Do not steal or take anything that doesn't belong to you, unless you have been given permission to do so. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil.
To treat and cure a stiff neck or shoulder to ease the pain we follow the upward progression in body awareness versus gravity. First let us look at the shoulder area to create the strong base needed to support the head. Shoulder MusclesThe main muscles that work the shoulder are the trapezius, the pectoralis (pecs) and the latissimus dorsi (lats) muscles. While the pecs and the lats are primarily movers of the arm, the rhomboids at the back provide stability to the shoulder joint. Shoulder AlignmentStand up with the arms hanging loosely by your sides, like the sleeves of an empty coat. You should feel a widening and flattening of the area immediately in front of your shoulder, allowing the shoulder joint to be placed at the side of your body rather than in front of it.
Relax the ShouldersRaised shoulders cause the curve in the back of the neck to be too deep.
Arm SwingsStand in a stable lunge position, the left foot in front and the right foot behind with the front leg bent and both heels on the floor. Full Arm CirclesStand in the same position as in the previous sequence and now make continuous backward circles with your arm.
Note: Welcome any clicking or crunching noises in your shoulder as long as it doesn't hurt. When the neck is over-curved, the head is not aligned above the spine but has to be carried in front of the body. Often we suddenly look up from this position, thereby increasing the over-curvature of the cervical vertebrae even more and begin to look like a vulture. Where Your Neck Should BeAnatomically, the skull is supported by the Atlas (the top cervical vertebra) centrally somewhere between the ears, in line with the central line of gravity. These moves allow the neck to move in the three planes of motion, round the sagittal, transverse, and frontal axes which I prefer to call 'yes', 'no', and 'maybe'.
Caution before attempting neck exercises, you must establish the severity of your pain by consulting a physician or movement therapist. In the downward movement of the "yes" sequence aim to touch your breastbone with your chin.
On the upward movement of the "yes" sequence keep the back of your neck long as explained earlier.
Caution if you suffer from a posterior disc bulge avoid going too far down on this move as it would only increase the damage.
On the "Maybe" sequence, drop your ear down towards the shoulder while keeping your nose facing the front.
Gently repeat each move eight times or more until all the little crunching noises in your neck have stopped. Head RollsSlowly roll the head around clockwise to see how much of your entire periphery you can see. To train yourself for a better sleeping position you may first want to learn how to meditate in a horizontal position on the floor. Advanced Neck LengthenerThis video by Juliette Kando is, as it says in the introduction, only for people with good necks who want their necks to stay that way well into old age.
A good neck allows the body to lie comfortably supine on the floor (on your back) without a pillow.
No More PainIn most cases of chronic pain, the pain is self-induced from poor movement habits.
Voting Results CommentaryThe above survey shows that 60% of the population have a chronic stiff neck (over-curvature) while only 1% never have any neck trouble at all. Ultimate Solution: a Gravity Inversion TableThe ultimate solution to chronic neck pain and stiffness, bad back, and general stress related chronic pain is, of course, the Gravity Inversion Table.
Checklist to Cure a Stiff Neck or ShoulderJust remember this checklist on how to prevent, treat and cure your stiff neck or shoulder. Retract the head so it sits above the spine (between the shoulders) and not in front of it. Perform the a€?yes, no and maybea€? exercise at least once a day or whenever you feel stiff in the neck. The exercises and tips given above will help you attain a level of physical consciousness and awareness to treat and cure a stiff neck or shoulder to ease the pain forever. Sue Adams 8 weeks ago from Andalusia Author Hi, Endless Traveler,Sorry for late reply. Sue Adams 3 months ago from Andalusia Author Hi Donna,I suggest gently following the videos in this article. Ruby H Rose 6 months ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Easy to do exercises while I am sitting here reading this, thank you!Great information to remind us to keep our best posture in good shape if we can. Linda Robinson60 7 months ago from Cicero, New York Hello Juliette an extremely fascinating interesting and informative hub. Sue Adams 14 months ago from Andalusia Author Now is the time to do something about it, Jennifer.
Jennifer-Louise-W 14 months ago from Nottingham Very useful article and appropriate as I have awful neck pain at the moment. Sue Adams 16 months ago from Andalusia Author Hello zile,It looks from the little typos in your post that you may need to have yours eyes checked.
