because then the mind is capable of perceiving what is true and it is the truth that liberates, not your effort to be free. – Krishnamurti
- From the point of view of deep ecology, what is wrong with our culture is that it offers us an inaccurate description of the self. It depicts the personal self in competition with and in opposition to nature. But if we destroy our environment, we are destroying what is in fact our larger self. – Freya Matthews
- A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein
- Wilderness rites of passage reveal each person’s life as a story being written on each moment, and they remind us deeply that each story is magnficient. Living on’s life as a mythic journey and periodically reflecting on it reinforces its dignity. Witnessing one’s story deepens the sense of being the author of one’s future and the sense of following one’s destiny. – John Davis
- Serenity is not freedom from the storm; it is peace amid the storm. – Paul Epstein
- All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; hi is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. – Chief Seattle
- Give me a fever and I can cure any disease. – Hippocrates, 400 BC
- Starve a fever, feed a cold. – Unknown
The affliction, caused by flexing the neck for extended periods of time, can be a forerunner of permanent arthritic damage if it goes without treatment.
Cases of the repetitive strain injury are on the rise as smart phones and tablet computers such as the iPad become increasingly popular, experts said.In severe cases the muscles can eventually adapt to fit the flexed position, making it painful to straighten the neck out properly.One chiropractor said her company had treated thousands of patients for the condition, which can also result in headaches and shoulder, arm and wrist pain.Rachael Lancaster, of Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, said: “Text neck is caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period of time.
“Sufferers are increasing as the use of smart phones and tablet computers become more popular.”
The condition occurs because the joints and tissue in the neck are not built to withstand being flexed for long periods, and spending hours peering down at a screen puts them under too much stress, she added.
“Imagine sitting on your ankle sideways for 10 minutes. It would feel stiff and sore when you returned it to its natural position.”That is exactly what people are doing with their necks. If people continue to put their necks in these positions, the body will gradually adapt to the stresses.”
Keeping the neck and head stretched forwards for long periods could eventually cause the natural curvature of the neck to reverse, potentially leading to serious health problems, she added.The condition can be avoided by taking regular screen breaks, and looking straight ahead while tucking the chin back towards the neck every few minutes.
Rotating the shoulders with your arms by your sides, sitting up straight while texting and holding the phone a little higher can also help maintain a healthy posture.Tim Hutchful, of the British Chiropractic Association, said doctors were seeing a rising number of patients with similar neck problems but that getting regular exercise could help ward of symptoms.
The average human head weighs between 10lb and 12lb (4.5kg to 5.5kg), and flexing the neck makes it harder to support like carrying a similar weight at arm’s length.Children are most at risk because their heads are larger in relation to their body size than adults, and women with slender necks should also take extra care to maintain a good posture, he added.
“When the head is over the shoulders it is a bit like a balanced see-saw, and when you move it forward you need to put a force in place to keep it in that position.”The longer you are in that position for, the more the muscles have to accommodate it.”
Chances are you’re reading this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. Your head is tilted forward; your shoulders are curved.
If you’re on a mobile device, your arms are bent by your side and your back hunch is even more profound.
Am I right?
The position you’re in is probably causing you pain, whether you’re aware of it yet or not. Don’t worry, physical therapists have a diagnosis for the headaches, neck cricks and achy shoulders. They call it “Text Neck.”
“Text Neck is not just a texting problem,” says Dr. Dean Fishman. “Text neck is a gaming problem. Text neck is an e-mailing problem.”
Fishman originally coined the term in 2008 while examining a 17-year-old patient. The teen came in complaining of headaches and neck pain. As Fishman was trying to explain to the patient’s mother exactly what the problem was, he glanced over and saw her posture.
The teen was sitting in a chair, hunched over her smartphone, texting away.
“I knew I had something,” Fishman says.
The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position — when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you’re looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds.
All that extra pressure puts a strain on your spine and can pull it out of alignment. Dr. Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association‘s Private Practice Section, compares it to bending your finger back all the way and holding it there for an hour.
“As you stretch the tissue for a long period of time, it gets sore, it gets inflamed,” DiAngelis says. “The real question … is ‘What are the long term effects going to be?’ “
Staying in what experts call the “forward head posture” can lead to muscle strain, disc herniations and pinched nerves. Over time, it can even flatten or reverse the natural curve of your neck.
As your mother used to say: Be careful or it might stay like that.
Dr. Michelle Collie, director of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, says she started seeing patients with head, neck and back pain caused by mobile devices six or seven years ago. Recently she says Text Neck has increased dramatically, especially among her younger patients.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8- to 18-year-olds spend an average of seven and a half hours using “entertainment media” every day.
But it’s not just kids. The average amount of data used on a smartphone tripled from 2010 to 2011, according to Cisco’s Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update. And each tablet generates 3.4 times more traffic than the average smartphone.
Not only does forward head posture cause nerve pain, Collie says it can also create metabolic problems.
