Yoga Can Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety


I know you are probably thinking is there anything yoga does not improve? I cannot think of anything! It is good for what ails you including depression and anxiety. Meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied for years as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses.  Yoga may be helpful  to reduce  both anxiety and depression. Yoga is believed to function like other self-calming techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing.  A significant amount of research has been conducted...

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Yoga and Children


The world is a fast paced, get-it-done-now environment for adults as well as children. The fast pace you live trickles down to your children. There is homework, school programs, after school activities, religious activities and so much more. Now more than ever our children need time and a method to slow down and turn off the outside mania! We want our children to get outside and be engaged in physical activities. However, a lot of these activities are intense and physically taxing. Adults find ways to unwind so why not provide your child a way to unwind too. There are...

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Why Real Men Should Practice Yoga


Yoga was developed over 5000 years ago by men to prepare their bodies for meditation. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. So why are only 18% of the 20.4 million yogis in the United States men?  There are many theories.  Men find it boring; men are not thought to be spiritual; men want quicker physical results from their physical activities; yoga is not a decent workout; yoga is too woowoo; you have to be flexible to do yoga; there are only women in the classes.  One incredibly valuable function...

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Yoga to the Rescue for Osteoporosis


My new best friend is Dr. Loren Fishman, has an international reputation as a back-pain specialist, a diagnostician and a pioneer in the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome, scoliosis, osteoporosis and rotator cuff tear. I had the pleasure of hearing him in an interview on the People's Pharmacy on NPR, episode 1043. Dr. Fishman has been prescribing yoga as therapy for osteoporosis for years. Osteoporosis is caused by a number of factors often with age: hormonal, nutritional, metabolic and heredity. By the time most of us discover we have it we are often past our prime. Most physical fitness...

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Yoga and MS

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” - B.K.S. Iyengar The National MS Society  (http://www.nationalmssociety.org) has pages on their website on the benefits of exercise including yoga. The benefits of yoga are being heralded by many health organizations. We should look at yoga as an ongoing practice and not a quick fix. Yoga teaches us to coordinate our mind, body and breath in coordinated movements. Controlling the breath is essential for a meaningful yoga practice and helps cope with our discomfort.  The benefits include: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved...

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