Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) & mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination. Research indicates yoga helps to: improve mood improve tolerance of physical & sensory experiences improve self-efficacy improve self-esteem increase emotional awareness increase psychological […]
30-50% of the general population is affected by insomnia & 10% have chronic insomnia. Yoga therapy has been shown to be beneficial & has fewer side effects as other conventional therapies. Yoga is an effective treatment option for patients with insomnia. There was a significant improvement in the stress scores & the self confidence scores […]
March is MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness Month. While the search goes on to find a cure, yoga can help MS patients improve their quality of life.
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
If you are living with anxiety, you are not alone: 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders 80% of the time anxiety & depression are co-occur Anxiety (GAD) is a medical condition characterized by a persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about the future. Other symptoms include: trouble sleeping stressed out burned out feeling scared worried […]
Patients undergoing radiotherapy who practiced a 60 minute yoga class 3 time per week for 6 weeks experienced: reduced cortisol levels improved physical functioning less fatigue (Chandwani, 2014) Cancer survivors who practiced 12 weeks of Hatha yoga for 90 minutes 2x’s a week experienced: improved sleep reduced inflammation (Kiecolt-Glaser 2014) After 7-weeks of yoga, cancer survivors experienced: reduced mood disturbance & […]
Chant OM can help you with your Oh-face! Yoga has been shown to significantly improve the sexual function scores in men & women.