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As recognition of the mind, body, spirit connection grows, consumers and healthcare providers are turning to alternative and complementary medical strategies to reduce stress, maintain health, and address health issues (Ainsworth). Nurses and nursing schools have long recognized the relevance of self-care to health, and as the concept of self-care is embraced and the locus of control of health shifts more to the individual, interest in health-promoting technologies such as yoga is growing rapidly (Ainsworth). Yoga practice may have benefits on structural, physiological, psychoemotional, and spiritual levels, and may result in increased strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and relaxation, as well as having more energy, vitality, and balanced emotions (Ainsworth). To date, thousands of research studies have shown that with the "practice of yoga a person can, indeed, learn to control such physiologic parameters as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory function, metabolic rate, skin resistance, brain waves, body temperature, and many…
Ainsworth, Allan D. (2000 April 01). Yoga as a Self-Care Strategy. Nursing Forum.
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Chakra Productions introduces Guide Pro-Yoga Software for instructors and health care providers. (2003 September 23). M2 PRESSWIRE. Retrieved November 05, 2005 from HighBeam Research Library Web site.
Etsten, Deborah. (2002 March 01). The benefits of yoga: treating mind and body helps clients recover from addictions. The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health. Retrieved November 05, 2005 from HighBeam Research Library Web site.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious medical condition that affects "between 1 and 2% of the world's population." (Lee 21) Several theories on how to best treat the disease have been bantered about for years. Many, unsatisfied with the results of conventional treatment, [i.e. medication, surgery, joint protection] (Lee 127) have turned to a more holistic and proactive approach to treat their aliment -- yoga.
Rheumatoid Arthritis manifests itself as an "abnormality in the body's immune system that causes inflammation of the joints." (Horstman 240) Most often the "hands, wrists, feet, knees, ankles, shoulders, neck, jaw and elbows are affected." (Horstman 240)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a difficult disease to manage because the symptoms wax and wane." (Lee 143) This is an extremely painful condition that can lead to permanent joint damage, severely restricting ones movement over time. (Payne 108)
Given the nature of the condition, a person suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis…
Horstman, Judith. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Alternative Therapies. Atlanta GA: The Arthritis Foundation, 1999
Lee, Thomas F. Ph.D. Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis the Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments. New York: Prometheus Books, 2001
Payne, Larry Ph.D. And Richard Usatine M.D. Yoga RX. New York: Broadway Books, 2002.
This particular attribute of this type of yoga is intrinsically related to its propensity for building muscle and strengthening the spinal area. Subsequently, people with scoliosis can assuage any sort of back pain with the proper stretching and breathing exercises that are part of hatha yoga. It can fortify the muscular skeletal area and actually provide a corrective for the types of curves associated with scoliosis: both structural and functional. It helps the former from becoming worse and actually straightens out the latter. Dancers can actually expand their spines when they practice hatha yoga incrementally, which also boosts their flexibility while performing. This type of yoga is also essentially in stretching muscles that might otherwise develop the tendency to become tightened. The comprehensive effect of regular engagement in hatha yoga for those with scoliosis is that they can help to align the symmetry of their bodily structures while significantly augmenting…
This ideological position underscores the theory behind Yoga-Based Therapy.
The text by Davis et al. (2008) points out that the stressors faced by anxiety disorder subjects are normal. It is the way that such subjects respond that is problematic. Therefore, employing Yoga-oriented strategies can help to arm patients with a normal response capability. As Davis et al. note, "tension is a normal part of your daily routine, and you need an exercise that will help you let off steam. . . . If you feel that 'your glass is half empty' by the end of your workday, then a set of centering exercises like yoga or tai chi may be just what you need. The list of exercises below highlights some of the typical advantages and disadvantages of each and will help you select the best form of exercise for yourself." (341)
Davis et al. describe the strategy of 'centering…
Davis, M., Eshelman Robbins, E., & McKay M. (2008). The relaxation & stress reduction workbook. Oakland, CA New Harbinger Publications, Inc.: Sixth edition.
Mohr, W.K. (2008). Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Evidence-Based Concepts, Skills and Practices. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Seventh edition.
Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax 2002: 57: 110-115.
Full text of the article used may be found at: http://thorax.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/57/2/110
Asthmatic patients are often treated with psychological interventions. One method of nontraditional treatment, Sahaja yoga, is a form of meditation that is believed to yield therapeutic benefits. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of Sahaja yoga in the adjunctive management of adult asthmatics in whom inhaled steroids did not fully alleviate symptoms.
The study design was a parallel group, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Subjects were adult asthmatics in which moderate to high doses of inhales steroids did not completely alleviate symptoms. Subjects were randomized to Sahaja yoga or a control intervention group. The control group underwent relaxation methods and group discussion. Subjects in both groups attended 2-hour sessions once a week for 4 months. Outcome…
Physical activity is good for getting rid of stress and this is predominantly true of yoga. On account of the awareness required, ones daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away throughout the time they are doing yoga. This supplies a much-needed break from ones stressors, as well as aiding in putting things into perception. The importance yoga places on being in the moment can also aid to relieve stress, as one learns not to dwell on past events or expect the future. One will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when they began. Doing yoga gives a person an increased consciousness of their own body. A person is frequently called upon to make little, delicate movements in order to advance their alignment. Over time, this increases their rank of comfort in their own body. This can lead to enhanced posture and superior self-confidence (Pizer).
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The author of this report has been asked to write a brief review of the four Hindu yogas. Of course, those yogas are Jnana, Karma, Bhakti and aja. The author has been asked to focus on one of the yogas in particular and, while doing so, include the general concept, what it means and how one can use this yoga to attain moksha. There will also a compare and contrast between the yoga that is selected and the three that were not. For this report, the author will cover the karma yoga the most completely.
The yoga known as karma is also known as the yoga of action. It should quickly be noted that the four different yogas are referred to as "paths." The principles of karma yoga include having the right attitude, the right motive, doing one's duty, doing one's best and a giving up results. In…
Shaw. (2015). Ways of Achieving Moksha. Shawcss.tripod.com. Retrieved 13 September 2015, from http://shawcss.tripod.com/Hinduism_online/Ways/Ways_print.html
Sivananda. (2015). Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres -- 4 Paths of Yoga. Sivananda.org. Retrieved 13 September 2015, from http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/fourpaths.html
Cross-Currents of philosophy between the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, Parama rthasa ra of Abhinavagupta, and Aleister Crowley's Argentum Astrum
Human Civilization can pride itself over many inventions and contributions in many diverse fields. These contributions vary from the field of Art and Sciences, to Chemistry, Physics and Philosophy and have gone on to show the diversity of the human mind and the many facets of Arts and Science which for sure have an important place in the lives of humans, thus being the result of so much thought and debate.
