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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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Yoga May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

March 31, 2006

Leading cardiologists, including Dean Ornish, MD, have helped increase the popularity of yoga by touting its ability to assist in preventing and managing heart disease. Now investigators at the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the …

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What Is Yoga Therapy?

March 31, 2006

In the traditional Indian system of health care known as Ayurveda, hatha yoga is used as a therapeutic modality. The name Ayurveda combines two Sanskrit words, ayur, meaning “life,” and veda, meaning “science, or knowledge.” Literally translated, Ayurveda means “the science of life.”
In the Ayurvedic system, which is …

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Standardization of Health Qigong Style

February 28, 2006

Qigong masters and researchers worldwide are joining forces to develop a standardized form of “health qigong,” to make the practice more accessible to beginners and to encourage the growth of qigong. Currently, multiple styles exist, and confusion among beginners rega…

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Pilates Tops the 10 Million Mark

February 28, 2006

More than 10.5 million people practiced Pilates in the United States in 2004, according to the most recent SUPERSTUDY® of Sports Participation, conducted by American Sports Data Inc. This represents a 500 percent growth rate in the past 4 years. By all indications, the Pilates market shows no signs of slowing down and is rapidly increasing its global presence.

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

February 28, 2006

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be held April 29, 2006, the last Saturday in April. This global event will include participants in 60 nations and hundreds of cities. Its purpose is to bring media attention to the potential benefits of tai chi and qigong (chi kung) and to publicize the growing body of medical research that substantiates these benefits.
For more information on how…

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Yoga Practice May Help OCD

February 28, 2006

Research on yoga shows encouraging evidence of its value as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), based on a review of existing studies on yoga and anxiety disorders. The review was conducted by investigators from the School of Integrated Health at the University o…

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Tangible Proof of Brain Changes Associated With Meditation

February 28, 2006

Leading scientists from Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Mind/Body Medical Institute and other organizations have found the first structural evidence relating meditation practice to changes in the brain. According to a study publi…

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Getting Psyched Improves Bench Pressing

January 31, 2006

To get better results while lifting, first focus your mind.
Psyching up improves bench press performance among experienced weightlifters, according to recent research from New Zealand, Australia and Wales. “Psyching up” refers to using mental strategies such …

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Review of Studies on Yoga and Depression

January 31, 2006

One of the obstacles to promoting the benefits of mind-body exercise to modern healthcare providers is the lack of solid research evidence to support the health claims. In recent years, this lack of evidence has stimulated many more researchers to conduct studies so that healt…

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Pilates Mat Exercises Reduce Low-Back Pain

January 31, 2006

People with low-back pain who practiced Pilates mat exercises for only 1 hour twice per week experienced improvement in their condition, according to a small study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2005; 37 [5], S27).
For 12 weeks, researchers studied 22 subjects with a history of low-back pain. Fifteen participated in the Pilates mat program, …

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More Than 50 U.S. Hospitals Use Energy Healing

January 31, 2006

Energy healing, a noninvasive complementary treatment, is offered in more than 50 hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., according to a recent review article published in Orthopaedic Nursing (2005; 24 [4], 259–69). Energy healing treatments include therapeutic touch, Reiki, chi kung, shamanic healing and healing touch, among others. According to the article, these therapi…

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Young Men With Job Stress at Higher Risk

January 31, 2006

Scientists continue to find evidence of a relationship between excess stress and the early development of heart disease, underscoring the significance of the body-mind connection. Young men with stressful jobs showed signs of early heart disease compared with peers who performed less stressful work, according to a recent Finnish study published in Psychosomatic Medicine (2005; 67, …

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Walking Meditation

January 31, 2006

“Walking meditation is a very wonderful way to go back to the present moment and to learn how to live deeply in this moment. . . . If you learn to walk [mindfully] for only 1 week, you may develop a good habit, and you may be able to learn to live much more deeply every minute of your daily life.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, speaking in Plum Village, France/i…

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