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Yoga and Health

How Yoga Made Me Happier

Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

When I signed up for yoga teacher training, I knew benefits would come from it. I would get stronger and more flexible. I would make new friends, gain a better understanding of yoga and eventually be equipped to lead a class. But I had no idea how much happier it would make me.

Jordan Schultz

Pro Athletes Turning To Yoga

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 04.17.2013 | Sports

It's 105 degrees in a yoga studio in New York, and Joe Johnson is in one of 26 possible set stretching poses. Johnson, a six-time NBA All-Star, is ...

What Yoga Taught Me About Eating Healthfully

Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

We've all been there. Those moments of boredom, exhaustion or sadness when we reach for a slice of cake or a bag of chips because they're there, we're craving a sugar rush or we think they'll make us feel better. Try as we might, maintaining a healthy diet is difficult for most Americans.

Breathing Tips: Lower Back Relief

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

Don't be discouraged if it takes time to access release through breathing; it will happen eventually, and it is an invaluable tool for de-stressing. Making these connections between breath and body heightens sensitivity and prompts us to take better care of ourselves.

The Yoga Injuries Debate: How 'Dangerous' Is Yoga, Really?

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

Brace yourself: The debate over yoga injuries has reemerged, and no matter how tired you may be of the prolonged row, there are useful things to pay attention to here.

3 Yoga Nidra Health Benefits

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

The ancient practice of yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a meditative practice that results in conscious deep sleep. Current research suggests that yoga nidra can help relieve menstrual problems and symptoms of diabetes and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

6 Heart-Healthy Yoga Postures

David Magone | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
David Magone

Can't touch your toes anymore? Not to worry. Practice this short cycle of postures three times per week to improve the results of the sit-and-reach test.

Three Alternative Solutions for Chronic Pain

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Current research reports that alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and medical marijuana (cannabis) can offer natural relief from chronic pain.

Yoga: How We Serve Native American Communities

Rob Schware | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"In the first approach, CCYoga sends teachers into Native American communities. We teach classes at urban rehabilitation and housing facilities in the greater Phoenix area and on Native American reservations close to Phoenix, Ariz."

Wake Up to Health

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeannie E. Javelosa

It's a new year, literally a new age... So let's wake up to health in a totally new way! Why not change perspective? Here are some suggestions how.

Thoughts on Titans of Yoga

GAIAM TV | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
GAIAM TV

This film is about 25 of the most prominent modern figures who practice and teach yoga, meditation, and other mindful practices in the Western culture. They share stories of how they were introduced to yoga and how the practice has transformed their lives for the better.

Trying to Find a Balance

Brian Penny | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Penny

In order to find my balance, I have to confront my intimacy and trust issues head on. My fight against corruption hinges on my ability to stand through the storm. My ability to stand depends on my balance.

10 Life Lessons in 108 Sun Salutations

Lauren Cahn | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

This week marked the winter solstice. To celebrate the longer, more light-filled days to come, I like to perform 108 sun salutations in the late afternoon as the sun is going down.

The High School Brain On Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

The brain's malleability during adolescence marks a crucial stage in both cognitive and emotional development. Luckily, researchers are now able to paint a clearer picture of some of the factors that allow students to thrive throughout high school and into adulthood.

15 Yoga Classes in 5 Days

Charles Scott | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Charles Scott

Given my interest in endurance challenges, I suppose it was inevitable that I would look for a way to test my limits with yoga.

Lessons From Yoga: Why Self Care Is So Important

Kripalu | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

As I rested, I thought about what Andrew had said -- how we must take the time to practice self-care -- and how I must allow the effort of being a stubborn, self-sufficient yogi to dissolve into openness and surrender. This work -- on the mat, resting, in a roomful of people -- can ignite profound change.

Tias Little: Deepen Your Yoga Practice -- Finding the Still Point

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

For many people, yoga is about stretching and strengthening the body, exploring challenging postures, or managing the stress of daily life. Or it may be "just" about the great sense of well-being one feels after a yoga practice.

Two Ways to Help Relieve Fibromyalgia

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

There is no definitive test for fibromyalgia, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Current research reports that two mind-body exercises, yoga and tai chi, can help relieve fibromyalgia.

Physician Heal Thyself: M.D.s Earn Continuing Education Credit to Learn Yoga Poses

John Weeks | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In a time in which physician burnout is at high levels, developing mindfulness practices such as yoga can only be beneficial in the doctor's own life as a powerful antidote to some of the daily administrative and payment -- not to mention patient-related -- stress.

Yoga May Help Benefit Kids With Autism

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy found yoga helped improve school performance and sustained attention in children with autism.

Romancing The Om: A Look Into Yoga In America

Jill Lawson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

Modern day yoga in America is an interesting phenomenon. In the traditional sense, what most of us do on the yoga mat is not yoga. Although the health benefits are greater than anything else we've ever tried, many still do not consider it yoga.

How Yoga Can Help You Sleep

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 10.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Research reports that yoga practice can help to alleviate sleep problems. For a natural, drug-free way to promote restful sleep, try yoga for sweet dreams.

No More Excuses! It's Time To Step Up To Life

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 08.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

Our work is to go beyond the challenges that life has set up for us. It's a matter of stepping up to the plate. Because we can grow, or we can die. We can go big or go home. If we let life suck the life out of us, we've already lost.

In Search of the Anti-Crisis: The Ultimate Yoga Experience in Paris

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

Why do we need yoga now more than ever? Is it simply because people are more stressed out? We have been trained to become consumers first, humans second. We deeply need to rediscover another way of existing.

4 Yoga Back Benefits

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

The sensationalistic reports are excessively promoting isolated instances of yoga-related back injuries. Chronic back problems affect millions of Americans and is a top reason people seek out medical care. To balance the ongoing debate, here are four yoga back benefits.