Religion among these contributions is no doubt one of the most complicated subjects and has been a reason for much bloodshed. The various belief systems have clashed with each other again and again trying to prove that it is their God which is the Ultimate reality and deserves the top hierarchical position in the entire universe. [1: Endnotes The crusades. n.d.…
In "Yoga Therapy for Schizophrenia," Bangalore & Varambally (2012) explore a gap in the research on treatments for schizophrenia. The authors point out that pharmacological interventions and traditional psychotherapeutic techniques have remained "sub-optimal," if not totally ineffective (p. 85). A lack of meaningful progress in schizophrenia research gives rise to more nuanced and cross-disciplinary understandings of how the disease can be treated. The authors note that prior research has revealed the efficacy of yoga as a viable treatment intervention for patients suffering from anxiety and depression. Using prior research on both yoga and on schizophrenia as a foundation, the authors develop research hypothesis that suggests yoga therapy for improving client outcomes. In particular, the researchers focus on the potential of yoga therapy to curb or mitigate the expression of negative symptoms (such as amotivation, anhedonia, emotional blunting and poor insight) in patients with schizophrenia.
"Yoga Therapy for Schizophrenia" is…
Bangalore, N. & Varambally, S. (2012). Yoga therapy for Schizophrenia. International Journal of Yoga. 5.2 (July-December 2012): p85.
Self-Awareness of Stress eactions
The formal practice that I chose is standing in Virabhadrasana I. It is actively reaching through my back foot and allowing my tailbone to descend away from my back as my arms reach up towards the ceiling. In the process of holding the pose, I start noticing my front thigh burning, my breath becoming labored, and my shoulders holding tension. I will feel when the pose is over when I get agitated in such position and start to anticipate the joy. When performing various poses in yoga including Virabhadrasana I, the breath of the participants becomes shallow while they are waiting for the instructor's directions to come out of the pose (Cook-Cottone, 2015). Some of the participants are disappointed when the instructor does not offer the directions and even decide not to come to Yoga next time.
As my thighs start to shake, I mentally check…
Cook-Cottone, C. P. (2015). Mindfulness and Yoga For Self-Regulation: A Primer for Mental Health Professionals. Springer Publishing Company.
Hoveyda, S., Zareei, H., Abadi, M., & Dabaghi, P. (2015). The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and Group Conscious Yoga on Anxiety, Depression, Stress in Infertile Women. BARS Journal 4(2): 48-53
There are few opportunities to provide a genuine fusion between religion and science. Buddhism and Hinduism may offer the richest opportunities for the scholastic exploration of the intersection between these two seemingly disparate disciplines. The Advaita Vedanta, in particular, points the way towards a holistic epistemology. Providing both metaphysical and scientific grounds for understanding universal phenomenon, the Advaita Vedanta can become a shared paradigm between science and religion. This fusion that Advaita Vedanta provides between the fields of science and religion reflects its underlying philosophy of nondualism. Sriraman and Benesch, for example, point out that the Advaita Vedanta "offers possibilities for resolving…the Cartesian dilemma" or the body/mind question (39). Similarly, Advaita Vedanta highlights the paradoxically linked roles of the observer and the observed in any traditional scientific experiment in which "subject, object, and situation have become inseparable," (Sriraman and Benesch 39).
Although its hallmark -- and its root word…
Menon, Sangeetha. "Advaita Vedanta." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 5 Jan 2007. Retrieved online: http://www.iep.utm.edu/adv-veda/
Nelson, Lance E. "The Dualism of Nondualism: Advaita Vedanta and the Irrelevance of Nature."
Sriraman, Bharath and Benesch, Walter. "Consciousness and Science: an Advaita-Vedantic Perspective on the Theology? -- ?Science Dialogue" Theology and Science 3(1): 39-54
Sharma, Arvind. The Philosophy of Religion and the Advaita Vedanta. Pennsylvania State University, 1995.
The complex nature of the Sanatana Dharma makes it difficult for individuals to associate stereotypes with it. The 'eternal natural method' is virtually one of the best solutions to provide an explanation concerning Sanatana Dharma. The concept's connection with yoga makes it possible for people to understand that yoga itself is a very complex practice and that it would be wrong for individuals to believe that it is limited.
My participation in this presentation provided me with important information regarding Hindu tradition. Also, it enabled me to look at society and at Hindu cultural values in particular from a different perspective. I (similar to people in general) previously had the tendency to consider stereotypes when thinking about Hindu values and I believed all that there was to know about Hindu religion and about yoga. However, by getting actively involved in studying the complex ideas present in a certain culture, one…
Fisher, Mary Pat, "Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths," (I.B.Tauris, 1997)
(115) "hen the old yogis complain about commercialization, who can blame them? Gucci sells a yoga mat and matching bag for $655. Companies use famous yogis and yoga lingo to advertise cereal, beer and Hormel pork-loin fillets...Yoga is at a confused, precarious place, teetering on the edge of overexposure." Though, Rosin stresses that there is no real harm in the utilization of such a tool to teach and help people grow in spirituality and body, as a social outlet and a manner of life. (119)
Max eber contends that a great deal of the importance of understanding the sociology of religion lies in understanding the way such groups access power, and in the modern America what better way for a movement to gain power than through modern media commercialization? "...one aspect of the sociology of religion is the study of how certain groups or institutions (theologians, prophets, churches and sects)…
Blend, Charles, et al. Emile Durkheim, 1858-1917: A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography. Ed. Kurt H. Wolff. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1960.
Rosin, Hanna "Striking a Pose" The Atlantic Monthly December 2006, 114-119.
Turner, Bryan S. Max Weber: From History to Modernity. London: Routledge, 1993.
Yoga to Psychology
List your goals for the activity undertaken.
My goals for the activity undertaken are to come up with a study design whereby I can target the efficaciousness of introducing a yoga class -- or the very least a series of yoga exercises -- into the adolescent psychology unit that I am tasked with maintain. I need to determine if implementing such a measure can help to assist with the recurring problem in which the students are too inactive.
What is the problem and the problem statement?
The principle problem is that the students I work with in my psychology unit are much too inactive. These students face lengthy days at the facility in which they are treated. However, the majority of their days do not involve any sort of true activity. The problem statement is: the students I work with in my adolescent psychology unit are frequently…
Archer, S. (2015). Mind-body personal training. IDEA Fitness Journal. 12(7), 72-81.
Otto, V. (2014). Yoga for P.E.: engaging high school students physically and mentally. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 85(2), 19-23.
Ridhwan, R., Singh, C.A. (2014). Effect of yogic activities on the aggression of secondary school students. International Journal of Sports Sciences & Fitness. 4(2), 193-200.