Sue Adams 17 months ago from Andalusia Author Don't be afraid of the little creaky noises Carol.
Carol Houle 17 months ago from Montreal My little neck noises don't go away, but I will practice yes, no, maybe.
Sue Adams 17 months ago from Andalusia Author Yes Bev, rotating shoulders in circles can help loosen the muscles in the neck too, provided you allow the shoulders to fully relax on the way down because lifting the shoulders (during the rotation) tenses up the neck muscles. Bev 17 months ago I also found rotating shoulders in circles helped loosen the muscles in the neck.
Tashaonthetown 18 months ago from South Africa Thank you just what I needed after two days of neck and back pain!
Hezekiah 18 months ago from Japan Thanks a lot for the tips, I suffer from stiff neck a lot when I wake up in the mornings. Sue Adams 18 months ago from Andalusia Author Hi Amanda,Despite all the treatments you've had, I still believe that retaining as much mobility as possible will help you.
Amanda Y Stone 18 months ago from Abbeville, South Carolina I have chronic back and neck pain due to degenerative disk disease. Sue Adams 18 months ago from Andalusia Author Hi Dale,I recommend daily use of a Gravity Inversion Table as described above to relieve downward pressure on your vertebrae. Sue Adams 18 months ago from Andalusia Author Hi Randall,I would recommend the first one on this page, the Pronex Pneumatic Cervical Traction Device.
Randall Guinn 19 months ago from Pinellas Park, Florida Hi, out of the two cervical traction devices you have listed, is there one that you would recommend above the other? Juliette Kando (Sue Adams)660 Followers60 ArticlesFellow of the RAD Institute of Choreology. The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn't mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. A full 55 pages of Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, are dedicated to these scientific breakthroughs that often confirm the power of ancient psychology and contemplative practices.
In their never-ending search for the best way to live, Greek philosophers argued over the relative benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.
The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year, found that while both types of happiness can make you feel good, the latter could promote physical health and longevity as well.


The traditional Chinese medicine technique is believed to address imbalances in a person’s qi (pronounced chi), the circulating energy within every living thing. Analyzing previous research data from approximately 18,000 subjects, researchers found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and standard western care when treating various types of pain, including migraines and chronic back pain.
Traditional Buddhist teachings suggest that community is a key component in any happy, fulfilled life. In analyzing the 148 studies -- involving more than 300,000 individual participants -- available on the subject, the researchers discovered that those with stronger social relationships maintained a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival.
This ancient Chinese martial art is based on the belief that achieving balance with one’s mind and body creates an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring a long life. Stemming from ancient Eastern origins, the practice of meditation is believed to help still the mind and reach a heightened level of awareness, improving health and well-being as a byproduct. Harvard psychiatrist John Denniger and his team used neuro-imaging and genomics technology to measure potential physiological changes in each subject more accurately. Another loving-kindness meditation study from 2011 found that, over time, this practice increased participants' positive emotions that allowed them to find a deeper sense of mindfulness, their purpose in life, the network of support surrounding them, and their health.
According to Buddhist teachings, one must accept the things they cannot change in order to reduce suffering. Researchers from Deakin University in Australia found that facing the realities of living with assistance and losing a degree of independence helps seniors live longer and feel far happier. If there is one thing that a variety of ancient wisdom traditions can agree on, it’s the value of love in maintaining a happy, meaningful life.
The Harvard Grant Study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the life trajectories of 268 male students in order to answer life’s universal questions of growth, development, value and purpose. Comparing yourself to others and longing to have what they have leads to jealousy, envy and other sins. November 27, 2011 - London Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. In previous articles we began at the feet, the base, the roots or foundation of the whole body, and worked our way up through articles on the ankles, knees, pelvis, waist, and the torso etc.
You can treat and cure a stiff neck, frozen shoulders and upper back ache, even headaches and migraine by being well aware of your posture. As the pecs and lats work to rotate the arm inward the rhomboids in the upper back become weak. As you can see from the red line of gravity, the head is carried too far in front of the body.
