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New world record for most yoga headstands

A yoga teacher from Mysuru, India has created a new world record by performing headstands (sirsasana) in 575 different places.

K S Badari Narayan quit his job as a software engineer in Malaysia to take up the yoga themed challenge.

He performed the difficult sirasasana pose at a variety of different locations, including a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites for a 365 day stretch. These sites included, Angkor Wat, ThaProm and Penang Heritage City.

The teacher has received certificates from the Assist World Records, US based Record Setter and UK based Records Holders Republic.

This record took place from 1st January to 31st December 2015.

Source: Yoga Magazine

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Yoga and meditation could reduce dementia risk

A new study led by researchers and senior author Dr. Helen Lavretsky at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that yoga and meditation may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment. These findings have since been published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered to be a precursor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s characterised by changes in cognitive function, including memory and thinking problems. Though initially the changes aren’t severe enough to interfere with sufferer’s independence, symptoms can worsen over time, increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Give safe and confident hatha yoga instruction

Instructing Hatha Yoga second Edition

Instructing Hatha Yoga is now updated.

Now in its second edition, Instructing Hatha Yoga is your comprehensive guide to developing the knowledge and qualities of a confident and truly qualified yoga instructor. The updated edition includes revised poses complete with instructions, a web resource, and sample children’s and prenatal classes.

Millions of enthusiasts worldwide are experiencing the physical benefits and mindful awareness of yoga in gyms and spas, the training rooms of professional sport teams, hospitals and even classrooms.

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Incorporate yoga into your exercise routine

9781492507406_zoomExpanded and updated, this eagerly anticipated new edition now includes more than 800 full-colour photographs and extensive coverage of warm-up and cool-down sequences, new poses incorporated into organised workouts and an expanded discussion on integrating meditation into daily life.

It not only provides an opportunity to increase overall health, energy and vitality, but also attain a stronger and leaner body, reduced stress, better posture, improved concentration and a higher level of fitness.

There are more than 250,000 trained YogaFit instructors and millions of people who have already tried Beth Shaw’s YogaFit programme and proved that it works.

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Taking steps to fitness

Packed with group and home exercises, recreational activities, yoga, balance work, core work and nutrition essentials, Fitness: Steps to Success provides a variety of options to create perfect, individual fitness programmes.

Step-by-step instruction, full-colour photographic sequences and expert advice accompany some of the most effective exercises and activities for cardiorespiratory endurance, balance, strength, flexibility and core strength.

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Pocket guide to Hatha Yoga

Yoga practitioners were captivated by simple instruction and stunning photography in the best-selling Hatha Yoga Illustrated.

Now, that winning formula has been applied to Hatha Yoga Asanas: Pocket Guide for Personal Practice.

It features full-colour photographs, basic movement cues, the English and Sanskrit names, and difficulty ratings for over 150 poses.

Simple, attractive and convenient, Hatha Yoga Asanas is the one reference every practitioner and instructor should own.

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Yoga may guard against heart disease

Yoga for eldersDoing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests.

A review 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people found yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yoga does not count towards the recommended physical activity that we should all do each week, but experts say it may still be beneficial.

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5 fitness trends to expect in 2015

HIITAt the recent IDEA World Fitness Conference in California, a number of trends were predicted to dominate the fitness industry in the following year.

With people looking to focus on fitness regimes that provide maximum results from minimum time, the top five fitness trends are listed below.

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