Vairagya refers to a state of mind characterized by the discrimination of the temporary, fleeting nature of the worldly pleasures from the state of permanent joy. Vairagya is nothing but non-attachment to the objective world. As sage Patanjali indicates in his Yoga sutra, "Non-attachment is self mastery; it is freedom from desire for what is seen or heard" (Swami Prabhavananda, 10). A vairagi or a spiritual aspirant who practices Vairagya constantly discriminates his thoughts. Every sensory impulse or desire that crosses his mind is weighed on the scale of discrimination and thus impure thought waves are eliminated before they take a stronghold. (Swami Sivananda) Vairagya dawns from the truth that lasting pleasure is not to be found in the sensory realm. Vairagya is the gateway to divine wisdom. It helps the mind get fixated in the supreme self. Thus, the aspirant by means of exercising Vairagya and doing contemplation…
Swami Sivananda, 'Samadhi Yoga', Divine Life Society Publication, 1961
Swami Prabhavananda, Christopher Isherwood, "Patanjali Yoga Sutras'*, Published by Ramakrishna Math.
Ramananda Prasad, Ph.D., "Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7: Self Knowledge and Self-Realization," * Accessed on September 12th 2005, available at http://www.sarvadharma.org/sivaloka/gita_chapter_7.htm
Swami Sivananda, "How to Get Vairagya," Divine Life Society Publication, 3rd edition 1983, Available Online at, http://www.dlshq.org/download/vairagya.htm
Near Eastern Culture
For my first intercultural experience, I decided to attend a yoga class. Although yoga has become increasingly popular amongst Westerners, it is still an ancient Eastern practice rather than something that can be characterized as part of mainstream American culture. It is a noncompetitive activity that is devoted to preparing the body for meditation rather than improving the body's physical appearance or to improve an athlete's performance. It is much a mental practice as it is a physical one.
During the beginning of class, everyone laid down their mats and assumed an 'easy sitting posture.' The teacher gave a short 'dharma' talk about the focus of the class, which was about setting aside the ego. Then, we said 'om' to indicate that the practice was starting. We performed some chanting in Sanskrit, doing a call-and-response after the teacher's prompting. Then, we begin to practice. First we began…
Meditation is clearly a way not necessarily to get in touch directly with the subtle body, but to level up with spirits that can give you access to it.
G. Seeman, quoting Henry Corbin, refers to "three worlds of experience in the teaching of Shiite philosophers Qadi Sa'id": the phenomenal world, the suprasensible world 9 unperceptive to senses) and the cognitive imagination world. From a bodily perspective, these correspond to the physical, subtle and absolutely physical levels. A visit to the Temple of the Ka'bah is essential in order to coordinate the three subtle body levels in one's existence. Again Corbin explains that "for the mystical pilgrim, the pilgrimage and the rites of pilgrimage performed at the Temple of the Ka'bah have a direct configurative action on the formation of his body of light, on his body's malakut."
However, according to the Islamic medieval mystic thinker and alchemist, Shaikh Ahmad…
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Day Seven Class -- History: The only materials recommended are a copy of Howard Zinn's a People's History of the United States.
Day Eight -- Writing Day: No additional materials are recommended because participants already have pencils and notebooks for other classes.
Day Nine -- Reading Day: No additional materials are recommended because participants already have a copy of a book they have always wanted to read.
Day Ten -- Open Mind Day: No additional materials are recommended. Participants are encouraged to trade their books recommended for Days Six and Nine with other participants whose books they would never have chosen to read and would never have read otherwise.
The New York City Metropolitan Area has an extensive public transportation system. Subways travel from all four outer-boroughs into Manhattan and from other areas of Manhattan to the Union Square Area. Every subway station and bus stop maintains posted maps…
To achieve these objectives, ealth Care Corporation, Inc., will collect opinion data from medical professionals and consumers regarding their use of and the effectiveness of alternative forms of medical care and the desirability of each form. This data will be collected through paper surveys of both medical professionals and customers who work with institutions affiliated with ealth Care Corporation, Inc., and interviews of medical professionals by members of ealth Care's Research and Development team. This data should be gathered in a relevant sample size, roughly 10,000 patients, by June 5, 2011.
ealth Care Corporation, Inc., will additionally collect data regarding the state of health of customers who have used alternative forms of medicine both prior to and posterior to receiving alternative forms of treatment and compare this data with relevant, archived data concerning the health of customers prior and posterior to receiving modern Western health treatments. This data will be…
Health Care Corporation, Inc., will additionally collect data regarding the state of health of customers who have used alternative forms of medicine both prior to and posterior to receiving alternative forms of treatment and compare this data with relevant, archived data concerning the health of customers prior and posterior to receiving modern Western health treatments. This data will be collected by a market research team who will survey patients regarding their blood tests and numerical medical data. This should be completed no later than June 19th, 2011.
Health Care Corporation, Inc., will then collect price averages for alternative forms of treatment as stated by practitioners of these forms on their websites, flyers, brochures, and other forms of advertisement. This should be completed no later than May 19th, 2011, and should be verified as up-to-date (and corrected if not) when the entire process is completed, which should be no later than July 5, 2011.
The following proposal, which will be considered complete when the number and share of resources which should be transferred to coverage of alternative forms of medicine are discerned, will be executed starting at the current date and research will be completed no later than July 5, 2011.
The superimposition may then change the meaning of the ritual. What after all is "pure" worship? As Smart remarks, the utterance of a group of ritual words complete with the relevant bodily postures made during the worship service. This can also be seen in readings of the Holy Quran where the opening verse is read out loud some thirty times per day. Much of this can be seen as pure worship with no ritual imposition. This practice literally is pure prayer and has no other interpretation, but given our definition of prayer as a ritual object is included, if nothing more for the fact that the quotation is from a literal book, that is, the Holy Quran (ibid., 74-75).
It is in the above way that Smart points out that the ritual is integrated into and becomes a part of a person's ritual life. In this way, worship is…
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Hip rotation, base stability, and the efficient transfer of weight are the primary determinants of ball velocity, not arm strength.
That soft-tissue injuries should be immediately treated with ice, elevated, and compressed. The sooner first-aid is applied, the less the injury will swell and the less recovery time will be necessary, everything else being equal. Heat therapy in any form and anti-inflammatory drugs containing aspirin should be avoided for at least 48 hours because they increase bleeding and the corresponding swelling.
That there are more members of my communities in need than I was aware and that I may take certain advantages in my life for granted because so many people do not have them.
That certain behaviors and attitudes that I previously associated with my culture are actually quite common to other cultures. They reflect the way cultural identity manifests itself in general rather…
We have put our recent efforts into creating a estricted Substance program, and have begun mapping our Water & Carbon Footprint" (Website of LuLuLemon Athletica, 2012).
6. Brand personality
The personality of the LuLuLemon brand is more so linked to yoga and the emotional perceptions related to yoga, rather than the actual apparel produced and sold by the company. And this brand is becoming more and more popular at both domestic level, as well the international scale.
