Posted by: Trudy Prevost | April 9, 2016

Yoga for Diabetes

When looking at yoga from a therapeutic point of view there are often 2 ways of approaching a specific illness – sometimes even more but we will talk about that later.

In the case of diabetes yoga is usually looked at from two angles – prevention and alleviation of symptoms.

Practicing yoga and even better a yogic lifestyle dramatically lowers our chances of getting diabetes.

Practicing hatha yoga has been scientifically proven to lower metabolic rate; lower stress; lower weight therefore practicing yoga can lower your chances of getting diabetes. Practicing a yoga lifestyle including conscious eating; conscious socializing; conscious exercising lowers your chances even more.

But yoga has also been scientifically shown to help those who already have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Practicing Yoga has als been scientifically proven to alter

West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown recently published a review of over 30 different papers reporting on conclusions from 25 controlled trials.  They found that ‘collectively, findings suggest that yogic practices may promote significant improvements in several indices of importance in DM2 management, including glycemic control, lipid levels, and body composition.’ (note they say significant:)

The Yoga Lifestyle

When I first came to this island it was known for it’s ratio of centenarians

The numbers on diabetes throughout the world are staggering.

Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 2.9 million.

In 2005 my Aunt and my mother came to visit – I was so happy to have them visit.

My mother knew my love for Dominica for over 20 years and my Aunt too – too have them come and share my home was so blissfull.

My mom kept saying “my hair will never be the same” as we took her island wide windows open and breezes flowing in.

It is always an iffy thing when my mom visits as to how we eat. her and my aunt are staunch meat eaters – my aunt co-owned a large cattle operation and my dad was a hunter so I grew up knowing the eating of deer and moose.

We have worked out this lovely medium where I cook lavish vegetarian meals and we enjoy that at home and we go out for them to get their fish and meat.

My aunt was pre – diabetic and had a blood sugar guage which she read every morning.

While talking and cooking breakfast the first morning

Diabetes prevalence is estimated to rise to 4 million by 2025.

Nearly half the adult population in the United States suffers from prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most people develop full-blown diabetes within 10 years of being told they have the precursor to it.

In today’s Europe, approximately 60 million people live with diabetes, of whom more than 50% are unaware of their condition.

Studies show that shedding just a few pounds, only 5 to 7 percent of your body weight (a mere 10 to 15 pounds for a 200-pound person), can turn the metabolic tide.

In India, yoga is a common prescription for conditions associated with insulin resistance such as diabetes and hypertension.

This fat can actually chemically react with our bodies. Fat tissue, especially around the abdomen, decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Unable to use insulin efficiently, the body demands more than the pancreas can easily produce. The pancreas gets exhausted and can’t keep up. Without enough insulin to regulate blood sugar, glucose builds up in the bloodstream. The result is insulin resistance and prediabetes.

Posted by: Trudy Prevost | March 10, 2016

New Schedule February 2016

Join us at Harlem Plaza or Papilotte for an hour and a half of yoga – you will leave the class glad that you came. The benefits of yoga are many and scientifically proven now. There are hidden benefits to yoga too. First class free – tell the teacher you saw this ad – find out for yourself.

 

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Posted by: Trudy Prevost | November 11, 2015

New Schedule Roseau Area November 2015

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Posted by: Trudy Prevost | October 18, 2015

Yoga Enhances the Immune System at a Cellular Level

The immune system is a complex array of organs, cells and molecules distributed throughout your body, responsible for protecting your body from harmful invaders such as germs, viruses, parasites and other foreign substances.” ~ Mayo Clinic

“The body’s ability to protect itself from viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing entities is known as immunity, from the Latin word immunis, meaning exempt.” ~ a medical text called Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach.

“Although at first sight, the immune system may appear to be autonomous, it is connected by innumerable structural and functional bridges with the nervous system and the endocrine system, so as to constitute a multisystem.” ~ Branislav D. Zankovic, Neuroimmunomodulation: the State of the Art.

The immune system serves 3 major functions:

  • It protects the body from Pathogens: microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi, one-celled protozoans; Parasites: hookworms, tapeworms.
  • It removes dead or damaged cells.
  • It tries to recognize and remove abnormal cells

Sometimes the body’s immune system fails to perform its normal functions; the resulting medical conditions are generally categorized as:

  • incorrect responses – autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • overactive responses – allergies.
  • lack of response – immunodeficiency diseases can be genetic or acquired (HIV)

Modern day challenges for the immune system are:

  • mental stress
  • air, water, soil pollution
  • noise pollution
  • processed foods

Adapting a healthy lifestyle has been scientifically proven to enhance and strengthen the immune system. One of the health and wellness modalities that are being intensely studied is yoga.

