Do you spend your day hunched over a laptop or with your head bent at an unnatural angle while texting or checking email or Facebook updates on your smartphone? If so, pause for a second, sit up straight, and take notice: you may be setting yourself up for chronic neck pain and even spine damage.

Woman practicing yoga salabhasana locust pose.

Baby Backbends: Yoga's Quiet Powerhouse Poses

You won’t see them on Instagram. There are so many other backbends that look way more impressive on a sunset-drenched beach. In fact, they may barely register as backbends when you look at the outer form... Read more
mature yoga woman practicing yoga for healthy aging

Beat The Chronological Clock: 8 Steps Toward Vibrant Aging With Yoga

We like to blame a lot of things on aging: our lack of energy, our stiff joints, and sore muscles, our rounded shoulders, and our expanding waistlines. But are these changes in our body and functioning... Read more
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
older yoga student practicing tadasana mountain pose

Stand Tall: 10 Surprising Ways That Posture Affects Your Health

Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It’s simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as... Read more

Can We Control How We Age? Study Suggests Yoga Practice Can Help Alleviate “Dowager’s Hump”

Can we control how we age? Look in the mirror, and the answer seems to be “yes and no.” We are bound to look older. There’s not a choice when it comes to wrinkles, saggy jaw lines and drooping eyelids, or the... Read more
woman strengthening her core with practicing plank pose, at group yoga class.

Core Strength: How To Get Optimal Stability and Flexibilty in Your Core

What does core strength really mean, and why is it so important? The most common misconception about core strength is that it merely means having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved... 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