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More on Yoga and Ayurveda

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A lot is happening in the world of Yoga and health! If we weren’t convinced before on the benefits of Yoga and why it really should be a part of everyone’s life, we sure are now.  There are countless inspiring stories and examples of how Yoga has helped people totally turn their life around and the benefits are immense and much needed in these times.  Recently, a student shared the New York Times column on Yoga, and it is reinforcing what we already know and experience.  It is nice to read in case you forgot why you practice or were practicing yoga

  1. Yoga may keep your brain young! A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a study of older adults with memory problems.
  2. 12 minutes of yoga can improve your bones! Dr. Loren M. Fishman of Columbia University has been gathering evidence for years, hoping to determine whether yoga might be effective therapy for osteoporosis.
  3. Yoga improves your balance! Tai chi, dancing, even brushing your teeth on one leg can work your balance pretty well.
  4. Yoga may prevent inflammation! A class visit, a new book on yoga’s risks and benefits and the prodding of friends prompt a longtime skeptics reconsideration of the ancient and popular practice.
  5. Yoga can relieve back pain! Weekly yoga classes relieve symptoms of low back pain about as well as intense, regular stretching sessions, a new study shows.
Another phenomenon that has awaken everyone is the effect of our life style on our health!  I love how everything comes around in a full circle, if we wait long enough!  Of course, life style effects our health, in fact, our health is a direct result of our life style.  When we think of the word medicine , we think of pills. But we are expanding our definition to a much larger context now.  The real medicine is our life style! Life Style is everything from what goes into our mouth, what we take in through all our senses, how we live with others and our environment, our understanding and connection with nature, how we spend our time, how to keep body/mind/spirit healthy! This is what Ayurvedic medicine is all about!