Wellness

What Acute Stress Does to Us

The Skeletal System: Decreased bone density through increased osteoclast activity Osteoporosis Osteopenia Decreased alignment from weakened bone health Higher Risk of Fractures Muscles and Joints: Muscle stress/spasms Migraines/ tension headaches Chronic joint pain Low back pain The Respiratory System: Constricts bronchi making breathing difficult Triggers Asthma Shallow breathing patterns Rapid breathing/hyperventilation Panic attacks (characterized by [...]

What Acute Stress Does to Us2019-10-09T19:43:47+00:00

The Endocrine System

The Endocrine System is considered the “second great control system” of the body and interacts closely with the nervous system to produce and regulate hormones. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the blood stream while exocrine glands have ducts and secrete non hormonal substances such as tears or oil or sweat. Hormones are chemicals responsible for [...]

The Endocrine System2019-10-09T19:43:48+00:00

Lulu OT + Yoga Update

June 2015 Update IYT Teacher Training Month 8. We studied the nervous system’s response to stress – particularly the sympathetic/parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Of course we focused primarily on restorative work and had a relatively stress free weekend. J. Brown was our dynamic guest yoga artist and shared both his process and [...]

Lulu OT + Yoga Update2019-10-09T19:43:48+00:00

Iyengar RIP

Mr. Iyengar died early this morning (8/20/14) at the age of 95. Although I never got the chance to study yoga with him, I have been a student of his techniques for over 15 years. As a trained modern dancer, his techniques went beyond the joyful movement of asana, (which I naturally loved), and taught [...]

Iyengar RIP2019-10-09T19:43:48+00:00

Staten Island University Hospital Yoga

Two weeks ago, for a cable special on yoga for seniors, I was interviewed at Staten Island University Hospital along with 2 current and one former patient. Each of us was interviewed and the students very eloquently discussed the reasons and health considerations that brought them to yoga. Some memorable moments included Josephine reporting that [...]

Staten Island University Hospital Yoga2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Texas

It been almost 2 months since I left for Texas to finish the 500 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Training I started last August at Kripalu. We were lucky to be a small, cohesive group of 22 students plus a handful of teachers, and equally lucky to be staying on the grounds of a Hindu temple, [...]

Texas2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Listening

“In what ways is simply listening already a healing process and therapy for both the client and the yoga therapist?” Being heard and understood is a primal need most humans require. In infants, it becomes a matter of physical survival (hungry, tired, uncomfortable) and in adults it creates connection & peace and is a huge [...]

Listening2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Dads Yoga

At 75, my dad is starting his yoga practice. The facts are as follows; he is basically thin and fit, a tennis player, gardener and avid ballroom dancer. A psychiatrist, which makes him precise, direct and punctuated with shoulder tension. He has a history of asthma and abandonment issues (mother) and above all stays far [...]

Dads Yoga2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

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