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CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, today announced a new iOS app from Deepak Chopra and ABOVE Technologies that allows users to experience meditative poetry in immersive sound over any set of headphones through DTS Headphone:X technology.

Dr. Chopra, a world-renowned physician, best-selling author and wellness expert, narrates poems inspired by Rumi’s “Healing the Heart” meditations on “The Non Local” app that immerse the user in holistic sound, creating a tranquil environment for meditation and healing.   Rumi was a 13th-century Persian mystic whose poetry is beloved by wisdom traditions throughout the world.

“This app will allow you to calm down, reduce stress, normalize your blood pressure and sleep better by listening to sound in a holistic manner,” said Dr. Chopra. “I chose to work purposefully with DTS on this app because their Headphone:X technology creates truly immersive sound. The sound seems to be coming from everywhere — behind you, in front of you, above you and beside you. Headphone:X takes you out of your headphones, allowing you to experience ‘The Non Local.'”

DTS Headphone:X turns any ordinary pair of headphones into an impressive multidimensional sound system for mobile devices. It accurately recreates the original studio environment, providing listeners with immersive, 3D audio that delivers the perception of sound all around them. The technology aids in the experience of The Non Local app anywhere, anytime – in the home, at work or while traveling.

“DTS Headphone:X provides the audio experience listeners deserve on their mobile devices. When listeners experience the multidimensional impact of Headphone:X in their headphones, they immediately understand how amazing the mobile audio experience can be,” said Kevin Doohan, chief marketing officer (CMO) at DTS. “Garnering the support of a leader in alternative medicine and wellness such as Deepak Chopra is an honor.  The Non Local is a wonderful showcase of the potential of high-quality audio for personal enrichment as well as entertainment.”

Deepak Chopra’s The Non Local application features 12 tracks and is available for download now on iOS via iTunes:  An Android version of the app will be available in December.

Deepak will discuss The Non Local app and the benefits of holistic sound during a live Internet broadcast event at 2 p.m. PST today at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., home of the Chopra Center for Well Being.  For more information, visit

For more information about DTS, please visit, or connect with DTS on Facebook and Twitter (@DTS_Inc).

About Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than eighty books, which have been translated into over forty-three languages. Chopra has twenty-two New York Times bestsellers. His latest book is The Future of God.  He serves as the founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

About ABOVE Technologies

ABOVE Technologies is a leading research and development company based out of Lexington, Massachusetts.

About DTS, Inc.

DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences—anytime, anywhere, on any device. DTS’ audio solutions enable delivery and playback of clear, compelling high-definition audio, which is incorporated by hundreds of licensee customers around the world, into an array of consumer electronic devices. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in high definition multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of compelling movies, music, games and other forms of digital entertainment to a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. DTS technology is in car audio systems, digital media players, DVD players, game consoles, home theaters, PCs, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music content and every device capable of playing Blu-ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS’ corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California. DTS also has offices in Los Gatos, San Diego and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Copyright 2014, DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.  All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


New India Tour Includes Two Amazing Festivals

If you want to see India’s Diwali (the festival of lights) and also Holi (the festival of colours), then you will be very interested in a new tour that was recently announced. Here are the details…

Goway’s extensive India program returns in 2017, led by the company’s HOLIDAYS OF A LIFETIME® flagship tour, Splendours of India, which enhances the passenger’s India travels with the “promise of something special.”

Goway offers a range of quality touring options to India, including fully-customizable independent journeys, economical group tours such as the 6-day Essential Golden Triangle, and Goway’s Holiday of a Lifetime, the 17-day Splendours of India. Goway’s thirteen HOLIDAYS OF A LIFETIME® come with the “promise of something special”, and every year Goway Asia’s General Manager Diane Molzan works to deliver on this promise based on continued research and passenger feedback.

“We never want to get stuck in a rut or provide passengers with a slightly flat experience,” says Molzan. “For instance, in Agra we like to include a visit to a community project, and now we visit a very special place called Sheroes Hangout, a café run by women marred by acid attacks. The café allows these women to tell their stories, move past their shame and rebuild their lives.”

Other added touches beginning in October 2017 include high tea with a local family near the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, a visit to an Indian wrestling school near Varanasi, and a custom sari fitting in Jaipur.

In addition, two special departures overlap with two of India’s most radiant festivals — Diwali (the festival of lights) and Holi (the festival of colours). Travellers who join the 5 October 2017 departure will get the chance to celebrate Diwali in Delhi, including a night out with dinner, drinks and fireworks. The 23 February 2018 departure coincides with the Hindu spring festival Holi, and travellers will enjoy a celebration lunch including costumes, water guns, water balloons, herbal colours, and traditional music.

