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.

- The meaning of Hero’s pose (& Reclined) How ? Come sit with your knees touching and your feet a little bit wider than your hips.  Take time to note that the feet are directed straight back, not curling in or turning outwards.  Place your fingers into the crease of the knees and press the flesh of your thighs down, making space between the bones of your shins and the thigh bone.  As you make space with your hands, gently sit your bum in-between your feet, making sure that your feet don’t change.  Pull the flesh of your bum out so that you are really sitting on your sit bones.  Placing ... [Read More]

- Between general poor posture and the dreaded "tech neck" many of us experience neck and shoulder pain, eye strain, and tension headaches—especially at the end of a work day . Thankfully, if your posture could use some work, or you simply want to alleviate some of that tension, neck stretches are always at your disposal. Here's how to do a basic neck release stretch, demonstrated by certified personal trainer, Danielle Gray . Neck release stretch Start in a standing position, with your feet together. (Think Mountain pose: Weight should be evenly distributed on all four corners of your feet, ... [Read More]

- Walking ,  meditation  and  yoga  are healthy lifestyle choices that positively impact your overall fitness and  mental well-being . Instead of trying to fit too many hobbies into a busy schedule, you can combine these three practices — into what’s known as yoga breathwalking — to save time and lose weight  while having fun. Here’s what you need to know about the basics of yoga breathwalking and how it can help calm your mind and reduce stress while you  shed pounds . HOW IT WORKS The goal of yoga breathwalking is to  synchronize your breathing  with your stride during  ... [Read More]

- Strengthen Your Spine & Your Core With Mermaid Pose If you're seeking an advanced yoga pose that strengthens not only your spine but also your core and glutes, look no further than mermaid pose. This challenging backbend is a variation of pigeon pose , with an even deeper backbend and extra focus on the glutes and hamstrings. Here's how to do it, plus why it's so good for you, as demonstrated by certified yoga instructor Pilin Anice . How to do mermaid pose ( Eka Pada Rajakapotasana ). Beginning in tabletop, slide your right leg forward with a flexed foot, dropping your knee by your right ... [Read More]

- Think you don't have time for a workout? Join Stephanie Mansour for a five-part series of quick strength workouts and start feeling better, five minutes at a time. This is Part V. (CNN) If you suffer from knee pain like one-quarter of adults in the United States, according to research , you may feel weak, debilitated and even worse off from being more sedentary since the pandemic. Perhaps you feel pain in your knee joints when you stand up or walk, or maybe it's something like patellofemoral pain — pain in the front of the knee and kneecap. Strengthening the muscles of the lower body, like ... [Read More]


- This 30-Minute Stress-Relieving Video Combines Breathwork and Low-to-the-Ground Stretches Stress can build up in your mind and in your body — and RYT 500 yoga teacher Koya Webb shared a half-hour session incorporating breathwork and yoga in order to help you alleviate that tension. At the top of the video, she walks you through what she calls "eye yoga," a stress-relieving technique that she used to do growing up. This, she said, is especially useful if you've been staring at your phone and computer screen a lot lately. As the video continues, Webb demonstrates a breathing sequence through ... [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]


- 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 qi gong. This ancient Chinese practice can reduce stress and help your body function ... [Read More]

- Snake Pose Belongs at the Beginning of Your Yoga Flow — Here’s Why I always warm up for my morning yoga flows with Snake Pose. There is no rhyme or reason why it's the first move I gravitate to every day, other than it just feels right — and experts confirm I was right to listen to my body. You may have heard of Snake Pose (known as Sarpasana in Sanskrit) before, but know that the move is often confused with the very popular Cobra Pose (aka Bhujangasana in Sanskrit). Although the poses are different, certified yoga instructor David Richards explains that in modern yoga practices, Snake ... [Read More]


- Some of the most elusive poses in yoga are inversions, asanas that place your heart above your head. And while more advanced moves like wheel and headstand fall into this category, so do many other beginner-friendly poses. The hardest part is knowing where to start—and how to stay safe. In the latest episode of  Good Moves ,  Nike master trainer Traci Copeland leads a 20-minute flow with inversions meant for beginners. "I’m going to take you through some of the more classical inversion poses like headstand, handstand, crow pose. But inversions don’t always necessarily mean going ... [Read More]

- Whether you’re a yoga newbie or pro, it’s never a bad idea to get back to basics. You don’t have to do extreme yoga poses to experience the benefits. And more advanced poses can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. Nike master trainer Traci Copeland is here to break it down with some simple yoga trip for beginners. "If you’re just starting out to yoga and don’t know a lot of those fancy poses, I’m going to walk you through just some of the basics, some of the more classical and traditional yoga poses in a vinyasa flow class," says Copeland. In the latest installment ... [Read More]

- (CNN) With so many new anxieties in the world today, achieving a healthy frame of mind can seem more challenging than in years past. Having a daily moment of intentional quiet can go a long way toward a better outlook. In Part I of this weekly series, we focused on establishing a calming nighttime routine with five minutes of yoga. In Part II , we created balance both physically and mentally through a five-minute balance workout. In Part III , we demonstrated a simple routine to take a break from work and move your body using only your desk chair. This five-minute meditation routine combines ... [Read More]