Try to take a deep breath in a slumped position. Now sit up straight and try again. Experts say slouching can reduce the capacity of your lungs by as much as 30%.
A lack of oxygenated blood flowing through the body can potentially lead to vascular disease. And gastrointestinal problems can be caused by pressure placed on the organs in a bad posture.
So what’s an iPad-cradling, smartphone-texting, laptop-loving guy or gal to do?
First, Collie says, is to be aware of your body. Keep your feet flat on the floor, roll your shoulders back and keep your ears directly over them so your head isn’t tilted forward. Use a docking station and wrist guards to support the weight of a mobile device. Buy a headset.
Fishman’s Text Neck Institute created a mobile app to help you remember to avoid forward head posture.
When your Android phone (the app is not yet available on iTunes) is held at a safe viewing angle, a green light shines in the top left corner. When you’re at risk for Text Neck, a red light appears. Optional vibrations or beeps can be added as a warning.
Most important, the physical therapists agree, is taking frequent breaks while using any mobile device or desktop computer. About every 20 minutes, stand up, roll your shoulders and neck or go for a short walk to improve blood flow.
Yoga Lessons From a Cell
Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life, from single-celled plants to multi trillion-celled animals. The human body, which is made up of roughly 100 trillion cells, begins as two newly created cells.
A cell consists of three parts: the cell membrane, the nucleus, and the cytoplasm. The membrane separates a cell’s internal environment, which consists of the cytoplasm and nucleus, from its external environment, which contains the nutrients that the cell requires.
After nutrients have penetrated the membrane, they are metabolized and turned into energy that fuels a cell’s life functions. An unavoidable by-product of all metabolic activity is waste, which must get back out through the same membrane. Any impairment to a cell’s ability to let nutrients in or let waste out results in death by starvation or toxicity. The yogic concepts that relate to this functional activity of the cell are prana and apana. The concepts that relate to the structural properties of the membrane that support that function are sthira and sukha.
Prana and Apana
The Sanskrit term prana is derived from pra-, a prefix meaning before, and an, a verb meaning to breathe, to blow, and to live. Prana refers to what nourishes a living thing, but it has also come to mean the action that brings the nourishment in. Within this chapter, the term will refer to the functional life processes of a single entity. When capitalized, Prana is a more universal term that can be used to designate the manifestation of all creative life force.
All living systems require a balance of forces, and the yogic concept that complements prana is apana, which is derived from apa, meaning away, off, or down. Apana refers to the waste that’s being eliminated as well as the action of elimination. These two fundamental yogic terms—prana and apana—encompass the essential functions of life on every level, from cell to organism.
Sthira and Sukha
If prana and apana are expressions of function, what of the structural conditions that have to exist in a cell in order for nutrition to enter and waste to exit? This is the function of the membrane—a structure that must be just permeable enough to allow material to pass in and out (see figure 1.1). If the membrane is too permeable, the cell loses integrity, causing it to either explode from pressures within or implode from pressures without.
All successful living things must balance containment and permeability, rigidity and plasticity, persistence and adaptability, and space and boundaries. This is how life avoids destruction through starvation or toxicity and through implosion or explosion.
Successful man-made structures also exhibit a balance of sthira and sukha. For example, a suspension bridge is flexible enough to survive wind and earthquakes, but stable enough to support its load-bearing surfaces. This image also invokes the principles of tension and compression.
Sukha also means having a good axle hole, implying a space at the center that allows function. Like a wheel, a person needs to have good space at his or her center, or functional connections become impossible.
Nutrition In, Waste Out
The body’s pathways for nutrients and waste are not as simple as those of a cell, but not so complex that we can’t easily describe them in terms of prana and apana.
Figure 1.2 shows a simplified version of our nutritional and waste pathways. It shows how the human system is open at the top and at the bottom. We take in prana—solid and liquid nourishment—at the top of the system. These solids and liquids enter the alimentary canal, move through the digestive process, and, after a lot of twists and turns, move down and out as waste matter. This is the only way waste can go, because the exits are at the bottom. It is clear that the force of apana, when acting on solid and liquid waste, must move down to get out.
Prana also enters our bodies in gaseous form: the breath. Like solids and liquids, it enters at the top, where it remains above the diaphragm in the lungs (see figure 1.3), exchanging gases with the capillaries at the alveoli. The waste gas in the lungs needs to be expelled, but it gets out the same way it came in. The force of apana, when acting on respiratory waste gas, must move up to get out. Apana must be able to operate freely both upward and downward, depending on what type of waste it acts upon.
Sukha and Dukha
Prana and apana must have a healthy reciprocal relationship in the body; thus, the body’s pathways must be clear of obstructing forces. In yogic terms, our breathing bodies must be in a state of sukha, translated literally as good space. Bad space is referred to as dukha, which is derived from dus, meaning bad, difficult, or hard, and kha, meaning space. It is generally translated as suffering, uneasy, uncomfortable, unpleasant, and difficult.