“Splendours of India is part of Goway’s commitment to offer the highest possible quality escorted journey for globetrotters who want to explore the world safely and comfortably, yet still gain an authentic experience in an exotic part of the world,” says Molzan.

Splendours of India is priced from US $6999 / CA $8499. For more information on Splendours of India, or on any of Goway’s twelve other HOLIDAYS OF A LIFETIME®, call 1-800-387-8850, or visit

Since 1970, Goway has been providing unforgettable travel experiences to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America, Europe, and Idyllic Island destinations. Today Goway is recognized as one of North America’s leading travel companies for individuals, families and groups to exotic destinations around the globe. Goway has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Sydney and Manila.


Introduction to Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy

by Michelle S. Fondin

Positioned along the spinal axis, from the tailbone to the crown of the head, the seven main energy centers of the body are called chakras. Author Michelle Fondin explores and explains each one in the seven chapters of her new book, Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy, which demystifies the role of the chakras in facilitating healing, balance, personal power, and everyday well-being. She offers meditations and visualizations, yoga postures, breathing exercises, and Ayurvedic dietary practices to learn about and work with the chakras. We hope you enjoy this introduction to the book.

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What Is a Chakra?

Chakras are energy centers within the body. The word chakra means “wheel” or “disk.” Think of the chakras as spinning vortices of energy. Everything is composed of energy and information. Every object emanates from movement and vibration. The seven main chakras align along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the crown of the head.

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In the ancient Indian texts called the Vedas, we learn that the physical body is made up of the five great elements called the mahabhutas. Those five elements are space (akasha), air (vayu), water (jala), fire (tejas), and earth (prithivi). The elements are the building blocks of nature and therefore build our bodies as well.

Ancient texts go on to explain that we also have a subtle body. This subtle body is nonphysical and energetic in nature. The subtle body is governed by prana, or vital life force. Prana circulates throughout the body and mind. It is responsible for the flow of energy and information. In the subtle body, prana travels through channels called nadis. Nadis are circulatory channels within the body such as veins, arteries, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the digestive system, the excretory system, and the reproductive system. Think of nadis as the information highway to your mind, body, soul, and spirit, just as the internet is the information highway that brings information to your browser.

If you have a difficult time grasping the concept of the subtle body, reflect on your mind and thoughts. Thoughts are nonphysical entities. Yet ask anyone who thinks (and that would include all of us), and they will tell you that thoughts are quite real. Scientists have been able to pinpoint areas in the brain where thoughts originate or take place, but slice open a human head and you won’t find one thought in there. According to Vedic texts, the mind, intellect, and ego also reside within the subtle body.

Now let’s go back to the example of the internet. When you want information, you want it fast, right? You’re doing research for a work project or a school report, or getting the scoop on a guy you want to date, and you don’t want to wait forever. In the infancy of the internet, with dial-up modems, you could log on, go get a cup of coffee, use the restroom, do your nails, and then the AOL voice of “You’ve got mail” would finally vibrate in your ever-so-waiting ears. But today, in the world of fiber-optic cables and Wi-Fi, information comes pretty much as quickly as you can type in your question. And when it doesn’t come that fast you get frustrated.

For your body to work at an optimal level, the channels through which information travels must be open for that information to get quickly to its destination. If they’re blocked, or if there is an abnormality where the information pools in a given area, you won’t receive the information you need when you need it. So the nadis are the highways or the fiber-optic cables, and prana is the package of information that needs to be carried.

In total, we have around 88,000 chakras in the body, and the seven main chakras are the information hubs. They gather information on certain aspects of your body, mind, spirit, health, and life. When adequate energy flows to these chakras, that energy fills the area with the information each chakra needs to perform its unique specialty.

Like a highway, your body is constantly moving, changing, growing, and being modified by outside influences. While you may intend to keep the energy and information flowing throughout your body at all times, your lifestyle choices, life experiences, and outside influences may hinder the flow. Fortunately, certain practices can help keep these channels open and information flowing freely, and in this book you will learn what you need to do to achieve this goal quickly and easily.

The Philosophy of the Chakras

The concept of the chakras comes from ancient Indian texts of the Tantric tradition. Tantra is a complicated and important nonreligious philosophy. The Tantric texts are separate from the famously known Indian texts, the Vedas, from whence Ayurveda came.

