Yoga Studios Madison AL

Local resource for yoga studios in Madison, AL. Includes detailed information on local yoga studios that give access to qualified yoga instructors who provide instruction in hatha yoga, raja yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and hot yoga, and who will guide you through Sun salutations, asana, or yoga postures, pranayama, or breathwork, as well as meditation.

YouShape
(256) 658-0302
Dublin Park Recreational Center
Madison, AL
Yoga Styles
Hatha

UpDog Yoga Center
(256) 206-5488
111 #A N Jefferson St
Athens, AL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Yoga

Body Language Pilates
(256) 704-5080
305 Jefferson St N Ste C
Huntsville, AL
 
UpDog Yoga Center
(256) 206-5488
111 #A N Jefferson St
Athens, AL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Yoga

Integrated Fitness, LLC
(251) 554-4121
456 Morphy Ave.
Fairhiope, AL
 
UpDog Yoga Center
(256) 274-1011
303 2nd Ave. SE
Decatur, AL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Yoga

Yoga Center Of Huntsville
(256) 533-0671
500a Pratt Ave Ne
Huntsville, AL
 
Birmingham Yoga
(205) 427-2171
2417 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Pre-Natal

Yoga Teacher
(205) 507-0050
Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, AL
Yoga Styles
Phoenix Rising /Hatha/ Yoga and Energy

Anniston Yoga Center
(256) 403-3328
Community Center at LaGarde Park
Anniston, AL
Yoga Styles
Kripalu

The Heart of Yoga

The Heart of Yoga

A 5,000-year-old approach to a
healthy cardiovascular system.

by Susan Weiner

February 2009

Can the calming rhythms of yoga help your heart the same way as an energetic 30-minute walk? The answer for many with cardiac disease is a resounding “yes.”

“I would call it a lifesaver,” says John Periolat, 76, of Charlottesville, Virginia, who attended Cardiac Yoga classes at the University of Virginia following a massive heart attack 14 years ago. “But I don’t think it’s widespread enough.”

A modified form of yoga focusing on cardiac patients, yoga for heart disease reduces heart rate and blood pressure in addition to calming the nervous system. It also increases exercise capacity and lowers inflammation levels, as shown by an ever-growing number of research studies. Patients use mats, pillows and chairs to ensure comfort while they perform yoga’s gentle exercises; although it may sound like barely enough motion to break a sweat, the positive effects of cardiovascular yoga are measurable.

Eight weeks of yoga helped to safely improve overall quality of life in 19 heart failure patients, even reducing markers of inflammation associated with heart failure, according to a November 2007 study by researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Meanwhile adults with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that significantly raises cardiovascular risk, were able to reduce their waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar and triglycerides after practicing yoga for just three months (Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 12/07).

“Cardiac Yoga changed my life,” says the now-retired Periolat, a self-described former type A personality who lives at a more relaxed pace and spends his time volunteering—a far cry from his days as a Navy captain flying F-4 Phantom fighters. Periolat studied with Mala Cunningham, PhD, counseling psychologist and founding director of the Cardiac Yoga Program in Charlottesville. “I was in a hole so deep, I couldn’t see any light,” Periolat says. “Dr. Cunningham’s Cardiac Yoga classes yanked me out of it and put me on my feet again.”

Heart-Friendly Hospitals
The clinical documentation behind yoga’s considerable medical benefits is recognized at hospitals throughout the country, from New York Presbyterian in New York City to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where Cunningham’s Cardiac Yoga and other yoga programs are available to heart patients. “Cardiac Medical Yoga is a gentle program designed for individuals who have limited mobility,” says Cunningham, author of Medical Yoga ( www.cardiacyoga.com ). “It’s been completely modified and looked over by a cardiologist and an exercise physiologist to address the needs of cardiac patients.” Cunningham, who certifies other Cardiac Yoga instructors, uses the acronym BREAD to define what Cardiac Yoga is all about: Breathing (known in yoga as pranayama), Relaxation, Exercise/Yoga (through poses known ...

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