Archive for the ‘Yoga’ Category

How yoga is helping cancer patients cope with their illness

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

For some people yoga is no more than a pleasurable hobby, for others it is a valuable therapy that helps them cope with pain and illness. The 5,000-year-old Indian discipline of yoga involves a combination of meditation, breathing exercises and postures to help improve flexibility and strength as well as mental well-being. Maggie’s Cancer Centre read more »

What is the new ‘super-brain yoga’?

Friday, September 13th, 2013

A common form of punishment in India has been turned into the new ‘super-brain yoga’ enjoyed by high powered executives the world over – but what exactly is it, and how does it work? Indian children know exactly what the uthak-baithak is, because it’s considered a serious punishment in school. Anyone acting up or failing to read more »

Worker says ‘standing desk’ banished his back pain

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Health app designer Arshad Chowdhury has improved his health and changed his life by making one simple change to his daily routine: instead of sitting down at a desk, he now stands up to work. The 37-year-old New Yorker made the change two years ago when he realised sitting down at the computer for so read more »

Meditation for all – Google’s secret to global success

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Search engine giant Google is well known for giving its employees the best possible working environment. From slides instead of stairs to rooftop terraces and games rooms, the Google offices are quite possibly the world’s most advanced in terms of creativity. In another drive to boost productivity and get the most from its workers, Google read more »

Yoga lowers blood pressure

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

As well as calming the mind, increasing the body’s flexibility and strengthening muscle tone, a new study has found that yoga can also reduce high blood pressure. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S. and led by Dr Debbie Cohen. The researchers tracked 58 men and women aged 38-62 read more »

Yoga: healing heroes

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

A new yoga treatment programme is helping soldiers physically and mentally recover from injury. Josh Campbell had to have a double amputation after he drove over a bomb on a routine patrol in Afghanistan. The blast shattered his lower legs, forcing him to have them removed and replaced with prosthetics. The former soldier has had read more »

Yoga could be used to improve mood of prisoners

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

An Oxford University study claims yoga can improve the mood and mental well-being of prisoners. Researchers ran a 10 week yoga course in two prisons in the West Midlands to see if it would help calm aggressive and antisocial behaviour. Dr Amy Bilderbeck and her team hoped the ancient practice would help stem the burden of read more »

Tips to improve well-being at the office

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Boost your health and well-being at the office with these easy tips. As healthy as our lifestyles may be outside of work, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy traps at work – whether it’s staying seated for hours on end or giving in to that afternoon chocolate fix. The following tips should help read more »

Easy ways to improve your posture

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Good posture will not only make you look taller and slimmer, it will benefit your health too. Improving your posture is one of the most underrated ways to change your appearance, and in time, your health. Standing and sitting up straight allows your lungs more room to expand, helping you get more oxygen which in read more »

Laughter yoga – a growing industry

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Making people chuckle is becoming big business. Would you drag yourself from bed at the crack of dawn to laugh your head off on the phone with a group of complete strangers? This is just one of the services people around the country are signing up for and even paying for. While laughing may be read more »