I used to have a rather complicated relationship with my paternal grandmother. When I was little she had a looming presence in my life, often shaming me for the smallest of real and perceived indiscretions. I grew up with this uneasy feeling that I should always be ashamed of myself for something, but it never came up to the level of conscious examination.

Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success - A Book Review

Chronic stress. We know it’s not good for us. Long-term high levels of stress have been shown to increase the risks of heart disease, systemic inflammation, autoimmune dysfunction, digestive disorders, as well... Read more

Troubled by the Times? Four Relaxing Poses to Soothe Your Heart and Soul

No matter where you lie on the political spectrum, current socio-cultural forces can leave you feeling unsettled and unsure of what to expect. Though the world around us has been changing with rapid... Read more

Yoga Boosts Cardiovascular Fitness and Psychological Health Study Shows

There has been an ongoing debate regarding yoga’s ability to improve cardiovascular and physical fitness. A new study suggests that, for sedentary college students, regular Vinyasa yoga practice may boost both fitness and mental health, and reduce stress. Read more

Looking for Ways to Cope with Anxiety? How Yoga May Help

In today’s hyper-competitive world, stress and competition in all facets of life have overtaken contentment and happiness, resulting in a myriad of health issues, all of which have alienated us from our own... Read more

What Your Body Tells You Can Protect You From Stress, Study Suggests

Interoception refers to the capacity to accurately detect and interpret bodily cues. Some of these cues are obvious, such as when you accidentally touch a hot surface. But interoception also involves being... Read more

How Can Yoga Help Ease Mood Swings, Anxiety and Depression? An Interview with Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is a renowned yoga instructor, and co-author with Patricia Walden of “The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness.” Linda was managing editor of Yoga Journal for numerous... Read more

New Study Shows Yoga Offers Cumulative Benefits for Depression

Compelling research continues to mount showing the positive effects of yoga on depression. A new, randomized controlled study suggests that weekly hatha yoga classes could improve depression symptoms by over... Read more

New Study Finds Reduced Stress and Trauma in Prisoners Practicing Transcendental Meditation

A new randomized controlled study on 22 female prisoners, published in The Permanente Journal , found that prisoners practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique for four months had significant... Read more

Yoga Relieves Symptoms and BioMarkers of Depression New Study Shows

Depression affects 17 million American adults each year, and is the most significant mental health risk for women. New research shows that yoga may help to alter several symptoms and biomarkers of depression. Read more

Does Yoga Help You Adapt Better to Stress? Charting Yoga's Effects on Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability is increasingly acknowledged as a health variable that can offer insights into how healthy you are and how well you deal with stress. Learn more about this important biomarker and... Read more