As you continue practicing Repose, you will discover its transformative power. Invariably, it will lead you to a fundamental realization that is at the heart of spiritual enlightenment. This realization is depicted in the video below:
This past week, Repose celebrated its one-year anniversary. As a direct result of experiencing Repose on a daily basis for the past year, we have gained new insights into the nature of consciousness. In a series of videos, Dr. Victor Shamas will be sharing some of these insights. Here is the first, entitled, "Who is Looking Through Your Eyeballs?"
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Repose. In that time, we have been lying in Repose three times a day for seven minutes each time. This has happened without fail.
At first, we noticed little changes. Our joints felt a little better. We were a bit more relaxed. There were slight improvements in mood and outlook.
After a month, the changes were more dramatic. Our research participants showed the same things we did: significant increases in their overall happiness, self-image, optimism, resilience, social functioning, and physical health. Stress seemed to drain away. In some cases, chronic pain and insomnia disappeared. Unhealthy habits gave way to more wholesome ones.
A year later, the effects of daily Repose seem absolutely extraordinary. A radical shift is under way, and the only thing we can compare it to is the popping of popcorn. In the video below, you can see the amazing transformation that happens when a tiny popcorn kernel is exposed to heat. Once the hard outer shell is cracked open, an entirely new entity is revealed. When this unfolding is complete, what remains is beautiful, aromatic, and light. Who could possibly know, simply by looking at an unpopped kernel, that something so wonderful and delicious could be hiding just beneath the surface?
Similarly, we are discovering our own essential nature through Repose. Underlying our tough little shell is the core of who we really are, which is far more expansive than we could imagine. We are the popcorn and Repose is the popper, exposing us to just enough warmth to crack open the dense kernel of the self and expose the magnificence that was always there, waiting to emerge. To get there, we just had to lie down in an open, receptive position. That's all. In Repose, our bodies lead and our minds follow.
We now realize that the pure consciousness that we have always sought resides in every cell of our bodies. With Repose, we learned to trust that consciousness and to allow our bodies to take us to new heights of realization. There is a lot of hype in the world. This is not that. We have found something genuine and profoundly transformative in Repose. Our intention is for Repose to be available to you so that you may know the experience of having your kernel "popped," just as we have. May 2015 be the year when you find the beautiful, expansive core of your being. No matter how you get there, we will be cheering you on. Keep on popping!
Repose received a Media Mention in this month's Life Force Yoga newsletter. It is also featured in the YouTube video of Dr. Victor Shamas' recent presentation, "Ecstasy and Vitality: A Body-Centered Spirituality," at Sacred Space Tucson:
The month of December is officially Repose Month. We invite you and everyone you know to use Repose as a way to alleviate seasonal stress and the health risks associated with it.
Many people find December to be a particularly stressful month. 92 percent of Americans report their stress levels in December to be at least as high or higher than at any other time of year. For students, the month of December often includes final exams and deadlines, which are inherently stressful. The holidays mean increased family and social obligations for most of us. Holiday travel, which often includes the experience of weather delays, congested airports, and traffic jams, can be stressful as well. Changes in diet and sleep schedule this time of year can lead to physical stress, and interpersonal conflict, loneliness, or added financial pressure can contribute to psychological stress.
Increased stress means increased inflammation in the body. In recent years, health researchers have found an important mechanism by which stress compromises the body's ability to regulate inflammation. In response to stress, the adrenal glands release the hormone, cortisol, which has a number of functions. One of these is to regulate inflammation. When stress continues for extended periods of time, the body's immune cells become insensitive to the effects of cortisol. The end result is that inflammation can get out of control because there is no working "off" switch.
In the short term, runaway inflammation can lead to an increased susceptibility to colds, ironically. We have been taught that the common cold is caused by a virus. Although this is true, typical cold symptoms are not caused by the virus itself but by the immune system's response to it. Symptoms such as fever, mucus buildup, and irritation are likely to be more severe when the body's inflammatory response is more pronounced.
In the long term, inflammation is linked to a wide range of chronic health issues, including coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, hypertension, and Alzheimer's disease. Just think: The stress associated with going to spend the holiday with your loved ones can actually be hazardous to your health in some very serious and dramatic ways.
