10 Energy Healing Methods: Which One is Right for You?
Energy healing manipulates the "energy fields" of the human body to promote balance. Whether seeking relief from pain or enhancing overall well-being, energy healing can help. It's an alternative therapy used for centuries across different cultures. Believing that the human body has an energy system, several types of energy healing methods are practiced around the world. Each kind of energy healing bestows unique benefits. Let’s explore 10 energy healing methods. 10 Popular Energy Healing Methods Yoga Yoga is a centuries-old practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and the chakra system to promote holistic healing and wellness. Various forms of yoga exist that focus on energy healing, such as Kundalini, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. Kundalini yoga emphasizes the awakening of energy within the body, Iyengar yoga emphasizes proper alignment to promote energy flow, and Vinyasa yoga uses movement and breath to enhance the flow of prana, or life force energy, throughout the body. Read More: Which Type of Yoga Should You Try? Yoga first originated almost 5000 years ago in ancient India. It can provide numerous benefits, including reduced stress, improved flexibility and strength, and enhanced mental clarity and focus. However, it is important to approach yoga with caution and consult with a qualified teacher, as certain postures and practices may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with certain health conditions or injuries. Reiki Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. It is based on the concept that there is a universal life force energy that flows through all living things, and when this energy is blocked or disrupted, it can cause physical or emotional distress. During a Reiki session, the practitioner uses their hands to channel this energy into the recipient's body, helping to remove any blockages and promote balance and harmony. The benefits of Reiki can include relaxation, emotional release, and an overall sense of well-being. There are minimal risks associated with Reiki, as it is non-invasive and gentle. Read More: What is Reiki? Does It Really Work? Massage Massage is a popular and ancient form of energy healing that uses various techniques to manipulate the body's energy and promote relaxation. The origins of massage can be traced back to ancient China, Egypt, and India. During a session, the therapist uses their hands and sometimes other tools to apply pressure to different parts of the body, helping to release tension and improve blood and lymphatic circulation. Massage has been shown to have numerous benefits, including reducing stress, easing muscle pain, and improving sleep quality. It is generally considered safe, but certain conditions may require caution or avoidance of massage, such as deep vein thrombosis or infectious skin diseases. Reflexology Reflexology is an energy healing practice that utilizes specific pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears to stimulate healing. Practitioners believe that these pressure points correspond to different organs and systems in the body, and by applying pressure, energy can flow freely and balance can be restored. Reflexology was invented in Egypt and was practiced from 2500 BC. Read More: Happiness Hormone: Ways to Boost Dopamine Reflexology can promote relaxation, improve circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety. Some individuals may experience discomfort or soreness during a session, and reflexology is not recommended for individuals with foot injuries or certain medical conditions. Craniosacral Craniosacral therapy is an alternative healing technique that involves a gentle touch approach to assess the movement of fluids surrounding the central nervous system. This therapy is designed to relieve stress, tension headaches, and neck pain by targeting the areas that are causing discomfort. It is believed that craniosacral therapy can also help restore balance and promote wellness after experiencing traumatic injuries. The origin of this practice can be traced back to osteopathy and cranial osteopathy, which was developed by Andrew Taylor Still. He invented it as a way to remove restrictions in human skulls in a toxic-free way. The main benefit of craniosacral therapy is its ability to provide relief from chronic pain without invasive procedures or medications. Read More: Workplace stress affecting women in Bangladesh needs attention However, as with any therapy, there are risks involved, such as potential side effects or adverse reactions. It is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before undergoing this therapy.
