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Dr Oz discusses ancient Ayurvedic approaches to weight loss with The Raj expert Candace Badgett

May 15, 2012

Dr. Oz invited Ayurveda experts to share with the audience how to lose weight and improve their health. Three guests who tried them lost 56 pounds effortlessly using these methods! Dr. Oz shared ancient secrets unlike anything you have ever tried. No diet or exercise is needed to shed the pounds! Here is a preview to the Friday, May 11, 2012 Dr. Oz Show on Ancient Ayurvedic Secrets to Lose Weight.

Dr. Oz tastes a simple food to help with weight loss: spiced mung bean soup.

One Ayurveda expert, Sunita Mohan, explained the six tastes, shared knowledge of various spices and their beneficial effects, and recipes to help you eat healthy and lose weight! Links to segments provided below.

Another Ayurveda expert invited to participate in the show was Candace Badgett, owner of The Raj, an authentic award-winning Ayurvedic health spa located in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa.

Candace discussed traditional Ayurvedic approaches to losing weight by demonstrating certain procedures on selected audience members, including Dr. Oz. These treatments are known to improve digestion, remove toxins, nourish the tissues, and reduce stress, which disrupts normal bodily functions causing weight gain. Here are pictures of Amy, Katy, and Dr. Oz receiving Udvartana, Swedana, and Shirodhara, respectively.

Candace explains that a Vata imbalance is almost always at the root of excess weight. She recommended mixing chickpea flour with herbalized Vata oil to the consistency of peanut butter and applying it as a friction massage, which heats the tissues and removes the appearance of cellulite.

Candace and Dr. Oz discuss the recipe for Udvartana as Amy receives the treatment.

Dr. Oz looks at Katy as Candace explains the value of Swedana, usually taken after abhyanga, an oil massage. The steam allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the tissues, helping to remove the toxins that disrupt hormones, impede proper communication between cells in the body, and are usually responsible for weight gain. “The removal of toxins,” Candace emphasized, “is absolutely crucial to a successful weight-loss program!”

“The removal of toxins is absolutely crucial to a successful weight-loss program.”

Candace Badgett describes Shirodhara as a stream of herbalized warm oil rhythmically poured back and forth across the forehead. This treatment deeply relaxes the mind and body powerfully removing stress and fatigue. It also enlivens the happiness hormones.

Candace Badgett explains the pleasing effect of Shirodhara to Dr. Oz

Candace Badgett explains the pleasing effects of Shirodhara to Dr. Oz

Dr. Oz was pleasantly surprised and said it was “such a spectacular feeling having the oil rushing up your scalp…it is a very soothing experience…it is a life-changing experience. I recommend any of you who have the ability to try this out at least once. This is so cool as it goes back and forth.”

Dr. Oz describes Shirodhara as a “life-changing experience.”

Continuing to lay on the table Dr. Oz began to close out that segment of the show. He thanked Candace for all her advice. “I really appreciate it. Wonderful job.” He said, “Be right back, everybody,” then told the Ayurvedic technician to, “Keep going, it feels good.”

Watch this second video on the Ayurvedic Treatments to Slim Down segment posted on the Dr. Oz Show website. Click the link to see all the excerpts from this show:

Read more about The Raj Weight-Loss Program, and other programs, at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa website:

Also see Dr. Oz on Transcendental Meditation and Dr Oz’s gift of TM to his employees resulted in personal and corporate benefits — see the video and Some Reports on Dr. Oz’s Interview with Oprah about TM and her Next Chapter.

Chandrika Tandon Benefit Concert in Iowa Helps Launch Global Peace Initiative

November 9, 2011

Chandrika Tandon Benefit Concert in Iowa Helps Launch Global Peace Initiative to Support 10,000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits

November 9, 2011: (MAHARISHI VEDIC CITY, IOWA) Leaders of the Global Peace Initiative hosted a Vedic Visitors Weekend, November 4 to 6, at Maharishi Vedic City in southeast Iowa, attracting Indo-Americans from cities as far away as Los Angeles and New York.

All the participants assembled for one purpose: to experience a weekend devoted to peace and all things Vedic: Vedic education, Vedic health, Vedic agriculture, and Vedic architecture.

The weekend culminated with Grammy-nominated world music artist, Chandrika Tandon, performing a stunning sold-out benefit concert at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

“The combination of different instruments and Chandrika’s voice revealed to me what World Music should be all about,” said Vinod Nayagar, a university student who attended the concert.

“All the sounds emerged from the same source, they resonated and built on each other’s vibrations at the subtlest, most blissful level of creation. The sounds were indistinguishable at transcendental moments—they created a harmony and unity from sound, which is the true purpose of music,” Mr. Nayagar said.

Ramani Ayer, retired CEO of the Hartford Financial Group and current Director of Development for the Global Peace Initiative, who served as a host of the weekend, said, “We invited Indo-Americans from around country to experience how powerful, valuable and relevant the practical application of ancient Vedic wisdom, as developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is to our daily lives and to the improvement of society.”

