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 →

Yoga As Self-Care For Arthritis

In a recent study "A pilot study of yoga as self-care for arthritis in minority communities" published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, April 2, 2013, arthritis is cited as the most common cause of disability in US.  Fifty million people are diagnosed with arthritis.  The point of this government-funded study is to measure... Continue Reading →

Spring Into New Beginning

  Irises by Vincent van Gogh  Source: Google Images It is that time of the year! Time to renew and refresh the body and mind and reset both. Clearing them both out creates space for the birth of positive, virtuous cycles as we discard negative ones. There are many ways to do this and readers are referred... Continue Reading →

Chair Yoga Safety For Seniors With Falls

A pilot study conducted in New Jersey tested the safety and feasibility of modified chair-yoga on functional outcome among elderly at risk for falls. Eligible participants, over 65, were from an assisted living community. All had a fall in the past six months. The staff identified them as having an increased fear of falling and... Continue Reading →

Raja Yoga Benefits Seniors In North Jersey

In the chair yoga, pranayama, and meditation class that I do at our local senior community center, many seniors (70-87 years old) are  active, pro-active, in their health care. Many do multiple types of exercises. None of them get on the floor. There are several health issues in the group of 20-30, mostly women. There... Continue Reading →

Arthritis:Study in Spanish Harlem

Yoga for Seniors with Arthritis: A Pilot Study Abstract: To examine whether Yoga classes can relieve arthritis symptoms in older adults, Yoga classes were offered once a week for six weeks to 23 older adults (mean age 71; 19 of the 23 were diagnosed with arthritis) in four different senior institutions in East Harlem, New... Continue Reading →

Arthritis:Raja Yoga Study In Dubai

The benefits of yoga for rheumatoid arthritis: results of a preliminary, structured 8-week program Abstract: The aim of this study was to measure the effects of a bi-weekly Raj yoga program on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity. Subjects were recruited from among RA patients in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by email invitations of the RA... Continue Reading →

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