A-Z of Physical Health and Yoga

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Physical Heath Conditions in Alphabetical Order
Select a letter to jump to health conditions. Find articles, recommended books, free online videos, podcasts, CDs and links to websites to help you find Yoga-based complementary health resources by disease or syndrome. We hope to add to this list, and please let us know about other resources you may find of value.





Alzheimer’s: Living in the Moment


Yoga’s gentle exercises designed to provide relief to needed joints had been found to be very effective in relieving arthritis. Yoga’s slow-motion movements and gentle pressures reach deep into troubled joints. In addition, the easy stretches in conjunction with deep breathing exercises relieve the tension that binds up the muscles and further tightens the joints. Read more here.

Yoga for Arthritis

Yoga For People With Arthritis, by Steffany Haaz

Chart of Yoga Styles Recommended For Those with Arthritis

Other Resources
Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide
by Loren Fishman & Ellen Saltonstall (BOOK)

Yoga Nidra for Arthritis CD with Inez Stein

Yoga for Arthritis (DVD)

Yoga for Arthritis free podcast


Yoga and Asthma

Other Resources
Yoga Beats Asthma
: Simple Exercises and Breathing Techniques to Relieve Asthma and Other Respiratory Disorders (Book) by Stella Weller

Yoga and Asthma with Esther – free online video from Yogamatic.com

Yoga for Asthma : YOGAmazing video podcast

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Yoga has consistently been used to cure and prevent back pain by enhancing strength and flexibility. Both acute and long-term stress can lead to muscle tension and exacerbate back problems. A number of components of Yoga help to ease back pain:
* Asanas (Postures)-Practicing of postures provides gentle stretching and movements that increase flexibility and help correct bad posture.
* Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) -Breathing patterns can affect the spine in various ways, such as movement of the ribs and changes in pressure within the chest and abdomen. Exhaling can help relax muscles.
* Relaxation and Meditation- Relaxation provides a physiologic antidote to stress. Imaging techniques may also be used. For example, imagining a movement before it is actually performed makes it easier to move the muscles that are being used. Read more here.

Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga Proven to Help Back Pain



Yoga for Back Pain with Nina Priya David at Integral Yoga Institute of New York

Yoga for Back Pain:  5-part free online mini-course

Yoga Routine for Lower Back Pain with Esther Ekhart on Yogatic.com



Relief is in the Stretch: End Back Pain Through Yoga by Loren M. Fishman, MD &  Carol Ardman

Viniyoga Therapy for the Lower Back, Sacrum and Hips with Gary Kraftsow (DVD)

Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders with Gary Kraftsow (DVD)

Yoga to the Rescue for Back Pain with Desirée Rumbaugh (DVD)

Common Lower Back Problems with Larry Payne (DVD)

Common Upper Back & Neck Problems with Larry Payne (DVD)

The Essential Low Back Program with Robin Rothenberg (CD-Set)

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Cancer R & R

Yoga and Healthy Lifestyle: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Latest Cancer Study

Yoga & the Cancer Posse

Treatment Programs
Commonweal Cancer Help Program (founded by Michael Lerner, PhD, student of Swami Satchidananda and includes Integral Yoga practices)

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts (the Washington-DC-based sister organization to Commonweal in Bolinas, California. Shanti Norris, director, was assistant to Sri Swami Satchidananda)

Yoga Bear.com

National non-profit organization dedicated to providing cancer survivors with more opportunities for wellness and healing through the practice of Yoga.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors
Susi Hately Aldous, owner and principle instructor of Functional Synergy inc., has been teaching people therapeutic principles for overcoming pain and chronic disease since 1995. In 2001 Susi teamed up with Nicole Culos-Reed to develop the Yoga for Cancer Survivors program at the University of Calgary.

Yoga For Cancer Survivors (YouTube Video)- a therapeutic Yoga program is based on Hatha Yoga, but has been modified for people who are particularly stiff, immobile, ill or under stress.

“The Stupid Cancer Show”: Kelly McGonigal on a radio podcast for young adult cancer survivors. She talks about how Yoga can benefit survivors, some of the myths about Yoga and meditation, and how Yoga Bear connects survivors with free classes at Yoga studios around the U.S. Interview is in the second half of the episode.

Choices in Healing by Michael Lerner – (Book) – considered one of the most important books on choices in healing from cancer written by the founder of the Commonweal  Cancer Help program.

