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Balancing activities like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation are touted for their ability to promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress, but is there more to it than meets the eye? While these exercises are known for being great ways to relax, new research has shown that their benefits extend far past the ephemeral. The relief mind-body interventions can offer isn’t just mental; in fact, these activities can actually bring about physical changes at the molecular level.
A recent study led by scientists from Coventry University and Radboud University have shown that mind-body interventions can turn back molecular reactions within your DNA that cause disease and depression.
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Me and my father (Anand) met up with a 104 year old Swami in Rishikesh by chance. He is fit, witty and honest to the core. Here is what he says (many things he says in jest so please take it in the right spirit)-
Baba: You should be like this slim & trim, just like these foreigners. I am like this because I am a poor man. I don’t have sugar, tea, tobacco & cigarettes. (Points at his tongue) this tongue is a nomadic vagabond. Slips every time it sees a rasagulla (an Indian sweet).
Young boy in white Kurta asks: Please tell me something for body building.
Baba: Eat as many raw things as you can. There are 3 food shops. One that the God opened. 2nd is the Hotel. The 3rd shop is that of the Mother. The latter two are useless. Only the food made by God is the one to eat — All fruits, all raw vegetables, and all dry fruits. These you don’t like (chuckles at the fast food addicted youngsters). Young boy refutes.
For your entertainment.
With German subtitles.
– Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic (Daily Mail, June 16 2011):
Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment.
Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits.
The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.
Belugas are famed for the way in which their faces are able to convey human-like expressions. Certainly Matrena and Nilma seemed to enjoy frolicking with Natalia.
The taming of the whales happened in the Murmansk Oblast region in the far north-west of Russia at the shore of the White Sea near the Arctic Circle branch of the Utrish Dophinarium.
An area of the sea is enclosed to stop whales and dolphins getting out and instructors tame the mammals before they are transported to dolphinariums around the world — a practice many animal conservationists consider cruel.
Belugas have a small hump on their heads used for echo-location and it was thought that there would be more chance of striking up a rapport with them without clothes as a barrier.
The average human could die if left in sub-zero temperature sea water for just five minutes.
However, Natalia is a yoga expert and used meditation techniques to hold her breath and stay under water for an incredible ten minutes and 40 seconds.
And he is not the only one. Usually people with such abilities avoid publicity at all costs and there are a thousand good reasons for that.
Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in Gujarat under constant surveillance from medics
AHMEDABAD, India — An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.
Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.
During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.
“We still do not know how he survives,” neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”
The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and military research institute.
The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.