Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the scientific study of contemplative practices. While seated meditation practices have historically been at the center of inquiry in contemplative sciences, movement-based practices, such as yoga, t'ai chi, qigong, and others, are currently coming to the forefront of this discourse.
Improving well-being and resilience to stress are key issues facing many organizations (Sparks et al 2001). According to Fuller (2010), 97% of senior human resources professionals believe stress is the biggest threat to the future health of the workforce.
Current research suggests that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may reduce low-back pain and improve function. Other studies also suggest that practicing yoga (as well as other forms of regular exercise) might improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure; help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia; and improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.
Yoga may improve symptoms of restless leg syndrome, reports a new study. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a brain disorder that causes an individual's legs to feel extremely uncomfortable when sitting or lying down. These unpleasant sensations may feel like burning, tugging or like insects are crawling inside the legs. RLS causes an uncontrollable urge to stand up or walk around. When the person gets up, the symptoms start to go away.
FOR three years after a car crash left her with chronic pain, Deanna Adams searched high and low for relief. Mrs. Adams, 41, a stay-at-home mother in West Palm Beach, Fla., consulted a physiotherapist, a chiropractor, two doctors (a pain specialist and a neurologist) and an acupuncturist — to no avail.
Elderly women showed measurable improvements in their walking speed and balance after a nine-week yoga program and they gained a centimeter in height, on average, Philadelphia researchers report. Read more.
Tom Carroll is one of Australia’s greatest surfing champions. His introduction to yoga by teacher Simon Buttonshaw was one of the turning points in Tom’s career. Both men see an intrinsic connection between yoga and surfing and in this article discuss their views and experiences with Greg Wythes.