January 01, 2014
November 03, 2013
The most common phenomenon of any seasonal change are the diseases it brings with itself. As we move from summer to fall to winter, a lot of people keep battling with flu and common cold. By default, our body's immunity system tries to get rid of the disease, but it is wise to adopt other preventive and curative measures to fight it better. While modern-day medicines are highly effective, they are not the sole option present today. People are also turning to options such as yoga to cure themselves and enhance their body's immunity levels.
Yoga is an ancient and unique technique that helps builds a stronger body and a focused mind. A Sri Sri Yoga course is one such exclusively designed course which equips us with simple yoga postures to live healthier by overcoming ailments like common cold. Here are a few yoga postures that will help you combat cold better:
The onset of any season is an incredible opportunity to enjoy it to the fullest, without being held down by common cold or flu. Regular practice of yoga fortifies the immunity system and enhances it ability to fight foreign viruses better.
The ancient holistic and natural medicine system of Ayurveda is also an effective measure to improve the body's immunity level. Unlike allopathic medicines that focus on management of disease, Ayurveda provides us with knowledge of how to prevent disease and eliminate its root cause.
September 10, 2013
August 17, 2013
By Fanny L. Arnaud
The sun was shinning on Saturday morning for the 108 sun salutations Yogathon.
On August 17th, 50 yoga lovers met at McGill University campus to complete 108 sun salutations. The challenge organized by The Art of Living Foundation aimed at raising funds to support the Care For Children program.
Ariane Gagné came with a friend. She has never done yoga before and she doesn’t know the 12 movements of the sun salutation.
“I mainly came to support the foundation’s cause,” she says.
Indeed the Yogathon is less a sport challenge than a charity event.
The Artof Living Foundation is a non-profit organization based in more than 150 countries in the world. It offers yoga, meditation and stress-elimination programs in line with the founder’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”
On McGill lower field, the volunteers are welcoming participants. They distribute snacks and beverages. People talk to each other, choose a yoga mat, and sit on the grass. The music began and Ralph Matta, organizer of the event and yoga teacher, steps on the platform.
“Let’s dedicate these sun salutations to Care for Children,” he says.
Care for Children is a program of The Art of Living Foundation. It helps establishing schools and other educational infrastructure in India. The 2013 edition of Yogathon raised $30,000 across Canada.
Indeed the challenge was simultaneously organised in 10 cities: Vancouver, London, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, St. Mathieu-du-Parc (Mauricie), Windsor, Halifax, Ottawa and Pembroke.
Matta decomposes slowly the first salutation for the beginners. Some people are watching him, other are already doing it. He’s counting “one: inhale, two: exhale.” People join the movement, volunteers help the beginners and quickly the 50 people are moving to the same beat. The passers-by stop, have a look, and ask questions.
The sun salutation has physical and mental benefits. The combination of 12 poses help to reduce depression, anxiety and stress. It tones your muscles and burn excess calories. It is a tradition to perform 108 sun salutations. It has been a sacred number for a long time, notably because the diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
People don’t hesitate to take a break. It’s really warm and they stop to drink water or to move their mat in the shade.
After almost two hours, the challenge has been met. For participants, it’s time to relax.
Adrienne Piggott has practiced yoga only a couple of time in her life. For the Yogathon, she accomplished 107 sun salutations.
“I will come back next year,” she says. “And until then, I will find time to practice regularly because yoga makes me feel really good.”
Sylvie Cournoyer has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She teaches yoga in Montreal. For her, it’s a completely different experience to complete the sun salutation in a group or alone.
“The group’s energy increases the sun salutation’s power, you can feel the vibrations,” she says.
For others, the Yogathon is an opportunity to practice yoga outside in a friendly atmosphere.
Roshan Pandey came for the music and the people. He has never done more than 30 sun salutations in a row until today.
“ It was more comfortable than I though,” he said. “I met the challenge.”