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    Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong for Back Pain

    Whenever the Tai Chi & Qigong newsfeeds have several articles on the same topic, it's the result of a recently published study. I always search for the original source to post here. This is the back pain study that's getting a lot of play right now.

    Holistic Nursing Practice. 34(1):3–23, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020
    DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000360,
    PMID: 31725096
    Issn Print: 0887-9311
    Publication Date: January/February 2020
    A Narrative Review of Movement-Based Mind-Body Interventions: Effects of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong for Back Pain Patients

    Juyoung Park;Cheryl Krause-Parello;Chrisanne Barnes;

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    This narrative literature review evaluated the effects of movement-based mind-body interventions (MMBIs; yoga, tai chi, and qigong) on low back pain. A search of databases was conducted to identify relevant studies. Thirty-two articles met inclusion criteria and were included for this narrative review. Of the reviewed studies, the highest number focused on yoga intervention (n = 25), 4 focused on qigong, and 3 focused on tai chi in managing back pain. The selected articles showed MMBI to be effective for treatment of low back pain, reporting positive outcomes such as reduction in pain or psychological distress (eg, depression and anxiety), and improved functional ability. However, little is known about the effects of MMBI, in particular qigong and tai chi. More clinical trials are needed to determine how to reduce back pain, improve physical function, and minimize behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with low back pain. Nurse practitioners may introduce such mind-body interventions for managing pain, especially for patients at high risk for adverse effects from pharmacological treatment, and refer them to a yoga therapist, tai-chi instructor, or qigong instructor.
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    This reminds me of when the Omei Kung Fu Headquarters in Milipitas sold to a Christian school. Founder Tony Chen had left for PRC to promote fights (which I beleive he is still doing) but they tried to maintain their martial arts program. Shi Yantuo stayed on for a while, but he wasn't allowed to do anything too Buddhist, which was a shame because he was very Buddhist, moreso than many Shaolin monks at the time, promoting sitting practice and tea practice.

    Alabama bill would undo ban on yoga in schools but prohibit 'namaste greetings'
    BY BROOKE SEIPEL - 03/06/20 04:50 PM EST 285


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    A proposed Alabama House bill would undo a 1993 ban on yoga in K-12 public schools but would create strict rules on how the practice is instructed to students.

    The measure, introduced by Democratic state Rep. Jeremy Gray, has already passed in the Education Policy Committee with bipartisan support and is expected to be voted on by the House next week, according to NBC News.

    Under the rules proposed in the bill, school districts could choose to offer yoga as an elective class, but would require instruction to focus "exclusively to poses, exercises and stretching techniques" that are taught with "exclusively English descriptive names," meaning traditional Sanskrit names for poses would be taught using an English label. For example, vrksasana is usually referred to as tree pose.

    Under the rule, "chanting, mantras, mudras, use of mandalas, and 11 namaste greetings shall be expressly prohibited," and all instruction is "limited exclusively to poses, exercises, and stretching techniques."

    School districts would have their own discretion in whether to offer the classes and how often they are offered.

    In 1993, a law was passed banning yoga and other "meditation" practices in public schools, as well as the use of "hypnosis and dissociative mental states." Under the law, yoga was labeled a "Hindu philosophy" and a "method of religious training."

    Gray, a former professional football player, called yoga "a great way to work on your posture, flexibility, balance and to strengthen your core," and said many people didn't even know the 1993 law was in place.

    "I really don't see what the big deal is," Gray said of yoga. "I mean, my wife does this, my mother does this on the floor of her Methodist church."

    While the bill so far has bipartisan support, some Republicans are expected to oppose the measure.
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    Greek Orthodox Church rules yoga is 'incompatible' with Christianity
    05 June 2020 Europe


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    The Greek Orthodox Church is influential in politics and everyday life in Greece

