Why the MD Anderson Study Matters

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Why the MD Anderson Study Matters

Healthcare is all the buzz these days; its effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) along with its costs – so to see a significant study of the 5,000 year old practice of Yoga at a leading cancer research center means there just may be something to this Yoga stuff. If you have been practicing Yoga you may think “I don’t need a study to tell me that Yoga works”, but it is a huge deal to read that an established medical research community actually confirms what we Yogis already know, and I want to share this with you. The link between stress and illness has long been documented, but an effective mechanism to break the stress cycle has been illusive until now. Dr. Cohen’s (MD Anderson …..) first clinical study showed a positive effect when Yoga was part of treatment for breast cancer patients. His second study confirms that Yoga is “significantly” better than a simple stretching regime and most importantly confirmed the “significant” reduction of the stress hormone Cortisol as measured by a saliva test. This proves a direct correlation between the practice of Yoga and reduced stress. It is this confirmation of Yoga’s direct effect on stress levels that has implications past breast cancer. Now that Yoga’s benefits have been confirmed in reputable clinical trials it is safe to say that the door has been opened to acceptance of Yoga’s therapeutic qualities in other diseases. Because Yoga is non-toxic, cost effective and easily accessible for those of all abilities it just may be the answer to some of our most pressing medical issues. For more information about the MD Anderson study follow these links: Dr Cohen’s study Video of Dr. Cohen discussing the...

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Mats For Vets

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 | 2 comments

Mats For Vets

Donate a Yoga Mat to Houston Veterans
U.S. Vets is a not for profit that helps veterans and their families with many transitional services. Now the Houston location will be adding Yoga classes, and they were in need of new mats. To read the U.S. Vets Mission Statement click here. Thanks to my students we ordered 12 mats for the Veterans. read the response from Oskar J. Gonzalez-Yetzirah (Sgt. USMC), Outreach Coordinator…

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1,000 Hours Party

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 1 comment

1,000 Hours Party

Thanks to you, my students, I am now certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. This means I have taught over 1,000 hours of class time. A great excuse for a party!! I hope you will join me:   Saturday October 26th 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Heritage Garden Club 112 West Spreading Oaks Friendswood, TX 77546 You are welcome to bring food, drink, or just...

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Community is More than Geography

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 | 1 comment

Community is More than Geography

There are so many ways to support your friends and neighbors right here in our community.  Please consider these local worthy causes here in Friendswood. Your help will be very much appreciated.   Support Baby Robert and his Family Robert Talton II was born a happy healthy little boy, but at 2 1/2 months he was admitted into the hospital and suffered brain hypoxia and was diagnosed with a heart condition. August 3rd – Stevenson Park in Friendswood Texas 11:00 am Auction BBQ Garage Sale Donations accepted   Friendswood Animal Advocates Right now the shelter is full and they will need to begin euthanizing soon, so if you or someone you know is considering a pet please visit the shelter. Visit their website here....

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Let’s Get Physical

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Let’s Get Physical

February is the month of love and I am focusing on loving our bodies, not the body you want and not a body you see in magazines – Your Body – just as it is today – all of it. We want to change our bodies – we want them to LOOK better.  But have you given much thought to their actual function?  This month I am asking you to turn your perspective from the surface appearance of your body to the physical function and begin to appreciate just how wonderful your body is and all it accomplishes every single day. Our bodies are wonderful works of art that are so complex that science has barely scratched the surface of how it works.  There are so many functions that your body completes every second without an active thought from you, like breathing. Consider how the complex interaction of blood, bone and muscle allows for your every movement. Look at your hand and instead of seeing the flaws you would usually see, acknowledge the wonder of what it can do and how it works.  Now turn that same perspective to a part of your body that you would like to change and notice how it alters your feelings about any other part of your body you would like to change.  This new perspective is especially important if you are facing health challenges.  Our mental attitude toward our body is key to how we take care of ourselves. This isn’t about specific parts of your body or being complacent with where you are physically.  This is about shifting your attention from the surface APPEARANCE of your body to the amazing FUNCTION of your body. This is about accepting where you are today and appreciating the physical form that enables you to be present in the world.  When you begin to appreciate your body for the miracle it is – a transformation to love can begin.  When we love something we take good care of it and keep it safe.  This is not a magic wand that changes your body, but it can change how you look at yourself in the...

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Can’t Get Up? Time For Yoga

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Can’t Get Up? Time For Yoga

I hear it all the time; “I can’t do Yoga because I can’t get up off the floor”. If this is your reason for not taking Yoga you may want to consider a new study by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo of Brazil. His research supports a correlation between your ability to sit and rise from the floor and life span. This simple test is called the sitting to rising test and scores from 0 to 10 with points deducted for each “prop” you need to rise (props include hands, knees etc.)

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