We are delighted to introduce the latest edition of the YogaSetu Newsletter on the eve of the New Year. This newsletter is designed to keep you in touch with news and developments relating to yoga around the world. The current issue (YSN – Vol. 4, No. 3, Dec. 2016) features an excellent article (Tapping into the Power of the Vagus Nerve) by Dr. Grace Bullock, a psychologist, on how mindful breathing can benefit your relationships. The article emphasizes how intentional breathing can be used as a powerful tool to defuse stress, increase resilience, and manage difficult interpersonal interactions.
You can also read about a fascinating study from the University of Pennsylvania on how a breathing-based meditation technique may help alleviate severe depression when antidepressant treatments are not successful.
Other articles in this issue include an item on the inspiring almost 87-years-young Anna Pesce, demonstrating for people with herniated discs, scoliosis, and osteoporosis how regular yoga practice can help alleviate these ailments. Also see how, for more than a decade, a nonprofit organization that uses yoga in New York City public schools, has been helping students and youth to reduce stress and improve focus, school performance, self-esteem, and body image. Finally, Justice Rolston Nelson urges the Ministry of Education in Trinidad to incorporate yoga into the curriculum to create a more humane and gentle society.
We hope that you find these articles to be helpful in your own yoga practice.
Wishing you Peace, Happiness, and Health in the New Year!
~ The Editors