Category Archives: Yoga
t’s tough to stay still and meditate when all you can think about is how uncomfortable your body is. Try these seven yoga moves to work out all the major kinks, open you up, and set you up for meditation success.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs), such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, don’t just relax us. According to a new study, they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that cause ill health and depression. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews over a decade of studies analyzing how the behavior of our […]
Do you ever feel like your mind is a computer browser with 100 tabs open all at once? You flick through them, a million thoughts swirling around your mind, pulling you down through different ideas, stories, memories, and possibilities. Let me teach you some tools to create a day that’s both productive and fun.
For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga. I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit. I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym. […]
Does power yoga really help in making you shed those extra pounds? The answer is yes! Power yoga includes some cardiovascular exercises that definitely promote weight loss. Did you know that yoga is considered to be much more effective in making you lose weight when compared to other forms of exercise?
“Yoga” means union that brings an incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective state for communion of the human soul with divinity. It ensures optimal condition of every aspect of life, be it body, mind, energy or soul.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs), such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, don’t just relax us. According to a new study, they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that cause ill health and depression.
Life offers many blessings and joys but along with those happy moments are times of disappointment and chaos. These moments can deliver unwanted stress into our lives. Finding ways to relieve stress and feelings of anxiety from daily routine can help with battling these hurdles. Many turn to yoga in hopes to find peace during […]
Can we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate. We may not yet understand the mechanism through which body postures influence our psychological states, but our recent […]
Missy Hart grew up in Redwood City, Calif. — in gangs, on the street, in the foster care system and in institutions. “Where I’m from,” the 26-year-old says, “you’re constantly in alert mode, like fight or flight.” But at age 13, when she was incarcerated in juvenile hall for using marijuana, she found herself closing […]
Have you ever found yourself driving mindlessly home and when you arrive home you can’t recall how you got there? You were so wrapped up in your thoughts that one part of the mind acted out of habit to get you home safely without your awareness of what path you took. Our habits are pretty […]
This school year, my younger daughter’s teacher started doing yoga with her students every morning. The kids love it because it’s fun, and the teacher has seen huge improvements in the students’ behavior, attitudes, and moods. I’m amazed at the benefits these blossoming yogis gain! Seven particularly helpful benefits illustrate why yoga is wonderful for […]
It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight […]
Most women believe that they are likely to suffer from breast cancer, but did you know that heart disease claims the lives of 6 times as many women world over as breast cancer?! Hypertension or high blood pressure affects almost 35% of all adults and almost 60% of those over the age of 60.
The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests.
In our first installment of the Meditation How-Tos marriage advice series, the Kundalini guide behind Benshen, Desiree Pais, gives you the step-by-step methods you need to practice to stay focused and calm before, during, and after you tie the knot. I’m about to tell you the secret to planning the best wedding of your life.
Last year, I underwent surgery, intended to repair an incisional hernia stemming from a cesarean section when I had my youngest son. In my career as a mobility coach in professional sports, I’ve helped numerous athletes rehabilitate from sports hernia surgeries, so I was familiar with the recovery process and had set my expectations accordingly.
It is no secret or surprise that practicing yoga can yield tremendous benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Luckily, the explosion of research supporting mindfulness-based therapies in the healthcare field has meant that more investigators are also looking into the specific benefits of yoga.
While I’m tending to the soreness, stiffness, and pain with self-care and doctor’s visits, as a yoga practitioner, I find it somewhat amusing that I don’t have a more extraordinary story to tell. It’s not like I hurt myself attempting a one-handed handstand or anything; I just tripped and fell.
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Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want. Yet again and again our experiences show us that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for “something more.”
Research over the past thirty years has shown that the practice of yoga and meditation, and clean diet and lifestyle, can greatly reduce the fraying of telomeres, the part of our DNA that is related to aging. The telomere is like the plastic cap on the end of a shoelace that prevents the shoelace from […]
Winter can take a toll on your appearance: dry air sucks moisture away from the skin, leaving you with a dull, lifeless complexion. Plus, when you step out into the cold and instinctively crunch your shoulders up to your ears, you’re storing excess tension in your upper back and shoulders. That physical stress doesn’t look […]
There is probably no better way to prepare for childbirth than with yoga. The practice involves not just exercise but mindfulness. “Prenatal yoga teaches a woman to connect more fully to the life growing within her,” says Sue Elkind, a certified anusara yoga instructor at Yogaphoria in New Hope, Pa., and the mother of two.
