Body-Positive Yoga: How to Deepen Your Practice with Mindfulness

“It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?” ~

Studies Suggest That Pomegranate May Fight Certain Cancers

If an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away, its look-alike cousin the pomegranate just might. A study has found that a substance in pomegranates can slow or even stop the growth of breast cancer tumors. The study, just

To Glute or Not to Glute in Yoga Backbends

The glutes' role in backbends One of the biggest debates in the yoga world is whether or not to contract the glutes during backbends. We often hear teachers encourage contraction of the glutes while other teachers strongly discourage it. So should

Six Simple Acts to Make the World a Better Place

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” ~William James I’ll never forget the call. It was 1989 and, like most college students, I spent winter break in Florida looking for some sun.

Synchronize Your Body’s Rhythms with Yogic Breathing

Many of your body’s physiological processes have a rhythmic nature. Your heartbeat, blood pressure, digestive peristalsis, breathing rate, and many others proceed in a pulsating (or wave-like) fashion. Each system has its own rhythm. For example, the normal respiration rate

Tom Myers: Change the Body to Change the Mind - Dynamics of Transformation in the Light of New Fascia Research

CFThe medicine of the future will have to focus on healing the epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases by changing behavior, says Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains in this interview. In this interview, Tom explores the transformative potential of the body’s fascial

Finding Joy: How to Welcome Humor into Your Yoga Practice

Have you ever laughed in a yoga class—like, really laughed—maybe at a joke from your instructor or after falling out of a tricky pose? How did it feel? How did it affect the experience of that practice? Laughter is most

Karoshi: The Overwork Epidemic-Yogic Wisdom Might Just Help

In 1969, a 29-year-old man working in the shipping department of Japan’s largest newspaper died suddenly of a stroke. While at first his case was called occupational sudden death, it was later determined that his stroke was caused by shift

Yoga’s Aparigraha: A Sustainable Intention for 2021

Some say that 2020 was the year of removing the veils of illusion, but I think it was more like ripping off Band-Aids. Today, all over the internet, folks are saying “good riddance” to 2020—like somehow we can start fresh

Check Out our Huff Post Blog: Yoga, Rolfing and the Elusive Cinderella Tissues

This interview with Anatomy Trains author Tom Myers first appeared in the Huffington Post. What is the most plentiful tissue in the body -- and the most ignored? The answer is fascia -- the gooey, gliding stuff that holds you together. Fascia

Yoga Anatomy: 5 Quick Shoulder Anatomy Tips for Yoga Teachers

Regardless of the style of yoga you’re teaching, there is no doubt you’re working with the shoulders a great deal. Even in a purely restorative practice, there are a few Downward Facing Dog Poses (Adho Mukha Svanasana) or maybe a

12 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Meditation

To say that it’s been a stressful year would be an understatement. If you don’t meditate, you may have considered starting as a way to calm your mind, stop worrying, and get better sleep. But starting a meditation practice can

5-Minute Yoga Challenge: How to Practice Half a Headstand

No pose energizes, focuses thought, and breaks us out of dull, listless moods as effectively as Headstand Pose (Salamba Sirsasana). But Headstand isn’t a pose for beginners. So this week’s five-minute yoga challenge is to do five minutes in a

Yoga Principles to Guide Your New Year

Welcome to 2021! Congratulations, we have made it through what felt like the longest year in history. No matter what your individual 2020 experience may have been, it’s probably fair to say we all were a little scared at times,