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WOHASU 2018 – Video Presentation.

Learn how to access the power that lies within you!

As the Chair of the 2018 Global Yoga Community Board for The World Happiness Summit- (WOHASU),  I felt honored to also have been invited to provide a presentation alongside world leaders in the science of happiness.

Because the pursuit of happiness is such a personal journey that is dependent on several factors,  I wanted to share with you, one of the most basic and powerful tools to access your happiness. The tool that I presented at WOHASU 2018 conference, was The Power of the Breath”. 

This video will endeavor to explain the physiological mechanisms and the mind-body connection of breathing, as well as many of the research driven applications utilized with breathing. 

I hope you enjoy this presentation and that you can pass this information on to your love ones 🙂

Much Love and Gratitude,

 

 

 

 

Water and Brain Function Optimization

Over 70 % of your body is composed of water, and every function in the body is dependent on water, including the activities of the brain and nervous system.

Water and Brain Function – “How to Improve Memory and Focus”  – by Merlin Hearn and Nancy Hearn

The average person in the U.S. drinks less than a quart (32 ounces) of water a day.
Yet, according to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses more than 80 ounces of water every day through sweating, breathing, and eliminating wastes.
If you are drinking less than 80 ounces of water a day, what is the impact on your brain function? Drinking water and brain function are integrally linked.
Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous symptoms including problems with focus, memory, brain fatigue and brain fog, as well as headaches, sleep issues, anger, depression, and many more.

Water and Brain Energy

The brain is one of the most important organs in your body to keep fueled. It is approximately 85 percent water and brain function depends on having abundant access to water.

Drinking water and brain function are integrally linked.

Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.
According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
Water is also needed for the brain’s production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy.When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.

Daily hydration will not only help with better thinking, it can help prevent attention deficit disorder in children and adults.
The reason why it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day for optimal brain function is because your brain does not have any way to store water.
When your body loses more water than you are replacing, dehydration will kick in and brain function will be affected.

Brain Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration causes your brain to shut down and not run at full speed. Some of the mental symptoms of dehydration include brain fog, afternoon fatigue, focus issues, depression, anger, emotional instability, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, and a lack of mental clarity and acuity.Studies have shown that if you are only 1 percent dehydrated, you will likely have a 5 percent decrease in cognitive function.
If your brain drops 2 percent in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math computations.
Further studies have shown that prolonged dehydration causes brain cells to shrink in size and mass. This is most common in the elderly, many of whom tend to be chronically dehydrated for years.

Dehydration is also a known factor in dementia and proper hydration may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Water is also essential for delivering nutrients to the brain and for removing toxins. When the brain is fully hydrated, the exchange of nutrients and toxins will be more efficient—thus ensuring better concentration and mental alertness.

Water and Brain Challenges

Dr. Allen has found that people with brain challenges such as Autism, Aspergers, ADD, head injuries, anxiety attacks and depression often drink almost no water each day! The lack of water only enhances brain dysfunction.
Brain inflammation is often associated with various types of brain challenges, especially injuries, and will often result in the body’s inability to detoxify harmful substances from the brain.
When the body is dehydrated, the detoxification problem linked to inflammation is exacerbated.
Free radicals such as radiation, pollutants, chemicals, pesticides, and toxic metals pass freely through the brain’s blood supply. To stop the many sources of free radicals attacking the brain and causing brain inflammation, a strong antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory agent is needed.

Water provides essential energy to the brain, keeps the nerve signals going, delivers nutrients to the brain, and removes toxins. We need to be drinking enough water daily to keep the brain fueled and energized for optimum function.

Recommendations for Improved Brain Function

To start your day off right for optimal brain function, I recommend drinking 12 to 16 ounces of water as soon as you wake up.
Always keep a bottle of filtered water near you throughout the day, especially if you have a job that requires a lot of mental activity.

Drinking water regularly will help to keep your brain fueled, oxygenated, and energized.

Many people think, like I use to, that they can drink soda, coffee, milk, or juice instead of water and get the same level of hydration. This is simply not true.
Bottom line, if you want your brain to function well, receiving and sending signals to the rest of your body, make sure it receives the water it needs.
In addition, the type of water you drink is extremely important. I recommend filtered drinking water over tap, bottled, distilled, or reverse osmosis water.

