Unlike many other physical activities that can be hard on your body, Yoga is a great choice that can make a positive difference in your physical and mental health, plus your spiritual and social well-being.

Yoga can help improve flexibility and ease some of the stress from your daily life. Yoga also been associated with increased longevity, lower anxiety, improved memory and improved athletic performance.

- Day to day, your spine might seem like it’s in pretty good shape. You might not notice anything during your workout classes or work day that would make you think otherwise. But all that hunching can really take a toll—whether it’s sitting at your laptop or watching videos on your phone—and it might be affecting your mobility more than you realize . A simple spine mobility test can tell you where you stand, so to speak. Physical therapist Joe Gambino , DPT, says a "healthy spine is a spine that moves," and he recently shared two spine mobility exercises that will let you feel how ... [Read More]

- Here’s a ‘Juicy’ Hip-Opening Yoga Flow—Because We Could All Use One Right Now When I first started going to yoga classes with my mom back in high school, she always embarrassed me by asking the instructor, "Please! Can we do a few moves for my aching hips ?" Now that I’m a member of the deskwork club, I totally understand where she was coming from ( sitting all day does not make for happy hip flexors). Clearly, Alicia Ferguson , co-founder of Brooklyn Yoga Club, feels the same way. On this week’s installment of Well+Good’s Trainer of the Month Club , she teaches a "juicy, ... [Read More]

- burning calories for the remainder of the day? It’s a great way to kick start your metabolism. Are you hoping to boost your metabolism and create lean muscle? If your answer is yes, then Pilates is for you. You will learn body awareness and notice a difference from "before" to "after". Looking for an alternative strength training and yoga ? Keep reading to discover five amazingly simple Pilates exercises to do at home for beginners. The Mermaid Work out the sides of your body with this exercise. Sit like a mermaid with your legs folded to one side to begin. Put the opposite hand up and ... [Read More]

- ‘I’m a Physical Therapist, and This Is the Most Common Mistake People Make When Exercising’ Generally speaking, working out is good for your health. But as a physical therapist who works with sports-related injuries, Chad Beauchamp, DPT sees the other side of things: the consequences of what happens when workouts don’t go as planned, and lead to pain and injuries. The most common cause of the lifting injuries he sees? Going too hard when weight training . Dr. Beauchamp says that a lot of people who attempt super-challenging exercises for "the cool factor" wind up in his office. ... [Read More]

- Meditation is intended to bring peace and clarity to the people who practice it. For the anxious mind, though, meditation can often become a time to ruminate on negative thoughts. To overcome this meditation hurdle and actually leave feeling happier, a new Mindfulness journal study recommends starting with a loving-kindness practice . Why loving-kindness meditations?  Loving-kindness meditations (LKM) stem from one of the four immeasurable meditations in Buddhism , along with compassion meditations (CM), appreciative joy meditations, and equanimity meditations. The overall goal of each ... [Read More]

- The Absolute Best Stress-Busting Yoga Moves Are Restorative Forward Folds Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, stepping onto your yoga mat for a flow is an A-plus way to get re-centered. Yoga is probably the most de-stressing fitness modality out there, since it literally slows your brain waves and helps you to focus on your breath. There’s one category of yoga poses that work like a fast-forward button to achieve this, however, and yoga pros are explaining why forward fold benefits are worth tapping into for extra-stressful times. You know how, as a child, you would hug your ... [Read More]

- Yoga can be a source of deep healing. It can also cause injuries or irritate existing sore areas, especially related to back, knee, shoulder, and wrist pain. We asked some of the world's leading yoga teachers how to practice safely—now, and for years to come. If you’ve ever experienced an energetic release in a deep hip or heart opener or have felt invigorated by a few Sun Salutations , you can attest to the feel-good power of yoga. But other times, your practice may involve uncomfortable postures. These have benefits, too. They help you learn about yourself and your resistance—whether ... [Read More]

- This Boat Pose Variation Will Fire Up Your Core & Obliques In Minutes From better posture to better digestion , having a strong core can improve many areas of your overall health. But if you're getting tired of the same old crunches and planks in your abs routine, consider adding a unique boat pose variation to your workout. Boat pose alone is a great move for your core, and this version adds a side crunch component, to fire up your lower abs and obliques , too. Here's how to do it correctly and effectively, demonstrated by mbg staffer and certified yoga instructor, Amanda Quadrini . How to ... [Read More]

- This ancient practice is quick and easy to do — and could boost your well-being It’s safe to say many of us are under more stress than usual these days. And sure, you’d love to do something to lower your stress and improve your health. But who has time for that? Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Actually, if you have 10 minutes a day, you have enough time to do qigong. This ancient Chinese practice can reduce stress and help your body function at ... [Read More]

- If You Suffer From Achy, Tight Hips, Get Instant Relief With This 10-Minute Yoga Video Have your hips felt tighter and more achy lately? Yoga instructor Bria Hamlet shared this 10-minute video on her YouTube channel to open your tight hips. This sequence is perfect for a beginner or an intermediate yogi as it's slow-paced and focuses on holding poses to get a deeper stretch. The video includes moves such as hip circles, Child's Pose, and Downward Facing Dog. As a bonus, this yoga flow is relaxing, so it can also help relieve stress and induce a sense of calm. Hamlet told POPSUGAR, "I ... [Read More]


- 5 Stress-Reducing Yoga Poses (and Why They Help) 15 minutes is all you need to ease angst today — and help you achieve a more peaceful, relaxed state of mind and build resilience for the long term. Yoga has long been touted for its stress -busting benefits. And research, indeed, backs up that claim. Studies show that yoga can help improve mental health, increase feelings of relaxation, and reduce irritability among people who practice it. The mind-body practice helps regulate the stress response , which triggers physiological changes in the body, like lowering blood pressure , decreasing ... [Read More]

- It’s month your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine of quarantine , and if your body is feeling a bit stuck and stagnant, you’re not alone. The current reality might require you to maneuver yourself into different positions (WFB: working from bed , for instance) or you might simply not be getting as much natural movement as you were used to BC (before COVID-19). Whatever the sitch: There are ways to wring out your body and get yourself unstuck from those feels, particularly with twisting yoga poses. For this week’s edition of Well+Good’s Trainer of the Month Club, Paris Alexandra  and  Alicia ... [Read More]