And what is remarkable about the LuLuLemon brand is that the company has not invested tremendous sums of money into the development and implementation of a branding strategy. Given its reduced size and resources, the Canadian-based firm has focused more resources on products, with the brand being managed in a less strict manner. This makes the company's brand even more so interesting and powerful among consumers.
"The LuLuLemon logo and very distinctive (designed…
Gefvert, a. (2012). Competition is starting to stretch LuLuLemon, Seeking Alpha. http://seekingalpha.com/article/649031-competition-is-starting-to-stretch-lululemonaccessed on October 9, 2012
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Glamour Nepal. http://www.glamournepal.com/articles/life-style/stylish-yoga-wear-a-growing-niche-in-fashionaccessed on October 9, 2012
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Adolescents: Management of PCOS in Adolescents
The recent increase in the incidence of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents is becoming a major concern in America. PCOS is recognized as the most common endocrine disorder in adolescent women and it has both metabolic and reproductive consequences. It may manifest itself as early as the first decade in the individual's life. First described by Stein and Leventhal in 1935, PCOS occurs when small cysts surround the ovary due to hormonal imbalances. It is characterized by excessive androgenizations, which are high levels of male hormones, irregular menstrual cycles, and obesity. The disorder affects almost 5 to 10% of adolescent populations and is becoming a great concern because it is the most frequent cause of fertility in women. Due to the high prevalence of PCOS in adolescents, there has been increased research aimed at identifying the main cause of…
DiVasta, A. (2013). PCOS in adolescents: Beyond the Reproductive Implications. Contemporary OB/GYN. Retrieved 19 March 2015 from http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-obgyn/content/tags/adolescent-gynecology/pcos-adolescents-beyond-reproductive-implicati?page=full
Nidhi, R., Padmalatha, V.,Nagarathna, R. & Amritanshu, R. (2013). Effects of a Holistic Yoga Program on Endocrine Parameters in Adolescents with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Vol.(19)2. Pp. 153-160
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Supply Analysis of Lululemon
Porter's Five Forces Analysis of Lululemon
PESTLE Analysis of Lululemo
Analysis of Marketing Strategy of Lululemon
Analysis of Company Management
Lululemon Athletica Inc. which was founded in 1998 in the city of Vancouver by Chip Wilson is a specialist in the design and production of high-end technical clothing for athletes and yoga clothing.
While operating primarily in the continents of North America and Australia, the company initially targeted the educated woman who strives to live an active and a healthy life as their primary customers. The first store of the company was opened up in November of 2000 and it was aimed by the company to also function as a social and community hub allowing people to come together and learn and discuss issues related to physical aspects as well as the mental aspects for…
Blais, Steven. Business Analysis. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Print.
Cadle, James et al. Business Analysis. Swindon: BCS Learning & Development Limited, 2014. Print.
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The author of this report is to offer a brief report on the company that has come to be known as Lululemon Athletica. The company has had to endure a number of public relations and product issues in recent years. Indeed, nearly a fifth of their product volume had to be recalled due to overly sheer pants and this problem was compounded when women were degraded by being asked to bend over and otherwise prove that the pants were overly sheer. Not long after that, the CEO at the center of this defect demonstration flap bowed out and there were also a number of lawsuits field as a result of the whole kerfuffle. This report will cover the marketing goals and strategies and there will also be a recommendation made about all of the above. While Lululemon has made some major miscues in recent years, they can certainly recover…
One receiver of Thai traditional massage describes the practice thusly; "You lie on the floor mat and the masseuse is sometimes standing on you, or walking on you. He is pulling you into different positions and you just relax into it,'"
Hughes 148) the practice is essentially, and in western tradition said to increase range of motion, and especially for the sake of athletes and dancers.
Alfaro 32) a reviewer for London's Evening Standard newspaper notes that his or her experience with Thai massage;
did relieve muscle tension, stress and joint pain, all of which I had, though at times the treatment was undeniably painful itself. I like a strong massage, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't want their muscles stretched and flexed vigorously. This is an intensive treatment, but no pain, no gain, is one of those ghastly but true quips. Seventy-five minutes went in…
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FEELGOOD FACTOR; a Thai Massage Proves to Be More Vigorous and Invigorating Than This Tester Expected." The Evening Standard (London, England) 8 May 2007: NA.
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Schizophrenia is considered to be one of the most sever psychiatric disorders. The incidence of the condition each year is approximately 15 in every 100,000 people, and the lifetime risk of developing schizophrenia is 0.7% (Tandon et al., 2008). Family history and genetics have been identified as contributing to the development of schizophrenia in 80% of cases (Tandon et al., 2008). Some environmental factors associated with increased likelihood of the development of schizophrenia include prenatal malnutrition or infection, use of cannabis, birth complications, and winter birth (Tandon et al., 2008). However, the mechanisms by which genetic and genetic-environmental factors interact to cause the onset of schizophrenia are not well understood. It is important that effective treatments be developed to help individuals cope with this serious and debilitating psychiatric disorder. What types of therapies outside of pharmaceuticals have been found to be successful in the treatment of schizophrenia? Is any type…
Eack, S.M., Hogarty, G.E., Cho, R.Y., Prasad, K.M., Greenwald, D.P., Hogarty, S.S., Keshavan, M.S. (2010). Neuroprotective effects of cognitive enhancement therapy against gray matter loss in early schizophrenia: results from a 2-year randomized controlled trial. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(7), 674-82.
Gorczynski, P., Faulkner, G. (2010). Exercise therapy for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12(5), CD004412.
Laan, W., Grobbee, D.E., Selten, J.P., Heijnen, C.J., Kahn, R.S., Burger, H. (2010). Adjuvent aspirin therapy reduces symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders: results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 71(5), 520-7.
Tandon, R., Keshavon, M.S., Nasrallah, H.A. (2008). Schizophrenia, "just the facts" what we know in 2008. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3), 1-18.
Review of Related Literature
This chapter provides a review of the literature concerning hypnosis, Eastern Meditation, Chi Kung, and Nei Kung and how these methods are used to treat various ailments and improve physical and mental functioning. A summary of the review concludes the chapter.
In his study, "Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Pain," Dowd (2001) reports that, "Several theories have een proposed to account for the effect of hypnosis. State theories assume that the hypnotic trance is qualitatively different from all other human experiences. From this perspective, trance capacity is supposedly a fairly stale trait that exhiits sustantial individual differences. Nonstate theories, often referred to as social learning, social psychological or cognitive-ehavioral theories of hypnosis propose that hypnotic phenomena are related to social and psychological characteristics such as hope, motivation, expectancy, elief in the therapist, desire to please the therapist, a positive initial…
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Many religious traditions have practices that could possibly be labeled meditation. In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, these practices are usually associated with prayer, contemplation, or recitation of sacred texts. In the religious traditions of the Native Americans, Australian aboriginals, Siberian peoples, and many others, what could be identified as meditation techniques are incorporated within the larger rubric of shamanism. It is, however, in the religions of Asia that meditation has been most developed as a religious method.
