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NIRMALA HERIZA – — DR YOGA (PenguinTarcher) http://dr-yoga.com

 Media Affiliate:  Ananda Productions:  http://anandaprods.wordpress.com .         

Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center   https://dryoga.wordpress.com/dr-yoga-health-and-wellness-center-and-media/

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DR YOGA: The Complete Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga For Health)   by Nirmala Heriza, BA,CYT,CAc;Cmft   A Nautilus Award Recipient  (foreward by Dr. Dean Ornish M.D.;

Preface by Dr. C.Noel Bairey Merz, M.D.: Director: Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center – Cedars-Sinai Includes testimonys by Dr Mehmet Oz, M.D.  Dr. Stephen Pacia M.D., NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Dr. Sandra McLanahan, M.D. and other Medical Dignitaries.

Nirmala Heriza’s Bestselling Award winning book is based  on the Yoga Cardiac Program (a clinical adaptation of  Legendary Guru and Yoga Master  SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA’s  Bestselling Integral Yoga Hatha) created by her for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Preventive and Rehabilitative Medical Center. A PIONEER IN INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE. http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/503715/ , also featuring programs she Clinically adapted for Fitness Icon JANE FONDA’s famed Workout Studio.  a penguin/tarcher imprint. “Health is your birthright. Not Disease”. –H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda  Swami Satchidananda: Internet Movie Database .                               presidentschallengelogo_



NIRMALA HERIZA  – BA, CYT – Certified Yoga, Acupressure, Myofascial Therapist. -AUTHOR-

“The Asanas in the Dr Yoga (Yoga for Health) program help to diminish pain and ensure a quicker recovery. They act preventively and postoperatively. -Dr. OZ “Nirmala Heriza is one of the country’s leading practitioners of Yoga for heart disease, . I have been referring her work to my patients for many years. I highly recommend her unique approach to Yoga” – Dean Ornish, M.D Nirmala Heriza, is a highly sought after speaker and media consultant in her expertise, recently featured on Voice of Talk Radio “The Halli Casser-Jayne Show” along with NYT Pulizer Prize recipient Author/Writer JamesBroad and in an Interview with Celebrity Hosts Ed and Deb Shapiro’s Radio Show “Be the Change” along with Bestselling Author, Dean Ornish for VIVIDLIFE BLOG RADIO that also features other experts, and lumineres such as JANE FONDA and ROBERT THURMAN.

Ms. Heriza’s Bestselling book and  work on the clinically verified medical benefits of Yoga has been featured in numerous magazines and Health related websites “Time”, “Fitness”, “Glamour”, Men’s Health”, “Natural Health”, “Healthy Cooking” “Yoga Journal”.,”The Washington Post”, Ghana News, Huffington Post, Pro-Health and Livestrong among others. She designed and implemented a unique Hatha Yoga Program adapted from Renowned Yoga Master Bestselling Author, Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga for  Oscar winning Actress and Bestselling Author Fitness Icon Jane Fonda’s Legendary Workout Studio.

Nirmala Heriza created the Yoga Cardiac Program a clinical adaptation of the traditional Integral Yoga Teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda for CedarsSinai Medical Center, a pioneer in Integrative Medicine, and has served as their Yoga Cardiac Specialist for over 15 years. http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/503715/ She is currently a referring therapist for Physicians on their medical faculty as well as for Dr. Dean Ornish and the Santa Monica Premier Oncology Foundation. She is President of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles; Fndr/Director of the Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica where she conducts a private therapy practice, and Chairman/coPresident of the Unit received Sannayas Initiation fromed Council on Yoga a copartner of the President’s Challenge for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, recently updated by First Lady Michelle Obama to focus attention on Obesity and inactivity, risk factors for Diabetes and heart disease. Her book, “Dr. Yoga”, is currently in preparation for its second edition. Available on Amazon. Nirmala Heriza is a spokesperson and  senior disciple of  world renowned and respected Guru H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda. She was initiated into the Holy Order of Sannyas by him and  served as a formal Yoga Monastic for 11 years. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Science and Theology


. P.K. Shah, Director of Cardiology and Atherosclerosis Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center”. “Heriza’s remarkable book on the medical benefits of Yoga helps reaffirm the role of Yoga as a serious therapeutic modality”—

President, American Academy of Osteopathy. Dr. Michael Seffinger, D.O. FAAF. “Heriza’s Myofascial Therapy is more effective than customary Physical Therapy Modalities. She’s a highly qualified Professional Clinician”

