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. The most fulfilling classes happen when the teacher successfully blends all three teaching modalities.
Mind-body professionals and other fitness pros may want to offer beneficial stress reduction services to clients—especially those who are most driven to succeed. Among both men and women, people with a type A personality—characteristic of highly competitive and achievement-oriented individuals—may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed and easy-going peers, according to a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (2012; doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-302420).
Studio and club owners, you may want to adopt and publicize your environmentally friendly practices as part of your efforts to promote a culture of health. As an example of how an alignment of positive energies creates a win-win dynamic, ”greener” firms are associated with higher employee productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2012; doi: 10.1002/job.1827). “Adopting green practices isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your employees, and it’s good for your bottom line.
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.
Research continues to substantiate the value of tai chi as a form of moderate exercise for people with chronic diseases. Scientists have now found that adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are among those who may benefit.