VIVIDLIFE.INTERVIEW WITH ED AND DEB SHAPIRO: FEATURING DEAN ORNISH AND NIRMALA HERIZA

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HOSTS’ POST INTERVIEW COMMENTS posted on their Facebook page.

Deb & I are not always perfect!– Nirmala Heriza & Dean Ornish were our guests on our VividLifeRadio show. Dean’s interview ran overtime into Nirmala’s. We want to apologize to Ms Heriza whose book DR YOGA is a must read. Nirmala Heriza, Author Dr. Yoga, The Medical Benefits of Yoga Nautilus Award winner)
Co-Chairman, President, Executive Director, Yoga Health and Wellness Center
Yoga Cardiac and Stress Management Consulting Specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
President/Executive Director at Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles
CEO/Director/Medical/Yoga Cardiac Specialist at Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles
Chairman of the United Council of Yoga for the President’s Council

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Due to unexpected time constraints, affecting my interview as a featured guest on Ed and Deb’s Shapiro’s groundbreaking Show “BE THE CHANGE” for VIVIDLIFE.BLOG RADIO, Producer, the brilliant Shayne Traviss, that is helping inspire, uplift and heal so many, there wasn’t an opportunity for me to talk about certain additional risk factors and metabolic influences related to Yoga and the Heart and the ancillary therapeutic effect Yoga can have as a clinically proven treatment modality as well as other aspects of my work. Stay tuned for other upcoming Media events in which I look forward to saying more about my Speciality as a Yoga Cardiac Specialist as it relates to diverse medical conditions and my work as a dignitary for the United Council on Yoga, for the President’s Challenge and First Lady, Michelle Obama’s recently revised President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  http://www.ucyorg.wordpress.com

Nirmala Heriza, BA, CYT ,CaC,CMFT, Certified clinical Acupressure and Myofascial therapist (doctoral candidate)

Author of Dr Yoga: The Complete Benefits of Yoga; Yoga for Health(PenguinTarcher) President of the Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center – President of the Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center; President of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles.

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TALKING POINTS: TIPPING POINT OF YOGA AND MEDICINE: PIONEERS ORNISH RESEARCH ~CEDARS-SINAI YOGA CARDIAC PROGRAM (HERIZA/AN INTEGRAL YOGA CLINICAL ADAPTATION)

~THE UNITED COUNCIL ON YOGA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE PROGRAM AND THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ON FITNESS, SPORTS AND NUTRITION.

~YOGA AND ISOLATION AND LONLINESS: A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO HEART DISEASE AND CANCER

~YOGA AND RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH GENDER REASSIGNMENT

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~ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF MY LONG TIME COLLEGUE
~DEAN ORNISH, WHO WROTE THE FOREWARD FOR MY BOOK, AND ALONGWITH HIS COLLEGUES HARVARD’S HERBERT BENSON, DR OZ, DR NOELBAIREY MERZ, AND DR SANDRA MCLANAHAN WHO ALL CONTRIBUTED, HAS BROUGHT YOGA TO A TIPPING POINT IN IT’S CLINICAL RESEARCH AND SIGNIFICANCE AS A MEDICAL MODALITY.

ACKNOWLEGEMENT OF WORLD RENOWNED YOGA MASTER SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA WHOSE INTEGRAL YOGA tm TEACHINGS PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL OF MY WORK AS A YOGA CARDIAC SPECIALIST AND FOR MY BOOK “DR YOGA”.
I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE JANE FONDA OUR ICONIC PIONEER IN HEALTH AND FITNESS WHO IS HELPING TO SHATTER THE GLASS CEILING ON ONE BILLION WOMEN AND MEN RISING THIS WEEK AND HELPING KEEP US ALL YOUNG.

I WAS PRIVILEGED TO HAVE BEEN THE YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND CONSULTANT FOR FOR HER LEGENDARY WORK OUT STUDIO IN THE 80’S.

• THAT WAS BEFORE, AT THE INVITATION OF DR NOEL BAIREY MERZ, PRESIDENT OF THE BARBRA STREISAND WOMEN’S HEART FOUNDATION AT CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL CENTER , I CREATED THE YOGA CARDIAC PROGRAM FOR THEIR PREVENTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE MEDICAL CENTER. MY PROGRAM IS A CLINICAL ADAPTATION OF SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA’S TRADITIONAL INTEGRAL YOGA TEACHINGS THAT WAS THE LAUNCHPAD FOR MY BOOK. IT WAS ALSO THE SPRINGBOARD FOR MY PRESTIGIOUS AND DISTINGUISHED WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ON FITNESS, SPORTS AND NUTRITION, AS CHAIRMAN FOR THE UNITED COUNCIL ON YOGA.

