Yoga

Benefits of Yoga: A Powerful Exercise for Your Heart

…conference for Spiritual Science Fellowship when I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Madan Bali. Spending time with him reaffirmed the benefits of yoga for heart health. If you take a look at this photo of the two of us, you'll probably be as surprised as I was to learn that Dr. Bali is actually 87…

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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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How to Include Yoga in Your Exercise Routine

…options at my disposal, including yoga. Find out which yoga poses bring variety into my exercise routine. 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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Secrets to Healthy Blood for Better Heart Health

…arteries and blood. Moderate your emotions healthily. For sure, that’s easier said than done, especially in these stressful times. But meditation, yoga, and T’ai chi can help you do that, along with routine moderate exercise. Find the method that works for you, and stick with it. 5. Hydrate. Proper…

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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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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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My Advice to the Presidential Candidates—and to You

…Make time for simple pleasures, such as reflecting, spending time with family and friends, reading, meditating, listening to music, or practicing yoga. Now it’s your turn: How do you release stress? You May Also Be Interested In: * Reduce Stress with Meditation * Heart Risk Factors and Stress

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…you shed extra pounds, it helps to build muscle. More muscle helps your insulin receptors to function far more efficiently. Don’t like to walk? Yoga, Pilates, tennis, and golf (without a golf cart) are great options as well. The best exercise you can do is one that you enjoy and will do regularly…

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