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The Real Meaning Of 'Om'

James Brown | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of "om." None of my early teachers could explain what it meant or why we were doing it.

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Pro Athletes Turning To Yoga | 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 ...

A Yoga Practice To Reduce Stress

Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Day 3 of HuffPost Healthy Living's 14-Day Stress-Less Challenge! In honor of National Stress Awareness Month, our goal is to use the next t...

Mindfulness: Don't Leave Home Without It

Ariel Bleth | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

More than being aware, mindfulness is often thought of as a state of being fully in the present moment, free from habitual reactions, conclusions and judgments. This can come in handy when we are in situations that we can't change.

Yoga Twists to Strengthen and Cleanse

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.16.2013 | Health and Fitness
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Holly Walck, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher Once, while driving, I reached into the backseat back directly behind me, and...

Yoga: Freedom Behind the Wall

Rob Schware | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Many of the women thought yoga was just for the thin, or the super-athletic, or suburban housewives. Once they realize yoga is available to everyone, they get excited.

9 Fitness Retreats To Whip You Into Shape For Summer 2013

JustLuxe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel

With less than two months to go until swimsuit season, it's time to start thinking about working off that winter chub and getting back into trim, fit and fighting form.

Travel Tips from a Yoga Road Warrior

Kino MacGregor | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Kino MacGregor

Yoga helps me adjust to the exhaustion of changing time zones, sitting on airplanes for endless hours and being in new places all the time.

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.

Powerful Yoga Project Transforms Lives In Nairobi's Slums

NPR | Jill Craig | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living

On a rooftop in a Kenyan slum, a group of people are doing yoga poses. Yoga has been introduced to them as a way to help cope with their lives, and de...

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 and the Importance of Play in Schools

Rob Schware | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Peg Oliveira, who has taught yoga for years in schools, detention centers, preschools, after-school programs and inpatient and outpatient mental health centers for youth and adults in and around New Haven, Conn.

Get Fit With Your Groom!

Carrie Macy | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Carrie Macy

My fiancé and I met at a gym -- I work for one and Rod is a member. I was walking to the locker room wearing my "Pilates" uniform shirt, and he was working out with his friend by the squat cage (home to weight plates, Olympic bars and general "manly" fitness tools).

Yoga: Restorative Medicine for Body, Mind and Soul

Bradley Foster | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Even though my life is calm these days, I plan to continue my practice because I know a new stressor is bound to appear just as certainly as the sun rises tomorrow. For me, yoga is good medicine for body, mind, soul and spirit.

The Father of Modern Yoga

Larry Payne, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Payne, Ph.D.

While Sri T. Krishnamacharya may not be a household name, we can thank him for the diversity of styles of yoga we now enjoy, ranging from the strenuous to the therapeutic.

The Friend That Taught Me to Be Myself

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How do we use our bodies (and the clothes we put on them) to convey who we are? We need to look within to shine to the world without.

Sleeping With Ease After Plank Pose

Leigh Weingus | Posted 06.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Leigh Weingus

Because holding plank was so difficult, I had no choice but to make it as easy on myself as possible. As with most things in life, breathing deeply and staying positive made it more attainable.

Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Women and Those in Transition

Rob Schware | Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Traci Lundstrom, who began learning yoga while serving time in the Boulder, Colorado, county jail the fall of 2009.

Back to the Mat -- How Yoga Has Impacted My Journey

Robin Hoffman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Los Angeles
Robin Hoffman

I have learned so much about myself on that yoga mat, and on nights like tonight where I come home all sweaty and wide open, I am reminded that my relationship with myself is the most important thing in my life.

The Power of Your iPhone

Greg White | Posted 06.03.2013 | Comedy
Greg White

I enter a stark, white, room. The noise of the door slamming shut causes me to glance instinctively down. Battery is at 16 percent. Panic sends my eyes darting around the bottoms of the walls, searching for that fix.

India's True Prosperity

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

Underneath modern India's booming economy and ever-more-commercialized spirituality, the mystery of consciousness, of Brahman, still exists. India is still a magical place.

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.

My Easter Question: Is Yoga Making Me Christian Again?

James Brown | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

I have found that one of the most challenging parts of my job is to get people to look for similarities at least as zealously as they look for differences. The more we identify as different, the less happy we are because we are denying the nature of the world. We are not separate.

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.

Why I Love The Universe More Than I Love God

Yolo Akili | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Yolo Akili

It does not conjure thoughts of one person or entity. It does not invoke a man, a prophet or a hierarchy. It invokes us, and by calling on it we affirm that we are a part of the power that answers our own prayers and wishes.