The Science of Stress and
The Art of Managing it
12th May 2009
What is Stress?
• Stress is a state of Mind

• Stress is a mind-body reaction/response to a
  situation
  ▫ To flight from...
Why Stress Happens?
•   When a situation/condition is not Acceptable to us
•   When we want to do/get something but are un...
What Happens when Stressed?
• Psychology of Stress: Emotional impact
  ▫   Anxiety
  ▫   Fear
  ▫   Depression
  ▫   Anger...
Chain Reaction of Stress: The Negative
 Spiral     Triggers animal instinct Adrenalin increases
Mind perceives threat
    ...
Some Impacts of Sustained and
Unmanaged Stress
• Brain
    ▫ Continues to operate in higher Beta state (15 to 26 cycles pe...
Some More Impacts
• Human body & mind are a highly complex and
  integrated system
 ▫ Each system impacts the other: eithe...
Why Allopathic Medicines and Stimulants are not good for
managing Stress
• Allopathic medicines directly add chemical to t...
Then how to manage stress?
• Turn it into a Positive Spiral
  ▫ Break the negative cycle at each point

• Some amount of S...
Managing Stress
• Root Cause: Manage Mind
  ▫ Positive Thinking and Attitude
  ▫ Larger view of life
  ▫ Meditation

• Bui...
What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at
Physiological level?...

• Yogasanas
  ▫   Exercise different parts of the bod...
What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at
Physiological level?...
• Pranayama
  ▫ E.g. Ujjai breath: Increases absorptio...
What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at
Physiological level?

• Meditation
  ▫ Takes the brain to Alpha state: electri...
Importance of Endocrine System
Master gland
Controls all other glands                                     Body rhythm



 ...
Chain Reaction of Managing Stress: The Positive Spiral

                          Triggers hope, optimism,           Adren...
Clinical Research Results…




Increased alertness and deeper relaxation            Reduced tension and stress
of mind



...
Clinical Research Results




                  • Improved immunity
                  • Increase in good cholesterol and
 ...
Beyond Physiology… The Energy
System
Human Body as the Energy System
• Modern Science & Medicine consider human body as
  merely electro-chemical, electro-mech...
Chakras: Energy Centers




• Chakras are situated near the key endocrine glands and nerve groups (plexus)
• Wireless conn...
Chakras and Naadis: Wireless
Connection to Brain




• World seen through the 5 sensors (wired connection) is narrow band:...
Science of Homeopathy: Medicine of Energy System

• Basic principle: what causes disease cures the disease also when
  giv...
So, to be
“Successful”….
What is “Success”?
• The definition I liked most:
  ▫ “The measure of Success is the number of joyful smiles per
    day e...
The Vicious Cycle
   Priority                     Loose health      Loose joy        Less creative
   1) Pursue money
   2...
Make it a Virtuous Cycle
   Priority                           More joy    More creative
   1) Pursue health
   2) Pursue ...
Don’t believe me…
… But do not wait for proof