Collective Healing at Dhaka Flow: Festival of Yoga & Wellness
This Friday (January 13, 2023), from 11 am to 5 pm, Shazia Omar hosted Bangladesh’s first-ever yoga and wellness festival, Dhaka Flow. The event saw 60 private sector companies, 20 fitness teachers and healers, and over 1000 people gather around the theme of healthy living. United News of Bangladesh (UNB) was the Media Partner of Dhaka Flow's yoga and wellness event held at Gulshan Society Lake Park in Dhaka. “Dhaka City can be a toxic space with the chaotic traffic, population density, air pollution and overall lack of healthy living. Given this, it is important for us to cultivate a higher conscience and embrace a more intentional way of life that is harmonious and nurturing for our people and our planet,” said Shazia. In the opening session, Shazia said she organized Dhaka Flow as a way to give space to all the people making efforts to contribute to a healthy community. She said healthy living is not about exercise alone, its about mind, body, spirit, as well as home, community, country. She said one cannot be healthy in isolation. Good health requires good physical health, good mental, psychological, emotional health, clean air, green earth, pure water. She described a vision of Dhaka City as a place that is free, healthy, clean, inclusive and green. Dhaka Flow, in partnership with Gulshan Society, made use of public space to provide a free event for the community that would encourage everyone to live healthier. For the event, Shazia had a few pillars. Managed by Interspeed, the event was entirely plastic waste free and eco-friendly. All companies participating did not use PVC banners. Stalls were made of bamboo and jute with cloth canvas signs, keeping an eye on the aesthetics, to ensure an eco-artistic feel. Read More: Dhaka Flow brings day-long Festival of Yoga and Wellness No plastic bottles were sold, instead everyone enjoyed Pureit by Unilever’s water dispensers. The event had 14 food vendors, all taking on the challenge, or opportunity, of designing purely vegetarian treats, as ahimsa, non-violence towards living beings, was one of the pillars of the event. The final pillar was that of collaboration rather than competition, as all vendors and instructors were asked to cross-promote one another. Pushing the boundary bit by bit can lead to cataclysmic change. She hopes all events going forward will see how it easy it is to shift modus operandi and adopt cleaner habits. Mustafa Turan, Turkish Ambassador, and Natalie Chuard, Swiss Ambassador, also spoke at the opening, to express their strong belief in yoga as a positive way of life. The theme of devoting time to taking care of oneself, in order to show up better, so we are in a better place to raise a healthy family and healthy community and healthy nation came up. Shazia said she was thrilled to see how many people are actively engaged in the wellness sector in their own way. She said Dhaka Flow showcased several start-ups including East Bengal Coffee Grinder, Mama’s Tarts, Aliens, fithobo.com, Moar co-working space, Smart Air and Just SXY sportswear. WhiteBoard participated to record citizen’s voices around the theme of building a better Bangladesh. Basecamp offered park visitors a chance to climb a 50-foot tree. Clay Station, Aranya and Art for the Soul gave people space to be creative. Aqua Paints, the Growing Up Club and Kolpotoru kept the kids zone active. F45, Amra Active, Yasmin Karachiwala Body Image and individuals like Ed Jujitsu, Naziafitstudio and Britto offered cardio sessions while Faria Athar, And_zen, Tasmiah and Dyuti offered yoga sessions. Anita Aparna Muyeed offered meditation and energy healing while Namira Hossain offered intuitive tarot card reading. Read More: Pandemic Yoga: How to strengthen lungs, ease breathing problems with yoga Core sponsors, Turaag Active, a local designer sportswear brand, provided yoga pants to the yogis, Aarong Earth, with organic skin and hair care products, and Prime Bank, with green financing, made the event possible. ACI Nutrilife showcased their healthy grain products, Sprint from Apex showcased shoes made from recycled plastic bottles, CalciPlus showcased calcium fortified milk for bone health, Sajeeb Group showcase Isobuler Bhushi as a traditional and effective way of keeping ones gut healthy, Blenders Choice Ispahani tea showcased green tea, and Sajida Foundation showcased Kaan Pete Roi and Shojon, suicide hotline and mental health service providers. Other stalls at the event included Shombob,com, online pharmacy, Movement Solutions, physiotherapists, Dhaka Ayurveda Centre, offering therapeutic massages, and many more. Shazia Omar has been teaching yoga in Dhaka for over 15 years. She encourages