“My Body Yoga” hosted a breast cancer awareness workshop in Occoquan, Virginia. (Google Videocast)

Healing Yoga for People Living with Cancer by Lisa Holtby (Book)

Yoga for Cancer Survivors with Jean Di Carlo-Wagner (CD)


(See also Practice: Specialized > Office Yoga)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury and Yoga

Other Resources
How Yoga Can Help
– WebMD video

Yoga Stretches for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Desk Posture to Relieve Carpal Tunnel (YouTube Video)

How to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Yoga -online video

Exercises for Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel – Video podcast

Carpal Tunnel Radio – Audio podcast: According to the National Institutes of Health, Yoga is the third best thing you can do for carpal tunnel.


Yoga for the Special Child

Other Resources
Yoga for the Special Child: A Therapeutic Approach for Infants and Children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Learning Disabilities by Sonia Sumar  (Book)

Directory of Yoga for the Special Child ® licensed practitioners (click on “Licensed Practitioners”)

Special Yoga Centre, UK – website of Yoga for the Special Child, UK branch.

Special Yoga Centre’s Yoga for the Special Child (YouTube video)

Yoga for Children with Special Needs with Aras Baskauskas & Britt Collins (DVD)


Yoga is believed to reduce pain by helping the brain’s pain center regulate the gate-controlling mechanism located in the spinal cord and the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Breathing exercises used in Yoga can also reduce pain. Because muscles tend to relax when you exhale, lengthening the time of exhalation can help produce relaxation and reduce tension. Awareness of breathing helps to achieve calmer, slower respiration and aid in relaxation and pain management. Yoga’s inclusion of relaxation techniques and meditation can also help reduce pain. Part of the effectiveness of Yoga in reducing pain is due to its focus on self-awareness. This self-awareness can have a protective effect and allow for early preventive action. Read more here.

Chronic Pain Release Through Yoga

Chair Yoga For Good Living – for Chronic Pain and Disability A six week relaxation course for people living with chronic pain and disability. (pdf)

Other Resources
Chair Yoga For Good Living: Read booklet about six week relaxation course for people living with chronic pain and disability from painfoundation.org
Download PDF here.

Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain by Kelly McGonigal (Book)

The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: Step-by-Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management by Jackie Gardner-Nix and Jon Kabat-Zinn (Book)


Yoga Therapy for Colds and Flu

Other Resources
Yoga for Common Cold – Yogamazing online video/free download

How to Do Jala Neti (nasal irrigation) – YouTube video

How to Use a Neti Pot for the Sniffles -Vimeo online video

Q & A about using a Neti Pot – article from Yoga + Joyful Living
Buy a neti pot (type “neti pot” in search box for selection of neti pots, salt etc)



Yoga & Constipation

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Yoga and Diabetes

Yoga for Diabetes (pdf)

Other Resources
There is a Cure for Diabetes by Gabriel Cousens, MD (Book)

21-Day Reversing Diabetes Program: There is a Cure for Diabetes, featuring a raw vegan diabetes diet, Yoga & meditation with Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

“Simply Raw” Film Trailer: Six fast food eating Americans eat 100% vegan live foods for a month. Medical results are fantastic. Doctors , experts, and raw foodists are interviewed including Gabriel Cousens, MD, David Wolfe, and Woody Harrelson.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens: Reversing Diabetes Naturally (Podcast) – Beyond 50 Radio (Episode 84)

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (DVD)

Yoga for Diabetes Presented by Yogacharya Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, MD (DVD)

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Eating Disorders



Yoga for Headache Relief

Other Resources
Headache Relief – Yoga for Life with Kurt Johnsen (YouTube video)

Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief by Peter Van Houten


The Heart of Healing

Yoga for Heart Health

Treatment Programs
Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
The non-invasive Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is the first program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease. A unique and innovative treatment program to supplement conventional treatment of heart disease, it combines moderate aerobic exercise, Yoga and stress management techniques, group support, and a low-fat, whole foods nutrition plan to improve blood flow to the heart and decrease cholesterol, blood pressure and chest pain (angina). It is also used to prevent the development of heart disease in people with associated risk factors.

Cardiac Yoga ® was developed by M. Mala Cunningham, PhD who trains and certifies Yoga teachers and health professionals to teach Yoga to those with cardiac issues. Find a certified Cardiac Yoga teacher here.