       Explore

                         Experiment
                       ...
Conclusion: The Simple Prescription
• Practice Yoga & Pranayama (and Meditation) everyday*
  ▫ Life will change at the mos...
Some references…
• On Homeopathy and Physiology
 ▫   The Science of Homeopathy – by Dr. John Vikolthas
 ▫   Homeopathy Mat...
Some more references
• On Ancient Indian Wisdom
  ▫ Art Of Living www.artofliving.org
  ▫ www.lifepositive.com
  ▫ Vedanth...
yuvraj2@gmail.com
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  1. 1. The Science of Stress and The Art of Managing it 12th May 2009
  2. 2. What is Stress? • Stress is a state of Mind • Stress is a mind-body reaction/response to a situation ▫ To flight from/fight the situation
  3. 3. Why Stress Happens? • When a situation/condition is not Acceptable to us • When we want to do/get something but are unable • When ego is hurt (feedback, comments, criticism…) • When we loose something which we feel as important • … • Stress is mostly due to ▫ Fear (of Future) ▫ Worry (about Past) ▫ And not so much due to Present Moment • It is always due to the perception of Mind ▫ Different people „feel‟ different stress levels for the same situations
  4. 4. What Happens when Stressed? • Psychology of Stress: Emotional impact ▫ Anxiety ▫ Fear ▫ Depression ▫ Anger ▫ Sadness ▫ … • Physiology of Stress ▫ Acidity ▫ Ulcers ▫ Heart ailments ▫ Blood Pressure ▫ Kidney problems ▫ Diabetes ▫ …
  5. 5. Chain Reaction of Stress: The Negative Spiral Triggers animal instinct Adrenalin increases Mind perceives threat of fight or flight to prepare the body Heart beat increases to Breathing becomes Blood pressure supply more food & oxygen fast & shallow increases to body parts Panic Stomach readies for Metabolism Overloaded Excretory Systems processing more food increases to clear the toxin Acidity* increases Imbalanced Endocrine Systems Imbalanced Emotions the chemical factories of Fear, Anxiety, Anger, Depression*… hormones, enzymes
  6. 6. Some Impacts of Sustained and Unmanaged Stress • Brain ▫ Continues to operate in higher Beta state (15 to 26 cycles per second of electrical impulses (EEG)) ▫ Continues to trigger the rest of the body mechanism and create stress • Blood Pressure remains high ▫ High blood pressures can lead to Heart failure, paralysis (due to breakdown of blood vessels in brain)… • Acidity, Ulcer and other digestive problems • Diabetes • Kidney problems due to overload on removing toxins from the body • Reduces immunity and makes body susceptible to diseases • ….
  7. 7. Some More Impacts • Human body & mind are a highly complex and integrated system ▫ Each system impacts the other: either positively or negatively • Stress and Mind induced effects on the body are far more harmful than the external pollution ▫ Internal Toxins are far more harmful than external chemical/industrial pollution ▫ ISO 14000 needs significant change in the globalized knowledge era!
  8. 8. Why Allopathic Medicines and Stimulants are not good for managing Stress • Allopathic medicines directly add chemical to the body and interfere with the internal chemical factories ▫ E.g. Taking Antacids for Acidity neutralizes the acid in the stomach. Then body thinks that the acid is not sufficient and starts producing more. ▫ E.g. Anti-depressants suppress the ability of brain cells to generate electric impulses  People taking such drugs for prolonged time become dull • Stimulants like Tobacco, Coffee, Tea, Coco etc. temporarily trigger higher activities ▫ Subsequently body craves for more & more stimulants
  9. 9. Then how to manage stress? • Turn it into a Positive Spiral ▫ Break the negative cycle at each point • Some amount of Stress is healthy – it triggers and energizes the system
  10. 10. Managing Stress • Root Cause: Manage Mind ▫ Positive Thinking and Attitude ▫ Larger view of life ▫ Meditation • Build capability to face stressful situations and reduce the impact of stress at physiological level ▫ Yoga ▫ Pranayama • Healthy lifestyle and food habits • Have multiple positive energy sources ▫ Hobbies, interests • …
  11. 11. What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at Physiological level?... • Yogasanas ▫ Exercise different parts of the body ▫ Combine with breathing ▫ Postures: Stretch & hold, Compress & hold ▫ Creates flexibility and hollowness, lightness  Helps in flow of water, food, oxygen, electrical signals and flow of energy in the body ▫ Isometric exercises  As against Isotonic exercises of aerobics, gym exercises which help to build muscles which reduce the flexibility & become blockers over a period
  12. 12. What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at Physiological level?... • Pranayama ▫ E.g. Ujjai breath: Increases absorption of oxygen into the hemoglobin by creating inhale pressure in lungs for osmosis ▫ E.g. Bastrika pranayama: Increases the removal of carbon dioxide from the blood plasma by creating exhale pressure in lungs for osmosis ▫ Increases oxidation and liberation of energy in every cell of the body  Air filter analogy in automobiles ▫ Stimulates nerve tips in lungs which have connection to the brain area where Pituitary Gland is situated  Pituitary Gland is the master gland in the endocrine system and has a strong influence on rest of the endocrine glands
  13. 13. What does Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation do at Physiological level? • Meditation ▫ Takes the brain to Alpha state: electrical impulses of 8 to 14 cycles per second ▫ At deep meditation level (Samadhi state) brain goes to Theta state: electrical impulses of 4 to 7 cycles per second ▫ Leads to deep relaxation • Sudarshana Kriya of Art of Living ▫ Takes the brain to higher beta state ▫ Then takes the brain to deep relaxation ▫ Thus exercises and expands the brain/mind capacity • Mind rules the body ▫ Mind  Nervous system  Endocrine system  rest of the body function
