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Our intuition is our greatest instrument of guidance.

Kat Fowler on Embracing Yoga and Conquering Self-Doubt

I believe that through practice, we may reconnect and attune to our natural intuition, which is stored in the body and the heart. My aim is to guide you through the body toward this inner wisdom, to trust in your individual path and to find a deeper connection to yourself and to all life around you. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life and I am grateful every day for what comes up seeing the ebbs, the flows and the turbulent nature of existence as my life long teacher. I wish to share my joy and gratitude, and learn from you as we explore the waves of life together. In my private practice, as well as in group classes yoga therapy has been my approach.

His dedication to safe and therapeutic yoga is exactly what both teachers and students need. Both programs take teaching yoga to a highly professional level. I am grateful to have met and worked with Larry.

1. Practice Mindfulness

My own health challenges convinced me to follow my heart. My young son had a herniated disc and I wanted to know how yoga could help him. I had heard about the highly regarded back specialist Dr. I learned how yoga therapy is a valid alternative therapy that really can help people with chronic pain to cancer, to anxiety and depression, to back pain and fertility; the list goes on and on. To answer that question, I go back to what drew me to yoga in the first place.

Yoga of Life and Studies | AUM hOMe Shala

Yoga changed how I felt. When I first began to teach, I found that many people find their way into a yoga class because they are seeking a way to feel better … physically, mentally, emotionally. This fall I will be expanding my small group training sessions, as well as branching out to providing yoga for cancer survivors. POLY has given me the knowledge and confidence to teach a well thought out class that flows in a safe, sequential and purposeful way.

I have found that when I teach POLY, my students often feel a reduction in stress both physically and emotionally.

POLY classes include students of all levels of experience and abilities. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned from Dr.

2. Take a Quiet Moment

Payne and the knowledgeable and inspirational speakers brought into the program. All 12 participants attended to a total of 12 weeks of yoga sessions. The changes in tinnitus scores in the questionnaires before and after the yoga classes are presented in Tables 2 and 3. At baseline, the mean tinnitus severity score was 4.

The mean tinnitus stress score was In factor 1 cognitive-affective factor , the stress score was In factor 2 physiological factor , the stress score was In factor 3 pain complaint factor , the stress score was In the handicap questionnaire, baseline score was The mean score of handicap A was For handicap B, the mean score was The exact pathophysiology of tinnitus is unknown; therefore, tinnitus treatments focused on symptomatic relief. Some medications are prescribed to relieve the associated symptoms of the tinnitus, such as depression, anxiety or insominia, whereas some agents are applied for changing the pathophysiology.

Lidocaine, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and antiglutamatergic agents target the neural activity underlying tinnitus. Others, such as systemic and intratympanic steroids, like ginkgo biloba, and melatonin, have anti-inflammatory, vasodilator or antioxidant effects on cochlea and neural pathways. In the literature, there are few studies about the effects of yoga on tinnitus. Our study is the first one showing that yoga reduced significantly the symptoms of tinnitus.

Yoga has been reported to reduce sympathetic hormones, stimulate the limbic system and to activate antagonistic neuromuscular systems. Meditation is a hypomethabolic state that promotes relaxation and reduces stress induced by sympathetic overactivity. In previous studies, it is reported that yoga has an effective role in reducing stress and anxiety, improving general well-being and quality of life. The results showed that practicing yoga exercises once a week for a period of three months improved the symptoms of tinnitus.

In various studies, yoga was associated with reduced stress and anxiety levels and high quality of life.

During the meditation, one begins a journey toward the self. By assuming a comfortable posture, the body totally relaxes and this facilitates transcending the body consciousness. In contrast to our study, Herwig et al reported that there is no significant effect of yoga on tinnitus. In that study, the effect of cognitive-behavioral tinnitus coping training TCT and yoga on tinnitus were compared. In TCT, group progressive relaxation was the main element in sessions.

The patients focused on analyzing stressful events, dysfunctional irrational self-statements and catastrophizing thoughts and their effect on tinnitus. Yoga was presented by a yoga trainer including asanas, breathing and other exercises. Forty-three patients with chronic tinnitus were assessed at baseline, after therapy and at 3 months' follow-up.

Patients treated with TCT reported more satisfaction compared with the yoga group. They also indicate that cultural differences may be an important factor on the therapeutic effect of yoga. Because yoga was originated in an eastern country, it can be unfamiliar to some patients. The effects of a yoga program alone, and in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy CBT on reducing the symptomatology of panic disorder was evaluated by Vorkapic et al.

Both therapies showed significant reductions in anxiety levels. However, the combination of CBT and yoga showed a greater reduction in all observed parameters. In a study by Patil et al 13 , yoga practice conducted for three months has shown to reduce serum malondialdehyde MDA levels, which is the indicator of oxydative stress. In the same study, 13 antioxidants levels such as superoxide dismutase SOD activity, serum glutathione and vitamin C was significantly elevated.

However, yoga exercises were found to be associated with low oxygen consumption, which results in reduced MDA levels. Yoga was also shown to improve the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, decrease the risk of alcohol and drug use, as wel as reduce stress in cancer patients before chemotherapy. In our study, there were statistically significant differences in tinnitus handicap, stress and severity questionnaires scores and the results were better after the yoga intervention. This study is limited by a small number of participants that reduces its statistical power. Furthermore, stress and tinnitus parameters were measured only by questionnaires, not by objective tests such as stress hormones or enzymes.

Yoga is not only a sports activity or a relaxation method, it is a lifestyle; therefore, further studies would be needed with a larger number of participants for an extended period of time. As a conclusion, the findings of the current study suggest that yoga therapy may play a role in reducing the symptoms of tinnitus. The possible action mechanism of yoga therapy may be further analyzed by other studies. Cognitive behavioral therapy for tinnitus.

Yoga and meditation: the bridge between quantity and quality of life

Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. Electroacupunture for Tinnitus: A Systematic Review. Effects of yogic exercises on life stress and blood glucose levels in nursing students. Reducing the symptomatology of panic disorder: the effects of a yoga program alone and in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy.