• Teaching Yoga – 30 Years of Gratitude

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    Friends who knew me in grade school and high school would probably never have pegged me as a person who’d end up teaching yoga. I was painfully shy. If students had been graded on participation back in my high school days, my GPA surely would...


    Yoga Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children

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    As any parent or teacher will tell you, nurturing children in a mindful way, and giving them the structure they need to thrive is a big job. When it comes to children on the autism spectrum, the scope and intensity of caregiving doubles or triples...


    Yoga is relatively safe, but know your limits

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    Participating in yoga is relatively safe, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who conducted the first large-scale examination of yoga-related injuries. Their conclusions? Injuries are more common in older participants, and having a qualified instructor is important....


    Yoga may be viable option for people with generalized anxiety disorder

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    Yoga could help reduce symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to a study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. The research focuses on the effects of yoga on three people with the disorder and whether or not...


    How to Minimize the Risk of Falling

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    About a month ago I got this text message from my yoga student: “Can’t do yoga tomorrow. Fell again. Gouged arm bad. Stitches. OK now. Doc said lay off few days.” After further exchange I found out that she had tripped on the crack in...


    Here’s What You Can Do To Improve Your Heart Health

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    Yoga is an ancient spiritual and cultural tradition in India made popular in Western culture over the past three decades. I live in New York City, and not a day goes by when I don't see at least 10 people walking to class with yoga...


    ‘I Quit My Fitness Tracker—Here’s What Happened’

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    "I felt angry thinking about all those thousands of unrecorded steps." We all know the myriad benefits of wearing a fitness tracker—like motivation, weight loss, and a connection to a community of like-minded healthy people. But what happens when you stop wearing it? A new study shows that when...


    5 Reasons Why Your Chest Might Hurt When You Run

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    It’s not necessarily a heart problem. So there you are, settling into your stride about halfway through a run, when a sudden pain punches you square in the chest. As the feeling tightens, you clutch your collar in a panic. Is it a totally random heart attack? Well, don’t...


    Practicing Karma Yoga: Yoga Reaches Out

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    As we know, yoga began not as a “workout” but as a path of spiritual and personal development. Accordingly, service to others, seva, selfless service in the Sanskrit translation, was one of yoga’s original components. Karmayoga, another branch of yoga, is also based on this principle. In...


    Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain

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    If your neck is chronically tense and tight, and if the muscles in your upper back and shoulders feel as hard as a rock, you’re not alone.  In our high-stress, hurried, 24/7 world—filled with work deadlines, financial pressures, terror alerts, and sleeplessness—many of us feel...