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Musings on Aging and Yoga by Anne O'Brien

Yogawoman - Thursday, November 08, 2012
Teaching my weekly Tuesday class, I was reminded of the sweetness of yoga at any age. Barbara, 82, who never misses a class, was next to my new student Hallie, 22—learning, exploring, enjoying the benefits of practice. Age in many ways is truly just a number for yogis – how fortunate we are to have an embodied practice that helps us .....Read On...

Top Five Yoga Poses to Halt Headaches by Rebecca Bardell

Yogawoman - Thursday, September 06, 2012
Headaches are no fun, and most people get them from time to time. Others get them to an extreme or on a daily basis. While Tylenol or other medications may take away the pain, I am in favor of using yoga poses before turning to pills. Yoga is a great way to halt headaches, and these five poses (asanas) are excellent for stretching the areas, such a .....Read On...

Your Brain on Yoga: How to Kick Bad Habits and Foster Better Ones. Interview with Dr. Timothy McCall

Yogawoman - Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Trying to lose weight? Wanting to get off the couch and onto your bike? Craving a little more R&R? We all have a nagging voice telling us that we need to eat better, lose those extra pounds, get more exercise, feel less stressed. But, as most everyone has also experienced, positive resolves often have the life span of fruit flies. Indeed,  .....Read On...

How Yoga can aid Fertility in this Modern Age By Nadine Richardson

Yogawoman - Friday, August 31, 2012
These days we all know at least one couple on the conception rollercoaster. 1 in 6 Australians suffers with infertility and approximately 1 in 5 Americans. And it’s not only costing us emotionally but financially too. In 1999, the newsletter HealthFacts reported that the treatment of infertility is a $2 billion a year industry in the US alone .....Read On...

Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachers by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.

Yogawoman - Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As an integrated way of life, Yoga includes moral standards (traditionally called “virtues”) that any reasonable human being would find in principle acceptable. Some of these standards, known in Sanskrit as yamas or “disciplines,” are encoded in the first limb of Patanjali’s eightfold path. According to Patanjali&rsquo .....Read On...

Yoga for High Blood Pressure By Marla Apt

Yogawoman - Friday, July 27, 2012
Keeping High Blood Pressure in Check Chances are at least one person in your life – a family member, someone you work with, or a good friend – has high blood pressure and takes one or more pills a day to bring it under control. Why so likely? Because high blood pressure – what doctors call hypertension – affects on .....Read On...

Silence as a Teaching Tool By Brenda K. Plakans

Yogawoman - Thursday, July 26, 2012
Moments of quiet in class are doorways to learning, not empty spaces to be feared. As a teacher, you want to share everything you know about yoga with your students. But when you talk too much during class, you run the risk of ruining your students' opportunity for stillness and introspection. Sometimes the best way to help deepen your student .....Read On...

5 Ways to Get Teenagers Practicing Yoga By Abby Wills

Yogawoman - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
These suggestions come from my experience teaching yoga to teens in schools. The ideas can also be applied to yoga studio or community center settings, as well as other subjects. A funny thing about many teenagers is that they yearn so deeply to be in charge, yet they often rebel against the responsibilities they do have. At the end o .....Read On...

10 Soul-Stirring Sayings from My Mother by Agapi Stassinopoulos

Yogawoman - Monday, June 04, 2012
My mother Elli passed away twelve years ago, but there’s not a single day that I don’t feel her presence with me, especially when I am in festive gatherings where there are people and food involved. She never missed a chance to celebrate life. She was the quintessential caretaker, an earth mother who infused everyone around her with .....Read On...


Yogawoman - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Is it safe to go upside down when you're having your period? Most yoga students are accustomed to hearing their teachers ask whether anyone is menstruating before leading the class into inversions. In many styles of yoga, such as Iyengar, doing inversions during your period is considered strictly verboten. Yet not all teachers consider menst .....Read On...