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Beautiful inside and out—
Invisible

I gave a little start when those words flashed onto the screen during a presentation by the poet Elizabeth Bradfield. Liz was in the process of describing six-word memoirs, modeled on Hemingway’s heartbreaking story: For sale: Baby shoes. Never used.

The photograph showed a wall from the “6 Words Minneapolis” project, in which city residents were asked to briefly describe themselves. This entry spoke directly to an experience I’d been having of late but hadn’t quite been able to name.

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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
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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

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The Many Health Benefits of Yoga: What Does the Research Say? Part II

According to a comprehensive review of yoga research reviews and meta-analyses published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice , the field of yoga research has grown exponentially in the past 5 years... Read more

Yoga for Women's Health - Restoring Hormonal Balance

Lynn Jensen is a renowned author and yoga teacher, specializing in Yoga for Fertility, and Yoga for Healthy Hormones. She is the founder of the Seattle-based Yoga for Fertility program and she has helped more... Read more

4 Ways Yoga Helps Your Immune System

One of the effective ways you can foster healthy aging is to use yoga to support your immune system. An immune system that is functioning well prevents illness and promotes healing by fighting off common... Read more
A woman in a variation of Camel Pose (Utrasana), practicing yoga to help keep the brain young

Can Yoga Help Keep Your Brain Young? An Interview with Dr. Baxter Bell

Baxter Bell M.D. is a full-time yoga therapist, yoga therapy teacher and frequent presenter at conferences and workshops. He is a board member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, (IAYT), and the... Read more

Women’s Health Postpartum: An Interview with Dr. Ginger Garner

In this interview with Yoga U Online, Dr. Ginger Garner, founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute and author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga , discusses her webinar on common postpartum health issues and the... Read more

5 Reasons Your Immune System Gets Weaker with Age and How Yoga Can Help

Even though I had a flu shot, I still managed to come down with bronchitis last year (I’ve tended to get that since I was young). The fever and reduced ability to breathe was really debilitating. It took... Read more

4 Things You Can Do To Make a Difference: A Message from Seane Corn, Doug Keller, Cyndi Lee, Roger Cole, and Other Leading Yoga Teachers

"There is no difference in souls, only in the ideas about ourselves that we wear.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar As yogis, watching the current election cycle unfold, has been a painful experience. Everything we see in the... Read more