Backbends are one of yoga practice’s great gifts. Because our daily lives don’t require a lot of backbending, doing some sort of backbend every day is a way to balance our forward-folded lives. Plus they’re energizing and just plain fun.
Pranayama is one of the core practices in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. While asana (postures) are much more commonly practiced in the West, pranayama is a powerful tool for regulating physiological functions, especially blood pressure. I searched Pubmed
Waking up and preparing for sleep are arguably the most influential parts of our days, in the lens of holistic wellness. If we “wake up on the wrong side of the bed,” as the saying goes, our whole day can
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly by bringing in oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide. Pranayama in yoga is the regulation of the breath
Your nervous system is made up of two parts that relay information between your brain and the rest of your body--the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and the peripheral nervous system (all other nerves. Neuropathy occurs when these
Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will incline to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike
Doug Keller is a yoga therapist, author, and a lifelong yogi. He has spent most of his life studying in a wide range of yoga systems including Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara and many other systems. Doug combines his yoga
Change Up Your Practice: 4 Not-So-Typical Yoga Poses to Stretch Your Quads and Strengthen Your Hamstrings
We all know about the endless benefits of yoga. We understand the good that it can do for both our bodies and our minds. But, just like so many things in our lives, yoga has the potential to become stagnant and
For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply. Living a simple life is about paring back so that you have
So, you’ve decided to give this yoga thing a try. Great! Now what? With more than 20 million people in the United States practicing yoga there are more options than ever for finding a place to meet your needs. But
Introduction to Downward Facing Dog Pose Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) is one of the most commonly taught and practiced yoga poses. In Vinyasa (flow) classes, Downward Facing Dog is often used as a transition pose to move
Sleep impacts every aspect of our physiology, so it's not surprising that sleep is at the top of the list of questions most health care professionals ask their patients. And it's a topic that is worth investigating yourself as a
As thinking and feeling people, who execute hundreds of actions each day, we have both left- and right-brain “modes.” We used to believe that left-brain functions are analytical and logical, used for things like mathematics and language, and right-brain functions
There are several ways you can counteract the adverse effects of sitting. First, examine the way you sit and notice if the chair you sit in is hurting you or helping. Second, learn to take a five-minute-stand-and-move break every hour.
Arm balances can be one of the hardest categories of yoga asanas to practice and teach. Not only do you have to prepare the body thoroughly for these challenging poses, but you also need a reliable sequence that makes sense