Australian Yoga Journal — January 2018

(Jacob Rumans) #1


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january 2018

Listen to your gut
Speaking of the immune system, Dr Peter French
has studied the connection between immune health
and the gut since 2002 and is vouching for the
effectiveness of a new probiotic by Bioxyne
Limited – an Australian company who have launched
products containing PCC, “a bacteria that has been
demonstrated in Australian studies to boost immunity
and improve gut function”, says French. If you’re one
of the many who knows that gut health is important
but isn’t quite sure why, French offers a simple
explanation. He says, “The human intestinal tract is
colonised by trillions of bacteria, the composition of
which is critical for normal functioning of the healthy
gut. When the good gut bacteria are outnumbered by
the bad, a range of gut problems can occur. However,
recent research shows that the gut bacteria also affect
our general health. Diseases and conditions such as
obesity, liver and kidney disease, immune disorders,
and even anxiety and mental health issues can be
affected by our gut bacteria. The composition of the
gut microbiome is therefore critical to health.” Learn

If you’re reading this, you know how much good yoga can do. But is yoga in
the modern world doing more harm than good? According to new research
from the University of Sydney, on a physical level, the answer might be yes.
Of the 354 mostly middle aged yogis examined in a study (from beginners to
advanced practitioners), ten percent reported having new musculoskeletal pain
and twenty one percent said pre-existing injuries were made worse. Why?
“The upper extremities are not designed to bear a lot of weight for long
periods of time” says Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas. But the yoga
community needn’t despair – these injuries are preventable. The study
concluded that although yoga can cause musculoskeletal pain, “participants
may informing teachers of injuries they may have prior to
participation. Yoga teachers should also discuss the risks for injury with their
students.” The study illustrates the importance of finding a well-qualified
teacher who steers lear of a dogmatic approach and instead works gently and
mindfully with each student’s individual body. To see the full study, head to and search for: Musculoskeletal
pain associated with recreational yoga participation.


Study explores the

dangers of yoga

The International Yoga Festivalwill take place from the 1st – 7th March 2018 in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh, India (see page
94), the birthplace of Yoga. Yoga Alliance Australia - International is one of the major sponsors of this year’s festival. This
internationally acclaimed, worldwide event is bringing thousands of Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers from every
corner of the globe to participate in this wonderful festival of Yoga. This year brings together more than 70 presenters, from
20 countries, giving nearly 150 classes, from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm. Ashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kundalini Yoga,
Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Bharat Yoga, Deep Yoga, Shintoh Yoga and Somatics Yoga are jus
few of the more than 60 different offerings throughout the week. There are also classes
in meditation, mudras, Sanskrit chanting, reiki, Indian philosophy and much more.
Further, spiritual discourses will be held by revered spiritual leaders from India and broad.
For further information and to register go to

Yogis Unite in India in 2018

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