Breathing has many benefits. For one, it keeps you alive!

In addition to circulating oxygen to all parts of the body, however, deep, diaphragmatic breathing has numerous other important benefits. It helps facilitate parasympathetic functioning, which induces deep relaxation and helps you let go of stress. In addition, the deep rhytmic movement of the diaphragm stimulates lymphatic function, improves digestion, and helps with the detoxification of the body. Deep breathing also improves blood flow, reduces chronic inflammation, and increases energy and well-being.

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The 5 Koshas: How to Get Access to Yoga’s Inner Layers

The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more

Empowered Thought: 4 Ways Yoga’s Wisdom Tradition Can Help You Change Your Thinking Patterns

What do you think is the most effective yogic tool for working with the intellectual mind? Is it meditation? Nope. Meditation helps you to observe and focus the mind, but not necessarily change it. To quote my... Read more
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Yoga for Military Veterans with PTSD - Study Highlights Common Research Challenges

New randomized trial of Kripalu yoga for military veterans provides important insights regarding the challenges facing yoga researchers and educators. Read more

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

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

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

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

Yoga for Healthy Aging: How Yoga Helps You Change Habits

Not a day seems to go by that I don’t realize there is some habit I have that I’d love to change. I’m sure that happens to you, too. Fortunately, we have yoga as a great tool for when we want to get serious... Read more