    Downward dog, sun salutations and all other yoga practices are "absolutely incompatible" with the Christian faith, the powerful Greek Orthodox Church has said.
    Yoga has no place "in the life of Christians," the governing body of the Church has ruled.
    It said it intervened after Greek media recommended yoga as a way to combat stress during coronavirus quarantine.
    Other religions have also advised against the practice in the past.
    The Orthodox Church is an influential organisation in Greece, and 90% of Greeks identify as Orthodox , according to a 2017 Pew Research Centre report.
    "[Yoga] is a fundamental chapter in Hindu religion... it is not a 'kind of physical exercise'," the Holy Synod said in its statement on Wednesday.
    Although it is not unheard of for religious authorities to criticise yoga, correspondents say it is unusual for the Orthodox Holy Synod to issue a public statement on the matter.
    Appearing on a Greek TV network on Thursday, an Orthodox priest defended the Synod's statement.
    The church's opposition is based on the "experience of those who practised yoga", Father Michael Konstantinidis said, explaining that "if yoga offered what man wanted, we would be happy".
    The ancient spiritual practice has connections to Hinduism and Buddhism. It is referenced in Indian texts from 2,500 years ago and has evolved over time, according to Dr Mark Singleton, who has researched the history of yoga .
    In recent decades it has become popular globally and is now a huge industry, often advertised as beneficial for stress-relief, mental wellbeing or physical strength.
    Yoga has been recommended in countries around the world as a way to keep fit and combat stress during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Greece avoided the worst of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe by introducing a lockdown early in March. It has registered fewer than 3,000 cases and only 180 deaths in a population of 11 million.
    The Orthodox Church was criticised for suggesting that the ritual of sharing a cup amongst a congregation for Holy Communion would not spread the virus.
    What do other religions say?
    The Greek Orthodox Church isn't the only faith to have frowned upon yoga.
    Last year a church hall in Devon, England, barred a yoga class . "Some will say at its root it is an eastern spirituality which they would not feel sits well with Christian spirituality," said the Venerable Mark Butchers, Archdeacon of Barnstaple.
    In 2010 a pastor in Seattle, US, called the practice "demonic".
    And in 2008 Malaysia's leading Islamic council said yoga could corrupt Muslims but backed down from issuing a fatwa after a backlash.
    I keep wondering when this exclusionism might spread to Tai Chi.
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    Tai Chi, Yoga & Meditation for veterans



    Study: Veterans May Benefit From Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation
    By Traci Pedersen
    Associate News Editor Last updated: 26 Aug 2020
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    Complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies, such as yoga, meditation and tai chi may help improve overall physical and mental health and reduce perceived stress among veterans receiving care in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) system, according to a new study published in a special September supplement to Medical Care.

    The study reports progress toward implementing CIH therapies throughout the VA system, part of an effort to promote a “Whole Health” approach in VA care. As required by the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the VA has expanded research and education on its CIH therapies, focusing on the impact on pain, mental health, and chronic illness.

    The study was led by Dr. A. Rani Elwy of the VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass, and Associate Professor in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

    For the study, Elwy and team administered a 12-month survey to analyze the impact of CIH therapies on 119 veterans who self-reported on their health and well-being. The Veterans completed 401 surveys at more than five different time points during the study. The surveys focused on patient-reported outcomes (PROs), an important target for efforts to improve healthcare. They focused on the most important problems and outcomes identified by the patients themselves.

    Veterans in the study reported using 14 different CIH therapies. Yoga was the most popular, with nearly half of veterans participating. This was followed by meditation, acupuncture and tai chi. Three CIH therapies were linked to significant improvements in PROs:

    yoga was related to decreases in perceived stress;

    tai chi was linked to improvements in overall physical and mental health functioning, anxiety levels, and ability to participate in social role activities;

    meditation was also associated with improvements in physical functioning.

    “[O]ur study showed that meditation, tai chi, and yoga appear to improve overall physical and mental health and reduced perceived stress,” write the authors.

    None of the CIH therapies were linked to improvements in veterans’ pain intensity or level of engagement in their health care. Larger studies with longer follow-up times may be needed to show significant effects on these outcomes, according to the authors.

    “It is time to focus on health and well-being, as defined by Veterans, and reaching these goals must include participation in CIH treatment approaches,” concluded the authors.

    The paper presents 11 original research papers and commentaries on the VA’s progress in implementing and evaluating the impact of CIH therapies on Veterans’ health outcomes.

    The special issue addresses strategies to build support for and implement CIH programs, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to promote their long-term sustainability.

    “We already know that CIH therapies are effective for the treatment of Veterans’ chronic pain, posttraumatic stress, depression, and other chronic conditions,” write Elwy and Dr. Stephanie L. Taylor of the HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy, Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center. “Now we need to develop, test, and use effective strategies to increase CIH use and sustainment.”

    In a commentary, Alison Whitehead and Dr. Benjamin Kligler of the VA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation said, “As the VA continues to develop new and better ways of making CIH approaches available to all Veterans, and to collect data on the outcomes of this expanded access for Veterans and employees, we hope to demonstrate to the rest of the U.S. healthcare system how an emphasis on whole person care and self-management skills should become the new standard across the industry.”

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    Alabama may lift ban on yoga in schools — but no ‘namaste’ allowed
    By Tamar LapinMarch 11, 2021 | 11:05pm | Updated

    Alabama could lift its decades-long ban on yoga in schools -- but poses taught to students must have exclusively English names, the bill states.Shutterstock

    They couldn’t be more flexible?

    Alabama could soon lift a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools — but will still forbid the use of the greeting “namaste.”

    The state’s House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow K-12 school systems to decide whether to allow the practice.

    Teaching yoga — as well as meditation and, in a bit of a stretch, hypnosis — has been specifically prohibited in Alabama schools since 1993.

    Democratic Rep. Jeremy Gray of Opelika, who sponsored the new legislation, said that some gym teachers had already been teaching yoga in class before they realized it was banned, and others wanted to offer it, particularly during virtual learning amid the pandemic.

    “I’ve been in yoga for seven years. I know the benefits of yoga, so it was very dear to my heart, and I think Alabama will be better for it,” Gray said.

    Under the bill, the poses taught to students must have exclusively English names.

    Chanting, mantras and teaching the word “namaste,” which translates to “greetings to you,” would be forbidden.

    Students would also have the option to not participate and instead do a different activity, Gray said.

    The bill will now move to the Alabama Senate for consideration.

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    Sir Paul's Eye yoga

    There are many forms of yoga. The poses (asana) is only one aspect of a greater body of knowledge.

    'It can look a bit weird!' Sir Paul McCartney, 78, claims EYE YOGA helps his vision after first discovering the practice on a trip to India
    By OLIVIA WHEELER FOR MAILONLINE

    PUBLISHED: 21:03 EDT, 12 May 2021 | UPDATED: 02:52 EDT, 13 May 2021

    Sir Paul McCartney has claimed that eye yoga has helped his vision after first discovering the practice on a trip to India in the late 2000s.

    Talking about the unusual form of exercise, the legendary musician, 78, admitted that it can 'look a bit weird' but he is able to read the newspaper without glasses.

    Speaking to Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast, Paul said: 'I learned off some yogi in India. He explained that your eyes are muscles. Your ears aren't, so you can't exercise your ears. But your eyes, you can.'


    Amazing: Sir Paul McCartney has claimed that eye yoga has helped his vision after first discovering the practice on a trip to India in the late 2000s (pictured recently)

    Explaining some of the exercises, The Beatles legend likened it to the Union Jack shape, he continued: 'So head still, and then you look up as far as you can, one, two, three, go back to the middle, then down, back to the middle.

    'You do three lots of that then go to the left and the right. Now you've got a cross, up and down, and sideways, now you do the diagonals.'

    Talking about how eye yoga has helped his vision, Paul added: 'It all makes sense. I don't know if that's why I don't need glasses when reading a newspaper.'

    The musician also revealed that he created eye yoga instructions for a friend's daughter, which 'improved her eyesight', and stopped her from getting glasses 'for a few years'.


    Exercise: Talking about the unusual form of exercise, the legendary musician, 78, admitted that it can 'look a bit weird' but he is able to read the newspaper without glasses (pictured in 2019)

    To which Jessie attempted the practice with Paul joking: 'Anyone looking through the window would think we're mad. It's a seance! It can look a bit weird.'

    This isn't the first time Paul has praised eye yoga and in 2009 he said, according to the Mirror: 'When I was in India there was a guy at one of the hotels who offered to teach me eye yoga exercises.

    'He told me eyes are muscles are just like any other muscles and they need exercise to keep them working properly.

    'Spending so much time at computers or the TV or reading books we are only using one set of muscles in our eyes. The yoga gives a workout to the other ones.'


    Podcast: Speaking to Jessie Ware, pictured at Tuesday's BRIT Awards, on her Table Manners podcast, Paul said: 'I learned off some yogi in India. He explained that your eyes are muscles. Your ears aren't, so you can't exercise your ears. But your eyes, you can.'

    Paul has often been left inspired from his trips to India and The Beatles famously learnt transcendental meditation and wrote 48 songs during a visit in 1968.

    The Beatles, made up of Paul, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon, penned many of their songs for their famous White Album during their stay at the ashram.

    Elsewhere, Paul released new album McCartney III in December, having written and recorded it during lockdown.

    In a BBC chat with actor Idris Elba, the crooner admitted he 'didn't realise' what he was creating when he did it.

    He said: '[In] lockdown everyone cleaned out their cupboards and did all the stuff they'd been meaning to get around to. So [making an album] was my equivalent.

    'I wasn't trying to make an album. So suddenly I had these 10 songs, I thought, "What am I going to do with these?" It was just the 10 because I didn't know I was making an album.'

    Paul went on to explain why he named his album McCartney III, saying: 'I realised, because I played them myself, I'd done McCartney I and McCartney II in the same vein, that this would be McCartney III. So then it was like, "OK, I see what I'm doing now."'


