Yoga Anatomy from the Inside Out: Teaching People to Be in Their Bodies

“Teaching people to be in their bodies is actually a radical political act,” notes yoga therapist Leila Stuart, co-author with Donna Farhi of Pathways to a Centered Body in this interview. When people are truly embodied in their body, then

Yoga and the 5 Kosha Model: Healing Chronic Pain on All Levels of Your Being

In our digital world, technology experts continually come up with solutions to make our everyday lives easier. However, when it comes to helping people suffering from chronic pain, modern technology doesn’t have much to offer, and neither, unfortunately, does modern medicine.

The Power of Lifestyle Medicine: Can A Multimodal Approach Slow or Reverse Alzheimer’s?

Most yoga practitioners will remember the revolutionary findings of Dr. Dean Ornish back in the early 1990s, when he first was able to document that a program of yoga and healthy lifestyle measures had proven effective at not just slowing

Sankalpa, Visualization, and Yoga: The Diaphragm Psoas Connection

The Sanskrit word sankalpa has been interpreted to mean a “resolution” or “intention,” usually in association with the practice of Yoga Nidra. According to Swami Satyananda Saraswati, “sankalpa has the potential to release tremendous power by clearly defining and focusing on

Show Your Feet Some Yoga Love: 5 Poses to Strengthen and Soothe Tired Feet

Poses to Strengthen and Soothe Tired Feet The feet are often the underdogs of our yoga practice. Sometimes the hips and the shoulders receive all of the attention and our poor feet barely receive an honorable mention. Our feet are

Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients: New Study Explores Appropriate Home Practices

Cancer treatment is an arduous process. Patients may experience a range of debilitating side effects both during and after treatment. Yoga may help with these side effects, but is it possible for people undergoing cancer treatment, who may be suffering

Vacation Anytime, Anywhere: 6 Ways to Take A Yoga Staycation

Do you need a vacation from the daily grind but can’t manage to get out of town? Or do you just need a vacation from your regular yoga practice? Or are you actually taking a vacation and wondering how to

Yoga to Awaken Your Core: 3 Steps to Get to Know Your Psoas

You’ve likely heard your yoga teacher talk about the psoas muscles, and how certain yoga asanas affect them. But what are the psoas muscles? They are deep muscles that connect the upper and lower body, and the appendicular skeleton to

A Hidden Key to Healing: The Power of Daily Habits to Foster Health and Balance

Is Ayurveda the original form of lifestyle medicine? In this interview, renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar talks about why our daily habits have tremendous healing power, and how we can harness these by becoming more conscious of our daily

Book Review: Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being

Western culture is so continuously bombarded with negative messages about aging that most of us hardly notice it. It is widely accepted that if you’re moving into your middle years—or especially your elder years—your life is pretty much in decline

8 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Tips to Make You Feel Your Best

As a strong Pitta-Kapha dosha type, my red hair, thick build and somewhat aggressive temperament lead me to seek out a more cooling yoga practice and cooler temperatures. Yet, a few winters ago when I was at a weeklong yoga

Moving from the Center: Yoga Practice for Core Awareness and Strength

A few years ago when I was traveling around New Zealand, I signed up for a whitewater rafting trip. Before letting us into the water the instructor said: “Make sure that you move from your center!” Once I got into

Want to Strengthen Your Core? Start with Your Breath

Most people think of crunches or even Navasana (Boat Pose) as the Holy Grail of yoga core strengtheners. But what if you could strengthen your abdominal muscles simply by breathing? You can! Here's How This simple exercise strengthens the girdling muscles

Yoga Pose Primer: Parvrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved High Lunge Pose)

In almost every class I teach, when I ask what people in the class would like to focus on, twists are high on the list. Whether we twist while standing, sitting or lying down, spinal rotation often feels like a

Yoga Crisis: What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Practicing

It’s probably safe to say that all yogis have experienced this: a day (or days) when you don’t want to get onto your mat. The thought of practicing just isn’t appealing to you at all. Maybe a prior injury has