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Tailoring Yoga to the Western Body

Posted by Scott White on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, In : Other 

Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana II.

In Light on Yoga, Iyengar ranks the poses according to difficulty. 1 being the easiest and 60 being the hardest. This pose is given a 29. (Though the heel should be grabbed in the final posture).

When analysed, the ranking reveals stark differences between traditional eastern body types and western body types. For example, Supta Virasana is given a 2, Malasana a 2, Baddha Konasana is given a 3 and Padmasana a 4. 

For the average person who grew up sitting on chair...

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Supervised Yoga for COPD: Proven, but Underutilized

Posted by Scott White on Thursday, November 19, 2015, In : Other 

Summary Points:

• Nonpharmacologic interventions, such as pulmonary rehabilitation are proven treatments for COPD.
• Recent studies have demonstrated that a supervised yoga program matches conventional COPD rehab (spirometry, function, QOL outcomes all similar).
• Unfortunately, patients aren’t using these therapies to their fullest extent.
• It’s important to overcome barriers so that patients can experience the potential benefits of these interventions.

Pulmonary rehabilitation has b...

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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 Benefit Heart as Much as Aerobic Exercise*

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 

New research reveals that the ancient mind-body practice of yoga may provide the same benefits for your heart as traditional types of aerobic exercise, such as biking or brisk walking.

The similarity of yoga and exercise’s effect on cardiovascular risk factors, according to the researchers, “suggest that there could be comparable working mechanisms, with some possible physiological aerobic benefits occurring with yoga practice, and some stress-reducing, relaxation effect occurring with aer...

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Yoga and High Level Balance: Children and Adults

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 


Muscle weakness and impaired balance are risk factors underlying many falls and fall related injuries experienced by older people [1]. Recent studies have demonstrated the capacity for individualised yoga to reduce age-related balance decline and reduce fall-related injuries.

A 2014 systematic review found that yoga practice can:

>Enhance balance and postural control, based on objective assessment

> Reduce the incidence of balance-related falls

> Reduce fear of falling

This supports other r...

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Screening and management of idiopathic scoliosis

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 


Don’t screen adolescents for scoliosis.

There is no good evidence that screening asymptomatic adolescents detects idiopathic scoliosis at an earlier stage than detection without screening [1], [2]. The potential harms of screening and treating adolescents include unnecessary follow-up visits and evaluations due to false positive test results and psychological adverse effects [1], [2].


Yoga and movement re-education for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis has been sh...

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Yoga practice beneficial to patients with COPD:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, November 16, 2014, In : Other 

An estimated 14.5% of Australians 40 years or over have COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. 

Patients with COPD have trouble pushing used air out of their lungs, making it difficult to take in healthy new air. Although there is no cure for COPD, a patient's quality of life can be improved by controlling symptoms, such as shortness of breath. 

COPD, most commonly caused by cigarette smoking, affects both men and women, and often, symptoms are seen in people in their 40s....

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