Investing in Our Future - Treating Trauma for our Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Investing in Our Future - Treating Trauma for our Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

OG Yoga is partnering with San Diego Juvenile Justice system to bring programming to Juvenile Hall (teens awaiting sentencing) and Urban Camps (teens serving sentences) and create a more seamless and integrated behavioral health system in which youth can access yoga, meditation and mindfulness to heal trauma.

New Study Finds Yoga Significantly Reduces Depression in Male Veterans

New Study Finds Yoga Significantly Reduces Depression in Male Veterans

A new study presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association found that male veterans who had elevated depression scores before a twice weekly hatha yoga program had a significant reduction in depression symptoms after the eight-week program.

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

Anxiety disorders are the most common adolescent mental health conditions in the United States, with approximately one-third (31.9%) of 13- to 18-year-old children suffering from clinical anxiety. In addition, 8.3% of adolescents with anxiety disorders experience severe impairment in their daily functioning. Females are more commonly affected than males, with lifetime prevalence rates of 38% and 26%, respectively.

Increased interest in complementary therapies, high rates of childhood anxiety, the controversy surrounding SSRI use in adolescents, and the climbing costs of mental health care point to the need for mind and body therapeutic approaches to anxiety management. Despite the many barriers to mind and body practices, current research focusing on biofeedback, mindfulness, yoga, and hypnosisdemonstrates that these methods show promise to reduce anxiety among adolescent populations.

Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

I came to see yoga as a vehicle for transformation through reclaiming an intimate, healthy relationship with self. Upon reflection, it seemed like a natural evolution to offer these tools to inmates prior to release from prison in anticipation of the challenges of reintegration, and the potential for recidivism.

Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga

Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga

“The current human disconnection from the natural world starts with our disconnection from our own bodies, which we as a culture inherited – to a degree that most of us generally don’t quite acknowledge the extent of our inability to feel our own bodies.”
– Simon Thakur

Study: Yoga reduces falls among the elderly

Study: Yoga reduces falls among the elderly

People who do hatha yoga report improved balance, but only now has yoga’s impact on falls received rigorous study.

Now, University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of family medicine Irene Hamrick reports that the number of falls in older adults dropped 48 percent in the six months after yoga classes began, compared to the six months previous.