Friday, November 10, 2017

Effects of Yoga on Life Expectancy and Quality


As owner of Gellis Investment Management, Henry Gellis seeks out opportunities in the lifestyle, health, and wellness arenas. Henry Gellis has personally invested in Awaken.com, which publicizes innovative technologies and techniques for reducing stress and improving overall well-being.

Popular wisdom has long associated yoga with healthful aging. In recent years, scientific knowledge and research have helped to confirm this belief.

One study at UCLA revealed that in patients with a high risk of Alzheimer's disease, practicing yoga and meditation can lead not only to improved memory and cognition but also lower levels of anxiety and depression, improved resilience, and a greater resource of coping skills. 

Yoga can help to combat the physical effects of aging as well. It helps the blood circulate through the body and encourages deep breathing, thus delivering more oxygen to body cells. Joints are guided through their complete range of motion, which guards against joint breakdown. Further, bones receive the benefit of improved density through weight-bearing exercises. The practice of yoga also improves the function of the digestive, immune, and lymphatic systems while controlling blood glucose levels and helping to clear the blood of bad cholesterol.

Even on the genetic level, yoga can offer a benefit. Cardiologist Dean Ornish and his colleagues studied the effects of yoga and other lifestyle changes on men with early stage prostate cancer. The team found that by the end of the study, the participants demonstrated a more youthful physiology and a greater resilience to disease.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

What is Transcendental Meditation?


The owner of Gellis Investment Management in Los Angeles, California, Henry Gellis also contributes to the planning and upkeep of Awaken.com, a news site for positive media and healthy living. With a passion for wellness, Henry Gellis practices meditation in his spare time. Though there are many different types of meditation, one of the most popular techniques is transcendental meditation, which offers many positive side effects.

Brought to the United States from India in the 1960s, transcendental meditation instructs a person to sit comfortably with their eyes closed, while repeating a word or sound called a "mantra". This technique improves concentration and quiets the mind, giving the practitioner a feeling of rest, stillness, and stability. While some other types of meditation ask the practitioner to focus on something specific, transcendental meditation seeks to empty the mind and enter a state of "restful alertness".

Practicing meditation on a regular basis has been shown to reduce anxiety, chronic pain, cholesterol, 
and high blood pressure. The common practice requires that you meditate twice a day for twenty minutes to be the most effective.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mindful Meditation Could Positively Affect Grey Matter Regrowth


A partner at enlightened media company Awaken.com, Henry Gellis is responsible for the leadership of an online platform that provides uplifting content to more than 158,000 Facebook users. Under the leadership of Henry Gellis and other partners within the company, Awaken.com has published articles on a diverse array of subjects, including one article from late 2015 that detailed the effects of meditation on gray matter within the brain.

Grey matter is one of two forms of tissue that make up the brain’s central nervous system. Its primary function is to process the information that the brain takes in through the body’s senses, and it can be damaged in instances when the body experiences hypoxia, the condition of low oxygen levels.

According to the article published on Awaken.com, a study at Massachusetts General Hospital indicated that people who engaged in regular mindfulness meditation were more likely to see a boost in the growth of grey matter in the brain. Specifically, the study indicated that 27 minutes of daily mindful meditation could increase the density of grey matter in crucial areas of the brain, such as the hippocampus and the amygdala, which play an important role in compassion and self-reflection and stress and anxiety regulation, respectively.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Must-See Places in Tahiti


As one of the leaders at Awaken.com, Henry Gellis oversees strategic planning and fundraising for a company that searches for innovative technologies that reduce stress, including high-tech meditation as a mechanism to make brain waves more relaxed. He also maintains an interest in the use of Tibetan and Hindu mantras to change consciousness. In his free time, Henry Gellis enjoys traveling and has visited Tahiti, a French Polynesian island that offers a number of fascinating destinations. Here are a few of the most popular places to see:

- La Plage de Maui. A famous stretch of beach, La Plage de Maui features pearly white sand that stands out from the island's typical volcanic black sand. This south shore beach also features a lagoon with shallow, warm water. 

- Marché de Papeete. A large market in Papeete, Marché takes up an entire city block. The market features vendors of shell necklaces, colorful pareo (sarongs), and woven hats, as well as meat and fish sellers. 

- Musée de la Perle. Developed by the famous pearl dealer Robert Wan, this small pearl museum explains the ins and outs of the pearl-cultivating industry. Visitors can view the displays in English and explore Monsieur Wan’s beautiful jewelry collection.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Meditation and Yoga- Finding Strategies for Letting Go of Anger


The co-owner of Awaken.com, Henry Gellis guides its development as the site president. Through the site, Henry Gellis and his team tackle subjects relevant to everyday joy, such as the benefits of meditation and yoga. One of the major benefits of these practices is finding ways to let go of anger.

Known as a secondary emotion, anger often covers up a deeper, more troubling emotion, such as grief, fear, or shame. Because these deeper emotions expose our vulnerabilities, we often cover them with anger, a powerful emotion that we feel coursing through our whole bodies. Acting from a place of anger tends to only put more anger in the world, so it is important to keep this emotion in check. 

While screaming, violence, and destruction are common reactions to feeling anger, these actions do not get at the root of the emotion. For that reason, it is more powerful to recognize that anger is present by naming it nonjudgmentally and digging deeper to find its cause. Meditation and yoga provide us with the self-awareness and tools we need to recognize and deal with anger in a constructive manner. 

Every person experiences anger in a unique way, so transforming the anger also takes a personalized approach. When we know the root of our anger, we can approach it appropriately and learn to let it go.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Benefits of Organic Food for the Environment and Health


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Yoga Linked to Improved Health Through a More Diverse Gut Microbiome


The owner of Gellis Investment Management and president of Awaken.com, Henry Gellis is interested in the intersection of stress reduction, nutrition, health, and technology. One of Henry Gellis’ primary hobbies is yoga. 

The benefits of yoga are numerous and some are perhaps unexpected. For example, yoga has been linked to a better gut microbiome. The gut is linked to health in many ways, including immunity, weight regulation, and food digestion. Part of a healthy gut includes good bacteria, but many things can upset this microbiome, include chronic stress, environmental toxins, and processed foods.

Yoga has been linked to a healthier gut microbiome for two key reasons. First, yoga helps control stress levels. Too much stress changes the way in which gut microbes interact with the body. By controlling stress, yoga helps maintain a good gut balance. Secondly, moderate exercise like yoga is linked to better microbial diversity, especially when paired with a high-protein diet. Microbial diversity is very important for strengthening the immune system and maintaining healthy body processes. 

The impact of yoga on gastrointestinal health may explain some of the other benefits of the practice. In addition to a stronger immune system, a good gut microbiome increases energy and endurance, strengthens bones and joints, and combats depression.