Multiple studies show Yoga can enhance the immune system but most of them were focused on long term results.

In June 2013 scientists from the University of Oslo Norway showed that as quickly as two hours after a yoga class the immune system is enhanced at a cellular level.

Participants involved in a week retreat spent 2 days practicing yoga for 2 hours; 2 days walking in nature and listening to music for 2 hours. The researchers analysed blood samples immediately before and after

The yoga sessions included mindful breathing techniques; mindful movements and postures and mindful meditation techniques.

Researchers published “Here we have shown, to our knowledge for the first time, that there are rapid (within 2 hours of start of practice) and significant (3 fold) gene expression changes in PBMCs of practitioners during a comprehensive yoga program. These data suggest that previously reported effects of yoga practices have an integral physiological component at the molecular level which is initiated immediately during practice and may form the basis for the long term stable effects.”

It is theorized Yoga affects the Immune System by

  • Stimulating the lymphatic system.
  • Augmenting the respiratory system.
  • Enhancing the circulatory system.
  • Facilitating the digestive process.
  • Consumption of healthy foods.
  • Calming the nervous system.
  • Massaging and stimulating the internal organs.
  • Assisting oxygenated blood to reach the various organs to ensure optimal function.
  • Improving strength and stamina, both physical and mental.
  • Releasing tightness and tension in the body.
  • Increasing mindfulness – body awareness and supportive healthy behaviours.
  • Developing coping mechanisms and strategies for approaching challenging situations.
  • Cultivating compassionate relationships with oneself and others.
  • Releasing stress and eliciting the relaxation response.
  • Fostering a positive state of mind.

I personally believe yoga works so well because of the many techniques involved in one session at the same time. As we approach the “Cold and Flu Season” in Dominica – practice yoga for a strong immune system.

Posted by: Trudy Prevost | September 16, 2015

Corporate Yoga – Improve your bottom line

Recently there has been a huge increase all over the world in companies who provide weekly yoga sessions for their staff.

This simple move can affect a organization’s bottom line in many ways:

* yoga is scientifically proven to enhance levels of immunity so staff have a lot fewer sick days.

* yoga prevents repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome; lower back pain;

* when employees are fit and healthy they are more happy. In addition, companies are starting to recognize the value of happiness amongst their staff. When you are happy, you are more productive, healthier, and more likely to stay in your job. This study shows how happiness and productivity are correlated. By offering a very small fraction of the workday to practice balance and mindfulness, companies are investing in employee’s happiness, and so much more. What a great way to increase your company’s profits and improve the bottom line.

* yoga can be of therapeutic benefit for a host  of illness including back injuries;

* can attract talent – office yoga sets your company apart from competitors. More often, companies are seeing perks like yoga, meditation, and nap rooms as a worthy investment.

* perks like yoga, meditation, and naps can attract harder-to-find employees, like software developers and other competitive talent with multiple offers. Beyond that, these perks have real value, and studies show that yoga, meditation, and sleep measurably increase happiness. Companies are recognizing the financial benefits of offering these services.

* Employee retention can be a huge part of a company’s success. Finding and training new employees is an expensive task, and once you’ve found the perfect fit for a position in your company, it’s a big loss if they leave. Many companies feel the employee health programs they offer attract and keep employees.

Posted by: Trudy Prevost | September 16, 2015

Yoga for Arthritis

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Although there are many different forms of arthritis, the most common forms are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.

Mayo Clinic defines Rheumatoid Arthritis

“Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs of the body — such as the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels.

Although rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age, it usually begins after age 40. The disorder is much more common in women.

Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing joint damage.”

Mayo Clinic defines Osteo Arthritis

“Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time.

Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.

Osteoarthritis often gradually worsens, and no cure exists. But staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and other treatments may slow progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.

Osteoarthritis is the most commonly found joint disorder and is often caused by trauma or wear and tear on the joints; a wearing away of cartilage occurs; bony overgrowths may also occur within the joint. Joint movements tend to become more painful and restricted.

Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although the principal causes of arthritis are unknown, experts cite aging, injury, obesity, infection, and autoimmune reactions as possible factors.

Many people have found practicing yoga to be one of the best ways of managing pain or keeping pain at bay.

Gentle Hatha Yoga and Restorative yoga has long been recognized as a beneficial. therapeutic exercise for arthritis; the gentle, movements; the focus on the breath; the relaxation into the poses and the concept that each person goes only as far into the poses as it feels right for them to go; is perfect for those dealing with limited range of motion and stiffness in the joints.

Practicing yoga regularly improves stamina, cardiovascular and respiratory function while joint vulnerability decreases. Psychologically the participant feels better and has more energy.

Yoga stretching can enhance levels of flexibility by lengthening shortened muscles; therefore providing an improved range of motion.

Weight bearing poses build muscle and bone; improving posture and. strength.

The massage from gentle exercising brings the blood and fluid flow to the area, releasing tightness and tension and lubricating the joints which helps with stiffness.

The release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain; such as endorphins; help the participant to manage pain.

Exercising can also help you lose any extra weight, which means less strain on the joints in our daily movements.

A good exercise programme will incorporate three types of exercise: range of movement, strengthening and cardio.

It is often best to arrange for a few private classes or attend a special Yoga for Arthritis program before entering even a beginners yoga class.

Have your yoga teacher advise you on the best exercises and variations of exercises to do for your level of fitness, range of motion and your bodies reaction to the exercises. Then most participants can confidently enter a regular beginners or hatha yoga class.

Remember:

Move gently, gradually and persistently towards optimal alignment, quick or excessive movement should be avoided.

Start with frequent, low intensity sessions. In almost every case within a few weeks the participant is able to increase the length of yoga sessions to a 1 or 1 ½ hour regular class.

Listen to and respect your body. Exercise intensity should be reduced or avoided during periods of pain and inflammation. It is important not to overstrain yourself.

Breathe properly, utilizing the entire lung. Do not hold the breath. Work towards making the inhale and exhale the same length. Treat the complete breath as an exercise that will increase your lung capacity and strength over time. The paced breath is proving to be a very powerful pain management technique as well.

Do not hold a single position for prolonged periods of time.

Give the body some time to adjust to the new program. Commit to at least one month to see if this is the right program for you.

It may be helpful to take a hot shower or bath before beginning your practice. Be safe and warm up thoroughly when you start. Make sure to cool down at the end.

In the beginning it is usual to feel some discomfort as your muscles get used to being exercised. Seek advice from your doctor if you feel pain in the joint itself or if the pain continues as this might be a sign you have overdone it.

Please talk to your doctor before starting any new healthy lifestyle program.

Contact Rainbow Yoga Health and Wellness for tours, workshops and classes. 317-3753, rainbowyoga@yahoo.com

Posted by: Trudy Prevost | September 9, 2015

New Fall Schedule Harlem Plaza Studio

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Posted by: Trudy Prevost | June 10, 2015

World’s Oldest Yoga Teachers – Tao Porchon-Lynch

 Every morning I get up and I don’t think about what I’m going to do tomorrow, or today, or what I did yesterday,” she said. “I think it’s going to be the best day of my life.” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; New York Post

 

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Tao Porchon-Lynch has inspired me for years now – she has been recognized as The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher since 2012 by The Guiness Book of World Records and every time she hits the news I am filled with joy to see her achieve another dream ….. in her 90’s!

I absolutely love how she immerses herself in each activity because she enjoys them and then lets it flow – in this case to win a famous dance contest.

“I am not interested in knowing about what I cannot do only what I can.” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; TED Talks

She does not give up – she continued practicing and teaching yoga after a hip replacement and a rod in her leg; double hip replacement in her 80’s; a broken wrist and now she is dancing and on her 3rd hip replacement!

Just recently she wowed the judges and the audience with her dancing skills – they gave her  standing ovation on America’s Got Talent 2015.

Her life reads as a fairy tale; born in India; marched with Ghandi; modelled in France; befriended by Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood; works with the Dali Lama …..

Her yoga bio is just as impressive: Started practicing yoga at 8 years old on the beach in India! Practiced yoga for 70 years! Teaching yoga for 56 years! Studied with BKS Iyengar and K Pattabhi Jois! At 96 she can balance her weight on her hands!

