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Anxiety
Back Pain
Bad Breath
Breast Cancer
Children

Chronic Fatigue
Depression
Grief
Hand & Wrist
Headache
Heart

HIV/AIDS
Hypertension
Humpback
Insomnia
Menopause
Neck Pain

Out of Shape!
Pregnancy
Sedentariness
Sinus
Stress
Hamstrings
Ruth and Kay's Advice Column.......
Since we established Yoga Props® in 1980, we have learned much about the ways that yoga products can help remedy a variety of ailments and conditions.  Here, we share our knowledge.  Best wishes for a healthful and peaceful time, Ruth and Kay
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
In the short term, approach this problem by finding practices that dissipate your anxiety attack instantaneously (there really are some things that work). In the long term, use yoga to help heal your emotional problems.

For immediate short term relief:
Use Relaxation by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Audio Tape). It really works! It's most effective with an Eyesbag and Neckroll.

For long term healing:
Consider this program: Yoga for Emotional Healing (DVD and Video)
Back Pain
For sorting out the causes of your back pain, we recommend the best book on this subject from a yogic perspective:
Back Care Basics by Mary Schatz, M.D.

Consider one or all of the following programs:
Freedom from Back Pain (DVD and Video)
Relief from Neck and Shoulder Pain (DVD and Video)
Release Back Pain (CD)

There are several excellent products for working with your spine:
The Inversion Sling enables you safely and comfortably to hang upside down and enjoy the benefits of spinal traction. It feels great and affords lasting relief from many kinds of back pain.

These products support your spine while helping you gain spinal flexibility:
Backbending Bench      Heartbench      Heartblock      Bolsters      Blocks     Neckroll

Meanwhile, support your back when you sit at your desk and while driving. This will prevent future injury:
Back Huggar      Nada Chair
Bad Breath
Use a Tongue Cleaner to reduce bacteria in your mouth.
Bowel Disturbances

Breast Cancer
Yoga and the Gentle Art of Healing: A Journey of Recovery After Breast Cancer (Video)
Gentle stretching and restorative poses appropriate during and after treatment.
Children with Special Needs
This intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate guidebook by a woman with enormous heart and experience is the best on this subject: Yoga for the Special Child by Sonia Sumar
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Approach this condition with a combination of moderately vigorous yoga programs and restorative poses. It's best to avoid the extremely vigorous and athletic styles of yoga (Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga), as these are too tiring. Try moderately vigorous to gentle styles: Iyengar Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ananda Yoga and Kripalu Yoga.
Click here for an index of Media Programs in these styles.
Click here for an index of Books in these styles.

Use these resources:
Relax and Renew by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Book)
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar (Book by a master genius yogi)
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Depression
Do things that stimulate circulation of blood and lymph, and that deepen your breathing. The styles of yoga that mobilize your blood and lymph and deepen your breathing are Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga or Anusara Yoga. While Ashtanga Yoga is extremely vigorous, it might be too tiring for a person who is not feeling well.
Click here for an index of Media Programs in these styles.
Click here for an index of Books in these styles.

Practice deep breathing. It improves the circulation of blood, balances the nervous system and lifts your spirits. You can learn this fine art with the following resources:
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar       The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

Consult this book that contains the world's most thorough discussion of all facets of the relationship between yoga and a huge variety of conditions, including depression:
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar (Book by a master genius yogi)

Consider this program: Yoga for Emotional Healing (DVD and Video)
Grief
Consider this program: Yoga for Emotional Healing (DVD and Video)
Hand and Wrist Problems
Some hand and wrist problems can prevent you from doing yoga poses. Gripitz reduce stress on wrists and forearms, and enable you to exercise more comfortably.
Headache
Headache has many causes. Learn about them with Healing Therapies for Headache Relief (Book).

If your headache derives from neck tension, consider Relief from Neck and Shoulder Pain (DVD and Video). Also, use a Neckroll whenever you can. It feels great!

If your headache derives from eye tension and eye strain, use an Eyesbag. The Eyesbag presses gently on your eyelids and blocks out light so your eyes can relax completely.

