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An innovative and easy-to-follow program for parents, educators, yoga teachers, and health care professionals. The book includes: A step-by-step, integrated system of yoga poses designed to increase cognitive and motor skills in children with learning and developmental disabilities. Specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity. And early intervention program to assure the healthy formative development of infants and toddlers.

Yoga has been introduced at a care home to help residents sleep better and improve their posture and mobility.

Yoga could help improve quality of life for people with chronic inflammatory bowel disease, a study has found.

Yoga and medication techniques could be valuable tools in helping teenage sex offenders reduce or control their deviant impulses, according to new research at the University of Utah. David Derezotes, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work, says the relaxation techniques taught through yoga, meditation and breathing exercises reduced stress, anxiety and sexual impulses among a group of teen sex offenders he observed over a twoyear period. The 14 boys, five of whom stayed with the program the entire 2 years, were clients at an Intermountain West human service agency at which yoga and meditation were used during treatment. They were between the ages of 15 and 18.In responding to increasing rates of adolescent sex offenders, there are now more than 650 inpatient and outpatient treatment centers in Utah, but only a handful that specialize in sex offenses. Most treatment programs for teens usually teach the offenders to replace their inappropriate sexual fantasies with more acceptable ones involving consensual sex among peers, to avoid situations which may lead to the offending behavior, and to find alternative activities that can be stimulating but do not harm anyone. But Derezotes found that teaching these teenagers relaxation techniques also had a profound affect on their behaviors and attitudes. The youngsters spent several hours each week performing yoga movements, deep breathing exercises and meditating with an instructor. Most of the boys enjoyed the training and all of them reported benefit from using the exercises outside class to help with their control problems. They had an improved ability to relax and reduce anxiety levels, and were better able to recognize their thoughts and feelings. Significantly, none of the boys relapsed with sexual offenses during the time of the study.…

Tired. Stressed. Bored. These are the words most commonly used by 22,000 high school students surveyed about their experiences in high school.

In this work, three texts have been brought together for the first time. The question of the authorship of YSBHV has been vexed one and has engaged the attention of scholars for a long time. In this work the authorship problem has been examined in great detail on the basis of both the internal and external evidences. The author has also drawn attention to some specific references to Vacaspati Misra in the body of the Vivarana. This hopefully should settle once and for all the authorship problem. Printed Pages: 902.

What are the benefits (and controversy) of teaching kids yoga?


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Some common conceptions of Buddhist meditative practice emphasize the elimination of emotion and desire in the interest of attaining tranquility and spiritual perfection. But to place too strong an emphasis on this is to miss an important social element emphasized by major figures in the Mahāyāna and Chan/Zen Buddhist traditions who are critical of these quietistic elements and who stress instead an understanding of an enlightenment that emphasizes enriched sociality and flexible readiness to engage, and not avoid, life’s fluctuations in fortune and essential impermanence. It is argued here that these criticisms of quietism are bolstered by recent advances in the philosophy and psychology of the emotions that highlight the role of emotions in framing the context of decision making—that is, in sorting out the relevant from the irrelevant, identifying salience, and directing decisions when uncertainty prevents definitive judgment. This research makes clearer why self-liberation is fundamentally a matter of liberation from judgmental habit and inflexibility, and lends support to a view of enlightenment that emphasizes compassionate engagement with others. It also provides for a more plausible picture of the cognitive transformation involved in liberation and sheds light on the rationale for certain traditional Chan and Zen teaching tactics, such as those involving koan introspection.

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