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Positive Energy: Pass it on!

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The workouts bring a sense of balance and calm that Hendricks says applies to any situation – whether it's a bases-loaded jam or arm fatigue.

"It teaches you about the next task," Hendricks said. "You're always focused on what's next — the next pitch, the next situation. Yoga helps you in the flow of things. I got into my routine, and it helped me break things down."

Hendricks, 27, quelled doubts about his stamina by pitching a career-high 190 innings during the regular season and 25 1/3 innings in the postseason.

The next step for Hendricks is making sure that the rest of his body and mind are stronger if his arm lacks zip.

"From the physical aspects, it's just keeping the body evened out," Hendricks said. "I gained plenty of flexibility, and it's a good warmup in the morning. But I think the biggest positive for me is the mental and breathing part of it, having to move your body and being in this calm moment. It helps slow things down in game and keeps the pressure from building up in certain situations."

That showed last year as Hendricks limited opponents to a .184 batting average with runners in scoring position — third lowest mark among qualifying NL pitchers.

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Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that causes uncomfortable, urgent feelings in the body. It is considered a neurological sleep disorder. Those with restless leg syndrome can have a variety of symptoms including an insatiable need to move or shake the legs, a crawling sensation, or a tickling or itching feeling. Many people with restless leg syndrome also experience twitching or jerking of the limbs during sleep. Sensations are not limited to the legs, and may affect the arms or even limbs that have been amputated. The cause of restless leg syndrome is uncertain, but in some cases, there may be a connection to iron levels in the blood. Certain medications have been shown to cause or contribute to restless leg syndrome, as well.

Solutions for Flare Ups

At this time, there is no known cure for restless leg syndrome. The most common treatments include a daily light exercise routine, cutting out caffeine and other stimulants, and establishing a more restful sleep environment. In addition to yogic practices being used as daily exercise, particular asanas can help relieve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. End of day yoga and meditation routines can help the sufferer create a stable evening and relaxed mind for bedtime.

Virasana, or Hero’s pose, is excellent for helping with symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Since there are numerous modifications, it is accessible for the new practitioner and the seasoned yoga student alike. If it is inaccessible for the buttocks to rest on the floor, the practitioner can sit on a bolster, pillow, or folded blankets. The prop you choose can slide between your legs and rest under your pelvis. Knee pain can also be addressed with a towel behind the knee or by bringing the practitioner’s pelvis up higher off the ground with a bolster as mentioned before. The pose can be held during meditation, or as the practitioner watches television in the evening.

Legs up the Wall pose is good for aiding circulation within the legs. The pose should be held for five to twenty minutes, depending on the ease of the pose for the practitioner. If there is discomfort in the back, a bolster or blanket can be placed under the small of the back. The legs can be held at a right angle to the body or can be moved into butterfly with the feet touching and the knees folded out and away from the centerline. These yoga asanas can also be helpful as a morning practice, to help prepare the body for a healthy day.


Although I have covered less than a handful of asanas, any yoga posture that releases nervous energy from the legs is suitable. Asanas like Standing Forward Bend, Downward Dog, and Goddess Pose release tension and nervous energy from the body. If energy is constructively released from the body, it should improve your odds for less restless leg syndrome flare ups and a healthy sleep session.

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How to Practice Warrior3 for Children

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Camel Pose For Children

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Have a Wonderful Day!
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The calming poses and meditation of yoga may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to beating depression, new research suggests.

Researchers found that weekly sessions of yoga and deep breathing exercises helped ease symptoms of the common condition. They believe the practice may be an alternative or complementary therapy for tough-to-treat cases of depression.

The intervention seemed helpful for "people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants [but] have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms," study lead author Dr. Chris Streeter said in a news release from Boston Medical Center. He's a psychiatrist at the hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University.

Major depression is common and often persistent and disabling, Streeters' team noted. Up to 40 percent of people taking medication for this form of depression won't see their depression go away, according to the researchers.

However, prior studies have shown that the ancient practice of yoga may be of help.

"The mechanism of action is similar to other exercise techniques that activate the release of 'feel good' brain chemicals," explained Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who reviewed the new findings.

He added that exercise, especially yoga, may also "reduce immune system chemicals that can worsen depression."

Then there's yoga's meditative quality, as well, Manevitz said.

"It has been demonstrated that 'mindful' movement -- conscious awareness -- has a much more beneficial impact on the central nervous system," he said.

But would this bear out in a rigorous study? To find out, Streeter's team tracked outcomes for 30 people with major depressive disorder. All were randomly assigned to partake in either a "high-dose" or "low-dose" yoga intervention. The high-dose group had three 90-minute yoga classes each week along with home practice, while the low-dose group engaged in two 90-minute yoga sessions each week in addition to home practice.

The participants practiced Ilyengar yoga, a method that focuses on detail, precision and alignment in posture and breath control.

The study found that both groups had significant reductions in their depression symptoms. Those who took three weekly yoga classes had fewer depressive symptoms than those in the "low-dose" group, but Streeter's team said even two classes a week was still very effective in improving people's mood.

Streeter noted that this intervention targets a different neurochemical pathway in the body than mood-altering medications, suggesting that yoga may provide a new, side effect-free avenue for treatment.

For his part, Manevitz called the study "practical and well-designed." He believes the findings support yoga as a treatment "that can help the millions of people suffering from major depressive disorders around the world."

Dr. Victor Fornari is a psychiatrist at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. He agreed that the new study "supports the use of yoga for the treatment of depression... Yoga, like regular exercise, is good for most people for health maintenance as well as to treat what ails them."

The study was published March 3 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on the health benefits of yoga.

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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Patience is one of the keys to happiness and a quality life. Some of us need more time to master patience and some people will never master it. With all that said, a Yoga practice of any kind will create patience through a journey of self-mastery.

#SelfMastery #KeysToHappiness #TimeToMasterPatience #YogaPractice

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Fun for Kids - Learn how to practice Goddess Pose with Tiki. Just follow along with each movement and soon you will have it. Goddess Pose strengthens the legs and tones the muscles. This posture is often seen in Moon Salutations.

Tiki is a Yoga teaching aide for parents, teachers, and children. Tiki teaches foundational postures and techniques for families and classrooms worldwide.


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