The Many Health Benefits of Yoga: What Does the Research Say? Part II

According to a comprehensive review of yoga research reviews and meta-analyses published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, the field of yoga research has grown exponentially in the past 5 years, with nearly 200 studies being published annually. As we continue to

Inversions: Should You Go Upside Down if You Have Glaucoma?

Inverted poses are considered very beneficial, particularly in Iyengar yoga. Senior yoga practitioners often cite an inversion as their most essential yoga pose. Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand Pose) seems to be a favorite. However, can anyone do yoga inversions? General contraindications include spinal disorders, hypertension

Yoga for Healthy Aging: 3 Different Ways Yoga Helps with Pain

Have you ever used your yoga practice to help with pain? If not, you might be surprised at how effective it can be. Yoga provides several pain-reduction techniques. And in some cases you can even eliminate the cause of pain.

Keys to Healthy Alignment in Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

The dog poses, Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward-Facing Dog (Urdvha Mukha Svanasana), are among the most commonly practiced postures in yoga classes. For some people, they are freeing and exhilarating poses, but let's face it, for others, they

Yoga for Women's Health - Restoring Hormonal Balance

Lynn Jensen is a renowned author and yoga teacher, specializing in Yoga for Fertility, and Yoga for Healthy Hormones. She is the founder of the Seattle-based Yoga for Fertility program and she has helped more than two thousand women and

The Knee Joint: Much More than a Simple Hinge—and Why it Matters in Your Yoga Practice

According to joints classification, knee is a “hinge joint” that folds and unfolds like a hinge. Indeed, life would be so much easier for many of us if it were a simple hinge. We would probably have a lot fewer

Does Yoga Help You Adapt Better to Stress? Charting Yoga's Effects on Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability is increasingly acknowledged as a health variable that can offer insights into how healthy you are and how well you deal with stress. Learn more about this important biomarker and preliminary studies on how it is affected by yoga

The Yoga of Now: The Art of Being Present with Your Practice

Yoga’s popularity has exploded in the past 15 years. And what constitutes popular yoga is completely different from what it used to be. In the ’80s and ’90s, Hatha Yoga was the most common form, with Iyengar-style practice as its

Book Review: How To Teach Yoga To Military Veterans

The United States has engaged in military conflict for most of the 21st century. As a result, an increasing number of male and female armed service members have faced considerable stress. For some, this has resulted in trauma, and mental,

4 Ways Yoga Helps Your Immune System

One of the effective ways you can foster healthy aging is to use yoga to support your immune system. An immune system that is functioning well prevents illness and promotes healing by fighting off common infections, healing wounds, and scavenging early

Hip on Yoga: 3 Golden Rules for Happy Hips

The scientific landscape of what we know about the hip joint has vastly changed in the last 10-15 years, especially in the last five, which means there is quite a bit we can do to achieve happy hips. Medical innovation

Pranayama Redefined: Breathing Less to Live More - An Interview with Robin Rothenberg

Robin Rothenberg is an internationally respected yoga therapist and author. She has been involved in several research studies on yoga therapy, and is the founder of the Essential Yoga Therapy training program. In this interview with YogaUOnline, she discusses ways

Yoga for Detoxification: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

If you are looking for a yoga pose for detoxification, then Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is a great place to start. Also known as “Bridge Pose,” Setu Bandha has many benefits. It soaks the lymph glands in the neck and throat

4 Ways Yoga Fosters Respiratory System Health

Hatha Yoga is the combination of physical postures and yoga breathing practices that are designed to help the body and mind maintain overall equilibrium. The health of your respiratory system affects all the other systems of your body. Many of

Yogic Breathing: Chest to Belly or Belly to Chest?

There is an ongoing discussion in the yoga community about the directionality of the breath. There are many yoga breathing exercises and techniques, and students often ask: Do you begin your inhalation in the chest and then fill the belly

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