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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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International Pilates Day Promotes Activity for Youth

April 30, 2006

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is launching the third International Pilates Day on May 6, 2006, with a public-school initiative to fight inactivity in America’s youth and combat childhood obesity. “Our goal is to offer this Pilates initiative at no cost to the scho…

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Yoga More Effective for Low-Back Pain

April 30, 2006

A 12-week yoga program was more effective than conventional exercise or a self-help program for improving function and reducing chronic low-back pain, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2005; 143 [12], 849–56). Scientists at the Cente…

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Yes, On-the-Job Stress Can Kill You

April 30, 2006

Researchers from University College London have found strong evidence linking on-the-job stress to an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. According to a study published in the January 21 issue of British Medical Journal (2006; doi:10.1136/bmj.38693.435301.80), stress at work is an important risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
“The study shows …

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Positive Thinking for Cold Prevention

April 1, 2006

Does looking at the world through rose-colored glasses improve your health? A growing body of evidence supports a correlation between outlook and the strength of the immune system. For example, studies suggest that people with a more positive attitude tend to have greater resi…

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NFL Player Practices Pilates and Yoga

March 31, 2006

Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong credits Pilates and yoga with keeping him in great shape and extending his professional career. “I just felt myself being just a little more stiff. Not as fluid,” Strong told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Years and years of pounding, your body gets stiff. . . . When I started doing [yoga] 3 years ago, it was the best I&rsq…

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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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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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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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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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