If the back of your neck is completely free of tension your chin should touch your breastbone when you look down - with your mouth closed (don't cheat!). Try to see as far back behind you as you can on each lateral rotation but don't lift up your nose. Make sure you dona€™t sleep in a cold draft as this will cause your neck muscles to contract during sleep. Lie on the floor (not on a bed) on your back and simply allow gravity to straighten you out while you relax. By slightly modifying your daily movement habits and patterns and being aware of the difference between "good movements" and damaging ones, you are on the road to healing yourself.
So the final tip I have up my sleeve to prevent having a stiff neck, improve your posture, your looks, your mood, and productivity all at the same time is to use gravity to the body's advantage rather than its detriment. The bottom line is, if we have to reduce over-curvature, compression, and tightness in the whole skeleton, this can most easily and pleasantly be achieved in a completely passive way with gentle anti-gravity traction as shown in the next video. For more useful insights, questions, tips and solutions from live case studies similar to yours, please follow the comment thread below. Re-align your ankles and knees with these healing moves to ease the pain, improve balance, and be less prone to injury.
To make it easier on the neck, once you know what to do, perform the same moves in an upside down position. I've had back and neck problems since I was a child, and reading your hub has brought to my attention the fact that I am only worsening the pain and discomfort by my bad posture.
Bad eyesight when typing is a strain on the eyes and the whole way you hold your head, too far forward with tightly lifted shoulders. They are comparable to the sound of a creaky old door that needs some oil to get its hinges moving again.
The power of our own muscles plus a means of combating the excessive downward pressure of gravity are the key to healing pain.
For months now I have had a bad neck and shoulders, I've never been able to crack my neck or any muscle but now it cracks all the time! Gravity Inversion facilitates mobility because the gentle traction increases distance between vertebrae. My brother who had chronic neck pain for years has been using one daily for a few weeks now.
I am a Fibromyalgia patient and I am always looking for more information that can help soothe my painful muscles. Books published by HarperCollins on Taking Responsibility for Your own Health via Body Awareness.
In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically. On an intuitive level, we’ve known for centuries that these lifestyle practices can help us lead happy, healthy and balanced lives. Hedonic well-being sees happiness as a factor of increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudaimonic ("human flourishing") happiness has more to do with having a larger purpose or meaning in life. Using phone interviews, questionnaires and blood samples, the study explored how the two forms of happiness affected individuals on a genetic level.
Whether or not you believe in the existence of this energy flow, a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the age-old practice may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains.
A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers confirmed this belief, concluding that a healthy social life promotes longevity. The effect of social relationships on mortality risk is even greater than the effect of exercise or obesity.
A report in the May 2009 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch summarized several studies confirming that this “moving meditation” practice can help prevent and treat many age-related health problems alongside standard treatment in older adults.
After observing the high-stress individuals as they followed the study’s prescribed yoga and meditation practices, the team noticed an improved mitochondrial energy production, utilization and resiliency, which help to reduce the stress linked to health conditions like hypertension and infertility.
A 2012 study from Emory University found that compassion meditation based on this Tibetan model can effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions. Now, scientists have found that this belief rings true, especially for older adults who are working through difficult life changes. Their study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies last year, compared feelings of life satisfaction and perceived control of older adults living with assistance and those living in the community.
And a group of Harvard researchers, on a mission to uncover the true roots of life fulfillment, conducted a 75-year study that reached the same conclusion. Vaillant considers the most meaningful finding of the study to be that a happy life revolves around loving relationships. Be content by focusing on the blessings God has given you and not what he has not given you. Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'. Dziokonski, who was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam and a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a Combat "V," considers himself a strong man, a self-described curmudgeon. Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?" Lao Tzu Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words, and the needs and experiences of other people. Similarly, in this latest article relating to the neck, we begin by exploring the base, the shoulder area, to create a strong foundation to support the neck and head. This causes the shoulder joint to go too far forward, out of its neutral alignment, beyond its range of safety.


Do about eight or more swings while increasing speed and momentum until you are sure that all the little crackly noises (stiffness) have gone from your shoulder joint. Begin slowly and increase the speed of the movement until your arm wants to circle quite fast to throw off all the tension; until you feel a tingling in your fingertips. Slowly repeat looking to the left and right until all the little noises inside your neck disappear. Once your body can, as a habit, correct itself on an ongoing basis, there is no longer the need to spend extra time "exercising" as such. I read in a health magazine that many people suffer from pain due to a selenium deficiency.
