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An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)

We live in a culture where eating far too much sugar is very easy to do. Excessive consumption of sugar can cause oxidative stress to the brain, which causes slower thinking and poor concentration and memory.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)
Near-Death Experiences: A Watershed Moment for Science

When you add to his prolonged coma his well-documented lack of brain function, then Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience, discussed in his book, “Proof of Heaven,” becomes the perfect scenario to illustrate the reality of near-death experiences.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)
Meditation Protects You against Stress and Disease: The Latest Scientific Research

We now have solid scientific research explaining how the biological changes triggered by stress undermine the immune system’s function. There is also recent scientific research which shows that meditation is an important safeguard against stress-related diseases and that it can produce effects equal to standard medications.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
Is There an Epidemic of Depression?

The most promising new treatment is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a type of therapy that sends short bursts of highly focused magnetic energy pulses to the areas of the brain affected by depression.

by Cliff Kushler (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
From Dolphins to Swype: An Inventor’s Journey

There are times when it’s not always clear what is the dharmic thing to do, and trying to see the dharmic way has not always been easy. Over time I have come to know that the best thing I can do is to try to become quiet, to meditate, and try to hear what Master is whispering.

by Clarity Magazine (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Addiction, Spirituality, and the Brain

In my opinion there can be no lasting recovery from addiction without a person discovering his or her spiritual path and following it. The natural tendency of the mind is to side with habit, and the natural tendency of habit is to take us back to what we already know.

by Clarity Magazine (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
Vaastu: The Science of Bringing Spirit into Form

Vaastu is the science of bringing Spirit into physical manifestation in the form of a building. A building designed and constructed according to Vaastu principles becomes “alive” with prana or life force. The building functions much like a radio that can only receive and transmit beneficial energies, and cosmic energy bathes the entire building.

by David Lewis (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
Evolution vs. Creation: Why Limit the Debate to Western Models?

To understand human origins, a true scientist must not only evaluate the tangible evidence gathered by archeologists and other experts, he must also study consciousness, without which he neglects the most basic human capacity — the ability to think creatively and aspire spiritually.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
Evidence of an Intelligent Creator: The Current Scientific Debate

Scientific knowledge is at the point where we now understand that many physical properties of the universe had to be exactly right for human life to exist. Today there are so many examples of these unique “life-friendly properties” that science can no longer dismiss all of them as mere chance or coincidence.

by Tyagini Shanti (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Stories of Grace, Yoga and Science)
Make God Your Partner: A Physician’s Journey

My Guru guided me into medicine and he has been with me ever since. In my practice I ask for guidance all the time. As long as I remember to ask for help, it comes, and miracles happen.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Yoga and Science)
Can Music Heal Us? — The Latest Scientific Findings

There’s a considerable body of research showing that music can have healing effects for certain physical and mental disorders. In fact, music therapy is a widely recognized form of treatment for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, and weakened immunity.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)
Meditation and Emotions: Their Impact on Your Brain and Health

Because the authors included in their book studies of a wide range of different religions, they were able to show that the positive effects of religious beliefs and practices on the brain are not tied to any specific religion or belief system.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)
Cooperative Healing—Devotees and Their Health Care

As devotees, we always need to keep in mind that God-realization is our highest priority. And God may want us to work with our health in a way that differs from our personal inclinations.

by Dr. Bryan Coleman-Salgado (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)
The Healing Power of Ananda Yoga: The MS Study

The study showed that Ananda Yoga helps people with a significant chronic disease to be more uplifted, to be less depressed, to be less at risk of falling, to be much less fatigued, and to be more socially active because they feel less noticeably disabled.

by Joseph Puru Selbie and Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
The Myth of the Caveman

More and more evidence points to a far longer history of civilized man than is currently assumed, and to a picture of man in 10,000 B.C. far different from the caveman of popular conception.

by Joseph Puru Selbie and Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
The Great Pyramid: New Evidence and New Theories

Ask most people and they will tell you the Great Pyramid was a tomb for a pharaoh. While tombs have been found from this same period, the Great Pyramid was probably never used that way.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)
Science Catches Up with Ancient Yoga

People are no longer content to hear, “Heaven will come after you die.” People want to do something right now that will make them better people. And science is confirming that you can do things that will make you a better human being. In the process, science is also corroborating some of the fundamental teachings of yoga.

by Nicole DeAvilla Whiting (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Injuries and Pain as a Path to God

Rather than be resentful of what appears to be more than my fair share of injuries and illnesses, I choose to be thankful for what I have learned and for the blessing of being able to help others reach for optimal health—physically, mentally and spiritually.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)
Putting God First: A Physician’s Journey

As devotees, the pitfall is to decide that we have only so much energy—and no more. Just when I think I’ve done everything I can do, Divine Mother often says, “But there’s so much more you can do,” and then shows me that’s true.

by Joseph Puru Selbie and Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Today, when many are turning a blind eye to exploitation, inequity, and injustice, it may not seem that the world is actually getting better!

by Nakin Lenti (Biography, Yoga and Science)

Thomas Edison was one of the foremost inventors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Not only did he play a key role in ushering in the modern age of electricity, he also laid the groundwork for many of the technological innovations that modernized the world. In the process, he also created the first modern industrial research laboratory.

An Interview with Mangala Loper-Powers (Spiritual Development, Yoga and Science)

Years ago, I discovered that one of my biggest challenges as a nurse was attachment to the person I was serving, and also to my role as a caring professional. My first awareness of this came when I found myself in tears because I was unable to be present at the childbirth of a favorite patient.

by Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

I recall a time when I felt like I was being crushed by a certain experience. Then it suddenly occurred to me, “Well, what did you expect? As a devotee, you’ve ‘signed on’ to go through this process, and others like it, to become more spiritual and of course it’s going to be challenging.”

by Kent Baughman (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)

Bill knows that to meet the challenges of Parkinson’s, he needs to raise his physical, mental, and spiritual energy. He believes that miracles do happen and that a recovery from Parkinson’s is a very real possibility. He says, “The key is not to lose hope.”

by Rambhakta Beinhorn (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

The heart generates the most powerful vibrations in the body – it sends out electrical signals roughly 60 times as strong as those emitted by the brain.

by Usha Dermond (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Only recently has science begun to investigate exactly how music affects us and what it does to our bodies, our brains and our nervous systems.

by John Lenti (Biography, Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Though not considered a child prodigy, the notion that Einstein was slow, retarded or mentally challenged is unfounded.

by Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

In the 15th century, a powerful spirit of inquiry swept across Europe, bringing with it the Italian Renaissance and later, the Protestant Reformation.

by Nicole DeAvilla Whiting (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

I became a yoga teacher because my back hurt. At the height of my problems, I had sciatica and pinched nerves that kept me from turning my head in a normal fashion.

by John Lenti (Biography, Stories of Grace, Yoga and Science)

George Washington Carver, one of the best-known African-Americans of his era, was a brilliant scientist and educator, a major force for the upliftment of the black race, and an innovator in the field of agricultural biochemistry.