Research Newsletter

Issue 53

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.

Issue 52

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.

Issue 51

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.

Issue 50: Our Golden Anniversary

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.

Issue 49: Boston Bombings Reflection

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.

Issue 48: Two Inspiring Book Reviews

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.

Issue 46: New Studies Show Benefits of Yoga & Quality of Life

I’m happy to share the news of several newly published studies that show the benefits of yoga for quality of life and emotional well being for breast cancer survivors and a new study that is the first to clearly show that yoga offers hope for pregnant women suffering from depression, many of whom choose not to take medication at this time in their lives. Read on for reviews of new products, including Stephen Cope’s new book, THE GREAT WORK OF YOUR LIFE.

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…

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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….

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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…

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