Mind-Body Connection

  • The Biofeedback Boost

    Biofeedback therapy is winning as many accolades as the movie No Country for Old Men won Oscars. A watchdog group, the American Health Care Policy Review board, reviewed the many studies done on the effectiveness of biofeedback and gave the mind-body therapy a Grade A rating. How does it work?

    By Kris Kucera
  • From Om to Ouch

    I should have known better than to let the teacher’s assistant adjust me in Shoulderstand Pose, but he seemed so sure of himself. He wanted to help me get the most benefit out of the pose, and he said he knew just what to do. I protested (not very convincingly) that I had some problems with my shoulders and neck and wasn’t too keen on Shoulderstand in the first place.

    Is your yoga practice causing more harm than good?
    By Linda Sparrowe
  • Weather the Storm

    A few months ago, beset by a mounting sense of “It’s all too much,” I signed myself up for what I hoped would be a transformative yoga retreat at a monastery in upstate New York. I extracted myself from busy New York City life and spent the entire weekend sitting quietly at sunrise, blissing out in Lotus Pose, and eating three vegetarian meals a day prepared by kindly nuns.

    How to get out from under the stress cloud, for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • Lift Depression With Meditation

    With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms.

    By Ziba Kashef
  • Child's Repose

    Upon entering the world, my daughter Mira suffered a brain injury. Within seconds, my husband and I were thrown into a whirlwind of unfamiliar words, a loss of our vision of a healthy birth, and an unknown future anticipated with both fear and intense love.

    How yoga helped a mother see her daughter's disability in a new light.
    By Cindy Kaplan
  • Embrace Your Curves

    Leaning against the wall, I bend forward and raise one leg 90 degrees into Half Moon, a balance pose. When I’m steady, I unfurl my arms: one to a block on the floor, the other skyward. Supported by my standing leg, I feel like I could fly—all 175 curvy pounds of me.

    Yoga helps you love the body you have—now
    By Laurel Kallenbach
  • How Do You Spell Release?

    Ever wonder what your body would feel like without tightness, pain, or stiffness? Or how it might be to sail—rather than stoop—your way through the day? Bodywork might hold the key to regaining your body’s natural elasticity, bringing you back into balance—and grace—in ways you never believed possible, at least not since you kissed your 30s good-bye.

    Find the bodywork technique that works best for you.
    By Charmian Christie
  • The OM Advantage

    I got into yoga as a college student on a typically tight budget. To save money I decided to memorize my favorite sequence and practice at home. It was love at first Sun Salute.

    The joys of a home yoga practice don’t have to come with years of experience. This sequence designed by yoga icons Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman will help you get started, and stick with it.
    By Nora Simmons
  • Come Into Clarity

    Yoga offers powerful self-healing tools for women with breast cancer—from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. How you practice yoga is as important as what you practice, so be sure to:

    Balance effort with relaxation.
    Treat yourself kindly.
    Challenge yourself—but never strain in a pose.

    How yoga helps breast cancer patients find balance again, on and off the mat.
    By Carol Krucoff
  • Moving Through Addiction

    For Ana Forrest, yoga began as a form of poor man’s therapy. Sexually abused as a child, living in poverty, not having enough to eat, Forrest’s early life seemed a setup for addiction. In the beginning she turned to drugs, alcohol, and food—anything that could help her check out. At 18, her addiction was bulimia. She ate and ate and then purged.

    Sun Salutes offer an alternative 12-step program.
    By Elizabeth Marglin