Good news to share with clients who worry that if they don’t practice yoga daily, they won’t get results: Attending yoga class just once a week can provide positive, measurable help for people with low-back pain.
A study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2013; doi: 10.1155/2013/658030) reported that weekly yoga classes were as effective as twice-weekly classes for relieving low-back pain in low-income minority participants.
To educate the public about the safety and usefulness of yoga, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has posted a video that features research on the science of yoga and some of its benefits. Josephine P. Briggs, MD, director of NCCAM, said, “What we’re seeing from our researchers—through the application of rigorous scientific methods—is evidence suggesting that yoga may help people manage certain symptoms while it may not help with others.
Think back to a recent time when you left a yoga class and felt joyfully transformed. Maybe the teacher had great auditory and visual cues. Maybe he or she made you feel safe and supported, allowing you to explore poses in deeper and more rewarding ways than you would have been able to on your own. A well-balanced yoga teacher connects with all types of learners—auditory, visual and kinesthetic.
newsletter_teaser: Think back to a recent time when you left a yoga class and felt joyfully transformed. Maybe the teacher had great auditory and visual cues. Maybe he or she made you feel safe and supported, allowing you to explore poses in deep and rewarding ways.
In more news regarding nonpharmaceutical ways to reduce hypertension, preliminary evidence shows a significant reduction in high blood pressure with consistent yoga practice, according to early study findings presented at the Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in May 2013 in San Francisco.
People with fibromyalgia may want to try meditation to help them cope with challenging symptoms like pain and depression, suggests a study published in Current Pain and Headache Reports (2012; 16: 383–87; doi: 10.1007/s11916-012-0285-8).
Encouraging Iyengar yoga students to continue attending class at least once weekly may make a significant difference in their stress levels and in their quality of life, according to study findings published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/408727).
For years, yoga has supported my career as a b-girl (breakdancer) and professional contemporary and hip-hop dancer. From this stable foundation, I’ve built strength, grace, balance and power. The following sequence—which blends dance, yoga and footwork drills—has the basic structure of a hip-hop class. The combination gives participants a unique cardio experience while safely building flexibility and increasing upper-body and core strength.
Burlington, Vermont, like San Francisco and Dallas, has joined the number of cities now offering airport yoga. The Burlington International Airport yoga and meditation practice facility consists of a small, light and airy space with mossy-green walls, bamboo flooring and yoga mats, according to Lisa Rathke of the Associated Press.
Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, in Burlington, Vermont, sponsors the space.