Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments

Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments

Larry Payne, Richard P. Usatine, Merry Aronson, Rachelle Gardner

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0767907493

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments

Larry Payne, Richard P. Usatine, Merry Aronson, Rachelle Gardner

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0767907493

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


East meets West as an assistant dean at the UCLA School of Medecine and a celebrity Yoga instructor show how to use ancient Yoga postures for treating dozens of common ailments.

Yoga has never been hotter in America, and now its benefits are being recognized far beyond the arenas of enlightenment and body sculpting. Yoga RX distills an array of postures into an easy-to-use regimen for anyone seeking relief for anything from back pain to the common cold.

Written by a highly respected professor of medecine and a renowned Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist whose clients include Warren Beatty, Ted Danson, and Dolly Parton, Yoga RX offers a holistic program based on the authors' research into the science of Yoga. Helping readers enhance their chances of disease prevention through increased circulation, strength, flexibility, and concentration, this accessible handbook also covers specific Yoga therapies for treating illnesses such as:

Arthritis
Headaches
PMS
Insomnia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In the tradition of The Pilates Body, this step-by-step, illustrated handbook is the ultimate prescription for healing body, mind, and soul.

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for his friendship and for giving me the tools and the encouragement to heal my back pain. I'm also deeply grateful that he devoted him self to creating and teaching the first class on Yoga and Medicine for UCLA med ical students. Finally, I would like to thank Larry for conceiving of this book and asking me to be his partner. I am pleased that we were able to present the ancient art of Yoga in a context that stays true to current scientific principles. I would like to thank my lovely wife,

1960s. This technique incorporates a wave-like motion involving the belly, ribs, and chest and is great for giving your body a little oxygen lift. You can use this breathing where indicated in the Yoga therapy routines or when you feel your brain needs a jumpstart to help you focus. 1. As you inhale, expand your belly, then your ribs, and finally your chest. Pause. 2. As you exhale, release your chest and ribs, then contract your belly. Pause. 3. Repeat 20 to 30 times if you're doing the

This is inspired by the Viniyoga tradition, which seeks to adapt the Yoga postures to fit the needs of the person, and ensures that you will be safe and kind to your body while learning Yoga techniques. As mentioned in Chapter 3, these postures may look different from the classic Yoga poses you have seen, which in many cases are too extreme for the average Yoga practitioner. CORE ROUTINE I You should use Focused Breathing (page 39) for the whole routine. Move slowly, and remember the brief

transmission of pain to the central nervous system. When the brain is under stress, it appears that these blocking signals don't work as well so we experience pain more intensely. Stress can also exacerbate high blood pressure and lead to a heart attack. Yoga has the won derful benefit of reducing stress through the relaxation response, plus it offers all the advantages of exercise. Like all forms of exercise, Yoga should be performed only to your capacity. There are always exceptions; but if you

level, he reduced the fat in his diet. His cardiologist also prescribed a medication to lower his cholesterol. He exercised on the treadmill three times a week, and on sunny days he swam. After a few weeks, he graduated to the Lower Back Routine (page 114) and then after another month we included the Neck and Upper Back Rou tine (page 129) as well, which he was able to do at work in a chair. We waited a full three months before graduating to Core Routine I (page 62), which Chuck then practiced at

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