Wednesday, 31 August 2011


From Europe and perhaps introduced long ago by Louis Hébert - first apothecary to ply his trade in North America and cultivate medicinal plants that the settlers needed to heal - not the light s is not common among us while the United States, she becomes accustomed along the coast and in the central states. Large, strong and beautiful, she can reach, at its best, three meters high, though usually just the meter, meter and a half.

Helenium come from Helen, in allusion to the legend that the plant was born from a tear of Helen, the Hellenic daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose kidnapping, says it, provoked the war Troy. But, as we know, nothing is ever simple in botanical terminology. Thus "Elecampane" comes from the Old French "Eaunes," borrowed from the popular Latin elena, which is a modification (by influence of the proper name Helena) Helenium from Latin, borrowed from the Greek helenion. "Inula", "Elecampane", as the English name elecampane (contraction Enula bell, another Latin name has been attributed to the plant in the past), all these words refer to helenium Latin or Greek helenion. In addition to going around in circles, we are left in disarray as there is another plant with that name, either Helenium autumnale, which belongs to the same family, which also attributes the origin of the famous half-Greek goddess. And to make matters worse, the Sisters of Providence indicate that the plant has already brought another Latin name, Gorvisartia helenium, which I have found no trace in the textbooks of modern botany.

The common name of "horse's eye" probably refers to the fact that has long been used to treat horses, although it was not about eye disease, but lung. It can also be called "Plant sores" and "Chiron Panacea", we understand - everyone knows that Chiron was a centaur doctor, is not it? - But the "lion"? Is it a simple phonetic corruption? My sources are still receives in this regard. As for the meaning of "aromatic Germanic", it is assumed that is large enough to use the plant in Germany.

The light produces a highly aromatic rhizome big to be eaten after cooked in several waters, just to alleviate a little flavor. It can be grating to flavor fruit salads, cakes, desserts and liqueurs. Which can be cut into pieces and candied in a sugar syrup. Thus prepared, he is supposed to aid digestion. The beautiful yellow flowers can be used to garnish various dishes. Still tender young leaves are eaten after cooking in water. But since the holidays are coming, why not revive the tradition and prepare a fabulous cake with candied fruits and herbs? See our recipe Related documents.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Hawthorn harvest

The berries are harvested in the fall and can be dried like flowers. The tea is prepared at 15 g per liter of water. It takes two to three cups a day. For external use, boil 20 g of flowers or berries in a pint of water. Can be used directly from the decoction to wash the face or to incorporate it into a cosmetic cream.

These are the species C. oxyacantha (modern name: C. laevigata), C. monogyna and, to a lesser extent, C. pentagyna, all of European origin, who were the subject of scientific studies. However, it is believed that all species could exert therapeutic activity in that all contain flavonoids probably active we isolated in the species studied, although possibly in proportions that may vary greatly from case to case.

Many species have a very restricted distribution, while others are spread throughout Quebec. There are occasionally some specimens of C. laevigata and C. monogyna, who escaped from cultivation.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hawthorn - the real boom

If allowed to cure all these problems, the indications are focused on modern coronary heart disease. In addition, it would be particularly useful for monitoring a heart attack since it could prevent future attacks. However, it must be taken very long term, its effects do not accumulate very slowly in the body. By cons, it has the advantage of presenting no adverse effects.

Because of their astringency, fruit is useful against diarrhea and dysentery. We think they could also help to dissolve kidney stones and gallstones. Their astringency also would make a good remedy for the topical treatment of redness and rosacea.

The flowers are harvested in the spring with the leaves, though some argue that the leaves are rich in active ingredients when harvested in August. Is dried flowers and leaves on an insect screen in the shade. We prepare an infusion at a rate of one teaspoon per cup of boiling water. It takes two to three cups a day.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Hawthorn - It treats what?

Surprisingly, the Sisters of Providence make no mention of the hawthorn, which has yet been widely used in medicine. This is probably because its cardiotonic properties - by far the most important - have been truly recognized until the late nineteenth century. Indeed, the first references to its properties appear in medical textbooks in 1898. Popularized by Eclectic medicine in the early twentieth century, hawthorn has been the subject of intense medical use during the first two decades of this century before being gradually replaced by synthetic drugs, beta-blockers and antagonists calcium, among others.

