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Yoga Nidra is being taught at the Benson Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. These are Satyananda-based Yoga Nidras. The hospital is also a center for MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) programs established by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. As I am doing the Teaching Company’s Mind Body Medicine Guide by Dr. Jason Satterfield at the Unitarian Society, it has become yet another affirmation of the dovetail complement of the bio-pyscho-social model of medicine with the meditation philosophies/practices. Viewers can download free tracks from www.mahasriyoga.com/meditation that brings over 35 years of experience with Yoga Nidra and refer to the book review of Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda. Benson’s research started with Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Benson writes in his book [The Relaxation Response}, “We claim no innovation but simply a scientific validation of age-old wisdom”.[3]

The Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital teaches how to elicit the response in nine steps. Benson’s website and his book describe four steps.[5] Two of those steps are essential: a mental device (a simple word, phrase or activity to repeat to keep the mind from wandering) and a passive attitude.[5][6] The goal is to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes humans to relax.

Benson developed the idea of the response, which counters the fight-or-flight response described during the 1920s by Walter Bradford Cannon at the Harvard Medical School.[7] According to Benson more than 60 percent of all visits to healthcare providers are related to stress. It causes the “fight or flight” hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, to secrete into the bloodstream. This incites or exacerbates a number of conditions. They include hypertension, headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic low back pain, as well as heart disease, stroke and cancer.[8]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Relaxation_Response

The core belief of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) – that teaching patients mind body approach like meditation and yoga can reduce their stress and improve overall physical health – was proven correct in a preliminary study published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE.  The study found that patients who participated in BHI programs reduced their medical visits on average by 43% in the year after taking part.

Source: http://www.bensonhenryinstitute.org/


		
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Whole Planet Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established by Whole Foods Market. Its mission is poverty alleviation through micro-credit in communities that supply Whole Foods Market. Mahasri Yoga has found a perfect partner in Whole Planet Foundation to make a difference in the poor communities around the world. Yoga as a power of transformation is already having an impact at the individual level.  It can now help transform our communities as well through such a partnership.

Mahasri Yoga embodies the vision that universal, timeless practices of the yoga tradition can benefit people everywhere. It is the belief that internal harmony leads to externally harmonious communities. To that end, Mahasri Yoga provides information, support, and guided step-by-step practices to alleviate anxiety, stress, pain, and to release infinite potential. The website has a global presence (readers come from over 100 countries).

All profits, 100 percent,  from the sale of the CD and the workshops conducted are donated to charity. Some of the selected charities provide assistance to create self-sufficient, economically independent families (others provide education, food, healthcare).  There are no deductions for administrative expenses or time as these are funded privately. Whole Planet Foundation is an excellent fit for Mahasri Yoga.

Purchasing the meditation CD Being in Flow: Meditations for Peace, Insight, Clarity, and Focus makes the statement that our vision and efforts are aligned, as a percentage of  sales of this CD goes to Whole Planet Foundation on an on-going basis.


 

 

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