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Yoga for New Moms by Yoko Yoshikawa

Yogawoman - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Learn to navigate your first year of motherhood. When they say to rest the first week after giving birth and not to carry anything heavier than your baby, they mean it. Forgive me the graphic details, but I could not sit on my butt. I tried to take a walk four days after giving birth—and made it two and a half blocks before I had t .....Read On...

Letting Go Of Perfectionism And Embracing Motherhood by Hala Khouri

Yogawoman - Monday, March 19, 2012
“Would you like a soda or some chips?” the flight attendant asks me with a bright smile framed with pink lipstick. “No, thank you.” I say, proudly displaying my homemade kale salad. What I want to say is, “Oh, I don’t eat that stuff. I haven’t eaten high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil for fi .....Read On...

When Did Self-Care Become Selfish? By Beth Berila

Yogawoman - Monday, February 27, 2012
One of my Women’s Studies students approached me this week, deeply upset. She was agonizing over a decision she had made to cancel a meeting she was supposed to lead so that she could attend a significant professional opportunity. “Did I make the right decision?” she wondered. “I know that this event (which only .....Read On...

Super Girrrll.....

Yogawoman - Sunday, January 29, 2012
By Dr. Beth Berila When I was little, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Linda Carter rocked my world, and I even tried to make her snazzy red white and blue costume out of paper one year for Halloween. (It didn’t work). How many of us, though, have learned that we have to be super woman to be good at our jobs at work and in life? H .....Read On...

Making Babies: How Yoga Poses may help with infertility

Yogawoman - Thursday, December 15, 2011
By Judith Hansen Lasater ( Ten years ago at the end of a yoga class, a young woman walked slowly to the front. She was a little tentative at first, but finally asked if we could talk privately. Even before she spoke, tears welled in her eyes. She wanted to know if there were any poses which could he .....Read On...

Arthritis and Yoga – A personal insight

Yogawoman - Monday, December 12, 2011
by Fiona Anderson I had my first arthritis episode in my early 30s. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, and it can also affect the tissue surrounding the joints. There are multiple types of arthritis, and it seems there are multiple contributing factors rather than a single ‘cause’. I have spondyloarthritis. ‘Spon .....Read On...

Do I Look Fat In This?

Yogawoman - Saturday, December 10, 2011
By Beth Berila, Ph. D “My breasts aren’t big enough. My butt is too big. I don’t like my stomach. Do I look fat in this outfit?” How many women have criticized ourselves like this at some point in our lives? Probably many of us, particularly if we live in Western societies. Here, cultural messages about women’s .....Read On...

From the Inside / Yogagirls becoming Yogawomen

Yogawoman - Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Mary Lynn Fitton. Founder, The Art of Yoga Project It was the day before Thanksgiving at San Mateo County’s Camp Kemp Juvenile detention facility. Holidays are always an especially rough time for girls locked up away from family and friends. At The Art of Yoga Project (AYP), we not only hold yoga and art classes on holidays, we .....Read On...

A Beginner’s Yoga Journal Part 2; My first yoga class

Yogawoman - Monday, November 28, 2011
By Anita Atherton I attended my first Hatha Yoga class last Sunday. I had to shove all of my body, skill and fashion-based fears aside and come to terms with the fact that I am not Gwyneth Paltrow. You know…doe-eyed; rake thin; ultra-cool; effortlessly chic; clad head-to-toe in ‘Stella McCartney for Adidas’ gear; with ma .....Read On...

When Deep Breathing Causes Panic

Yogawoman - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
When Deep Breathing Causes Panic by Sarah Powers I have trouble with my breathing when I'm asked to calm my breath or to observe it. My mind registers exactly the opposite and I start to suffocate. I suffer from panic attacks, and I understand that proper breathing is at the heart of the practice. How do I rid myself of this menta .....Read On...