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.

Review of Scientific Research on Iyengar Yoga for the Treatment of Depression

The writings and teaching of B. K. S. Iyengar have fostered the development and promotion of Iyengar Yoga as a therapy for physical and behavioral disorders and scientific research on its effectiveness.

Yoga Therapeutics and Research

In medicine, the general attitude toward yoga and CAM is at best skeptical, with continuing reliance on drugs and surgery, and the attitude that yoga as a treatment may not meet the standards of "Evidence-Based Medicine." It not clear how often physicians refer patients to yoga therapy, probably not much. If asked by a patient they may sometimes but otherwise are likely to advise that yoga is counterindicated for their condition.