How the Brain works (which controls our body): Inside – to – Outside:


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Can Yoga Alter Gene Expression?

Chronic stress, and the resulting inflammatory response, is a known cause of numerous illnesses. Although yoga is found to reduce stress and increase wellbeing, we know little about the molecular mechanisms mediating these effects.  Now new research published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that 8 weeks of regular yoga practice may alter biomarkers associated with inflammation and psychological health, and even alter markers of gene expression linked to inflammation. Read full article…

B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500, YogaUOnline

Yoga For Anxiety and Depression

Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year. Read full article…

Harvard Mental Health Letter, Harvard Medical School

Accept Your Pain: It Will Hurt Less

You are upset—understandably upset—about a difficult situation or some aspect of yourself. You angrily question how unfair life is or why you don’t change. You fight the current situation, bringing on feelings of distress about your pain. This dilemma is so common that the Buddhists long ago reduced it to a formula: Pain x Resistance = Suffering. Translation: Fighting against (or resisting) the reality of the pain in your life creates suffering.  Read full article… 

Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD, Psychology Today

Good Stress, Bad Stress

Most of us have come to think that stress is bad for us, but it is really part of our fundamental survival system. Stress can be harmful and dampen the immune response if it is chronic or ongoing. But short-term stress—the “fight-or-flight” response—may actually be beneficial, according to research by Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of research at the Stanford Center on Stress & Health. Read full article…

Firdaus Dhabhar PhD, Stanford Medicine

2015 Stress In America

Since 2007, the Stress in America™ survey has examined how stress affects the health and well-being of adults living in the United States. In 2015, reported overall stress levels increased slightly, with greater percentages of adults reporting extreme levels of stress than in 2014. Overall, adults report that stress has a negative impact on their mental and physical health. A sizable proportion do not feel they are doing enough to manage their stress. Read full article...

American Psychological Association

Stop Finding Excuses To Avoid Yoga

The history of yoga — a practice that focuses on conscious movement, breathing and meditation — dates back more than 5,000 years. It was initially used by those who wanted to achieve greater personal freedom, health and longevity. Read full article…

Amber Greviskas, WebMD

How Does Neuroplasticity Work?

When neuroscience began to discover more about the brain’s remarkable ability to change, it opened up new ways of thinking about our work with patients. Read full article…

Dr. Ruth Buczynski, National Institute For the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

10 Scary Statistics About Stress

Whether you are trying to prevent or relieve stress, Successories has you covered! Here are 10 facts about stress and different ways you can cope with it! If any of these facts sound familiar, don’t underestimate the power of small changes, like keeping a stress reliever on your desktop or making sure to take a lunch break away from your desk. Read full article…

Why Self-Care Is Hard for Depressed Individuals

Looking after yourself, or self-care, is vital to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Self-care is best defined as the ability to take proper care of your daily living needs, like eating, sleeping, grooming. But it’s also about identifying your own unique needs and taking steps to meet them—like making the time to do things that nurture you, as well as activities that keep you healthy. Read full article…

Deborah Serani PsyD, Psychology Today

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