Yoga

   I specialize in helping individuals with complex medical conditions receive the physical and mental benefits of yoga.  In the past, I've worked with clients with ALS, transplants, cancer, joint replacement, bipolar disorder as well as depression and anxiety.

  

Please contact me for pricing information and to determine your specific needs.  One time, or ongoing, private and group sessions can be scheduled at your home or place of work.

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Yoga helps the mind and body work together through a series of physical poses (asana) in conjunction with the breath and mindfulness.  It can be vigorous or quite gentle and be modified for any physical or psychological condition.

Benefits of Yoga

Studies show that yoga can help:
  • Reduce back pain: Weekly yoga classes relieve symptoms of low back pain about as well as intense, regular stretching sessions.
  • Strengthen bones: In one small study, yoga practitioners were shown to have increased bone density in their spine and hips, compared to people in a control group.
  • Improve balance: Male athletes in one study displayed better balance after 10 weeks of yoga classes than a control group of athletes who did not change their routines.
  • Stave off mental decline: In one study, participants who did a combination of yoga and meditation as opposed to a brain-training exercise performed much better on a test of visuospatial memory, a type of remembering that is important for balance, depth perception and the ability to recognize objects and navigate the world.
  • Reduce stress: A study of 72 women found that Iyengar yoga helped reduce mental distress and the related psychological and physical symptoms of stress.
  • Relieve depression: In a study of coal miners with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or C.O.P.D., yoga was shown to alleviate depression and anxiety.

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