Meditation has played an important role in the ancient yogic traditions of Hinduism and also in more recent Hindu-based new religious movements such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation program. But it is most especially in the monastic or "elite" forms of the various traditions of Buddhism (Theravada, Tibetan/Vajrayana, and Ch'an/Zen) that meditation techniques have taken center stage and have been developed to the highest degree of sophistication and complexity.
Short-Term Effects of Meditation vs. Relaxation on Cognitive Functioning. Contributors: Gillian King - author, Jeffrey Coney - author. Journal Title: Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Volume: 38. Issue: 2. Publication Year: 2006. Page Number: 200+.
Authors cite the lack of relevant studies concerning the effect, if any, of meditation on short-term improvements in cognitive performance. The results of this study clearly showed that meditation, per se, does not produce a short-term improvement in cognitive performance compared to other relaxation techniques.
Of course my parents beamed, and my teacher even more so.
The application of the psychosocial theory in my case is the fact that an aspect of myself that I was not aware of was allowed to emerge first by my interaction with my teacher and then by my interaction with the rest of the participants in the extra program. I never knew that I could be good at mathematics until I made the effort required by my teacher. In this way, she had a profound effect on my life as a whole, and not only on my Mathematics grade. Indeed, she made me aware that I am able to do whatever I want to and even those things I believe are beyond my reach. Because of her, I no longer need to doubt my ability to do everything I want to, and to do it well.
Meditation also plays…
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Lululemon Firm Activities
elevance of Strategies in Firm Activities.
Strategic Firm Activities at Lululemon
Strategic Firm Activities at Lululemon
In establishing and concretizing business operations in a market, it is vital to lay down the necessary strategies to determine the level of diversification of the products produced, their affordability and availability to customers. Some of these strategies worked upon are the corporate level, international, strategic alliance and cooperative strategies. The establishment of Lululemon Company has been at the limelight in addressing these strategies in compliance to its industrial trends and in addressing its comparative and capability gaps. The company has enjoyed exponential revenue rates and vantages towards its market. Considerable micro and macro environments have contributed to the progress of the company.
Corporate level strategy is responsible for defining the market unto which a business stands. It is a business-level strategy that overlooks the functionality of a company.…
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Woman in Fourth Month of Pregnancy
Exercise and Diet Plan
The client is in her late twenties and four months pregnant with her first child. She is concerned about maintaining muscle tone and flexibility so that she can have her baby naturally. She does not express any concerns about managing her weight gain during her pregnancy and, indeed, she is tall and proportionately streamlined. However, she confesses to never having truly engaged in an exercise program since she graduated from college.
The considerations we have reviewed and the exercise regime that we have selected for her is outlined below.
A review of the client's history did not reveal any health concerns. Specifically, we discussed the following special conditions that could cause us to limit her exercise routine: heart problems, asthma or chronic lung problems, high blood pressure, muscle or joint problems, any persistent bleeding, and/or placental problems. Extreme weight problems…
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Essay: Provide a week sample exercise program for a healthy client in her 4th month of pregnancy who has never exercised before. Be sure to include frequency, intensity, name of exercise and what part of the body the movement is targeting. You may document this in paragraph format or include a graph/table.
Hinduism and People
Unlike most religions which ask their practitioners to prescribe to a designated set of behaviors wherein they shall all behave uniformly, Hinduism bears the motto that "People are different." Most religions begin from a dogma which is a written interpretation of what the creators of that religion state their God or Gods want from the followers of that religion. Because of this, the religions are slow to evolve and more or less stagnant. According to J.N. Nanda, "Hinduism is not limited by the view of a single founder, a single holy man or a single holy book" (106). That is to say, those that practice Hinduism understand that there is no one type of person. Individuality, by its very definition states that people will have singular ideas and singular personalities. There is no one type of person living in the world, just as there is no one…
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It is likely that in order to achieve this "release" from the tedium of one's worldly conception of one's self will only be achieved with the guidance of a Guru (or siddha) who provides inspiration but does not intervene on one's behalf.
The key scriptures in Hinduism are referred to as "Shastras" (a collection of spiritual guides and laws revealed by "saints and sages" along the historical route through which Hinduism traveled (Das, p. 1). The deities (gods and goddesses) that are associated with Hinduism number into the "thousands or even millions," Das explains (p. 2). These many deities all represent particular aspects of "Brahman," which is the supreme Absolute, Das goes on. Notwithstanding all those deities, the most powerful and visible of the deities is the "Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva -- creator, preserver and destroyer, respectively" (Das, p. 2). It is also known that Hindus worship trees,…
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Meditation centers became popular during this time, and so did extensive study into eastern religions, such as Buddhism.
There is another aspect of Buddhism that has had a remarkable effect on American society in just about every area, and that is yoga. While all Buddhists do not practice yoga (or meditation, for that matter), a large part of them do. Yoga has spread from being a relatively unknown practice to one of the most popular types of no-stress exercise in the country today. Millions of people attend yoga classes each week across the country, and it is touted as an excellent source of exercise for mind and body.
Buddhists are often thought to be non-materially oriented and interested more in spiritual enlightenment, but that is another area where the religion has altered in America. Author McCormick continues, "Instead, one's external, material circumstances are viewed as an effect of one's inner,…
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The research showed that Hinduism is a religion that has been practiced in South Asia for more than 4,000 years, and despite having experienced some fundamental changes during these millennia, the religion has been adopted by people from all over the world. hile the majority of Hindus are still in India where four out of five people are Hindus, the research also showed that the billions of people who subscribe to Hinduism do not assign this term to their faiths, and may not even have ever heard the term "Hindu" in their lives. The worldview held by these billions of faithful is therefore naturally varied, but largely relates to a perpetual universe in which unrequited desire is the source of human misery, and the cycle of life will continue until these desires are understood and extinguished. Finally, the research also showed that Hinduism is characterized by the shared concepts…
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Additionally, the use of meta-communication (Dubin, 2004) evolves aound impoving oganizational communication such as teamwok communication and infomal netwok communication.…
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I want to die knowing that I did everything I could with my life to feel and be as successful as possible.
During my golden years, I will continue to exercise as much as possible. The type of exercise I do will be varied, as it will be necessary to incorporate some cardiovascular activity using a gym or personal trainer. I will do yoga and meditate also, perhaps even more often than before. Turning inward for introspection will help me to reflect regularly on my life and how I hope to spend my later years. By the time I die, I will feel ready and at peace with myself.