Any pain caused by poor movement habits and consistent bad posture can be cured with gentle, adequate remedial exercise with a sense of self-responsible body awareness . I have strengthened the muscles and find with proper posture and exercise I have been able to avoid surgery.
But now, with the support of hard science, we can embrace these pieces of ancient wisdom and start really living them. A recent study from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson may reveal which form of happiness is more beneficial for health and well-being. Participants with more hedonic and less eudaimonic well-being were found to have a lower production of virus-attacking antibodies, while those with more eudaimonic well-being experienced an increase in antibody production.
A number of studies in the past decade have found tai chi to be helpful for those suffering from arthritis, low bone density and heart disease. The latest study from a team of Harvard Medical School scientists reveals how this mind-body practice can affect genes that control stress levels and immune function. Their analysis revealed that the ability to accept the inevitable (as well as maintain low-level control) in an assisted living setting was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. So when he found himself at the top of a mountain crying over a dead butterfly, he knew he needed help.
For example, if you are on your right side and the pillow is too large, the neck is vulnerable to being pushed too far towards the left shoulder. 6 nuts) cover 767% of your daily selenium intake, that's why you should only eat one of these nuts per day.
He no longer has the related head-aches associated with chronic stiff neck cramps and has already been able to go back to work. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International. As this happens, the muscles at the front of the shoulder tighten while the muscles of the upper back become overstretched and weak.
Get off your chair for a minute and do the following shoulder alignment move to feel the rhomboid muscles putting your shoulders back into their correct place.
When you finish, hold the arm above the head and shake the hand to allow all the blood to flow back down again. To walk and sit straight takes a person who can emotionally afford to "look the world in the eye". In comparison 28 grams of Walnuts cover only 7% of your selenium, therefore you would have to eat them by the handful. The neck supports the head, so it obvious that if the head is carried too far in front of the body instead of directly above the spine, where it belongs, the muscles at the back of the neck are doing unnecessary overtime. This results in: a€? kyphosis with forward head posturea€? tight muscles in the front of the shouldera€? weak muscles in the upper back. Firstly loosen the shoulders with the "Arm-swings and Circles" moves below, then proceed to the neck exercises in the following section. Your pillow should be firm and no thicker than the space needed for your head to lie flat on its ear without curving up the other side of the neck. I got this nutritional information from an interesting blog called healthaliciousness (you may want to check it out yourself).
I had been suffering from lower back pain for months and within 10 days of eating the nuts my symptoms just about disappeared.
I love the beginning with the stretch.I believe strongly in our muscles have the power to heal.Great hub! Cimini, the founding director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness in West Boylston, designed to alleviate the symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. Permanently tense and raised shoulders, poor sleeping habits, stress, or cold drafts also contribute to neck and shoulder pain. For best results, head rolls may be done in a warm bath under water where your head is virtually weightless. Another sign of selenium deficiency are white spots on the fingernails (mine have disappeared since I started eating this valuable nut. The overload in muscle tension just to hold your head up, but in the wrong way, can eventually escalate into chronic headaches and migraine. Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil," he said.
He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us. With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility.
As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski. This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican". Dear Friend , on sacred Pilgrimage we visit 14 countries and holy sites, chanting the karma avoiding mantra. The war was in our living room," Dziokonski said, recalling the firefights that were being broadcast on the nightly news.
In fact, Dziokonski had asked her to teach a class at the Worcester Veterans Center, which fellow veterans later decided to continue. In INDIA we meditate at Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple & Bodhi tree, sacred space of Buddha´s Enlightenment. In addition, she is the co-author of a study that will appear in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Hatha Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." The study was done by Maj.
Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini.
She is also working with Worcester State University to study the effect of the Yoga Warrior program on military students at the university.
At sacred lake Tso Pema we pray to the Lotus-born Padmasambhava & to female Buddha Mandarava. In SRI LANKA we pay homage to Sri Pada at Adam´s Peak, to Kandy Tooth temple, to Mihintale stupa and other temples. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn is one of the local studios offering the Yoga Warriors class with a certified instructor. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn began offering a Yoga Warriors class in September, and is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. Many Vietnam veterans are enrolled in Yoga Warriors, and also some World War II veterans, and now Iraq War veterans. Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later.



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