everyone to subscribe to her channel, Youtube.com/ShazzyOm. She is a writer, a yogini, an activist and a mom. She runs yoga retreats around the country and classes in Gulshan. To join the wellness movement and ‘surrender to the flow’, she invites everyone to check out Dhaka Flow’s website and join the Dhaka Flow community on Facebook and Instagram. One of the key messages of the event was that yoga can help people cope with stress and reduce physical and mental ailments. Meditation and mindfulness can improve concentration, compassion, peace and community spirit. An understanding about healthy habits and better nutrition can contribute drastically to our fitness and journey towards inner peace. Read More: From coffee to yoga to happiness: Offbeat ministries from around the world! The event was closed with some beautiful songs by Armeen Musa, Grammy-award nominee. We look forward to more such events in the future. For more information about yoga or Dhaka Flow, please email [email protected]
Quantum Foundation to observe first 'Total Fitness Day' Friday
Quantum Foundation will observe the first "Total Fitness Day" Friday to sensitise people about "total – physical, mental, social and spiritual – fitness" to help them lead a happy and healthy life. The foundation will organise a special awareness session at the capital's Jatiya Press Club, where it will arrange body balance tests, meditations, yogas, exercises, and discussions. Also, the foundation will organise such sessions in open spaces in different parts of the country. Some volunteering organisations promoting fitness and wellness will also observe the day. From now on, Quantum will mark the first Friday of January every year as Total Fitness Day. This year's theme of the day is "healthy body and peaceful mind, busy happy life." Read more: Quantum Foundation honours 300 voluntary blood donors
Dhaka Flow brings day-long Festival of Yoga and Wellness
Yoga is an ancient system to experience divine freedom, peace, and self-realization through physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual practices. Originating from Sanskrit, the term Yoga means “yoke” which refers to drawing, binding; or uniting together. The purpose of Yoga is to unite the body, mind, and soul, as well as the universal consciousness. A healthy mind and body lead to a healthy family, community, and city. However, the hectic urban life in Dhaka city gives the residents little room for calmness, contemplation, or purpose. Thanks to Shazia Omar for hosting the Festival of Yoga Wellness Dhaka Flow. Let’s take a look at the host and the festival. Dhaka Flow: A Wellness Movement Dhaka Flow is a wellness movement in Bangladesh. Dhaka Flow aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle of self-growth, joy, and gratitude. Dhaka Flow promotes wellness through festivals and retreats, events and gatherings, social media, and more. Read More: Which Type of Yoga Should You Try? Dhaka Flow organizes the Festival of Yoga & Wellness in January 2023 to bring together the vendors of wellness products, fitness teachers, healers, and people, to build community, celebrate health and healing, honor the environment, and elevate the spirit. The festival will be conducted with zero plastic waste. Dhaka Flow also upholds the principle of ahimsa which means non-violence towards any living being, and as such, food stalls will ALL offer vegetarian meals only. Journey of Shazia Omar: From investment banker to yogi Starting her career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in Manhattan, Shazia soon realized this was not her calling in life. She grew disillusioned with the state of the world and geopolitics and capitalism and soon after 9/11, she left her job and went traveling around the world to look for a better way to be. Shazia landed up in South Africa, working at an AIDS orphanage as a volunteer, where she met a group of yogis. Read More: Free Online Yoga Courses for Stress Relief and Better Immunity From there, her passion for the practice began. She began visiting ashrams and yoga schools in India and Thailand and eventually got certified in ashtanga yoga. