Two important studies in this summary of current research on yoga and mental health demand special attention. I’m thrilled to report the outcome of a study that looks at trauma informed yoga as an intervention for treatment-resistant PTSD. I’m also pleased to analyze here why a gentle stretching intervention likely surprised the study authors when it was shown to be more effective than a restorative yoga practice for a group suffering from a metabolic syndrome caused by stress. There’s also a report on a study demonstrating yoga’s effectiveness for pain that indicates actual brain changes, and good news for yoga in the schools.
Ahhhhhh! Here we are, summer at last. No research this time. Just a couple of book recommendations as you settle into the hammock. If you’re feeling stressed, despite the good weather, make time for leisure every day, even if you’re not on vacation. How about a few minutes for a pranayama breathing practice outside, or…
Read on for a review of another great resource for kids and their parents and educators, and for more validation for why we do what we do.
This issue features reviews on new studies on the effects of yoga on your brain, the benefits of yoga for women recovering from breast cancer, a review of a new film that asks the deeper questions and features celebrity yoga teachers, and a review of a new book for educators and parents that uses yoga-based practices and philosophy to support children’s growth and development into compassionate and self-aware human beings.
In this newsletter, we look at current research, talk about new projects and training opportunities and mention two new books—one that is the funniest anatomy book I’ve ever read and it’s not just for anatomy geeks (believe me, I wouldn’t read it if it were!) and the other is Dana Faulds’s latest book of poems arising from her practice.
In this issue we look at a recent research study about teaching compassion. I also review two new books Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs by Louise Goldberg and Introduction to Yoga and Meditation with Megha.
It has been two months since I published this research and news report from LifeForce Yoga. In that time, there have been some terrific studies that show the benefits of a meditative style of yoga for breast cancer survivors, for insomnia, and for general improvement in mood. I’ve also had the opportunity to read Dr. Lauren Rubenstein’s wonderful new book for kids and those who love them called Visiting Feelings.
In this issue is new research about yoga improving mood in prisoners and reviews of several new books for children and adults that can make a difference in our lives.
We review a new study that compares twenty minutes of yoga with aerobic exercise. Read reviews of two books. MUDRAS FOR HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION by Joseph and Lilian Le Page, and TRAUMA AND THE TWELVE STEPS by Jamie Marich, PhD, along a new series of iRest Yoga Nidra CD for children by Jeanne DIllion.
This issue includes new research on women with major depression and the effects of yoga by LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, Dr. Patricia Kinser and her colleagues, reviews of a new book on mudras (hand gestures) and a new gentle yoga CD that includes elements of LifeForce Yoga.
This issue includes current research on yoga and mental health and reviews of two important new books: TRUE REFUGE by Tara Brach, PhD, and YOUR BRAIN ON YOGA by Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD. Read about the new professional training opportunities listed below and links to a free training for yoga professionals with Laura Cornell, PhD and a free interview by author/yogi/psychotherapist Mariana Caplan, PhD with Amy Weintraub.
In this issue we look at the chaos and heartbreak of recent events from a yoga perspective and review some new books and a CD that can see us through difficult times.