Reference
Brainadvance.org: Water and the Brain
Further reading . . .
Depression and Dehydration – Key Reasons They Are Linked
Return from Water and Brain to Health Benefits of Drinking Water

I hope you enjoy this article and choose to stay on the path to wellness by staying hydrated.

REMEMBER: The recipe for well-being is simple: 

BREATH DEEPLY, DRINK WATERSLEEP WELL, STAY GRATEFUL  and PRACTICE YOGA

My Love and Gratitude to YOU !

Veronica Vidal

 

 

Discover the Ultimate Relaxation Experience

In my yoga journey of practicing and studying this ancient discipline, I’ve been extremely fortunate to receive individual and personalized guidance for more than 25 years from a great yoga teacher from India, Swami Brahmavidyananda Saraswati -“Swamiji” 

In the photo to the left, I am with Swamiji, in Bihar, India.

In all the years shared with Swamiji, I have learned countless yoga techniques, breathing exercises, relaxation methods, meditation, and yoga therapies. Of these, one of the most powerful techniques I learned with Swamiji was the practice of YOGA NIDRA.

Yoga Nidra is a powerful strategy to counteract the speed and effects of stress in our bodies and minds.

Also, and as important, it is an infallible tool when it comes to re-programming the subconscious mind, to achieve one”s desired goals and objectives.

Yoga Nidra is proven to reduce stress & increase the sense of  well-being  in as little as a few minutes a day!

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        ¿What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique of guided meditation and deep relaxation developed in India.

Yoga Nidra means “Yoga of psychic sleep”. However, its purpose is not to fall asleep. The goal of Yoga Nidra is to achieve deep conscious relaxation.

It is a technique that allows the mind to stay awake in a state between wakefulness and sleep, while the body sleeps. In other words, it is a dream state with full lucidity, where the person lies on the borderline between being asleep and awake.

In Yoga Nidra, the mind must be fully engaged in following instructions, which are quick and require acute attention.

Yoga Nidra is a method to withdraw the senses inward and to reduce awareness of the external world. As a result, one achieves a deep state of relaxation to release psychosomatic tensions and to free the mind from the material that upsets it.

1 hour of Yoga Nidra equals to 4 hours of sleep at night.

If you practice just before bedtime, the whole body and mind will relax, your sleep will be deeper and restorative, and you will benefit even with fewer hours of sleep.

 How is Yoga Nidra practiced?

The session of Yoga Nidra should be guided by a teacher or by an audio recording. (click here for your copy)

Unlike other meditation practices, Yoga Nidra should be performed in Savasana (lying comfortably on your back with your eyes closed.)

The position should be symmetrical to receive the benefits of relaxation on both sides of the body simultaneously.

During the whole session of Yoga Nidra, you must remain in the same position, so it is very important that you find the greatest comfort. (You can use blankets and pillows to achieve your ideal position of relaxation.)

Eyes should be closed during the entire session.

Focus on the present moment. Leave aside what you have done so far or what you have left to do. Commit yourself to being here and now.

It is important to stay alert to avoid falling asleep. Especially at the beginning, it is normal to fall asleep, but do not make it a habit. Try to finish the session and then fall asleep. Otherwise, you may miss the countless benefits that Yoga Nidra offers.

How do you “program the mind” with Yoga Nidra?   

The mind has three dimensions: conscious, subconscious and unconscious.

Yoga Nidra is a revolutionary way to cut out the resistance and mental chatter you experience when you sit down for meditation.

The state reached during the practice of Yoga Nidra reaches the depths of the subconscious and unconscious. In this profound mental state, a personal “resolution” is established (what in India is called “Sankalpa”). The “resolution” established in the depths of the mind, is just like planting a seed in the fertile soil.

For this reason, Yoga Nidra is an effective and direct instrument of personal mental purification and self-programming.

What exactly is the “Sankalpa”?  

Sankalpa (Sanskrit संकल्प) means a determination, a personal resolution, a desire, an intention formed in the heart or in the mind. It is the first practical step by which to increase the potentiality of the mind and the ability to harness willpower.