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Shazia teaches regular classes at Nordic Club and Canadian Club in Dhaka. She has conducted numerous corporate workshops on yoga, mindfulness, well-being, health, and fitness. She organizes retreats around Bangladesh and around the world because she believes well-being and wanderlust go hand-in-hand. She is associated with Samahita Yoga Retreat in Thailand. Shazia has written a mind, body, and spirit book (Intentional Smile: A Girl’s Guide to Positive Living, Bloomsbury 2016) and children’s books (Sun Moon Secret, Guba Books 2022) as well as two novels. Shazia writes a regular column for Daily Star (Kundalini Rising). Shazia did her undergrad at Dartmouth College, USA, and her Master's in Social Psychology at LSE, UK. Shazia Omar’s channel is YouTube.com/ShazzyOm. Read More: How to strengthen lungs, ease breathing problems with yoga Dhaka Flow: Festival of Yoga and Wellness Dhaka Flow organizes a unique event to bring many of Dhaka’s yoga teachers and healers under the same sky. Aside from yoga, there will be certified practitioners offering meditation, reiki and energy healing, martial arts and boxing, cardio and HIIT, and much more. Over 30 companies and entrepreneurs are participating in the fair, with a similar vision to promote a cleaner and greener Dhaka city, cultivating good health and well-being. The event will be organized with eco-friendly materials, like jute stalls, cloth canvas signs, etc. Food partners will provide vegetarian treats. During this festival, there will be free yoga classes all day long by different teachers in the yoga shala. These classes are suitable for all ages and sizes. There will be cardio and HIIT and martial arts classes in the fitness pavilion. There will be dance, breathing, meditation, and kids' yoga in the amphitheater. There will be art activities in the art corner. Read More: From coffee to yoga to happiness: Offbeat ministries from around the world! Time and Venue of Dhaka Flow Festival of Yoga and Wellness The festival will be held at Gulshan Society Lake Park on Friday, January 13, 2022, from 11 am to 5 pm. How to Participate in Dhaka Flow Festival of Yoga and Wellness Registration is required to participate in the event. It is totally free of cost. Visit the following link for free registration: https://partyinvite.club/e/Dhaka-Flow--Festival-of-Yoga---Wellness-6388813caf21872f9b6dcf8b
From coffee to yoga to happiness: Offbeat ministries from around the world!
When governments get creative, countries get bizarre ministries – from coffee, toilet and yoga to happiness and loneliness. Some unique ministries from around the world at a glance Papua New Guinea’s Coffee Ministry: Coffee is one of the crops most frequently farmed in Papua New Guinea. Some 27% of the country’s agricultural exports are coffee. Moreover, the industry contributes 6% of the nation’s total gross domestic product. Maybe that’s why Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape in August 2022 appointed Joe Kuli as the country’s first Minister for Coffee. “The Minister’s job is to focus on coffee, coffee and coffee,” local media quoted Marape as saying. Read:Stars Coffee, anyone? Starbucks successor opening in Russia Papua New Guinea is not the first nation to develop such unconventional portfolios – there are a few others, including the UAE, the UK, India and Japan. Japan’s Loneliness Ministry: In February 2021, the Japanese government created a unique cabinet portfolio by appointing Tetsushi Sakamoto as its first-ever Minister for Loneliness. The aim was to tackle the rising suicide rates, particularly among women, in Japan for the first time in a decade due to Covid-19, Japanese media had reported, quoting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Read Spending Money for Happiness: 10 Effective Ways “I hope to carry out activities to prevent social loneliness and isolation and to protect ties between people,” Sakamoto had said in his inaugural address. Japan probably took a cue from the UK, where the government created a new portfolio and appointed Tracey Crouch as the Minster of Loneliness in 2018 to help people with problems like social isolation. UAE’s Ministry of Happiness: In February 2016, the UAE set up a Ministry of Happiness and appointed Ohood Al Roumi as its Minister entrusted with the job of raising the happiness of its citizens. Read: Pandemic Yoga: How to strengthen lungs, ease breathing problems with yoga In a slew of tweets, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum then expressed his desire to see more happy people. Roumi’s would supervise “plans, projects, programmes (and) indices” that raise the nation’s general mood, he wrote. It may also be mentioned here that in 2014, Japan appointed Haruko Arimura as the country’s first unofficial Minister of Toilets. India’s Yoga Ministry: The same year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a unique ministry to promote traditional Indian medicine and yoga. And Shirpad Naik was appointed the Minister of Yoga. A year later, the country celebrated Yoga Day for the first time. Read IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long Healthy Life
Indian High Commission celebrates 8th International Day of Yoga
