Wednesday, March 8, 2017


So what exactly is yoga therapy? According to IYAT, "Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga". And IYAT stands for International Association of Yoga Therapists. This organization, founded in 1989, develops standards in yoga therapist education, supports yoga therapy research, certifies yoga therapists and yoga schools which offer yoga therapy training.
Yoga teachers who want to become yoga therapists are required to have a 200-hour teacher training certificate and must have at least a year of personal practice and a year of teaching experience. 
Normally, yoga therapists start with completing a two-year course (800-hour training). The admission requirements and programs differ from school to school. During the training, experienced yoga teachers learn to apply yoga for people with health conditions.
Yoga therapy is becoming more and more popular. In fact, according to the recent "Yoga in America Study", around 6% of yoga practitioners in the USA named "recommendation from traditional doctor/nurse/ physical therapist" the reason they got into yoga.
And that hardly comes as a surprise considering yoga benefits proved by a lot of research. It helps to fight the side effects of cancer treatment, it’s effective in treating depression and insomnia, strength & balance issues in the elderly, chronic low back pains and other conditions.
So prescribing yoga practice instead of medication is becoming more common even among traditional doctors. Whats your opinion on it?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Green Tea

I never have time for an extracurricular activity so I added yoga to my daily routine first thing in the morning. It takes me a half-hour to forty five minutes to have a cup of coffee and get the energy to wake up. Before you do your yoga routine you should definitely have a cup of fresh brewed green tea. The  potential of green tea is to promote health and prevent disease. The biological effects of the bioactive components of green tea have been researched more and more since 2013. Studies show green tea to be associated with a wide range of biological effects that improve your health.
     No need to add sugar the tea its self does the trick. You see green tea contains caffeine which is a good source of energy to revitalize your body for yoga.  The bioactive polyphenolic compounds in green tea account for a third of the dry weight of the leaves.
The predominant polyphenols are the catechins and include epicatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Most research has focused on EGCG as the predominant active ingredient. Says Nutriotion
Green tea supplements are a good alternative for health benefits.           
Supplements that contain standardized extracts of EGCG are a good option. One recent study actually showed that supplements were better than tea. The study compared the effects of green tea, black tea, and a green tea extract in pill form that all contained the same amount of the flavanol EGCG.
commercial green tea products to vary widely in EGCG content. To get 270 mg of EGCG per day would require drinking at least several cups of green tea and in some cases, more than 10 cups per day.
The green tea extract also led to higher antioxidant activity in the blood.For weight loss, effective doses of EGCG are probably at least 270 mg a day divided into two or three doses. Some studies used higher or lower doses. For certain health conditions, you may need more. For everyday general health, you may need less.
This safe herb is emerging as a must-have daily addition to your diet. It may provide you with fat-loss benefits and antioxidant protection against a variety of illnesses.
So if you're looking for something to do to improve your health and you want this lifestyle I will tell you now it's definitely a commitment that's a little difficult so just take baby steps.

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