Studies Show Yoga’s Many Health Benefits

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Peter Winslow, owner of GoldMind, LLC, is the author of four books on healing and self-empowerment. A transformational life coach, Peter Winslow lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, a mecca for yoga and other mind-body practices.

Yoga combines physical positioning, breathing strategies, and relaxation techniques. It has been shown to relieve certain conditions, including stress. A survey of over 1,000 yoga participants revealed improvements in stress-related physical and psychological symptoms, as well as better mental and emotional health, with increases in resilience and overall mental well-being.

In a 2018 survey, almost 2,000 young adults attributed their improved eating and fitness habits to a regular yoga practice. Practicing yoga has also been shown to contribute to more restful sleep for patients with cancer, women who are pregnant or having symptoms of menopause, and people with arthritis. And research involving 688 healthy individuals found that yoga helped improve balance (important for fall prevention). In addition, the American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low-back pain.

Overall, studies indicate that carefully applying yoga poses with the guidance of an experienced instructor can improve quality of life.

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The Past Three Winners of the PGA Tour Phoenix Open

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Experienced in areas such as mind-body connection, natural medicine, and meditation, Peter Winslow is a published author and owner of GoldMind, LLC, through which he helps clients with a variety of physical and mental goals. Beyond his work as a transformational life coach, Peter Winslow enjoys playing golf at any of the 51 courses his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona has to offer. He particularly enjoys the Tournament Players Club.

The Tournament Players Club has hosted the Waste Management Phoenix Open since 1987 and is regarded as the most fan-friendly venue on the PGA Tour. Below are the past three winners of the tournament:

1. Rickie Fowler (2019) – Fowler finished two strokes ahead of second place finisher Branden Grace to win the 2019 Phoenix Open with a total score of 267. He earned $1.28 million and 500 FedEx Cup points as a result of winning the tournament. The 30-year-old has won five PGA Tour events and accumulated nearly $37 million in tournament earnings to date.

2. Gary Woodland (2018) – A 34-year-old native of Topeka, Kansas, Woodland won the 2018 Phoenix Open in a playoff with Chez Reavie after the two players shared a score of 266 following four rounds of play. Woodland earned $1.24 million, while Reavie took home $745,200.

3. Hideki Matsuyama (2017) – As was the case in 2018, the 2017 Phoenix Open went to a playoff as Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson finished tied for first with an overall score of 267. Matsuyama won the playoff and earned the first-place prize of $1.21 million. Louis Oosthuizen, Fowler, and J.J. Spaun rounded out the top five.

Common Symptoms Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Peter Winslow, a Scottsdale-based life coach and owner of GoldMind, helps clients achieve optimal health and personal fulfillment. The author of four books on self-empowerment and healing, Peter Winslow wrote about the powerful strategies he learned to battle the autoimmune disease ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in his book, Heal for Real.

An inflammatory disease that usually affects spinal vertebrae, AS can result in spinal vertebrae being fused, which restricts flexibility and can lead to bad posture and chronic pain. Early signs of AS include stiffness and pain in the neck, low back, and hips, especially after periods of rest. The sacroiliac joint, where the low back meets the hip, and the vertebrae in the low back are frequently affected, as well as the places where tendons, ligaments, or cartilage attach to bones.

While there is no cure for AS, certain treatments can alleviate symptoms and the disease’s progression. Patients should seek medical advice or consider alternative therapies if they experience low back or buttock pain that is getting progressively worse or that wakes them from sleep. As discussed in his book, Heal for Real, Winslow has achieved significant relief from painful AS symptoms by mastering the technique of guided imagery, a research-supported method for natural pain management.

The Difference Between Yoga and Meditation

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Peter Winslow, Life Coach

For nearly a decade, Peter Winslow has served as life coach and the owner of GoldMind, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this capacity, he provides various services that help clients with such things as career advancement and wealth consciousness. An author of several books on healing and self-empowerment, Peter Winslow maintains a commitment to yoga and meditation.

Both meditation and yoga focus on helping practitioners relax and relieve stress. However, they go about this in two distinct ways.

Meditation focuses on the idea that the mind is the primary source of relaxation and connection. It boosts brain power and improves practitioners’ empathy, awareness, concentration, self-control, and many other brain benefits. This is done via relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing.

Conversely, yoga works the body and mind rather than just the mind. It is a physical activity that focuses not only on body connection and controlled breathing but also on moving, stretching, and aligning different areas of the body. This, in turn, loosens various muscles to help promote relaxation.

Since meditation focuses primarily on working the mind, it can be easier for some. Practitioners can meditate if they have just five minutes during the day, even with only a beginner’s knowledge. Yoga can be more difficult depending on the type and the particular poses attempted. The ability to personalize a yoga routine to fit each person’s fitness level and health goals is part of what makes yoga great for the body.