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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..
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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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About the Author
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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