yoga

  • Open Your Heart

    Iyengar Yoga was founded by B. K. S. Iyengar of India and focuses on body alignment and is known for its use of props to accommodate students of all abilities, promote deeper understanding of poses and allow for longer holds in poses for restorative work.

    Try these Yoga poses to help your circulation and support your heart health.
  • Pilates for Weight Loss

    Rainy Wright-Legg of Ashland, Oregon, had a straightforward goal when she first started Pilates five years ago: to take control of her debilitating shoulder pain. She never imagined that she was embarking on a journey that would help her shake years of emotional baggage—and 116 pounds.

    Yes, you can shed pounds with Pilates. Here's how.
    By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
  • Holistic Health Retreats

    Vacation can mean different things to different people. You can tour foreign cities, soak up artistic culture, veg out at a beach resort, or relax at a spa. And while all of these are wonderful ways to spend precious leisure time, you can also use your vacation to take away something more than a tan or a ton of scenic photographs.

    Looking for a getaway that can change your life and your health? Consider a retreat that takes you way beyond the basic vacation.
    By Sally Wadyka
  • 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
  • Om Away Weight

    Here’s even more reason to get on the mat: A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows people who practice yoga regularly eat more mindfully, proving that both the physical and mental components of yoga help thwart weight gain. Researchers asked more than 300 people, mostly women, questions about their eating patterns.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Shake Up Your Meditation Routine With Qigong

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    Having problems “quieting your mind” when meditating?

  • Destination Health: Fearless Healing

    Coming to terms with cancer is never easy, yet a new study supports what many women already know: Yoga helps. Published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, the study confirmed that women with breast cancer had a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace following yoga sessions. If you or someone you love needs some yogic healing, head to the mountains.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Move Through Arthritis

    Every morning, Angie steps onto her yoga mat and struggles to push herself into Downward-Facing Dog. Three breaths later—on a good day—she comes down and rests in Child’s Pose, rolling her wrists and flexing her fingers. Angie, at 32 years old, has osteoarthritis in her hands and her hips. But in spite of the pain, she says yoga actually makes her feel better.

    Recover your full range of motion with yoga.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • 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