This model points to the fundamental methodology of all classical yoga practice, which seeks to uncover and resolve blockages or obstructions (kleshas1) to improve function. Essentially, when we make more good space our pranic forces flow freely and restore normal, healthy function.
The modern master of yoga therapy, T.K.V. Desikachar, has often said that yoga therapy is 90 percent waste removal.
Because exhalation is an action of removing waste from the system, another practical way of applying this insight is that if we take care of the exhalation, the inhalation takes care of itself. If we get rid of the unwanted, we make room for what is needed.
Throughout human history, there have been countless uses of natural substances to increase libido, performance and sexual desire, with the coined name of an aphrodisiac, after the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. The search for a substance to best the ‘manhood’ of males has been an obsession of many past civilizations, whether they were eastern or western, religious or atheist. In ancient Rome, starfish were sold on the streets, potable gold was used in medieval times, and even animal genitals where consumed by Chinese civilizations. This obsession is still carried on today, seen by the popularity of pharmaceuticals and neutraceuticals to enhance sexual performance. Are you part of the majority looking for some ideas to rev up your libido? Need a little boost to amp up your sexual performance? Here are my top four picks to set you on your way to a great sex life.
4. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate (Cacao), made from Cacao beans, has long been used to boost sexual performance and libido. Reportedly, it was used by the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, before visiting any of his wives to increase his libido. Chocolate is often considered to have some of the greatest impacts on mood and has been demonstrated to have some pretty impressive health benefits, widely derived from its flavanol content. Although flavanols are found at low concentrations in red wine, tea, and many fruits, flavanols are found in the greatest concentrations in dark chocolate (responsible for its bitterness) at about 510mg per 100g! Aside from the benefits associated with heart disease and diabetes prevention, antioxidant activity and reductions in inflammation, several studies have reported an improvement in sexual function. Chocolates that have been either fermented, roasted or alkalized will have significantly lower flavanol contents, so when deciding which chocolate to buy, opt for a good quality dark chocolate to max out the health and libido benefits! There are plenty of raw, vegan, and low sugar chocolates out there that would make great options for a flavanol rich, healthy chocolate. Try out the 10 Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars, and if you feel like making something decadent, these Raw Dark Chocolate Cherry Cream Cups or Blueberry-Almond Dark Chocolate Bark are great options!
Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walpers) has been used in the Andes for centuries to boost the fertility and health of animals and humans alike. It has been demonstrated to improve several health aspects, such as bone density, energy levels, depression, metabolism, and immunity, but has been particularly effective for reproductive function. It has been shown to improve libido, fertility, erectile dysfunction, hormones in women with amenorrhea (loss of menses), and has even had promising research showing its effectiveness as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women. When looking for maca products, a good quality product is key to ensure a good flavor (my personal favorite is by the company Organic Traditions) (Side note- if you have high blood pressure, use maca with caution and don’t get a product more potent than the powdered form). Maca has a nice toasted-marshmallow taste that goes great in hot chocolate (can be used to replace your morning coffee), smoothies and baked goods. To learn more about Maca, read this article and try this recipe for Raw Vanilla Cake with Chocolate “Buttercream” and Maca.
Yoga, an ancient practice with eastern roots, has long been used to not only enhance overall health, but also sexual health. Yoga involves a number of physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas) that make yoga an amazing practice for overall well-being. Aside from the demonstrated benefits of improved well-being, mental health, blood pressure, heart rate, lung capacity and overall health, yoga, as well as other eastern approaches like tantra, tao and acupuncture, has been shown to enhance fulfillment, pleasure and libido. On top of that, yoga is an excellent way to keep you limber, in tune with your body, and confident, all vital for a satisfying sex life. New to yoga and don’t know where to start? Head over to your local yoga studio! Most studios give great introductory classes, ensuring you develop the technique required to safely practice yoga. I absolutely love practicing yoga in a studio; there’s something about being in a supportive group with ambient music and a knowledgeable instructor to leave you feeling amazing for the rest of the day. There are also a number of excellent yoga DVDs, ranging from all ability levels; head over to your nearest book store or yoga studio to see what they have to offer (even more can be found online!).
1. Red Wine
Regular red wine consumption is not only linked to some pretty amazing health benefits, including a reduced risk for heart disease and diabetes, it has recently been demonstrated to be a natural and tasty sex booster. Red wine is high in a number of health boosting polyphenols, including the recently famous and popular resveratrol. The polyphenols present are thought to be the major contributors to the amazing benefits associated with drinking a glass a day. In terms of sexual health, red wine has been demonstrated to enhance overall sexual function, desire, lubrication and sex drive, making it a great drink to give you a little boost in bed. Red wine makes a nice addition to dinner, is easily accessible and is delicious (in my opinion); there is really no reason not to enjoy it (in moderation! ;)).