Pollution and Health

Today I talk about pollution and health now, I usually talk about the environment thinking about the future.

In large and small meetings where the environment is discussed, programs are made to reduce pollutant emissions for the future and that’s fine.

It is not necessary to be an expert to distinguish the air we breathe in the cities and the one we breathe in the countryside, in the mountains or by the sea in undeveloped areas.

I spend part of the time in a small town in Castilla outside the town center in a house with a high-tech electric heating equipment and when a car passes in front of my house, it leaves a trail of bad smell from the exhaust pipe for a few minutes, I also have to endure the chimneys of the heating with combustion boiler of some neighbor, both are unbearable because the air is polluted and our instinct tells us that we are attacking our health.

In the countryside a car passes and our instinct tells us “care danger to your health”, in the city thousands of cars pass by and our instinct is stunted and tells us nothing, but our body is being brutally attacked.

Making a simple analysis of the functioning of the human body, the air we breathe is vital for the proper functioning of all systems. The body is made up of trillions of cells that make up all the structures and are continuously consuming to stay alive, carbohydrates and oxygen.

What happens when a person stops breathing oxygen, who dies, what happens when a cell stops receiving oxygen, who dies. What happens when millions of cells that make up the structures and organs die, which cease to function properly and the disease, muscles, bones, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, veins, arteries, brain, etc. occur.

What is the emotional and economic cost of diseases? How many people die daily worldwide because of the lack of oxygen in the air they breathe?

 

Today, August 7, 2019, billions of people living in cities around the world are getting sick from the lack of oxygen in the air they breathe. It is good that we think about the future but it is an aberration that we are not all aware of the problem of lack of oxygen in the air of cities. If there were no food, people would mobilize even with violence to demand it, because we have to do the same if oxygen is lacking.

In 1969 I participated in a movement in the media against pollution caused by coal and fuel in the air of Madrid, we knew that in areas where there was vomiting on the sidewalks were areas of high pollution. In 1971 we managed to ban new heat installations with coal and began to burn in the combustion boilers a product less polluting than fuel and which forced diesel to burn from 1976.

Since then and almost 50 years have passed the city council of Madrid has not created norms to improve air quality, it is true that gas is burned that is less polluting but still emits CO2.

Since 2014 I have carried out research work on air quality in closed sports facilities and I have made several CO2 measurements and in all of them there are usually more than 2000ppm.

I have been able to verify that when a person is in a place with a concentration above 2000ppm of CO2, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headaches occur, some exercise rooms have measurements above 4000ppm.

The main polluting elements, cars, fireplaces and people in enclosed spaces are perfectly located.

There is an awareness of the need to eliminate cars and plans and programs have been created for the elimination of the most polluted areas of the city and a timetable for the elimination of combustion cars by 2040.

It is urgent that programs and plans for the elimination of the combustion boiler chimneys of heaters and industries are created, it is urgent that the installation of new combustion boilers, whether of gas, diesel or bio fuels, is prohibited and fixed 2040 as the deadline for the change of all combustion boilers.

Current technology is prepared to change all combustion boilers for high performance electrical equipment to produce heat for industry and heating. The pollutant emissions produced in the wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic electricity production facilities are minimal.

We have experience on the situation of new technologies to produce heat since we apply them daily, in all cases the savings in consumption due to high efficiency is greater than 50% compared to combustion boilers, as is the case with cars, traveling 100km with fuel costs about € 7, traveling 100km with traveling 100km with electricity costs € 1.

Think of us in our day to day without losing sight of the future we will leave our children.

Bikram Yoga

I want to share my experience about practicing Bikram Hot Yoga.

I did start practicing Bikram in the first months of 2015. I go to Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales twice a week and since then I think that I have taken more than 360 sessions – 90 minutes/each.

I was encouraged to practice Bikram yoga by Jose Antonio Rodriguez owner of Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales (Madrid – Spain) in January 2015.

I have practiced sports my whole life and I’ve never been interested in yoga. Perhaps it was ignorance, because I thought it was an spiritual exercise and today I know that it is a physical and spiritual exercise.

I recommend sport lovers to practice Bikram Yoga for a while, to discover the most complete activity that you can imagine to strengthen body and mind; I am not saying you stop practicing other activities but if you are sports person you will be fascinated. Bikram Yoga is a powerful practice and it requires  some sessions to accept it, it does not matter the sport you practice, Bikram Yoga is more powerful and a weekly practice will improve your usual sport results.

The room where I practice Bikram has 40ºC and 40/50% humidity, the air is clean, I can breathe intense and nicely. I did practice in another center where the environment was unpleasant with bad odor and it was difficult to breath.

To tonify the body and balance the spirit, the cold shower at 10ºC is essential after the exercise, Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales provides cold water at  10ºC in the showers all year round and when I take a shower at this temperature I feel in a state of joy. It also has hot water but I don`t use it.

The benefits that I experience are:

My muscles are stronger; and besides the 26 postures are intense and give an excellent posture to the body.

I do work the equilibrium. When I started I found out that I had little balance, and now the mental focus and muscular strength that I have acquired allow me to control my body.

I do work on focus. The concentration is one of the main pillars that I have develop, while using it daily at a professional level helps me to resolve problems in a more agile way with better solutions.

I have better flexibility, with the years the body loses flexibility reducing joint mobility, now my body has the same flexibility as a teenager.

