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Modify Yoga for Larger Clients

How accessible are your yoga classes? While some of your formats may not be suitable for all, are you making sure you offer modifications when necessary? Be mindful of obese students’ needs so they feel more comfortable and can enjoy the many benefits yoga has to offer.

Yoga Expands Lung Capacity

The benefits of yoga practice continue to expand. The expansion is literal in a recent study from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. Young and healthy Thais who participated in just 18 short yoga sessions showed significant improvements on six of seven measures of respiratory function.

Business World Warms to Yoga

It’s early days yet, but more corporations are adopting yoga programs to help employees cope with stress and be more active in the workplace. Large organizations such as IBM, Nike and Apple now offer yoga training.
One New York City entrepreneur, Bruce
Van Horn, has developed business-friendly classes with creatively described postures such as “opening bell” and &ldq…

Yoga Provides Mind-Body Benefits to Breast Cancer Survivors

Practicing yoga postures, meditation and breathing exercises can help women with breast cancer to enjoy greater functional fitness and to feel better about their health, according to findings from a small study presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “The women who practiced yoga reported better physical functioning, such as the ability to …

Yoga More Effective for Low-Back Pain

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…

What Is Yoga Therapy?

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 …

NFL Player Practices Pilates and Yoga

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…

Yoga May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

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 …

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for kids is exploding in popularity and gaining acceptance in schools. An ongoing survey on the state of “youth yoga” finds that kids’ yoga is taught in community centers, yoga studios, private and public schools, and after-school programs throughout the U.S. …

Injury Prevention: Yoga

According to the 2005 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey, 66% of respondents offer yoga programming and 56% believe it will grow (Ryan 2005). Yoga is an increasingly popular choice because it adds a mindful dimension to fitness repertoires and is easier on joints. The improved strengthening and stretching element complements the appeal.
Many people use “fitne…

Review of Studies on Yoga and Depression

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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