Humming for Health
The benefits of humming go beyond just the fun of humming a favorite tune. Research suggests that humming can be an important, portable self-help tool that can be used to reduce stress, relax, perhaps improve the health of nasal and sinus passages, and more.
To reap the most benefits from humming, Jonathan Goldman,an international authority and pioneer in the field of sound healing, says that silence is mandatory. After you hum for five minutes, then go into stillness and silence for a few minutes. "Silence is the yin to the yang of sound. Silence is the place where the sound can create the shifts and changes on a vibrational level, on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level," he said.
In a 2010 study, participants practiced a specific type of humming combined with deep breathing, a yogic practice called bhramari pranayama, for five minutes. The slow-paced humming caused both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures of participants to decrease significantly, accompanied by a slight decrease in their heart rates.
The authors concluded that this type of humming induced "parasympathetic dominance" on the cardiovascular system, which is beneficial, as the parasympathetic nervous system is sometimes thought of as the system that erases stress and puts the body back into a state of balance. Five minutes seems to be the minimum time necessary for sound to create this beneficial effect on the body.
Additional research on humming shows that it greatly increases nitric oxide in a localized area of the body--the nasal passages. Nitric oxide is a neural transmitter fundamental to health and well-being. It plays many important roles in the body: It enhances the immune system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system. In particular, it causes vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels, which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure. Nitric oxide production in nasal passages is part of the defense system against bacterial and viral infections, and nitric oxide plays a significant role in developing the innate immune response to many bacterial and viral infections.
A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine shows that humming causes a 15-fold increase in nasal nitric oxide levels compared with quiet exhalation. The authors explained that this effect is likely due to increased contribution of nitric oxide from the paranasal sinuses, which are small, hollow, mucus-lined spaces around the nose. Humming causes the air to oscillate, which, in turn, seems to increase the exchange of air between the sinuses and the nasal cavity.
Research by John Beaulieu found that sound—vibration—stimulates cells in a petri dish to release nitric oxide. Furthermore, in a 2003 review article on sound therapy-induced relaxation, Beaulieu and his colleagues explained that nitric oxide is responsible for the health effects of music in inducing positive emotions and relaxing effects in the body.
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5 Easy Steps To Get Your Day Started Right
We all know that how your morning starts is a key indicator as to how your day will go. But we often don't know how exactly to craft that optimal routine to maximize our productivity. Vish Chatterji, author of "The Business Casual Yogi: Take Charge of Your Body, Mind, and Career," advises business leaders on this very subject in his East-Meets-West executive coaching practice. As part of his guidance, he prescribes ancient rituals to address modern challenges. "A simple way of bringing the benefits of ancient Vedic knowledge, such as meditation, yoga, and alignment with nature to anyone's life — including the lives of busy professionals — is by incorporating it into a morning ritual," says Vish. "This allows you to begin your day grounded, balanced, and prepared to manage your day powerfully."
Step 1: Sleep — "A healthy morning ritual actually begins the night before," says Vish. A solid morning ritual is only as good as your morning energy level, which is predetermined by how well you sleep. That means the night before no screens, email, phones, news, alcohol or stimulating activities within an hour of bedtime. Let your brain secrete its natural sleep-inducing hormones uninterrupted.
Step 2: Move — In the morning, get up and get moving! Stretch your body, go for a walk... anything to get the energy moving through the body. No emails, phones, or news just yet.
Step 3: Get Quiet — Bathe, then sit for some quiet contemplation time. Prayer, meditation, journaling — soak in the morning stillness.
Step 4: Eat — Eat a solid breakfast. Food in your stomach grounds you; an empty stomach makes you more susceptible to the ungrounding stresses of the day. Coffee on an empty stomach causes ulcers from a Western Medicine viewpoint and causes Vata/Air imbalance from a Vedic viewpoint, which causes ungroundedness and a lack of focus.
Step 5: Plan — Spend 5-10 minutes planning what you want to accomplish in the day, reviewing your appointments, and getting your head in the right space.
After accomplishing all five steps, you're properly prepared to manage whatever may come your way!
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7 Ways Silence and Solitude Expands Wellness
1) Your brain and nervous system have a chance to decompress and recharge. A UCLA research study showed that regular times set aside to disengage, sit in silence, and mentally rest, improves the "folding" of the cortex and boosts our ability to process information. A study published through the National Library of Medicine found that exposure to prolonged silence can actually cause the brain to produce new cells.
2) Self-Awareness Increases. In silence, we can become more aware of our emotions and thoughts and engage in more detached reflection of them. The break from external stimuli can put us intune with our inner voices. This enhanced awareness can lead to greater self-control. Silence brings our awareness back to the present.
3) Memory improves. Combining solitude with a walk in nature causes brain growth in the hippocampus region, resulting in better memory. Taking a walk alone gives the brain uninterrupted focus and helps with memory consolidation.
4) Problem Solving Improves. Our brains need to rest and recharge in order to function as well as we want them to. So even if you're not an introvert, alone time is still important for processing and reflecting. "Constantly being ‘on' doesn't give your brain a chance to rest and replenish itself," Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. wrote in Psychology Today. Unconscious thought excels at integrating and associating information, by subconsciously carrying out associative searches across our broad database of knowledge.
5) Creativity is Enhanced. The creative process includes a crucial stage called incubation, where all the ideas we've been exposed to get to meet, mingle, marinate — then produce a eureka or "A-ha" moment. The secret to incubation? Doing nothing. What's typically seen as useless daydreaming is now being seen as an essential experience. Professor Jonathan Schooler from UC Santa Barbara says, "Daydreaming and boredom seem to be a source for incubation and creative discovery in the brain." When we're not focusing on anything in particular–instead letting the mind wander or dip into our deep storehouse of memories, ideas, and emotions–the brain's default mode network is activated. Many of our most original insights arise from the activity of this network.
6) Relationships Improve. Solitude also enriches our connections with others by providing perspective, which enhances intimacy and fosters empathy. You think more critically about the role you play in others' lives and the role they play in yours. And when you do spend time with someone else, you're refreshed enough to really pay them due attention. After some calm, peaceful time on your own doing nothing, you can find things and people who irritate you reduce dramatically because you are now relaxed and more tolerant.
7) Mindfulness Practices can be Enhanced and Strengthened. Elements of mindfulness such as being present, focusing your attention, emotional regulation and acceptance can be strengthened in aloneness and solitude, where you are free from distractions and external stimuli. So too, can the balance between "doing," which is predominant in our culture and "being," which focuses on quiet reflection. In addition, strengthening our mindful practice of intentional responding rather than reacting by "autopilot" can be further enhanced. Our fight/flight mechanism causes us to flee not only from physical difficulties, but also emotional difficulties. Ignoring and burying negative emotions however, only causes them to manifest in stress, anxiety, anger, and insomnia.
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