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parivrtta utkatasana

Parivrtta utkatasana aka revolved chair pose or revolved fierce pose. This grounding pose and twist helps to balance opposing energies rooting & rising; strengthen and ground the legs & hips; lengthen the spine; and expand the chest

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Research: yoga & arthritis

RESOURCES BOOKS The Principles and Practice of Yoga and Healthcare ~ Sat Bir Singh Khalsa Yoga as Medicine ~Timothy McCall MD   STUDIES Cheung C. et al. Yoga for managing knee osteoarthritis in older women: a pilot RTC. BMC Compl & Alt Med. 2014. 14:160 Chyu MC et al. Complementary and Alternative Exercises for Management of Osteoarthritis. Arthritis. 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/364319…

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Research: Yoga & depression

Results suggest participation in a comprehensive Yoga program, designed specifically to address mood, can lead to decreased symptoms of depression & associated physical or mood states. (Bennett) Participants who practiced yoga and meditation weekly experienced improvements in depression as well as physical and emotional functioning. (Waelde) A study compared effects of twice weekly yoga practice on mildly depressed adults with a wait-list. At the…

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Prop it Up

There are yoga practitioners who shun the use of yoga props because they are not traditional. Traditionally, yoga was practiced by 12 year old Indian boys preparing for meditation practice. Since we are not all built alike and not built like 12 year old boys, props are useful to provide stability and support in various postures for anybody and any body to practice with ease.

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Research: yoga & mental health

Hatha yoga & resistance exercise had positive effects on mental health & well-being in sedentary adults.  Yoga improved the dimensions fatigue, self-esteem & quality of life (QoL). Exercise improved body image. Yoga & exercise reduced depression symptoms. (Taspinar 2014) 2-months of yoga classes lead to a significant reduction in perceived levels of anxiety & depression in…

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Salute the Sun

Surya namaskara aka sun salutations is a sequence of opening yoga poses that warm up major muscle groups of the body for the remainder of asana practice. This practice helps to create mental focus, coordinate the breath with movement, invigorate the body, improve posture & coordination

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Yoga. Yoga. Yoga. Yoga everywhere

According to a national survey conducted in 2012, the number of American adults practicing yoga has doubled over the last decade to 21 million. Over the same period of time, the number of studios opening and classes available has also increased markedly. While it is great Americans have more access to yoga, the overwhelming variety of classes offered can make choosing the right class for the aspiring yogi daunting. This is a guide to help you start to navigate which style of yoga may be right for you.

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