How yoga may enhance heart health

In addition to boosting fitness and easing stress, yoga may also help you embrace a healthier lifestyle.     Many people think of yoga mainly as an activity that promotes flexibility and balance. But this ancient tradition also includes breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Together, these practices can...

Deep Breathing Might Have Benefits We’re Only Beginning to Understand

Sundar Balasubramanian. Balaji Parthasarathy   As a cell biologist, Sundar Balasubramanian never forgot his rural southern Indian roots, or the traditional practices his uncle, the village healer, exposed him to. Today, as a researcher and assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Balasubramanian has turned his...

5 Simple Exercises to Deepen Your Backbends

  When we think of backbends, what may come to mind is images of deep urdhva dhaunurasana (wheel) poses or heart-opening handstand hollowback poses. However, our spines can bend in 6 different directions, not just extension (backward bending).   In order to maintain spinal health and move deeper...

The 6 Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids and Family

Getty Images   To me, yoga is all about the connection: That is, the connection between your breath, your mind, and your body. That's what makes it such a beautiful thing to bring into your home and introduce to your family.   The world is very fast paced and...

What happens to your brain and body when you do yoga regularly

Over 36 million Americans practice yoga— a popular exercise that can have profound benefits to your mental and physical health. Studies show yoga can improve flexibility, which in turn can help treat and prevent back pain. Yoga and meditation have also been shown to...

Special needs yoga

Special needs yoga: from disabilities to chronic illness and cancer, the group making yoga accessible to all Hong Kong’s Yama Foundation teaches yoga to children and adults with various disabilities and illnesses who might otherwise not get to practise it Since 2016, the foundation has...

5 Simple Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Yoga Practice

Less enamored with your practice these days? Try these tips to spice things back up. If you’re looking to breathe new life into your yoga practice, there are a few tactics you can try. Here are five simple ways to spice up your practice both on...