A Scientific Approach to our Yoga Practice. ~ Nina Mel

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on Mar 27, 2013
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Exploring the connection between our intention & our yoga practice.

This sponsored post comes via Nina Mel of N-Code Yoga.

For a long time scientists believed that 98% of our DNA “text” is not used in the coding of proteins and enzymes. Since it is not responsible for constructing our basic physical form, its purpose remained unknown for 15 years, and scientists called it “Junk DNA.” But the recent breakthrough revealed that “junk“ is in fact crucial to the way our genome works.

This great result was achieved by the researchers from the International project ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements). 442 scientists, situated in 32 institutes around the world, including Britain, USA, Spain, Singapore and Japan began to work on this project in 2003. They used 300 years of computer time and five years in the lab to get their results.

Their main purpose was to study the human genome deeper, and they now declare that DNA is more active and multifunctional than it was previously believed. As one of the participants of ENCODE Bernie Evan from Cambridge says: “…the term “junk DNA” can now be sent to the trash.”

But even in late 1990s, a team of Russian linguists led by Dr. Peter Gariaev discovered that the genetic code in “junk” DNA follows uniform grammar and usage rules virtually identical to those of human language. It turns out that the “junk” was laden with the intimations of intelligence, purpose and meaning.

One of the basic assumptions made by the Dr. Gariaev team is that “the genome has a capacity for quasi-consciousness so that DNA “words” produce and help in recognition of semantically meaningful phrases.” Because the structures of DNA base pairs and of language are so similar, we can alter our own genetics by simply using words and sentences, as has been experimentally proven.

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This finally explains why affirmations, hypnosis, conscious commands and intention have such strong effects on humans and their bodies and minds.

Another scientist, cell biologist Dr. Glenn Rein, discovered experimentally that people with coherent electrocardiograms could wind or unwind DNA samples at will, while those with incoherent heart energy could not. In these experiments, simply feeling positive, love-based emotions was not enough to affect the DNA samples: “the intent to alter them had to be present.”

“Love-based emotions stimulate DNA to decompress so that messenger RNA can access codes for healing. Joy, gratitude and love accompanied with intention unwind or decompress DNA exposed to them.” Negative emotional states—anger, fear and similar emotions have the power to contract a DNA molecules, compressing the DNA helix, “severely limiting access to genetic information necessary for healing as well as evolution.”

The effects of focused intention have nonetheless been studied using both physical (Jahn and Dunne, 1986) and biological systems (Braud, 1989). A parallel investigation of conscious intention on biological systems falls under the auspices of healing research where investigators have demonstrated that various types of healers who use intention can produce biological effect (Benor, 1990).

The experiments conducted by Rein in 1992 were intended to study and compare the biological effects of different images, thoughts and intentions. The healer, Leonard Laskow, attained different states of consciousness working with intention. These various experiments showed that under the same experimental conditions some intentions were more biologically active than others.

These results indicate that focused human intention can influence the DNA synthesis. It was also demonstrated that intention was a critical component of the states of consciousness which produced biological effects.

There are different ways how we can consciously use the benefits of working with intention in our everyday lives. One of it is yoga practice. Encoding the DNA with intention has been used by yogis of ancient times in order to achieve higher states of consciousness, but this skill has been lost for centuries. When yoga was brought to the West, it already had no intention in its basis therefore it changed a spiritual practice capable of truly transforming the mind and consciousness into a fitness-like physical practice without “spiritual core.”

As western medicine has divided the human body into separate parts and organs and as science has divided knowledge into physics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, astronomy, and so forth, the yogic knowledge has also been divided into Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Vastu… So Yoga became fragmented and could not reflect its very own nature which is a connection. The link that connects this seemingly multi-faceted practice is intention, which needs to penetrate into each of the fragmented part and connect it into the one.

In modern times yoga practice with intention reappeared several years ago within ENCODE Yoga (N-Code Yoga Practice), a different approach to yoga and its purpose. The main principle behind N-Code Yoga is intention.

N-Code Yoga shows how to use intention in yoga practice and how to align it with asanas, breath, movement in order to change the DNA patterns, consciously release energy blockages, speed up spiritual, physical and psychological development, thereby making it different from the conventional ways of practicing yoga.

Using intention, especially when it is manifested in words and visualization during yoga practice, chakras get easily activated, energy meridians get cleansed, healing and detoxication processes enhanced. Thus, intention deeply affects yoga practice and the practitioner on all levels: physical, mental and spiritual. A yoga practitioner can use intention to move his body and mind from one asana to another, can breathe intention in and out, encoding it into every cell, so that the intention can be transmitted into the Universe and start to manifest itself in everyday life.

Practice for the sake of practice has no value and can even be unsafe and dangerous because the new energy generated in the body during the practice without conscious direction can not be used in constructive ways. Because the undirected energy leaks out with daily emotional ups and downs which means it is wasted and the practitioner’s energy level returns to its previous level or even lower.

When energy is not directed consciously, it goes to its usual “neuro-pattern,” strengthening the weak “points” and negative patterns of the mind that have already been formed during the past time. That is why the energy that is built during unconscious practice without intention becomes destructive.