THE UCY IS AN UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR DIVERSE YOGA DISCIPLINES THAT ADHERE TO THE ANCIENT TRADITIONAL PARADIGM OF PRACTICES DEVELOPED BY SRI PATANJALI KNOWN AS THE FATHER OF YOGA.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA RECENTLY REVISED THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL TO PUT EMPHASIS ON NUTRITION AND ACTIVITY AND REDUCE RISK FACTORS LIKE OBESITY FOR HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES.

LIKE DEAN ORNISH, I USE THE TRADITIONAL PRACTICES THAT ARE NON STRENUOUS AND
INCLUDE RELAXATION AND MEDITATION TECHNIQUES. BY DEFINITION ACCORDING TO PATANJALI, YOGA ISN’T AN EXERCISE REGIMINE, WHICH INVOLVES A DEGREE OF STRAIN. IT ISN’T HARD TO DO LIKE IMAGES OFTEN PROJECTED IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA. IT GRADUALLY INCREASES FLEXBILITY. AND IT ISN’T AIRY FAIREY OR MEANT MOSTLY FOR WOMEN AND IN PARTICULAR THOSE WHO ARE UBER THIN AND UNDER 30. AGAIN, IT’S HAS SCIENTIFIC ROOTS AND RELEVANCE. TODAY THANKS TO DEAN AND HIS COLLEGUES THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF CLINICAL STUDIES SPONSORED BY THE NIH THAT VERIFY THIS. THE IMPRESSION IMPOSED BY THE MEDIA IS CAUSING A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MISS OUT. PARTICULARILY MEN.

THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL DIVERSE STYLES AND TEACHERS OF TRADITIONAL YOGA THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MANY A PART OF OUR UNITED COUNCIL ON YOGA.

A PARTICULAR PASSIONATE FOCUS OF MY WORK RELATES TO PATIENTS WHO ARE ISOLATED AND HAVE A SOLITARY LIFE. FORTUNATELY LIKE YOUR WONDERFUL SHOW AND DEAN’S WORK TODAY THERE IS EMPHASIS ON CULTIVATING COMMUNICATION AND ENGENDERING SUPPORT WITH EITHER A LOVED ONE OR IN A GROUP SETTING. FOR THOSE PATIENTS AND PEOPLE WHO ARENT IN A RELATIONSHIP, AND FOR VARIOUS REASONS, EITHER THEY’RE CONFINED TO THEIR HOME OR AREN’T COMFORTABLE INTERACTING IN A GROUP DYNAMIC I USE THE YOGA PRACTICES AND MEDITATION IN PARTICULAR TO HELP CONNECT THEM WITH THE ENERGY AND LOVE WITHIN THEMSELVES WHICH CAN HELP TO MITIGATE LONINESS AND THE FEELING OF ISOLATION, A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO HEART DISEASE AND CANCER. IT HAS HELPED MANY OF MY HEART AND CANCER PATIENTS IN AN ISOLATED LIFESTYE. MY TEACHER, SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA REFERS TO IT AS THE INSIDE COMFORTOR. IT’S THERE FOR ALL OF US. IT’S THE INNER VALENTINE…..THE SPIRITUAL LOVER WITHIN. THAT’S THE TRUE HEALER.

ANOTHER COMPELLING FOCUS OF MINE RELEVANT TO THE HEART, IS THE APPARENT TREND IN SEX REASSIGMENT THAT SEEMS TO BE PREVALENT AMONG THE TEEN DEMOGRAPHIC TODAY. FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING A SEX CHANGE.. YOGA AND MEDITATION MAY BE HELPFUL IN MITIGATING THE INNER IMPUSES COMPELLING THE NEED FOR IT IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THE DOMINANT IDENTITY. IN THE SCIENCE OF YOGA OUR ENERGETIC SYSTEM IS A SYNTHESIS OF MALE/FEMALE ENERGIES. THERE ARE INTRICATE MECHANISMS INHERENT IN THE YOGA PRACTICES THAT HELP TO BALANCE THE MALE/FEMALE ENERGIES THAT HAVE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS. THIS ISN’T ABOUT BEING GAY WHICH IS AS NORMAL, NATURAL, HEALTHY AND SACRED AS HETEROSEXUALITY. ACTUALLY, CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT FORCING A PERSON TO CHANGE THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION CAN HAVE DELETERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS RESULTNG IN STRESS FACTORS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART DISEASE. BUT RESEARCH HAS SUGGESTED THAT SURGICALLY CHANGING THE BODY TO ACCOMMODATE THE DOMINANT IDENTITY CAN BE A PAINFUL AND COMPLICATED PROCESS.. THIS ISN’T MY THERAPEUTIC SPECIALTY BUT IN MY EXPERTISE AS A YOGA AND HOLISTIC THERAPIST, IT’S KNOWN THAT SUCH A RADICAL SURGICAL INTERVENTION CAN DISRUPT THE NERVE CENTERS ALONG THE SPINAL SYSTEM INVOLVED IN MEDITATION THAT WE ARE USING TO HELP TREAT AND HEAL THE HEART, EMOTIONALLY AND SYSTEMICALLY. I’M WRITING MORE ABOUT RESEARCH ON IT IN THE SECOND EDITION OF MY BOOK.