My personal eulogy will be humble and reflect the fact that I did my best. I want to be remembered as someone who was intelligent and balanced in their approach to life. Being healthy is one of the most important things…
Director's equirements: Laptop -- Tablet Computer
Yoga 3 Pro-Orange
330 x 228 x 12.8 mm
User equirements Met
Dual mode WL Touch Mouse N700 (Orange)
Integrated 720p HD camera, 30 FPS
Logitech professional presenter 800
Sculpted right-handed shape and unique thumb controls, allowing for rapid web-browsing; effective zooming, creation and transfer, editing of files and emails, file-conversion to various formats at the touch of a button; rapid-fire scrolling of long databases and bulky files
Creating video and photo files
Delivery of presentations for staff as well as director during lectures
Epson XP-310 Wireless color printer
Integrated JBL stereo speakers
Multiple toner cartridges allowing the printing of high-quality color files and photos
Creation of high-quality audio…
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However, this at least provides patients with an introduction to the therapy, and they can weigh the costs of the treatment against the improvement in their health. Some may find certain types of CAM, such as yoga, available within their health clubs or other affordable settings.
3. How might technology help you meet your goal?
A number of major research hospitals, such as New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University, now offer CAM within the hospital environment. The hospital offers nutritional, exercise, and wellness counseling. Patients can learn about breathing techniques and the use of herbs to combat symptoms. By conducting research on CAM within the framework of a hospital, the institution can make sure that the therapies are undertaken in a safe and supervised manner. More and more people are turning to CAM as a way to cope with illness and may do so whether their hospital formally encourages them…
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Finally, Gandhi believed that Indian independence had to precede any agreements between the competing groups in the country: Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. In contrast, Jinnah believed in the idea of two Indias, a Muslim India and a Hindu India. Furthermore, Jinnah believed that the Indian National Congress, composed of educated Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, was the pathway to a free India, because through it they could extract more and more constitutional freedoms from Britain. Jinnah did not believe in direct confrontation, even the nonviolent confrontation espoused by Gandhi.
9. Vivekananda and Gandhi had a different definition of karma yoga than that found in the Bhagavad-Gita. In the Bhagavad-Gita, karma yoga is concerned with duty (dharma) regardless of earthly reward and dharma is linked to class or caste. The concept is that one may reach salvation by working for the pleasure of a supreme being.
In order to understand Gandhi's notion…
Existentialist thought is not a particularly easy or simple concept for the aspiring philosopher to apply generally while promoting universal principles. Frederick Nietzsche is considered by most as the purest form of an existential philosophical author. Nietzsche's works, although extremely aesthetically pleasing, are also a practical but mystical approach to metaphysics and the inner workings of the mind. In another example, Aleister Crowley, in his own and unique voice, echoed many of the existential thought processes Frederick Nietzsche emotionally and effectively created in his brilliant works of philosophical writings. The purpose of this essay is to promote Aleister Crowley as an existentialist thinker in the same vein as Nietzsche. I will describe and highlight Frederick Nietzsche most prominent and distinguishable traits that significantly align with those of Crowley's to demonstrate this relationship in order to promote and create new applications towards understanding and relating important information in an academic setting.…
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Alternatives to Pain Medication
Given the growing concerns over opioid addictions in recent years and the potential for tolerance, clinicians continue to search for efficacious alternatives to convention pain medications (Moore & Anderson, 2016). Fortunately, a number of alternatives to conventional pan medication are readily available, including cannabis, yoga, hypnosis, mind-body meditation, therapeutic touch, herbal remedies, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage therapy, homeopathic practices (Tan & Craine, 2007) and aromatherapy (Esposito & Bystrek, 2014). To learn more about these alternatives, this paper provides an initial reference list of ten relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly sources concerning pain medication alternatives, followed by a description of clinical guidelines and an implementation plan for these alternatives. A discussion concerning the manner in which the implementation of the intervention should be tested is followed by an assessment of potential barriers and strategies intended to gain cooperation from individuals who will be implementing the change. Finally, a timeline…
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Moore, B. A. & Anderson, D. (2016, Janury). Stepped care model for pain management and quality of pain care in long-term opioid therapy. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 53(1), 137-141.
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Your answer should be at least five sentences long.
The Legend of Arthur
Lesson 1 Journal Entry # 9 of 16
Journal Exercise 1.7A: Honor and Loyalty
1. Consider how Arthur's actions and personality agree with or challenge your definition of honor. Write a few sentences comparing your definition (from Journal 1.6A) with Arthur's actions and personality.
2. Write a brief paragraph explaining the importance or unimportance of loyalty in being honorable.
Lesson 1 Journal Entry # 10 of 16
Journal Exercise 1.7B: Combining Sentences
Complete the Practice Activity on page 202 of your text. After completing this activity, read over your Essay Assessment or another journal activity you've completed.
* Identify three passages that could be improved by combining two or more sentences with coordinating or subordinating conjunctions. Below the practice activity in your journal, write the original passages and the revised sentences you've created.
* Be sure to…
There is also a specific technique involving this method that is specifically intended to relieve the withdrawal symptoms of addiction (Addicted to caffeine).
In the final analysis, it was a combination of a healthy diet and a planned exercise program, complemented by yoga and a changing mindset that helped Nick to finally overcome his problem. One of the cardinal factors in his rehabilitation process was the understanding of what caffeine was doing to his body and his life. The most important factor in his recovery was the realization that he was in fact addicted and that his problem was not helped by a regular intake of coffee but was in fact worsened by the excessive amount of caffeine that he was ingesting. Once he realized that caffeine was not an aid but rather the central cause of his stress and anxiety he soon began to change his habits. At first…
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As one performs their dharma, they earn karma, which is the cause and effect aspect of Hinduism. Karma explains good actions bring good results, and by obeying this principle and dharma, one can experience rebirth into a "better" life that puts one in a stronger position to achieve moksha. The ultimate goal for any Hindu soul is to achieve moksha, which is the liberation from samsara, the cycle of life and death (Chidester: 85). The critical aspect of Hinduism is realizing when the body dies, the Self (Atman) does not die. The Self is carried from life to life, through reincarnation, and the secret to death is to realize the Supreme Self hidden in the heart through meditation and grace (Kramer: 30). Realizing Self in Hindu customs is required to achieve moksha, and be liberated from the endless round of birth, death, and rebirth of samsara. Only when the Self…
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Wadsworth Publishing, 2001. 1-216. Print.
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Humor and Health:
The evolutionary benefits of laughing easily
According to Mora-ipoli (2012), the old cliche that laughter is the best medicine is really true: laughter, even in the absence of something that is funny, can actually be healing. "Laughter can lead to direct physiological changes to the muscular, cardiovascular, immune, and neuroendocrine systems, which would have immediate or long-term beneficial effects to the body" (Mora-ipoli 2013:57). Although humor can provoke laughter, the two are not necessarily conjoined and even forced laughter produces positive physiological changes in the body in terms of heart rate, blood pressure, and other critical factors that have benefits for the subject. This suggests that laughter is not a cultural product but an advantageous biological 'adaption' of the human species as a social animal.
