Category Archives: Yoga

8 weeks to a better brain? Meditation changes your brain’s gray matter.

Our brain’s gray matter can change in shape and size (for the better!) after just eight weeks of practicing meditation. 16 participants took part in an eight-week meditation practice at The University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (est.1979!) (more info HERE). The participants meditated “on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind” and also incorporated mindful yoga and movement. They practiced daily… Read more »

Yoga is as good for your heart as aerobic exercise : a new study

A new study found that yoga can be just as beneficial to your heart as other aerobic activity. The study, by Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that practicing yoga “lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic… Read more »

Long, active and happy life as a yogi

I’ve written about yogini’s who are young at heart (here), and Tao Porchon-Lynch is one of these amazing women who, at 96, holds the guiness world record as the world’s older certified yoga teacher (in Westchester County, New York). In an interview with Yoga Journal, Tao shares some of the wisdoms she’s learned over the years. Tao credits “breath“, more… Read more »

Five yoga poses for better waves

Since moving to the west coast, surfing has played a (large?) role in my life. What we do on the weekends (tofino, tofino. tofino), where we travel to (“is there an ocean?” “is there surf?”), when we travel (winter storms = best waves). I’ve written about surfing and yoga poses I do here and recently, lessons from learning to surf here…. Read more »

Yogadopa is coming to Parksville BC (Oct 4)

Mark your calendars, I’m doing a Yogadopa for Parkinson’s workshop in conjunction with the lovely folks at Oceanside Yoga studio in Parksville BC on Oct 4th. The class is open to persons with PD, care partners and other health/fitness professionals who work with persons with PD. Please contact Oceanside Yoga at 250.594.0108 or for more information or to register…… Read more »

Fall YOGADOPA classes starting SEPT 11th

Yogadopa and Neuromotion Physiotherapy Victoria are running 12 PARKINSON’S YOGA CLASSES Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm starting September 11th. I have some research/conference travel on a few Thursdays, so the dates are as follows: September 11, 18; October 2, 9, 23, 30; November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11, 18. Sessions will focus on posture, balance, strengthening the core, opening the chest, flexibility and range of… Read more »

summer yoga series: back-to-school desk stretches

For some of us, September still means “back to school”. As a postdoctoral fellow working at a university, September means campus comes alive again with students and so does juggling research and teaching opportunities! As summer vacations wind one, it also translates to more time at my office. For those of you who spend a significant portion of your day… Read more »

summer yoga series: one-leg balance with tree pose

Vrikshasana or tree pose is a wonderful pose to help you feel balanced and stable on your journey as summer slowly transitions into fall. Tree pose not only helps with balance, but also tones the muscles of the core and legs… and it’s not as easy as it looks! Regular practice over time helps build inner and outer strength and a feeling… Read more »