These are the flowers and leaves, and, to a lesser degree the berries and sometimes the bark, which have been used in medicine. Cardiac tonic, hypotensive, antispasmodic, it is also a mild hypnotic and antipyretic, which makes it a good remedy in palpitations, heart pain, angina, vascular spasms, tachycardia, arrhythmias, the atherosclerosis, hypertension, and flushing, palpitations, irritability and insomnia of menopause.

Monday, 22 August 2011

hawthorn - It is edible!

The flowers are eaten, they give off a smell ammonia very quickly too reminiscent of that of the urine. Therefore consume just hatched. The young leaves are eaten in salads. The fruits are edible, but often bland, the pulp is generally dry and mealy.

Moreover, it appears that the Indians did not have made much, unlike other European plants that the settlers have made them known. They ate mostly when they had no other berries to put in their mouths. To counteract the dryness of the pulp, they mixed it with fatty foods - salmon roe - or fat - salmon oil, fish oil, candle, marmot fat or bear. Or they pounded fruits and sewed fine shelves they were dried for eating later, soaked in soup or porridge with fat deer and spinal. Others added to the flesh and bones crushed and dried salmon. The Iroquois ate either raw or cooked in a sauce or in the ashes, and were dried for winter.

According to Brother Marie-Victorin, the fruit of the hawthorn Lake Champlain (C. champlainensis, a species common in the Montreal area) would be the most sought after of all, because of their thick, succulent flesh. Subsoyeuse those of the hawthorn (C. submollis) follow closely.

Harvest berries is from September to late November, according to region and variety. However, be aware that fruit growing in flavor when exposed to some frost. Unfortunately, they are often attacked by the larvae.

Texas and Louisiana, a local species are cultivated, C. opaca, for its juicy berries that are harvested in April and it turns into jelly or wine. The jelly is particularly used to glaze the duck or goose, as in the recipe that we propose in Related Documents.

Sunday, 21 August 2011


The generic name comes from the Greek kratos, meaning "strength," in allusion to the hardness of the wood, which was widely used to manufacture levers, handles and tool handles and other items of its kind.

"Hawthorn" comes from the Old French "Aubespin," which was taken from the popular Latin-alb iSpin, itself borrowed from classical Latin spina alba, that is to say, "hawthorn", as opposed to "blackthorn" , spina nigra, that is to say, the blackthorn, thorny plant of the same family, also used in medicine.

It is believed that "haw" comes from the popular Latin acinella of acinus "grape", "glitch". In Quebec, "haw" became "Senelle", and hawthorn (the tree) has become a "senellier." It is also called the result "pear pigs", probably because he served food to the pigs of the order Artiodactyla.

- Well, okay. "Swine", from Latin am "pork" and "Artiodactyla", the Greek artios "peer" and daktulos "finger", that is to say that the number of fingers is even.

Its role in the ecological balance

"It seems that the great development of its kind in America is the immediate result of the breach of ecological balance brought about by land clearing," wrote Jules Brunel in the Laurentian Flora. Indeed, the hawthorn was virtually absent from America before the arrival of whites, because, to thrive, it needs a lot of light, that our great dense forests and tall could offer. But it seems that the genre known genetic an explosion in our climate, with the result that four fifths of the species, are now on this side of the Atlantic.

A fragrant lawn

Instead of grass, plant thyme, chamomile and yarrow. More resistant to heat, less demanding of fertilizer, the lawn will be new type, moreover, the advantage of feeling good when the crowd in the morning dew.

Companion plant

Considered an excellent companion plant, yarrow away some insect pests. In addition, it would increase the essential oil content of plants growing nearby. You should know however that it can become invasive. Therefore, check it out.

Wisdom and divination

These are yarrow stalks that the Chinese have traditionally used to make the I Ching.

Discover the man of her heart

For the names of those who share your life, it must first be put in a bag of fabric about 30 grams of ground yarrow, then sew the bag and place it under your pillow. Before going to bed, you recite the following prayer: "Tell me, pretty plant the tree of Venus, thou whose real name is" yarrow ", tell me the name of the person who will be my lover, I ask you for tomorrow. "Or something similar. During the night, stay attentive to your dreams because the lover in question should be seen. For my part, I think it's very risky. Because if you do anything that night in your dreams you see the brand new boyfriend to your best friend?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Herbal Medicine Treats What?

