Female yoga student practicing seated forward bend (paschimottanasana) with yoga bolster for support.

Chances are at least one person in your life—a family member, someone you work with, or a good friend—has high blood pressure and takes one or more pills a day to bring it under control. Why so likely? Because high blood pressure—what doctors call hypertension—affects one in three adults in the United States. 

Yoga woman chest shoulders Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Chest and Shoulder Relief: Yoga for Your “Computer Body”

Do you ever find yourself hunched over your keyboard, shoulders up around your ears and a dull ache taking hold in your upper back? Yeah, me too. That’s why this simple chest opening is one of my favorite five... Read more
Woman practicing yoga, warrior I with chair

Take a 5-Minute Recess: 3 Yoga Poses to Reduce the Negative Effects of Sitting

There are several ways you can counteract the adverse effects of sitting. First, examine the way you sit and notice if the chair you sit in is hurting you or helping. Second, learn to take a five-minute-stand-... Read more
woman practicing yoga outside with upright posture with Chin Mudra Hands

Posture and Personality: How Changing Your Posture Can Change Your Perspective

We like to blame our posture on our genetics, on job stress, or long hours spent at the computer. But did you know that our posture can be primarily determined by our personality? Our posture, facial... Read more
drawing showing the spine in forward head posture and hyperkyphosis

Yoga for Posture Improvement: Hyperkyphosis Carries Similar Risks as Osteoporosis, Research Finds

If you're over 40, or spend a lot of time hunched over your cell phone or computer, chances are that your posture is starting to look increasingly like the person in the image above. We all know that poor... Read more

How Well Are You Aging? An Easy Test of Health and Longevity - Explorations in Spatial Medicine I

How healthy is your body? And, how well are you aging? The more we know about the health of our body and early warning signs of breakdown or distress, the more we are able to take steps to prevent or... Read more
yoga for posture

Yoga to Realign Your Spine: Tackling the Dreaded Dowager’s Hump

Hyperkyphosis and its resultant bent-over posture are often associated with older women (although men get them too). Since the word dowager is a technical term for a “dignified elderly woman,” it began to be... Read more
yoga for osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis - Focus on Fracture Prevention

Can yoga reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures by reducing fall risk? Indeed, a growing body of research shows that yoga can improve balance. Now, a new study finds that practicing yoga can also reduce the... Read more
yoga for safe hips

Practicing Yoga Safely: How to Protect Yourself from Hip Injuries

Are people with certain variations in hip structure at higher risk for yoga injuries to the hip? In this interview with YogaUOnline, Dr. Ginger Garner, P.T. and author of Medical Yoga Therapy, talks about why yoga asanas, the way they are commonly practiced, might not be suitable for some people, particularly women who have different pelvic structures. Ginger further discusses how we can spot people at risk for injuries, and what we can learn from science about developing yoga teaching methodology that honors the variations in people’s bodies. Read more

Book Review: Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being

Western culture is so continuously bombarded with negative messages about aging that most of us hardly notice it. It is widely accepted that if you’re moving into your middle years—or especially your elder... Read more

Yoga, Osteoporosis & Vertebral Fracture Risk: Pros & Cons of Twisting Yoga Postures

Osteoporotic fractures become a significant health concern as people get older. In fact, the risk of incurring an osteoporotic fracture of the hip or wrist as well as vertebral fractures is on par with the... Read more