This past year has been remarkable, and we bid it farewell with hearts full of gratitude. In 2014, we were given the gift of Repose. Our efforts to share this gift with the world is only just beginning. We believe in our hearts that we have found a simple yet powerful tool for health and wellness that can benefit virtually anyone.
The key to Repose is receptivity to something greater than ourselves. By moving beyond our personal boundaries and limitations, we tap into the source of true wellness. Replacing "I" with "we," we turn "illness" into "wellness."
In the New Year, we wish that you be well, that you awaken to who you truly are, and that you always be in Repose, regardless of what is happening around you. May 2015 be the year when we realize the vision of a world in Repose!
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.