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Yoga as heart opener


Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Yoga is more than exercise. Everyone knows that exercise is an important determinant of health; we all should strive to get 150 minutes of moderately intense activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, as recommended in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. There are those who say that yoga isn’t enough exercise. A popular 2007 study by the American College of Sports Medicine found that yoga practitioners had a lower than predicted maximum heart rate, burned fewer calories per minute, and expended less energy metabolic equivalents than while speed walking. However, in the fine print, the researchers drew their conclusions from Hatha yoga practitioners, that is, gentle yoga.

Yoga looks different depending on where and with whom you practice. So, lest we judge those who practice yoga—yogis— too soon, first we must learn the terminology.

A vocabulary lesson:

Yoga teaches an array of different disciplines, likened to a tree with eight limbs:

•yama are universal ethics

•niyama are individual ethics

•asana are the physical postures

•pranayama is breath control

•pratyahara is the control of the senses

•dharana is concentration

•dyana is meditation, and

•samadhi is bliss

Furthermore, one must understand that there are different styles of yoga practice with varying intensities. Each style differs in the emphasis placed on various components of breath control (pranayama), meditation (dyana), and physical postures (asana). Common styles you may encounter are:

•Integral, Hatha or Svaroopa: more emphasis on meditation, relaxation, inner connection and individual ethics

•Power Yoga or more vigorous postures and emphasis on breath

•Ashtanga Vinyasa: control and constant aerobic, dynamic flow

•Iyengar: used for therapeutics and incorporates accommodating equipment like straps, chairs, and blocks to facilitate poses

•Bikram or Hot Yoga: practice in a heated or humidified environment to increase blood circulation and breathing is emphasized

Science Says

The growing popularity of yoga in Western culture has stimulated a typically Western response: research. Though evidence from controlled trials is limited, there are inklings to suggest that yoga may provide bene .....
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Tables for cancer

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Fillmore County will be hosting a Tables for Cancer event on January 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm at the Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Cost for attendance is $5 at the door, which includes a light ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 58 units

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 13, 2011, succeeded in collecting 58 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented with one first-time participant. Congratulations to these 10 donors who reached the following milestones:

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New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance Expanded coverage from the health care law has continued to grow

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health in ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to ..... 
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State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutan ..... 
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Free cholesterol and glucose screening offered at Breakfast with Santa

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) was recently awarded a $27,000 grant from the UCare Fund. The goal of the grant is to reduce obesity-related diseases by targeting the risk factors of nutrition, physical activity, and access to preventative care ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Health officials say influenza vaccination needs repeating every year

It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, y ..... 
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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get ..... 
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