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Month: December 2017

Is Yoga for Chronic Pain the Answer?

By Marygrace Taylor for discusses yoga and chronic pain. Learn if yoga can help you manage your chronic pain with Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine founder & wellness expert.

Could Yoga Be The Chronic Pain Solution You’ve Been Seeking?

Sure, it’s relaxing and helps you stay limber. But can yoga actually relieve serious aches and pains? Science points to yes.

Chronic pain in America is big business—$560 to $635 billion, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. An estimated 100 million Americans suffer to varying degrees, and many of them are desperate for relief. While pain-relieving medication often helps, there are serious side effects to consider, it doesn’t work well for everyone, and some people just prefer to go a more natural route. Might yoga fit the bill?

An online class by Spirit Voyage claims to help heal chronic pain through kundalini (a dynamic form of yoga) and the power of the mind, and I admit I was skeptical. I knew that a regular yoga practice can help you touch your toes (or at least, get a little closer) and help you keep your cool in stressful situations (or at least, stay a little calmer). But could yoga really make a difference for people with serious pain issues?

Read the rest of the article here.

Achieve Your Weight Loss Resolutions this Year

J.R. Duren for HighYa shares five steps to set yourself up for success. Learn how to build good habits and increase your chance of achieving your weight loss goals this year. Tiffany Cruikshank shares some insight into emotions & weight loss, and how to tap into this powerful relationship.

A Five-Step Approach to Nailing Your Weight Loss New Years Resolutions

Achieving your New Year’s weight loss resolutions takes more than willpower and a good playlist. Our experts offer solid advice on how to increase your chances of losing weight and getting in shape.

Wouldn’t it feel good to be part of the very small percentage of people – less than 8% – who follow through on their weight loss resolutions for the new year? Becoming part of that small group of Americans takes a lot of determination and willpower; but, truth be told, it’s going to take a heck of a lot more than that. Thousands of people are determined and motivated to lose weight by working out; it’s the number one New Year’s resolution. Gym memberships spike like crazy in January, but by February the crowds have thinned out, leaving behind the remnants of motivation and determination.

What was meant to be a place where people could get healthy and get fit suddenly becomes a reminder that most of us strike out when we decide to change our habits. If you feel like we’re describing you, don’t lose heart. The goal of this article is to show you five steps to help you succeed as you forge ahead into the new year with a desire to shed a few pounds and get in shape.

Read the rest of this article here.

For more New Year’s resolutions tips, be sure to read these articles by J.R. Duren:

Affirmations & Mantras to Conquer Today

Maressa Brown for The Vitamin Shoppe shares some simple everyday mantras and affirmations from experts like Tiffany Cruikshank. Check out Tiffany’s favorite affirmation below.

14 Mantras To Help You Conquer Life, One Day At A Time

Stress is no joke — and its detrimental effects are on the rise. Let’s take a look at the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America survey. According to this annual survey, 2017 has seen another significant increase in stress symptoms. The percentage of Americans who have experienced symptoms of stress in the past month jumped 4% over the last year. As a result, we have gone from 71 percent in 2016 to 75 percent in 2017. The most common symptoms reported by adults were nervousness or anxiety, irritability or anger, and fatigue due to their stress.

If you’ve ever experienced any of these symptoms (and let’s be honest — who hasn’t?), you may do well to explore new stress-management techniques. One of the simplest: speaking or meditating on a mantra. Research published in the British Medical Journal notes that mantras “may have evolved as a simple device to slow respiration, improve concentration, and induce calm.” Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Read the rest of this article where 10 wellness experts, including Tiffany Cruikshank, share their go-to mantras for feeling more centered, empowered, and successful – click here!

11 Stretches And Poses for Sciatica Relief

Jennifer Nied for Simplemost Online shares some facts about sciatica and invites Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank to share some yoga poses for sciatica relief.

11 Stretches And Poses To Relieve Sciatica

Millions of Americans suffer from sciatica, pain that radiates down one or both legs, starting at the lower back. And in fact, four in 10 people are likely to develop sciatica at some point in their life, with causes ranging from degenerative changes in the spine to disc herniation to poor core strength or even just tight muscles.

But there’s good news. Practices such as yoga and Pilates can resolve the painful condition without surgery… though it helps to pinpoint the cause first. “It’s complicated,” says Albert Kaplan, DPT, of OrthoCarolina Mooresville. “There is no single exercise that alleviates all sciatic pain. An exercise that alleviates one person’s pain may aggravate another’s”. In short, for each possible cause of sciatica, there are corresponding treatments.

So go ahead and diagnose the source of your sciatica with a qualified physician first. Then refer back to this list of 11 expert-recommended stretches and methods for sciatica that can also help with back and hip pain

Read the rest of the article here.

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