Meditation and Yogic Breathing Techniques Improve Respiration and Psychological Well-Being

Meditation and Yogic Breathing Techniques Improve Respiration and Psychological Well-Being   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques all depend on focusing on the breath. There are many benefits of meditation and proper breathing is an important part of learning how to calm the mind and body.” – Home Care Assistance […]

Improve Physical and Respiratory Function with Yoga

Improve Physical and Respiratory Function with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Respiration is our primary and most important movement pattern … and also the most dysfunctional.” – Karel Lewit   Breathing is essential for life and generally occurs automatically. It’s easy to take for granted as it’s been there our entire lives. […]

Improve Emotional Reactivity with Yoga

Improve Emotional Reactivity with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “One of the great benefits of our yoga practice is we start to notice our triggers and reactivity, which gives us the choice to respond instead of reacting the same old way.” – Kimber Simpkins   Emotions are important to our well-being. […]

Relieve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Yoga

Relieve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Severe fatigue is a significant problem for many cancer survivors.  A meta-analysis of yoga studies of cancer survivors found yoga programs produced large reductions in distress, anxiety, and depression; moderate reductions in fatigue; moderate increases in quality of life, emotional function and social […]

Improve Quality of Life and Performance with Multiple Sclerosis with Yoga

Improve Quality of Life and Performance with Multiple Sclerosis with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Studies in multiple sclerosis, these have shown that mindfulness can improve quality of life and help people cope better with their MS. The studies also found that it decreased stress, anxiety and depression.” – Multiple Sclerosis Trust   MS is […]

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 […]