Tonic, antispasmodic, hemostatic, and external use, healing, was used to treat general fatigue, the nodes, spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and uterine, neurosis, circulation disorders and their fifties (who may be roughly the same ...): physical inactivity, varicose veins, phlebitis, hemorrhoids. Being external, it has been used against rheumatism, skin diseases, leg ulcers, cracked nipples, the pain of cellulite ... It is said that the Middle Ages, knights carried a bag in their "first aid".

But perhaps for women with both menstrual pain and digestive disorders during menstruation that yarrow is most useful. It is rare indeed that a drug treats both the problems of the genital area and those of the digestive tract with such efficiency. Taken in the form of tincture, it will calm the inflammation quickly, as this horrible feeling that the uterus and intestines are engaged in fierce competition to capture and retain the attention of their rightful owners.

The whole plant is harvested at the time of flowering, which occurs from mid-June in the fall, depending on the region and the whims of Mother Nature. The yarrow with white flowers or red flowers would be more active medicinally than the yellow-flowered yarrow or orange flowers.

The infusion is prepared at 30 grams per liter of water. It will take 3 cups daily, between meals. Dyeing - we will prepare with a plant part to 5 parts 90% alcohol - is taken as 20 to 30 drops three times daily. For external use, it uses the concentrated infusion (a handful per liter of water) washes.

The infusion of 30 grams of yarrow to which is added a teaspoon of honey and three drops of Tabasco sauce is supposed to operate to open the pores of the skin and cause profuse sweating which will break a cold or flu. It is recommended to properly cover to avoid taking cold.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Herbal Medicine

Yes, you are now a dye ready for use. It is also true that just open a bottle and swallow a few tablets or capsules of a standardized extract. But sometimes make you want to see what they look medicinal plants in their everyday dress. Here is a good opportunity to find your soul for a time a hunter-gatherer or farmer ... Sow them! Pick them! Wild or cultivated, discover the nature!


The yarrow named for Achilles, who had discovered and used the plant to heal the wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan War. Although some argue that this is a different plant. He was also known as grass cutting, grass bleeding, grass-to-carpenters, grass-to-military, nose bleeds, all names that indicate their traditional jobs to care for wounds and injuries of all kinds. As for the name of "eyebrow of Venus", its origin remains unclear. Perhaps he is referring to the fact that the plant was supposed to help women discover who would be their prince charming? We will return later. In Quebec, it has been called "yarrow" and "herb turkey" by referring to the use of the plant in the diet of poultry. Finally, the "Yarrow" it is that its leaves are finely cut and gives the impression that there are miles where there is really only one.

The yarrow is normally very abundant in grasslands and old, farmers recognized him a strengthening effect on animals and livestock. "It contains volatile substances that stimulate appetite and strengthen their organization," Marcello wrote in 1965 Piccioni's Dictionary of animal feed (in four languages). He also said she gave a delicate flavor to the meat of sheep that ate fodder. Fabulous time that was the gardener weed was nutritious food for the farmer and where everyone was Up!

We can use the leaves in salads, but only in small quantities because they are rather bitter. To prepare cooked, they will first twenty minutes in boiling water to take away some of their bitterness and aroma, then drain and sautéed in butter or oil.

The leaves are also used to flavor beer. In Germany, they threw the seeds in wine barrels to ensure its conservation. The whole plant is sometimes used as a condiment, in place of the cinnamon or nutmeg.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Common Treatment with Yoga

While yoga is commonly used in India as an intervention in support of detoxication treatments, few clinical trials have been conducted to demonstrate its effectiveness in this area. In a randomized trial conducted among 61 drug addicts treated with methadone (synthetic morphine substitute) and comparing the effects of yoga with those of a traditional group psychotherapy, it was observed that both interventions were equally effective the other to reduce the consumption of drogues92.

Uncertain effectiveness reduce the frequency of seizures. One well-controlled clinical trial examining the effects of yoga on the frequency of seizures was published. The results of this study with placebo (simulated yoga) and control group (without treatment) from 32 individuals indicate that subjects who practiced the true yoga had a significantly fewer crises than others. However, the small number of subjects in each of the three groups impossible to draw clear conclusions about the effectiveness of this therapeutic intervention.