Sankalpa is an affirmative resolution that is mentally repeated three times at the beginning and the end of Yoga Nidra. It has to be a short and positive phrase, that you can feel and visualize. This repeated mental resolution in a state of relaxation will be like a command that the subconscious mind, receives from the conscious mind in a state of high receptivity, and then manifest itself on a conscious level bringing changes in all aspects of a person’s life.

How do you establish a “personal resolution” (Sankalpa)?

Sankalpa is a positive affirmation that you make for yourself.

Before starting the session of Yoga Nidra you must decide on what you want to modify or strengthen in your personality or achieve in your life.

The phrase (Sankalpa) you choose should be brief, formulated in present time, in the first person and always with a positive statement.

Below see some examples:

“I am happy and enjoy every moment of my life”
“I attract abundance of success, peace, and love into my life”
“I love and respect myself at all times.”
“I believe in myself firmly”
“I am calm and at peace”
“I enjoy being in perfect health.”

The process of choosing your Sankalpa is very important. You must do an introspection exercise and decide what are your weaknesses that you want to strengthen, or what is that you long for in life.

Since you must repeat it at the beginning and at the end of the practice, remember to have your “resolution” (Sankalpa) determined before starting the Yoga Nidra session.

How long does a Yoga Nidra session last?

Depending on what you want to achieve, there are different duration. The typical session lasts around 25 minutes.

Who can perform yoga nidra? 

Yoga Nidra can be done by everyone except those who have episodes of epilepsy or psychotic breakouts.

What is the best time to practice Yoga Nidra? 

The best times for practicing Yoga Nidra are mornings as soon as you wake up,  and at night, before you fall asleep.

Another suggested time for the practice of Yoga Nidra is when you finish the session of Yoga postures (Hatha Yoga).  Once in Savasana (relaxation pose)  begin with the Yoga Nidra session. This is my favorite moment.

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra? 

Yoga Nidra offers countless benefits:

At the mental-emotional level:

  • It acts as an antidote to stress.
  • Reduces anxiety by acting as a natural sedative.
  • It creates a sense of peace and tranquility that lasts throughout the day.
  • It activates both hemispheres of the brain, therefore, relaxing the mind and allowing one to think with more openness.
  • It awakens creativity and clears the mind.
  • Improves memory and learning.
  • Increases willpower.
  • It improves the quality of sleep and fights insomnia.

These benefits are cumulative: the more one relaxes, the more the tranquility one experiences. The more we practice conscious relaxation techniques, the easier and faster we will be able to reach an alpha state of mind and stay in it longer.

At the physical level: 

  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Relaxes the body
  • Relieves body pain.
  • Regulates breathing.
  • Increases the level of oxygen to the brain and cells in general.
  • Decreases muscle tension.
  • Reduces levels of adrenaline and cortisol secretion by the adrenal glands.
  • Reduces levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood.
  • It increases the level of production of leukocytes, which strengthens the immune system.

The practice of Yoga Nidra will take you to deep mental states of calmness and tranquility. Use Yoga Nidra and you’ll see how altering your brain-waves can instantly transport you into a magical state of deep relaxation.

The resolution formulated during the practice of Yoga Nidra is like planting a “powerful seed” in your subconscious mind.  From the depth of your own subconsciousness, you will be able to break the codes of self-limiting beliefs.

With the practice of Yoga Nidra, your own mind will lead you to the desired transformation in your personality and in your life.

Yoga Nidra guided meditation is the most effective way to transform your life.

You already have a vision of what you want for your life. Set your intention. Start turning your dreams into reality. With the practice of Yoga Nidra, you can actually, become the architect of your destiny.

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Download on your computer, or any MOBILE DEVICE this powerful guided meditation that I prepared just for you. This is the loyal transcript, word for word,  faithfully from its very cradle,  INDIA. (Click Here)

Please, let me know if you have any questions about this powerful yoga technique.

Remember, to share with me how you do with this ancestral and infallible tool!

With Love and Gratitude,

Veronica Vidal

Vero’s Lentil Soup

As promised, here is my very simple and favorite vegan recipe. After a good yoga practice and when the weather feels cold, there is nothing more comforting than a hearty homemade vegan soup.