Exercise: Stretching and Aerobics’
The ‘Alleluia and Six Sigma Protocols’ is a lifestyle program. Exercise on a regular basis even if you have degenerative diseases it is part of the protocol for success. Exercise has definite benefits in the area of nutrition. The physiology and digestion operates better with exercise on a regular basis. Exercise usually breaks down into two different categories, the first stretching and the second is aerobics. Some forms of exercise do both but to focus on one such as the stretching increases that ability in the body.
A daily stretching exercise for at least 20minutes is needed to help the detoxification process or at least three times a week. Stretching works on the muscles and glands to detox poisons and toxins. Exercises like yoga and pilates are good for this type of exercise. Also an aerobics exercise like walking three times a week is needed.
In a book on, Yoga as Medicine, by Timothy McCall, the benefits of yoga for cancer are noted: “So far there are no scientific studies on whether yoga can improve the survival rate of people with cancer. But suggestive evidence comes from Dr. Dean Ornish, best known for his work using a comprehensive lifestyle program that included yoga for heart disease. Dr. Ornish has recently begun to study a similar approach for prostate cancer. The yoga portion of the program includes gentle asana, breathing techniques, and meditation. Early results are encouraging: When the blood serum of patients following the Ornish program was added to a line of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory, the serum inhibited their growth by 67 percent, compared to only 12 percent for controls. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, a marker of prostate cancer, decreased 3 percent in the patients following his program, while increasing 7 percent in subjects in the control group. Dean says they found a direct correlation between the degree of change in diet and lifestyle and the changes in PSAs. In other words, just as in his earlier work on heart disease, the better people followed the plan, the better the results.”
“Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada studied the effects of a seven week program of Iyengar yoga on cancer survivors, primarily women treated for breast cancer. … Compared to those in the control group, the yoga group had significantly less tension, anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, fatigue, diarrhea, and emotional irritability.”
“A recent randomized controlled study done by Dr. Raghavendra Rao and colleagues at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in conjunction with doctors at the Bangalore Institute of Oncology looked at the effects of yoga on ninety-eight women with stage II or III breast cancer who were undergoing conventional medical care including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The yoga group did asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting, among other practices. In addition to taking regular classes, they were asked to practice an hour a day at home. The control group received supportive counseling sessions. The researchers found large and statistically significant reductions in anxiety, depression, distress, severity and number of treatment-related symptoms, and toxicity of treatments, as well as major improvements in quality of life among the yoga group. The reduced toxicity of treatments may be particularly important since when side effects too great doctors sometimes need to stop treatment or reduce doses in ways that may diminish its effectiveness.”
A Seattle study, involving over 15,000 subjects, found that yoga practice helps check middle age spread. Overweight subjects who did yoga at least once a week over the course of a decade lost eight pounds – while their non-yoga practicing peers gained an average of fourteen pounds during the same time period. This result bolstered findings from a previous, smaller University of Pittsburgh study of 59 obese women who lost more weight (an average of 27 pounds) after four months of yoga, walking and a low-fat diet than those who did strength training or just walking alone. Participants in an eight week Harvard Medical School study, who did yoga for 30-45 minutes a day, fell asleep 30% faster and woke 35% less than the control group.
The Rosary Yoga Concept
The Rosary is beads in groups of one then a group of ten then ending with one, with five of these groups, this gives fifty beads plus five beads plus five = 60 beads. Each one of these beads in the Rosary Yoga is a differnt posture or different variation on the same posture. These 60 postures can be done in several different formats.
The first is using the differnt bead, postures while praying the Rosary.
The second is using different invocations for each bead, posture.
The third would be your own individualized prayers for each bead, posture.
There is an evolution in the rosary that needs to happen and is already happening with the Scriptural Rosary. There are different methods of praying the rosary. The following are some possible variations. Praying the rosary with a scripture verse before each Hail Mary is a traditional way of praying the rosary and is popular with many devotional books out on the topic.
