Weight Loss: Facts To Fiction

Dietary supplements, yoga, mindfulness, are successfully sold to help weight loss--what are the facts and what is fiction? Read on as many marketing claims are myths with no scientific evidence. Worse, there are some serious safety concerns and potentially negative side effects. This is the topic in the highly regarded National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health's... 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 →

Meditation For Cognitive Control

Meditation is a cognitive control exercise that enhances the self regulation of internal distractions, suggests Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. Emory University's Wendy Hasenkamp and Larence Barsalon find that meditation seems to "flex" the neural circuitry for sustaining attention, an indicator of cognitive control. Both these findings are... Continue Reading →

30 Minutes of Meditation Keeps Anxiety Away

Thirty minutes of meditation a day may keep anxiety and depression at bay, according to research released by Johns Hopkins on January 6, 2014. Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says that meditation is not considered mainstream therapy, "But in our... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness App To Quit Smoking?

An iPhone app using mindfulness to quit smoking is about to be tested in clinical trials. It is developed by Judson Brewer, an assistant professor and medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic at Yale. He also practices mindfulness. In a clinical trial, Brewer found mindfulness training to be twice as effective as Freedom... 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 →

Bessel van der Kolk On Yoga And PTSD

Thanks to Cindy for this post. Western psychotherapy has hardly paid any attention to the experience and interpretation of disturbed physical sensations and action patterns. Yoga is one of the Asian traditions that clearly help reintegrate body and mind. For someone to heal from PTSD [post-traumatic stress syndrome], one must learn how to control bodily reflexes. PTSD causes memory to be... Continue Reading →

Yoga For Obesity And Diabetes 2

Obesity is now considered to be a medical condition. A huge population in the US is obese or overweight according to the June 2013 issue of the National Institute Health newsletter--more than two-third of adults and a third of the children. A scientific survey was done on the effectiveness and dangers of various complementary treatments.... Continue Reading →

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