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

Holiday Yoga Practice: How Santosha Can Bring the Magic Back

I’m not sure when the winter holidays began being equated with stress, but I think I know why. When I was a child, holidays were well-orchestrated events. My parents loved to surprise us with special, unexpected gifts we hadn’t asked

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

Yoga Basics: What is Stretching?

Yoga is more than stretching. The definition of yoga is, in one word, is unity  (of body, mind, and spirit). Without discounting mind and spirit, understanding the physical aspect of yoga will enhance the overall experience of unity. As you

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

Yoga for Heart Disease and COPD

Heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are debilitating and potentially fatal conditions. While emerging research suggests that yoga may be beneficial for those with heart failure and COPD, many elderly adults lack access to these programs. A study

Yoga Research Comes of Age: Scientific Review Charts the Many Health Benefits of Yoga - Part I

The field of yoga research has skyrocketed in the past decade. This means that we are learning far more about why and how yoga works (and doesn’t work) than we have ever had before. This is exciting news for the

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

Yes Men Can Have Pelvic Pain Too

Confession: I treat men for pelvic floor problems—lots of them. Seriously, I think my schedule is often about 30% men. This shouldn’t have to be a confession. You shouldn’t be surprised by this, but you possibly are. I mean, my

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

Is Fostering Body Awareness a Key to Health and Healing? An Interview with Tom Myers

Tom Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, which charts the integrated structural connections, the myofascial meridians that connect all parts of the body. In this interview, Tom discusses the consequences of our current neglect to develop interception, i.e., the

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