Yoga, Meditation Boost Mood and Brain Function Study Finds

The number of yoga practitioners has tripled during the past 15-years. Similarly, an increasing number of Americans are taking up regular mindfulness meditation practice. Research published in the journal Mindfulness shows that both yoga and meditation can boost mood, and

Strengthen and Stabilize: 3 Poses for Healthy Knees

A yoga student recently asked: “What are some knee strengthening exercises and/or exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knees?” This question, like most, has many facets. Yoga postures can help improve some knee issues. The trick is figuring out how to

How Can Yoga Help Ease Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression? An Interview with Linda Sparrowe

  Linda Sparrowe is a renowned yoga instructor, and co-author with Patricia Walden of “The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness.” Linda was managing editor of  Yoga Journal for numerous years, and currently leads workshops for

Yoga for Balance Training: Why Static Poses Don't Cut It

“Last weekend at a yard sale I was carrying a box and tripped. Not only did I keep my balance and not fall, I didn’t even drop the box. This wouldn’t have happened six months ago. I know my balance

New Study Shows Yoga Offers Cumulative Benefits for Depression

Compelling research continues to mount showing the positive effects of yoga on depression. A randomized controlled study suggests that weekly hatha yoga classes could improve depression symptoms by over 50% in people suffering from major depression when used in addition

Dr. Ray Long: Yogic Deep Breathing - How the Diaphragm Works

Your thoracic diaphragm is the main engine for breathing, supplemented by the accessory muscles of your chest and abdomen. It is also an important postural muscle with functional connections to your pelvic floor. How does it work? Let’s look at

Vrksasana (Tree Pose): Growing Roots

There's a lot that can be learned from trees when it comes to approaching Vrksasana (Tree Pose). Trees are our partners in keeping this living, breathing planet alive. We inhale the oxygen that trees exhale, and they inhale the carbon dioxide

New Study Finds Reduced Stress and Trauma in Prisoners Practicing Transcendental Meditation

A new randomized controlled study on 22 female prisoners, published in The Permanente Journal, found that prisoners practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique for four months had significant reductions in total trauma symptoms compared with a control group. This is the first stress

Yoga for Healthy Knees - 7 Keys to Keeping Your Knees Healthy and Safe

Ever wonder about those creaky sounds emitting from your knees during yoga? Or which principles should be incorporated into your yoga practice to keep your knees strong and healthy? Here are 7 tips for happy and healthy knees in yoga.

Spring Allergies? 9 Natural Remedies to Find Relief

Spring is a great time of year in many respects, as the temperatures begin to rise and the days start getting a little longer. But as the added warmth and sunshine give us flower buds and new green leaves on

Yoga Relieves Symptoms and BioMarkers of Depression New Study Shows

Depression impacts 17 million American adults annually, often contributing to severe impairments in physical and social functioning. Women are roughly 2 times more likely to suffer from depressive disorders including major depression and dysthymia. New research published in the Journal

Yoga for a Heavy Heart: 4 Restorative Poses to Soothe Your Heart

Is your heart in need of some restorative yoga? Every heart needs to heal at one point or another throughout the course of a lifetime. Our heart is what helps us to be compassionate, teaches us how to trust and

Ankylosing Spondylitis: What Is It and How Can Yoga Help?

I recently had a physical therapist colleague ask me for advice about some yoga poses that may help her client who has ankylosing spondylitis.  What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammation of the joints of the spine

5 Keys to Healthy Neck Alignment in Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

When practiced appropriately, Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) and all of its fantastic yoga pose variations can be an important yogic exercise for creating and maintaining back and neck health. If you practice it incorrectly, however, you can create the very neck

Balancing the Core - The Importance of a Centered Body: An Interview with Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is an internationally renowned yoga instructor, leading countless intensives and teacher training programs. She is the author of  The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness, as well as Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday