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Yoga for Health

Yoga Therapy: Why Doctors Are Prescribing The Ancient Practice

Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

This type of yoga can have surprising physical and mental health benefits. By Laura Hilgers In 2011, Jacquelyn Jackson had the most trauma...

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Larry Payne, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Payne, Ph.D.

Yoga therapy encompasses not only the body and the movements we do on the yoga mat, but how we live and treat others and ourselves off the mat, which is ultimately what matters for a healthy and whole life.

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.

Opening the Heart in Yoga: The Camel, Melting Heart and Wheel

Tara Fass | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

I gravitate to these postures to counteract the negative effects of sitting many hours at a time in my profession that is added to the time I spend sitting while driving. Darlene tells me to breathe in space around the heart and connect the arms and shoulders to my heart.

Yoga To The Rescue: Three Stretches To Help Lower Back Pain

David Magone | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
David Magone

If your lower back simply feels tense or tight, taking five minutes to practice this simple sequence of yoga postures can help alleviate your discomfort.

Yoga Fixes From Head To Toes: Poses For 8 Common Conditions

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Loren Fishman, MD

Obviously everyone is an individual with unique problems, but some common maladies hit us all from time to time. Here are seven for which yoga has been studied in clinical trials, or that I'm currently in the process of researching myself.

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.

How Yoga Hasn't Wrecked My Body (Yet)

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.

My advice is that we consider yoga part of a healthy lifestyle. We need to breathe, stretch, be mindful of our bodies, reflect, meditate and perhaps pray.

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.

The New York Times Stepped on My Yoga Toes

Leslie Hendry | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Hendry

I'm not on the third act, but breaking life into a three-act play made me understand more about why I practice yoga, and how we become terribly annoyed with yoga translation overload.

Sheetal Is a Punk Rocker, or How the NYT Wrecks Yoga

Eddie Stern | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Eddie Stern

When there is a great potential for making money, quality is usually the first thing to be sacrificed. Fast food, anyone? It is unfortunate that this is exactly what we are facing now -- yoga has been McDona-fied.

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.