Yoga of the Heart ® was developed by Nischala Joy Devi who trains and certifies Yoga teachers and health professionals to teach Yoga to those with cardiac and cancer issues. Find a certified Yoga of the Heart teacher here.

Other Resources
Dr. Dean Ornish: Integral Yoga for Heart Disease – watch free video online
In this clip, Dr. Ornish goes through the various components of his Yoga-based lifestyle program for reversing heart disease: low fat vegetarian diet, Yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, social support. From the DVD “The Healthy Heart” in which Dr. Dean Ornish details his healthy heart program, which consists of a low-fat vegetarian diet, Yoga and meditation and other healthy lifestyle changes. This program has been scientifically proven to prevent and reverse heart disease. For more information about Dr. Ornish, visit his website: pmri.org.

Dr. Dean Ornish: Bypassing the Problem? – watch free video online
In this clip, Dr. Ornish explains the philosophy behind his healthy heart program which is based on principles he learned from his teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda. From the DVD “The Healthy Heart” in which Dr. Dean Ornish details his healthy heart program, which consists of a low-fat vegetarian diet, Yoga and meditation and other healthy lifestyle changes. This program has been scientifically proven to prevent and reverse heart disease. For more information visit pmri.org.

Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery (Book)

Cardiac Yoga: Interview with Deke Cripe –  free online video from ihanuman.com
After his fifth heart attack, Deke Cripe was left with very few medical options and very little hope. In desperation he decided to try Yoga and meditation, and he credits these, in addition to diet and lifestyle changes, with the remarkable recovery and healing of his heart disease that followed.

Yoga and Heart Disease: A Personal Journey – In this moving excerpt from the film, “Living Yoga,” Richard Cripe (a former heart patient and now Yoga teacher and therapist) chronicles his journey using Yoga and Dr. Dean Ornish’s program (based in Integral Yoga) to reverse his heart disease.


The relaxation and exercise components of Yoga have a major role to play in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure.

Hypertension: A combination of biofeedback and yogic breathing and relaxation techniques has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce the need for high blood pressure medication in people suffering from high blood pressure. In 20 patients with high blood pressure who practiced biofeedback and Yoga techniques, five were able to stop their blood pressure medication completely, five were able to reduce significantly the amount of medication they were taking, and another four had lower blood pressure than at the beginning of the three-month study.   Read more about hypertension.

Yoga Cures: High Blood Pressure

Other Resources
Yoga for High Blood Pressure– YouTube video
Esther shows a Yoga sequence that can help you when your blood pressure is too high.

Yoga for High Blood Pressure – Vimeo video podcast with Chaz Rough
Series of poses that will help you manage hypertension. This class is for all levels and remember to breathe, relax and have fun.

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Balancing The Immune System With Yoga

The Role of Yoga in the Immune System

Yoga for HIV/AIDS 

Other Resources
The Yoga Group is a Colorado non-profit organization providing free Yoga classes since 1988 to persons living with HIV/AIDS, and sharing related information with yoga teachers and the HIV+ community.

Online Directory of Classes
being taught for those living with HIV/AIDS for USA, Canada & Australia (please note that some of the web/email addresses aren’t updated but you can find with a Google search)

Finding Hope in a Time of Crisis: AIDS and Other Illnesses – talk by Sri Swami Satchidananda; Digital download available

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga for the Immune System
with Gurutej Kaur – YouTube video

Yoga for a Strong Immune System
with Vicki Forman -YouTube video

Immune Booster & General Conditioning
(Level One & Level Two) with Larry Payne DVD

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Yoga Meditation Eases Menopause Symptoms

Yoga and Menopause

Yoga and Menopause: An Interview with Suza Francina


Other Resources

Yoga for Menopause Video  http://tinyurl.com/nv4cym

This program will give you the keys you need for restoring a sense of balance in your life. Lennie Martin, R.N., author of Taking Charge of the Change & Barbara Bingham a physical therapist and certified Ananda Yoga® teacher.

