Newsletter May, 2013
In this issue:
Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side-angle Pose)
Utthita Parshvakonasana - उत्थित-पार्श्वकोणासन- is an intermediate level pose and can be considered an extension of the Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) pose.
It is an excellent pose for stretching and strengthening the hips, legs, ankles, knees, and the spine. In my own practice and in the classes that I teach, I usually integrate this pose as an extension of the Warrior 2 pose which itself is integrated as a part of the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) routine.
Guided Meditation, a simple technique
Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or an infrequent practitioner of meditation, you know how difficult it is to keep the mind steady on the object of your meditation. That is simply because that is the very nature of the mind. The mind only knows how to run around with different thoughts, emotions, feelings, perceptions etc. Swami Vivekananda likened the mind to a monkey - not an ordinary monkey but one who has had an alcoholic drink or two.
New Student discount for May 2013
As most of you are aware, each month I offer a special promotion to encourage new students to try out a few yoga classes at a highly discounted rate. For the month of May I am offering a special whereby new students can enjoy a whole month of unlimited classes for only $40 (regularly $65). This translates to under $4 per class if one were to attend all the classes that I offer during the month. If you haven't practiced yoga with me for over six months, you qualify for this discount.
Yoga in the News
Yoga for anorexia and eating disorders
I was 58 pounds, had just suffered a stroke, and anorexia had siphoned away any desire I had left to live. Fortunately, death did not oblige. He cracked open the door, took one look at me, and slammed it back shut in my face.
Yoga Improves Quality of Life in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Study Says
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful autoimmune disease, which particularly affects women, and is common even among younger age groups. Symptoms include fatigue, stiffness and joint pain, which can progress flu-like symptoms with muscle aches and loss of appetite.
Yoga Can Reduce Depression In Pregnant Women As Well As Boost Maternal Bonding
Now, new research from the University of Michigan shows that the age-old recommended stress-buster could relieve their symptoms.
Mothers-to-be at high risk of mental health problems found significant relief from depressive symptoms after taking part in a 10-week programme. They also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.
Genetic Evidence of Yoga's Impact on the Immune System
Newly published research from Norway suggests that a comprehensive yoga program rapidly produces internal changes on a genetic level. The results help explain the well-documented health benefits of this ancient practice.
Have a question/suggestion?
If you have a yoga-related question, please write to me and I would do my best to provide an answer in a timely manner. I would love to hear your suggestions for future newsletter articles.
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