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 it's true that "pain is weakness leaving the body," a lot of us must be pretty darn strong by now. For many, some degree of discomfort is an unfortunate fact of life. According to data from the 2012 National Health Interview... Read more
When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A... Read more
For two years I was a sex-ed teacher. One of my favorite subjects to teach was puberty, which required me to ever-so-gingerly reveal the story of the birds and the bees to a room full of red-faced fourth graders. Over the course of three days, I&rsqu... Read more
What is it about traveling that makes us forget the word "exercise" exists and believe calories magically don't count? No matter if it's a work trip, a beach getaway or an international adventure, the minute you pull into that hotel... Read more
day and do yoga or zumba or something more fun. I think I'm burning between 200 and 400 a day those 5 big days and another 100 or so on my bonus day. so total at least a thousand a week but up two 2000.... Read more
Ridiculous impulse buy--electronic yoga pants that take your measurements and locate the perfect pair of jeans for you. I can't believe I bought them, but I'm pretty stoked I don't have to fumble around with measuring tape. Jeans part an added bonus... Read more
CautionsWhile yoga is right for just about anyone, there are some medical conditions that may limit what you can do. "Yoga practice often includes back bends and forward bends, so if you currently have an acute back injury, some positions might aggr... Read more
New to yoga? Try these basic yoga poses to get stronger and more flexible. Mountain Pose Stand tall with feet together, shoulders relaxed, weight evenly distributed through your soles, arms at sides. Take a deep breath and raise your hands o... Read more
For years celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston have attributed their lean physiques and flexibility to yoga, an activity that has been practiced for thousands of years. Even SparkPeople's own dailySpark.com editor, Stepfanie... Read more
Just before bed, do a few gentle yoga poses: Hold bridge pose for 30 seconds. Alternate between cat and cow 10 times before relaxing in child's pose for 3 minutes. Get into child's pose- or any other. A little yoga goes a long way toward restful slee... Read more
Today's Yoga Pose - as put out there in the One Minute Yoga group at SparkPeople - Reclining Bound Angle Pose, or Supta Baddha Konasana. It feels nice to do some yoga again. I was feeling rather stupid and awkward.
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