Jul 12

At Arizona yoga studios, a few simple tips help prevent heat stroke

This summer, as the temperature soars, it's important to modify your yoga regimen to account for the heat. At Dahn Yoga's Arizona yoga studios, we recommend a number of techniques for minimizing your body temperature during your holistic sessions:

1. First and foremost, dress for the weather. At Dahn Yoga, we recommend wearing a loose, light, cotton-based shirt and pants. Be sure that the fibers are all organic, and try to purchase only long-sleeved tops. While this may sound counterintuitive, it can help wick away sweat and cool your skin.

2. Drink plenty of water. Take breaks during a session to rehydrate, even if you're not particularly thirsty.

3. If the temperature outdoors tops, say, 90 degrees F, consider taking your yoga session indoors.

4. Finally, if you get muscle cramps, dizziness, excess sweating or a headache (which would be odd if you're doing yoga for health and headaches!), be aware that this may be a sign of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These conditions are serious and can, if left untreated, be life-threatening.

So, to get your yoga on in record-breaking heat, be sure to find a shady place, to drink plenty of fluids and to be mindful of heat illness.

Mar 12

Dr. Oz explains the value of taking yoga classes in Arizona

While everyone already seems to know how well-suited yoga is for health problems, it never hurts to have the occasional reminder. Recently, surgeon and daytime television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared on a Phoenix news channel to promote taking yoga classes in Arizona.

Dr. Oz has long been a fan of the holistic mind-body regimen, and he spent plenty of time singing its praises. While on KTVK Phoenix's Good Morning America, he even showed hosts Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelley how to perform a few simple yoga poses.

Oz noted that, as many other health experts have pointed out, stretching, posing, breathing deeply and meditating can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, especially when combined with a healthy diet and plenty of sleep.

That's one reason why Dahn Yoga offers so many different classes, from beginner's basics to instruction for even the most advanced enthusiast.

If you've felt stressed, overtired, sluggish, frazzled or fatigued lately, isn't it about time that you tried a little complementary and alternative healing? Consider popping into your local Dahn Yoga community center and asking if they're currently offering any membership deals.

Mar 12

Arizona yoga studios are springing up all over

Why are yoga classes in Arizona so popular these days? If you take holistic health classes in the Grand Canyon State, then you've probably noticed that Dahn Yoga studios have been popping up seemingly everywhere. To what can we attribute this nice little trend?

Aaron Goldberg, the owner of a couple of Arizona yoga studios, says that it's due to the mind-body regimen's durability.

He told KTAR Radio Phoenix that yoga is one of the only businesses that has actually grown during the current economic recession. So why are enthusiasts all too happy to cut other hobbies, even as they sign up for more yoga classes?

"This [routine] is good for my emotional state, this is good to de-stress, this is good for my emotional growth, I feel more empowered when I do it," Goldberg told the radio station. He added that holistic exercise is particularly enticing for the over-30 crowd, many of whom want an experience that's more calming and relaxing than a day at the gym.

Dahn Yoga community centers help the residents of towns like Sedona and Scottsdale learn to unwind and reconnect. Why not try a class today?

Oct 11

Phoenix-area news anchor decides to retire, take yoga classes in Arizona

If you happen to see KTVK Phoenix’s morning show co-host Tara Hitchcock in your Arizona yoga studio sometime soon, don’t be too surprised. The longtime news anchor and television personality recently decided to resign in order to take more time for herself.

According to the Arizona Republic, Hitchcock was at one time part of the popular early show “Good Morning Arizona,” along with anchor Dan Davis and meteorologist Brad Perry, both of whom have since changed careers.

She explained to the newspaper that it is now her turn to try something new.

“I think I’m meant for something else,” Hitchcock said, quoted by the news source. “Sometimes you have that feeling and you know what the change is, and sometimes you don’t.”

Elaborating on the possibilities open to her, she laughingly noted that now she can take more of her beloved yoga classes in Arizona. A die-hard fan of the mind-body system, Hitchcock said that she might be able to join her friends in a yoga class that her TV position kept her from being able to attend.

The former news anchor counts herself as one of the 15.8 million Americans who have tried yoga, as tallied by the Yoga Journal.

Oct 11

How many people take yoga classes in Arizona for epilepsy?

These days, Arizona yoga studios are practically bursting at the seams with new members. And it’s little wonder – after all, complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) have been relieving pain and reducing discomfort for centuries.

So what’s changed? Why are more people than ever before turning to yoga classes in Arizona for conditions like tendinitis, anxiety, headaches or even epilepsy? One possible reason is that scientific studies are finding more and more potential benefits associated with meditation and yoga.

