Finding Your Inner Yoga: From Zero to Infinity

This interview first appeared on the Huffington Post - read the full HuffPost interview here. The gift of yoga, explain renowned yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee in this interview, is that whatever perceived limits we may hold

New Medical Yoga Symposium at Smithsonian Highlights Growing Interest in Yoga Therapy

While the profession of yoga therapy is still in its early birthing phase, the interest in the medical therapeutic applications of yoga is rapidly growing. With new research studies on the therapeutic benefits of yoga coming out almost daily, it

Surviving the Holiday Feasts: A Yogi’s Guide to Mindful Eating

Had Ben Franklin lived today, he would likely have added a third item to his list of life’s inescapable certainties: January’s barrage of weight loss articles and dieting advice surely is as certain as death and taxes. Just as certain

Yoga For Menopausal Women: New Studies Suggest Selective Benefits

Menopause-related symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue negatively impact the quality of life of millions of women. Can yoga offer relief? Yes and no. According to two recent studies, regular yoga practice may relieve some symptoms of

The Masks We Wear and Who We Truly Are

We all have different personalities. All day we put on the various masks we’ve learned to develop since when we were babies. The more we put on these masks, the more they become who we think we are. So, how

Study: Our Diet in Midlife Will Affect Our Health in Old Age

What does it take to stay healthy and functional well into old age? Well, the diet you eat in your 50s and 60s may be one key factor that impacts how well you age. According to a study recently published

Yoga, Meditation May Slow Early Stages of Dementia

Chronic stress has long been known to place aging adults at risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Could meditation help to slow the progression of dementia? A recent study suggests that yoga and meditation practice may make

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, A Practice of Peace

How can I, as one human being, help our world? Can I create a vibrational frequency of peace within myself that radiates outward and affects our entire world? Is that even possible? Our world and our mind are made of

Yoga Can Ease Low Back Pain: A Review of the Literature

Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability globally, and the second most cited reason for doctor’s visits. Most back pain is idiopathic, or unrelated to fracture, cancer, infection or arthritis, making it difficult to understand and treat.

“It’s Not What You Eat, It’s What You Digest” - Ayurvedic Keys to Healthy Digestion

Ayurveda has been made popular in the US over the past twenty years by high profile celebrity physicians like Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. John Douillard. However, these have gained their knowledge of Ayurveda from a handful of leading Ayurvedic

Preventing Yoga Injuries vs Preventing Yoga - The Daily Bandha Weighs in on the Debate

Dr. Ray Long, author, yogi, and orthopedic surgeon, recently weighed in on the yoga injuries debate in his blog The Daily Bandha with a two-part post, entitled Preventing Yoga Injuries versus Preventing Yoga. A pertinent title, indeed. Known to most

Yoga For High Blood Pressure: An Interview with Timothy McCall, M.D.

Have you ever wondered why your doctor takes your blood pressure on every visit? This silent but deadly condition is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. One in three Americans suffers from high blood

Is Yoga as Good for Your Heart as Running? It Depends on Who You Are

Does yoga have cardiovascular and psychological benefits similar to running or other forms of aerobic exercise? For decades yoga aficionados have claimed that it does, however the research findings tend to be mixed at best. Part of the problem is

Does Yoga Make You a Nicer Person? Yogis Say “Yes”

At a workshop on yoga and skills for successful relationships this past weekend at the Montreal International Symposium for Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY), I posed a question, “Does yoga make you a nicer person?”  Attendees broke into spirited discussion, unanimously agreeing

Getting Hip on Yoga Injuries—The Debate Resurfaces

Yoga’s self-proclaimed crusader for injury prevention, New York Times senior science writer William Broad, is at it again. Broad first created an uproar in January 2012 with his highly controversial New York Times article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,”