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MANO-PRANAYOGA is a holistic scheme of psychological counselling, devised exclusively by Dr Challa to deal with the impact of psychological stress on the overall wellbeing of an individual. It is a perfect blend of psychotherapy, counselling methodologies and micro-yoga practices which help in improving people’s self-awareness and interpersonal relationships.

Impact of Psychological Stress on Emotional and Physical Wellbeing of an Individual

Psychological Stress

Psychological Stress and Endocrine System

Stress and Strain of day to day life affects one’s health. Psychological stress has a direct influence on mental and social health in several ways. Stress creates disturbances in the endocrine system which consists of several ductless glands such as Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenals, Ovary, Testis, Pancreas, Pituitary etc. Hypothalamus is the master of endocrine glands. Pituitary controls the functioning of all the endocrine glands and Hypothalamus secretes releasing and inhibiting factors for pituitary hormones. Hypothalamus is very sensitive to one’s emotions. Psychological stress directly affects Hypothalamus which in turn affects all the endocrine glands. The hormonal imbalances affect target organs. If such imbalance continues, the stress can generate a series of chain reactions which lead to organic disease. Mental tensions can cause various endocrine diseases like diabetes, hypothyroidism, problems related to the reproductive system, affecting the sex drive in an individual etc.

Psychological Stress and Autonomic Nervous System
Various functions of our body are controlled by two systems mainly Voluntary and Involuntary Nervous Systems. The different bodily organs which are not directly under conscious control are governed by Autonomic Nervous System and Endocrine System. Autonomic Nervous System has two components Sympathetic and Para-Sympathetic Nervous Systems. Activities of Sympathetic and Para-Sympathetic Nervous systems are controlled by Hypothalamus. Mental Tensions hence create an imbalance in these systems. Any over –activity in these two systems leads to problems like Palpitation, High/Low B.P., Heart Attacks, Diarrhoea, Acidity etc.,

Psychological Stress and Neuro-Immunology

Psychological stress has a direct impact on the nervous system which in turn affects the human body and its immunological processes directly. A classic example of this brain-behavior-immunity connection is stress response. Among its other effects, physical or psychological stress can alter immune function.
Emotional stress affects Hypothalamus which increases the secretion of Corticotrophin (ACTH) releasing factor. Corticotrophin is known to trigger the release of a chemical called cortisol into the blood. Cortisol is a steroid, and like all steroids, it can prevent the production of cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that activate or ‘turn on’ cells of the immune system which deteriorate a person’s mental and physical balance. Several clinical studies also imply that stress reduces resistance power. Hence there is a need to not stop at finding solutions to emotional or psychological problems alone, but to examine the impact of psychological problems on the nervous and immune system.

Psycho Neuro Immunology (PNI)

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Dealing with Psychological Stress through Mano-Pranayoga
One way of dealing with the impact of emotional stress is to administer appropriate drugs to correct the imbalances caused by it. Another way of dealing with it is without the use of drugs, but by practising Mano-PranaYoga, which unlike drugs has no side effects. It only has the desired positive effects on the individual practising it.
Prana in Sanskrit means ‘Life Force,’ something that drives every living being on this planet. Mano-PranaYoga mainly deals with infusing that life force into people that have lost some of it, or are on the edge of losing it. With Mano-PranaYoga, we mainly aim at empowering an individual to deal with his problems independently. We don’t stop at giving solutions to the problems one faces, we also ensure that with a few changes in the lifestyle and by following certain practices, the problems don’t relapse again into his/her life. With just a few days of training, one can have a well balanced and happy relationship, with both, himself and with those around him.

Origins of Mano-Pranayoga

Dr.Challa’s grandfather, Late Sri Challa Venkateswara was the disciple of Rajguru Dheerendra Brahmachari, the yoga mentor for Indira Gandhi. Dheerendra Brahmachari first started this micro-yoga practice in India. Dr.Challa got it as a legacy from his grandfather and also trained under Dr Praveen Kapadia in Yoga and Naturopathy, which he incorporated into the counselling skills he learnt during his study at the Australian National University, and formulated the Mano-PranaYoga. He has been preaching it for the past 15 years and has been instrumental in bringing about an immense positive change in the lives of thousands of people battling a wide range of problems.

Advantages of Mano-Pranayoga

Mano-PranaYoga’s Relaxation Techniques, Concentration Techniques, Time Management Techniques, Memory Enhancement, Anger Management Techniques, Stress Management Techniques etc., help in alleviating the various problems faced by young and old alike because of numerous stressors affecting them. Mano-PranaYoga also yields excellent results when used to improve concentration and memory in children. It can also be used for anger management, stress reduction, de-addiction and to resolve marital and sexual problems. In general it helps people improve their relationship problems in family, marriage and workplace.

The amount of time required to learn Mano-Pranayoga
Mano-PranaYoga is known to give quick results. In fact right from the very first session, one can experience positive psychological and physical changes in him/herself. We custom-design a unique syllabus depending on the need of a particular individual. It differs from person to person. Irrespective of the problem, on an average, one requires between 10 and 20 sessions to resolve his/her problem using Mano-PranaYoga and to start practising it independently.