Likewise, the popularity of CATs is increasing, making such treatments more visible. A survey published in the journal Neurology found that, among Arizonan individuals with epilepsy (IWEs), approximately 44 percent have tried CATs for the condition.

Based on the population of the state, that figure translates to roughly 10,500 IWEs in Arizona alone.

On a national level, there may be something of a snowball effect going on. As surveys point to the increasing number of yoga practitioners, more people may be inclined to look into the mind-body regimen themselves.

Across the U.S., close to 16 million adults practice yoga, meditation and related CATs, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Yoga Journal.

Sep 11

Yoga classes in Arizona contribute to health studies

If you have ever been to an Arizona yoga retreat, you’re probably aware of how good it feels to pose and meditate in a community setting, especially under a wide desert sky. However, you may not know that numerous studies conducted by Arizona scientists point to the effective uses of yoga for health problems.

  • Co-written by Sharon Robinson, a psychologist from Arizona State University (ASU), a study published in the journal Applied Psychology found that a yoga-and-relaxation regimen appeared to improve a number of factors contributing to participants’ well-being. These included average heart rate, blood pressure and self-esteem.
  • Heart rate is a popular topic of yoga-related study! A report drawn up by Troy Adams, an exercise and wellness expert at ASU, confirmed that yoga practice can reduce heart rate, even during a single session. He found that, of several distinct styles, gentle yoga tends to result in the lowest average heart rate – about 74 beats per minute.
  • An article appearing in the journal Oncology Times pointed to an Arizona yoga retreat that is tailored to the needs of cancer patients. The report listed a number of activities that patients take part in during the recovery process, including healthy cooking classes, yoga sessions and other complementary therapies.
  • Matthew Taylor, a physical therapist based in Scottsdale, Arizona, wrote a study enumerating the benefits of using yoga as a therapeutic tool. The paper appeared in the journal Techniques in Orthopedics. He emphasized that clinicians need to study both the practice and the philosophy of yoga in order to use it to its fullest potential. “The balance of techniques and theory addressing yoga therapeutics fosters a clinical confidence in the efficacy of adopting yoga as a complement to traditional orthopedic care,” Taylor concluded.

Jul 11

Arizona yoga retreats offer soothing, healing qigong programs

If you’ve looked into Arizona yoga retreats, you may have found that those hosted by Dahn Yoga offer tai chi and qigong classes. You probably know what tai chi is, but what is qigong? Arizona yoga classes that include this so-called “soft” martial art can be quite exciting, if you know what health benefits qigong may entail.

Basically, qigong is a set of breathing exercises, poses and mindful movements, all of which are intended to rebalance the ki energy in your body. As one’s ki – the body’s life force – gets imbalanced, the physical self may begin to suffer from aches, pains, sleeplessness, restlessness and any number of mild problems.

By doing qigong in conjunction with yoga classes, eating a healthy diet and getting regular sleep, individuals who are stressed or anxious may be able to throw of that general sense of malaise. Dahn Yoga offers a number of qigong classes for enthusiasts of all background and skill levels.

Studies have associated doing qigong with improvements in anxiety and depression. For instance, a report in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine narrowed down the origins of qigong’s mental health benefits to six potential sources.

On the psychological side, the authors, who hailed from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, pointed to the holistic exercise’s connections to cognitive behavior, which they said qigong can gradually modify through mindfulness practice. Likewise, team said that soft martial arts may distract a troubled mind from anxious thoughts or improve social interactions with other yoga members.

Qigong may also reduce stress through purely physical means. The study stated that the mind-body regimen may contribute to better cardiovascular fitness, which has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health.

At the neural level, doing qigong may improve the brain’s levels of amines or endorphins, two organic molecules that are associated with mental health, researchers added.

Jul 11

University of Arizona basketball player talks about doing yoga

It may seem counterintuitive, but college and professional athletes who play extensively in a sport rarely train exclusively for that discipline. Instead, they often engage in a variety of activities to maintain all-around good health.

A prime example might be Derrick Williams, who until recently was a small forward for the University of Arizona Wildcats basketball team.

In a live chat broadcast on the website of ESPN News, Williams said that he practices yoga to prepare for the NBA draft.

“I’ve been working out three times a day for the last two months, five days a week. I do basketball twice a day and I either do yoga or weights for the other part. Yoga is great for flexibility and preventing injuries,” he said, responding to user “Ciaran” from the UK’s Solihull.

Williams, a sophomore, recently announced that he would bypass his final two years of college in favor of making himself available for the NBS draft, according to the Wildcats’ official webpage.

Individuals who engage in such aggressive training programs often find that gentle, soothing yoga postures help them relax and avoid strains and sprains.

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