Yama – One of Raja Yoga’s Eight Principles

 

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Accomplished life coach Peter Winslow helps clients attain their goals and heal their bodies and minds as the owner of GoldMind, LLC. A practitioner of what he teaches, Peter Winslow enjoys producing guided meditations and teaching raja yoga.

Raja yoga, meaning king yoga, teaches practitioners how to be independent and autonomous. It is also known as Ashtanga yoga and consists of eight steps, the first of which is called yama. This part focuses on self-control and one’s ethical standards. Practitioners learning about yama are encouraged to consider how they conduct themselves in daily life and change their behavior to match how they want to be treated by others.

There are five different yamas that practitioners must commit to: ahimsa, satya, asteya, aparigraha, and brahmacharya. Ahimsa is the commitment to do no harm to any other living being. It is the non-violence principle of raja yoga and teaches practitioners to avoid any death of animals. Meanwhile, satya teaches truthfulness and encourages practitioners to avoid exceeding their limits. Individuals must commit to speaking the truth in everyday life and also conveying the truth by not making excuses or hiding their true face from others.

Asteya is responsible for practitioners making a commitment to never steal. Material objects and mental property that belong to another person should never be taken from them, nor should the environment ever be ruined. Along this same line of thought, aparigraha states that people should not accumulate possessions or worries. These things are left behind when a person leaves this world and bring freedom to a person when left behind in life.

Finally, brahmacharya teaches practitioners to live a pure life. Many people misinterpret this yama as abstaining from sexual desires, but it actually means that a person should always turn their thoughts toward a higher power. At the same time, a person should always fulfill their duties on earth.

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What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis?

 

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An experienced life coach, Peter Winslow owns GoldMind, LLC, in Arizona. In this capacity, he helps individuals with everything from health and healing to spiritual awareness and self-mastery. Peter Winslow also helps other individuals manage their ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as the founder of the AS Victors Club.

A form of chronic inflammation, AS affects the sacroiliac joints at the base of the lower spine. It can result in stiffness in the spine, neck, and buttocks, along with pain and loss of spine mobility due to fusion of the vertebrae. The condition is a genetic disease and cannot be prevented. Rather, people who have a high risk of AS, or those who have already been diagnosed, can work at preventing complications of the condition, such as loss of mobility.

Scientists do not know any specific cause of AS, but they have linked the condition to certain risk factors. For instance, men have a higher likelihood of developing the condition than women, and most people diagnosed with the condition are early adults or late adolescents.

Further, the condition has been connected to the HLA-B27 gene. Roughly 90 percent of people with AS have this gene. Still, the presence of this gene does not mean a person will definitely get AS. In fact, only 1 percent of people in the United States have AS, while 7 percent have the HLA-B27 gene.

In addition, scientists have linked the IL23R and ARTS1 genes to AS. These two genes are related to the body’s immune function. It’s hoped that researchers will progress toward an AS cure by studying how these two genes affect the body.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Provide Benefits for Ankylosing Spondylitis

 

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Life coach Peter Winslow spent years struggling with ankylosis spondylitis, a devastating disease that his doctors told him was incurable. However, by exploring the mind-body connection and incorporating elements of Eastern medicine and spirituality, Mr. Winslow was able to overcome the condition. As a life coach in Arizona, Peter Winslow has written numerous books on the subjects of personal development, ankylosis spondylitis, and the role of nutrition in healing.

Ankylosis spondylitis, a form of arthritis, typically attacks the spine by causing inflammation and pain in the vertebrae. Though the disease usually starts in the lower back, it can spread throughout the body and even cause neurological issues.

Though there is no specific diet that is universally recommended by the medical community to help individuals with ankylosis spondylitis, nutritionists and health experts recommend that patients avoid foods that cause inflammation and incorporate anti-inflammatory foods and ingredients into their diets.

Mr. Winslow’s book on the subject, Help for People with Ankylosing Spondylitis, suggests that those with active symptoms may find relief by following an anti-inflammatory diet. For example, omega-3 fatty acids have shown promise in reducing inflammation.

DHA and EPA are two omega-3 fatty acids shown in several studies to have beneficial effects for depression, heart health, and arthritis. Individuals who want to incorporate these fatty acids into their diet should add foods such as fish, nuts, and chia seeds.

Research Bolsters the Mind-Body Connection

 

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Peter Winslow, Life Coach

A respected Arizona life coach, Peter Winslow enables clients to transform their lives, achieve goals, and face the world with renewed purpose and intention. One core facet of Peter Winslow’s practice as a life coach is the mind-body connection, whose underlying scientific research he explored in a recent blog post at PeterWinslow.com.

One study conducted by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine involved more than 80 Kosovo high school students who grew up in a war-torn region where virtually all residences were bombed and burned and one-fifth of the children lost at least one parent.

With all participating students experiencing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, PTSD, and withdrawal and numbing, a number of techniques emphasizing the mind-body connection were introduced in small-group settings. These included biofeedback, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery. In addition, activities encompassed movement, creative writing, and art. The result of this program was that students exhibiting PTSD symptoms decreased from 100 percent to less than 20 percent.

Another study by a Harvard psychologist determined that thinking about how old one is impacts feelings of being old or young and the way the body responds. Subjects placed in an environment from two decades earlier in their lives had a greater observed prevalence of appearing healthier and younger than before the placement. These disparate studies uphold the concept of the mind having an outsized impact on physical and mental wellness.