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NEW STUDY SHOWS WHICH POSES ARE SAFE FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS

A new study presents some promising news for yogis who also happen to be there are at least 26 different yoga poses that are safe during preegnancy. The study, published in the DEcember issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, observed 25 healthy womwn who were between the 35th and 38th week of pregnancy and who attempted 26 specific poses, including some that were previously avoided during pregnancy. “When patients inquire about yoga in pregnancy, its important to provide them with evidence based recommendations,” said  study lead author Rachael Polis. D.O, an obstetrician gynecolist in kentucky. “Our study showed that yoga was well tolerated in our study population of healthy pregnant woman in their third trimester.” Overall all 26 yoga poses were deemed safe for both mother and baby, although some postures, such as Extended side angle pose, Extented triangle pose, warrior III, Tree pose, Garland pose, Eagle pose and Half moon pose, incorporated modifications with the use of blocks, chairs, and the wall to aid in body alignment and safety. However, supine positions that placed pressure on the abdomen and inversions were not included in the study due to potential risk of  falling.

        Approved Poses−

  1. Easy pose, Sukhasana
  2. Seated forward bend, Paschimottanasana
  3. Cat pose, Marjaryasana
  4. Cow pose, Bitlasana
  5. Mountain pose,Tadasana
  6. Warrior I, Virabhadrasana
  7. Standing Forward Bend, Uttanasana
  8. Warrior II, Virabhadrasana II
  9. Chair Pose, Utkatasana
  10. Extended Side Angle Pose, Uthhita Parsvakonasana
  11. Extended Triangle pose, Trikonasana
  12. Warrior III, Virabhadrasana III
  13. Upward Salute, Urdhva Hastasana
  14. Tree pose, Vrksasana
  15. Garland pose, Malasana
  16. Eagle pose, Garudasana
  17. Downward Facing Dog, Ado Mkha Svasana
  18. Child’s pose, Balasana
  19. Half moon pose, Ardha Chandrasana
  20. Bound Angle pose, Baddha Konasana
  21. Hero pose, Virasana
  22. Camel pose, Ustrasana
  23. Leg up wall pose, Viparita karani
  24. Happy Baby pose, Ananada Balasana
  25. Lord of the fishes pose
  26. Corpse pose, Shavasana

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YOGA HELPS MAINTAIN QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MEN UNDERGOING PROSTATE CANCER TREATEMENT

A new study by the pereiman School Of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy can benefit from yoga. This first of its kind study found that the general quality of life and measurements of side effects often experienced by prostate cancer patients that include fatigue, sexual health, and urinary incontinence, were stable throughtout a course of outpatient radiation therapy among the men participating in an intensive yoga programme.

HOT YOGA MIGHTY CAUSE ROSACEA, PHYSICIAN WARNS

A Taiwanese doctor has warned that practicing hot yoga extended periods of time might cause rosacea in people with sensitive skin. Rosacea is a skin infection that can be aggravated by hot and unventilated conditions, with symptoms including redness in the face, rashes and itching. Hsu Yu−ling a doctor at the Taoyuan General Hospital’s dermatology department said that the popularity of hot yoga in Taiwan has resulted in higher incidences of rosacea. She advises those who experience skin rashes or other abnormal reddening of the skin try cooling down with cold water and should exercise in well−ventilated, cool environments, and if symptoms persist, people should seek medical help.

PRISONERS OFFERED EARLY RELEASE BUY MASTERING YOGA

Officials at Yerwada central jail in Pune, rear Mumbai, have said that prisoners can reduce their sentences by up to three months if they impress wardens by performing complex yoga moves and passing exams which will include questions such as ‘What is yoga?’ and ‘How does it help you?’ The program is aimed at improving mental and physical well−being among the prisoners and is the latest yoga initiative started under the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

MEDITATION BETTER PAIN RELIEVER THAN MORPHINE

A study reported in the journal  of Neuroscience suggests that just a few minutes of meditation each day could prove better pain relief than powerful drug meditation. The study showed that individuals who had been taught to use relaxation and breathing techniques to cope with pain had calmer brain scans. These people reported a 27 percent reduction in pain intensity and 44 percent less emotional pain. Lead researcher Fadel Zeidan believes that as little as four 20 minutes daily sessions of mindfulness meditation could enhance pain treatment in a clinical setting.

BEATLES INDIAN YOGA RETREAT TO OPEN TO PUBLIC

The Indian ashram where the Beatles learnt Transcendental Meditation and wrote their ‘White Album is set to become a tourist destination for fans of the band. The ashram, which sunk into disrepair since its guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left in 1981, is set to receive a new lease of life. Officials from Uttarakhand states Rajaji Tiger Reserve, where the ashram lies opened to the public after clearing away the dense tropical vegetation that had enveloped the site’s building, meditation cells and lecture halls. The land was first leased to Mahesh yogi in 1961, after meeting the Beatles at one of his worldwide tours in London in 1967, he invited them to visit his ashram the following year.

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