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.

Prenatal Yoga Practice: Tending to Your Physical, Mental and Emotional Energy

Among the awe-inspiring things about pregnancy are the ways a woman’s body morphs to accommodate her growing baby. Consider the fact that her skin can stretch over her growing belly, that her abdominal muscles... Read more
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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 Kids: 6 Ways Yoga Can Keep Your Kids Fit and Healthy

You probably already know that yoga is a healthy activity for adults, but have you ever considered introducing it to your kids? Many adults tend to shy away from yoga as an appropriate activity for children,... Read more
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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

The Power of Lifestyle Medicine: Can A Multimodal Approach Slow or Reverse Alzheimer’s?

Most yoga practitioners will remember the revolutionary findings of Dr. Dean Ornish back in the early 1990s, when he first was able to document that a program of yoga and healthy lifestyle measures had proven... Read more

Yoga and Yoga Therapy in the Wellness Revolution — Tapping Into Vast New Teaching Opportunities

The role of yoga and yoga therapy in the wellness revolution has received little attention in the ongoing discussion about how to best develop a yoga therapy profession. Much discussion has centered on how... Read more

A Hidden Key to Healing: The Power of Daily Habits to Foster Health and Balance

Is Ayurveda the original form of lifestyle medicine? In this interview, renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar talks about why our daily habits have tremendous healing power, and how we can harness... Read more

4 Yogic Tips to Make your New Year's Resolutions Stick

It's the start of a new year, and that means new New Year resolutions! In this article, YogaUOnline teacher Kristine Kaoverii Weber, founder of Subtle Yoga, offers some great tips and action steps to help us... Read more

Playtime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Toddlers

As a teacher of “Toddler and Me Yoga,” a class designed for children aged 12 to 36 months, I’m often asked, “How can you possibly expect to teach yoga for that age range?” The questions usually continue with... Read more

Healthy You, Healthy Baby: 5 Best Practices for Yoga and Exercise During Pregnancy

I’ll be honest. I’m writing this as much for myself as I am for you. You see, as a women’s health specialist, I have preached the benefits of yoga and exercise during pregnancy for years. I’ve taught classes... Read more