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Yoga Benefits

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.

A Soft Message for a Hard Time

Mark Whitwell | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Whitwell

In yoga, it is known that the wonderful spiritual states described in the great tradition arise naturally without even trying. They are called siddhis, special powers that come naturally by grace. Just as sleep comes naturally.

WATCH: How Yoga Helped India.Aire Find Her Voice

Posted 08.05.2012 | Black Voices

After one of the most epic snubs in Grammy Award history and a less-than-legendary release of her album "Testimony" in the summer of 2006, singer Indi...

Yoga: How We Serve Inner-City Schoolchildren

Rob Schware | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Debbie Cohen started teaching yoga in 1996 and began working with children in schools in 2002. She later went on to found the Core Yoga in Schools Program to serve Boston public schools.

Making Yoga Accessible to Vulnerable Populations

Rob Schware | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Rob Schware

There are now more than 125 community-based organizations in this country dedicated to outreach through yoga and mindfulness to communities of abused women, prisoners, at-risk children and teens, veterans, cancer patients, and the homeless.

The Real Reason Downward-Facing Dog Is So Good for You

Sara Calabro | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Sara Calabro

Downward-facing dog is unique in its ability to engage, in one fell swoop, acupuncture's largest and most all-encompassing channel. For the remaining few who haven't already, it's time to strike this pose.

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.

5 Ways Yoga Promotes Heart Health

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

In honor of American Heart Month, here are five ways that yoga promotes a healthier heart.

What Is Yoga?

Ira Israel | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

The whole point of yoga is to get us to release our egos. And yet, it appears that some of the young teachers have such inflated egos that I'm uncertain even yoga will remedy their afflictions in just one lifetime.

Can Yoga Wreck Your Body? Absolutely! It Can Also Save Your Life

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

The opinion of injuries in the west is that they are the absolute worst thing in the world. But, the reality is they happen. To all of us. And, they can happen from any activity, even yoga asana.

5 Tips To Avoid Yoga Injuries

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

Any type of physical activity aiming to increase fitness carries with it a certain degree of risk. Pegged next to the injury rate of common physical activities like weight training and golf, however, yoga comes across as far safer than even a relatively innocuous activity like golf.

How To Avoid Getting Hurt In A Yoga Class

Kelly Moore | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelly Moore

Despite the doom and gloom scenario painted by the New York Times, the average Jane or Joe can practice yoga without having back surgery, popping a hamstring or making a trip to the emergency room (or even the drugstore) simply by following two simple guidelines.

Is Yoga Dangerous? Absolutely Not!

Paul LaRosa | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

As someone who practices yoga (when healthy) four times a week, I find the photos in the recent New York Times article on yoga insulting, and the article misguided. Yes, you can get injured doing yoga just like you can get injured in any form of exercise.

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul?

Justin Hakuta | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Justin Hakuta

What happens next in a world where yoga is being used to sell everything from yogurt, air fresheners, pain killers and cars? Has commercialization diluted the practice to the point of triviality, becoming just another easily bought, packaged and sterilized commodity? Hardly.

Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Resolutions With Yoga

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Yoga offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a natural result of enjoyable yoga exercise and diet. By balancing food intake and yoga exercise, you can naturally achieve your ideal weight.

Why Yoga Studies Need to Smarten Up

Eddie Stern | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Eddie Stern

Many of the yoga studies that are done are deeply flawed, primarily because yoga is a practice that, if not done with a certain amount of diligence and enthusiasm, doesn't provide the benefits it promises.

Relaxation and the Four Intensities of Desire

Rod Stryker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rod Stryker

The yoga tradition teaches that desire has four levels of intensity. Each one is a progressively more compelling force that exerts an increasing influence on our destiny.

Another Health Benefit Of Yoga: Easing Back Pain

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Loren Fishman, MD

The spiritual element in yoga is difficult to capture in large groups, but with researchers like the group in Seattle thinking about these problems, going forward we are likely to find answers.

Catherine Pearson

Another Health Benefit Of Yoga?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Healthy Living

A new study adds more weight to what yogis have long believed: Yoga can help combat chronic low back pain. In the study, published Monday in the Ar...

Maureen Dowd's Take on Yoga

Philip Goldberg | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip Goldberg

Anyone who thinks that yoga is merely "a kinder version of alcohol" might want to do a reverse pose and get some more blood flowing to her brain. With proper supervision, of course.

4 Benefits To Striking A Yoga Pose

Posted 10.20.2011 | Healthy Living

By Su Reid-St. John and Rozalynn S. Frazier for Health magazine Fewer migraines Research shows that doing simple neck-, shoulder-, and back-st...

Sexual Healing With Yoga

Ana Forrest | Posted 10.19.2011 | Women
Ana Forrest

Healing and exploring your sexuality through Forrest Yoga has powerful and wonderful repercussions.

It's a Woman Thing

Stefanie Syman | Posted 08.16.2011 | Women
Stefanie Syman

Anyone reading the headlines about Lady Gaga taking up yoga and Jennifer Aniston committing to downward dogs for life and Michelle Obama advocating yo...

Osteoporosis Drugs: The Good, The Bad, The Natural Alternatives

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 06.25.2011 | Home
Loren Fishman, MD

Drugs aren't the only answer. Medication or no medication, drinking alcohol and carbonated beverages and smoking aren't recommended, and a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D is beneficial.

Don't Worry, Be Happy: How Yoga Helps Combat Depression

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

One of the leading proponents of yoga for depression has long been Amy Weintraub, founder of LifeForce Yoga and author of "Yoga for Depression." I recently caught up with Amy and talked to her about her work.