The rosary yoga is taking a different stretching posture (yoga posture) for each different Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. Each decade would focus on a different set of muscle groups: one leg stretches, another body twists, a third stomach muscles, etc. The whole routine takes about fifteen to thirty minutes.
Most people never really think about it but kneeling down is a ‘posture’ that is common for the rosary, standing could be considered another posture. Some rosary groups alternate between kneeling and standing while praying the rosary. Sometimes people lay face down while praying the rosary. Some people open their hands while in prayer, others put their palms together, and others clasp their hands together in prayer, these are different types of hand postures. Thus the rosary yoga forms may be a little advanced or creative for use in praying the rosary but fall in line with the way people have prayed for thousands of years.
There are many different Christian and Catholic Traditions on Prayer and the Rosary is part of that long expansive history. Using the body as a means of prayer is not used a lot in Roman Catholicism which tends to emphasis a very mental type of prayer. Some of the older Orthodox rites have a lot more usage of different postures or gestures in prayer. Some other religious orientations such as the Sufi tradition’s whirling dervish or Yoga’s postures integrate body postures and movement into their prayers. Thus the concept or practice is not new, using postures and body movement with prayer has been around a long time in various religious traditions.
The most well know form of movement in the Bible is dance, David danced before the Ark as it was carried up to Jerusalem. There are other references of dance found in scripture and dance is often connected to religious festivals, which were considered sacred events. Even today dance is found in churches in the form of liturgical dance, which is usually done in religious celebrations.
For about ten years Jim Tibbetts was in a group he helped found called Christsong. It was a performance on the life of Christ. Jim is a professional mime and played Jesus, Joseph and other characters, Nancy a professional dancer played Mary and Mary Madeline. The show was on the Joyful mysteries, the Life of Christ and the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. Christsong was preformed around the U.S. and twice toured England. This is an example of a liturgical performance.
Whole and Entire Body, Soul and Spirit
Humans have a spirit, soul and body: “May the God of peace make you perfect in holiness. May he preserve you whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body...” (1 Thess 5:17) Three times a day the devout Jews prayed the shelma: “Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deut 6:5 Notice that we are to be made perfect in holiness...whole and entire. All three parts of our being are to be brought into this perfection of our being.
The religious concept of ‘holiness’ is associated with the spirit in scripture. Happiness is usually associated with the soul and health with the body. Kosher foods and vegetarian foods can make the body healthy and a fruit of a healthy body could be happiness in the soul. But holiness comes from grace which only comes from God and by out intimate interaction with Him. Thus the Jewish dietary laws of kosher can not make the human being holy. But they can surely make a person healthy and even increase his happiness. But a healthy happy person can still be involved in adultery, malice, deceit, etc. Thus Jesus did not reject the Jewish dietary laws, he corrected the wrong understanding and usage about them, and gave new deeper insight into them. God wants us well and we are called to be: Healthy, Happy and Holy.
There is a development of the understanding of body, soul and spirit throughout the 1,800 years of the Old Testament. The dietary laws also evolved during this time period. A clear distinction is found in the New Testament which focuses on the human spirit as a new dimension. The body and soul as related to dietary laws are still present but emphasis on the human spirit is the focus of much of the New Testament theology.
Mary states: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46, 47. Thus her soul: her mind, emotions and will are magnifying the Lord through songs, dance, discussions, proclamations and her human spirit is rejoicing in God through prayer, praise and meditation. Thus dance and physical movement are part of magnifying the Lord. All three parts of man’s being are important since all three are integrated into man’s being.
Six Sigma Motivations
The physiological, the psychological and the spiritual, are intimately intertwined, they
grow unto perfection and holiness as one being. We are called to be, happy, healthy and holy unto God.
In the account of creation people are to be the image
of God in the image of God he made them. Gen 1:26
we are to be holy as God is Holy Lev 19:2
and we are to walk in God’s ways Deut 10:12
“After the Lord your God you shall walk.” Deut 13:5
Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deut 6:5
May the God of peace make you perfect in holiness.
may he preserve you whole and
entire, spirit, soul, and body.” 1 Thess 5:17
“My soul magnifies the Lord and my
Spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46, 47