Shirley ArcherShirley 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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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…
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…
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% …Read More
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; , 269–78) evaluated the effect of daily yoga practice to determine whether it could lower levels of arousal and make it easier for subjects…Read More
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…
Teeny yogis and yoginis in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, are enjoying both yoga and meditation at their local daycare center and preschool, Wisdom and Wonders.
Tracey Thomas, yoga instructor and co-owner of the center, has been a daycare and grammar school teacher for over a…
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…
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 …
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More