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Intermediate Yoga


Intermediate Yoga

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Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital Education Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT Certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist Director of Yoga, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. 2021. 53 pages.
  • The power of yoga
    • What is yoga? 
    • The major components of yoga
  • The health benefits of yoga
    • Increased well-being
    • Better physical health
    • Better mental health
  • Before you start: Safety first
    • When to get a doctor’s approval
    • Advice for people with arthritis
    • Advice for people with high blood pressure
    • Advice for people with osteoporosis
    • Advice for people with glaucoma
  • How to use the yoga practices in this report
    • Equipment
      • Terminology used in the routines
    • Tips for a better, safer practice
  • Basic Practice
  • Flexibility Practice
  • Balance Practice
  • Strengthening Practice
  • Energizing Practice
  • Calming Practice
    • Expand your practice — finding the right class
  • Resources


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