Yoga For The Young At Heart – Embracing Menopause  with Susan Winter Ward (Rental, Download, DVD) http://tinyurl.com/mhf2s9

Restorative Health for Women with Larry Payne (DVD)

Yoga for Menopause by Ananda Village (DVD)  http://tinyurl.com/lgj2pa

Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond (Book) by Suza Francina http://tinyurl.com/mosq8h

The Woman’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle (Book) by Bobby Clennell  http://tinyurl.com/nhrtsy

Women’s Power To Heal Through Inner Medicine (Book) by Maya Tiwari



Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis (includes asana instructions and photos in this article from Disaboom.com) http://tinyurl.com/lcn9az

Yoga for Multiple Schlerosis

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis (YogaforMS.Zwick.pdf)

Stretch Toward Healing

“Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis” (Karen O’Donnell Clarke) – Find a teacher

Find a teacher who has taken “Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis” training with Karen O’Donnell Clarke

Chaya offers weekly Adaptive Yoga Classes for people with MS and similar conditions and works with individuals in her private practice. She has also created retreats and programs that she’s offered at Kripalu and other centers.

Other Resources
How Yoga Can be Used for MS– WebMD video

Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis
(website, UK)

Yoga Empowered Online 4 Multiple Sclerosis
—Beginning Breath Awareness (YouTube video)

Hillarys Yoga Practice
– Hillary Rubin is a Yoga teacher with MS who writes blogs, does podcasts and has a lot of different resources to offer those with MS.

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis
by Loren Fishman, MD & Eric Small (Book)

Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis and Similar Conditions by Chaya-Sharon Heller (Book)

Yoga with Eric Small: Adapted for people with Multiple Sclerosis and Other (DVD)

Yoga Nidra for Multiple Sclerosis with Inez Stein (CD)

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Study Shows Yoga Helps Parkinson’s Disease

Considering Yoga as A Parkinson’s Disease Exercise

Yoga and Parkinson’s: A Report from the Inside

Why Yoga Can Be Helpful to Those Living with Parkinson’s Disorder

Other Resources
Living with Parkinson’s: Letting Go in Savasana by Swami Radhakrishnananda

Yoga for Movement Disorders. Intro to Renee Le Verrier’s book

Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson’s Disease and Dyston by Renee Le Verrier (Book)

The Book of Exercise and Yoga for Those With Parkinson’s Disease (Book) by Lori Newell

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Yoga and Sciatica

Other Resources
Yoga for Sciatica with Garry Alesio – YouTube video
If you have that tingling, painful sensation running from your back down one of your legs, chances are you may be experiencing sciatic nerve compression. To relieve the pain, Yoga Teacher Garry Alesio, shows you some simple stretches and home-based strategies.

Stretching to Relieve Sciatica (YouTube video) – A Yoga pose called gomukhasana is demonstrated that will aid in relieving sciatic nerve pain caused by a tight piriformis muscle.

Other Resources
Surgery and its Alternatives by Sandra McLanahan, MD and David McLanahan, MD (Book)
An integrative medicine physician and a general surgeon combine medical science with a full array of proven alternative therapies in this highly acclaimed first book of its kind. Everything you need to know about the surgical experience and how to avoid it altogether for over 200 procedures. Preface by Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Before and After Surgery CD with Dr. Mala Cunningham
The powerful healing techniques on this CD of guided imagery, positive thinking, and relaxation strategies can be used before & after surgery. Listen to a mp3 sample here.


Yoga for Swine Flu

Other Resources
Preventing Swine Flu with Lalita Nadkarni. YouTube video with this Iyengar Yoga expert

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Yoga and Weight Loss

Yoga for Weight Reduction

Yoga for Weight Management (pdf)

Other Resources
Yoga for Weight Loss with Dr. Ananda Bhavanani (YouTube video). Excerpt from his classical Yoga DVD.

Yoga for Weight Loss with Vicki Forman – MySpace Video

Kapalbhati Yoga Breathing Exercise for Weight Loss with Anmol Mehta. Free online video on 5min.com

Yoga For Weight Loss with Esther Ekhart: Sun Salutation practice (YouTube Video)

Weight Management for People with Curves with Larry Payne (DVD)

Yoga For Weight Loss DVD by Yoga Zone

YogaFit website : a leader in mind body fitness education

The Ayurvedic Guide to Diet & Weight Loss: The Sattva Program by Scott Gerson (Book)



Other Resources
Yoga & Wellness: Latest Reports

Dr. Timothy McCall’s “50 Health Conditions Benefited by Yoga” – Free online chart of conditions in PDF format.