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S12 Episode 01: Health Benefits of Yoga

Physical therapist and yoga instructor Dr. Allison Mitch discusses some of the many benefits of yoga both for the general population and for those with medical conditions or special needs.

This episode is part of Series 12: Yoga.

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Quote from the episode:
“You get the flexibility benefits (of yoga), of course, but there are so many more, from stress reduction to relief from anxiety and depression, joint lubrication and joint health, posture, improved lung capacity, improved venous flow and improved lymphatic flow.” – Dr. Allison Mitch

Looking for a local yoga class in the Naperville, Illinois area? 

Naperville Park District offers a variety of classes each season. Check the current program guide under “Fitness and Wellness.”

One of the yoga classes at Fort Hill Activity Center that is part of the group exercise program.

Adaptive Yoga Instruction

One on One adaptive yoga sessions: email Dr. Allison Mitch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adaptive Yoga:  NextSteps Chicago, where Allison offers once a month adaptive yoga classes: 

Read an article by Dr. Allison Mitch in Natural Awakenings at

Finding a qualified yoga instructor: Yoga Alliance -

Finding a yoga therapist: International Association of Yoga Therapists -

Learn more about yoga and health with these resources

Yoga as a complementary health approach:  information from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) – part of the National Institutes of Health:

Access abstracts of research about the effects of yoga practice on specific health conditions or symptoms by using Pubmed, a free search engine:

Resources for adaptive yoga:

Mind Body solutions In Minneapolis:  started by Matthew Sanford, who wrote a book (Waking:  A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence) about his healing journey using yoga following a spinal cord injury.  Offers classes and trainings.

Yoga Today for people with MS.  Developed by Eric Small, who has MS. 

Love your Brain - For people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and their caregivers.  Offers classes, trainings, retreats.  


Yoga for everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body by Dianne Bondy

Every Body Yoga:  Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga:  Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson

The Body Keeps the Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel  van der Kolk, MD

Yoga as Medicine:  The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, MD

Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care by Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Articles on practicing yoga outdoors:

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