VividLife Radio’s Ed and Deb Shapiro welcome guests Dean Ornish, MD National Best Selling author and White House Advisor on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health and Nirmala Heriza, author of Dr. Yoga – Yoga for Health, to discuss how the effects of Yoga and Meditation on the Heart.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute , where he holds the Safeway Chair, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
For over 30 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He recently directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease.
He is the author of six best-selling books, including New York Times’ bestsellers
Dr. Ornish was honored as “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;” recognized as “one of the most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine; and by Forbes magazine as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.”
“Health is your birthright. Not Disease”. –H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda
Nirmala Heriza, B.A, CYT, Certified Acupressure Therapist, CMFT ,is the award winning Author of DR. YOGA: Complete Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga for Health). (Penguin/Tarcher). Foreward by Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. Her 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”.”,Integral Yoga Magazine”,”The Washington Post”, Ghana News, Huffington Post/Spry, Pro-Health and Livestrong among others. .
“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. Bestselling Author of “Program For Reversing Heart Disease”; “The Spectrum”
Nirmala Heriza created the Yoga Cardiac Program a clinical adaptation of the traditional Integral Yoga Teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda for Cedars-Sinai 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 Yoga Cardiac therapist referral for physicians on their medical faculty.
She is President of the Integral Yoga Center of Los Angeles; Fndr/Director of the Dr Yoga Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica and Chairman/co-President of the United Council on Yoga a co-partner of the President’s Challenge for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, recently updated by First Lady Michelle Obama to increase awareness on risk factors for Diabetes and heart disease. Other distinguished members of the UCY include Dean Ornish’ Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Integral Yoga International, Dr. Yoga Health and Wellness Center, Huffington Post Celebrity Bloggers and Vividlife Radio Hosts, Ed and Deb Shapiro’s BE THE CHANGE and YOGA ALLIANCE. She is the award winning Author of the internationally acclaimed book, “Dr. Yoga: The Medical Benefits of Yoga”, (PenguinGroup/Tarcher), based on the non-strenuous Integral Yoga method of Hatha Yoga; honored among the top five finalists of the prestigious “Nautilus Award” along with Deepak Chopra.. She is a nationally acclaimed medical Yoga/cardiac therapist/teacher, expert consultant and personality, who also provides instructional presentations in her expertise, regularily to physicians and other health care professionals with diverse medical Specialities including heart disease, cancer and addiction.
Ms. Heriza is the official Los Angeles representative of the distinguished and revered Yoga Master and award winning Author, H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of Integral Yoga International, and serves as President of the Los Angeles Integral Yoga Center. She was initiated into the Holy Order of Sanyas and served as a Yoga Monk for 9 years. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Theatre Arts and Communications from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles. Her post graduate studies, training and credentials are in Integral Yoga Clinical Jin Shin Ryoho Acupressure and Dr. Janet Travell’s Myofascial Triggerpoint Therapy. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Science and Theology.
Ms. Heriza received her formal training in all levels and adaptations of traditional Integral Yoga directly from Sri Swami Satchidananda and was certified by the Integral Yoga International Organization. She conducts a private therapy practice in Santa Monica, Ca. an affiliate of the Premiere Oncology Foundation and a distinguished professional association as a referral therapist for Dr Dean Ornish MD; and other distinguished Physicians and healthcare providers who specialize in Integrative Medicine
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”
Ms. Heriza ‘s private therapy practice in Santa Monica, Ca. includes many well known celebrities in the entertainment industry. She created the Integral Yoga adapted Yoga program and served as Yoga Instructor for Fitness Icon “Jane Fonda’s legendary Beverly Hills Workout” for 4 years.
Preface for her book was provided by the renowned Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz,M.D.; Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and featured Medical consultant: Dr. Sandra McLanahan, M.D. (Author of Surgery and Its Alternatives).
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