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YOGA BENEFITS: YOGA STRENGTHENS THE BODY

Yogawoman - Thursday, August 15, 2013
by Tari Prinster What defines a strong body? Is it having sexy, toned muscles, or is it the ability to walk to your 8th floor apartment carrying 30 lbs. of groceries? Some people choose to build a strong body with weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise in the gym, but not with yoga. The physics of strength building is based on .....Read On...

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body) By Melanie Klein

Yogawoman - Tuesday, December 04, 2012
For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained about their “flaws” .....Read On...

The Changing Face of Yoga by Alice G Walton

Yogawoman - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Yoga has gained a pretty good foothold in the U.S. in recent years, so it’s not surprising that it’s undergone some scrutiny. In reality, this is probably a good thing (as long as it’s constructive), since it helps keep yoga on its toes. Most of the women I talked to for the last post agreed that yoga had to transform itself fairl .....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...

A Beginners Journal: YOGA & MEDITATION

Yogawoman - Monday, November 07, 2011
By Anita Quigley Atherton I have been threatening to do Yoga for around 15 years and now, finally, am about to start. No more excuses. Believe me, there have been plenty. At 35 years of age, my well of excuses has dried up so it’s time to “feel the fear and do it anyway” to walk the talk and see what all the hoopla is ab .....Read On...

Feeling comfortable in your own skin

Yogawoman - Thursday, February 17, 2011
I think one of the main benefits of yoga is being more at home in our own skin. Whether we’re a large person or very slight and through the seasons of our lives, this body is our particular garden to take care of. Then we start to have more respect and therefore more embodied dignity in the body. Rather than treating it like an object  .....Read On...