Uncertain effectiveness relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. A small randomized controlled trial was conducted among 22 men with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea predominance. The results show that the practice of yogic exercises would be as if not more effective than standard treatment for loperamide
(antidiarrheal synthesis) to relieve some symptoms of this affection.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Yoga Vs Pain

Contribute effectively as possible the treatment of depression. A summary of eight randomized studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the practice of various forms of yoga in the treatment of depression was published. All trials reported positive effects of yoga on symptoms of depression. The authors conclude that yoga seems an interesting approach and innovative in this area. They point out that the quality of the protocols is insufficient to draw a definitive conclusion.

In addition, an open-produced in 2005 in 113 subjects hospitalized for psychiatric problems indicates that the practice of yoga improves significantly humeur75.

Contribute effectively as possible the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The results of clinical trials with health subjects and patients with various disorders musculoskeletal have shown that yoga techniques can help improve many aspects of these diseases, including osteoarthritis sector and rheumatoid arthritis.

As for chronic low back pain (back pain), few studies have been published in recent years. They show inter alia that the practice of yoga significantly reduce the intensity of pain, degree of functional disability and use of painkillers.

One clinical trial evaluated the effects of yoga on the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome carpal. The practice of yoga relieve the pain of this condition.

Uncertain effectiveness improve memory and cognition. Some studies suggest that yoga would help to improve memory space and functions cognitives89 adolescents. It could also improve the intelligence quotient (IQ) of children with mental retardation and positively affect their ability to adapt social.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Lung and Heart

Improve efficiency possible lung capacity and cardio. The results of several publications show that the practice of yoga improves, in normal subjects, pulmonary and cardiac functions and performance in exercise 0.59 to 70. In 2009, two small clinical studies have shown that yoga improves breathing (deeper and slower) and functional capacity of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Test results on the effects of yoga on lung function, however, are inconsistent. They vary depending on the length and type of yoga practiced, as well as subjects enrolled in these trials. Nevertheless, some results are promising. Thus, a preliminary test conducted with 15 patients aged 48 to 75 years, with chronic bronchitis suggests that the practice of yoga could improve their respiration.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The fight against disease

Likely effectiveness fight against stress and anxiety. The results of open trials on healthy subjects, yoga has a positive influence levels of anxiety and stress and state of well being. Two clinical trials involving medical students revealed that the practice of yoga can reduce stress and improve well-being of étudiants45, reduce anxiety during exam time and improve results scolaires. Another study of musicians has shown that yoga can reduce anxiety related to musical performance, and anxiety in general, depression.

In people with anxiety and anxiety disorders, a systematic review has shown that yoga can be an effective therapy to combat the disease, despite the lack of good quality studies published.

Likely effectiveness to improve the quality of sleep. Some scientific studies specifically on the effects of yoga on sleep have been published. A preliminary study revealed that the practice of yoga improve sleep quality of subjects with insomnia chronic. Other studies, on the elderly, indicate that the practice of yoga have a positive effect on their quality of sleep, the sleep latency and the total hours of sleep.

Likely effectiveness to improve the quality of life in relation to cancer. Since 2009, numerous publications scientific and a systematic review of the literature scientific have been published. Their objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga in cancer patients or cancer survivors. They conclude that the practice of yoga is well tolerated in this population and that yoga produces many positive effects on sleep quality, mood, levels of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and stress management.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Therapeutic applications of yoga

As the regular practice of yoga leads to changes in different levels and may improve long-term, overall health, it is difficult to isolate clearly the specific benefits. In addition, research protocols evaluating the benefits of yoga are difficult to implement because, for example, it is difficult to get someone to make "false yoga" (placebo) one hour per day for 2 years . Studies have been done anyway, here are the main results.


Contribute to the likely effectiveness of asthma treatment. The yoga could help reduce drug use in asthma of all ages. It would also improve their quality of life, both psychological (mood, attitude, confidence, etc..) And physiological (muscle relaxation, flexibility and strength of joints, cardiac health, etc.). 2-15. The safety of Yoga is well-established practice of therapeutic intervention seems interesting and inexpensive can be used as an adjunct to traditional therapy in case of asthma.

