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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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We asked Well+Good readers their thoughts on recovery—here’s what they had to say

January 23, 2020 at 04:26PM by CWC Recovery is a hot topic among fitness folk: What does “active recovery” really look like? How many rest days should you take anyway? Is there really a right way to foam roll? The questions around this should-be-rejuvenating part of your workout routine never

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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

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5 common myths about meditation, debunked

January 22, 2020 at 04:00PM by CWC Meditation isn’t new, but given how the industry is booming in the digital age, it’s also certainly not passé—and great reasons for that abound. The goal of meditation can include facilitating resilience against stress and more compassion toward yourself and those around you.

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Trainers tell us the reason you should switch up your fitness routine on the reg

January 22, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC Some people are die-hard fans of one particular workout. Take the SoulCycle crew, Pilates devotees, dedicated yogis, runners, and the list goes on. While there’s certainly something to be said for having a go-to way to sweat, switching it up can also benefit

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4 things you should always do to your skin, according to a French facialist

January 21, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC I’ve gleaned beauty secrets from all types of experts, ranging from top dermatologists to facial yoga instructors and everyone in between. But I’m very excited to spill what a French skin-care routine looks like, according to my latest resource: Mila Moursi, a 70-year

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I’m a movement specialist, and this is the best stretch based on your height

January 20, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC First things first: Everyone—and I do mean, everyone—needs to stretch. No matter how active you are, how flexible you feel, or how stiff your joints seem, consistently and effectively stretching your body is necessary for a long, healthy, and active life. Without doing

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What the first new moon of the decade means for your big-picture goals

January 19, 2020 at 10:00PM by CWC Over the last few weeks, we’ve experienced some of the most intense aspects that this generation will see. With the Saturn and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn happening opposite a lunar eclipse in Cancer, deep-seated issues likely surfaced, inviting you to devote some attention

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7 secrets to living a long, fulfilling life, according to people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s

January 18, 2020 at 06:00PM by CWC Wouldn’t it be great if we could just know how to be the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilled versions of ourselves? Of course, there’s something to be said for embracing the trial-and-error journey of finding what works for you, but we also have

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