Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research

In June Lisa Walford represented Iyengar yoga at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research "SYTAR" conference in Newport Beach. Lori McIntosh assisted in the presentation which consisted of a beginner's practice for the Sinking Mind (major depression); a powerpoint on research and mechanisms behind the practice, and a demonstration of a sequence for a Stormy Mind (anxiety driven depression). The sessions were well attended, and students/teachers left with practical material they could apply in their sessions.

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda – Pitta

Ayurveda believes that there are seasons each year, which is defined by the three doshas; Vata-fall and early winter, Kapha- winter & early spring and Pitta- late spring and summer.

It is further understood that each dosha goes through three stages each year with the changes of the seasons, temperature and weather. These three stages will first accumulate, then aggravate and finally alleviate the doshas.

Voluntary Breath Regulation in Yoga: Its Relevance and Physiological Effect

Regulating the breath is an important part of yoga practice. Descriptions in traditional yoga texts mention breath regulation as a way of getting spiritual realization. In yoga, there are several ways to modify breathing, such as changing the rate and depth, holding the breath, breathing through the mouth, or breathing alternately through one or both nostrils. These voluntarily regulated yoga breathing techniques are called pranayamas in Sanskrit. Brief descriptions of these techniques in traditional yoga texts as well as their physiological effects are given here.

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda – Kapha

In Ayurveda, the body is made up of three basic energies known as the doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha which govern our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual makeups. The Vata dosha consists of ether & air with the qualities of cold, dry, light and mobile. The Pitta dosha is made up of fire & water with the qualities of hot, wet, light and mobile. The Kapha dosha is a combination of water & earth with the qualities of cold, wet, heavy and stable. Each of us has a unique combination of the doshas, which make up our constitution, one being prominent, one secondary and the third less present.

B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga and Western Medicine

The Power of Yoga

How to Bring Balance to the Holiday Season

Yoga and Depression

Aside from its direct effects on behavior and well being, depression is a highly significant health risk factor.  It is associated with many other disorders.  The prime example is heart disease. Moreover, in  heart disease, the occurrence of depression predicts heart failure and death.  As medical treatments for depression vary in their effectiveness, alternative and complementary methods are of great interest.

The Three Seasons of Ayurveda - Vata

Ayurveda is understood by the five elements found in our universe – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These energies are understood by the qualities that surround us in our environment known as the physical gunas: hot & cold, wet & dry, heavy & light, and mobile & stable.

The Good Grief

Having lived through the death of someone very close to me, I know first hand how overwhelmingly sad and seemingly endless the process of grieving can be.