I have improved endurance, I continue practicing other sports and I am seeing that my results are improving, I am doing more sport with better results in comparison with other sportsman that I know it from years.

I have improved my respiratory capacity, the improvement in the respiratory system are fascinating, I do control better my breath and cardiac rhythm.

I do release toxins through passive perspiration. During the 90-minute class I lose more than 1 liter of liquid, it allows me to eliminate toxins from food, stress, exercise. During the classes I drink water and afterwards once at home a fruit shake to recover liquid and minerals.

I control my ego, Yoga is not a competition with others, it is a competition with ourselves, and to discover my limits, it forces me to think that I am not better that others and that each day I have to work to be a better person. This practice forces the ego to disappear during classes and in my case also during the rest of time.

The aggressive energies around me do not upset me anymore, the concentration capacity forces me to disconnect from the rest of the world and focus in my surviving. I put this in practice the rest of the day, and I live better; I see the aggressivity of other people but it does not annoy me. To summarize it I feel calm.

The last point I want to point out is my relationship with teachers, all of them are good but different between them.

The practice has 26 postures which are repeated twice and the teacher keeps a dialogue during 90 minutes that seems to be the same but it is not; the voice, rhythm and personality that they instill is different, even every day the same teacher is different in relation to the previous class.

 All those different aspects that each teacher has are a challenge to shape body and mind, there is not a different class routine and it does not exist a comfort zone. One of the Bikram Yoga values is to defy yourself in each class and to accept changes that in normal conditions would not be accepted. Following Bikram’s philosophy you will accept changes as part of your progress.

I want to underline something that surprises me; 80% of the people that attend Bikram are women, and the only reason I find to explain the men`s absence is that either they don`t know about Bikram Yoga benefits, or that perhaps the toughness of the exercises beat them and make them quit.

What is Bikram Hot Yoga?

 

 

 

I want to share my experience about practicing Bikram Hot Yoga.

I did start practicing Bikram in the first months of 2015. I go to Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales twice a week and since then I think that I have taken more than 360 sessions – 90 minutes/each.

I was encouraged to practice Bikram yoga by Jose Antonio Rodriguez owner of Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales (Madrid – Spain) in January 2015.

I have practiced sports my whole life and I’ve never been interested in yoga. Perhaps it was ignorance, because I thought it was an spiritual exercise and today I know that it is a physical and spiritual exercise.

I recommend sport lovers to practice Bikram Yoga for a while, to discover the most complete activity that you can imagine to strengthen body and mind; I am not saying you stop practicing other activities but if you are sports person you will be fascinated. Bikram Yoga is a powerful practice and it requires  some sessions to accept it, it does not matter the sport you practice, Bikram Yoga is more powerful and a weekly practice will improve your usual sport results.

The room where I practice Bikram has 40ºC and 40/50% humidity, the air is clean, I can breathe intense and nicely. I did practice in another center where the environment was unpleasant with bad odor and it was difficult to breath.

To tonify the body and balance the spirit, the cold shower at 10ºC is essential after the exercise, Bikram Hot Yoga Rosales provides cold water at  10ºC in the showers all year round and when I take a shower at this temperature I feel in a state of joy. It also has hot water but I don`t use it.

The benefits that I experience are:

My muscles are stronger; and besides the 26 postures are intense and give an excellent posture to the body.

I do work the equilibrium. When I started I found out that I had little balance, and now the mental focus and muscular strength that I have acquired allow me to control my body.

I do work on focus. The concentration is one of the main pillars that I have develop, while using it daily at a professional level helps me to resolve problems in a more agile way with better solutions.

I have better flexibility, with the years the body loses flexibility reducing joint mobility, now my body has the same flexibility as a teenager.

I have improved endurance, I continue practicing other sports and I am seeing that my results are improving, I am doing more sport with better results in comparison with other sportsman that I know it from years.

I have improved my respiratory capacity, the improvement in the respiratory system are fascinating, I do control better my breath and cardiac rhythm.

I do release toxins through passive perspiration. During the 90-minute class I lose more than 1 liter of liquid, it allows me to eliminate toxins from food, stress, exercise. During the classes I drink water and afterwards once at home a fruit shake to recover liquid and minerals.

I control my ego, Yoga is not a competition with others, it is a competition with ourselves, and to discover my limits, it forces me to think that I am not better that others and that each day I have to work to be a better person. This practice forces the ego to disappear during classes and in my case also during the rest of time.

The aggressive energies around me do not upset me anymore, the concentration capacity forces me to disconnect from the rest of the world and focus in my surviving. I put this in practice the rest of the day, and I live better; I see the aggressivity of other people but it does not annoy me. To summarize it I feel calm.

The last point I want to point out is my relationship with teachers, all of them are good but different between them.

The practice has 26 postures which are repeated twice and the teacher keeps a dialogue during 90 minutes that seems to be the same but it is not; the voice, rhythm and personality that they instill is different, even every day the same teacher is different in relation to the previous class.

 All those different aspects that each teacher has are a challenge to shape body and mind, there is not a different class routine and it does not exist a comfort zone. One of the Bikram Yoga values is to defy yourself in each class and to accept changes that in normal conditions would not be accepted. Following Bikram’s philosophy you will accept changes as part of your progress.

I want to underline something that surprises me; 80% of the people that attend Bikram are women, and the only reason I find to explain the men`s absence is that either they don`t know about Bikram Yoga benefits, or that perhaps the toughness of the exercises beat them and make them quit.