Eastern medicine and therapeutics have worked for thousands of years without research. With the West more readily embracing many Eastern philosophies and techniques, practitioners and teachers of yoga are finding clinical validation for what they have been doing all along….
“Reputable American doctors are pursuing randomized yoga studies, and the National Institutes of Health is funding clinical trials of yoga for treating insomnia and multiple sclerosis.”
Medical or “therapeutic” yoga is a far cry from the intense technique taught in health clubs. Popular yogas, such as Ashtanga, Bikram and Iyengar are physically demanding, usually causing participants to break a sweat. By contrast, therapeutic yoga focuses on breathing and meditation techniques that calm the mind, increase lung capacity and reduce stress. Health clubs “are much more into power, in-your-face kind of yoga,” says Vijay Vad, sports medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.”
“After analyzing the data, researchers found that the regular practice of Hatha yoga significantly improved the subjects’ flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and balance. After eight weeks, the average flexibility of the yoga group improved by 13 percent to 35 percent and the gains were significantly greater than the non-yoga group, especially in shoulder and trunk flexibility, and ankle range of motion” (for complete data tables, visit www.acefitness.org).
“Regular yoga practice can help in weight management. Firstly, some of the asanas stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects body metabolism. There are several asanas, such as the shoulder stand and the fish posture, which are specific for the thyroid gland. Fat metabolism is also increased, so fat is converted to muscle and energy. This means that, as well as losing fat, you will have better muscle tone and a higher vitality level.”
There are so many reasons to try yoga, core strength, flexibility, weight management, health management, happiness, socialization -the list goes on. We are glad to discuss how regular yoga practice and classes at our studio can help you!
Keeping active while pregnant is a recommendation of ACOG for healthy women. Prenatal fitness and yoga classes can help reduce the duration and intensity of labor, reduce the need for unnecessary interventions, keep moms fit and at a healthy weight post-natal. Baby yoga is a great way to introduce healthy touch and bond with your newborn. It can also alleviate common baby issues like gas.
Yoga for Kids
In our fast paced, overscheduled society we have created an environment of stress and burn-out for our children. Yoga offers a set time where children can relax and just “be”. A strong foundation (in self) is the key to life long happiness. It is never too early to give our children a strong belief in themselves and their potential. Teaching children respect for themselves, their bodies and other living beings is one of the main goals of the Shining Kids Yoga™ program.
We offer fully integrated classes that strive to reach each child through styles suited to their individual learning needs. S.K.Y™ utilizes various children’s yoga postures and techniques and couples these techniques with a formal education background and experience with children. Our classes not only offer physical curriculum, they also focus on the emotional, psychological, and intellectual cultivation of each child. W e use large and fine motor movements, fantasy & imaginative play, relaxation, music, art and crafts in each of our classes.
Some benefits of Yoga for Children are:
· it helps children develop and nurture their problem solving abilities,
· strengthens and builds self-esteem,
· teaches self reliance, self-policing,
· uses brain balancing techniques,
· uses fine and gross motor skills; helps with balance, hand to eye co-ordination
· strengthens neural pathways,
· helps harness energy and teach self calming,
· awakens and cultivates creativity,
· Teaches respect for self and others
Yoga for Lazy People: Thai Bodywork
In Thailand, Nuad Boran, or Thai Massage, is offered as part of a larger healing system . It focuses on the “sen” energy lines in the body. Through movements of compression, thumbing, and stretching along these lines Thai bodywork releases blocks, frees congestion, chronic pain, and restores balance, health and energy. The practitioner moves a passive body through a series to help clients cultivate breath and relaxation.
This is a full-body holistic form of work that involves the physical, energetic, and emotional bodies. It is very closely related to yoga and ayurveda making it complimentary to practice.