The High Commission of India in Dhaka celebrated the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) on Tuesday. Around 1000 people participated in doing Yoga together at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Stadium in Dhaka, said a press release. Also read:Doraiswami hopeful of commercial screening of Indian films in Bangladesh
Pandemic Yoga: How to strengthen lungs, ease breathing problems with yoga
When yoga finds its way into a conversation, many focus on the weight loss and workout experience of the art. People often tend to overlook the impact of Yoga to achieve healthy wellness and a sharpened mind. During the pandemic, many people are bound to do Yoga at home, since classes are still closed in many parts of the world. The human respiratory system is always at risk, even more so now with the epidemic. Therefore, we need to know how to strengthen our lungs and treat breathing problems through yoga. Here’s how you do it. Importance of breathing Breathing is something most never think about, which begs the question “what’s the point of being conscious about it?”. As you are breathing every moment, you may not give much importance to it. However, it is an undeniable fact that breathing is the core activity of literally every exercise you try. And, it has a significant impact on how your external activities are going to affect your brains and vice versa. Read Best Martial Arts For Fitness For example, when breathing becomes erratic, the body is most likely pushing its limits - whether that be for fitness or exhaustion. Yoga poses are designed to ensure that calm breathing can center yourself and a state of intentional peacefulness can improve the mind and body. The ultimate goal is for each breath to be effortless while performing poses that can help catalyze the process. Meditation may be one of the ingredients for effective breathing, but much comes from the basics of knowing how to inhale and exhale. Read After Coronavirus: Police adopts yoga for enhanced immunity to disease What we need to know about the breathing cycle Inhale Often considered the first part of a breathing cycle, using your diaphragm and intercostal muscles deliberately is where many may have overlooked. When the diaphragm is used as a tool to let air into the lungs, ribs, and sternum should be raised as an indicator of an effective deep breath. Normally, poses that expose the front of the body are intended to focus on proper inhales so that your body has the full range of motion when it comes to taking the first step. This is why many of the breath-focused poses never have a person facing down or arching his/her body forward. Read Tips to Get Marathon Level Endurance and Stamina Exhale Interestingly, inhaling takes effort, while exhilaration is labeled as the passive process of a breathing cycle. To breathe out is effortless and involves the relaxation of the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. This is primarily the part of the cycle that highlights the sense of calmness often seen in yoga. Each pose is deliberate, meaning that the wrong technique could easily lead to breathing constraints, while proper posture will introduce a sense of serenity. Read How to choose the best shoes for running Common mistakes during breathing Yes, it is indeed possible to make mistakes even when it comes to breathing. One of the most important rules to breathing in yoga is to pace yourself between inhaling and exhaling. When transitioning from one to the other too quickly, the air gets cycled too quickly and your respiratory muscles do not have an optimal time of contraction before relaxation. Much like any muscle that needs to be trained, this is no different. During this time, it is possibly the best time to move and this coupled can be applied beyond yoga as well. Moving during an inhale will stifle your breathing pattern and cause uneasy heaving which is the furthest thing from breathing calmly. Read Best Team Sports for Weight Loss Yoga poses to strengthen lungs and improve breathing Yogasana The merging of physical stances and the proper method of breathing is called Yogasana. This is the fundamental building block that makes for experienced yogis who can perfectly balance the body and the mind. While breathing is often referred to as ‘prana’, identifying which 'Yogasana' poses is critical to ensure that you’re getting the optimal opportunities for healthy breathing. The trick is to get into positions that usually don’t force too much exhaustion out of you so that you can concentrate on pacing each breath. It means that leaning towards cardiovascular activity could be more of a distraction if weight loss isn’t the goal. Here are a few go-to poses to immediately work on your breathing. Read What Does Yoga Do For Weight Loss? Sukhasana This is possibly one of yoga’s