Janet Hennard, our fabulous Yoga writer, holds an After-Yoga potluck for her students. Jessica, one of her student’s daughters enjoyed green bean dishes while traveling in China, where families have their unique versions. When Jessica returned home, she recreated the recipe to make her version and
By Janet Hennard. Which is better — maintaining your balance in a standing yoga pose or falling out of it? Silly question, right? But the truth is, mindfully trying to get back into a pose after falling out is one important way to build neural connections that strengthen brain-muscle communication.
Science confirms meditation can slow age-related brain decline By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ Here is a brain test for you. Which of these are true: A — Our human brain starts decreasing in volume and weight in our mid-twenties. B — With an aging population, instances of cognitive decline
By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ Yoga continues to be popular as more and more practicing adults report improved physical fitness, reduced stress, decreased pain, and reduced anxiety and depression. But is yoga safe? The answer is yes, with the caveat that we follow a basic yoga precept known
By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ Are you looking for reasons to try yoga in 2020? The inspiring list of yoga benefits includes increased strength and flexibility, improved posture, better sleep, greater peace of mind, and increased ability to handle stress. But if you have never attended a yoga
By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ Are the holidays cheery hustle and bustle, or high-stress shopping? An exciting trip to see family or a holiday-induced travel nightmare? A festive event, or loss of needed downtime? Holiday stress can take a toll on your body and your spirit. And for some, the
By Janet Hennard, E-RYT500/C-IAYT ~ “My doctor prescribed yoga.” You may have heard someone say this, or perhaps your physician prescribed yoga for you. Medical professionals, many of them yoga practitioners themselves, are increasingly aware of the benefits that yoga and meditation provide in
By Janet Hennard ~ What is the most difficult yoga posture, according to yoga experts? Is it one of those deep backbends, or a powerful twist? Perhaps it’s a core-challenging balance pose, or maybe a deep hip opener? Actually, it is savasana or corpse pose. You lie on your back in stillness (like
By Janet Hennard. Mindful breathing. It is so fundamental to yoga that you will most likely spend a few minutes practicing it at the beginning or end of each class. Your teacher will remind you to be aware of your breath while holding a pose, and when moving from one pose to another. In yoga,
“The idea is to die young… as late as possible.” ~Anthropologist Ashley Montagu We can’t change our chronological age, but we can definitely slow down some age-related events. Yoga’s astonishing ability to moderate and even reverse the pace of aging is proven through multiple clinical studies.