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.” – […]

Live Longer with Yoga and Meditation

  Live Longer with Yoga and Meditation   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “A growing body of research supports the immediate benefits of meditation, such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. While these initial perks may be reason enough for us to practice, meditation’s positive impact appears […]

Reduce Medical Student’s Stress Response with Yoga

Reduce Medical Student’s Stress Response with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration.” – Harvard Mental Health Letter   Medical School […]

Improve Knee Osteoarthritis with Yoga

Improve Knee Osteoarthritis with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Hatha yoga is an important non-medicinal method in rehabilitation of patients with knee osteoarthritis and will result in a significant decrease in pain and symptoms and a significant increase in daily activities, sports and spare-time activities, and quality of life.” – Gholam Ghasemi, […]