Likely effectiveness improve cardiovascular health. Results of clinical trials have shown that yoga can have a significant effect on risk factors associated with disease and syndrome cardiovascular metabolic. It has observed that yoga can reduce weight gain associated with the age 19, total lower cholesterol, provide better glycemic control in diabétic and improve the antioxidant status of organisme27. The results of several trials suggest that yogic practices can significantly lower blood pressure. Other clinical trials suggest that the practice of yoga can help slow the onset of disease coronariennes and assist in the rehabilitation cardiaque38-40. Finally, a synthesis of studies, published in 2004, identified 13 trials of yoga and cardiovascular disease. It concludes that the practice of yoga may be beneficial in the primary and secondary prevention of diseases cardiovasculaires.

Friday, 12 August 2011

New colors

Yoga is losing more and more its esoteric connotations. Thus, many schools now offer courses in business. After work or lunch time, business people loosen their ties and workers break their routine. They gather around their teacher for a weekly session of yoga. It has also seen the emergence of new forms of yoga, as Bikram1, which is practiced in a room heated to over 40 ° C. Some purists see it as a dilution of the sanctity of the original practice. Others believe it is a gateway to an exciting discipline that can only do good.

For all

Although yoga enrolled at the base, in a spiritual practice, hatha yoga is not a religion and can be used by any individual regardless of his beliefs as a tool for health and healing . In some contexts, such as health clinics, courses are completely devoid of religious references.

Westerners who claim that yoga postures they are much more difficult than Orientals, the master replica Iyengar always: "Is there a British cancer, cancer Italian and Indian cancer? Human suffering are the same, whether one is Indian or Western. Diseases are common to all human beings, and yoga is given to cure these diseases. "

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The colors of Yoga

Although the classic postures are proven and are the same for millennia, hatha-yoga continues to evolve and has taken different forms, especially in the twentieth century. Each of the styles of yoga combines postures, breathing exercises and meditation in a more or less energetic or gentle, lively or quiet. Here are the most common in the West.

Anusara: A new form of yoga founded in 1997 by John Friend. She quickly popularized and is now present in 70 countries. Its basic philosophy is to celebrate the heart and see the good in everyone and everything.

Ashtanga: Characterized by synchronizing the breath with rapid sequences of postures increasingly demanding. This raises the metabolism and body temperature. Excellent endurance. In the U.S., we developed a particularly dynamic called Power Yoga.

Designed in the United States in the 1960s, it offers a balanced integration of postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation. (Do not confuse with the spiritual approach of Sri Aurobindo, also called integral yoga.)

Iyengar: Disciplined and rigorous courses where the emphasis is on the alignment of members, and especially of the spine, very health oriented. No spiritual connotation, but the meditative aspect is present.

Kripalu: A dance of body, mind and energy, with an emphasis on breathing techniques. Promote particularly the cardiovascular, digestive and nervous systems.

Kundalini: Is primarily aimed at awakening the kundalini, the original energy healing. The approach works on the meditative consciousness through sequences of postures.

Sivananda Vedanta: Classes are taught by the Sivananda organization in its own centers. The emphasis on positive thinking, meditation, breathing, relaxation and nutrition. This very spiritual aspect.

Sudarshan Kriya: This form of yoga was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the early 1980s. Now present in over 140 countries, it relies heavily on breathing to rebalance the body and mind.

Viniyoga: Is characterized by the integration of movement with breathing and individualized instruction that adapts to each individual.

As for prenatal yoga, this course focused on the specific needs of pregnant women. The instructor then selects certain exercises (postural and breathing) to help them overcome difficulties related to pregnancy, to facilitate the steps of delivery and promote a return to a balanced body after birth. Instructors can be practiced in one or the other movements mentioned above.

There is also the Tibetan yoga, is practiced with belts or straps to keep the body in certain postures which promote particular relaxation.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Tools for Hatha Yoga

The tools of Hatha yoga breathing exercises (a practice called pranayama) and over 1 000 postures (called asanas). The latter are often evocative names - the tree, the plow, the bow, cobra, etc.. - And their degree of difficulty is progressive. The famous full lotus posture (legs crossed) qu'adoptent many meditators comes from yoga.

Postures require stretching movements, bending and twisting that promote flexibility in the spine, seeking the joints, nerves and muscles and exert an effect on all organs and glands. The digestive system is thereby stimulated, and blood circulation improved. In addition, maintaining a posture for some time causes the mind to develop perseverance and concentration, and gives him the benefits of meditation.

