by Peter Deadman
One common feature of traditional practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong etc. is their emphasis on slow, deep, lower abdominal breathing, with extraordinary claims made about its powerful effects.
For example Yuan Hao in 15th century China simply said, “A day and a night of regulated breathing can [reverse] twenty years of chronic illness.”
What is special about breathing is that (like the heartbeat or digestion) it is an autonomic function – in other words we can spend the entire day quite unaware of our breath which carries on perfectly well without our attention.…Read More
New research has shown that mind-body practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation can change our stress response at the body’s deepest level – our DNA. We know of course that a good session will leave us feeling calmer, more centred, more stable in our responses to the world.…Read More
A study conducted by one of BNHC’s trustees, Jennifer Oates, has shown that yoga is helpful for various kinds of menstrual problems. The paper, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, is a systematic review of 18 previous yoga studies.…Read More
The idea that excessively intense or prolonged emotions can cause disease has been part of Chinese medicine theory for at least two millennia. Nearly a thousand years ago, when the causes of disease were first classified into three distinct types, excess of the ‘seven emotions’ formed one whole category.…Read More
What is your gut feeling? … No seriously … what is your gut actually feeling?
This is a common phrase we use if we are trying to make a decision about something, but do we notice what is happening there in our gut at different times during the day?…Read More
The sign of a good training course is that it stimulates a change in thought patterns. Last week I was blown away by Yin Yoga … I still am. However there are other aspects of the training provided by The Yoga People which have really impressed me, and if I ever design a training programme, I will ‘borrow’ this practical session.…Read More
Science magazine recently reported that adding small amounts of soil from one terrain such as a wild meadow can ‘inoculate’ barren soil elsewhere. It is of course the uncountable organisms in the healthy soil that achieve this effect – the microscopic bacteria and fungi, nematode worms and other invertebrates.…Read More
Many of us have busy lives, maybe a sedentary office job, but when pain and stress strikes this can be challenging. Have you had to give up your passion due to pain or an injury? Running, playing football, gym classes, dancing…….etc.…Read More
These feel like dark times. It’s true that humans have often felt this; after all wars and famines and forced mass emigration and demagogic politicians have always been with us. Yet nowadays – through the media – we are exposed to ever more detail of the terrible sufferings of our fellow humans.…Read More