How My Desire to Serve, Started My Wellness Journey

What makes someone start pursuing the path to Wellness? For some, it is a close encounter, for themselves or for a loved one, with a serious illness. For some, it could be an influence from their role models. For Dr. Hitesh Pandya, the reason for his path to wellness was his calling: his passion to join the United States Army. I caught up with Dr. Pandya one evening to find out what makes him tick. We talked about a little bit of everything, which I’d like to share with you.

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Yoga Offers New Hope for Victims of Trauma and Sexual Abuse

Yoga appears to be particularly beneficial when it comes to mental health, with studies showing it helps improve psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia. Some of these studies suggest yoga can actually have an effect similar to that of antidepressants and psychotherapy.

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Yoga to Balance Vata Dosha

Now I understand why yoga visionaries incorporated these yoga poses at the end of yoga practice. They calm you down into meditative and contemplative final stages of yoga practice. These poses increase the metabolism and digestion and increase the amount of tryptophan produced in the body. Tryptophan is the raw material for serotonin, which in turn acts as the building block for melatonin which calms one down. So, anybody seeking yoga to calm them down and relax may be looking at these ‘vata salutations’.

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Mindfulness and Kindness (by Dr. Jayaraj Alappat)

I have written and talked about mindfulness extensively in the past. Today, I had a different experience on the subject when I read a quote from mindfulness researcher Lisa Flook of the University of Wisconsin: “This is the way of nurturing the seeds of kindness in...

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Yoga To Ease Lower Back Pain

As the population ages, many of us end up with unexpected aches and pains. Stresses and strain sometimes create pain in the younger back. Often these occur in the lower back and prevent us from doing necessary chores or fun activities.

Some find a few simple turns and stretches go a long way to ease and sometimes eliminate back pain.

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