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

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

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

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,”

The Ayurvedic Concept of Agni Digestive Fire and Its Impact on Health

As we get older, appetite tends to wane, and many people even reach the point where they are not necessaril hungry when they sit down to eat. Some people have even lost touch with the feeling of being hungry altogether,

Death Begins In The Colon

Digestive Disease & Intestinal Health There is an old saying that "Death Begins in the Colon." This is an oversimplification to be sure, but more accurate than not. In fact, the road to health begins with intestinal cleansing and detoxification

Honoring Gravity: Judith Hanson Lasater Introduces Kinesiology for Yoga Teachers

Even the most in-depth teacher trainings give just a basic introduction to anatomy. Kinesiology, the study of movement, is the next step, but many yoga teachers are missing this key piece in understanding the biomechanics of the human body. In

Reducing High Blood Pressure: Comprehensive Lifestyle Changes, Including Yoga, Produce Superior Results

Nearly 30% of adults aged 18 years of age and older in the U.S. suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. The disease is often called a silent killer, as most individuals experience few if any symptoms. Left unchecked hypertension