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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 ...

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.

What Happens When A New Yorker Goes To The Jungle

Martin Marks | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Martin Marks

The anatomy of yoga teaches us that a lot of our emotions are held in our hips, and perhaps this is the reason why I'm walking quickly, to make sure that nothing will settle, or open up, or release, for too long. I suppose that several years of living in New York, coupled with my inherited biological traits, have programmed me to believe that I must always look like I'm going somewhere, and in a hurry, even when I'm not.

Yoga for Back Pain: Enhancing Body Awareness to Facilitate Healing

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

In this interview, Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall discuss two new review studies on the effects of yoga for back pain and other chronic pain issues and explore ways in which yoga facilitates self-healing.

Arm Balancing My Way To Patience

Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

I have never been a patient person. When I stand in line at Duane Reade for longer than five minutes I feel angry at the happy magazine covers at the checkout counter, and although they say a watched pot never boils I've always thrown my pasta in at the first sign of a bubble.

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.

Life In Downward Dog: An Introduction

Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

I recently started a teacher certification program in hopes of sharing my positive experience with others. For the next six weeks I will detail how different poses, meditation styles and breathing exercises are impacting essential parts of my life, for better or worse.

7 Steps To Being More Present

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

If the "new economy" is here to stay, then it is critical for us each to develop an understanding of this question that resonates with our day to day lives. I suggest a personal sequester.

10,000 Hours of Yoga

Kino MacGregor | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Kino MacGregor

It's too easy to say that everyone who can lift up into handstand, bend deeply backward or places both legs behind their head is naturally gifted. Yoga is about the inner journey and even those lucky few with natural talent need to put in the work to reach their maximum potential.

The Yoga of Surgery

Michelle Baker | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle Baker

I always knew yoga was about life outside of the studio, but until then it had been solely an intellectual understanding. For now I remain opening up to life, to love, to graciousness, taking in the demands of surgery and the luxury of recovery with the exact same mindset I enter the studio.

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).

8 Yoga Poses To Help This Sleep Problem

Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living

By Diana Rodriguez The itching, tingling, unpleasant sensations of restless legs syndrome (RLS) can be stressful to deal with, and when you're no...

Yoga and Addiction: Helping Release the Grip

GAIAM TV | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
GAIAM TV

Yoga for recovery recognizes the need to connect the story of the body with the reason of the mind. Often people abuse their bodies because they don't feel comfortable in their skins. Yoga can help change that.

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.

Yoga, Stretching and Dance: A Mind-Body Fitness Routine That Combines All Three

Lynn A. Anderson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn A. Anderson, Ph.D.

Can yoga be a complete body-mind workout? It can, if you add yoga dance moves to traditional yoga poses to create a complete body-mind workout that includes flexibility, balance, strength and aerobics.

The Authentic Yogini

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Yvonna Russell

Deepak Chopra's New York Times bestselling book, Buddha, traces Siddhartha's path to enlightenment from prince to divine deity. Mindy Frenkel's journe...

Healthy, Not So Wealthy and Wise

Penny Love | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

Through yoga and living in the moment your life will be enhanced in ways that money cannot buy.

Sex Scandals Got You Down? 6 Ways Yoga Helps Heal Invisible Wounds

Suzanne Clores | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Clores

I cannot imagine handling the intense social, political and personal challenges of American adulthood without drawing on yoga's very practical healing methods. But that's just me. See for yourself.

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.

From Seed to Plant: Yoga and the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

In his book Anatomy Trains, author Tom Myers developed a model of this interconnectedness in terms of the soft tissues of the body. Muscles, tendons and ligaments are not individual parts, Myers proposed, but rather are organized in large networks of fascial structures.

Yoga and Stress Relief: Benefits From the Mat

GAIAM TV | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
GAIAM TV

The holidays may be over, but my body still bears the residue. I'm bloated and weary from too many glasses of wine and midnight awakening. Let's not e...

Former Inmate: Prison Yoga Changed My Life

Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

It's no surprise that the ancient art of yoga has penetrated into mainstream culture -- you can really do it anywhere. Now, prison yoga -- exactly wha...

Brian Leaf's Yoga Journey: "Becoming Real" on the Rocky Road to Enlightenment

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Stewart J. Lawrence

In Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, Brian Leaf manages to take the yoga memoir -- or "yogoir," for short --in a promising new direction.

Can Yogi Chai Tea Help Weight Loss?

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Drinking tea is one of the easiest and most natural ways to lose body fat. Current research reports that green tea catechins can increase fat burning and boost abdominal fat loss.

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.