The Yoga of Co-Regulation: Group Yoga Class Benefits

Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
Young yoga students relaxing and talking after yoga class.

Do you enjoy socializing with yoga? Could group yoga class benefits include feeling better simply through social connection? Picture the following situation. You enter your favorite yoga studio. It’s serene, familiar, and comforting. You share pleasantries with the front desk attendant as you check in and with fellow yogis as you settle into class while you roll out your mat and set up your props. 

Restorative Child's Pose or Restorative Balasana Pose.

Yoga for Times of Change: Nina Zolotow Shares Wisdom

YogaUOnline : Tell us a little bit about your yoga background for readers who might not be familiar with your work. Nina : I’ve been seriously practicing Iyengar-style yoga for over 25 years, and I’m a... Read more
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4 Ways to Prevent Anxiety with Yoga

Yoga practice offers plenty of ways to reduce anxiety—restorative, meditation, certain breathing practices—and there’s lots of information available. I realized lately that for people who tend to have anxiety... Read more
Restorative Shoulder Release prop set up.

Restorative Shoulder Release Pose: All-Over Ease

Restorative Shoulder Release Pose uses gravity to help relieve upper back, neck, and shoulder tension. Lying on the belly, you cross your arms and use the weight of your chin on your arms to release shoulder... Read more
senior woman in lotus position meditating with closed eyes at home while sitting on yoga mat

Exhale: Breathing for Vagal Tone

If you are a shallow breather, chances are you hold a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders. Chest breathing is short and located mainly in the chest and upper back. This means you are not benefitting from... Read more
Legs Up the Wall Pose in yoga practice

Mindfulness and Yoga in Stressful Times

What a time to be alive. In addition to personal and family issues needing attention, there’s the war, school shootings, inflation, climate change, and a will-it-never-end pandemic to contend with. This is why... Read more
Rear view of young woman practicing yoga's Lotus Pose with namaste hands in dark room

Practice Embodiment for Trauma Recovery

Embodiment is an active process of self-discovery that you renew and strengthen by repeatedly attending to your sensations, emotions, and instinctual movement impulses. Mindful body-awareness practices help... Read more
woman in orange clothes meditates indoor, holds hands in mudra gesture

What's the Difference Between Working Out Your Core and Having a Core that Works?

When it comes to figuring out how to build a stronger core, most people tend to think it begins and ends with strengthening the abdominal muscles. But there’s much more to the core than that. Yes, it’s a multi... Read more
Instant Maui is a comfortable supported restorative pose.

Take a Mini-Vacation in Instant Maui Pose

Instant Maui is just what the name implies—a little slice of paradise. It’s the perfect pose to practice when you need a little break from life. It’s a great way to stop time, recharge your batteries, and... Read more
Young African American doctor woman relaxing and smiling with eyes closed doing meditation and mudra

The Chronic Pain of Our Healthcare System

Pretty much everywhere in the world, we’ve watched our healthcare systems struggle under the crushing weight of the pandemic. Sure, it’s important to applaud the heroic efforts of healthcare workers and cheer... Read more
Image depicts eye movements and the calming affect they can have on the vagus nerve

The Vagus Nerve and Eye Movements: Tools for Trauma Recovery

It is often said that the eyes are a window to your soul. Indeed, your eyes provide great insight into how you are feeling. When we are stressed we tend to furrow our brows, contracting the muscles around our... Read more