Among the various mind-body approaches out there, yoga and meditation-based therapies show the most promise for helping people to quit smoking, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s NCCAM Clinical Digest in January 2014. While more studies are needed, a research review of 14 clinical trials by investigators from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland found positive results from the practices of yoga, meditation and breathing exercises for people wanting to kick the smoking habit.
Flexibility, balance, strength and endurance are common components of a yoga class. The poses alone provide an excellent workout, but if you’re ready for something different, consider adding stability balls to your practice. This is a fun way to recruit core musculature, incorporate more balance work, and increase range of motion.
Yoga on the Ball Details
GOAL/EMPHASIS: a basic yoga practice incorporating the stability ball TIME: 45–60 minutes (can be shorter or longer depending on how many reps you do or how long you hold poses)
Yoga can be effective in improving strength, flexibility, balance, gait, anxiety, depression and concentration. So can an integrative yoga lifestyle program help people with multiple sclerosis cope with such issues? Investigators from the department of physical therapy at California State University, Sacramento, and The Expanding Light Retreat, Nevada City, California, wanted to find out.
newsletter_teaser: Many women enjoy the benefits of yoga or other exercise during pregnancy, but then become inactive postpartum--perhaps because they don’t know which activities are safe or appropriate. Later they may find themselves hampered by weaknesses in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall.
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.newsletter_teaser: 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.
If you teach yoga, do you encourage students to develop a strong home practice? New research shows that the more students practice at home, the more likely they are to have good health habits overall.newsletter_teaser: If you teach yoga, do you encourage students to develop a strong home practice? New research shows that the more students practice at home, the more likely they are to have good health habits overall.
Today’s children face numerous stressors, growing up in a globalized world, surrounded by electronic media and confronted with pressures from school and increased competition in multiple aspects of life. The authors of a review article published in Frontiers in Psychiatry (2014; doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00035) believe that yoga practice may help youth cope with these stresses and contribute to life balance, well-being and positive mental health.