Chair Sun Salutations

Here we have modified the sequence of 12 positions of sun salutations for those with more limited movement on the chair. The modified sequence retains the fluidity of movement and breath to benefit the whole body. Chair sun salutations are gently invigorating and calm the body. Try them out to feel energized and balanced. In... Continue Reading →

Chair Asana

The following basic routine includes movements of all major joints. The whole routine should take about 15 to 20 minutes. If time is limited, after going through body and breath awareness, pick a few movements that are the most relevant for you. Another suggestion is that one day you do the upper half of the... Continue Reading →

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Yoga Plank Good, Crunches Not So

As I see people strenuously doing crunches and sit-ups at the gym, alone and with trainers, here is the case made by Harvard Medical School's Focus on Fitness e-newsletter: yoga planks are good for core fitness, sit-ups and crunches are not good for the back. A decade ago, sit-ups and grunting crunches were the standard... Continue Reading →

Music For The Brain: Memory and Dementia

Following through on the previous post, music (not just kirtan) can have a profound role in some diseases like Alzheimer's  with the accompanying memory loss and dementia. Here is the lead to a scientific documentary: Slowly, inevitably, Alzheimer's disease robs a person of profound memories, like the names and faces of loved ones. Right now,... Continue Reading →

“Medical Meditation” For Alzheimer’s And Dementia

This is the first time I have come across the term "medical meditation". A specific meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK) looks very promising if the numerous research studies cited in "A White Paper: Yoga and Medical Meditation™ as Alzheimer’s Prevention Medicine" , by The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation's Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., are well-designed and statistically valid.... Continue Reading →

Can Surya Namaskar Help GERD?

The short and quick answer is often "no". First it is important to determine what is causing GERD. If it is hiatal hernia, surya namaskar (also known as sun salutations) may not be helpful at all and may even be contraindicated. This comes under yoga therapy and expert guidance is essential as every one is... Continue Reading →

Hip Yoga Injuries In Women

It is a fact that yoga can cause injuries. We can debate the reasons--from inadequate teaching to over zealous students. But that conversation can only begin with an acknowledgement of this basic fact that we personally know. It is a conversation I have had online with Alison Eastland, a yoga teacher and blogger, in Australia.... Continue Reading →

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