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Why Yoga Is Powerful

I’ve long-known the stretching and breath work of yoga is good for your heart. But new findings from the University of Kansas show just how beneficial yoga is for heart health. What they found is that just three yoga classes a week can cut episodes of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)—by half! This is…

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Yoga and Breathing is the Secret to Healthier Heart, and Longer Life

…secret to his incredibly youthful appearance is that he practices yoga—in fact he’s a yoga master. At that conference, Dr. Bali and I spoke extensively about all things yoga. You see, most folks think of yoga in terms of the physical posturing involved, and the bodily organs that those positions stimulate…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…working normal hours. But by the definition used in this study, even those hours were considered “shift work.” So this means that even if you’re a yoga instructor teaching early morning classes, or get up early to watch a grandchild every day, researchers consider you a shift worker. The trouble with…

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When You’re the Caregiver, Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

…center, give yourself permission to share the care giving. * Engage in activities that nurture you and help you stay centered, such as Reiki, massage, yoga, or other mind-body movement therapies. * Stay connected to your source of spiritual support, such as walking in nature or spending time in prayer.…

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FRIDAY FUN: Test Your Walking IQ

…air conditioned mall, instead of venturing outdoors. 9. TRUE or FALSE: Walking improves your physical health, but to release stress you need to try yoga or meditation. 10. TRUE or FALSE: Walking prevents, and even reduces, high blood pressure. Go ahead and post your answers in the comments section. List…

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Emotion and Heart Valves

…-dose tranquilizers to calm her down, but she hadn’t wanted to stay on the drugs because she feared addiction. Dr. Sinatra suggested she consider yoga, T’ai chi, meditation, or some other good method to reduce stress. She said she liked T’ai chi and already did it. He told her to do it more. He…

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Is Yoga Safe?

A few weeks ago, my wife Jan and our daughter Kristin attended a yoga class. As the group gently moved into inversion positions, Kristin who was in the final weeks of her own certification in yoga, protectively cautioned her mom to be careful since the positions could be too much for their necks. Both…

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To Exercise Regularly, Keep Changing it Up

…Power Plate and lift weights in my finished basement. Then, I add in walks, yoga, and Pilates sessions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more parts of my exercise routine—but today I want to talk about yoga. Yoga is a great all-around exercise, stretching, toning, and strengthening muscles—plus…

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5 Ways to Help Prevent a Cardiac Event

…stomach), magnesium (at least 200–400 mg) and ribose (one teaspoon, 5 grams, twice a day). 2. Utilize the heart-healing power of yoga. The stretching and breath work of yoga, when practiced regularly, helps to relax the arterial walls, improve heart rate variability, lower blood pressure, and slows your…

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The Health Perks of Yoga & An Invite to Kripalu 2013

…and practicing it does just that. Yoga makes real physical changes happen in your body. It helps to down-regulate the activity of an over-stressed sympathetic nervous system and discharges the stress hormones that can make us sick. Over the years I’ve seen yoga help numerous patients with their cardiovascular…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra: Summer Workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center

It’s been over two decades since Dr. Sinatra has done a workshop program that is open to the public, but the folks at Kripalu Yoga Center requested he come there and he’s responded affirmatively. So, this July 29–31 we will be at Kripalu in the enchanting town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, which…

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Mindful Summer Escapes

…variety of holistic medical evaluations and treatment options such as massage and acupuncture, hydrotherapy, detoxification therapy and weight loss, yoga classes, meditation, hikes and beach walks, and more. Medi-spas also offer healthy dining options including organic produce and meats, and wild-caught…

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Spa Vacations Benefit Your Heart, Even If You're at Home

…to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to facilitate a weekend workshop. This summer I’ll be returning to Kripalu (June 8-10, 2012), a pristine yoga retreat location nestled in the breathtaking Berkshires of western Massachusetts to help lead a weekend devoted to yoga, healthful eating, discussions…

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5 Pennywise Secrets to Better Heart Health

…including your heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and mood. 5. Yoga. No matter how old you are, yoga benefits the heart, blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and many physical ailments. You may want to start with yoga classes, which cost $10–15 per session. Classes are more fun and instructive…

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Don't Be Casual About High Blood Pressure

…start by getting a handle on your stress level, whether that means adopting a meditation or prayer routine, or pursuing relaxation exercises like yoga and Tai' Chi. Regular exercise and good cardiovascular nutrition that helps you lose weight are also key (stay away from processed and packaged foods…

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8 Health-Boosting Secrets From My Life

…outfitted with water, air, and shower filters to remove as many toxins as possible. 8. Relax and enjoy life! I practice prayer, reading, meditation, Thai yoga therapy, listening to soft classical music, fly fishing, walking, cooking, and eating with my wife, playing with my grandkids and the dog, and allowing…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.” Some folks use blocks like we do in yoga and Pilates, while others fill various sizes of water bottles. (To compute the weight of your water bottle, just weigh your own body before and after…

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7 Ways To Survive Cold and Flu Season Naturally

…each sinus. Then blow your nose to expel excess mucus and water. Repeat if necessary. * Get regular exercise: Walking, swimming, qi gong, tai chi and yoga all relieve stress and support immune system function—both of which help to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Plus, as you know regular…

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Pets and Your Heart

…their day. Do birds ever wake up grumpy? No, they chirp to the light of a new dawn! * Relaxation. Have you ever watched your cat arch his back? Some yoga postures mimic this stretch. Stretching, which involves deep breathing, is a great form of relaxation. It’s also a wonderful way to start your day…

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Heart Risk Factors and Stress

…cardiovascular problems, heart attacks and stroke, blindness, and neurodegenerative disorders. So, whatever assuages your stress, be it meditation, T’ai chi, yoga, music, dance, fly fishing, or what have you, make it an important part of your day. Your very life may depend on it! For more information on heart…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac death. Stress management techniques that involve conscious breathing are helpful, including T’ai chi, yoga, Pilates, relaxation and imagery sessions. Physical exercise is also good for respiratory sinus arrhythmia, as are meditation and grounding. As far…

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