Complexion Connection: Yoga Poses For Glowing Skin

Like many people, I struggled with skin problems such as acne and dullness for years. And, like many of us, I searched far and wide for skincare solutions, splurging on all sorts of potions, lotions, and promises. Frustrated with lackluster results that felt temporary and surface-level at best, I eventually decided to focus on a…

Find Your Match Among the Many Types of Yoga

As studies continue to reveal yoga’s many health benefits, this centuries-old Eastern philosophy is fast becoming the new fitness soul mate for workout enthusiasts. Contemporary devotees range from high-powered execs trying to keep hearts beating on a healthy note to image-conscious Hollywood stars striving for sleek physiques. Even prominent athletes are adding yoga to their…

How Often Should You Practice Yoga?

If a student wants to become a serious yogi, the first question I ask is: “Do you have a yoga teacher?” I don’t think we can have a “serious” practice if we’re hopping around from teacher to teacher without any consistent direction. We all need a teacher who will get to know our individual circumstances,…

Target Your Obliques With These 3 Yoga Poses

When we think of our cores, our obliques aren’t typically the first set of muscles that spring to mind—rectus abdominus, aka six-pack, I’m looking at you. However, your obliques muscles are key in many yoga postures and daily life moves. After all, they stabilize your spine when you rotate your torso and pelvis. Located on…

Foundation Awards Funds to Yoga Teachers in Marginalized Communities

The Yoga Alliance Foundation is introducing a second phase to their emergency fund for yoga teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the “Eka Recovery Fund,” its pilot program, Teaching for Equity—in partnership with the nonprofit Ivy Child International—will place stipends directly in the hands of yoga teachers around the world, who are bringing yoga to…

A Sequence for Holding Steady When Things Feel Uncertain

I never expected to learn about emotional stability from chickens. Yet when our family welcomed three hens a few months ago, it amazed me how quickly they settled into a regular routine. Every morning at 6:30 when my husband opens the door to their coop, there they are, waiting expectantly to hop outside. At 10…

Want to Pay Less for Yoga? There’s An App for That

In late October, Insight Timer, a popular app that boasts the world’s largest library of free guided meditations from renowned speakers, teachers, and authors such as the Dalai Lama, Tara Brach, and Elizabeth Gilbert, launched Insight Yoga, a pay-by-donation livestream yoga platform for a modest audience of 18 million. In its six-year history, the app has grown…

4 Ways to Adapt Standing Forward Bend to Your Body and Needs

In this asana column, we start with the traditional form and alignment of a pose, and then offer three adaptations, to help any body access the benefits of the posture and move safely through sequences and stretches. Here, four ways to find the physical and emotional benefits of High Lunge.   Christopher Dougherty Uttanasana (Standing…

Yoga for Stress: Cyndi Lee’s Top 5 Suggestions for Relief

These simple poses will settle your nerves and erase stress. Try it in the comfort of your own home. 1. Sense Withdrawal (Pratyahara) The fifth limb of Patanjali‘s classic eightfold path of yoga, this practice teaches you how to cultivate a sense of calm even in the midst of overstimulating situations. Sit in a comfortable position and close…

Wind Down Before Your Evening Tea with This Sequence

Start a new evening tea time ritual. Wind down at the end of long day with this simple sequence that will help you transition from day to evening. Raised Leg with Arm Pumps (Part 1) Laying flat on your back, raise the right leg to a 90-degree angle. While holding this posture, begin raising both arms…