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Yoga Classes Should Be Shorter
Here’s the health reform we really need: 90-minute yoga classes should be banned.
Everywhere I look—whether in my ClassPass app, which is like Blue Apron for exercise, or in MindBody, which is like Uber for your glutes—too many yoga classes on offer are 75 or 90 minutes long. Most classes, blessedly, stop there, but I’ve occasionally even seen two-hour-long meditation classes—for the woman who has everything, I guess, except a job.
Make no mistake: I love yoga. I would simply like to do less of it when I go. I have been “coming to the mat,” as the most annoying among us say, since I was a Texan teenager, sending my “sitz bones” skyward on the lonesome prairie. I have taken…
7 Big Changes Coming To Yoga Studios When They Reopen
So is in-person yoga a no-go in a post-pandemic world? Absolutely not, say yoga teachers and studio owners affiliated with Yoga Alliance, the world’s largest nonprofit yoga association. They believe yoga is needed now more than ever—and studio owners are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe. However, your favorite yoga studios will probably look and feel quite different once they reopen their doors.
Yoga for Everyone
It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses. Yoga is for everyone.
Yoga’s Long Journey From Magic to ‘Wellness’
The distance yoga has traveled, from the caves and forests of ancient India to the studios and gyms of the urban West, is extraordinary. Along the way, modern yoga jettisoned most of its esoteric concerns, instead incorporating elements of European gymnastics, exercise and dance, as well as bodybuilding routines from Indian wrestling.
Five Yoga Myths That You Should Stop Believing Right Now
But just like it's burgeoning popularity, the myths and stereotypes about this age-old tradition are also mushrooming, in both real and the virtual world. So, it's time to separate fact from fiction. Let's get started, shall we?
There Is Such a Thing As Too Much Yoga
Years of reporting shows lots of people get injured from doing too much; at the risk of being too bold, maybe do… less?
Yoga alone, together
The rise of at-home fitness made Yoga With Adriene a YouTube sensation. Then the pandemic hit.
Does Yoga Work for Weight Loss?
While there are some styles of yoga that can help one burn more than 500 calories per hour — such as Vinyasa — overall, yoga doesn’t top the list of calorie-torching weight-loss workouts one can do to see relatively quick results. But research shows that practicing yoga may work for weight loss when combined with a healthy diet. And the more often you practice yoga, the greater the results you’re likely to see on the scale.
God Is Dead. Long Live Downward Dog
How Americans replaced therapeutic prayer with therapeutic yoga.
How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body
According to Black, a number of factors have converged to heighten the risk of practicing yoga. The biggest is the demographic shift in those who study it. Indian practitioners of yoga typically squatted and sat cross-legged in daily life, and yoga poses, or asanas, were an outgrowth of these postures. Now urbanites who sit in chairs all day walk into a studio a couple of times a week and strain to twist themselves into ever-more-difficult postures despite their lack of flexibility and other physical problems.
How Yoga Changes the Brain
The ancient practice promotes growth in brain regions for self-awareness.
How Yoga Makes the World Better
What if everyone around me took a few breaths before cursing out a distracted driver or a slow poke in the cross walk? I want you to get some yoga. I want everyone around the world to get some yoga. What I really want is for the world around me to be less toxic, to be a little nicer. Can yoga do that?
How yoga makes us happy, according to science
Can we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate. We may not yet understand the mechanism through which body postures influence our psychological states, but our recent study suggests that we may draw insights from the rapidly expanding research on the psychological benefits of yoga.
I read more than 50 scientific studies about yoga. Here's what I learned.
If you like yoga, keep doing it. There's no evidence that it's particularly harmful, and it can lead to a range of heath benefits. Depending on your goal, it's important to find an appropriate style — from athletic ashtanga to gentle hatha. If you don't like yoga, no sweat: Just try another physical activity.
I Was Suicidal and Addicted to Drugs Before I Found Yoga
"If you had told me five years ago that I would fall in love with yoga, I would have flipped you off. But here I am."
Is Hot Yoga Good for You?
If you have low blood pressure or a pre-existing health condition, consult with a doctor before trying hot yoga. If you have adverse reactions to heat, are prone to heat stroke or dehydration or have a medical reason to avoid being in a hot tub or sauna, you may want to stick with regular yoga. If you are doing a hot yoga class, make sure you’re well hydrated by drinking a lot of water before, during and after class.
Is Yoga An Exercise? Studies Say 'Yes'
Yoga wasn’t exactly developed to be a workout, but it does seem to have a number of benefits for the body. Past studies have looked at its physical effects, not the least of which are muscle building, bone strengthening and flexibility. There’s even some evidence that it rivals aerobic exercise for heart health.
Is yoga bad for you? Here's what the evidence says
I spoke to Holger Cramer, the director of yoga research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, for a broader review of the scientific evidence on yoga. He has extensively studied reports of injuries and other harms from yoga, and he drew this conclusion: "We found yoga is as safe as any other activity. It's not more dangerous than any other form of exercise."
Namaste, IPA: Stressed Out in Yoga Class?
Workouts in breweries have students balancing pints during poses; ‘beer gives you an extra point of focus.’
Penetrating Postures: The Science of Yoga
Researchers have discovered that yoga improves health in part by reducing a major adversary of the body: inflammation. Chronic inflammation, even low grade, is responsible for a litany of health problems from heart disease to diabetes to depression.
Striking a Pose Above the Clouds
Fliers nowadays expect to walk off planes with stiff hips and strained backs. Desperation for relief has made seats with extra legroom cash cows for airlines. Even top yoga instructors who can fold their bodies like origami say they abhor airplane seats. So how do you emerge from a plane without feeling like Quasimodo?
The Enduring Appeal of Being Hot
What is it about sweaty, 105-degree yoga that makes people feel intensely alive?
The New Science on the Health Benefits of Yoga
“What I’ve found through studying yoga therapy is that people who have a daily practice have effortlessly and automatically changed their lifestyle. They eat better, sleep better, their lifestyle is more regulated,” says Sarkar, who also serves as chairman of the School of Integrative Medicine at Taksha University in Hampton, Virginia.
The Science Of Yoga: The Risks And The Rewards
In his book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, New York Times science writer and long-time yoga practitioner William Broad investigates popular health claims about yoga—that it boosts metabolism, for example—and finds that scientific studies tell a different story.
Yoga isn’t timeless: it’s changing to meet contemporary needs
In the United States, it was philosophers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau who first engaged with the philosophy of yoga in the 1830s. Yoga gained a wider American audience only in the late 1800s. Today, part of yoga’s appeal is that it continues to be seen as a mystical, ancient tradition. However, as I’ve discovered in my research, the practice of yoga has gone through some profound shifts. Here are four.
Yoga Needs to Cut the Bullshit
All the pseudoscience can detract from the way your practice can actually help.
Yoga, but Affordable
Some nonprofits insist that the practice can benefit everyone, not just those who have the money for classes and a mat.
Yoga Classes Should Be Shorter
The light in me honors the light in you, but it is also extremely busy. Yoga teachers, I beg thee, give the people the workout they want in the time window they can afford: one hour. Namaste.
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