7 Core-Strengthening Yoga Poses To Make You Feel Powerful & Confident

April 01, 2020 at 01:15AM A strong core is literally at the center of both inner and outer strength. Nearly every movement pattern in your body requires a strong and stable core. And not only that but in many yogic traditions, confidence aligns with the solar plexus chakra, located just above the abdomen. Confidence is, … Continue reading 7 Core-Strengthening Yoga Poses To Make You Feel Powerful & Confident

Want To Master A Headstand? Here’s Exactly How To Do This Yoga Pose Safely

March 29, 2020 at 06:08PM Scroll through photos and videos of headstands, and when done right, this yoga inversion can look effortless. The truth? You need a certain level of body awareness and strength—plus patience and lots of practice—to master this pose. Here, with the help of two certified yoga instructors, we explain how to … Continue reading Want To Master A Headstand? Here’s Exactly How To Do This Yoga Pose Safely

Get The Best Of Yoga & Barre With This 10-Minute Home Workout

March 20, 2020 at 05:40PM As we all hunker down and keep our social distance amid the coronavirus, many of us are looking for fun, new at-home workouts to try out. And if you’re into yoga or barre, you’re going to love this one! Both are great workouts for isolating muscles, building strength and flexibility, … Continue reading Get The Best Of Yoga & Barre With This 10-Minute Home Workout

5 yoga breathing techniques to cultivate chill vibes on and off the mat

March 20, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC When practicing yoga, it’s easy to get caught up trying to nail each posture, but postures and movement are just one component of yoga. Yoga breathing techniques, or pranayama (prana means “life force” and yama means “control”), is also an essential element of yoga that enhances and deepens … Continue reading 5 yoga breathing techniques to cultivate chill vibes on and off the mat

The strength-boosting sequence that’ll help you master the yoga headstand

March 16, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC You may be able to twist your way into a bird of paradise with the best of them, but mastering the yoga headstand is a whole different ballgame. Unlike many moves in the practice, which solely rely on flexibility, balancing on your head requires some serious strength. And … Continue reading The strength-boosting sequence that’ll help you master the yoga headstand

The anti-inflammatory breakfast a yoga instructor eats every week

March 15, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC When you work out a lot, properly fueling your body is a must. There’s no way you’ll be able to power through those workouts like a champ if you’re slacking on your meals. One person who especially needs all those nutrients is yoga instructor Blair Flynn—it’s how she … Continue reading The anti-inflammatory breakfast a yoga instructor eats every week

How Black women have historically used yoga as a tool for healing

March 11, 2020 at 12:00AM by CWC Studies prove that anxiety, stress, depression, heart disease, and other ailments affect Black people disproportionately compared to other ethnic groups, but the statistics rise alarmingly when it comes to the health of Black women. Because of the many external and internal social stressors—racism, sexism, socio-economic issues—Black women do not have … Continue reading How Black women have historically used yoga as a tool for healing

Yoga has literally thousands of poses, but a stretching expert says this one unwinds every muscle

March 06, 2020 at 11:00PM by CWC No one has an exact count of the number of asanas out there (it could be thousands or millions), but trainer and massage therapist Joe Yoon, author of the newly-released book Better Stretching, says that one pose outperforms the others when it comes to better mobility and flexibility: … Continue reading Yoga has literally thousands of poses, but a stretching expert says this one unwinds every muscle

Have Hip Issues? Here’s The Beginner Yoga Pose This Trainer Swears By

March 03, 2020 at 07:42PM Anyone who’s practiced yoga for a time understands the great irony of “beginner” poses. Yes, they’re simple—but just because they’re simple doesn’t mean they aren’t effective. Which is why when we asked personal trainer and yoga instructor, Todd McCullough, aka TMAC, for his go-to yoga pose, we were surprised that … Continue reading Have Hip Issues? Here’s The Beginner Yoga Pose This Trainer Swears By

A laughing yoga session in India gave me the most powerful sense of human connection I’ve ever felt

