Browsing Archive: October, 2015

Yoga to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Other 

It is widely accepted that both stress and physical inactivity are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) [1].

Strategies which promote a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and stress management, have been shown to be beneficial in terms of reducing CVD risk factors [1]. Yoga has been demonstrated to reduce stress [2] and the holding of poses that is involved provides surprising robust exercise [3]and so, theoretically, yoga could be effective as a primary prevention interv...


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Yoga therapy recommendations for Ankylosing Spondylitis: An evidence based review

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Other 

The below recommendations are based on a new consensus statement published in Rheumatology, which provides the first comprehensive exercise recommendations to guide practitioners treating AS patients:

1) Assessment: Individual yoga prescriptions should be informed by a thorough and reproducible assessment that includes musculoskeletal and psychosocial factors, and AS-specific measures, including objective axial mobility and chest expansion.

2) Monitoring: Sufficient monitoring and feedback shou...


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Yoga may be the missing link to stroke survivors' rehabilitation

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Neurological Disorders 

One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime [1].

That’s about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes. 
Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of premature death, after heart disease, and is the leading cause of disability among adults [2].

During a stroke, the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. Cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing them to die. Damage is localised to the area of brain ...


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Determining Hatha Yoga's Stress-Reduction Benefits

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Stress 

Journal of Physiology and Behavior

Summary:

►We compared adiponectin and leptin data from novice and expert yoga practitioners.
►Leptin plays a proinflammatory role, adiponectin has anti-inflammatory properties. 
►Leptin was 36% higher among novices compared to experts.
►Experts' average adiponectin to leptin ratio was nearly twice that of novices. 
►Intensive yoga practice may benefit health by altering leptin and adiponectin production.

REFERENCE:

Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Christian, L. M.,...

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Exercise Directly Causes an Increase in the Number of Neural Stem Cells in the Brain

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Neurological Disorders 


Neuroscientists have, for the first time, been able to demonstrate that moderate exercise significantly increases the number of neural stem cells in the ageing brain.

In research published in Stem Cells, Dr Daniel Blackmore and his colleagues at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have shown that moderate exercise directly increases the number of stem cells in the ageing brain.

Despite the conventional wisdom that we only have a set number of neurons or brain cells, neuroscientists have known ...

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Exerpt from the 1934 textbook The Yoga Makaranda. Mayurasana:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Muscle Strengthening 


This asana must be done before eating (on an empty stomach). Wait a minimum of four hours after eating before practising this asana. This asana should be held from 1 minute up to [a long time] according to the practitioner’s capability. It is good to practise this regularly and to remain in this asana for longer periods during the winter or colder months rather than in the summer.If we make it a habit to practise this asana every day for at least fifteen minutes, we will attain tremendous b...
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Jump From Downward Dog to Handstand: A Review of Motor Learning Principles.

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Muscle Strengthening 

Below are some general guidlines on motor skill learning and performance. These factors are relevant when learning any new complex motor pattern, and are incidently the cornerstone of neurorehabilitation.

1. OBSERVATIONAL PRACTICE:
Observation of others, particularly when it is combined with physical practice, can make important contributions to learning. This includes dyad practice (i.e. practice in pairs), where the novice practitioner can observe the experienced practitioners technique, can ...

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Evidence for Exercise and Mindfulness in Cold and Flu Prevention

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Immune System 


1. Exercise May Block Colds

Being fit -- or at least a perception of being fit -- appears to be associated with a reduction in upper respiratory tract infections, researchers found.

During a 12-week period, individuals who said they exercised at least five days a week had 43% fewer days with an upper respiratory tract infection than those who exercised no more than one day a week (P<0.05), according to David Nieman, DrPH, of Appalachian State University in Kannapolis, N.C., and colleagues.
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