Yoga

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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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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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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Women's Vitamin Needs

…exercise, such as walking for at least 20 minutes per day. Plus, try to work with weights two to three times per week along with daily stretching, yoga, or T'ai Chi to round out your program. But bone health is only one area where women’s nutrient needs are different than men’s—many women also…

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When “Managed Care” Means Managing Your Own Care

…health your hobby, as I do. Take targeted nutritional supplements, eat well, exercise, detox, and keep your mind and body balanced with activities like yoga or pilates. All of these positive lifestyle changes will help to keep you out of the hospital and lessen the frequency with which you need a doctor…

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How to Include Yoga in Your Exercise Routine

…have a variety of exercise options at my disposal, including yoga. My ideal exercise routine is the one I follow when I’m home and not traveling. I use my 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…

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Yoga for Heart Health: Why It's Powerful Medicine

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 the benefits of yoga 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 huge…

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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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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…Healthy Living Budget Tip #5: No matter how old you are, yoga benefits the heart, blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and many physical ailments. There are many free yoga videos online. Yoga CDs can be re-used over and over again. Some yoga studios offer free classes and request small donations. Now…

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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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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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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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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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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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Good Vibrations

…will be sharing them with you. Now it’s your turn: have you had any experience with alternative healing practices? You May Also Be Interested In: * Yoga and Breathing is the Secret to Healthier Heart, and Longer Life * My Research Into the Power of Prayer and the Heart

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How to Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder In Its Tracks

…outside or near bright light, that's even better! Try taking that walk outside on a sunny day, or doing your inside exercise routine at the gym, at a yoga class, or wherever you can seek out bright light when the sun isn't out. * Elevate your mood with “indoor sunshine.” I recommend using a light therapy…

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