Bette Calman is a 83 year old yoga star. Since she has taken up yoga in the 50s she has not been to a doctor for over 50 years! So the question is: Is Yoga the anti-aging elixir for a long life?
If we look at the core group of people who have been responsible for the spread and popularity of modern yoga we have to begin with Krishnamacharya. He lived to be over 100 years old. His most famous western disciple Indra Devi lived to be 102. His other world famous disciples are BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. BKS Iyengar is still alive at the age of 94 and Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009 at the age of 93. In addition Tao Porchon Lynch is a 93 year old yoga teacher who teaches in the Iyengar style of yoga. All these people were not related to each other and the only common thing they have is a regular practice of Yoga in the style taught by Krishnamacharya. Clearly there seems to be some connection between practicing yoga regularly and living a long and healthy life.
One thing is clear is that the practice of yoga is not going to make you immortal or younger. This may be like stating the obvious but needs to be stated, as there are some texts both ancient and modern that make such tall claims. It is however true that if you are suffering from accelerated aging due to excessive stress, and you take up yoga regularly you may see that these effects will reverse and you may appear younger. But be sure that age will eventually catch up with you.
Since the ill effects of stress on health and wellbeing are well known it should come as no surprise that yoga, whose anti-stress qualities are now well researched, should result in a longer life span and healthier lives. Sadly there are no definitive studies done on this subject, but the correlation of long life pointed out among the group of individuals mentioned in this post seems to be more than just a happy coincidence.
A recent NY times article provides an insider account of how the food industry is shaping our food habits. Following are some trends that this article highlights:
There is an increasing trend to replace home cooked meals with pre-packaged lunches known as “lunchables.” (Sales in US and UK approached the 1 Billion mark in 2013.)
When busy, there is a tendency to skip lunch and replace it with snacks, and the amount of snacking is growing steadily.
A 2011 study of over twelve thousand women and men over a 25 year period shows that as we grow older we tend to exercise less and watch more TV. And when combined with our change in eating style leads to an average increase of weight of around 3.3 pounds every four years.
The result of these trends is that one in three persons in the US is clinically obese along with one in five kids. While over half of the population in the US is overweight, 24 million people in the US have type II diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis, formerly known as a “rich man’s disease” and associated with gluttony is making a resurgence. More than eight million people in the US are afflicted with it. Of course as industrialization and mass marketing of processed food spreads to the developing world these statistics will spread there too.
While the article details some onerous industry practices such as marketing of lunchables directly to kids during the Saturday morning cartoon show, and it also talks about industry practice of engineering products like Cheetos that melt in the mouth quickly and trick the brain to consume endless quantities of it, in the end it is our responsibility to take charge of our own food habits. Here is a quick guide of what you can do to take charge: Continue reading →
Before me flowed the gurgling, placid river.
Behind me rose the tree-clad, peaceful mountain.
“Man says this is his world,” I reflected,
“And yet there was a time when there was no man.
Did this old world exist the same without man?
“I was flowing then,” murmured the river.
“I was standing firm,” whispered the mountain.
“Man now,” I thought, “seems bent on self destruction.
A million fiendish things he has invented-
Each one more deadly than the one before it.
If he succeeds in self-annihilation,
will this world he says is his go on without him?”
“I’ll be flowing still,” murmured the river.
“I’ll be standing firm,” whispered the mountain.
This is a poem by Peace Pilgrim. You can find out more about Peace Pilgrim here.
When Sarah Darling dumped her change in the cup of a homeless man, Billy Ray, little did she realize that she also dropped in her diamond ring as well. She did not realize her loss until the next day. But when she went back to Billy Ray he promptly returned the ring back to her.
The five Yamas in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are: Ahimsa (non violence), Satya (honesty), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), and Aparigrah (non-possessiveness). Billy Ray by his actions has demonstrated that it is possible even for a man hard on his times, to observe the Yamas. Billy Ray demonstrated honesty, non-stealing and non-possessiveness when he returned the ring to its rightful owner.
The results of practicing Yamas and Niyamas is that it builds the foundation on which you can make spiritual progress. It is also true that along with spiritual progress you may also stumble into material success if you live according to the principles laid down by Patanjali as can be seen in Billy’s case. Since the news of Billy Ray’s actions have spread, donations have been pouring in and till last reported the number is now close to $86,000. Even more fascinating is that the news reached his estranged sister who has not seen her brother for more than 20 years. She is now offering him a place to stay.
A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains” I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice-versa.” Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.
The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500,” figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match. This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer. Now, it’s the blonde’s turn. Continue reading →
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