Relieve Major Depression with Yoga

Relieve Major Depression with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “for many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The […]

Reduce Low Back Pain with Yoga

Reduce Low Back Pain with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “For most of our lives, we take our backs for granted. But at some point in just about everyone’s life, our backs revolt and remind us that they need love and attention too. Thankfully, for many of us, the pain is […]

Reduce Inflammation in elderly Women with Yoga

Reduce Inflammation in elderly Women with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Inflammaging has been associated with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stress, depression, and a weakened immune system. Several recent studies suggest that yoga could slow the harmful physical effects of stress and inflammaging.” – Marylynn Wei   The immune system […]

Improve Knee Osteoarthritis in Older Adults with Yoga

Improve Knee Osteoarthritis in Older Adults with Yoga  By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Osteoarthritis is a chronic, long-term disease that affects millions of elderly adults. There is currently no known cure for it and treatment options are limited. New research, however, suggests that chair yoga is effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain.” Ana Sandoiu […]

Protect the Aging Brain with Yoga

Protect the Aging Brain with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “We’ve all known yogis who seemed to defy the hands of time. The current study is just one of a long list of studies indicating that yoga may promote healthy aging. Whether it be more growth hormone or less stress, a well-balanced […]

Improve Mental Illness with Yoga

Improve Mental Illness with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “for the general person, yoga greatly enhances mental health: mood, sense of self, motivation, sense of inner direction and purpose, as well as physical health—and physical health is so important for mental health.“– Eleanor Criswell   Yoga is a complex of practices including […]

Improve Self-Esteem with Yoga Postures

Improve Self-Esteem with Yoga Postures   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Yoga allows us to start to slow down the self-critic, and start to observe that this voices in our heads isn’t necessarily the reality. To slow down and get into the body and say ‘OK, when these thoughts are coming up, there’s […]

Improve Major depression with Yoga

Improve Major depression with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Yoga gives us an active role in healing. And by slowing down mental chatter through breath work, it helps facilitate self-acceptance. In other words, through practicing yoga, we become quieter and more grounded. Yoga can help perfectionists as well as those who […]

Improve Mental and Physical Health with Yoga

Improve Mental and Physical Health with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself. Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.” – […]