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For years we have heard that Laughter is the Best Medicine. A doctor in India founded a movement of Laughter Yoga which has spread to more than 60 countries. Got nothing to laugh about? You can get the same benefits from faking it. “Fake it until you make it.”
Sandra Boris-Berkowitz, M.Ed., LRC, is a Laughter Yoga Leadercertified by the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. She is also a teacher and a licensed rehabilitation counselor.
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Norman Cousins in his book Anatomy of an Illness described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from a life-threatening tissue disease.
"Is it possible," he wondered, "that love, hope, faith, laughter, and confidence and the will to live have therapeutic value?" Cousins made it a point to enjoy a hearty belly laugh several times a day. A few minutes of laughter gave him an hour or more of pain-free sleep.
Scientific studies have proved that hearty laughter has a powerful and immediate strengthening effect on our immune system.
Laughter quickly increases immunoglobulin levels that help fight infection and increases the number of Natural Killer Cells (NK cells) in the blood. Natural killer cells play a key role in cancer prevention. Dr Berk took blood samples from subjects watching humorous videos and found that natural killer cells increased significantly with laughter. The NK cells in blood samples from laughing subjects quickly killed cancer cells he introduced into the samples.
There is medical evidence that laughter releases natural hormones (endorphins) which help you feel good. Laughter reduces stress, increases energy, boosts the immune system, provides natural pain relief, and improves brain functioning.
One minute of laughter is equivalent to 6-10 minutes on a treadmill. Fifteen minutes of laughter a day can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sara Ivanhoe is the Yoga Spokesperson for Weight Watchers, most recently releasing the “Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit.” She began teaching in 1995, shortly after graduating with honors from New York University. She has completed the Yoga Works teacher training, a specialized Therapeutics program and is also certified by Erich Schiffmann in his Freeform Style. Sara is the instructor for the "Yoga for Dummies" series, the "Crunch Yoga" series as well as the collaboration with Russell Simmons "Yoga Live." She had an extended run on Fit TV with "All Star Workouts" and on Exercise TV with "Yoga on the Edge." Sara was a regular on Vh1's "Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab" and has been featured on all the major news channels. She is highlighted in the acclaimed documentary "Titans of Yoga" and "Women of Bhakti." Ivanhoe is one of the few teachers certified by the Green Yoga Association to teach Yoga and Ecology. In addition, Loyola Marymount University has awarded Sara a Certification in Yoga Philosophy. This fall she will matriculate in LMU's Master's Degree in Yoga Philosophy program.
Sandy Gross is the co-author of the new website Hot Yoga Science whose mission is to educate and empower yoga teachers and students about the benefits, truths, and myths of heated yoga classes. She discusses what hot yoga studio owners and teachers need to know to keep their students safe and educated about the heat. This timely discussion follows LeBron James' recent challenge with complications from heat exhaustion and the controversies surrounding open-air CrossFit gyms. And as we enter into the hottest time of the year, be informed about playing summer sports and staying healthy in the heat.
Sandy is also the founder and director of Evolution Yoga in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sandy is the founder and director of Evolution Yoga. In her classes, she strives to meld the physical practice with mindful alignment, middle path thinking, inspiring music, breath awareness, relaxation and meditation. She has taught a variety of movement modalities since 1987 (dance exercise, weight training, water fitness, mobility training for athletes and yoga.) Her yoga training has been vast, but she chose teacher training with Cyndi Lee's OM yoga and completed the 200 & 500 hour level trainings. She also apprenticed with Cyndi for many years and credits the OM yoga's unique method of blending vinyasa with alighment and mindfulness, as her greatest influence.
Sandy is also the co-author of the new website, Hot Yoga Science, whose mission is to educate and empower yoga teachers & students about the benefits, truths & myths of heated yoga classes.
Hostess Lisa Winton and Swami Jayananda will be looking at depression and how not all depression is dysfunctional but in fact necessary when going through points of passage. They will point out the seven year cycle of transiting Saturn and the progressed Moon to mark the points of passage. They will give suggestions in how to employ Kriya Yoga lifestyle strategies to overcome the inertia of energy loss. Join them as they invite you to take responsibility for your hidden potential and follow the Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance.
Laura Cornell, PhD, empowers women to heal body and soul, so they can contribute to healing the planet. She mentors Yoga teachers worldwide to leverage their talents for greater fulfillment, income, and service.
As Founder of the Green Yoga Association, Laura spurred a national movement towards Green Yoga studios, inspired thousands to move away from toxic Yoga mats, and produced two major conferences raising awareness about the connections between ecology and Yoga. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yogi Times, L.A. Yoga, and Common Ground Magazines.
Laura holds a doctorate in Religion and Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research on women, published in the book The Moon Salutation: Expression of the Feminine in Body, Psyche, Spirit, won a Distinguished Service Award from the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
James Bailey inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of yoga and healing. His teachings are eclectic and entertainingly provocative. He is sought out by yoga schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the ability to bridge them to modern day living and individual healing. James also leads retreats to India annually with his Sevanti Adventures. He maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA between his travels. He thinks a lot about yoga, healing, and his family.
Yoga legend, Alan Finger, and his wife and business partner, Sarah Platt-Finger, join Jeff Bogart for a full-hour. Alan will discuss his inspiring journey from growing up in a yoga family in South Africa to becoming one of the world's most successful yoga entrepreneurs. He is living proof of the benefits of a life long yoga practice. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for just over fifty years. No doubt, this Kriya Yoga Master is a master's master. Sarah co-founded ISTHA Yoga with her husband and runs a highly renowned teacher training program in New York City. Together they travel the world teaching new generations the timelessness of yoga.
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds.
Tommy is the founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference and presents workshops annually at Esalen, Omega and Kripalu. Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0: Overcoming Addiction and Thriving through Yoga, Meditation, and the 12 Steps, is due out from Hay House in 2014. Tommy and his wife, noted yoga instructor, Kia Miller, live in Venice, California, where they teach yoga and grow organic vegetables in their backyard.
Alanna is "the teacher's teacher" and is listed as one of Yoga Journal's top 20 teachers under 40. Her approach fills in what's missing in yoga: mythology. She is anti-dogmatic in all things, and her love of science confirms her spirituality, rather than negates it. Alanna’s vision picks up where Joseph Campbell left off — to empower people to connect with and embrace their humanness.
She is the author most recently of "Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan." Yoga Journal writes: "Her intention is to make the more esoteric and musical parts of yoga approachable, spreading the higher vibrations they inherently embody."
Cyndi Lee is one of the most influential yoga teacher in the United States. She is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. In 1998, she founded the OM Yoga Center in New York City. The studio became a mecca for yogis worldwide.
On "The Yoga of Abundance", Cyndi will discuss her newest book, The New York Times critically acclaimed "May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind." She'll also discuss her popular "May I Be Happy" retreats, her renowned meditation teaching training, and her evolution from dance instructor and choreographer to yoga icon.
Host Tony Anni and Swami Jayananda will be talking about Human Development and the Eight Essential Stages of Kriya Yoga. They will be discussing the meaning and purpose behind the practices of Kriya Yoga and Apotheosis. The process of the human becoming "Divine" has an evidence procedure. They will talk about why one would want to unlock this hidden potential and then go into the benefits that will come with the changes. They will discuss the Kriya Yoga Spiritual Advance that is ongoing for interested individuals. The show will help you understand how getting the light in your soul can lead to Peace on Earth.
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