most iconic poses on posters and website pages. It is done by holding your left wrist with your right hand behind your back and leaning forward. It may feel strange to do it for newcomers, but the pose helps with blood flow to the lungs and also increases concentration. Better yet, this pose has been known to also ease the respiratory effects of common coughs and colds. Read Yoga vs Pilates: Which One Is Better For You? Bhujangasana Otherwise known as the Cobra pose, this does wonders for the back if done slowly and with a proper warm-up. The first step is to keep both hands on the ground while laying on your stomach. Slowly, you will want to straighten your arms and bend your back upwards and face the ceiling. It has been said that this pose does well for mental calmness and also eases the mind while strengthening it. The extension of the spine helps relieve asthmatic symptoms such as the congested chest. Read Which Type of Yoga Should You Try? Matsyasana It is also called the Fish Pose. The first step is to put your arms under your body. With you lying down and your chest facing up, breathing in while arching your back will allow your breathing to strengthen lung muscles. It provides better circulation and blood flow. It is not one of the most mainstream poses and certainly one to add to your routine if you are looking for the best poses for improving your breathing. Read Coronavirus Tips: Free Online Yoga Courses for Stress Relief and Better Immunity Vasisthasana Vasisthasana is another flu killer that is known for being one of the best poses around for anti-inflammatory and antibiotic purposes. However, it may appear that tilting sideways with your arm up might be uncomfortable. Still, it is one of the best poses to moderate your breathing and clear the lungs from phlegm congestion. If you are in a pinch and are looking for one that can help with short-term effects, this pose is definitely worth a try. Read Wellbeing during COVID-19: How yoga can help you during quarantine Bottom line So far we have discussed a bunch of breathing techniques and yoga poses to strengthen lungs and ease breathing problems. However, it is recommended to take advice from a doctor and a Yoga expert for choosing the right pose for you.
Wellbeing during COVID-19: How yoga can help you during quarantine
The ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 has recently been creating even more havoc with its more contagious and powerful Delta variant and Bangladesh has been recording new highs in the daily death toll almost every day over the past week. People are exploring the possible remedies and immunity boosters to stay healthy amid the shutdown, including the benefits of home workouts, meditations and yoga. Fatigue is something that does not go away even after COVID-19 is cured, and it is also a companion to other infectious diseases. People suffering from weakness of body and mind cannot easily return to normal life because of this respiratory virus that affects the lungs and causes a lack of oxygen supply, thus fatigue spreads to the cells of the body. Read:Bangladeshi youth shines in global yoga vlogging contest Evaluating the problem, health experts suggest that the lungs need to be protected as well as the immune system of the body, and regular yoga practice can be an effective solution to these necessities and also helps to prevent fatigue and other physical and psychological problems. Several organizations including Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) are considering yoga a beneficiary tool for the frontliners policemen and it has arranged multiple yoga training sessions over the year for both of its male and female troops. Regarding the health benefit of yoga during this pandemic, Monirul Islam, a 70-years old retired government officer, talked to UNB and shared his miraculous recovery process of surviving a stroke, from which he got cured by practising yoga during the lockdown last year. Read Which Type of Yoga Should You Try? “I have always been a fit and socially active person, being engaged to many organizations and cooperative works after my retirement. When we were instructed by WHO and the government that we need to avoid all the outside activities, embracing all these new normalcies and lockdown protocols, my regular life and health got massively impacted - as a result of which, I suffered a stroke in August 2020,” Monirul Islam told UNB. After receiving the necessary medical assistance, he started receiving online training from yoga studio Bend with B’s founder and instructor Bishaka Tanchangya, a certified yoga instructor from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA Yoga University), Bangalore, India. Read:What Does Yoga Do For Weight Loss?