Health and Fitness

The Heart and Science of Yoga

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In a city that never sleeps, yoga and meditation may just be the two activities that will help you get a peaceful and restful sleep. New York and other bustling cities across the country are high-energy and dynamic places to live and work, but the constant hustle is anything but Zen. Yoga and meditation have become increasingly popular and many urban dwellers are realizing its powerful healing effects.

Americans are stressed. A recent survey from the American Psychological Association found that the average stress levels in the U.S. rose from 4.9 in 2014 to 5.1 on a 10-point stress scale. What’s more, there’s been a particular increase in the number of adults who experience “extreme stress,” with 24 percent reporting they were highly stressed last year, compared with 18 percent the year before.

According to Leonard Perlmutter, founder and director of the American Meditation Institute, and the best-selling author of The Heart and Science of Yoga®: The American Meditation Institute’s Empowering Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life, yoga and meditation allows one to live a healthier way. Numerous studies have concluded the health benefits of meditation, including increasing restorative sleep, decreasing anxiety and stress, slowing the heart rate, and reducing high blood pressure.

Perlmutter believes in the power of yoga and meditation to help transform our lives spiritually, emotionally and physically. Yoga and meditation are very powerful and positive tools — even if the practices are done only a few minutes a day.

The book beautifully details numerous meditations, prayers, teaching stories from the world’s great spiritual traditions, breathing practices, and an introduction to Ayurvedic health principles. This new book is a comprehensive, holistic mind/body medicine program and accredited by major medical associations. The American Meditation Institute offers numerous online meditation courses, lectures and retreats.

Log onto: americanmeditation.org.

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