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
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
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
Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it's become increasingly popular in recent years and has undergone quite the makeover. There are intense, sweaty styles of yoga that make the muscles of even the fitness people tremble; there... Read more
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many of these people rely on medication to fall asleep, but research shows that relaxation and meditation exercises can... Read more
My first day using Spark People.
My sister's been trying to get me to do this for years.
I'm not confident in my ability to remain consistent.
I did a lot of things today that I wouldn't have gotten done if I wasn't working on setting... Read more
I recently discovered Tai Chi and really like it. I am older, out of shape, and the first day I started I felt so invigorated, and truly, I believe I felt my circulation kick into gear. A friend also gave me a book called a morning cup of Yoga. Ni... Read more
I am looking for a great yoga DVD for beginners. I am completely new to yoga and I would like one that has great explanation so I do the moves correctly. I want to improve my flexibility and have heard yoga is the best way to accomplish that. Does... Read more
Has anyone had a yoga instructor that bad mouths other activities? Or is well... just negative...
I was in a class yesterday at a studio I have attended for almost 2 years. The teacher made a statement he didn't want students telling other... 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
I've seen Jillian Michaels on TV, and I've tried her infamous "30-Day Shred" with co-workers. She lives up to her reputation as TV's toughest trainer. It seems like there's no workout Jillian hasn't tried. She's a jill of all trades in the gym.
On... Read more
It happened one night during a quiet class, the thing I feared most in the practice. I twisted myself into Marichyasana D on the right side, and… tweet. I passed gas, and it was audible (but not smelly, thank goodness!). I was embarrassed but... Read more
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