    Memories: Paul has often been left inspired from his trips to India and The Beatles famously learnt transcendental meditation and wrote 48 songs during a visit in 1968 (pictured in 1963)
    I spent a week in Rishikesh where the Beatles studied yoga.
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    Five Hung Family Stances, Shao-Lin And Bodhidharma And Yoga EMJ

    Bodhidharma a monkly prince of India come to Shao-Lin eventually. I would think might have had Yoga. When I think Shao-Lin I think of Hung. When I think of Hung I think of five stances...and these are five energies (not yoga sounding [Fengshui but....How much yoga yoga do I know I know? Horse-riding is Earth--stable and grounding; Bow-and-Arrow is Fire expanding; Scissors or Dragon or Twisting stance is Metal contracting;release and flow into Cat stance might be Water element. Single legged stance might be Wood and rising energy.-Ernie Moore Jr.

    I have thought of Shao Lin stances as Yogaic because of the purported land origin of Da Mo plus two of the stances look Yoga to me--Bow-and-Arrow, and Single Leg(ged) ... Standing in Horse riding feet parallel to each other. Thighs parallel to the floor...for an hour is meditation.-Ernie Moore Jr.

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    Bodhidharma a monkly prince of India come to Shao-Lin eventually. I would think might have had Yoga. When I think Shao-Lin I think of Hung. When I think of Hung I think of five stances...and these are five energies (not yoga sounding [Fengshui but....How much yoga yoga do I know I know? Horse-riding is Earth--stable and grounding; Bow-and-Arrow is Fire expanding; Scissors or Dragon or Twisting stance is Metal contracting;release and flow into Cat stance might be Water element. Single legged stance might be Wood and rising energy.-Ernie Moore Jr.

    I have thought of Shao Lin stances as Yogaic because of the purported land origin of Da Mo plus two of the stances look Yoga to me--Bow-and-Arrow, and Single Leg(ged) ... Standing in Horse riding feet parallel to each other. Thighs parallel to the floor...for an hour is meditation.-Ernie Moore Jr.
    I know its difficult to separate Buddhism and Yoga because one somewhat grew out of the other, and with 5 element theories there are similar elements all over the place, but you are on-to-something by just looking at positions. If you look at the oldest extant animal forms there are huge amounts of information packed into them. They are one of the best sources for separating what is Buddhist and Taoist before they started getting really blended...

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    Namaste still banned

    Glad this passed - my comments on it were on this previous post.

    Alabama lifts ban on teaching yoga in public schools but still bars ‘namaste’
    Kay Ivey, the Republican governor, signed bill overriding state’s 1993 ban but some conservative Christian groups fought to retain it


    Jeremy Gray, a Democratic representative and certified yoga instructor, introduced the legislation to allow yoga back in schools three times before it was approved in the 75 to 14 vote on Monday. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP
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    Alabama has lifted a three-decade-long ban on allowing yoga to be taught in its public schools – though the word “namaste” and chanting “om” will still be barred in classrooms.

    Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed a bill which overrides the state’s 1993 ban on yoga instruction and allows local school boards to decide whether students can be taught the ancient practice.

    Some conservative Christian groups fought to retain the ban, arguing that allowing yoga in the classroom could result in children converting to Hinduism.

    “Yoga is a very big part of the Hindu religion, and if this bill passes then instructors will be able to come into classrooms as young as kindergarten and bring these children through guided imagery, which is a spiritual exercise,” Becky Gerritson, director of the conservative Alabama Eagle, told state senators recently.

    These complaints are part of a broader pushback against yoga in schools as it becomes a more popular tool for educators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of yoga and meditation in schools to reduce “those stressful feelings and increase your ability to remember things more clearly”.

    Jeremy Gray, a Democratic representative and certified yoga instructor, introduced the legislation to allow yoga back in schools three times before it was approved in the 75 to 14 vote on Monday.

    Gray, a Christian who attends a Baptist church, told the Guardian last month: “The promoting of Hinduism argument is the only talking point these conservative groups have, and it makes them look very misinformed and miseducated on the issue.”

    The final legislation was amended to include a regulation that parents must sign a permission slip for students to practice yoga.

    Another amendment said: “School personnel may not use any techniques that involve hypnosis, the induction of a dissociative mental state, guided imagery, meditation, or any aspect of eastern philosophy and religious training.”

    Gray said the amendments were unnecessary because the legislation already prohibited the religious acts of yoga and focused on poses and exercises.

    “A lot of the stuff you don’t do anyway. You don’t hypnotize people,” Gray told Alabama News.

    “Really, it just seemed very offensive,” he said. “Had some phobia in it. A lot of it just didn’t really make sense.”
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    Nice theory but incorrect

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    Bodhidharma a monkly prince of India come to Shao-Lin eventually. I would think might have had Yoga.
    While this idea has been bandied in martial circles for a few decades previously, it has been disproven by recent research. There are two major problems with this. 1. The Bodhidharma origin tale is apocryphal. 2. Yoga Asana as we know it doesn't develop until around the 10th, nearly half a millennium after Bodhidharma.
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