Nirmala Heriza’sMyofascial/Acupressure therapy successfully treated my back. Her Yoga Therapy has helped me manage my stress.” –Director, Award winning Producer; Oliver Stone “Nirmala Heriza’s therapy has helped to strengthen and stabilize my immune and cardiovascular system”. I enthusiastically endorse her work. —

“Because of NirmalaHeriza’s Dr. Yoga program, my Cardiologist was convinced to cut my heart medication in half”. S.M

Nirmala Heriza’s Dr. Yoga Program helped me get through college. I was so stressedout I was finding it almost impossible to concentrate and study. —Michael Moisant, M.F.A.

“I used  the Programs in Dr. Yoga to overcome two brain tumors and colon cancer. They saved my life.” –Buffy Ford Stewart ( John Stewart, Kingston Trio) Recording Artist/music and Film Producer Producer.

The Integral Yoga based Dr. Yoga program is a gentle but deeply affecting yoga. I liked it instantly.” —Gary Bart, Film Producer  (Cardiomyopathy patient -recovered)

Through Nirmala Heriza’s Dr. Yoga program of clinical Yoga, Acupressure and Myofascial Therapy I recovered from a debilitating condition of plantar fasciitis and manage my stress. I was barely able to walk. She helped me become mobile again. “—–Lindsay Crouse, Oscar Nominated Actress.

Nirmala Heriza B.A. CYT, CMFT. Business tele: 310.452.5815 http://www.dr-yoga.com http://www.dryoga.wordpress.com Internet Movie Database: Nirmala Heriza IMDB: http://t.co/YxCWGj4XBW

Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles: http://www.iycla.wordpress.com

Social Media:

Official: Facebook/DrYogaFan Page Official Twitter: NirmalaHeriza:DrYoga https://twitter.com/nirmalaheriza  links: http://www.nheriza.wordpress.com    http://www.dr-yoga.com  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001K8CNF6 .

Dr. Yoga is a medical adaptation of  the ‘Integral Yoga® Teachings of H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj.   www.swamisatchidananda.org .                                              To Know Yourself      Integral Yoga Hatha Sacred Integral Yoga®Yantra representing all faiths LIGHT OF TRUTH UNIVERSAL SHRINE   Yogaville (Buckingham) Va.  dedicated to all  Faiths and Religions. Gurudevpix._edited.jpg.B. “Truth is One, Paths are Many” –H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda (photo courtesy of Harpers Bazaar Magazine and Tara and Peter Guber, Mandalay Entertainment Group) -photo credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Links-  www.lotus.org www.yogahealthbooks.org  www.yogaville.org.

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  *Exciting developments in progress…

 DR. YOGA  is preparing  for it’s second printing.  Stay tuned….
  ‘THE FIXERS with DR YOGA“.  dedicated link: http://nheriza.wordpress.com/the-fixers-with-dr-yoga-health-show/

A new Reality health and wellness TV series with a focus on Integrative Medical Solutions, currently in development.  Senior Executive Producer, Natural9 Entertainment – Carol Sherman.  Co-Producers: Nirmala Heriza, Buffy Ford Stewart.  Created by:  Nirmala Heriza, Buffy Ford Stewart, Jim Boyd.(PBS RoyalStewartEntertainment) Celebrity Co-Host: Lindsay Crouse: Oscar nom, award winning Actress (The Verdict, Places in the Heart, All the President’s Men, Indian in the Cupboard, Communion. Other Celebrity Co-host, TBA Creative consultants:  Jerry Zucker  Award winning Producer/Director (Fair Game, Ghost, Airplane, My Best Friend’s Wedding). Featured Guest Medical Expert: Dean Ornish.. DR. YOGA INTERNET SITE: Featuring Dr. Yoga DvD’s, CD’s and books. Swami Satchidananda’s  Integral Yoga DvD’s, CD’s and books.  Yoga  related products such as  non synthetic Yoga mats, clothing, and other all natural products including Vitamins, herbal health drinks, nutritional food. Copywrite protected with the Library of Congress and Writers Guild of America. Dr. Yoga Media:  A Partner in HealthCare Reform. Hospital Endorsement as Yoga for Cardiac Therapy CS ENDORSES YOGA:         Media Contact: Sandra Van

