Friday Q&A: Improving Posture

The Proportions of the Human Figure by Leonardo da Vinci Q: I’ve practiced yoga sporadically over the past decade, but now at 75 I’m noticing my posture leans forward a bit. Are their certain asanas that would be good for me to practice, given my posture issue. I know more consistent practice would also help. A: Often poor posture creeps up on people gradually over the years until a loved one starts reporting to them about their slumped posture or, as with our reader, they discover it on their own. And…

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Dr. Brad Gibson’s Point of View on Science, Aging, and Yoga

by Nina The only time Brad let me take his picture I’ve just completed my California book tour. It was so rewarding to meet and talk with some of our readers! But one thing I noticed was that I did need to explain to every audience who Brad Gibson was and why he was with me.As a medical researcher who studied aging for 16 years (he’s now working on drug discovery for serious diseases—here’s hoping!), Brad helped me write the first chapter of our book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A…

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Relieving Pain Mindfully

by Ram Landscape with Red Spots by Wassily Kandinsky Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage” and serves as the body’s inherent protective mechanism to:  Motivate the individual to pull out from a damaging situation and prevent further damage to the tissue  Allow the damaged tissue to rest and begin the healing process Avoid similar encounters.  Thus, pain in a true sense is beneficial when, for example, your back sustains a blow and the injured tissues need care and protection.…

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Who is the Teacher?

by Jivana The other day I was teaching an Accessible Yoga class, and at one point there was a lot of talking going on, and I had to ask the students to stop talking so we could move on to the next practice. This is a common occurrence in my classes. But I realize that in most yoga classes students don’t speak and instead are expected to practice in a reverential silence. It made me think about what I’m trying to achieve in my classes, which is to empower the…

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Video of the Week: Reclined Back Care Sequence

This longer reclined sequence includes three of Baxter’s mini reclined vinyasas, all of which he has modified to be safer for those with back problems and to improve spinal stability and flexibility. Although he only takes you through the sequence once, you can repeat it several times if you wish. Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email ° Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook and Twitter ° To order Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your local bookstore. Follow Baxter Bell, MD on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. For upcoming workshops and retreats see Baxter’s Workshops and…

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Why Meditating on Your Breath Works

by Nina Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky by Vincent van Gogh “The research shows for the first time that breathing—a key element of meditation and mindfulness practices—directly affects the levels of a natural chemical messenger in the brain called noradrenaline. This chemical messenger is released when we are challenged, curious, exercised, focused or emotionally aroused, and, if produced at the right levels, helps the brain grow new connections, like a brain fertiliser. The way we breathe, in other words, directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a…

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Evolving Ideas about Yoga for Healthy Aging

by Baxter The Cultivation of Ideas by Rene Magritte* As I approach teaching my sixth Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive this July 2018, I thought it would be useful to reflect on how my ideas about teaching Yoga for Healthy Aging have evolved since we began teaching this course.Let me begin by saying that the core content and concepts of Yoga for Healthy Aging remain unchanged and are holding up beautifully since we started in the summer of 2015. But as I was reflecting on my perspective on the four…

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Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

by Beth Contentment by Maxfield Parrish* The word “gratitude” means to be thankful and appreciative for something or someone. An attitude of gratitude helps us live our lives with a greater sense of well-being, in spite of difficulties and disappointments. Feelings of gratitude change the brain by activating the production of dopamine and serotonin, the ‘feel good’ chemicals. And as Nina points out in It is not finding gratitude that matters; it is remembering to look in the first place, making an effort to find gratitude is just as important…

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Yoga FAQ, Chapter 3 by Richard Rosen

by Nina Although we featured this chapter from Richard’s book Yoga FAQ during our holiday gift week at the end of December 2017, I thought I rerun it today because this chapter by Richard answers questions about and related to the Vedas and Upanishads, which are from the two periods of yoga history (and prehistory) that I discussed in my post Is Yoga Really 5,000 Years Old? If you were left with questions after reading my post, such as “What are the Upanishads?”, you may be able to find out the answers…

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Video of the Week: Dynamic Half Cow-Face Pose Arms

This dynamic sequence includes the top arm position of Cow-Face pose to improve flexibility in your shoulders and upper back and adds a static side bend to improve flexibility in the sides of your chest and waist. Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email ° Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook and Twitter ° To order Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your local bookstore. Follow Baxter Bell, MD on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. For upcoming workshops and retreats see Baxter’s Workshops and for info on Baxter see baxterbell.com.   Source: Yoga

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