Yoga for CME, with a BAM!

Via Satkirin Khalsa
on Aug 15, 2012
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Body And Mind, or “BAM!” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it’s about time!

As the CDC points out on their informational website for childhood physical activity guidelines, specifically on the “Yoga Activity Card,” that yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. That’s right, yoga, or yolk, unity, is ancient. It’s still around, because it still works!

  The yoga activity card is chock-full of fantastic, fun filled yoga facts! Did you know that over six million people practice yoga today, including super stars and athletes, like: Madonna, Kareem Abdual Jabar, Michelle Pfeiffer and the Super Bowl winning New York Giants?

Yoga really is for everyone, including children and adolescents, and the CDC agrees.

Their BAM! website is a clear indication that the growing evidence in the medical literature is reaching  the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, a recent study done on yoga in adolescent boys showed  there are multiple benefits from this 5,000 year-old ancient practice.

Not only does yoga strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, balance, concentration, and endurance, the outcomes measured in this recent study indicate yoga can have a positive impact on reducing a number of known risk factors that contribute to heart disease.

 Given the high rate and prevalence of heart disease in America today, it is encouraging to know the information about yoga’s benefits are being used to create useful resources through the CDC, and made accessible to the general public.

Health care providers can also learn more about the benefits of yoga, receive continuing medical education credits for doing so, and experience the benefits themselves, at the 2nd Annual Mountain Pose Yoga & Medicine Symposium, at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Our youth are our future, and it is our responsibility to educate them, teach them about health and wellness, and provide them the opportunity to maintain an active, “united body, mind, and spirit.”

This year Gwen Lawrence will be teaching yoga for adolescents and athletes, a class geared for all Symposium participants. Gwen brings a contagiously enthusiastic attitude, a wealth of knowledge, and years of experience. After all, she’s the NY Giant’s secret weapon. And she’ll be in great company, presenting along-side Dave “Yeah Dave” Romanelli, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Glenn Sabin, Ginger Garner, and many more health-oriented faculty members presenting at this year’s Symposium.

Got BAM? What are you waiting for?

Join us at Copper Mountain August 22nd-26th, and Experience The Feeling Of  Healing!

Satkirin Khalsa, MD

Medical Director/Scientific Program Chair, 2nd Annual Mountain Pose Yoga & Medicine Symposium.

For Symposium passes, lodging specials, and more information, call the Copper Chamber today at 888-258-0565 (Refer to group code 569). 

This Live activity, Mountain Pose Yoga & Medicine Symposium, with a beginning date of August 22, 2012, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 25 Prescribed/Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


Editor: Kate Bartolotta

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About Satkirin Khalsa

Integrated Health Medicine / Dr. Satkirin Khalsa’s background is a fascinating story. She has pursued an integrative medicine career since starting medical school at the University of New Mexico. Her interests in bridging the gap between eastern and western medicine began back in childhood when living in northern India. While there, at the age of 12, she was hospitalized and required conventional treatment for her illness. However, integrative therapies were also used, such as ayurveda and yoga, which aided the healing process. / Satkirin remained in India for 7 years for schooling. She traveled, studied yoga extensively, and encountered many amazing people, including Mother Teresa and Sir Edmond Hilary. She saw the Taj Mahal, visited various sacred and religious monuments, and hiked through beautiful forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. She also saw disease, pain and the misfortune of thousands of men, women and children. / While in India, Dr. Khalsa decided to help people through medicine. It was through her experiences in India that she understood the importance of modern medical breakthroughs, which can prevent, and cure disease, vaccines being one of them. But modern medicine also has its limitations. The eastern teachings that emphasize healing through nutrition and movement can also cure disease but has limitations as well. This understanding led Satkirin to pursue a medical career that could blend the best of both ‘worlds’, and apply them safely and critically.


3 Responses to “Yoga for CME, with a BAM!”

  1. Very exciting, Satkirin. Just posted to five elephant facebook pages: yoga, wellness, society, family, and "I just practice being a good person."

    Bob W. Associate Publisher
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    Yoga Demystified, Gita in a Nutshell

  2. Mamaste says:

    keep posted for news from Copper Mountain Pose next week.

  3. Satkirin says:

    Thank you Bob and Sharon!