IN CLOSING….I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WORK OF MY UK MATERNAL COUSIN, ACTOR AUTHOR AND FILMMAKER, AMANDA WARING, DAUGHTER OF MY COUSIN THE LATE GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR DAME DOROTHY TUTIN WHO DIED OF LEUKEMIA IN 2000. AMANDA IS ALSO A YOGA PRACTITIONER AND DISCIPLE OF SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA AND FIERCE POLITICAL ADVOCATE HELPING TO LEGISLATE CHANGE IN HEATHCARE RIGHTS FOR THE ELDERLY. SHE RECENTLY PUBLISHED A BOOK ABOUT IT, THE HEART OF CARE AND HAS PRODUCED AND DIRECTED SEVERAL FILMS ON THE SUBJECT.

AMANDA IS PARTICIPATING WITH ME AND MY CREATIVE PARTNER BUFFY FORD STEWART AS OUR UK CORRESPONDENT , ON ONE OF OUR DR YOGA MEDIA PROJECTS, “THE FIXERS WITH DR YOGA” FOR OUR FILM CO-OP, ANANDA PRODUCTIONS. IT’S A REALITY SHOW BASED ON THE BOOK AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE THAT FEATURES DEAN ORNISH AS A GUEST MEDICAL EXPERT AND PREMIERE ONCOLOGY FOUNDATION AS OUR OFFICIAL MEDICAL CONSULTANT.. OUR EP IS THE BRILLIANT AWARD WINNING PRODUCER CAROL SHERMAN AND NATURAL NINE ENTERTAINMENT AND THE BRILLIANT LEGENDARY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER/DIRECTOR JERRY ZUCKER IS OUR CREATIVE CONSULTANT.

AUTHOR’S POST INTERVIEW COMMENTS

IN ADDITON TO THE “SCIENTIFIC” IMPLICATIONS OF YOGA FOR THE HEART, A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT POINTS I WANT TO MAKE ABOUT MY GURU SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA OF WHOM I’M A SENIOR DISCIPLE. 

A GOD REALIZED GURU, DOES NOT PASS AWAY.  WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR BODY THEY ATTAIN WHAT IS CALLED “MAHASAMAHDI”,  A COMPLETE UNION WITH GOD.  IN SPIRIT, ENERGETICALLY, THEY BECOME CLOSER TO US. FOR THOSE WHO WERE LISTENING, TO THE INTERVIEW AND WHO MAY BE DRAWN TO SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA, SRI SWAMIJI REASSURED HIS DISCIPLES AND DEVOTEES THAT WHEN HE LEAVES HIS BODY  HE WOULD BE EVEN CLOSER THAN WHEN IN THE PHYSICAL FORM.  HE ALSO SAID MOST OF HIS CLOSEST STUDENTS HAD NEVER MET HIM.  YOU CAN  CONNECT WITH HIM DIRECTLY  THROUGH HIS TEACHINGS..THROUGH HIS DVD’S AND BOOKS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. SRI SWAMIJI OFTEN SAID, THE REAL GURU ISN’T THE PERSON, ITS THE TEACHINGS.

JESUS DIDN’T PASS AWAY. BUDDHA DIDN’T PASS AWAY. GOD REALIZED GURUS DO NOT PASS AWAY.

NIRMALA HERIZA, BA, CYT, CLINICAL ACUPRESSURE AND MYOFASCIAL THERAPIST.  CHAIRMAN, OF THE UNITED COUNCIL ON YOGA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE AND THE PRESIDENTS COUNCIL ON FITNESS, SPORTS AND NUTRITION  (DOCTORAL CANDIDATE)