Links

Following are links to helpful resources on yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, stress reduction, massage therapy, fitness, healthy eating, inspiration, motivation, various health conditions, and more!

If you have been sedentary, or have one or more health conditions, please consult with your healthcare provider before starting yoga or any other exercise program, and consider working with a trained, experienced instructor for guidance.

PRACTICAL YOGA IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Reasons not to sit too long and suggestions to get you standing and moving!  http://www.acefitness.org/blog/5270/how-sitting-too-much-affects-your-health

Sitting may be the new smoking, but standing the whole time is not great either!  http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html

For every 30 min, sit no more than 20 min, stand for 8 min, and move for 2 min.  Great graphic to print and post!  http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/hedges3Ss.JPG

Ergonomic guidelines for computer/desk use (based on OSHA standards for Video Display Terminals “VDT”)  http://thebackschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/D-2-Form.pdf

Some simple movement/stretches  https://thebackschool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ERGOBREAK.pdf

THE RELAXATION RESPONSE

Founder of the Relaxation Response: http://www.bensonhenryinstitute.org/about/dr-herbert-benson

More on the Relaxation Response:  http://www.relaxationresponse.org/

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness:  what is it, why do it, ways to cultivate it.  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition

Simple ways to create everyday mindfulness.  http://www.acefitness.org/blog/5690/ask-yourself-these-five-questions-to-achieve

Mindfulness articles from Psychology Today.  https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness

Many resources to explore mindfulness.  http://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

Massage benefits for various health conditions https://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/health_conditions.html

HEALTHY EATING

Ann Kulze, M.D. is a great resource for basic, healthy eating.  I’ve read one of her books, “Eat Right For Life,” which is in a very readable magazine-like format, packed with practical information advocating a lifestyle of whole foods, plenty of vegetables/fruits, healthy proteins and fats, and moderation.  She’s got books, and lots of free stuff, including online outlines of her books, videos, and more.  http://www.drannwellness.com/

USDA’s guidelines for food groups  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

EXERCISE RESOURCES

General resource for exercise inspiration and information, the American Council on Exercise.  http://www.acefitness.org/blogs/24/expert-articles

WOMEN’S PELVIC HEALTH

You may want to consult an M.D. specializing in “Urogynecology.”  There are also physical therapists who have specialized training in women’s pelvic health, who can help diagnose and train you in appropriate exercises, one-on-one.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  https://www.nami.org/

St. Louis NAMI  http://www.namistl.org/local-support-groups.html

St. Louis area Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Support Groups, including a Specialized “Support Person’s Meeting” http://www.dbsaempowerment.org/support-groups/

St. Louis area local group.  http://www.karlasmithfoundation.org/mental-illness-st-louis.aspx

St. Louis Area Resource Directory re Mental Health (also other options for support groups on left margin).  http://www.startherestl.org/

SUICIDE PREVENTION NATIONAL HOTLINE 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

St. Louis area:

http://www.providentstl.org/Services/LifeCrisis.aspx

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/missouri-suicide-hotlines.html

http://www.chadscoalition.org/

POISON HELP, NATIONAL HOTLINE 1-800-222-1222 

U.S. Poison Control help for emergencies, information, prevention, call 24/7, 1-800-222-1222  http://www.aapcc.org/

ADDITIONAL MEDICAL INFO AND SUPPORT RESOURCES

National Institutes of Health  http://www.nih.gov/

U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Web MD http://www.webmd.com/

The Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/

National Alzheimer’s Association, including dementia http://www.alz.org/care/overview.asp

American Cancer Society  http://www.cancer.org/

National Breast Cancer Organization http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

American Diabetes Association  http://diabetes.org/

American Heart Association  http://www.heart.org/

National Stroke Association  http://stroke.org/

National Osteoporosis Association  http://nof.org/

ACCIDENT, INJURY, DISEASE PREVENTION

My Safe Home  http://mysafehome.org/

CDC’s Vaccines & Immunizations  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/