Dr. Jennifer Vaccaro, DC, BS, LMT, CKTP is a graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science from California State University, Northridge. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and received her training at the National Holistic Institute, in Encino, California, formerly Touch Therapy Institute.
As a healthcare provider, Dr. Jennifer Vaccaro is a huge advocate of yoga because of its positive physiological effects on the systems of the body. Cardiovascular disease, which affects over 70 million Americans, continues to be the number one killer in the U.S. Several trials have found that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates, and help slow the progression of atherosclerosis—all risk factors for heart disease, says Erin Olivo, PhD, director of Columbia University’s Integrative Medicine Program.
Relief for low-back pain is another proven benefit of yoga. Yoga eases lower back pain, by stretching and strengthening the muscles of the lower back. It increases blood circulation, which brings healing nutrients to the injured tissues. Yoga also helps maintain a natural curvature of the spine that is crucial in avoiding lower back pain. Yoga also helps to unite the mind and body. While almost any exercise is good for the heart, the meditative component of yoga may help to stabilize the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. When this lining is irritated, it reacts to stress. Because meditation lowers stress hormones, yoga could reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It also can significantly improve mood as well as reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety through the increase of certain neurotransmitters. From a professional perspective, she strongly recommends yoga for its cardiovascular and spinal benefits. As a former competitive athlete and dancer who has worked out extensively and cross-trained in several forms of exercise, she personally endorses yoga as a means of physical strengthening and toning and for its calming effect on the emotions. With these dramatic benefits yoga provides, she encourages her patients to attend yoga classes at Hot Yoga Haven. Dr. Jennifer Vaccaro highly recommends taking a Hot Yoga class a minimum of three times a week to see significant changes in your body and your well-being.
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