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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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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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Research: yoga & pain

65% of patients with depression come to the doctor with physical symptoms with pain being the most common. Yoga has shown to improve symptoms of depression including pain.

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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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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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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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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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Research: yoga & the lungs

Yoga practice improves pulmonary function in healthy individuals. Following yoga training in this study, there was statistically significant increases in: vital capacity tidal volume expiratory reserve volume breath holding time endurance & peak expiratory flow rate (Birkel 2000) Birkel D.A. et al. Hatha yoga: Improved vital capacity of college students. Alt Ther Health Med. 2000;6:55–63. […]