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Yoga for the Gardener

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, BSN and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher In my many years of teaching yoga, I've watched seasonal patterns emerge...

Ace Tomorrow By Trying These 5 Yoga Poses Tonight

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 07.05.2016 | Healthy Living

After a busy and stressful day, what should be one of life’s simplest actions can often feel like the most difficult: falling asleep. If your though...

Release Back Tension With These Basic Standing Yoga Poses

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Stand up to shake it out. In the Udaya video above, yoga instructor Vytas Baskauskas shares a few simple standing postures that will help you undo the...

A Soothing Back Stretch You Can Do Right At Your Desk

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.17.2015 | OWN

If you sit at a desk most of the day, tightness in your back is a familiar feeling. In the lower back, especially, pain can settle in and become a reg...

5 Stretches Every Woman Should Be Doing

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

Get loose with these stretches recommended by David Reavy, founder of React Physical Therapy in Chicago. Do them three times a week, in order, before ...

These Simple Stretches Will Relieve Back Pain ASAP

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living

It's time to stretch it out, desk dwellers. A long workday spent hunched at your computer is a sure-fire route to back pain. Research shows that works...

An Office Yoga Sequence To Restore And Rejuvenate

Sonima.com | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonima.com

When we're happy, we can thrive in our work. This practice will make your whole body happier in just a few minutes at your desk. Yes, yoga at the office -- we dare you to try it!

The 4-Stretch Test To Tell If You're Dangerously Inflexible

Oprah.com | Emma Haak | Posted 10.09.2015 | OWN

These four stretches are exactly what Walter Norton, Jr., director of training at the Institute of Performance & Fitness in North Reading, MA, uses to...

5 Great Stretches Even The Least Flexible People Can Do

Oprah.com | Emma Haak | Posted 09.29.2015 | OWN

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3 Basic Yoga Stretches That Will Get You Through The Whole Day

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.29.2015 | OWN

We've all been there: The moment you wake up and swing your legs over the side of the bed, you feel it. The crick in your neck, the soreness of your b...

Better Posture Is Only One (Super Simple) Stretch Away

OWN | Posted 07.23.2015 | OWN

Those rounded shoulders, a slight hunch, the hovering-over-a-desk-all-day slouch -- if this sounds anything like you, it's time for a wake-up call. No...

One Stretch to Wake Up Your Body

SELF | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
SELF

It feels amazing first thing in the morning--trust. By Amy Schlinger, SELF Photo of Jenn by Jay Sullivan Bring your body to life first thing in th...

Stop Everything and Do These Stretches

SELF | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
SELF

Consider this your reminder to stop what you're doing, unroll your yoga mat and take a few minutes to give your body a little love.

Yoga-tta Acclimate to Be Bendy

Melissa Nordin | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Nordin

YBeBendy tackles the question: Is it safe to practice yoga after exposure to extreme cold? When I began research on this topic, I was struck silent...

How To Stretch For Better Sleep

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living

If you have troubling drifting off to dreamland, you've probably tried a long list of remedies to get more and better Zzs, from lullabies to warm milk...

8 Hip Stretches Your Body Really Needs

SELF | Posted 12.25.2014 | Healthy Living
SELF

We've all had those intense lower body workouts that leave you beyond sore, when just the thought of moving hurts. Rest easy though -- these stretches will open up your hips, groin, and legs, making your tomorrow a little bit easier.

5 Stretches Every Runner Should Be Doing

Jamie Walker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
 Jamie Walker

Since running does put a lot of stress on the body, its good to have a few stretches in your arsenal that target the muscles you use most. Whether your new to stretching (or new to running), these stretches will help you increase mobility, flexibility and recover faster run after run.

5 Stress-Busting Shoulder Stretches

David Magone | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Magone

If you've been stuck behind a desk all day, odds are good that your shoulders feel tight. Sitting in a static position for hours at a time often creates extra tension in your chest and back muscles, which can in turn lead to slouched posture and aching shoulders. The next time you feel tension beginning to build, try these five gravity-assisted stretches to relieve the discomfort.

Key Stretches for Runners

Pamela Kokoros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamela Kokoros

My favorite running accessory is my bright orange therapeutic foam roller. I lean on top of it and roll out my shins, thighs, and calves. It hurts a lot to roll them out, but it helps immensely with injury prevention in the long run, and it feels great afterwards.

Best Full-Body Stretch Before You Work Out

BuiltLean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
BuiltLean

There is no best stretch for everyone, but the following stretch is particularly effective. Ideally, this dynamic stretch will be one of a handful you go through as part of your warm up routine.

Do You Stretch Before Or After A Work-Out? From Simone De La Rue (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Home

Everyone wonders whether you're supposed to stretch before or after a workout -- or both! Celebrity fitness trainer Simone De La Rue cleared up our do...

The San Francisco 49ers Stretch -- Should You?

Estelle Underwood | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Estelle Underwood

As a trainer devoted to regular stretching during workouts, I was thrilled to read that the 49ers' workout format is similar to the workout format I use with my clients. In both scenarios, no one begins lifting weights until they have done a cardio warm up to get blood flow to the muscles.

Degas Dancer: An Easy and Effective Open-Hearted Pose

Tara Fass | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

This one I like to do in the office in between patients to clear my head and heart. Hardly a day goes by when I don't look for and do this posture at some point to lift my spirits and switch up my proverbial energy.

Top 3 Foam Roll Exercises

Erin Motz | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Motz

Foam rolling helps to create and maintain long, smooth muscles by massaging out the knots and releasing trigger points. Here are my three favorite exercises on the foam roller.

Secrets of Splits and Flexibility

Stacey Nemour | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacey Nemour

Stretches should be done in the proper order. Honor the body by stretching it gently. The more time you take to stretch increases your ability to go deeper into the splits. Start with the easier ones and save the intense positions for last.