First Street Yoga Community News and Blog

FSY schedule – find it quick!

Here’s an easy way to find our schedule. It’s a new link that lists class schedules by day, time and teacher, and currently includes both Fall and Winter schedules (Winter session begins Jan. 4th).

yoga classes help lower back pain

Ancient Discipline Cuts Lower Back Pain by Nearly Half in a
New Study

By Chris Emery
MedPage Today / ABC News
Sept. 6, 2009

Yoga helped people with chronic lower back pain improve their mood and ability to function, and it eased their pain more than conventional treatment alone, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

People who were assigned to take yoga for two months experienced a 29 percent reduction in functional disability and a 42 percent reduction in pain, the authors reported in the September 1 edition of the journal Spine. Yoga was also associated with a 45.7 percent decrease in symptoms of depression over conventional therapy alone.

“Yoga improves functional disability, pain intensity, and depression in adults with [chronic lower back pain],” Dr. Kimberly Williams of West Virginia University and colleagues concluded. “There was also a clinically continue reading »

Home Practice Blues? Buy a Book!

If you’re eager to begin a home practice but unsure what to do, it’s time to get a basic practice book. First Street Yoga has several options to choose from depending on your needs and interests. Here are three favorites.

Yoga: The Iyengar Way, Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, and Shyam Mehta.

Yoga books tend to come and go. This classic, first published in 1990, remains the basic standby for beginners due to clear, accurate instructions coupled with large, detailed photos. The variety of asanas, from beginning to intermediate, means you won’t grow out of this book for years. Basic sequences offer a course of study for structured students as well as remedial courses for specific problems.

The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness, Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden.

This informative book structures asana instruction around the stages of women’s lives, from puberty to menopause and beyond. It has obvious advantages for women dealing with a variety of problems, but it is also an excellent, easy to use reference for any woman who would like to learn basic asana sequences for continue reading »

want to change your body?

Change your mind.

My mother is considering another dalliance with the cabbage soup diet. She does this periodically. She says she doesn’t mind the soup and she always loses a fair amount of weight. After a couple months, the weight comes back, usually with a little bit extra. This fact never enters into her diet considerations. It should. Weight gain after a diet is as common as weight loss during the diet. What we know, scientifically, about diets can be summed up in three words: They Don’t Work. None of them. Most everyone gains the weight back. While a few individuals are successful in maintaining weight loss, they are the exceptions and there is no evidence that dieting was an aid in their success.

The good news is there is a proven method for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Better still, it doesn’t involve a lot of self-denial or austerity. You never have to count a calorie. This method has many side effects besides healthy weight: improved mood, increased immunity to disease, and greater physical comfort continue reading »

two monks – a story of detachment

The below story concerns vairagya, one of the two wings of yoga (the other is abyasa, practice). Vairagya is typically translated as detachment or renunciation. This story is an excerpt from The Heart and Science of Yoga by Leonard Perlmutter. As you read it, notice that it not only demonstrates the importance of intention (the first monk in the story has only honest intentions to assist another human being), but also shows how, in the absence of vairagya, mental confusion and suffering abound.
Two monks on a journey were silently enjoying the splendor of nature as they walked. The holy men came to the bank of a river where they met a beautiful women who appeared to be in considerable distress. She told continue reading »