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    New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

    February 9, 2014

    National Geographic reported on several studies that show the healing effect of regular yoga practice on a number of medical problems. More than 20-million people practice yoga in the U.S.

    Poses such as sun salutation and downward dog, increase flexibility and strength, that help people with various pain syndromes. Inflammation is reduced, leading to improvement in chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

    In one study, 200 breast cancer survivors attended twice weekly 90-minute yoga class, and were encouraged to practice at home with DVDs. This controlled study found significant differences in the group that practiced yoga, from the control group that did not. The yoga group reported less fatigue and increased vitality three months after the study ended.

    The challenge is always what will help people sustain the practice? As with any positive change in healthy behaviors, the tendency is to slip back into old patterns. Despite improvements in health, many people find it difficult to keep up healthy habits.

    In yoga therapy, we explore how to integrate the practices into life, in such a way that they will stick. Making time for yourself on a regular basis is key to lasting change. What are the obstacles to continued practice? Often the demands of life, such as children, housekeeping, work, and relationships, take priority. It is important to understand the inner obstacles as well. Do you value yourself enough to make time for a regular yoga practice? Does guilt about taking time for yourself play a role? I

    New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers.


  • Yoga brings grace and balance
    Hatha Health Yoga

    Nataraja: Lord of the Dance

    It is said that Nataraja (the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the cosmic dancer) dances the universe into being, sustains it with his rhythm, and eventually dances it into annihilation. When Pantajali,…

    January 28, 2014
  • Dr. Susan O'Grady, RYT200 Yoga therapist and Psychologist
    Hatha Health Symbolism Yoga

    The Tree of Life: Vrikasana Pose

    Tree Pose: Vriksasana The tree is a symbol of rootedness and reach, of sturdiness and balance. Trees find nourishment underground, feeding off the earth; they also reach toward the sky, capturing the sunrays. From…

    July 17, 2013
  • Lotus in yoga is symbol of rebirth
    Symbolism Uncategorized Yoga

    The Lotus

    Rebirth is a potent image for psychological growth   Many yoga practitioners are familiar with the lotus position, a classic meditation pose. Sitting with legs crossed, feet on opposing thighs, and hands cupped helps…

    June 13, 2013
  • Dream Sleep
    Health Meditation Uncategorized Yoga

    Yoga and Sleep

    Each night during our sleep we re-create the world. Stories and pictures dance through our minds even if we are unaware. We dream roughly every ninety minutes, but the frequency and duration of our…

    June 12, 2013
  • Yoga frees the body to move
    Hatha Symbolism Yoga

    Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles

    Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is considered to be the remover of obstacles The symbolism attached to Ganesh as the remover of obstacles is expressed in this common chant. You of the…

    May 26, 2013