Meditation is the new Yoga

By | August 3rd, 2016|

The Yogic sages offer us many practices to support our journey towards Self-Realization. If you’re like me you found asana first and it changed your life.  In fact that may be why you became a yoga teacher! Yogis suggest asana may be necessary to settle and balance the body in preparation for meditation. For if [...]

Studies show yoga reduces anxiety and depression

By | July 25th, 2016|

Originally published on Harvard’s Medical blog. Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One 2012 national survey estimated, for example, that 8.7% of [...]

Mindfulness based training improves anxiety in children

By | July 25th, 2016|

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, sometimes, antidepressants may be poorly tolerated in children who are at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are studying how cognitive therapy that uses [...]

Yoga alliance and Yoga Therapy

By | July 23rd, 2016|

You may have noted a very important recent decision from Yoga Alliance regarding the use of the terms “Yoga Therapy” and “Yoga Therapist”. Yoga Alliance now prohibits the use of these terms by any 200 or 500 hour training program which is registered with YA. Further, RYT 200 and RYT 500 Yoga Teachers who do [...]

Looking for the big “N”

By | July 21st, 2016|

Big numbers tell big stories, and I’ve got a hot-off-the-press big story about health, based on the latest big data from Google. If you’ve ever been sick, or will get sick in the future, this story is about you. It’s about the connection between your emotional well-being and your physical health. Let’s begin with some [...]