Leading Scientists Present Research on Meditation and World Peace

Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in neighboring Fairfield, Iowa, is one of the world’s leading researchers on the brain, consciousness and meditation. His scientific presentation during the weekend on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on brain functioning was highlighted by slides and graphics illustrating the beneficial changes that occur as a result of regular TM practice.

From EEG signatures and connectivity maps, Dr. Travis showed how different meditation practices impact different parts of the brain. “Most meditations fall into two categories,” Dr. Travis said.

“First are ‘focused attention’ techniques, which require you to concentrate on an object, or a particular word or phrase. The second are ‘open monitoring’ techniques, which involve being mindful of your thoughts or breath without interfering with them. This approach attempts to still the mind and become an uninvolved witness to activity. But these attempts are on the surface level of the mind,” he said.

Dr. Travis then identified a third category—“automatic self-transcending”—a process that allows the mind to transcend its own activity. “This is the Transcendental Meditation technique, during which the mind transcends effortlessly, and arrives at the depth of consciousness, the source of the thinking mind, transcendental consciousness, or Samadhi,” Dr. Travis said.

Dr. Travis said that after several months of TM practice, the brain begins to demonstrate increased connectivity, even outside of meditation. “The brain functions more holistically, which accounts for the meditating student’s improved academic achievement. The student is able to absorb, integrate, and express knowledge more effectively,” Dr. Travis said.

Dr. G.V. Naidu, who traveled from St. Louis to attend the conference, said, “The scientific documentation of ‘The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment’ by Dr. Travis was impressive. And a subsequent presentation by physicist Dr. John Hagelin was a climax of the conference.”

World-Renowned Physicist Explains Global Peace Initiative

John Hagelin, Ph.D., a Harvard-trained, internationally renowned quantum physicist, provided the modern scientific understanding and corroborating scientific research documenting how groups of experts in the Transcendental Meditation and advanced TM-Sidhi program can neutralize violence and conflict and create world peace.

“Extensive research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals verifies that Transcendental Meditation dramatically reduces acute individual stress and its deleterious effects on brain and behavior far more effectively than other methods,” Dr. Hagelin said.

“But perhaps more interesting and important are the 23 published studies which show that relatively small numbers of people practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program together in a group can reduce crime, violence, and war throughout the entire population,” he said.

Citing studies conducted in the Middle East showing reductions in war death and violence by 70 percent, Dr. Hagelin said, “There is no approach to peace that has been so thoroughly tested and rigorously established. And now, since the arrival in America five years ago of the large group of Vedic Pandits, there has been a significant decrease in violent crime in America’s largest cities. We are mobilizing to add more numbers to the group, to create an even more positive effect in America.”

Thousands of Maharishi Vedic Pandits to Create Global Peace Effect through Yoga and Yagya

Ramani Ayer provided a vision of the goal of the Global Peace Initiative: To maintain permanent peace-keeping groups of 9000 Vedic Pandits in India and 1250 Vedic Pandits in the United States—the number established by research that is sufficient to create a concrete and demonstrative positive global effect.

“The Vedic Pandits’ daily practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi program establishes their consciousness in Yoga, the pure field of intelligence, at the basis of all creation. And their Vedic recitation from that deep and pure level creates a powerful influence of peace for humanity. This perfect combination of Yoga and Yagya will help create a much higher quality of life for the whole world’s population,” Mr. Ayer said.

The Global Peace Initiative is building an endowment fund to create and maintain these large groups of Vedic Pandits in perpetuity.

Maha Rudrabhishek with 121 Maharishi Vedic Pandits

Another sublime highlight of the weekend was the performance by 121 Maharishi Vedic Pandits of Rudrabhsihek.

“It’s an amazing sight to drive over the rolling hills of Iowa and see spread before you a campus where nearly 1000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits from India reside,” said Meenakshi Ghai, from Chicago’s western suburbs, who made the four-hour drive from Chicago with her daughter-in law to attend the weekend. “It was a non-stop wonderful experience packed into 36 hours.”

Mohan Pillai from Long Island, New York, who attended the conference with his family, said, “I cannot describe in words what is was like to hear such a powerful chanting of the Rudrabhishekam. The inner feeling was so good—it was beyond words. I could understand how such large groups of well-trained Vedic Pandits can create peace.”

G.V. Naidu expressed enthusiasm for the global initiative: “We were pleasantly surprised to see that Maharishi Vedic Vishwa Vidyalaya is training thousands of Vedic Pandits here in America as well as in India. These Vedic Pandits are propagating and sustaining ancient Vedic culture. At the same time, they are conducting fundamental research on the positive effects of meditation—far more than any other organization. I wish more people will participate in future seminars conducted by Maharishi University of Management,” Mr. Naidu said.

Mr. Ayer concluded: “As Indians who cherish the Vedic tradition in our hearts, we should feel very proud that this great knowledge has given us a practical means to create peace in the world.”

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Also see Global Peace Initiative: 13 Questions and Answers with Ramani Ayer, Chandrika Tandon Concert to Benefit 1000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits Launches Global Peace Initiative, and Lavina Melwani interviews Chandrika Tandon on her Grammy Award nomination.

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