Research Newsletter

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.

Issue 33

Read a summary of a new study that investigates the effects of the mindfulness-meditation based stress reduction (MBSR) program on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, a report on Aetna Insurance’s investigation of yoga as a means to cut health costs and a review of The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment by Michele Hébert.

Issue 31

Read research and news on yoga and mental health, as well as reviews of three books that may lift your spirit during the dark days of winter.

Issue 30

Greetings! I’m excited to be sending you the 30th newsletter that includes exciting new research on the efficacy of yoga for mood, including a report from LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Dr. Susan Tebb and Dr. Kathryn Schafer from the International Association of Yoga Therapy Research Symposium at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA this month. I’m…

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Issue 29

Early Fall/2010 LifeForce Yoga When Yoga International asked me to write about “Breath of Joy” for the upcoming winter issue, it brought back memories of a wonderful Kripalu Yogini named Lila Ostermann who died this year at ninety-two. She introduced this breath in the the early 70’s, and it remains a staple, mood-elevating Kripalu Yoga…

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Issue 28

Summer/2010 LifeForce Yoga Greetings! There are eyes that see into eternity. A presence beyond the power and magic of shamans. Let that in. Sink to the floor, full prostration. ~Rumi I’m thinking about “presence beyond the power and magic of shamans” today, because I’ve just returned from an Ayurvedic session in Tucson with a teacher/healer…

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Issue 27

Late Spring 2010 LifeForce Yoga Logo Greetings! I’m grateful for the support I received from so many of you as I taught in my boot-cast this last month at mental health conferences in Phoenix and Washington, DC and led the first LIfeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression & Anxiety at the Sivananda Ashram in the…

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Issue 26

Early Spring 2010 Some of you heard that I had foot surgery. Thank you for your kind wishes for my speedy recovery. I’m not walking yet, but on my 3rd day out, I practiced yoga and did a little belly pumping kriya to get things moving again. It worked! What I appreciate most ~ Smokey’s…

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Issue 25

Winter/2009 LifeForce Yoga There are some wonderful new books that arrived on my desk in time for gift-giving season. Reading them this month has been a gift I’ve given myself. I’ve been reading books about Yoga and chronic pain, the neuroscience of happiness, and integrating mindfulness into pyschotherapy by new authors, most of them psychologists…

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Issue 24

Late Fall/2009 LifeForce Yoga How do we welcome feelings of anticipation or even excitement–a vacation, a new relationship, a new project–without creating expectations that are bound to be disappointed? I’m one of those people who dives in with enthusiasm. What I’ve found that keeps expectations in check, is to allow a complete embracing of the…

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