Mary Duryea MD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
My professional life started as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant, followed by medical school and a career as a Family Practice Physician. Upon retiring from medicine, I turned my energies to yoga as a student, then teacher, and now a yoga therapist. My passion is to promote the benefits of yoga as part of integrative medicine. This post originally appeared on yogatherapy.health, published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Used with permission.
Yoga as Integrative Medicine
Yoga Sutras Meet Gray's Anatomy
This is a book in progress and dear to my heart that I have been working on for several years. I am getting closer to self publishing and sharing my personal understanding of how partnering yoga and western medicine can help to optimize health.
Integrating Yoga as a Lifestyle for Self Healing
The practice of yoga...what you practice becomes stronger
The practice of yoga often starts with the physical practice of asanas or postures. As you start to feel the changes in the physical sense of the body, you develop the perception of the body as your safe home and a personal temple.
Stilling the chatter and run-away thoughts is one of the mental benefits of yoga. You become the master of what you choose to dwell on. With practice, negative thoughts can be replaced with more positive thinking. Positive attitudes have been shown to be beneficial to your health.
As the mind and the body move toward a healthier you, so does your spiritual self. Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to have many health benefits, including improving immunity and promoting telomere function (cell longevity). Delving deeper into your spiritual center creates a calm center as a safe haven. This self acceptance and nurturing can then be shared with the world around you.
Developing Mindful Awareness of Anatomy and Interoception in Yoga: Recorded from Zoom session May 2020