If your headache derives from overall tension, consider the following resources for relaxation:
Relax and Renew by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Book)
Stress Relief (CD)
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Relaxation  by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Audio Tape)

If you have migraine headaches, read the headache section in Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar (Book by a master genius yogi). 
Heart Problems
Combine a moderately vigorous yoga program, deep breathing practices and deep relaxation.

The moderately vigorous styles of yoga are:
Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is extremely vigorous and might be too intense. Ananda Yoga and Kripalu Yoga are very gentle and might not offer sufficient exercise.
Click here for an index of Media Programs in these styles.
Click here for an index of Books in these styles.

To learn the premier healing art of deep breathing, consult these books and consider these programs:
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar       The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

For learning and practicing deep relaxation, use these resources:
Relax and Renew by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Book)
Stress Relief (CD)
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Relaxation  by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Audio Tape) Created for her cardiac patients.

All reclining relaxation practices are enhanced by using a Neckroll and an Eyesbag.
HIV/AIDS
Living with AIDS through Yoga and Meditation (Video)
Hypertension and Stress

Humpback
The best approach is threefold:
1. Strengthen the muscles parallel with your upper spine, and strengthen the muscles that draw your shoulder blades toward your spine.  This can be accomplished with poses like the cobra, and also with weight machines.

2. Read about humpback in a fine book written from a yogic perspective:
Back Care Basics by Mary Schatz, M.D.

3. Teach your upper spine to extend by reclining passively on these devices for a substantial period every day:
Backbending Bench      Heartbench      Heartblock      Bolsters      Blocks
Insomnia The best approach is to exercise and use yoga poses to relieve tension throughout your body. Then learn and use a variety of relaxation practices.

Use these resources for guidance in understanding insomnia, and in learning practices that have helped other people:
Overcoming Insomnia (Book)      Sleep Better (CD)      Stress Relief (CD)
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)

For deep relaxation, consider these products:
Eyesbag    Neckroll    Breathing Bolster    Relaxation  by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Audio Tape)
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar       The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi 
Menopause
Embracing Menopause (DVD and Video)       The Wisdom of Menopause (Book)
Neck Pain
When reclining, enjoy delicious support and relief with the Neckroll.

Learn from the program Relief from Neck and Shoulder Pain (DVD and Video).

For neck traction, try the Inversion Sling.

To relieve neck strain during Shoulderstand, try these items:
Shoulderstand Lift       Shoulderstand Bench       Blankets

To relieve neck strain during Headstand, use a Headstander.
Out of Shape!
Learn a yoga routine and practice regularly.

Click here for media programs appropriate for beginners.
Pregnancy
Preparing for Birth with Yoga (Book)       Yoga for Pregnanacy by Judith Lasater (Book)
Pre- and Post Natal Yoga
(Video)
Baby & Mom: Pre-Natal Yoga (Video)       Baby & Mom: Post-Natal Yoga (Video)
Sedentary Lifestyle
Try one of the more active styles of yoga. In order from Most Active to Least Active:
Ashtanga Yoga (Extremely vigorous and athletic)
Power Yoga (Moderately vigorous and athletic)
Bikram Yoga (Hot and sweaty)
Iyengar Yoga (Strength and flexibility nicely balanced)
Anusara Yoga (Strength and flexibility nicely balanced)
Ananda Yoga (Gentle)
Kripalu Yoga (Gentle)
Click here for an index of Media Programs in these styles.
Click here for an index of Books in these styles.
Click here for an index of programs for beginners.
Sinus Problems
It may sound strange, but many people find relief by washing out their sinuses with water using the Nasal Rinse Cup.
Stress and Hypertension
For stress due to busy-ness, try Yoga for Busy People (DVD and Video).
For stress due to old emotional problems try Yoga for Emotional Healing (DVD and Video).
For stress due to tight muscles, try a gentle to moderately vigorous yoga program. The gentle styles are Kripalu and Ananda. The moderately vigorous styles are Iyengar Yoga and Anusara Yoga.

Learn how to relax by using these books and media programs:
Relax and Renew by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Book)
Stress Relief (CD)
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D. (CD)
Relaxation  by Mary Schatz, M.D. (Audio Tape)
Tight Hamstrings
Try the Calf Stretcher and the Forward Bender.