I struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety in my teens and early 20s. It was in the middle one of those battles, during my junior year of college, that I discovered yoga. A friend saw a flier for an eight-week yoga session at the campus rec cen... Read more
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
Most of us give little thought to our stomachs, or any of our internal organs for that matter. We focus primarily on the muscles and bones, rarely paying attention to our organs until they cause pain or discomfort. People suffering from heartburn (GE... 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
Okay so I was poking around my healthy me fitness board on pinterest and I cam across something that I pinned. I decided to click on it and I am glad I did. It has tons of free full length yoga classes. Y'all may know about it already but just in... Read more
I have been debating for a while about whether to take up yoga as a part of my life and being more active. I have plenty of things, activities, and hobbies I enjoy but none really bring a sense of calm, connectivity, and still have energy and activit... Read more
39 I joined this week and read an article on yoga chair exercises. They worked really well for me at work. Now I haven't a clue where on this site they are located or what to look under to find them.... Read more
I am a new yoga teacher!! Loving it :)
Wondering if there are any Yogis out there?
I am a new teacher and also a fairly new yogi. 30
I'm working on practicing daily...
I have about 100 pounds to lose. (yes, i do yoga at 280 pounds. :p there... Read more
Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.... Read more
Have trouble getting down on the floor to do yoga poses (or sit ups, or push ups, etc.)? Or maybe you're like me and struggle to get up when you're done? No problem! You can do a lot of those exercises IN BED until you're strong enough to do them on... 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
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
My Sparkfriend Janet has been having problems with her knees. She was inspired by my blog about how yoga saved my knees.
I've decided to post some pics of the yoga poses which have helped my knees with their flexibility and strength. Although I... Read more
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