5 Ways Yoga Helps Improve Athletic Performance and Prevent Physical Injury

As yogis, you’ve heard and personally felt the physical benefits of yoga for the body—flexibility, muscle strength, core strength, cardio health—the list goes on. If you’re also an athlete, the benefits of yoga are icing on top of the cake.

Ayurvedic Tips for Healthy Aging with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is an accomplished clinician, medical astrologer and Vedic counselor, and one of the most academically accomplished, classically trained Ayurvedic physicians in the United States. He is the author of many courses on YogaUOnline, including  “Ayurveda for Healthy

This One Simple Trick Could Help Manage Your Insomnia

Insomnia is not fun. It’s a seemingly never-ending cycle of missed sleep that can wreak havoc on your overall health and well-being. If you suffer from insomnia, you’ve likely tried everything to help you cope. Insomnia relief might feel impossible. But

Bird Dog Pose Variation: Bend Back and Balance

Bird Dog Pose (Parsva Balasana) is a deceptively complicated pose. It may look simple from the outside, but it packs a lot of benefits into a single asana. I’ll reiterate its array of benefits here: Strengthens and stabilizes the core

Restful Yoga: Homage to the Goddess of Rest

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with rest. And I’m not talking about sleeping (although I’ve struggled with that too). Rather, I’m talking about how I find it hard to slow down, do less, enjoy the sky and the

6 Reasons to Practice Yoga to Relieve Arthritis Pain

“I hurt all the time,” said one of my students. “But after yoga class, I feel so much better.”  This is a typical response from my students with arthritis. Does this surprise you? While arthritis is a painful, inflammatory condition

3 Simple Warrior 3 Modifications to Find Your Balance

Warrior 3 is a wonderfully challenging yoga pose that asks us to develop greater body awareness and strength and harnesses our ability to focus on a goal.  Because it is a demanding yoga pose with many alignments and muscular action

Find Your “G” Spot: Practice Gratitude

LOL! This is not a post about sex. It’s about practicing gratitude. But gratitude is sexy and an essential part of positive relationships—so say the experts. Gratitude is defined as being thankful and appreciative of something or someone. Finding an

2 Yoga Breathing Practices to Soothe Your Heart

We are like migrating birds, The sadness of our departure Is mitigated by The joy of our reunion - Author Unknown I remember the first time my yoga practice felt like a homecoming. It was 1995, and I taught English

Holiday Yoga: 5 Tips for Healthy Holidays

I’ll start out with the assumption that all good yoga practitioners will practice moderation during the holidays. But then I’ll add a dose of reality. It’s easy to slip, and honestly, it’s probably okay once in a while. My yoga and

5 Ways Yoga Can Support Cancer Patients

During a workshop for yoga teachers that I ran earlier this year, we had a great discussion about whether yoga can be a cancer treatment in itself and not just simply a way to ease the side effects of medical

6 Tips to Inspire Your Home Yoga Practice

Whether you’re new to practicing or a seasoned yoga practitioner, very often the most difficult part of practicing is actually starting. That can mean the challenge of first establishing a home yoga practice, but it’s also true for getting yourself

Are Headstands Bad For You? Everything You Need to Know About Neck Safety

Headstand (Sirsasana) has long been called the “king of all yoga postures.” That claim has now come under fire as the yoga community increasingly questions its safety. A study published in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies reveals the potentially

4 Ways to Develop Balance in Eagle Pose

Many yoga postures invite us to explore taking up space, expanding from the center outward. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)  draws us more inward. It takes our limbs across the body, moving our attention from the periphery to the center.  Benefits of

Three Great Ways to Modify Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose (or Supta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is a hip-opening forward bend that is a staple of modern Vinyasa-style yoga classes. And for good reason—it stretches the hip flexors of the extended leg, and the glutes of the bent leg,