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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read an on-site research summary from the first International Yoga Research Conference in Haridwar, India.
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.
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….