In the West we tend to associate the word Tantra with sex. While sex is mentioned in the Tantric texts, it’s meant to be reserved as a practice for only the most advanced yoga practitioners. The main goal of Tantra is to explore the deep mysteries of life and to become liberated within the confines of this world.

The word Tantra means “to weave.” Tantra is the process of weaving together the body, which has great wisdom, and the mind, which has immense power. By heeding the wisdom of the body and by harnessing the power of the mind you can find the enormous beauty in life on this planet and achieve self-mastery.

The symbolism and stories of the chakras, including their deities and mysticism, are beautiful, colorful, complex, and certainly worth exploring. For the sake of brevity, I will teach you the basics of the chakra system. The foreign words I present come from Sanskrit. For the most part, Sanskrit is no longer spoken but is rich in the roots of language, as many modern English words stem from Sanskrit root words.

The Marriage of Tantra, Ayurveda, and the Yoga Sutras

In order to cognitively grasp the journey into the chakras, it’s important to understand a little about the story behind them. According to the Upanishads, a collection of ancient Hindu texts, purusha (spirit) is pure universal consciousness. Purusha is formless and unchanging. Out of purusha, prakruti, or physical matter, is formed. Prakruti is subject to change and influenced by cause and effect. Everything is a creation of purusha: sun, moon, stars, planets, trees, animals, and humans. Therefore every living thing contains the very essence of the Creator. In a sense, this philosophy isn’t much different from the Judeo-Christian view of God expressed in Genesis 2:7: “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the foundational text of yoga philosophy, the main goal in our lifetime is to find our way back to self-realization. The word self in the act of self-realization does not refer to our individual selves with our unique personalities and individual bodies but rather the awakening to the Self with a capital S, the one from which we originate.

We’re born into this world with these bodies, seemingly disconnected from our Creator, so how do we manage?

The second-century sage Patanjali explains in the Yoga Sutras that we have to deal with the three psychic forces of the mind called the gunas, which govern the subconscious of all prakruti. The three gunas are sattva, rajas, and tamas.

Sattva is balanced, pure, peaceful, alert, clear-minded, and filled with light.

Rajas is the moving, active energy that is ever-changing.

Tamas is inertia, decay, heaviness, dullness, darkness, and obstruction.

These three qualities of prakruti are necessary in our lives at different times. For example, your spiritual practice is satt-vic, and there is a time and place for it in your day. When you need to work and accomplish your goals, you need rajasic energy. When you need to sleep at night, you need tamas so you can get your rest.

In addition to the three gunas, Ayurveda teaches that we have three mind-body types, or doshas, which manifest out of the five great elements. The three doshas are Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). Each of us has our own unique makeup of the three doshas, which creates our strengths and challenges.

Through the knowledge of the three gunas and the three doshas, we can begin to navigate our body, mind, and life here on earth and start to move toward self-realization.

Since the chakras are part of our physical and subtle bodies, they’re also influenced by the gunas and the doshas. The first end goal in the pursuit of self-realization is to live a balanced life. As Tantra teaches, our goal is not to deny the body and the physical realm but to embrace it fully and draw everything good out of it that we possibly can while working our way toward an enlightened state of being, which yoga philosophy refers to as moksha, or liberation.

When you’re no longer bound by the confines of the gunas and the vacillating and changing nature of the doshas, and you can move through the chakras openly and seamlessly, you have reached enlightenment.

Imagine what it would be like to be in love with every aspect of what it means to be human. True liberation is when love emanates from your being at all times. You’re awakened to the gift of each moment and in love with every one. Nothing is a burden, for everything is light, love, and infinite being. You don’t need to be anywhere or do anything; this awareness is always with you. For you are it and it is you. That is what we’re all here to achieve.

Awakening Kundalini Energy

According to Tantric texts, we have around 72,000 nadis, or circulatory channels, in the body, which transport prana. In our study of the chakras, we will focus only on the Shushumna nadi, the Ida nadi, and the Pingala nadi. The Shushumna nadi is the energy channel that starts at the base of the spine in the area of the first chakra. It’s where the Kundalini Shakti (creative energy) sits like a serpent, coiled up in three rings, waiting to spring forth into action and wake up the chakras. The Shushumna nadi travels up the length of the spine in a channel behind the spinal cord to the crown of the head at the seventh chakra. From the base of the Shushumna nadi arise two other nadis, the Ida nadi and the Pingala nadi. The Ida nadi is lunar in nature: passive, gentle, and feminine. The Pingala nadi is solar: warm, stimulating, and masculine. The Ida nadi starts and ends on the left side of the Shushumna nadi, and the Pingala nadi starts and ends on the right side. The Ida and Pingala nadis cross at every chakra, and all three of these nadis meet at the sixth, or third-eye, chakra. In our bodies the Ida and Pingala nadis alternate in dominance. Generally the Ida nadi dominates the right side of the brain, and the Pingala dominates the left side.