As for the breathing techniques, they ask, for example, be particularly attentive to inspire very slowly or in fits and starts, alternating nostrils, placing the language in certain ways, etc.. According to ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), the life of a human being is not measured in days, but the number of breaths ... The ultimate objective is to develop breathing techniques and control the prana, the "vital force".

Yoga states that a healthy body is absolutely essential to mental and spiritual evolution. As the yogis say: "Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way. "

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Yoga helps with asthma

Everything that limits us in our breathing, immediately creates a feeling of panic. The symptoms of asthma are varied. Started with a slight tightness in the chest, to a dangerous attack of breathlessness. Just as the symptoms and the causes are varied but often they are associated with an allergy or hay fever. There are several medications that help in extreme situations well but they can sometimes lead, used for long periods of exacerbations. What if it has so far not come first?

Often it is on a fundamentally incorrect breathing during exhalation is too short. Accordingly, there is not enough to be inhaled and it comes to attack.
Yoga can be performed on a regular basis have a positive effect on your asthma. Through targeted pranayama you can increase your lung capacity and reduce your breathing rate, because the breathing is deeper. With specific yoga exercises you work in addition to a more upright posture, mobility, especially your spine, relax the chest and the ability to get better.

Recommend it to all the yoga exercises your chest (back bends) open, e.g. The Cobra (Bhujangasana) or Up Looking Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana), Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I), Arc (Dhanurasana), Fish (Matsyasana) or Relaxing the Shoemaker in a Lying Posture (Supta Baddha Konasana). Are at the Pranayama exercises mainly the alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodana) and the fire breath (Kapalabhati).

You should avoid all yoga practices that restrict your breathing. This could be: the Plow (Halasana), the attitude of the Pigeon (Karnapidasana) and possibly even shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana). Since this is different for every asthmatic, you should absolutely listen to your body and come out at the slightest discomfort of the posture.
Tell your yoga teacher in any case before your first lesson with him that you are asthmatic, and question your doctor before even before you get started with yoga. Then you're on the safe side.

MUDRA - Sacred gestures

The word Mudra is often translated as gesture, symbol or again by "seal". A seal is done to protect some something precious and mysterious. The practice of Mudra
invites us to make contact with this reality and valuable mysterious of prana, the light energy that flows in the body.

The Sanskrit root comes from two words. The first is "mud" meaning delight or pleasure. The second is "thick" meaning "Give birth", produce, generate, trigger.
The Mudra offer sign language, meaningful and bearer of consciousness. Mudra means a state of conscience or a process taking place inside of consciousness. Mudra movement as it wants conscious. The practice of Mudra is also a way to give rise to states of consciousness us, as well as emotions, physical sensations, emotional, mental and even spiritual.

The main difference between the ordinary movements of daily and Mudra is for that you put in each of the gestures that are asked. Mudra performed with a consciousness has healing powers. Just think of their power to comfort. It is connected to the movement and momentum of our heart. The Mudra is a very powerful tool that can change the respiratory rate and induce specific mental and emotional states. Regular use of Mudra brings: deep relaxation, inner peace, joy, stimulation,
concentration and relaxation.

Yoga, what is it?

Yoga is relatively new in the Western landscape, but it is well established. It may take courses in recreation centers and health clinics in both cities in the region - courses aimed at children, the elderly, people with stress, healthy, pregnant women, to Athletes ...

Is that yoga has characteristics that are appropriate for many. The courses are usually in groups, in a safe, non-competitive. Yoga requires no special skills. It makes almost instantly mental and muscular relaxation. In the medium term, it develops flexibility and helps treat many musculoskeletal problems. Regular practice seems to help alleviate serious health problems and promote better overall health.

A part of a whole

Developed in India over many millennia, yoga (in its broadest sense) is a comprehensive method of personal development and a science of spiritual practice. It includes several dimensions, the main ones being the following.

* Devotion (bhakti yoga)
* Right action (karma yoga)
* Knowledge (jnana yoga)
* Health and concentration by lifestyle and postures (hatha yoga)

Yoga classes posted on bulletin boards and in newspapers more often relate to the latter dimension, hatha-yoga. Its role in the traditional spiritual path is to discipline the mind and keep the body in optimal health so that the person can think better and longer.