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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

yoga snippets

i must have slept so much after sunday's race that i find myself still wide awake at this ungodly hour of the morning :) in an attempt to lull myself to sleep, i've finally gotten around to checking the news feeds on my google reader and found these yoga-related articles. happy reading!

from KAKE.com, the ABC affiliate in wichita, KS --

FERTILITY YOGA HELPS WICHITA WOMEN

2-18-07 - More than 9.3 million women in the U.S. are using some sort of infertility treatment, but some local families are turning to an alternative to become fertile, yoga.

Two Wichita families shared their stories with KAKE News; both of them had been successful with having a baby, despite failed attempts through science. Laura McFall and Jenny McHugh took Fertility Yoga classes at Yoga Central. Instructor Pam Welch says yoga is all about removing stress.

"The different positions we put you in will force the body to come to a relaxed state, releasing the chemicals that help with relaxation versus the chemicals that stress you out."

Welch says the program de-stresses your mind and relaxes the body, specifically the reproductive organs. She says the techniques she teaches also help couples deal with the anxiety of infertility and the disappointment it can bring.

Welch admits yoga by itself can’t help everyone, but whether it’s alone or combined with medical treatment she says practicing yoga can't hurt and it's a lot less expensive.

But what do medical experts think of yoga for fertility? We went to the Center for Reproductive Medicine for answers.

"I certainly don’t think it hurts in any way, but there are no good scientific studies to prove that yoga in and of itself is a viable treatment for infertility," says Dr. Bruce Tjaden of the Center for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Tjaden and his partner Dr. Granger have been treating infertility for more than 15 years in Wichita.

“I think lots and lots of couples will go to pretty impressive extremes to try and become pregnant."

He encourages couples, especially those going through invitro, to seek some sort of help with stress whether it's counseling, exercise or yoga.

Both couples KAKE spoke with did prenatal yoga throughout their pregnancies and now take yoga just for themselves. If you are interested in fertility yoga the next workshop at yoga central is scheduled for March 3rd. The cost is 40 dollars for one or 65 a couple.



from the associated press --

ISRAELI BUS PASSENGERS TAUGHT YOGA

TEL AVIV, Israel Feb 20, 2007 (AP)— Stressed-out commuters got a peaceful surprise as they boarded an Israeli bus on Tuesday: a yoga instructor with a microphone coaching them how to breathe correctly.

The passengers stretched their hands toward the ceiling and bent their heads forward as Miri Harovi, a 21-year veteran yoga teacher, guided them through a set of exercises that can be performed while sitting down.

"I think that because of our history of terror on buses," Harovi said, referring to past suicide attacks that have targeted crowded buses. "It's very important to do yoga to relax and to show everyone that life is stronger than the fear."

Harovi said the idea of for a yoga bus came to her in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. She talked to the Tel Aviv bus company and they jumped on the idea.

Most of the passengers on the bus participated, and many said they felt relaxed and more ready for work. The yoga bus has run every Tuesday for three weeks, but Harovi hopes that the program will continue and expand. She and her husband, Gilad Harovi, have worked for years to promote yoga on Israeli television and in public schools.

"We want people to try yoga and feel how good it is," Harovi said.



and finally, from thatsfit.com --

"DOG YOGA" HELPS YOU BOND WITH YOUR PET
by Jonathon Morgan

Most of us are familiar with yoga as a method for shedding pounds, toning muscles, and generally improving our health -- but can it also help you bond with your dog?

The Japan Dog Yoga Association thinks so. Their recent "Dog Yoga" lesson was aimed not only at improving human health, but also the connection between owner and pet.

Instructor Momoe Yamamoto demonstrates in the photo at right.

What do you think? Sort of gives "downward facing dog" a whole new meaning, right?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Yogi Scott said...

How did they do Yoga on a bus? It must have been a big bus. Thanks!

Oh yeah, you might like the Yoga Discussion Forum.

11:08 AM  
Blogger joni said...

hi yogi s --

apparently, it was seated yoga, which means that you could do the same movements while on a plane or on a train. or even in a car, as long as you're not the driver :)

1:28 PM  
Blogger shinyyoga said...

Hi Joni

I wanted to thank you for posting this info up about the fertility yoga program. I have had a couple of students go through pregnancy problems lately and it is very timely that you posted it. It has made me feel really positive in offering hope to my students.

Thanks for a great site,

ShinyYoga in Sydney xx

6:32 PM  
Blogger joni said...

glad to be of help to you and your students, stella!

6:40 PM  

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