The Mediation App Industry Grows; Snapchat Joins the Bunch

If there’s ever been a moment—at least in this lifetime—when we’ve needed the stress-reducing benefits of meditation, it’s during a global pandemic. Research published in April in the America’s State of Mind Report detailed the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the country’s mental health. According to the report, by mid-March, more than 75 percent of all…

Why Adriene is My COVID-19 Buddy—and Everyone Else’s

I broke my torpor when our refrigerator started making a noise like a baseball card flapping in bike spokes. The repair guy, Todd, was the first visitor we’d had in 27 days. We rejoiced: Somebody new to talk to! Todd arrived in full surgical gear, as if we’d scheduled a gallbladder operation instead of fridge…

This Yoga Sequence Blends Energy Work with Asana

I found Energy Medicine (EM) two decades ago during a particularly dark period in my life. I was reeling from the collapse of my yoga studio and was in the throes of an unhealthy romantic relationship. I’d been practicing and teaching yoga for seven years, but I only had a vague understanding of energy. Even with my…

Are You a Striver? Yoga Can Help You Break Cycles of Overexertion and Stress

The will to perform and make progress has a long and enduring history in white America. When colonizing Europeans first arrived on the American continent, pilgrim communities advocated dutiful and strenuous work, hard labor, and, above all, “good works.” This was a motivating ethic: the more diligent and hardworking people were, the more likely they…

STAYING IN BALANCE WITH AYURVEDA

The warmth and brightness of summer filled with long days, picnics, ice cream, and good reads is a refreshing reward after a chilly winter and spring. But summer also can mean skin eruptions, sweat, and dehydration in hot, humid weather. No wonder it’s so easy to get off-balance. Focusing on solutions like Ayurveda to retain…

What’s the Future of Group Exercise Classes?

During 24 days in February and March, 112 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus in South Korea after participating in or associating with participants in Zumba classes, according to a sobering new epidemiological study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The study, which traces the start of the illness cluster back to a one-day instructor workshop…

Yoga Industry, Could a Universal Teachers’ Union Help Reshape Our Community?

For yoga teachers around the world, their worst case career scenario arrived mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of yoga studios and limited in-person contact for an indefinite period of time. As more than 40 million Americans file for unemployment, many of whom lack health insurance or paid sick leave, there has never been…

Do this yoga asana if you have asthma or any other respiratory disorders

Asthma affects the airways in the body which causes difficulty in breathing. Inflammation of the air passages makes them narrow which causes asthma symptoms like whistling noise with breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Some of the most common factors that aggravate asthma include dust, mites, pollen, smoke, pollution, weather changes, cold & cough…

4 yoga poses to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Various studies have shown that yoga and meditation can help reduce the risk of several diseases – physical as well as mental. With specific, breathing techniques, body movements and alignment of organs, yoga can help achieve overall wellbeing of the body and shield against a number of diseases. The risk of dreaded diseases like  Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia,…