Yoga students practicing Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana I) to care for and listen to the body

“You’re not supposed to have a cold,” a student said one night at the yoga studio.

“Oh?” I replied, eyebrow raised.

“You’re a yoga teacher,” she offered by way of explanation. I wish I’d had a witty comeback, but instead, I turned away to sneeze. Good thing, because I didn’t really know what to say. “Isn’t yoga supposed to make you healthy?” she asked.

“Yogis are human,” I replied. “We get sick. We get old. We die.”

“Then, why do yoga?”

“For those very reasons,” I said. Because we get sick. We get old. We die. 

Yoga class for preventing chronic disease in Wind-Relieving Pose (Apanasana)

Preventing Chronic Disease: Yoga May Alter Gene Expression Linked to Inflammation

Chronic stress, and the resulting inflammatory response, is a known cause of numerous illnesses. Although yoga is found to reduce stress and increase wellbeing, we know little about the molecular mechanisms... Read more
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Yoga for a Healthy Heart - Research Review Charts the Benefits of Yoga on Markers of Heart Health

According to a comprehensive review of yoga research, reviews, and meta-analyses published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice , the field of yoga research has grown exponentially in the past 7... Read more

Yoga For Heart Health

Those familiar with yoga understand that the practice works with individuals as whole people–body, mind and soul. Yoga is also coming into the medical mainstream, with the medical world beginning to recognize... Read more

Yoga Helps Reduce Irregular Heartbeat and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

According to a new study recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 60th Annual Scientific Session, the practice of yoga has been found to significantly reduce the number of episodes of irregular heartbeat and improve the symptoms of anxiety and depression often associated with atrial fibrillation Read more

New Study Finds Microwave Radiation Harmful for Heart

Food that is “nuked” may cause hearts to fluke: a recent study reveals that microwave ovens, often shunned by the health-conscious for their negative effects on the nutritional value of food, also negatively... Read more

New Study: Happiness Protects Against Heart Disease

Most people who practice yoga know what a great therapy it is for emotional well-being. A new study shows that that may be good therapy for your heart as well. According to a recent report published in the... Read more

An Aspirin a Day Won't Keep the Doctor Away

Men and women who have been taking aspirin daily in the name of staving off heart attack and stroke may need to reconsider, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. In the past, physicians... Read more

Regular Meditation May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Can meditating as little as twenty minutes twice a day help prevent heart attack and stroke? Read more

Yoga Therapy: Heart Disease Isn’t Just About the Heart

Heart disease and stroke continue to be the two biggest killers of our time, but few people realize just how interconnected these issues are. Read more

A Quick Test of Heart Disease Risk: Can You Touch Your Toes?

Here’s a new twist (pun intended) on what stretching does for your body: New research indicates that flexibility in the body may be related to flexibility of the arteries, and that your ability (or inability) to touch your toes may be a measure of your risk for heart disease. Read more