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Shirley Archer

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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Chi Kung Lowers Mild High Blood Pressure

August 31, 2005

How many of your clients have mild hypertension? Are any of them wondering if a mind-body exercise program could help?
In a study published in the advance online edition of Journal of Human Hypertension (May 19, 2005, pp. 1–8), University of Hong Kong researc…

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Size-Friendly Yoga for Larger Audiences

August 31, 2005

While hip-hop yoga programs entice teens and dance divas, Megan Garcia, a plus-size model and a yoga instructor for more than a decade, is reaching out to larger participants. “Yoga is for everyone,” affirms Garcia, who leads classes in New York City and has released a DVD titled “Just My Size Yoga.”
Garcia herself is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 po…

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Yoga Passes the Low-Back Test

August 31, 2005

Practicing Iyengar yoga helps people with low-back pain, according to a preliminary study published in Pain (2005; 115, 107–17). Low-back pain affects 70%–85% of North American adults at some point during their lifetime. Of the Americans who practice yoga, 21% …

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Yoga Improves Sleep

May 31, 2005

People who suffer from chronic insomnia tend to feel energized at night, both mentally and physically, so they find it difficult to wind down and fall asleep. A preliminary study published in Applied Psychophysiology Biofeedback (2004; [4], 269–78) evaluated the effect of daily yoga practice to determine whether it could lower levels of arousal and make it easier for subjects…

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American Yoga Market Is $2.95 Billion Strong and Growing

May 31, 2005

Americans spend $2.95 billion per year on yoga classes and products, according to the second annual “Yoga in America” survey, sponsored by Yoga Journal. The study reported that 16.5 million Americans, about 7.5% of the adult population, now practice yoga.
Interestingly, 18- to 24-year-olds are the fastest-growing age group. Participants in this bracket increased…

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Tai Chi Improves Balance and Confidence in Older Adults

May 31, 2005

Older Americans are discovering today what ancient Chinese sages have been teaching for thousands of years—that balance in body, mind and spirit contributes to a healthier and happier life.
In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise…

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Exercise Away the Blues

April 30, 2005

Makers of widely prescribed antidepressants should take note: In the future, doctors may be recommending regular exercise for patients with mild to moderate depression.
Aerobic exercise performed at a moderate intensity on most days of the week and at a level consistent with public-health recommendations is effective in reducing mild to moderate depression, according to a study …

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Martial Arts Injuries

April 30, 2005

Approximately 8 million Americans currently practice some form of martial art. Given the rising popularity of martial arts, sports medicine researchers decided to compare injury rates among practitioners of various styles. Tae kwon do participants experience a higher rate of inju…

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Music Helps Older Adults Sleep

April 30, 2005

Do your older clients have trouble falling asleep? Counting sheep might not work, but soft, slow music could help them achieve a restful night’s sleep, according t…

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Helping Tsunami Survivors

March 31, 2005

Hundreds of yoga teachers in India are helping tsunami survivors by leading yoga classes and teaching meditation and breathing techniques to people in tsunami-affected areas. According to a report in the Khaleej Times Online, the federal government of India is implementing a mental health program to assist in rehabilitation. Health Secretary P.K. Hota points out that the mental hea…

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Martial Arts Fusion Workout Popular in L.A.

March 31, 2005

Mind-body formats are branching out from pure yoga and Pilates workouts to embrace martial arts–based programs that incorporate yoga and Pilates moves. At L.A.’s Jiva Yoga Studio, Cameron Shayne, yoga instructor and martial artist, has developed a training method he ca…

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Pilates News

March 31, 2005

The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA™) intends to offer the first national certification exam for Pilates instructors in August 2005, according to Kevin Bowen, PMA’s chief executive officer and cofounder. Bowen says, “Our goal is to create a professional standard for the industry and give consumers greater protection from incompetence. We are encou…

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