March 03, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC “We’re going to be late!” Our tour guide, Umesh, had us park our bikes outside Jaipur’s morning vegetable market, and told us to run. After eight straight days of unlimited naan while on a solo tour of India with a group called Flashpack, that was not exactly an … Continue reading A laughing yoga session in India gave me the most powerful sense of human connection I’ve ever felt

This yoga teacher swears by weekly baths with 200 pounds of ice

February 25, 2020 at 11:05PM by CWC What happens in a yoga class inspired by the Wim Hof Method? Watch the video to find out. When an instructor says to wiggle your fingers and toes to wake up from savasana, I’m always a little sad. It’s a bit jarring to go into the real world after … Continue reading This yoga teacher swears by weekly baths with 200 pounds of ice

The soothing yoga pose variations that provide a stretch where you need it most

February 24, 2020 at 08:00PM by CWC Yoga itself is incredibly soothing. A simple flow will have you rolling up your mat feeling more limber and energized than you did before. And the best part about the practice is there are so many yoga pose variations you can do to engage more full-body benefits—especially in … Continue reading The soothing yoga pose variations that provide a stretch where you need it most

How to use your yoga practice to boost your stamina while standing still

February 09, 2020 at 08:00PM by CWC Typically, when people want to build their stamina, they start incorporating high-intensity interval training and gradually decrease their recovery time between sets. But stamina isn’t only built in the weight or cardio room: Yoga can help get the job done, too. As a refresher, “stamina” is your ability … Continue reading How to use your yoga practice to boost your stamina while standing still

These chest-opening yoga moves ‘flush out’ your lungs for more open breathing

January 31, 2020 at 11:00PM by CWC Whether you’ve been to a single yoga class or practice on the reg, there’s a good chance you’ve been instructed to flow through poses that “flush out your lungs.” If the phrase has ever had you raising an eyebrow in confusion, allow me to demystify:  Certain yoga moves … Continue reading These chest-opening yoga moves ‘flush out’ your lungs for more open breathing

This yoga flow boosts flexibility so you’ll be touching your toes in no time

January 30, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC You may feel drawn to yoga for its stress-relieving reputation or its cool, contortionist shapes. But according to The Yoga Alliance (which is basically the Supreme Court of Vinyasa), the majority of folks seek out yoga to become more flexible human beings. Every yoga pose requires at least … Continue reading This yoga flow boosts flexibility so you’ll be touching your toes in no time

I’m a yoga therapist and MD, and these are the 5 middle back stretches I recommend every day for a healthy spine

January 28, 2020 at 10:00PM by CWC The human body is home to 33 vertebrae that support your muscles, protect your spinal cord, and aid in other ways that help you, you know, have a spine. The thoracic spine, or middle back, sits just between your cervical and lumbar sections, and Loren Fishman, MD, medical … Continue reading I’m a yoga therapist and MD, and these are the 5 middle back stretches I recommend every day for a healthy spine

How to do wheel pose the right way, straight from a yoga pro

January 24, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC Form is everything in yoga (technically, form is everything in any workout, but that goes double for the centuries-old postures). Misplacing a limb (even slightly) on your yoga mat, especially with repetition, can really work against you over time. And that’s exactly why we tapped yogi Andrea Russell … Continue reading How to do wheel pose the right way, straight from a yoga pro

I do hundreds of yoga classes a year, but none has lit up my arms like this 10-minute flow

January 23, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC Anyone who’s tried to execute crow pose (a Cirque du Soleil-worthy arm balance) knows that yoga demands a lot—I repeat, a lot—of arm strength. Even Vinyasa staples like downward-facing dog can light up your body from your fingertips to your armpits. So whether you find yourself longing to get … Continue reading I do hundreds of yoga classes a year, but none has lit up my arms like this 10-minute flow

One of the most common yoga poses is also one of the easiest to mess up

January 17, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC In yoga, it’s often the simplest-seeming poses that are the easiest to mess up. If your alignment is off, it screws with the entire functionality of the move. And what’s worse, it puts you at the risk of getting hurt. One such offender? Triangle pose, which might look … Continue reading One of the most common yoga poses is also one of the easiest to mess up