As the River Flows - Why Yoga Helps Heal Depression

There is an old joke that goes something like: “What is a human being?” Answer: “A container invented by water, so that it can move around.” Our body consists of almost two-thirds water, and as we all know, even a

Study: Yoga Eases Depression by Changing Brain Chemistry

A new study found that yoga therapy—including postures, meditation and breathing techniques—can actually help to alleviate anxiety or depression by boosting levels of feel-good hormones in the brain. The study, conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine, found higher

Another Weapon in the Fight Against Parkinson's Disease: Yoga Therapy

There are few things in life that can be more terrifying and potentially disastrous than getting a diagnosis of having Parkinson's disease. Facing the prospect of having your body literally giving out on you and you not being able to

What Makes Yoga Differ From Exercise? Anusara Yoga Founder John Friend

What differentiates yoga from just mere stretching and exercise? This is a question that many have asked ourselves from time to time. Any regular yoga practitioner knows that while all forms of exercise in general improve health and well-being, yoga

Uttanasana - Standing Forward Bend

Like downward dog, Uttanasana - or Standing Forward Bend - is one of the most common poses in yoga. It is part of the Surya Namaskar series, and often used as part of a Vinyasa transition between yoga poses. Benefits. Uttanasana

Westerners Flock to India's Yoga Paradise

The Rishikesh Yoga Festival, one of the biggest annual yoga gatherings in the world, took place in the Northern Indian town of Rishikesh last week.  Participants from 36 countries traveled to the small Himalayan town to learn from renowned teachers

Holy Smoly! US. Army Incorporates Yoga to Make Soldiers Combat Ready

It’s the warrior pose for warriors: the US Army has introduced yoga as part of its new fitness regimen.  It is the first overhaul of the soldiers’ exercise plan in 30 years and the first time that the army has