Janis Ramquist, Yoga Instructor

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Janis Ramquist

Raleigh, NC

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Janis Ramquist
2208 Oxford Hill Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27608

Voice 919/831-9316
Fax 919/833-1464
Janis@ramquist.com

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Researchers have found yoga improves the quality of life and reduces pain for people with a variety of health challenges. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, physical pain and restrictions, high blood pressure, emotional distress, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a variety of others respond positively to yoga practice. Some hospitals are beginning to integrate yoga for patients and staff. (Yoga should not be used to replace medical treatment without the supervision of a physician.)

● In one study, meditating 15 minutes twice daily reduced physician visits over a six-month period and saved the health-care system $200 a patient. (Mehmet Oz, MD, Time, January 20, 2003)

● A four-month yoga regime significantly increased feelings of good health, as measured by a standardized test called the “Subjective Well-Being Inventory.” (Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, April 2000)

● Lower Blood Pressure - “Studies have shown that meditation can reduce hardening of the arteries, especially in African Americans with high blood pressure. People suffering from anxiety disorders also appreciate the lowered stress, reduced blood pressure and slowed heart rates associated with meditation.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, Time, January 20, 2003)

● Cancer - “Initial research has suggested that meditation combined with dietary change may slow tumor progression in prostate-cancer patients.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, Time, January 20, 2003)

● Hypertension - A study showed that yoga may be as effective as drug therapy in hypertension. (Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, April 2000). A study showed that the breath practice reduces blood pressure and therefore would affect hypertension. (B. H. Sung, American Society of Hypertension Annual Meeting, 2001)

● Chronic Pain - Yoga is used in the treatment of severe inoperable back pain. (Raleigh News & Observer, November 8, 2002). The International Pain Institute at Texas Tech University found yoga increased the effectiveness of medical treatments for chronic pain. Seventy-nine percent of the participants said their condition somewhat or greatly improved. The study carefully recorded variations in other treatment to determine the results of yoga. (Yoga Journal Sept/Oct 2001)

● Osteoarthritis - Two studies found that yoga helps with pain associated with osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. (Rheumatoid Diseases Clinics of North America, February 2000.)

● Strength and flexibility - A study found that the subjects increased isokinetic muscular strength - elbow extension by 31%, elbow flexion 19%, knee extension 28%, knee flexion 57%, ankle flexibility 13%, shoulder elevation 155%, trunk extension 188% and trunk flexion 14%. (Dept. of Exercise Science, University of California at Davis, 2001)

● Coronary Disease - A study shows that the breathing practice reduces blood pressure and therefore improves hypertension. (B. H. Sung, American Society of Hypertension Annual Meeting, 2001). A study of 94 patients with angiographically documented coronary heart disease found that the group prescribed yoga, group support and an extremely low-fat vegetarian diet had had significantly overall regression of coronary arteriosclerosis over the control group. Ornish is convinced that “adherence to the yoga and meditation program was as strongly correlated with the changes in the amount of blockage as was the adherence to diet. (Dean Ornish, American Journal of Cardiology, 1998). Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York Center uses yoga and meditation for their cardiovascular surgery patients. “Meditation reduces the stress hormone cortisol that shuts down the parasympathetic system. It slows metabolism in red blood cells and suppresses the production of cytokines-proteins associated with the kind of heightened immune response often seen in stressed-out subjects such as students taking exams.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, Time, January 20, 2003)

● Concentration - A study measured brain waves before and after a Yoga class. Alpha waves increased in the right temporal lobe. Previous research has shown that depressed, introverted people typically have more alpha activity in the left frontal-temporal region, while optimistic, extroverted people have more alpha activity on the right. (Scandinavian study conducted by Eric Hoffman, PHD Yoga Journal, 8/2001)

● Subjects showed a change in brain-wave patterns from aroused to waves of deep relaxation. Time Magazine

● After six months of practicing yoga, epileptic patients reported an 86% reduction in the number of seizures. (Panjwani, Selvamurthy Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences, Indian Journal of Medical Research, March, 2000)

● Spatial Memory - After 10 days of breath training, children 10 to 17 years showed an average 84% improvement in score. (Naveen, Magarathna, Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, India, Oct, 1997)

● sthma - Asthma sufferers show significant improvement following an eight-day yoga-training program. (Khanam, Deepak, Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Oct 24, 1996)

● Fewer Sick Days

● According to two separate articles in Time Magazine - “Four weeks and again at eight weeks post flu shots people who meditated have more antibodies than the control group.” “Many sufferers swear by various nonpharmacological methods of keeping their headaches at bay, such as yoga.”

