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yoga & mental health

Hatha yoga had positive effects on mental health & well-being in sedentary adults. (Taspinar 2014).  Yoga improved the dimensions fatigue, self-esteem & quality of life (QoL). Exercise improved body image. Yoga & exercise reduced depression symptoms.  Other studies show: ….findings suggest yoga effectively reduces distress, improves related psychological & physical outcomes (Michelson 2010) 3 months of […]

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What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is meditative practice of self-inquiry derived from ancient yoga teachings meaning yogic sleep. Despite the name, the practitioner maintains full consciousness while sinking into a deep state of relaxation to a near sleep-like state. As the practitioner rests in a comfortable position, they are guided on a journey through their body & mind by bringing […]

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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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Prepare for Practice

If yoga is new to you, it may be daunting knowing how to take the first step. This guide helps you get ready for your first class.

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Strike a pose

guide to yoga terminology ADHO [AH-doh] downward ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA downward facing dog pose ANJANEYASANA low lunge APANASANA knees to chest pose, wind relieving pose ARDHA [ARD-hah] half ARDHA CHADRASANA half moon pose ASANA [AH-suh-nuh]: seat; a physical posture or pose in yoga;  yoga postures in sanskrit contain the suffix -asana  i.e. triangle pose is trikonasana (tri= […]

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Yoga. Yoga. Yoga. Yoga everywhere

a guide to the different styles of yoga 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 […]

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Yoga: friend with benefits

a guide to the benefits of yoga Based on the result of the 2016 Yoga in America Study, more Americans are practicing yoga today, ~37 million, up 20 million since the last survey in 2012. Yoga is broadly seen as a positive activity for physical & mental health. Not only are more Americans practicing yoga today […]

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Antidepressants

MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) MAIOs block the enzyme monoamine oxidase which leads to increased levels of key neurotransmitters: serotonin, norepinephrine & dopamine thought to play a role in mood. Drugs in this class were first used to treat depression in the early 1950s. MAOIs have shown to be effective in treating patients with depression but also have […]