Mounting Research Evidence Shows that Yoga Can Help Ease Symptoms of Depression

Each year, 17 million people, or 7 percent of American adults, experience at least one major depressive episode of two weeks duration or longer. Depression is also a common additional symptom of several other mental health problems. Major depressive disorder

A System of Biomechanical Regulation - Tom Myers on the Significance and Functions of Fascia

Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. You are about 70 trillion cells, all humming in relative harmony; fascia is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that hold them all together in their proper

Closing Down the On-Ramp to Alzheimer's

Uncle Chuck was a gem. A big, warm-hearted, generous man, he’d been through a lot—including developing a nasty case of PTSD from the Vietnam War. He worked hard to overcome his trauma and became an even stronger, more compassionate person.

Yoga and the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the longest of 12 cranial nerves in the autonomic nervous system. The word vagus in Latin means “wanderer,” aptly named because the vagus nerve spans from the brainstem to the colon with branches that innervate the heart, lungs, liver, spleen,

Can We Control How We Age? Study Suggests Yoga Practice Can Help Alleviate “Dowager’s Hump”

Can we control how we age? Look in the mirror, and the answer seems to be “yes and no.” We are bound to look older. There’s no choice when it comes to wrinkles, saggy jaw lines, drooping eyelids, or the

Yoga for Osteoporosis: 5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fractures

Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, and another 44 million have osteopenia, i.e., low bone mass at levels considered a precursor to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. An estimated one out of two women will break a bone due

Create Mobility in the Upper Body With Puppy Pose Yoga 2.0

Puppy Pose, also known as Uttana Shishosana or sometimes called Anahatasana, is a great release for the latissimus dorsi, posterior deltoids, pectorals, triceps, abdominal muscles, and more.  It’s somewhat of a cross between Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Tom Myers: Change the Body to Change the Mind - Fascia, Yoga and the Medicine of the Future

The 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. Yoga, bodywork and other therapies that tap into the transformative potential of

How Yoga Can Help Ease Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression - An Interview with Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is a renowned yoga instructor and co-author with Patricia Walden of “The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness.” Linda was managing editor of Yoga Journal for numerous years and currently leads workshops for

Yoga for Balance Training: Why Static Poses Don't Cut It

“Last weekend, at a yard sale, I was carrying a box and tripped. Not only did I keep my balance and not fall, but I didn’t even drop the box. This wouldn’t have happened six months ago. I know my

Free Yoga Video! Yoga for Cancer Survivors: Keys to Improving Wellbeing

As detection and treatment modalities improve, more and more people are surviving cancer or living with it long-term.  Over 16 million Americans currently live with the aftermaths of cancer, while an estimated additional 373,000 people will be cancer survivors by

Video With Dr. Robert Schleip: How Fascia Research Is Transforming Our Understanding of the Body

Robert Schleip, Ph. D., is a world-rennowned, leading fascia research. He is co-founder of the bi-annual Fascia Research Congress and Director of the fascia research program at Ulm University in Germany. In this interview, he reflects on the numerous ways

Better Balance in Yoga: It’s Not Just Tree Pose

“Balance is associated with longevity because it requires keeping your brain and nervous system’s integration circuitry intact,” says Danine Fruge, MD, a family-practice physician. Practicing specifically for better balance In yoga is important for anyone at any age, but it

Invert Safely: Healthy Alternatives to Traditional Yoga Inversions

Inversions are powerful poses that bring the head below the heart and often require bearing weight through the hands and shoulders. Active inversions include poses like Handstand Pose (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Forearm Stand Pose (Pincha Mayurasana), Shoulderstand Pose (Salamba Sarvangasana),

Supported Shoulderstand: Yoga Inversion Practice for Almost Everybody

One of my most influential teachers, Aadil Palkhivala, once said, “Practicing yoga without including an inversion is like trying to make lemonade without lemons.” For those students who have mastered some version of Shoulderstand and/or Sirsasana (Headstand Pose) as a