Kundalini energy is awakened through purification of the body and mind. There are many practices to cleanse the physical body, including eating a clean diet; abstaining from impure substances; detoxifying through Ayurvedic daily practices such as tongue scraping and nasal washing with a neti pot and nasya (infused oil); and the Ayurvedic seasonal cleansing practices of panchakarma, or five actions. In addition, one must practice yoga asanas (physical postures, what we in the West generally think of as “yoga”) and pranayama (breathing techniques). Purifying the mind comes with the practice of the eight limbs of yoga: the yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, darana, dhyana, and samadhi.

About the author:

Michelle S. Fondin, author of Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy and The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda is an Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor and as a yoga and meditation teacher. She holds a Vedic Master certificate from the Chopra Center and has worked with Dr. Deepak Chopra teaching yoga and meditation. Find out more about her work at

Excerpted from the book Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy: Exploring Your 7 Energy Centers with Mindfulness, Yoga, and Ayurveda. Copyright © 2018 by Michelle S. Fondin. Printed with permission from New World Library.


Women, Alcohol Abuse And 4 Coping Skills For Recovery

by Soroya Bacchus, M.D

A recent study that showed even moderate alcohol consumption can take years off your life not only attracted a lot of media attention, it also caused other studies about drinking to seem even more worrisome, especially with their findings about women.

We aren’t talking about harmless social sipping with friends here, and as the nation observes Women’s Health Care Month in May it’s worth exploring the growing negative role that alcohol plays in the lives of American women.

“My favorite line of all time is: ‘I don’t drink that much,’ ” says Dr. Soroya Bacchus (, a psychiatrist and author of How to Detox Yourself from Alcohol.

“Sometimes the people who say this are right; they really don’t drink that much. More often, though, people say this to make themselves feel better about how much they do drink.”

Just last year, a study published by JAMA Psychiatry reported that more Americans are drinking high amounts of alcohol, and some of the greatest increases are among women.

In addition, about 5.3 million women in the United States drink alcohol in a way that threatens their health and safety, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

For those women, just trying to get sober won’t fix the fundamental problem that caused them to drink too much to begin with, Bacchus says.

“I don’t care about sober,” she says. “I care about healthy. No one drinks or uses drugs in a vacuum. Usually there is an underlying mental disorder that causes and worsens the alcohol or drug use.”

It’s important that women with serious drinking problems seek medical assistance so they can detox in a safe manner, Bacchus says. Detoxification from alcohol has more complications from withdrawal than any other drug, and the death rate for alcohol withdrawal is between 5 and 8 percent, she says.

Even after detoxing, Bacchus says, a therapist can help women develop healthy psychological coping skills to avoid a relapse.

Among the ways they can do that include:

  • Biofeedback therapy. This teaches you to develop voluntary, conscious control of physiological processes that are typically involuntary and unconscious. “If you have alcohol cravings, biofeedback teaches you how to identify the physical sensations associated with them and allows you to deploy strategies to counter them,” Bacchus says.
  • Hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Through hypnosis a therapist can explore the potential root causes of alcohol abuse, such as previously unknown disorder, a hidden memory or a past trauma. Bacchus offers a caveat: Only undergo hypnotherapy with a trained professional you trust completely.
  • Exercise. Every time you exercise you build yourself up both psychologically and physically, Bacchus says. “Before you know it, you have a positive habit that sustains you through tough times,” she says. “Instead of taking a drink, you go for a walk. Instead of falling into a rabbit hole of negative emotion, you hit the gym.”
  • Yoga. Yoga is both a great exercise for muscles and joints, but also an excellent way to deal with stress. “This makes it a perfect practice for recovery,” Bacchus says, “because you need to rebuild your body from the ravages of alcohol abuse and rebuild your mind from the negative thought patterns you developed over years of addiction.”

“The goal is to replace the negative coping mechanisms of addiction with the healthy coping mechanisms of recovery,” Bacchus says. “You need your mind and body working in harmony so your soul can be at peace.”

About the author:

Soroya Bacchus, M.D., ( author of How to Detox Yourself from Alcohol, is a triple board-certified psychiatrist specializing in addition and psychosomatic medicine. She has treated patients with addiction issues for 22 years. She has been interviewed on such television shows asGood Morning America and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other print and online publications.