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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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proceed with caution

YOGA PI Any time a prescription medication is filled at the pharmacy, the bag (or mail order box) containing the medication always includes a package insert (aka PI). The package insert contains important information such as how to take the medication, how ofter, what side effects you may experience and other important safety information. It is important to know […]

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Contraindications

YOGA PI Any time you fill a prescription medication at the pharmacy, the bag (or box if you prefer mail order) containing your medication will also include a package insert. The package insert contains important information such as how to take the medication, what side effects you may experience and other important safety information: CONTRAINDICATION a condition or factor […]

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Yoga PI: Mechanism of Action

Stress induces an autonomic nervous system (ANS) imbalance: decreased parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) activity increased sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity GABA under-activity increased allostatic load Depression is exacerbated by stress. Antidepressants (i.e. SSRIs) help increase GABA levels in the brain. Yoga practices are thought to improve stress-related disorders and restore optimal central nervous system (CNS) balance […]

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Yoga PI: Dosage & Administration

Medications for depression & anxiety are taken daily for about 2 weeks to see improvement in symptoms and 6 weeks for maximum effect. If you are practicing yoga for mental health, the benefits of yoga can be seen early on but can take time to achieve the full benefits. In a perfect world yoga would be dosed daily, much like an antidepressant. In the real world, daily practice can be challenging. A panel of experts got together to set recommendations on yoga.

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Yoga prescribing information

I created a YOGA PI based on a review of available literature to help healthcare providers and prospective yogis get an idea about the risks and benefits of yoga practice. Disclaimer: none of these statements have been approved by the FDA. While yoga is not a panacea for all disease, yoga should be considered an adjunct to other existing treatments to help improve overall health and quality of life.

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hanumanasana

monkey pose; split [hw-new-mahn AHS-anna] 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 […]

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yogic 3-part breath

Yogic 3-Part Breath (dirga pranayama) creates a state of mental alertness while calming the body & mind. Dirga pranayama helps you learn how to breathe deeply. Extend the length of the exhalation to enhance the calming effect. Practice this breath lying down, sitting, standing, walking down the street, driving a car: any time or place whenever you need to practice a little chillasana.

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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! Yoga Sutra 1.1 PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK:  Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: […]

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vrksasana

[vrik-SHAHS-anna] tree pose BENEFITS grounding centering improves balance, focus & concentration increases stability increases flexibility in hips & groin strengthens leg muscles MODIFICATIONS Trouble balancing?   Use wall for support  Keep toes touching the floor PROCEED WITH CAUTION Do not turn out the foot on the standing & supporting leg because this will misalign the supporting […]