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Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

The right yoga practice can help you age gracefully and alleviate pain. Find out more and call in your own questions on 3/7/20..
Carol Krucoff, co-author of Relax into Yoga for Seniors
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How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

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Stress is nearly ubiquitous in modern life. We all know it isn’t healthy, but we may not have a lot of tools for escaping or alleviating it. People under stress may feel they don’t have enough time for yoga. Just trying to meditate may send their minds spinning into overdrive about everything waiting to be done. Can we use mindfulness and yoga to help us age gracefully?

Yoga for Pain Relief:

Carol Krucoff is a yoga therapist who has been adapting yoga teaching for people who live with pain. She has found many ways for people to use mindful yoga practice to ease their chronic pain and improve their health.

Choosing a Yoga Practice to Help You Age Gracefully:

There are many different styles of yoga. Some are more suited for easing pain than others. How can you determine which yoga practice would suit your needs best? What research is available to help you determine how yoga can help you age gracefully? We’ll review the warning signs that suggest you might not have chosen the best practice and could benefit more from a different teacher or style.

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher:

Carol recommends these articles to guide you in finding a good yoga teacher who can help you with the appropriate yoga practice for your condition:


Your Questions Are Welcome:

What would you like to know about using yoga to improve your health? Have you been practicing yoga? You can tell us about your experience and ask your questions. Carol Krucoff will share her expertise on how you can use yoga for better health and less pain. To join the conversation, email radio@PeoplesPharmacy.com or call 1-888-472-3366 between 7:10 and 8:00 am EST on Saturday, March 7, 2020. (Daylight savings doesn’t kick in until about midnight.)

This Week’s Guest:

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine and co-director of the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Trainings, designed to help yoga instructors safely adapt the practice to older bodies, minds and spirits. An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of the Health Section of The Washington Post. She is the author of several books, including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less and Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and Pain Relief. Her most recent book, written with Jim and Kimberly Carson, is Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience. Her website is https://healingmoves.com

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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FYI re:the links: Washington Post articles are behind a pay wall.

Many people tend to think of yoga as a practice of postures. I practice the postures daily (but may occasionally miss a day, especially when traveling.) But Transcendental Meditation (TM) – which I’ve practiced daily since 1971 – gives the direct experience of yoga as a state of consciousness. It’s an experience of the inner unity of life that you can achieve effortlessly through transcending. For me, yoga postures are like an appetizer enjoyed before the main course, which is Transcendental Meditation.

Most people in the yoga world think of Samadhi or transcendence as something unattainable. Yet TM is a technique that plugs us into that transcendental consciousness right from the start. TM is different than mindfulness or concentration techniques; it is effortless, and easily produces restful alertness.

Transcendental Meditation reduces the brain’s reaction to pain. In a study conducted at the Functional Brain Imaging Laboratory of the University of California at Irvine, neuroimaging of Transcendental Meditation’s effect on brain reactivity to pain showed a 40-50% lower brain response to pain compared to 12 healthy controls. The study was funded by NIH: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

I recommend yoga postures and the Transcendental Meditation technique for everyone, not only for pain relief, but for a great feeling of wellness.

Is there a show/video for beginners?

Carol is a gem! Thanks for having her on. Her book is a great resource as well for people who want to experience the benefits of yoga for the aging body.

I’ve been taking yoga classes since I retired, and it has helped me tremendously! I have arthritis in my hip and hands and a diffused connective tissue disorder. In particular, my YMCA has yin yoga and yoga Indra classes that really benefit my health. They are both slow practices done on the floor (mostly lying down). I can’t wait to hear this broadcast, and I hope you mention those two forms of yoga.

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