Whether because they have delayed starting a family in favor of a career, have given themselves more time to seek the right partner, or had difficulties conceiving, these days many women are having babies later and later in life. Waiting until later is not necessarily a bad thing. A report from Sweden concludes that having […]
Programs are using yoga and meditation to help reduce some of the effects of trauma experienced by young girls.
The good news is that yoga has exploded in the US and Europe and more people than ever are dipping into the practice. The bad news is all the misinformation out there that can be at best confusing and at worst a big turnoff for some folks who would otherwise really love and benefit from […]
Practicing yoga may ease mild to moderate major depression, even in people who aren’t taking antidepressant medication or receiving psychotherapy. That’s the message of a small, but intriguing new study published in the journal PLoS ONE in March. It was the first study in the United States to look at yoga as a standalone treatment […]
They have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. Specifically, the findings shed new light on how stress, depression, and other mental states can alter organ function, and show that there is a real anatomical basis for psychosomatic […]
From small studios and trendy chains to online tutorials, yoga is everywhere in 2017. Students around the globe now have access to a variety of practice styles, both in class and at home. As a teacher who believes firsthand in the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga, I couldn’t be happier. The world could […]
As any seasoned yogi will tell you, there are many things you can expect from your first yoga class. You’ll feel energized and calm. Your flexibility and strength will be challenged. You’ll break a sweat. And you might have your first experience with meditation.
We’ve all heard the saying “beauty is an inside job”; and, while I thoroughly agree with it, a little outside help couldn’t hurt, right? Yoga is a healing practice in many ways, which is why it can offer some serious beauty benefits. Almost any practice you do will benefit your skin, but there are certain […]
To keep your body looking and feeling its best with each passing year, say “om.” Studies have shown that doing yoga is one of the greatest ways to slow the clock. And it’s not just because you’re helping your muscles remain limber—a regular yoga practice may increase the levels of stay-young hormones that can slow […]
If you think of yoga as an easy, low-energy workout, Heidi Kristoffer is here to tell you—once and for all—that it’s not. Instead of gentle stretches and a relaxing flow, Kristoffer’s workout will fire up your core, get you sweating, and—most of all—work those arms. “While yoga is a physical workout, it’s also such a […]
The first time was after a physical trauma — a quadruple coronary bypass operation. Literally, a broken heart. The second was after a psychological trauma — a job layoff that devastated my ego. Ironically, my physical body needed the more cerebral aspects of yoga to heal, and my psychological trauma demanded a physical practice. The […]
How can we create a state of emotional resolution? Yoga Nidra is an ancient Yogic practice that has been utilized, for hundreds of years, by spiritual seekers. It was used to support the rejuvenation of the body and for a balanced, healthy mind, by promoting the emotional resolution of a variety of life experiences. Yoga […]
Awe is the experience we have when we encounter things that are vast and large and that transcend our current understanding of the world. The Greek philosopher Protagoras believed that our capacity for awe is our defining strength, the engine of creativity, discovery, purpose, and health.
This systematic review adds to the growing literature on integrative therapies for patients with breast cancer and other cancer populations. The latest results are published online and in print in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a publication of the American Cancer Society.
Many people doubt yoga for weight loss thinking it is too slow to burn calories in the body. But one should understand that practicing yoga daily shall help you return to the ideal weight, which sustains as it is achieved correcting the root cause to weight gain and not simply doing rigorous exercises or following […]
When we think of yoga, we usually think of a workout designed to tone muscles, increase strength, and promote weight loss. We imagine a crowded classroom with a routine workout structured for a group. That is certainly one beneficial approach to yoga. But it is not the only approach.
Meditation and yoga practices help us to work toward becoming happier and peaceful human beings. This is an ongoing process and can take a lifetime. Sometimes you may wonder if your daily meditation and yoga practices have been benefiting you, and if so, how.
For those who have performed face yoga exercises as part of their day-to-day or weekly beauty treatment, the answer is already accepted. Face massaging exercise remedies work speedily and they work good! Here we explore what face rubbing workouts can do for both gents and women.