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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Meditation / Stress Management Workshop

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 5 comments

Meditation / Stress Management Workshop

This is your chance to learn what meditation actually is and have the chance to practice several different techniques. We will learn about the effects of stress on your body and how meditation can be a useful tool to combat those effects. This workshop is spread over four weeks to allow you time to practice the different methods between classes and ask any questions that arise. Prior Yoga experience is NOT necessary. For more information and to sign up contact Cheri at 979-549-7448 or use the Contact Form. Meditation / Stress Management Workshop is scheduled on four consecutive Fridays When: Oct 18 & 25, Nov 1 & 8. (make up session to be decided) Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: Friendswood Activity Center, 416 Morningside Dr. Friendswood, TX. 77546 Cost: $40 (paid in advance) plus $10 study material Workshop Size: Limited to 10  ...

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Control Issues??

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 | 0 comments

For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing a bit of change.  And that means that my students have had to deal with some changes in our class schedule.  First off let me say that they have all been real troopers about the whole thing.  And I would like to take this opportunity to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all of their support. Let me state for the record: Change makes me nervous.  I am much better with it since I have been practicing Yoga, but for me it is still a work in progress.  Let’s just say I have control issues.  I wonder if any of you can relate?  During this period of change I have been brought face to face with the remainder of my control issues, and it has been an eye opening experience. I have been through many drastic changes in the past 13 years (Yoga years) or so and I can honestly say that I have learned so much from those periods in my life.  And the really good news is it keeps getting better.  Meaning that I am better able to cope.  This time I feel like I have had a real breakthrough because I am approaching these changes as opportunities instead of obstacles, and that has made a world of difference in my stress level and how I have reacted. Some time back I ran across this quote: “If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” – Mario Andretti Now, for those of you who do not know – I am a huge drag race fan and I have had the privilege of actually driving a dragster on the Pomona track in California (one of the most thrilling experiences of my life).  So I can completely understand what he is talking about from a literal standpoint, but I think it is also a wonderful philosophy that applies to life in general. I know many of you out there are cringing at the very thought of being out of control.  But just bear with me for a while.  If everything in our lives is exactly as planed, and never strays from what we expect (i.e. too slow), then where is the excitement? So I propose a little experiment.  The next time you feel like life is spinning out of control, turn your perception around to see all the chaos as excitement, like a race car that you are trying to keep on the track.   After all, in truth there is only one thing in this life we can control and that is our reactions.  Never forget that this life is meant to be a thrill.  Personally, I intend to slide into “heaven” sideways yelling “What a Ride!!!”....

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