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Issue 45

This issue features reviews of Drs.Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown’s excellent new book and CD, The Healing Power of the Breath, as well as new research on yoga and optimum mental health in pregnancy and a look at Dr. Shirley Telles’s new study on breathing practices and the brain. As slowly as I can, I am…

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Issue 44

In addition to an update of current research and news that includes a free guided meditation for anxiety, I want to tell you about a recent health scare I’ve had. I think it is important to share with you, because pre-diabetes has actually become a silent national epidemic. According to Dr. John Douillard, pre-diabetes (80…

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Issue 43

This issue has new research that demonstrates the effectiveness of yoga practice as compared to physical therapy for those suffering from chronic lower back pain, as well as great news about yoga’s efficacy for those suffering from dementia and their caregivers. There are reviews of two new books and news about a training format change that provides a distance-learning alternative for the level one LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for health and yoga professionals.

Issue 42

Greetings, There’s new research below on yoga nidra, and an interesting study that compares the effects of therapeutic yoga with mindfulness on stress in the workplace.  It turns out that both interventions work well, far better than doing nothing at all!  LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Sherry Rubin, LICSW, does a beautifully balanced review of the controversial…

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Issue 41

Research is the focus of this issue, with reports on yoga and mood in breast cancer patients, as well as a study that validates the effects of Om chanting on the limbic brain. There are two studies that compare styles of yoga & meditation practices and their effect on mood, and a surprising result from a new study on a breathing practice that is known to be effective with depression. Turns out it decreases anxiety too! Read reviews of new books and CDs to support you and your clients in sustaining optimum mental health.

Issue 40

Read on for research on Mind-Body Programs for Trauma Survivors; reviews of River of Sound: Chants for Awakening & Balancing the Chakras by Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yawning Yoga: A Goodnight Book for a Good Night’s Sleep By Laurie Jordan, and the Trauma Sensitive Yoga DVD by Beth Jones.

Issue 39

Read 4 new research summaries on yoga and mental health, including a discussion of Irest yoga nidra For Combat-Related PTSD, Your Brain On Yoga, and how yoga reduces insomnia in post-menopausal women. Read reviews of Danna Fauld’s new memoir Into the Heart of Yoga: One Woman’s Journey, and two new yoga nidra iRest CDs with Richard Miller and Kelly Boys,

Issue 38

Read a brief summary of research on yoga and fibromyalgia and reviews of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD and Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression by Bo Forbes, Psy.D.

Issue 37

Read research on yoga’s effect on mood in high school students, and its effect on symptoms of schizophrenia, plus a review of James Gordon, MD’s book Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.

Issue 36

Read 4 research reports on validation of ancient descriptions of meditative states, how yoga seems to benefit elderly patients with dementia, and how yogic breathing is shown to heighten alertness. Also included in this newsletter are reviews of a collection of yoga poems edited by Betsy Small, new books by Lama Surya Das and James Baraz, and a CD of guided relaxations for children by Mira Binzen.

Issue 35

Read 5 research reviews including two about the risks of antidepressants for stroke and also for breast and ovarian cancer and summaries of studies on yoga’s benefits for stroke prevention and pain reduction. Also in this issue reviews of 2 books by Ayurvedic doctor John Douillard — Yoga Body Diet and his Colorado Cleanse.

Issue 34

Read research on the effects of Kirtan Kriya on memory and stress and a new study that shows evidence of MBSR’s effect on anxiety.

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