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Beautiful inside and out—
Invisible

I gave a little start when those words flashed onto the screen during a presentation by the poet Elizabeth Bradfield. Liz was in the process of describing six-word memoirs, modeled on Hemingway’s heartbreaking story: For sale: Baby shoes. Never used.

The photograph showed a wall from the “6 Words Minneapolis” project, in which city residents were asked to briefly describe themselves. This entry spoke directly to an experience I’d been having of late but hadn’t quite been able to name.

yoga for healthy aging

Why Do We Lose Mobility Over Time? The Role of Biotensegrity in the Aging Process

We live longer than ever before, but for many, common age-related movement limitations can make it harder to enjoy the same freedom to enjoy all the life has to offer as we did when we were younger. Are there ways to slow the progressive loss of mobility over time, and can yoga play a role in this process? We sat down with author and yoga therapist Doug Keller to get his insights on these questions. Read more
Study of Twins Show Muscle Fitness Linked to Healthy Aging

Yoga for Healthy Aging: Study of Twins Shows that Muscle Fitness Predicts Better Cognitive Functioning

“ Leg power predicts both cognitive aging and global brain structure, despite controlling for common genetics and early life environment shared by twins. Interventions targeted to improve leg power in the long... Read more

Free Yoga Video: A Simple Way to Boost Your Energy and Well-being - Two Yoga Techniques to Deepen Your Breath

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... Read more

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Simple and Fun: 4 Tips for Teaching Yoga to Kids

The benefits of yoga have been well documented in scientific literature (1) and the mass media, from improving sleep to aiding physical development. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many parents and... Read more
Yoga for womens health

Yoga for Pelvic Floor Disorders - New Studies Suggest Yoga Can Help Prevent Incontinence

Pelvic floor disorders are surprisingly common. After the age of 55, issues like incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain become increasingly prevalent and by age 80, one out of two women will have experienced... Read more
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

How to Start a Daily Gratitude Practice - 6 Useful Tips

Want to sleep better, enjoy more fulfilling relationships, experience more positive emotions, greater life satisfaction and lower levels of depression and stress? Introduce a daily gratitude practice... Read more

Prenatal Yoga Practice: Tending to Your Physical, Mental and Emotional Energy

Among the awe-inspiring things about pregnancy are the ways a woman’s body morphs to accommodate her growing baby. Consider the fact that her skin can stretch over her growing belly, that her abdominal muscles... Read more
yoga for posture

Yoga to Realign Your Spine: Tackling the Dreaded Dowager’s Hump

Hyperkyphosis and its resultant bent-over posture are often associated with older women (although men get them too). Since the word dowager is a technical term for a “dignified elderly woman,” it began to be... Read more

Yoga for Kids: 6 Ways Yoga Can Keep Your Kids Fit and Healthy

You probably already know that yoga is a healthy activity for adults, but have you ever considered introducing it to your kids? Many adults tend to shy away from yoga as an appropriate activity for children,... Read more