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Yoga protects the brain from depression

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Practising yoga really does relax your mind as well as your body more than other types of exercise, a new study claims. Researchers have found that three sessions of the exercise a week can help fight off depression as it boosts levels of a chemical in the brain which is essential for a sound and relaxed mind. Scientists found that the levels of the amino acid GABA are much higher in those that carry out yoga than those do the equivalent of a similarly strenuous exercise such as walking.

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Yoga for Arthritis - How Can Yoga Help You Deal with Arthritis

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Feeling stiff on your back? Having pain in your knees and wrists perhaps? You are then most likely suffering from arthritis, a disease which causes inflammation or swelling of the joints. Arthritis is among the more common diseases in the world. It affects 40% of Americans aged 45 to 64 and 60% of those aged 65 and older. Popular belief holds that arthritis is a sickness of the aged. But while age does increase the risk and vulnerability of people to arthritis, even children, teenagers, and young adults can have it. Cases of arthritis among children are generally termed as Juvenile Arthritis.

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Yoga Energy: Mind Body Spirit Balance For Health

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Fundamentally, the word "health" comes from the root word "whole." So what we call "feeling healthy" means that we have a sense of wholeness in us. Medically, a person may be free of diseases, but that is only one part of health. When you feel like a complete human being in your body, mind and spirit, then you can be fully healthy. So there are any number of people who are healthy by medical standards, but unless they experience that sense of wellness from within, they are still lacking something.

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Losing Baby Weight: 3 Yoga Moves for Mom and Baby

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There are days when taking care of a baby (or two or three!) feels like a work out. On those days, losing baby weight is not your top priority. If you feel like winding down, yoga for moms and babies might be just what you need. Many yoga moves can be done easily in your living room. Of course, check with your doctor and make sure you are cleared for exercise before you try working out after having your baby. Here are some mom and baby yoga moves that don't require you to be a yogi to learn them: Boat Pose: Begin seated with you knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.

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New York Invaded By `Downward Dogs'

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The Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park is about to be infested with thousands of downward dogs.

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History of Yoga

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Yoga derives from prehistoric roots, and develops out of Ancient Indian asceticism (tapas). Yoga as a Hindu philosophy ("darshana") is first expounded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This earliest school of Yoga retrospectively came to be known by the retronym Raja Yoga to distinguish it from later schools. Indus Valley civilization (ca. 3300–1700 BC) Several steatite seals discovered at Indus Valley Civilization (c.

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When Yoga and Mindfulness Meet Torah

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A rabbi, a yogi and a Buddhist walk into the Manhattan JCC…What sounds like a stock opener of a joke actually happened at an event March 1 connected to Dani Shapiro’s newly released memoir, “Devotion” (Harper). The author invited her spiritual teachers to join her in a conversation moderated by writer and former television producer Abigail Pogrebin, who not only feigned surprise that attendees didn’t arrive in yoga pants, but also declared herself the most high-strung person in the room.

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Down Dog with Head on Block

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Having trouble falling asleep? This pose might be able to help ease your insomnia. The Dog Down with Head on Block works to calm your nervous system while relieving stress in the mind to help you get the rest you need.

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Yoga sequences

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Here I demonstrated a yoga sequence to help strengthen your lower back – the most vulnerable part of the spine – to protect the sacrum, and improve the stability and flexibility of the hips.

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Football, men’s soccer turn to yoga

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At first glance, the Dartmouth football team and men’s soccer team might not have much in common. When it comes to training, however, both are fluent in terms such as “lord of the fishes” and “pigeon pose,” which have been used during team yoga sessions. Instructed by Julia Cedergren — the wife of men’s soccer assistant coach Johan Cedergren — the teams have incorporated yoga to help the athletes improve flexibility and stretch out tight muscles.

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