Written by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

We Are Together

Family and friends are part of our support team throughout life. Yes, they are our teammates. We may have different “teammates” throughout time, but we, as human beings, need that special someone to connect to. That special someone can be family, activity club friends, neighbors, high school friends, pets or even plants. According to Holt-Lunstand et al. (2010), an examination of 148 studies indicated that social connections — friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues — improve our odds of survival by 50 percent. The constant interaction is not only beneficial psychologically…


Written by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

You may have heard about the positive powers of journaling, from improving memory and reducing stress to reducing your blood pressure. Journaling provides an opportunity to calm the restless mind, get settled, fill, and reconnect with your inner self.

What is Journaling?

Journaling is a way to record our thoughts and emotions to track our life. There are no rules for journaling. It can be done daily, weekly or any time without a set schedule. It can take the form of writing, painting, singing, and even taking pictures.

Journaling allows us to track…


Written by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

Putting “ME” on the Top of the Care List

Many of us are willing to support and help others, and much of our time and services are devoted to others, putting ourselves at the bottom of the “care list”. We always put other people first. We keep on providing love and kindness to others even when our energy is drained. If we are constantly “withdrawing” energy from our tank without replenishing it, we won’t be able to keep up and our body will suffer. …


Written by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

When our body encounters unfamiliar, stressful, or dangerous situations, we feel tense and uneasy. Our body shifts to the sympathetic nervous system to get ready for a fight or a flight. A certain level of anxiety is healthy and helps us to stay alert. However, if the anxiety lasts around too long — longer than usual, it could become a problem

Anxiety and associated anxiety disorders are common with cardiac patients (Celano et al., 2016; Colber et al., 2020). The relationship between anxiety and heart disease is complex. As with…


Written by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

Depression and heart disease are two infamous diseases and “hot topics” in the 21st century. Doctors and researchers have confirmed that these two diseases are connected. For example, Colberg et al. (2020) stated that depression is a primary cause of disability and often coexists heart disease.

Depression not only increases the risk of developing heart disease, but it also increases the risk of poor patient outcomes (e.g., mortality) among cardiac patients. Ziegelstein (n.d.) pointed out that some individuals with no previous depression record have become depressed after a heart attack…


Writren by KURA Guest Writer- Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

What is Meditation?

We hear about people practicing meditation and how it helps them feel pleasant and calm, but what is meditation? Do we have to sit still and concentrate? Should I be thinking of nothing when I meditate?

Yoga practitioners frequently meditate. Yoga Sutras define three phases of meditation. Dharana is concentration or the initial period of settling down the mind on a single point of focus. Dhyana is meditation. This meditation phase is the continuous flow of attention, which is also a one-pointed focus. When we meditate, the mind focuses on…


Written by KURA Guest Writer: Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

Exercising is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Longevity increases when people go from being sedentary to doing a little exercise every day. For example, premature death rates are decreased by 20–30% only by switching from a sedentary lifestyle to having a daily 20–30 minutes (Ornish & Ornish, 2019) exercise program. For cardiac patients, exercise programs will vary based on individual conditions. It was estimated that exercise training alone reduces total mortality by 27% and cardiovascular mortality by 31% (Squires et al., 2018). …


Written by KURA Guest Writer: Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

What is Stress?

People of all ages experience different types of stress daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (n.d.) and Dimsdale (2008), stress is a reaction to a situation where an individual feels anxious or helpless. Some stressors can be positive (e.g., preparing for an exciting life event, getting ready for a tournament). In contrast, some stressors are not so positive (e.g., dealing with a disaster, illness, unhappy marriage, burden of caregiving, work). Stressors can be caused by physical or psychological difficulties.

Stress Management Benefits Cardiac Health

Individuals experience stress in various ways…


Written by KURA Guest Writer: Doris Lu-Anderson, PhD, E-RYT500, I-CAYT

Yoga is a Sanskrit term meaning “union” or “connection”. It is a vehicle to unite body and mind. Yoga can be traced back to 5000 years ago. In the 21st century, some people perceived yoga as a workout and an opportunity to stretch before/after exercise. Other people practiced yoga to reduce stress. Some enjoy the benefits of yoga by developing it into their own style to match personal needs. For example, there is yoga for depression, anxiety, addiction, rehabilitation, and other various illnesses.

If we compare yoga to dancing, then…


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Do you know that you can start to manage your health by simply reading your Resting Heart Rate (RHR), which is not only an important health indicator for heart health but also your immune systems’ status?

RHR is the heart rate measured when you are static, and there are plenty of devices available to help you do that, including Apple Watch, Alivecor, or most blood pressure machines. If your RHR is higher than 120bpm (beats per minute), it can be a sign that something needs further attention.

Why is RHR significant to our immune system?

Scientific evidence has shown a strong link between RHR and influenza…

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