The unique benefits of laughter (as opposed to humor or enjoying something entertaining) are tied to its mutuality. Although it is certainly…
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Some ancient contemplative customs of meditation are the Christian meditation, Jewish Tzeruf, Buddhist and Confucian meditation, Islamic Sufi Zikr and Taoist and Hindu yoga. In several settings, the practices are believed to be conventional and a part of the everyday lives of the people. All of these practices were either used for spiritual or religious purposes in the ancient days; however, they are now also used for emotional and mental benefits. There are professional academies for training and providing relief to the people through meditation and yoga. Yoga and meditation are the main two types of Contemplative customs. Yoga is a set of beliefs, obligations and knowledge that has almost the same aims as of meditation. It includes a set of diet, ethics, intellectual exploration, breath control, and lifestyle and body postures. Meditation is complete peace of mind, which helps to improve health, growth and intellectual space intentionally…
Walsh, R.(2014). "Chapter 12: Contemplative Psychotherapies" In Wedding, D., & Corsini, R.
J. Current Psychotherapies 10th Ed. Belmont, CA.: Bookes Cole.
Liner: A ole Model for Kids
A slack liner is a person who has to have balance, poise, determination, and self-confidence as he walks across a slack line -- just like a tight-rope walker (Balcom, 2005). Such an individual embodies the qualities and characteristics that children and youths admire in older persons and why they themselves want to possess in a world that is constantly throwing them curve balls. In order to get used to the idea of facing obstacles and challenges in life, children and youths could learn a lot from watching a slack liner at work: they could learn about overcoming fears, keeping on proverbial "straight and narrow" in order to achieve one's goals and make it to the end. At the same time, slacklining can be a great way simply to exercise and stay in shape because it requires tremendous skill, concentration, focus and the ability to…
Alter, A. (2008). Into the Wild with Yoga. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com/public/article/SB120735228186491329-CUYV8lN4AfL4QV_eW8_OItrT544_20080504.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top#articleTabs%3Darticle
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Different Models of Health and Healing
Models of health and healing influence patient attitudes and lifestyle, and also impact health seeking and healthcare behaviors. Often, the concept of healing a patient has will come from cultural or religious beliefs However, healthcare workers also operate within their own models of health and healing, which could conflict with those of their patients. When nurses become more aware of the different models, they can better communicate with patients about healthcare issues.
Physical Body: The Mechanistic View
The rise of empiricism and the triumphs of modern science gave rise to the view that the body itself can be treated as a discreet system. Although the mechanistic view can be traced back as far as Asclepiades, it was never fully accepted as a viable model of health and healing until the 20th century (Curtis & Gaylord, 2004, p. 8). The mechanistic view predominates…
The researchers contended that this could be due to a change in ability to tolerate certain behavior as well as a culmination of passed negative experiences which are brought to the forefront upon experiencing another negative one. ndeed, young people readily were not affected by their co-workers and peers negative affect. However, neurotic individuals definitely demonstrated a heightened sensitivity to the negative moods of others.
Schaefer, K. (2008, September 15). Tips on finding your way out of negative thinking at work. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from The Wall Street Journal.
This article supports much of what the book's readings conveyed this week: that a person does have the power to rid themselves of negative feelings. This article provided several examples of ways to ride oneself of negativity including exercising, breathing and meditation, and yoga. Yoga is an exercise that encompasses movement and exercise along with meditation, imagery, and visualization.…
It is critical for individuals to manage stress as we live in a society where stress seems to take over and oftentimes our psychological as well as our physical selves shut down. In order to manage stress, a person needs to take a holistic approach and do a combination of physical exercise as well as mental exercises.
Yong, E. (2008, May 19). Feeling powerless impairs higher mental abilities. Not Exactly Rocket Science. Retrieved April 8, 2010, from Science Blogs.
In this article, the author sets forth that an individuals irrational belief that he or she is powerless has a devastating effect on that person's ability to function with regard to higher mental abilities which are critical for human beings to be productive. Accordingly, there is great incentive for individuals with self-defeating beliefs and feelings of worthlessness to rid themselves of the negative thoughts. By holding on to them, they are not only hurting psychologically, but they are hurting their bodies in a physical sense as well.
Use tools and equipment that are properly designed to reduce the risk of wrist injury, (Zieve & Eltz 2010)
Workstations, tools and tool handles, and tasks can be redesigned to enable the worker's wrist to maintain a natural position during work, (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 2010).
Ergonomic aids, such as split keyboards, keyboard trays, typing pads, and wrist braces, may be used to improve wrist posture during typing, (Zieve & Eltz 2010)
Training and awareness; the encouragement of frequent breaks; yoga classes offered for free at the workplace; job rotation.
Employers can develop programs in ergonomics, the process of adapting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of workers, (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 2010)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonprescription pain relievers, may ease symptoms that have been present for a short time or have been caused by strenuous…
"Tension Neck Syndrome" (n.d.). Retrieved online: http://www.rsi.org.uk/text_only/conditions/tension_neck_syndrome.asp
Zieve, D. & Eltz, D.R. (2010). Carpal tunnel syndrome. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001469
Another element shared in common by Shinto and Taoism is religious purity. The concept of purity is taken to a greater extreme in Shinto, in which physical illness is perceived as spiritual impurity. A Taoist is concerned with both physical and spiritual health, but practices Tai Chi and similar methods of calming and balancing body and mind.
Shinto is an indigenous Japanese religion, whereas Taoism originates in China. Although the two religions have different geographic origins and different means of worship, they share some elements in common. Both include reverence for ancestors or ancestral spirits, and both are concerned with physical and spiritual purity.
Written Assignment Unit Three
2. Discuss the process that led to the formation of the Talmud. Explain the basic contents of the Talmud and their relation to the Torah.
The Torah refers to the Hebrew Bible as a sacred text. The Talmud evolved as a living…
Provided the counselors and instructors are charismatic, this might be the ideal way to generate initial 'buzz' about the center. Sending out free coupons for free sessions, and offering free 'teaser' yoga or Pilates classes in public venues (like on the Boardwalk during the summer or an in-store location like the mall) can generate publicity and interest. For fitness, marketing should be experiential as well as about selling a particular image.
Since a wellness center is marketing a service as well as a product, one extremely important, but often overlooked component of advertising is good training of the staff. Staff members must be friendly and helpful, and project the right type of 'image' for the center. Given the center's emphasis on personal self-improvement in its marketing strategy, staff members should embody the likely ideal of the target female consumer: they should be fit, knowledgeable, friendly and ready to answer the…
Gootman, Elissa. "Weight Watchers upends its point system." The New York Times.
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), and the five gross elements which are said to proceed from the five subtle elements (ether or space from sound, air from touch, fire from sight, water from taste, earth from smell). (68) Nature is further divided into three essential gunas, sattva, rajas, and tamas or 'the quality of being, energy, and darkness'. These elements enumerated by the Samkhya will be considered fundamental in the later literature.
