Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
If you're new to exercise, overweight, or dealing with pain caused by an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, your doctor may have recommended that you start a low-impact workout program. But what does "low impact" really mean&... Read more
When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out.
I know... Read more
My mom used to love aerobics. Back in the '80s, she had an electric blue workout outfit that I liked to wear when I played dress up. She did Jane Fonda's toning tapes in front of the TV, walked (with her Walkman) in the mornings with a fr... Read more
You all probably know how great aerobic activity is for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost mood, lower resting heart rate, and improve heart and lung func... Read more
I just started a beginning yoga class and absolutely love it. But, I am very surprised with my level of soreness! At first I thought my sore muscles were from a tough tennis match, as my yoga class is very mild. We go through a series of poses, the... Read more
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A yogini who calls herself TheZenG, writes:
"I am always the only Black woman in my yoga c... Read more
I have recently begun taking some yoga classes and am finding that I like the more challenging ones best (like Power Flow or Ashtanga). I often feel quite sore (especially in the arms and core, but it varies by which poses we do) after t... Read more
I've just came through some health issues and need to do mild physical therapy. I need more flexibility and something easy on the body right now. I will eventually be able to do regular exercises again but want something in the interim. So I was thin... Read more
Working nights and getting home late, I sometimes find it hard to sleep. I've taken to putting my yoga mat out next to my bed before I go to work. When I get home, instead of sitting on the couch watching TV until I'm tired enough to sleep, I get in... Read more
These days, yoga classes are more popular than ever. The practice is popping up in gyms, schools, and even some stores, not to mention actual yoga studios! With so many varieties offered, how do you know which practice is right for you? Even for a ve... Read more
Life is all about balance. Yoga helps me balance my busy life. It tones and strengthens my body, and it also calms and quiets my mind. I practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, a rigorous and regimented branch of yoga with a long history and an emphasis on... Read more
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