Yoga and Science Resources

This page is designed to support those who attended the Yoga & Science Workshop in October, 2017, as well as anyone curious about this topic!  We especially want to connect with our students who are health care professionals who would like to share their yoga love with clients and patients. 

The resources listed and links here will help connect you to books, research, citations and links for more information and home practices.

For those of you who attended our workshop,  we welcome your feedback, we are happy to answer any questions, and would love to include you in our "testimonials" for the program.
You can contact us, here.  All questions/comments go directly to Sheila.


Links to some of our favorite sites


Sheila Magalhaes: 2017 Springfield TEDx Talk:
Energy Shared...It Matters.


The Give Back Yoga Foundation
Their programs include:
Mindful Yoga Therapy: Helping Veterans (and anyone dealing with trauma) to a calm body & mind.
Eat Breathe Thrive: Supporting positive body image through yoga and community.
Prison Yoga Project: Teaching incarcerated men and women non-violent problem resolution.
yoga4cancer: Helping cancer survivors manage the side effects of treatment with yoga.
Yoga of 12-Step Recovery: Supporting addiction recovery and relapse prevention through yoga.
The Hard and The Soft Yoga Teacher Training: Training Teachers not just in the physical practice of yoga but to be leaders in their communities and to participate in the healing of the world.

Mindful Yoga Therapy research
including related research for PTSD, Trauma, Mood Disorder, and more.

Mindful Yoga Therapy Resources for home, including:
Yoga Posture Guide
Breathing download/stream "Breathe In, Breath Out"
Yoga Nidra download/stream  "Deep Relaxation"

Benefits of Meditation
Over 100 studies, catorgorized into 76 benefits and 46 subheadings.

Guided Yoga Nidra for Sleep
You can click on this recording and enjoy a Yoga Nidra experience.


Yoga Nidra Feasability Study at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital
Adjunctive Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder pdf


Kundalini Kirtan Meditation
Sa Ta Na Ma, some background, and how to practice this meditation.

Sesame Street's new initiative to teach children how to deal with stress and anxiety
with simple strategies to help them feel safe and secure.

Elmo Practices Belly Breathing
to calm his inner monster.

At Eetna, a CEO's Management by Mantra
Describing the positive effects of offering yoga, meditation and mindfulness in the corporate world.
New York Times, February 27, 2015.


Aetna CEO Puts a Premium on Employee Wellness
CBS news story, Mark Bertolini brings health and wellness to the workplace.
CBS News, March 26, 2015.

The Busier You are, the More You Need Mindfulness.
Harvard Business Review, December 18, 2015.

Mindfulness for Senior Executives
Harvard University social psychology professor Ellen Langer says organizations can make better decisions by setting the right context.


5 Tips for Employers thinking about Mindfulness Programs
March 25, 2015
From Aetna, with more links to other sites.


 


 

Books detailing research and information:

"The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care". Editors, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, Timothy McCall, Shirley Telles

"Yoga As Medicine, The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing". By Timothy McCall, M.D.

"Yoga for Warriors, Basic Training in Strength, Resilience and Peace of Mind." By Beryl Bender Birch

MBRP (Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention) and Addiction:


1Khanna S, Greeson JM. A Narrative Review of Yoga and Mindfulness as Complementary Therapies for Addiction. Complementary therapies in medicine. 2013;21(3):244-252. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2013.01.008.
J Consult Clin Psychol. 2010 Jun;78(3):362-74. doi: 10.1037/a0019172.

Yoga and Anxiety in Young Musicians:


Yoga ameliorates performance anxiety and mood disturbance in young professional musicians, Khalsa, S.B.S., Shorter, S.M., Cope, S. et al. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback (2009) 34: 279. doi:10.1007/s10484-009-9103-4

Meditation in Depressive Care Givers:


Lavretsky H, Siddarth P, Nazarian N, et al. A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: Effects on mental health, cognition, and telomerase activity. International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 2013;28(1):57-65. doi:10.1002/gps.3790.

PTSD and Combat Stress:

1: Carolyn C. Stoller, Jon H. Greuel, Lucy S. Cimini, Mary S. Fowler, Jane A. Koomar; "Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." Am J Occup Ther 2012;66(1):59-68. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.001230

2: Carter J, Gerbarg PL, Brown RP, Ware RS, D’Ambrosio C, et al. (2013) "Multi-Component Yoga Breath Program for Vietnam Veteran Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Randomized Controlled Trial". J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 2:3.

Heart Disease:

1: "Effects of yoga on cardiovascular disease risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis"., Cramer H, Lauche R, Haller H, SteckhanMichalsen A, Dobos G. Int J Cardiol. 2014 May 1;173(2):170-83. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.02.017. Epub 2014 Feb 25. Review. PMID: 24636547

2: "Effects of yoga on inflammation and exercise capacity in patients with chronic heart failure"., Pullen PR, Nagamia SH, Mehta PK, Thompson WR, Benardot D, Hammoud R, Parrott JM, Sola S, Khan BV J Card Fail. 2008 Jun;14(5):407-13. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2007.12.007. Epub 2008 May 27. PMID: 18514933

Endothelial Function:


Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2017) 21, 30e34
The effect of Bikram yoga on endothelial function in young and middle-aged and older adults
Stacy D. Hunter, PhD a,b,*, Mandeep S. Dhindsa, MD a,
Emily Cunningham, MEd a, Takashi Tarumi, PhD a,
Mohammed Alkatan, PhD a, Nantinee Nualnim, PhD a,
Ahmed Elmenshawy, MS a, Hirofumi Tanaka, PhD a
a Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA b Pure Action, Inc., Austin, TX 78703, USA
Received 31 March 2016; received in revised form 9 May 2016; accepted 1 June 2016

Type 2 Diabetes:


1: "A review of yoga programs for four leading risk factors of chronic diseases".Yang K., Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2007 Dec;4(4):487-91. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem154. PMID: 18227916

2: J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Apr; 9(4): CC01–CC03. Published online 2015 Apr 1. doi:  10.7860/JCDR/2015/12666.5744, PMCID: PMC4437062

Breathing in, I know I am breathing in...

From Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Peace Activist, Author, Poet.
These words are called gathas, short verses that help us practice mindfulness in our daily activities:

Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.

As the in-breath grows deep,
The out-breath grows slow.

Breathing in makes me calm;
Breathing out brings me ease.

With the in-breath I smile;
With the out-breath I release all tension.

Breathing in I know I am alive;
Breathing out, in this present moment.

Breathing in, there is only this present moment.
Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.