● After six months of practicing yoga, epileptic patients reported an 86% reduction in the number of seizures. (Panjwani, Selvamurthy Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences, Indian Journal of Medical Research, March, 2000)

● Migraine Headaches - Many sufferers swear by various nonpharmacological methods of keeping their headaches at bay, such as yoga. (Time, 10/7/02)

● Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - The eight-week study determined that a yoga-based regimen was more effective than wrist splinting or no treatment in relieving some symptoms and signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. (Dr. Ralph Schumacher Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998). An assessment of alternative medical treatments found that yoga was effective for carpal tunnel syndrome. (American Medical Association News, Dec 14, 1998)

● Meditating “monks can manipulate their metabolism to redirect the body’s energy from warming its core to heating its surface; the drop in internal metabolic rate is well documented. Similar results have been observed in studies of patients having surgery; patients who meditated experienced less operative bleeding than controls given placebos. (Mehmet Oz, MD, Time, January 20, 2003)

● Duke University uses Hatha yoga for chronic disorders, specifically coronary disease and heart failure. (Yoga Journal Jan/Feb 2001)

● Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibermyalgia - Patients used a range of treatments from medication, conventional and alternative treatments. Yoga was one of the few activities that predicted improvement. (Arthur Hartz, MD, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999:159:2129-2137)

● Hand Grip Strength - Indian researchers found in the 10-day program that student who practiced left, right and alternative nostril breathing showed a significant increase in handgrip strength in both hands. ( Raghuraj, Nagaratha, Vivekanada Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Journal Physiological Pharmacology, April 1997)

● Obsessive-Compulsive - The use of yoga breathing shows promising results in the treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorders. (Shannahoff-Khalse , Beckett Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics, University of California, San Diego, International Journal of Neuroscience, March, 1996)

● Epileptic - After six months of practicing Sahaja yoga, epileptic patients reported an 86% reduction in the number of seizures. (Panjwani, Selvamurthy Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences, Indian Journal of Medical Research, March, 2000)


Standing Straddle/ Prasarita Paddottanasana

EMOTIONAL HEALTH

● According to Anxiety Disorders Association of America, breathing quickly and shallow in an extreme case can cause panic attacks.

● Meditation and yoga improved the self-esteem of inner-city participants in a community health program. Both English and Spanish-speaking patients reported significant improvement in their physical and mental health with many patients noting dramatic changes in attitudes, beliefs, habits, and behavior. (Roth and Creaser, Nurse Practitioner, March 22, 1997)

● A Harvard Medical School study found that yoga proved as good as traditional psychotherapy in helping patients in a methadone program. (Shaffer, LaSalvia, Harvard Medical School, Alternative Therapy Health Medicine, 1997) If yoga can produce those effects in addicts think of the benefit to children.

● In two studies, Yoga practitioners experienced a significant drop in cortisol levels after a single yoga class. High cortisol levels are characteristic of stress and serious depression. A marked decrease in cortisol and increase in hormone prolactine is believed to be the key in producing the anti-depressant effect of electroshock therapy. (Jefferson Medical College and Yoga Research Society, Yoga Journal, 8/2001 and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India)

● Mindfulness-based stress reduction was combined with group cognitive therapy as an eight-week treatment in the prevention of recurrence of major depression. The follow-up testing a year later found the treatment group had a significant lower relapse rate than did the control group. (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 68, 2000)

● Self-Esteem - Mindful meditation and yoga improved the self-esteem of inner-city participants in a community health program in Meriden, Conn. Both English and Spanish-speaking patients reported significant improvement in their physical and mental health with many patients noting dramatic changes in attitudes, beliefs, habits, and behavior. (Roth and Creaser, Nurse Practitioner, March 22, 1997)


Seated Spread Angle/ Upavista Konasana

 
 

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