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Making Yoga Accessible to Seniors

February 10th, 2022

How to Boost Benefits and Reduce Risks for Older Adults By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT In recent years, there's been a growing interest in making yoga accessible to everybody—thanks, in large part, to the work of Jivana Heyman, director of the Accessible Yoga Association, whose mission statement proclaims that "all ...

The Power of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

April 29th, 2021

By the Duke Integrative Medicine Programs Team As we go about the activities of our day, it is often the case that we may not notice the tension in our muscles and the feelings in our bodies. With increased awareness, we can both notice and choose to relax those muscles that tend to hold habitual tension and stress.

Breathing Lessons: Stress Relief and Better Health, Right Under Your Nose

January 22nd, 2021

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT If you think you're an expert in breathing just because you've been doing it all your life, take this test: Put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly. Close your eyes and take several full, deep breaths, paying close attention to the movement of breath in your body. When you inhale ...

The 2020 “Best of the Best” in Health and Wellness

December 10th, 2020

By Jocelyn Weiss, Ph.D., MPH, NBC-HWC I know… it feels a little weird to imagine a “Best of” list for 2020. It has been a doozy of a year and there is no getting around that. COVID-19 has taken a toll on our physical, mental, and social well-being. That all said, we have also found new ways to connect, care for ...

What to Expect in a Yoga Therapy Session

October 5th, 2020

By: Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT Yoga is a powerful form of mind-body medicine that approaches health in a holistic manner, recognizing that physical ailments also have emotional, mental and spiritual components. But unlike a yoga class, where the teacher guides a group of students through a practice, a yoga therapy session is focused on just one person—you. In addition, yoga therapists ...

Integrative Nutrition and Yoga for Pregnancy

March 28th, 2018

By Elizabeth Bechard, BA, RYT It wasn’t long after I got pregnant that the coupons from Buy Buy Baby started to show up in the mail: somehow, mysteriously, the commercial universe seemed to know that I was pregnant, and wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to start my baby registry. I started receiving emails with pregnancy ...

Not Just Any Yoga Class: Three Steps to Safe Practice

September 27th, 2017

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT As a yoga therapist, I wasn’t surprised to see recent headlines asserting that “Yoga Can Help Back Pain.”  I’ve taught many people with back pain and other health challenges—such as heart disease, insomnia, and arthritis--how to use yoga breathing, movement, and meditation techniques to find ease in body and mind. This

Mind-Body Techniques: Chair Yoga – Part One

August 30th, 2017

By Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH In January, we shared a blog post on how "Sitting is the New Smoking." As a continuation of that piece, we are presenting a two-part  series that highlights chair yoga and how it can be incorporated into your day to break up sedentary behavior. Becoming more active at work and incorporating a few short ...

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