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eka pada raja kapotasana

one-legged pigeon hip-opener * releases tension in the hips * lengthens spine * opens shoulders * aids in sensory withdrawl * quiets mind to prepare for meditation MUSCLES: quadriceps * tensor fasciae latae * gluteus maximus  * illiacus * psoas major * rectus abdominus * external oblique * serratus anterior * spinal extensors * triceps brachii…

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Yoga PI: adverse events

Yoga has a myriad of benefits but like any other physical activity it is not 100% risk-free. After combing through available yoga research to investigate the frequency & severity of adverse events (AEs) related to yoga practice, I found mostly case studies and meta-analysis. Many of the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are small pilot studies which rarely mentioned AEs. When reported, the frequency & severity of yoga AEs were comparable to the active control groups and rarely led to discontinuation.

More rigorous studies with a larger sample size are needed to truly determine both the benefits & risks associated with yoga practice. The current literature indicates yoga is generally a safe intervention. Yoga, like any other physical activity, should be practiced carefully and ideally under the guidance of qualified instructors.

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hanumanasana

monkey pose; split MUSCLES: gastrocnemius * hamstrings * rectus femoris * sartorius * pectineus * tensor fasciae latae * adductor longus * gracilis * gluteus maximus  * psoas major * pectoralis major PREP POSES:  anjaneyasana * arda uttanasana * ashta chandrasana * bhujangasana * eka pada raj kapotanasana * janu sirsasana * parsvottanasana * supta padangusthasana *…

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Research: yoga & the heart

RESOURCES Bharshankar JR et al. Effect of yoga on cardiovascular system in subjects above 40 years. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2003;47:202–6 Cramer H et al. A systematic review of yoga for heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015;22(3):284–295. Cramer H et al. Effects of yoga on CVD risk factors: a systematic review & meta-analysis. Int…

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Yoga & stress

Studies show yoga can dramatically improve a patient hormone profile lowering the high levels of adrenaline & other fight or flight hormones released in response to stress. RESOURCES BOOKS  The Principles and Practice of Yoga and Healthcare ~ Sat Bir Singh Khalsa Yoga for Depression ~Amy Weintraub Yoga as Medicine ~Timothy McCall MD Yoga Rx ~Larry Payne PhD &…

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trikonasana

triangle pose MUSCLES: triceps brachii * internal oblique* gluteus medius * tensor fasciae latae * piriformis * sartorius VARIATIONS: BADDHA (bound) TRIKONASANA: opens chest & shoulders. Strengthens legs. Lengthens your sides PARIVRTTA (revolved) TRIKONASANA: increases flexibility & strengthens hamstrings NOW is the time for yoga!   PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. SIGN UP for a class…

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vrksasana

tree pose grounding * centering * improves balance * improves focus & concentration * increases stability * increases flexibility in hips & groin * strengthens leg muscles MUSCLES: psoas minor * iliacus * pectineus * quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, vastus lateralis) * piriformis * superior gemellus * inferior gemellus * obturator internus * gluteus…

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