How Can You Tell Whether Your Yoga Teacher Knows What She is Doing?

Nowadays everybody seems to be an expert on everything. For example, I am amazed at the number of tweets routinely featured and quoted in media even if they come from people with no measurable expertise on the subject. In yoga

Yoga for Mental and Emotional Healing - Benefits of Restorative Yoga Therapy

What is Restorative Yoga Therapy? Restorative yoga involves using props to support the body in various seated and supine postures to passively stretch and open the body. And that’s where Restorative Yoga Therapeutics taught by integrative yoga therapist, clinical psychologist and

Happier Tweets, Healthier Communities

New research finds that the number of heart disease deaths in a county can be predicted by analyzing the language its residents use on Twitter. Why does one community have higher levels of heart disease than another? Some of the

Does My Inner Goddess Look Fat in These Jeans?

Using the yoga yamas and niyamas to learn self-acceptance. I’ve never been on the fat girls team. Then again, I’ve always been on the outer edges of the skinny girls team. I’m the girl who has been called thick, big

Easing the Symptoms of Childhood ADHD: Yoga Can Help

When a young child is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the diagnosis is often more stressful than the condition, both for the child and the family. More than 1 in 10 American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

A Simple Practice to Improve Well-being and Relieve Stress: Be Mind Full of Good

Right now, what you think and feel, enjoy and suffer, is changing your brain. The brain is the organ that learns, designed by evolution to be changed by our experiences: what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity. We have the power to use the

How to Bend Forward Without Stressing the Spine

When you go to a yoga class and attempt to do a forward bend, you are likely to hear: “Bend from the hips!” What does it mean exactly? And is it really the best way to get there? Our main

35 Essential Habits of Incredibly Happy People

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”                                                                                                   ~Dalai Lama We all have these personal voices. There’s one voice that says you can achieve whatever you desire. Then there’s this pesky little voice offering reasons why

Yoga and Meditation Keep Your Brain Sharp and Resilient New Study Shows

Can yoga and meditation can help stave off cognitive decline and increase our brain’s efficiency and resilience? This appears to be the implications from a study recently published in Frontiers in Aging Neuorscience, which found that long-term yoga practitioners in

Twisting Postures for Grounded Flexibility

Although we often focus on remaining grounded and centered in our yoga practice, strength and flexibility are equally important for remaining balanced and limber both inside and out. Twisting postures can help us to move between solidity and fluidity by

Detox Water with Cucumber and Citrus

A detox water with refreshing cucumber and citrus is hard to beat. Beyond adding some zing to plain water, this beverage boasts powerful health benefits. Best after soaking overnight, this recipe makes multiple servings that store well in the fridge

Where Can We Find Sustainable Happiness?

In the last 100 years, we got very confused about happiness. This is no small thing. The way we define happiness drives what we do, what we’re willing to sacrifice, and how we spend our money and our time. This

Youth Fitness on Steady Decline

It's almost a cliché that as parents watch their toddlers run around, they sigh to their friends, "I wish I had that kind of energy." The irony is that in another seven years, those same parents may well complain that

Lifestyle Advice for Would-be Centenarians

Which are the characteristics shared by people who live to 100? For the past 50 years, researchers in Sweden have followed the health of 855 men born in 1913. Ten of the subjects lived to 100. What were the secrets