It’s too bad our problems don’t stay behind with our shoes when we step into the yoga studio. Too often, we get on the mat feeling overwhelmed with worry or stymied by a relationship conflict or in need of an energy boost. But the right class can leave us feeling clearer, lighter, and refreshed. Credit the stress-busting powers of a good workout? Sure. But the ancient yogis, and many teachers today, would also chalk this up to the unique way that yoga poses and breathwork move blocked prana (life force) through the subtle body.
According to yoga tradition, the subtle body is a part of you that you can’t see or touch—it’s where your energy flows, which is why it’s also referred to as the energy body. There are seven key points in the subtle body that are thought to be vortexes of energy, k...
Skip the trendy workout yoga classes and commit to a high-quality practice.
Most yoga classes are great exercise, but to say yoga is only a workout is like saying music is only a sound.
Do you stare at the clock during your workout waiting for it to end? Or maybe you space out, staring glossy-eyed at a big-screen television while you step, run or elliptical your evening away. Exercise trends such as Zumba, Tae Bo, Jazzercise, P90X and Insanity come and go. Many styles of yoga fall into this category of providing a “quick fix” because they eliminate details and the depth of a thorough yoga practice. A workout style of yoga is a popular entry point for students. However, it often leaves them unsatisfied, injured and seeking more. Rather than chase instant gratification and a temporary sol...
There are a few essential principles to keep in mind to maximize the benefits of yoga. Follow them to get better at your practice and stick longer with yoga.
1. Keep The Commitment
Being Committed to Regular Practice Will Help you Get Better Results
It takes a lot of discipline to stick to yoga practice. A good way to be consistent is to choose a designated place and time for your practice – preferably a quiet area where there is solitude and peace. Once you commence your daily practice of yoga, give yourself some time to get used to it. Don't be too harsh on yourself. It may take more than a month for you to get used to a regular practice. Remember, it’s important that you feel good and enjoy your yoga session.
2. Focus On Your Breath
Focusing on Your Breath will Help Ensure Unity of Bod...
We all do it from time to time. Sleep in on days off. Pull an all-nighter, then head to work after just a few hours’ sleep. Catch an afternoon nap to make up for lost shut-eye. Load up on coffee or soda to fight drowsiness.
But if these patterns become habitual, they could be a sign of more serious problems and/or put your health at risk, experts say.
“Sleep quality and duration should be considered a vital sign, as they are strong indicators of overall health and quality of life,” says Kristen Knutson, with the National Sleep Foundation.
“Extremely long or short sleep durations are associated with more specific [health] conditions.
“Understanding the importance of sleep and taking a proactive approach to bed times can help everyone improve their sleep … Taking control of your sleep is...
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It takes an act of courage for most people to consider getting psychotherapy, especially when they see portrayals of it on television or in movies. Sometimes it seems mysterious and confusing. People often have concerns:
How will therapy help me?
Will I have to commit to a long course of expensive treatment?
Should I take medication instead?
Will my therapist judge me or try to control me?
Will I have to talk about childhood issues?
Will I have to expose my vulnerabilities?
A new study shows that your grandmother was right all along.
There are certain steps you can take, like getting the proper amount of sleep, to minimize your sick days this year.
A new study confirms what our grandmothers have been telling us for a long time: The less sleep you get, the more likely it is that you'll get sick.
The study, published by the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (in a journal conveniently named SLEEP) shows that people who get six hours of sleep per night or more were less susceptible to the cold virus.
Thirty-nine percent of the study’s 164 participants who slept less than six hours caught a cold, compared to only 18 percent of those who slept six hours or more, Aric Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry at University of...
Use of the meditation - based practice to relieve stress is growing at work, home and school.
Sept. 24, 2015 -- In the cavernous gymnasium at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, dozens of third, fourth, and fifth-graders sit on yoga mats -- legs crossed, eyes closed, palms loosely open and facing upward on their knees.
At the front of the room, a young man guides them through a series of breathing exercises, yoga poses, and meditation. The program’s goal: to show students how to focus better, control anger, and ease stress.
Called the “Holistic Me After-School Program,” it was developed by brothers Ali and Atman Smith and their colleague Andres Gonzalez. Their Holistic Life Foundation has been bringing mindfulness education to the schoolch...
Doctors say 16 year-old's kidney infection caused by drinking three cups of green tea every day for three months in a bid to lose weight.
The girl ordered two boxes of 100 teabags online, and most of the ingredients were written in Chinese.
It is the drink of choice for the health-conscious, but doctors have warned of the hidden dangers of green tea after a teenage girl who drank three cups a day for three months contracted acute hepatitis.
The 16-year-old complained to her GP of dizziness, nausea, stomach and joint pains. The doctor initially thought she had a urinary tract infection and she was sent home with antibiotics.
Two days later her symptoms had worsened and she went to the A&E department of Birmingham University Hospital.
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of a number of celebrities who...
Focusing on early childhood health is our best defense against the obesity epidemic.
Obesity rates in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah are on the rise, while rates in other states are holding steady, according to a new report on the state of obesity in America from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The report paid particular attention to children's health, noting that it's easier to prevent obesity than to fight it in adults. Early childhood habits like eating well and being physically active are especially important.
As it stands, five percent of children are severely obese by ages six to 11, with the number of obese adults soaring to 30 percent among 20- to 39-year-olds and almost 40 percent among 40- to 59-year-olds.
You may know that your genetic makeup, what you eat, how often you exercise -- and even stress -- affect your weight and health. But, did you know that how much sleep you get -- too much or too little -- also can affect body weight and health? If you're trying to slim down or even maintain your weight, getting your zzzz's is just as important as hitting the gym.
National Sleep Foundation Recommendations
The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults and kids get the following amount of sleep:
Newborns -- 14 to 17 hours
Infants -- 12 to 15 hours
Toddlers -- 11 to 14 hours
Preschoolers -- 10 to 13 hours
School age -- 9 to 11 hours
Teens -- 8 to 10 hours
Young adults -- 7 to 9 hours
Adults -- 7 to 9 hours
Older Adults 65+ -- 7 to 8 hours
However, most Americans aren't getting enough sleep,...