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Research: Yoga & PTSD

Yoga practices: yoga poses (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness meditation (MBSR) have shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to other therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as being effective in combination.

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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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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) Studies: Birkel DA, Edgren L. Hatha yoga: Improved vital capacity of college students. Altern Ther Health Med….

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Yoga & anxiety

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-occurring disorders. Like depression, 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,…

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Research: Yoga & cancer

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 &…

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