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

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

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

February 25, 2020 at 11:05PM by CWC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThvmuboEOo4] 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

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

February 24, 2020 at 08:00PM by CWC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtTbsrp55Ns] 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

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

January 30, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpkWNyU20iw] 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

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,

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

January 24, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4lTh09Z5E] 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

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 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYS8bWyvczU] 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

This 12-minute butt-sculpting yoga flow will put squats and lunges to shame

January 16, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvwbOYldsFo] People tend to forget that yoga is actually a sneaky butt-sculpting workout. Flowing into various poses helps to mobilize and strengthen your entire body, plus it’s benefitting your mind through mindful breathing, but so many of the moves require a huge amount

I’m a yoga instructor and I have to get ready without a shower—these are my secrets

September 30, 2019 at 12:05AM by CWC https://www.youtube.com/embed/ii9mlNKygsY” frameborder=“0″ allow=“accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen> Pulling off the transition from “sweaty mess at the gym” to “fresh-faced glowing angel” is a skill that, alas, eludes me. But who better than to teach us all how to rush from a workout

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