Because of this, many health organizations have declared December to be "stress management month." When looking for a simple and effective way to manage stress, nothing is better than Repose. You do not need to concentrate on anything, undergo special training, or buy expensive equipment. Simply by lying in Repose for seven minutes three times daily, you can reduce stress-related inflammation significantly. One measure linked to inflammation is hand temperature, which decreases as inflammation increases. The reason for this temperature drop is that inflammation draws blood flow away from the skin's surface and into the body's core. Our most recent study, which was completed in November, showed that a few minutes of Repose elevates hand temperature in ways that correspond to lower inflammation levels.
During this very hectic month of December, please make time for Repose. It can keep you from catching a cold that could ruin your holiday plans, and it could lower your risk of much more serious and lasting health problems. Given that the time investment is so small and the health benefits so great, you can't afford NOT to make this December Repose Month.
People who have read our Amazon Best Seller, Repose: The Potent Pause, are already seeing dramatic benefits. Consider this amazing testimonial that Katherine Thompson just posted on Amazon:
"I have been doing this very simple 'exercise' the authors present for several days now. It is effortless and enjoyable and I have noticed the following effects: less irritability, less anxiety, increased joy, increased energy, increased focus. AND something very unexpected: I had a shoulder/neck injury several months ago that was just not really healing despite numerous massages and acupuncture treatments with the best healers. The second day of starting Repose, I got up from lying down in the park for 7 minutes and suddenly I was able to move my arm and shoulder in ways that had elicited pain before. The area is no longer in spasm and the healing continues. I am thrilled! I feel increased blood flow to all my joints and my pelvic floor doing Repose. I plan to do this for the rest of my life! Also, the material is well written and simple to read, and simple to practice! Thank you Victor and Jhan!"
Yesterday morning, we learned about a book more than a century old. The title of the book, Power through Repose, grabbed our attention because of its similarity to our new release, Repose: The Potent Pause. It turns out that the book, written in 1891 by Annie Payson Call, is available online.
Upon first reading, we were struck by the similarities. Call was an author who was interested in health issues and specifically the relationship of mind and body. The premise of the book is that mental and physical relaxation are necessary for proper health and daily functioning. She recommends periods of complete rest during the day that resemble the modern practice of Repose. She writes, "Five minutes of complete rest in that way means greater gain than an hour or three hours taken in the usual manner." Call recommends lying on a bed or preferably the floor. "First, let go of the muscles; that will enable us more easily to drop disturbing thoughts." This suggestion is perfectly consistent with our own observations of Repose. More than 120 years before us, Call came to the same conclusions we did: a) that an open and relaxed physical state gives rise to an analogous mental state; and b) that such a state can dramatically enhance health, well-being, and productivity.
Thanks to our dear friend, Susan Cooper, for bringing this amazing book to our attention.
Now that the Repose launch is over, we have a reworked version of our one-minute video for those of you who would like to share information about Repose:
When something is so easy and so effective as Repose, it's hard to know where to start lavishing praise. The book...a quick read. It helps give credence to the idea that something so simple can affect body, mind and heart in such a profound way. It also is very clear as to the benefits of "reposing" for 7 minutes 3 times every day. The stories of others also show how varied our response to this practice can be and I was impressed that Victor Shamas was one of the pioneers of bio-feedback development. (Blogger's Note: VS is not a pioneer in this area, but Dr. Gary Schwartz, who wrote the Foreword, most certainly is).
I started day before yesterday and have found my energy totally shifted as a result of Reposing as suggested in the book. I seem to have had a lot of resistance to physical activity recently. Now I have been walking every day, going new places, feeling in harmony with all the life around me...including the people I meet. The first time I took the pose, by the end of the 7 minutes, laughter from sheer joy started bubbling up and I probably laughed for a whole minute. Last night I started stretching and today it was effortless to do more. I actually got up at 5:55 this morning because I was excited to see what the day would bring. (For weeks now, it's been 9 or 10 every morning, so this is a big change.) Also, I notice that I don't mind that it's a little chilly, because my metabolism seems better.
My feeling is that the openness of the pose allows my resistance to just melt away, so my energy can start to flow freely again. Everyone has different experiences with Repose, so I would say that as the stress of our modern lives dissolves in repose, we free up our energy to enjoy life more and to stay healthier. I have just seen a DVD called The Living Matrix, which gave me another idea about what goes on with Repose. The film is all about the field of light and information which surrounds us. Perhaps what happens with Repose is that our body-mind opens to align with the most positive energies of the moment, so we can deeply relax into the well-being that is our natural state. Get this book. Repose. You will be so benefited by this practice.