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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 ...

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 ...

Keeping Older Yoga Students Safe

September 16th, 2019

Janet Rae Humphrey C-IAYT, E-RYT, C-YFHA, C-IYFS is a yoga teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona who primarily teaches older adults. Janet first walked into a yoga class at the age of 58 after a lifetime of medical issues, including a lumbar fusion, six knee surgeries, fibromyalgia, and three neurosurgeries, followed by life-threatening infections, severe pain, muscular weakness, and scoliosis. Through her ...

Some Commonly-Taught Yoga Poses May Present Risks for Older Adults

August 28th, 2019

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT Teaching yoga to seniors is often erroneously considered an entry-level job for a yoga instructor, since older adults aren’t likely to attempt complicated, “advanced” postures. Unfortunately, this ill-informed attitude puts the most vulnerable students with the least-trained instructors who may  unknowingly put their students at risk. Older adults ...

To Yoga or Not To Yoga with Cancer

April 18th, 2018

By Kimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT Yoga has gained a notable reputation for helping us feel stronger, more balanced and more at ease. What about when we are going through some of the most difficult medical territory of our modern world, the cancer journey? Is yoga still an important tool for self-care? Our research suggests that it is. ...

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 ...

Gentle Yoga to Relieve Back and Neck Pain

February 28th, 2018

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT In our hurried, high-stress world--where many people hunch over computers and smart phones--neck and back pain are extremely common. In this blog post I have included a video of a gentle yoga sequence that is designed to help relieve pain by stretching tight muscles, strengthening weak ones, and enhancing relaxation. Please be aware that ...

An Integrative Approach to Pre-Conception and Fertility

January 17th, 2018

By Elizabeth Bechard, BA, RYT Trying to conceive can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Many women embrace the preconception process as a time to focus on their health and well-being in a new way: welcoming nourishing foods that will support their bodies (and their growing little ones) during pregnancy; cutting back ...

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 Two

September 6th, 2017

By Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH Last week we posted six chair yoga poses that you could perform to break up sedentary behavior during your day at work. Now, we would like to share six more poses that you could incorporate into a daily routine. These short exercises provide you with an opportunity to take a mental break, stretch your ...

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