Therefore intention encodes and dedicates the practice to a higher purpose, so that yoga practice becomes a higher spiritual practice—a prayer, a gratitude, a vector of attention—all at the same time. Intention becomes a linking part of all aspects of yoga—Asana, Pranayama, Meditation.

Intention reprograms the old ways of functioning, decompresses the DNA and awakens its dormant 98% of the code bringing a possibility to reveal and manifest the full potential of a Human Being.

This is a sponsored post. If you’re interested in connecting your business with elephant, contact us ad [at] elephantjournal [dot] com.

nina_mel_portrait-2Nina Mel is yoga and energy teacher, RYT 500, creator of N-Code Yoga Practice, Ph.D. in Psychology and author of “The Book of Asanas. Energy Geometry of Human Body. She was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal (May-June 2012 issue, Russian edition), she is also a Shivaloka Soul Jewelry brand ambassador and a founder of yoga apparel line Yogini Bikini.

Nina travels internationally with N-Code Yoga workshops and retreats, runs Yoga Teacher Education Program for teachers of any yoga styles and presents “Energy Geometry of Human Body” courses, but her specialty in yoga is a creation of personally-tailored yoga programs—Individual Codes of Asanas, which is a unique, safe and personalized self-practice experience for those who has no time and possibility to attend yoga studios, travels often or lives abroad.



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47 Responses to “A Scientific Approach to our Yoga Practice. ~ Nina Mel”

  1. Dave says:

    Thank you! Interesting article.

  2. Marianne says:

    Really looking forward to when your book is avilable in English… This article introduces the concepts really well, I think. Nicely written :)

  3. Doug says:

    You're 'story' doesn't reveal the fact until the end of the article that this is really a commercial. Shame on you. Apparently
    Satya: Commitment to the truth goes out the window when someone gives you a check.

  4. MatBoy says:

    Selling jewelry, bikinis, and letting us know that we may be doing yoga WRONG so they can sell us THE WAY of doing it correctly. 'Practice for the sake of practice has no value and can be unsafe and dangerous…' I assume the author's intention and higher purpose is making money. Skinny model, heavy make-up, professional photographs: she is following a tried and proven marketing approach. Or maybe my BS filters are just too sensitive.

  5. No Thanks says:

    This commercial contains some of the most manipulative falsehoods about yoga that I have ever read. Example:
    "When yoga was brought to the West, it already had no intention in its basis therefore it changed a spiritual practice capable of truly transforming the mind and consciousness into a fitness-like physical practice without “spiritual core.”"
    That's absolutely untrue. Yoga didn't change. Some individual practices became different, but what happened to Yoga itself was no different than what happens to Music itself when people start playing different styles of music. Music itself always goes merrily on no matter what–no matter what someone does to it (like creating a new part of the so-called music industry). So I can bang on a can, call it music, sell the recordings to lots of gullible folks, but that won't impact Music now will it? And it's the same way with Yoga itself (to an even more powerful level). We can't make Yoga what it's not. So this article has no affect on Yoga or yoga. I'm just writing this to point out that the mechanical pseudo-science being used to try and lend credibility to a super-slick, soft-porn amplified sales pitch here is really objectionable from a regular, everyday moral perspective, especially given that the post is presented as a regular post, not a commercial.

  6. Steve says:

    This is a great post – but obviously not for a main-stream yoga society and not for superficial minds. Yoga as it is presented on the West at the moment – is an old, outmoded and really commercial/fashionable thing for most people. And new ways of thinking, talking, practicing are always difficult to digest – that's what we see now looking at some of these comments above. But we need this shift in our perception of reality. We need to start thinking, instead of stupid critics. Just get out of the box and your old reaction patterns.

  7. Steve says:

    No Thanks. Porn is in the eyes of the beholder. I know it for sure. Better watch your reactions on this pictures and work on yourself – this is a real yoga practice for you, man.

  8. Nina Mel says:

    Guys, save energy for yoga practice and never waste it in vain. Seriously. It's much more precious than it seems to spend it on comments of such vibration. Namaste.

  9. Natalie Baginski says:

    My master's is in "Vedic Science" and I still have trouble using the word "science" with what I'm doing. Philosophy sounds better, but actually, there is a science behind yoga. I recently learned that there are over 40,000 neurons in the human heart, meaning our "feeling" about what we are doing is established in our physiology must faster than what our brain tells us about what's happening. In my yoga practice, one of the first three postures is actually just a sitting posture where we settle ourselves and make an intention of some kind. My version of setting intention is just to take a moment to feel some appreciation for the time I'm taking to do my yoga, which is solely to clear stress from my physiology so that when I do my meditation program, I have a better experience. Between what's happening with Bikram, the arguging about which kind of meditation is better, and people saying certain yoga practices are just exercise where others are actually spiritual in nature…I think the only way we can resolve the questions about what yoga really is, is to go back to the Vedic literature. Yoga comes from the Vedic tradition of India. There are 40 branches of Vedic literature. There are so many translations of the Bhagavad Gita it would take a lifetime to read them all, and the Yoga Sutras? Good luck finding a common ground on the yamas and niyamas. But…even though wading through the Vedic literature is like the fire swamp in the princess bride, it's the best place to find our clarifications about yoga. The deeper you go into Vedic literature the easier it is to use the word science. And…I'm so used to people using their naked bodies to promote anything regarding yoga, I didn't even pick up on the advertising here until you all pointed it out. And I don't care. I put good information in my little brain bucket of things to know and the rest I toss.

