All of the following programs through Yoga U Online include 2 one-hour talks with a powerpoint presentation, written transcripts, and an hour-long practice video!
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YOGA FOR HEALTHY AGING - ONLINE COURSES
Increasingly, researchers are pointing to a new risk factor for chronic disease: Inflammation. Inflammation is a natural immune system defense mechanism, but when it becomes chronic, it becomes a risk factor for a host of chronic conditions, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, and more.
What predisposes us to chronic inflammation, and how do you know if you have it? How can yoga help prevent or curb chronic inflammation? In this online course Baxter explores this critical disease factor and offers advice on how to prevent or curb chronic inflammation.
In this course, Dr. Baxter Bell discusses why maintaining normal blood pressure is an essential part of healthy aging. This is one area where prevention is much better than cure, and as part of a comprehensive approach, yoga can be a great tool for preventing high blood pressure from ever developing. Or, even in cases where high blood pressure has already developed, yoga has much to offer.
Baxter reviews the most relevant research on how yoga tools can help support healthy blood pressure and in some cases bring high blood pressure down towards normal. He then goes more deeply into the specific tools and practices you can bring into your home practice keep you blood pressure balanced.
Like the rest of our body, the brain changes in numerous ways as we get older. What happens to the brain during healthy aging? And are there ways that we can positively influence the changes in the structure and function of the brain, much as we can with muscles and bones?
In this course, we chart what is currently known about the changes in the brain as we age, and what is known about techniques useful for slowing or preventing common cognitive changes…
There are many health conditions that lead to illness, disability and premature death as we age. Two of the biggest culprits are Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. There is a “syndrome” called Metabolic Syndrome, a clustering of specific signs and symptoms, that predispose you to being more likely to develop Diabetes and CV diseases over time.
Yoga can improve these factors and reduce your likelihood of developing full-blown Diabetes or CV problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Learn how in this informative course!
Core integrity typically refers to strengthening the complex group of muscles and structures in our mid-section. While this is important, in this course, we will also look at creating greater core integrity to strengthen our willpower and empower us with greater mental-emotional centeredness to achieve the most important goals in life.
Balance on the physical level is important in maintaining our health over time, but cultivating a balance in our work and social life can be equally important. Our sessions together in this course will focus on helping you develop the skills to address all these vital aspects of your life!
Learn how you can use yoga to improve the health of the cardiovascular system and the heart. I discuss optimal heart health, common heart disorders and the early signs of heart disturbances you should be looking out for. It includes an overview of the organs and structures of the cardiovascular system, their basic functions and how you can use yoga to impact heart health.
Yoga postures may increase blood flow to the heart itself, and improve overall musculoskeletal tone, which can assist in the return of blood to the heart via the veins. Yoga also offers a way to foster other healthy habits, like improved eating habits and sleep regimens, which will positively affect heart health.
Digestive health is considered a key to the prevention of disease in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural health. According to this system, sluggish digestion results in the accumulation of toxins in the body. This, it is further theorized, in turn affects our energy and well-being, and in the long term, forms the foundation for numerous chronic diseases.
Yoga postures may increase blood flow to the digestive tract, and improve abdominal tone, which may stimulate the digestive organs. In this course you will learn about the digestive system and how you can use yoga to improve the full process of digestion.
This unique, medically-informed approach guides you through practices for immediate relief and teaches you to build “stress hardiness”: a healthier long-term response to life’s pressures. In two complementary practices you’ll learn to recognize and modify your body’s fight or flight response to stress, and the benefits of yoga in addressing the root causes of stress-related problems like muscular tension, headaches, insomnia, depression, and panic attacks.
This video includes 2 full yoga asana practices, as well as 3 eight-minute bonus segments — relaxation, breathing and guided meditation.
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Check out clips from my interviews with YogiViews! The full interviews aired live on Community Media Center of Marin County. Please enjoy these 3 minute clips:
An MD's View of Yoga
Yoga For Men
Free audio interview on Unity Online Radio’s The Yoga Hour
Aging with Strength and Grace
How can yoga help us age with strength and grace? What benefits does yoga provide for our bodies, minds, and spirits? Numerous studies now confirm what many yoga practitioners have known from their own experience: yoga practice has a remarkable impact on physical and mental health—and spiritual well-being—as you grow older. Baxter joins guest host Dr. Laurel Trujillo for a conversation about the power of yoga to benefit both young and old alike.