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Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors

Almost 20% of America’s nearly 16 million yoga practitioners are over age 55 (Yoga Journal 2008), which presents both an extraordinary opportunity and a serious challenge for yoga instructors. While some older adults are extremely…

Yoga Teaching Strategies for Cohesiveness

The benefits of yoga go beyond more flexible hamstrings, a stronger core or relief from back pain. Yoga has the power to make you more resilient to stress. It reminds you of your inner strength. It can give you back a sense of joy and purpose in life.

IDEA Reader’s Choice: Fitness Find or Fitness Flop?

Your April 2010 issue introduces the fitness world to a new Making News segment titled “IDEA Reader’s Choice: Fitness Find or Fitness Flop?” After reading the comparison of Jamie Oliver’s TV series, Food Revolution, and the new fitness marketing device, Shake Weight™, I was a little disheartened.

Yoga for Runners

Are you a runner? Would you like to prevent or heal injuries and improve performance? Many runners are discovering that yoga can provide these benefits and transform running into a moving meditation. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, who teaches yoga, group fitness and psychology at Stanford University and is the author of Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009), shares how yoga can help your running.

Sun Salutations

The Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar, is the most familiar of all yoga vinyasas. Literally translated, Surya Namaskar means “Beautiful light, you are my own Self” (Stiles 2000). In Hindu mythology, the sun god Surya…

Yoga and the Olympic Hopeful

Client: Keri Hehn

Personal Trainer: Kimberly Fowler, Yoga for Athletes®, founder of YAS Fitness Centers

Location: Venice, California

First Steps. Like many competitive swimmers, Keri Hehn dreamed of qualifying for the Olympic team. A member of the U.S. Swim Team, she spent hours every day in the water, struggling to improve her 200-meter breaststroke time. During the qualification trials for the 2008 team, Hehn’s efforts fell short by 0.2 second.

Yoga-Pilates Fusion: The State of the Union

When Pilates and yoga first hit mainstream fitness over a decade ago, instructors enthusiastically fused these traditional methods with everything from kickboxing to weight lifting, disco and rollerblading. While many of these fads have fizzled, the fusion of Pilates and yoga remains a popular combination. IDEA spoke with several leaders in the field to find out how the yoga-Pilates format has matured since the hundred was first introduced to downward-facing dog.

The Empowerment Series: Courage

The benefits of yoga go beyond more flexible hamstrings, a stronger core or less back pain. Yoga has the power to make your more resilient to stress. It reminds you of your inner strength. It can give you back a sense of joy and purpose.

Yoga Fundamentals: Pose by Pose

Hatha yoga, the yoga that uses the body as a vehicle for meditation, has consisted of 84,000 asanas, or poses, throughout history. Open the book Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar and you could feel overwhelmed by all the poses it describes. When teaching hatha yoga, what are the fundamental, or central, themes to focus on, and among the numerous poses, which are the fundamental, or most important, ones for your students to practice?

Fundamental
Themes of Yoga

In yoga, the following themes are essential:

Refine Your Instruction: Delicious Yog-ahh

Yoga is yummy for the body, mind and soul. Good yoga teachers know how to turn their classes into cravings students can’t live without. If you’ve added yoga to your format repertoire, you’ve most likely mastered several teaching techniques that translate smoothly to the yoga studio. In this article, we’ll break down five specific areas you can further develop to make the next class even more of a delicious treat.

What Yoga Research Shows

Do you practice yoga? Did you know that despite the challenges of researching the health benefits of yoga, many good-quality studies are beginning to emerge, and the results are interesting. Lee Lipton, MA, PA-C, a yoga teacher and instructor trainer for over 15 years, describes selected studies and what they mean.

Mind-Body Research Update

Recently, as co-chair of a medical conference on the metabolic syndrome and dyslipidemia, I seized the chance to slip a short discussion of yoga-based lifestyle research into a long day of clinical trial expositions that mostly focused on lipid-lowering drug studies. I felt somewhat meek describing a number of relatively small studies, all done on small budgets, while most clinical trials being discussed were 50- to 200-million-dollar studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry or the National Institutes of Health [NIH].

The Empowerment Series: Lesson One, Staying Grounded

The benefits of yoga go beyond more flexible hamstrings, a stronger core, or less back pain. Yoga has the power to make you more resilient to stress. It reminds you of your inner strength. It can give you back a sense of joy and purpose in your life.

A Yoga Sequence for Runners

Kristi Peacock, a 23-year-old account executive in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was preparing for her first marathon. The intense training was strengthening her body but also taking a toll. As the miles racked up, so did the strain to her iliotibial band, Achilles tendons and back.

Double the Challenge With Partner Yoga

Partner yoga offers an innovative twist on classic yoga postures. Adding one or two partner poses into your regular yoga classes or adding a full partner class to your schedule gives your students an invigorating challenge.

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