In the West, our medical community is increasingly investigating this topic.
There is something powerful that needs to be investigated: this is what our scientific culture believes about yoga as an aid in medical therapy (more and more studies are published by prestigious scientific magazines).
The US cellular biologist Bruce Lipton, Sat Bir Khalsa, an assistant professor at Harvard, Michael de Mannicor, a psychologist who is the director of the Yoga Institute, are a few members of the international scientific community who bear record in a recent video.
Dr. Herbert Benson and his pupil John Denninger are among the most illustrious pioneers in studies on the powerful physiological effects of meditation, that Dr. Benson has called “Relaxation Response“. Dr. Dharma Singh in collaboration with many American Universities has studied the link between meditation, memory and brain for 20 years. Dr. Franco Berrino deepens these studies in Italy and showed how certain Kundalini Yoga meditations inhibit inflammatory genes and activate the ones that strengthen the immune system. The Nobel laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn has shown that meditation itself stimulates telomerase, the enzyme of rejuvenation.
Would you like to have a try yourself? Here is the Kirtan Kriya meditation.
Yoga techniques support for the well-being of all
The focus of yoga concerns the control of breath. The crucial importance of this aspect is perhaps clearer to athletes: you would not go very far, in any sport, if you cannot control your breath.
But controlling your breathing can help you in any aspect of life: a panic attack, depression and the general response to stressful situations.
In this regard, I invite you to read an interview I gave to Yoga Journal, which deals with an issue called “email apnea”, very common in the workplace.
That’s why I believe that yoga is perfect for any type of organizations, especially Kundalini, the most studied by scientists for its rapid and profound effects on the nervous and endocrine systems.
No need to be flexible to address a session of yoga, this is one of the main stereotypes that have spread in the West. Industry newspapers portraying fashion models in poses often impossible fuelled the idea that one should already be in shape to do yoga.
In fact, yoga is suitable for any body (young or older) and every problem has a solution. Any imbalance can be recovered if only we allow our body to do so. This is one of the main benefits of Kundalini Yoga: reactivating the natural talent of Self-Healing.
The practice of yoga is not difficult, it is perhaps the society we live in which is fragmented, chaotic and somewhat incomprehensible.
Being truly connected
Technology has shortened any distance, it has made us all more connected. But the kind of connection that yoga brings is deeper (yoga in Sanskrit actually means union): freeing the mind and body, we learn to observe the world around us, the connections that govern it. And knowing how to observe is one of the features that I consider essential in a leader.
Connecting knowledge is a synonymous with intelligence and wisdom, it helps us to find true meanings.
Yoga and meditation are very powerful tools that help us to understand ourselves and the world surrounding us, they help us to explore reality, to appreciate it to the fullest.
Alessia Tanzi – Giacomo Ciampoli