Breathing has many benefits. For one, it keeps you alive!

In addition to circulating oxygen to all parts of the body, however, deep, diaphragmatic breathing has numerous other important benefits. It helps facilitate parasympathetic functioning, which induces deep relaxation and helps you let go of stress. In addition, the deep rhytmic movement of the diaphragm stimulates lymphatic function, improves digestion, and helps with the detoxification of the body. Deep breathing also improves blood flow, reduces chronic inflammation, and increases energy and well-being.

Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga Can Be Helpful for Teens Suffering from Anxiety, Study Finds

A 14-year-old girl and her mother comes to see the family doctor, complaining about severe anxiety that is interfering with her ability to sleep, social interactions, and school. The mother explains that... Read more

Yoga and Positive Psychology: Calm the Complaining Mind

What do you really want? What makes you happy? What gives your life meaning? What are your strengths? I ask my clients these questions all the time and almost always they respond with a long silence followed... Read more
the five koshas

The 5 Koshas: How to Get Access to Yoga’s Inner Layers

The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more

Sleep is a Superfood: How a Little Intention—and Some Yoga—Can Help You Get More

When it comes to dramatically improving health, reducing stress, and impacting the quality of life, sleep is a superfood! You can eat bowls and bowls of kale salad and speak to yourself kindly, but until you’... Read more

Empowered Thought: 4 Ways Yoga’s Wisdom Tradition Can Help You Change Your Thinking Patterns

What do you think is the most effective yogic tool for working with the intellectual mind? Is it meditation? Nope. Meditation helps you to observe and focus the mind, but not necessarily change it. To quote my... Read more

Yoga’s Qualities of the Heart: Kindness Toward Yourself

(This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Read this post to familiarize yourself with the basics.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving... Read more

Yoga for Addiction: 7 Ways Yoga Can Support Your Treatment Program

NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the subject and the need for anonymity of those in recovery, some names and identifying locations have been changed. Diane B. is a recovery success story. Yet even after 30... Read more

Ease Into Sleep With These 5 Soothing Yoga Poses

Good quality sleep is crucial for good health. With approaching deadlines, important meetings, exams on the horizon, and the regular hustle and bustle of life, sleep can disappear from the scene. Lacking... Read more

Take a Kindness Break - A Practice to Cultivate the Qualities of the Heart

In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialog has become not just disrespectful, but sometimes even... Read more