The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Yoga 101

    Thinking of starting yoga? Can’t get past the jargon? Maybe this will help.

    Yoga includes three main parts.

    Postures (Asanas)

    • Gentle stretches used as exercise
    • Held briefly to relieve tension, build endurance, and improve circulation
    • Hundreds of postures

    Breathing (Pranayama)

    • Deep breathing exercises
    • Combined with the yoga postures
    • Focused, calculated, and taken through the nose
    • Helps increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients
    • Reduces stress and lifts depression

    Meditation (Dhayana)

    • Yoga followers are encouraged to let their worries go
    • Many people focus on a single object in the room or repeat mantras (repeated word or phrase) to achieve this meditative state

    There are several types of yoga practices. Depending on your physical needs, one type might be more beneficial to you.

    Hatha Yoga

    • Very mellow and slow form of yoga
    • Among the most commonly practiced types of yoga
    • Focuses on simple, flowing poses
    • Practitioners are encouraged to perform exercises at their own pace while focusing on breathing and meditation

    Ashtanga Yoga

    • Known as power yoga
    • More physically demanding
    • Requires practitioners to hold poses
    • Focuses on increasing muscle strength and stamina
    • Less focus on breathing and meditation
    • Athletes generally enjoy Ashtanga yoga

    Bikram Yoga

    • Very challenging
    • Performed in a heated room
    • Practitioners focus on 26 postures performed in order
    • Must be extremely physically fit


    • Popular among seniors, people recovering from injuries, or dealing with chronic pain
    • Slower, more individualized
    • Increases strength, coordination, and balance

    8/23/06 23;51 JR

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