  10. Kathy says:

    why not?

  11. Brooke says:

    I think this is a great article, Nina. I am sad to see so many people putting you down for it. One thing I have learned from yoga is to not judge others and have an open mind… I guess they haven't learned that. lol I, too, think intention is very important in yoga practice, and in everything in life. Energy, as well. Energy having a lot to do with intention. Kudos to you for speaking your mind and spreading your truth! <3

  12. victoria mckay says:

    Nina, you rock! :-)

  13. elephantjournal says:

    Nina—as you can see, you have some traction with our readers–and traction, or friction, creates heat. Much like our practice. Thanks for your patient and kind replies—our readership is, admirably, well used to guarding against objectification of sexuality and your photos above certainly seem to have inspired that.

    I got to spend an hour, last night, replying to readers who largely hadn't bothered to read your article, but figured we were posting photos of some random sexy yogini to get readers, not realizing that the yogini in question was herself sharing said photos. Hopefully, in an empowered manner, and not merely for titillation.

    That said your comments and replies beautiful demonstrate the fruit of your practice, and your intention. I hope you know that, whatever the dialogue, and it's often…vigorous, particularly on the internet…your article has hit home. I see it's featured in our most popular blogs, now.

  14. Kathy says:

    Thx for the interesting article and comments. A lot to think about!

  15. william says:

    “no thanks” you’re crazy! I’ve patiently read all the comments and must admit you really have no idea of what yoga is about

  16. Sam says:

    Making money by misinforming people. This is not science, this is pseudoscience.
    Why do you do this?
    You are either being dishonest or you have no idea of what you are talking about.
    The " scientists" you have mentioned are quacks.

    If DNA can be modified the way you are suggesting,(which it can't) can you actually cite a study from a reputable journal to prove it??

    If not then you cant back up your claim and you would be making a profit from misinforming people. Very sad.

  17. Nina Mel says:

    I wouldn't call the "researchers from the International project ENCODE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENCODE). 442 scientists, situated in 32 institutes around the world" and other well-known scientists quacks. If you think you know better than them – think twice.
    DNA can be modified. You actually just did it with your words from the previous comment – ruined your DNA and poisoned your energy. If you want to learn how to modify DNA for the benefit of your health and spirit, first learn the proper way of communication. Until then you will fail in anything you do in life.

    I will now answer only to those who are interested in this article and want to get something out of it. For this, you can also write me at [email protected] if you prefer to do it privately. Other comments of the same vibrational level as the previous one I will ignore.

  18. Nina Mel says:

    Thank you, Frodis.
    This is not a scientific paper itself but this is an article, where I offered a new understanding of yoga practice through the prism of scientific breakthroughs.
    I gave several examples of researches on the subject of DNA and how it can be influenced by Intention, sound, commands, etc, or I better say Will – in order to prepare for a bigger picture and to give readers (yoga practitioners) a hint that it can be used in yoga practice using Piezoelectric effect that body generates during the practice. No one in the world taught that yet. Didn't even make this connection in public.
    But there is information on this subject – which can't be found in internet as the experiments and studies made by Russian scientists, which I had an access to being a Ph.D. in Psychology, was never public as I already mentioned and – from what I can see here – it better stays like this.

    So I won't talk on this subject anymore as obviously there is almost none of yogis here who are ready for this information yet and for a real shift in their understanding of Yoga as a science as they still enjoy fitness yoga-play spiced up with esoteric on top and all that fun. Why not. Let them enjoy.

    And the last thing for the others (not for you Frodis) – never judge by the looks and bikinis – as the looks are made up for all of you on purpose in order to bring the attention to serious subjects which otherwise won't be even noticed. But even that didn't work in the context of the article.
    Namaste and thank you all for your comments.

  19. michellec433 says:

    The whole "Junk DNA" thing has been proven to not be junk and just genetic encoding where you can turn switches on and off depending on your situation or environment. They discovered this though studying groups who experienced times of famine and it showed that woman's hips were wider or smaller because of that. All because lack of food or an abundance of it. This is why people who use addictive substances or eat poorly turn switches that cause illness on and if you eat healthy or use "super foods" it turns those switches off. That is what I have come to understand.

    The human body and mind are very interesting things and I think this is a great concept and I loved the article. HOWEVER, as with everything, I take it with a grain of salt because we have to come to our own conclusions about things. I'd love to see more research done on this concept though. I am all for setting an intention because from my personal experiences, I know that it works. Regardless if it is in yoga, cooking, art or just life in general. We are still discovering things about the human body and more and more is being learned each day, we have to remember that. Thank you so much for the article and I can't wait to hear more! :)

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