8. How does one attain the highest goal of Samadhi in Samkhya-Yoga?
The Samadhi or the state of absolute 'concentration' of the soul into the soul, or of the self in its own self, can be achieved by the Yogin under the direction of a competent Guru, as a state of pure isolation from everything in the world, and even from God himself. The complete detachment can lead to an isolation of the "I" or the individual consciousness in everything, and a…
For an Internet portal such as this directory, many 'threats' are evident, given that consumers have such a wide array of other potential choices use to find information. Perhaps the most obvious threat is Google itself -- consumers can simply Google businesses directly and cut out the 'middleperson.' Or they can look for portals specifically designed to direct users to movers, restaurants, etcetera. Many portals like 'Yelp' also include user reviews, which this website lacks.
Perhaps the most obvious competitor for the website, however, is the simplest -- the Canadian online Yellow Pages, which allows for easy searching -- the search function is on the website homepage. There are also multiple ways of searching the Yellow Pages, such as by name, business, and location -- or by filtering specifically through all of these functions. For example, a user could find a yoga studio in Ontario, rather than have to…
Business Plan. The plan open a gym "Slim Gym." I Competitive Analysis written, a marketing section, I attached list questions answered part "Marketing Section Due Document." I attached a background project "Operations Slim Gym Document" document information complete Competitive Analysis.
Describe your competition here! Include your SWOT analysis, show why you will be better than your competitors, and convince your investors of the same! Don't forget your "indirect" competitors: for example, grocery store direct competitors are other grocery stores; indirect competitors are restaurants, Schwan's home delivery trucks, and Omaha Steaks!
Questions you may address in your Competitive analysis:
Who are the key competitors?
What are their strengths and weaknesses?
What is their approximate market share?
How will you take share away from them?
How will they most likely try to stop you if you are successful?
How can you react to these competitors' actions?
Who are your indirect…
In this field attachment is seen, as it is in uddhism, as a continual pattern of never-ending desire for further attainment and objects. "Social psychological research on subjective well-being supports the assertion that people's desires consistently outpace their ability to satisfy their desires."
McIntosh 39) further issue that relates to Western psychology and the uddhist view of attachment is the nature of existence as impermanent.
The nature of existence is that nothing is permanent. Therefore, even when people attain the object of their attachment, it is only a temporary situation, and people's attempts to maintain the object of their attachment are ultimately doomed to fail. As people struggle to maintain possession of things to which they are attached, those things inevitably continue to slip through their fingers, so people with attachments suffer.
There have been many psychological studies on the effects of attachment structures as a form of…
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Lincoln Park Zoo
ecreational activities can be termed as a necessity for every individual despite his age, social status or society. A man with a 9 to 5 job would certainly prefer a vacation or a short weekend road trip. A housewife who is busy taking care of her children and dealing with the household chores all day long would long for a change. Similarly, children attending schools, tuitions and taking exam would prefer an entertainment to get a break from their routine life. This is because of the fact that humans often want change from their daily routine which builds up stress, work load, tensions and burden them up with worries. Consequently, it is not only their work or the responsibilities which are adversely affected, but their health and well being is also compromised. Therefore, although every man would want shelter, food and clothes for their living,…
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine and CISM in Diverse Populations
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as often referred to as integrated medicine. This term refers to therapies used to enhance health that fall outside the realm of conventional or "western" medical therapies. Southern Medical therapies are often limited to pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, and other interventions that directly affect the body. CAM therapies can simply refer to culturally-based medical practices that are not part of mainstream medicine in the United States. ecently, the trend is toward using CAM therapies along with evidence-based Western medical practices. This research will explore CAM interventions for diverse populations within the scope of the CISM plan.
CAM Interventions for prevention of Stress and esilience
One of the most widely accepted areas for the use of CAM interventions is in the area of stress reduction, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other conditions that are common symptoms…
Ahn, A., Ngo-Metzger, Q., & Legedza, A. et al. (2006). Complementary and Alternative Medical
Therapy Use Among Chinese and Vietnamese Americans: Prevalence, Associated Factors, and Effects of Patient -- Clinician Communication. American Journal of Public Health. 96 (2), 647-653.
GoodTherapy.org (2011). Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Retrieved from http://www.goodtherapy.org/complementary-alternative-medicine.html
Kutch, M. (2010). Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Treating Mental Health Disorders. Retrieved from http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/bitstream/1840.16/6044/1/etd.pdf
Buddhism and Jainism
Based on Michael Molloy's three patterns for comparing and contrasting religions, there seems to be a great deal of similarity between Buddhism and Jainism and marked differences between Hinduism and aoism (Experiencing the World's Religions: radition, Challenge, & Change, 2002.)
o start with, Buddhism and Jainism both meet the definition of religion as a 'spiritual path' and Carl Jung's description of religion as meeting the need for personal fulfillment or "individuation." Buddhism and Jainism also share a common prophetic and mystical orientation: nontheistic in nature; believing in guidance from enlightened beings (the Buddhist 'bodhisattva' and the Jain 'tirthankara'). Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, was himself believed to be the twenty-fourth 'tirthankara' and according to Buddhist Cosmology, an enlightened being is born in each era (Gautama Buddha is regarded as the fourth Buddha). Both religions are similar in upholding the path of 'dharma' and 'ahimsa.' he two religions…
The first elemental difference between Hinduism and Taoism is the transcendental nature of the former and the immanent nature of the latter. This characteristic also leads to Hinduism's sacramental orientation and the importance lent to the use of sacred words and scriptures in areas such as music and art vs. The more mystical leanings of Taoism and the value it places on silence and wordless meditation. The second significantly different pattern of contrast is that while Hinduism advocates dualism or that nature is contaminating and exists as an opposing force to the non-material world of the spirit, Taoism believes that nature is sacred and needs no alteration (Experiencing the World's Religions: Tradition, Challenge, & Change, 2002.) third aspect of contrast is that Hinduism preaches the doctrine of karma and cyclical time, and that the 'atman' or human soul will receive 'moksha' or liberation from personal limitation, egotism and rebirth only through following a path of 'Jnana Yoga,' 'Karma Yoga' and 'Bhakti Yoga,' whereas Taoism places far less emphasis on the individual. Taoism, instead, takes the view that actions are not guided by an internalized moral system but by society, tradition and a sense of mutual obligation (Experiencing the World's Religions: Tradition, Challenge, & Change, 2002.)
The fourth point of marked difference is that while Hinduism practices 'exclusiveness,' Taoism is inclusive in nature accepting belief in many deities and regarding truth as relative in the interests of attaining social harmony.
In conclusion, though there are some similarities and some differences when comparing any two religions, Buddhism and Jainism do seem to have a very common basis in their overall orientation whereas there seems to be sharp differences between Hinduism and Taoism.