A regular Yoga Practice helped Jennifer Daks find relief from her RA.
By Jan Brogan, Boston Globe Correspondent
Jennifer Daks, a Baltimore resident with rheumatoid arthritis, began her yoga practice after a recommendation from her doctor. She was reluctant at first, but ultimately, she says, the practice changed her life.
First diagnosed with RA at age 2, she went into remission at age 7 and stayed in remission for so long that she says she almost forgot she had RA. But at age 18 her symptoms flared with force, and she found herself talking to her rheumatologist about new treatment options.
“I told my rheumatologist that I didn’t want to be on medications for the rest of my life," she says. "I didn’t want to have to rely on them." Her doctor suggested yoga but didn’t have specific guidance. So Daks found herself searching for the right yoga practice.
Yoga Nidra is making headlines (again!) this month with the release of several studies and articles describing its effectiveness in the treatment of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
We invite you to experience this ancient, healing practice at Peace Love Yoga Palm Springs, every Friday at 11:30am with Chuck Burks.
For those who want to know more, here's an excellent article about Yoga Nidra practice from the great folks at yogainternational.com: Strengthen Your Inner Resolve with Yoga Nidra.
by cosmicj Comments Off on Yoga Nidra: The Divine Sleep
Ancient form of Yoga used to cure Yuletide Stress
By Jan Brogan, Boston Globe Correspondent
EASTON, MASSACHUSETTS — It’s Friday night and while others unwind over cocktails after a tough week, 14 people come to Easton Yoga Center to lie side by side on the floor, under blankets and essence of sage oil spritzed in the air. Eye pillows block out the light. After a few preliminary stretches, participants are asked to lie completely still on their backs for the next 45 minutes.
This yoga isn’t about exercise.
Yoga Nidra is a systematic, multistage set of relaxation techniques that help induce a deep, meditative state. It’s as old as yogis, but has gained both in popularity and credibility in recent years in the West as an effective way to relieve stress and anxiety. It is particularly useful during the holiday season, says instructor Lees Yunits. “when we are detangling the mesh of too much shopping, too many family issues, and too much sugar and alcohol.”
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by cosmicj Comments Off on Just Breathe
Originally published in Randy’s Corner, August 9, 2014
Many people are intimidated by yoga. We live in a world of competition and judgment. The yoga mat is the only place that I know of where you can let all of that go and be totally with yourself, without judgment — just allowing your inner guru to guide you through your personal practice. There are no “shoulds” or “rights or wrongs”. Everyone’s body is different and therefore everyone’s practice will be different, unique to themselves.
Every day we bring a different body to yoga and everyday is an opportunity to explore and know your body better, learning to listen to the needs of your body at any given moment, and staying present, being kind and compassionate with yourself. Allowing your body to find it’s happy place while staying safe, is very liberating!
I invite you to give yourself the gift of yoga. The hardest part is showing up for class. After that, it’s fun and easy; it’s invigorating and it’s life changing.
Yoga for me is about harnessing mindful and meditative energy in the time that you are on your mat. It’s about being present, restoring, and bringing peace and harmony to your day.
While I appreciate having a private practice at home there is something powerful about sharing space, time and practice with others. We support each other in that very special moment of asana-breath and being. It is even more fulfilling and rewarding when we meditate together…there is an energy that binds us together…we are gathered in a united purpose that not only completes us as individuals, but also as a group…and that then radiates out into our world.
Come enjoy your practice with us at Peace Love Yoga.
by cosmicj Comments Off on Yoga vs. Ego
How Ego can Sabotage Your Yoga Practice and Your Life
by Tricia White, Ananda Yoga Teacher
It’s a comfortably warm day, not so hot that you’d suffer if you were outside, which in Palm Springs is a blessing. This is the time of year when triple-digit temperatures are as common as cactus. An afternoon graced with scattered clouds, blue skies and warm breezes is something to be savored.
I have a rare afternoon off, so I head over to the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble. I don’t drink coffee but I’m a sucker for coffee shops. I love watching the baristas skillfully filling orders behind the counter; the sweet aroma of a caramel latte; students huddled around a table crowded with books and laptops, chatting about everything from Miley’s escapades in twerking to Johannes Kepler’s laws of planetary motion. I inch through the line, grab a hot tea and a muffin and quickly snag a table. Continue Reading →
by cosmicj Comments Off on Health Benefits of Meditation
You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life
— Excerpt, “Search for the Hero”, by M People (album: Bizarre Fruit)
Once in the not-too-distant past, admitting that you meditate elicited the same response as saying you were the owner of a unicorn farm. Although research into meditation and its benefits began as early as the 1950’s, it would be a decade or more before it came to prominence in American culture.
Early empirical research on meditation yielded hundreds of scientific reports but because many of these initial studies were flawed, the research was met with skepticism or dismissed outright. “The lack of statistical evidence, control populations and rigor of many of the early studies … and the difficulty in controlling the degree of expertise of practitioners can in part account for the limited contributions made by neuroscience-oriented research on meditation.” — from Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: An Introduction by Antoine Lutz, John D. Dunne and Richard J. Davidson (2007)Continue Reading →
by cosmicj Comments Off on Gentlemen, Grab Your Mats: 7 Health Benefits of Yoga Practice for Men
That’s right, lads — men benefit just as much from a regular yoga routine as women. Here’s how.
By Jake Panasevich
Yoga alleviates pain and injury. Most men come to yoga with injuries and pain, particularly in the back, knees and joints. Yoga uses controlled movements, expert alignment, biomechanics and breath to open your body efficiently while minimizing the risk of injury. Safety and alignment are the absolute first priorities in yoga. Yoga demands that you do not push beyond what you are capable of doing safely. Clear physical landmarks and attention to the breath prevent you from pushing past your limits. There’s always a variation or modification to keep you safe while still progressing and challenging yourself. Within the first month of a regular yoga routine, you will alleviate your pain and injuries, beyond that, yoga will help take your health to a whole new level. Continue Reading →