You don’t want to put in your mind anything negative,” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; Huffington Post
“Nature has been my encyclopedia of life.”  ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; TED Talks
Yoga is the dance of life within ourselves.” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; TED Talks
Posted by: Trudy Prevost | May 25, 2015

Egyptian Afrikan Kemetic Yoga

 

Pablo Imani – one of my favourite Egyptian Yoga teachers and the founder of Afrikan Yoga.

What keeps yoga alive for me is diving into the different cultures and styles of yoga.

I practiced yoga for over 10 years and never heard anything about African Yoga. Then in the 1970’s I went to visit a museum display on the Egyptian Kings particularly King Tut. As I gazed at the drawings and paintings the first yoga pose I saw was the plow.

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That startled me into looking more intensely and I saw yoga poses in other artefacts too. The Wheel; The Lotus and an interesting Kneeling Twist I never saw anywhere before. To this date in all my research I have never saw that pose in another style.

Kneeling Twist

As with Indian Yoga and Tibetan Yoga   there are many different styles of Egyptian Yoga and some are religious based and some are not.

Most styles of Egyptian Yoga are based on concepts outlined in an ancient Egyptian text called The Book of Emerging into the Light (originally translated as The Egyptian Book of the Dead. The similarities of the lifestyle described in this ancient text to the lifestyle described by The Yoga Sutras is fascinating.

This book was often commissioned by wealthy families and they had some control over the contents so there are many different variations.

Very interestingly the Egyptian word for ‘Yoga’ ‘Smai Twa’ means union – similar to the Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ which is considered to mean union.

According to Pablo Imani of Afrikan Yoga one of the most famous Egyptian Yoga teachers from Uganda Africa.

“This form of Egyptian Yoga, focuses on energy development and emotional cleansing of the physical and emotional body through the development of movement and postures.

Through the practice of a system of Sayunaats/Postures commonly called Asanas, its use of Hanu movements Raagus African Dance and Hudu African Tai chi aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.

Afrikan Yoga is characterized by its attention to rhythmic movements and precise focus on breath. Menfesawe-Imani pioneered the use of affirmations, drums, stretch-bands, sticks, crystals and stones held in the hands and the elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether, which function as aids for combining body and psycho-spiritual awareness allowing beginners to experience movement and postures more easily and  fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice.

An emphasis of co-ordinating movement, dance and awareness of muscles, internal organs and emotional effects of movements are emphasized in Afrikan Yoga.  They are said to release emotional blockages, increase vitality, improve circulation, libido coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for meditational poses.

Unlike the Western and Indian approaches where students are fixated to static movements of the body and suppressed emotions an Afrikan Yoga class is verbal and lively with precise instructions and corrections to movements and postures. A typical class encourages freedom of movement in the hips, torso, arms and legs.”

One of the first teachers of Egyptian Yoga based in the US is Yirser Ra Hotep. His websites are a wealth of knowledge on Egyptian Yoga. The following pose is from Yoga Chicago Magazine.

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Egyptian Yoga Pose, Ka (Spirit)

  1. Begin with feet together, hands at your sides. Step forward on left foot.
  2. Lift arms to sides; bend elbows at right angles, palms forward.
  3. Inhale, then exhale while turning toward left. Keep feet in place, the head centered between your arms. Release in the left hip.
  4. Inhale, then exhale while turning head to the right. Inhale head back to center, exhale to the left, inhale to center.
  5. Lower arms. Bring feet back together.
  6. Step forward with right foot and repeat on the other side.

Model: Yirser Ra’

Dr. Musta Ashby is another early promoter of Egyptian Yoga in the US. He is teaching a ‘vinyasa’ from Egyptian Yoga – The Journey of Ra/The Sun Salutation.

A few of my favourite Egyptian Yoga clips on youtube.

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Posted by: Trudy Prevost | May 23, 2015

Yoga in the Isle of Nature

tree Ellen Hass; Yoga Teacher; Conscious Touch Massage Therapist; Member of Rainbow Yoga Health and Wellness – join her for Irie Family Yoga in Castle Bruce. Experience Yoga in Harmony with Nature.

Visiting Dominica?

Want to spend some quality time in the incredible natural environments of Dominica?

Dominica abounds with Nature Adventures but if you want to try something besides hiking; grappling or diving?

Try Yoga in the Isle of Nature… find the mind body breath nature connection.

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