  14. 14. Importance of Endocrine System Master gland Controls all other glands Body rhythm Metabolism Immune system Adrenalin: heart rate, Insulin: blood sugar, blood pressure energy • Enzymes produced by Endocrine glands influence every cell, organ and function of the body • They regulate mood, growth, metabolism, tissue function, sexual & reproductive processes
  15. 15. Chain Reaction of Managing Stress: The Positive Spiral Triggers hope, optimism, Adrenalin normal Mind peaceful, joyful Positive feelings to prepare the body Heart beat normal to Breathing becomes Blood pressure supply normal food & oxygen slow & deep normal to body parts Calm Confident Stomach readies for Metabolism Normal Excretory Systems Composed processing normal food normal to clear the toxin Acidity normal Balanced Endocrine Systems Balanced Emotions the chemical factories of Energetic, Enthusiastic, Positive……. hormones, enzymes
  16. 16. Clinical Research Results… Increased alertness and deeper relaxation Reduced tension and stress of mind Ref: Art Of Living Research with AIIMS, NIMHANS
  17. 17. Clinical Research Results • Improved immunity • Increase in good cholesterol and decrease in bad cholesterol • Decreased depression
  18. 18. Beyond Physiology… The Energy System
  19. 19. Human Body as the Energy System • Modern Science & Medicine consider human body as merely electro-chemical, electro-mechanical and physical phenomena • Ancient Indian & Eastern Spiritual Sciences consider it as an Energy System ▫ Universal Cosmic Energy (everything is common at atomic level) ▫ Yoga – union of body, mind and spirit ▫ Raja Yoga – Chakras ▫ Reiki (which means life force in Japanese; Started by Dr. Mikao Usui a doctor and Buddhist monk during 1860s) ▫ Thai Chi, Acupressure, Acupuncture (originated in China) ▫ Homeopathy (Started by Dr. Hahnemann a doctor in Germany during 1800s)
  20. 20. Chakras: Energy Centers • Chakras are situated near the key endocrine glands and nerve groups (plexus) • Wireless connection to brain; Connection to Cosmic universal energy
  21. 21. Chakras and Naadis: Wireless Connection to Brain • World seen through the 5 sensors (wired connection) is narrow band: gross, inert, matter world • World seen through Chakras & Nadis (wireless connection) is broad band: subtle, dynamic, energy world
  22. 22. Science of Homeopathy: Medicine of Energy System • Basic principle: what causes disease cures the disease also when given in the potenticized form • Homeopathic medicine preparation ▫ Potencization through the process of tritration ▫ Transfer of atomic vibrations to the base substance. Not even a single molecule of medicinal material will be present according to Avogadro number • Curing principle ▫ Right medicine creates energy vibrations in the human system (resonance principle) ▫ This increase the energy level to improve the health conditions ▫ Typically causes initial aggravation and subsequently cures with oscillations ▫ Cures inside-out: Mind  Emotional level  Physical level  Mind & Emotional symptoms are the key for diagnosis
  23. 23. So, to be “Successful”….
  24. 24. What is “Success”? • The definition I liked most: ▫ “The measure of Success is the number of joyful smiles per day every day” – Shri Shri Ravishankar • Life is full of choices; The choices one makes determine one‟s life – they are like cross-roads ▫ IQ < EQ < AQ < SQ : determine what choices one makes • Manage Mind ▫ Healthy mind FOR a healthy body ▫ It is mind, and not body, that differentiates the leader from the rest  Positive Energy is most fundamental to any Leader
  25. 25. The Vicious Cycle Priority Loose health Loose joy Less creative 1) Pursue money 2) Pursue fame Less Accomplishment More stress on the priorities Less Money Less Recognition • People spend half of their life in making money and loose health in that process. • In the remaining half they spend that money trying to regain the health
  26. 26. Make it a Virtuous Cycle Priority More joy More creative 1) Pursue health 2) Pursue knowledge More Accomplishment Continue stress on the priorities More Money More Recognition • Pursue health (mind+body) and knowledge (universal knowledge) then money & fame will follow as a byproduct
  27. 27. Don’t believe me… … But do not wait for proof Explore Experiment Experience Modern Science (“Matter” Science) : Proof first, then belief/trust Spiritual Science (“Energy” Science): Believe/trust first, then proof comes
  28. 28. Conclusion: The Simple Prescription • Practice Yoga & Pranayama (and Meditation) everyday* ▫ Life will change at the most fundamental level ▫ Art Of Living workshop is one of the best  Combines Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga (Service: Jesus), Bhakti Yoga (Devotion: Narada, Chaitanya…), Jnana Yoga  Practical for family & social life, professional life and spiritual life • Use Homeopathy for chronic or hereditary health problems to strengthen the positive spiral • Become better individuals and better leaders
  29. 29. Some references… • On Homeopathy and Physiology ▫ The Science of Homeopathy – by Dr. John Vikolthas ▫ Homeopathy Materia Medica – by Dr. Boericke ▫ Dr Padmanabhan padrdha@satyam.net.in ▫ Human Anatomy & Physiology – by Dr. David Le Vay • On Reiki ▫ Healing through Reiki – by MK Gupta • On Modern Science ▫ Scientific American – Mind ▫ Modern Physics – by Arthur Beiser
  30. 30. Some more references • On Ancient Indian Wisdom ▫ Art Of Living www.artofliving.org ▫ www.lifepositive.com ▫ Vedantha literature from Ramakrishna Mission ▫ Celebrating Silence – by Shri Shri Ravishankar ▫ Efficacy of Raja Yoga – Shri Ramachandra Mission ▫ Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga – Swami Vivekananda ▫ Patanjali Yoga Sutra • At Behavioral level ▫ Stop Worrying and Start Living – by Dale Carneige ▫ Emotional Intelligence – by Daniel Goleman ▫ Power of Postive Thinking…… and so on
  31. 31. yuvraj2@gmail.com

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