Do you spend your day hunched over a laptop or with your head bent at an unnatural angle while texting or checking email or Facebook updates on your smartphone? If so, pause for a second, sit up straight, and take notice: you may be setting yourself up for chronic neck pain and even spine damage.

A Daily Yoga Sequence for Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain impacts so many people. In fact, the International Pelvic Pain Society estimates that over 25 million women suffer from chronic pelvic pain. While the number is generally lower in men, some studies... Read more
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Banish the Slouch: Chair Yoga for Healthier Posture

Yoga is truly for everyone, but especially for readers, who tend to sit in slouched, hunched positions for hours at a time. I teach this class at library events and book signings, but even those of you too far... Read more
Female yoga student practicing seated forward bend (paschimottanasana) with yoga bolster for support.

Yoga and High Blood Pressure: A Sequence to Help Reduce Stress

Chances are at least one person in your life—a family member, someone you work with, or a good friend—has high blood pressure and takes one or more pills a day to bring it under control. Why so likely? Because... Read more
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Yoga Helps Prevent Osteoporosis: Key Points to Optimize Bone Health

Reverse Osteoporosis—A Yoga Teacher’s Firsthand Account By the time we get to our 50’s, most women are thinking about their bone density, or at least starting to. Certainly, yoga can help prevent osteoporosis... Read more
older yoga student practicing tadasana mountain pose

Stand Tall: 10 Surprising Ways That Posture Affects Your Health

Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It’s simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as... Read more

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 not a choice when it comes to wrinkles, saggy jaw lines and drooping eyelids, or the... Read more
woman strengthening her core with practicing plank pose, at group yoga class.

Core Strength: How To Get Optimal Stability and Flexibilty in Your Core

What does core strength really mean, and why is it so important? The most common misconception about core strength is that it merely means having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved... Read more
yoga for pelvic floor health

Beyond Kegels: How to Incorporate Pelvic Floor Cueing Into Your Yoga Classes

It is wonderful to see the pelvic floor gain more media attention these days! As a yoga professional, you are well positioned to address pelvic floor wellness in your classes. Unfortunately, accurate... Read more
Yoga for pelvic floor

Shore Up the Floor: 9 Ways to Help Your Yoga Students Engage Their Pelvic Floors

In my Pelvic Floor Yoga and Yoga Therapy courses, I emphasize the importance of adequate training and education of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) engagement with proper synergistic timing with other muscle groups... Read more

Your Body's True Foundation: The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Structural Balance - An Interview with Yoga Therapist Leslie Howard

How can yoga help us retain pelvic floor health and avoid some of the common pelvic floor issues that many people struggle with? In this interview, yoga therapist Leslie Howard shares insights from her work... Read more