Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
I struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety in my teens and early 20s. It was in the middle one of those battles, during my junior year of college, that I discovered yoga. A friend saw a flier for an eight-week yoga session at the campus rec cen... Read more
When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A... Read more
Most of us give little thought to our stomachs, or any of our internal organs for that matter. We focus primarily on the muscles and bones, rarely paying attention to our organs until they cause pain or discomfort. People suffering from heartburn (GE... Read more
Is stress wearing you down? Are your muscles tense and your posture less than perfect? Bringing yoga, a touch of Eastern culture, into your Western lifestyle may be the perfect answer to help you unwind both your body and mind.
People of all age... Read more
I just started a beginning yoga class and absolutely love it. But, I am very surprised with my level of soreness! At first I thought my sore muscles were from a tough tennis match, as my yoga class is very mild. We go through a series of poses, the... Read more
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A yogini who calls herself TheZenG, writes:
"I am always the only Black woman in my yoga c... Read more
I have recently begun taking some yoga classes and am finding that I like the more challenging ones best (like Power Flow or Ashtanga). I often feel quite sore (especially in the arms and core, but it varies by which poses we do) after t... Read more
I've just came through some health issues and need to do mild physical therapy. I need more flexibility and something easy on the body right now. I will eventually be able to do regular exercises again but want something in the interim. So I was thin... Read more
This past week I had lower back troubles with painradiating down both legs down onto my feet. Neverin my life did I ever feel pain like this. I did researchand I am not a big fan of medicine, so I turned my completeattention to Yoga and the differe... Read more
Working nights and getting home late, I sometimes find it hard to sleep. I've taken to putting my yoga mat out next to my bed before I go to work. When I get home, instead of sitting on the couch watching TV until I'm tired enough to sleep, I get in... Read more
For three generations, women in my family have had low back problems that required surgery. My great-grandmother and grandmother each suffered a herniated disc; my mom has degenerative disc disease, which has led to four surgeries and years of debili... Read more
For many of us, exercise is the part of the day we look forward to. But for those who struggle with chronic pain, working out isn't enjoyable. It hurts. Knees are particularly vulnerable to pain during exercise (and afterwards). There... Read more
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