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 15,, 2004 http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/503715/ HIGHLIGHTS:  Aninnovative program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is drawing physicians from around the world to study and observe the clinical documentation of yoga’s medical benefits as evidenced by patients enrolled in its decade-old hatha yoga cardiac program. Recently, in recognition of its leadership in this discipline, Cedars-Sinai was named as an associated entity of the United Council on Yoga, which is partnering with the President’s Challenge, the physical activity and fitness awards program of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. YOGA GAINS  MEDICAL ENDORSEMENT AS AN EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR STRESS REDUCTION IN CORONARY PATIENTS      LOS ANGELES, CA (March 15, 2004) – Well into his second career as a filmmaker, Gary Bart was doing what he’d wanted to do for a long time.  He was working on a movie about his great-uncle, titled “The Invincible,” which film critic Roger Ebert named one of the best films of 2002.   So it was very surprising –  in fact devastating – Bart says, when he was told by his doctor three years ago that he had cardiomyopathy, a chronic condition characterized by a weakening of the heart muscle.  Learning that his heart was only pumping blood at 40 percent capacity and his condition wouldn’t improve, Bart went from enjoying life into a deep depression, feeling like he’d received a death sentence. His doctor prescribed medication and told him that he needed to do everything he could to reduce stress in his life. He started practicing meditation (which he hadn’t done for over 30 years), and enrolled in the hatha yoga cardiac program at Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center. Today, Bart describes himself as someone with an uplifting and optimistic attitude about the future and his friends say they can see in his face that he’s more relaxed. He credits these positive feelings in large part to his participation in Cedars Sinai’s program. He’s reduced his stress and hasn’t experienced any further damage to his heart since enrolling in the program. According to C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Holder of the Women’s Guild Chair in Women’s Health, Director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, and Medical Director of Women’s Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, yoga is one of the leading preventive health measures in the area of stress reduction, health and well-being”. Recognizing the detrimental effects of stress on individuals, especially in the area of heart disease, we began implementing yoga therapy and offering it to our patients more than 10 years ago,” she explains. “Over the years it has become one of our primary therapies for stress management, and is definitely a complement to our approach to medical care. Research studies have shown that the breathing and relaxation techniques taught in yoga can reduce stress, decrease blood  pressure, minimize the symptoms of angina (chest pain), and increase the capacity to exercise,” says Dr. Bairey Merz. High blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise are among the contributing causes of heart disease. Cedars-Sinai’s Hatha Yoga Cardiac Program utilizes Integral Yoga©, which is a style of Hatha Yoga, a traditional, gentle form shown to be effective as one of the main therapies for stress management, particularly among patients diagnosed with coronary disease. Classes are held for one hour on two mornings each week and are taught by Nirmala Heriza, B.A., a nationally recognized certified Integral Yoga© instructor, who is a cardiac yoga therapist at Cedars-Sinai and president of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles. “A lot of people are new to yoga and are confused about the different methods. Some forms are very athletic, and photos in magazines, showing people’s bodies twisted into certain poses, can be intimidating. Our class is based on Integral Yoga© – medically proven to be one of the safest styles of yoga,” says Heriza. Because the class size is small – usually seven students – Heriza is able to give each student personal attention. The classes are designed specifically for cardiac patients, but are open to anyone; a physician’s referral isn’t necessary. Participants range in age from their 30’s to their 80’s.”This is the first class of its kind with the endorsement of a major hospital and takes a very critical, in-depth look at the medical benefits of yoga,” Heriza explains.  “Doctors are coming from around the world to observe the class and study the clinical documentation compiled by Cedars-Sinai’s Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center. Physicians want to know how yoga is benefiting their patients … that it’s not just an exercise.””Various reasons. Heriza, who is the author of an upcoming book on the topic, Dr.Yoga, which will be released by Penguin/Tarcher Books in August, is also president of the United Council of Yoga, an umbrella yoga organization, which is partnering with the President’s Challenge, the physical activity and fitness awards program of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS). Yoga participants at Cedars-Sinai can track their physical activities, including yoga, on an interactive Web site (www.presidentschallenge.org) and are eligible to earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) for being active 30 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks.

About nirmala heriza

Author, Dr. Yoga (Medical Benefits of Yoga) penguin/tarcher books. Co-Creator/Exec Prod. "The Fixers w Dr. Yoga" Reality Show and viral website. Director, Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles (Founder:H.H.Sri Swami Satchidananda Yoga Cardiac Specialist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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