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bikram-yoga-safety-screenshot

Well here's something potentially unsettling. Kind of a no-brainer headline (maybe?). Not to make your blood boil, ahem, but research is showing that your internal body temperature and heart-rate could reach super dangerous levels in this type of class causing the risk of heat-related illness if you're not careful. A new study, sponsored by the American [...]

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cracking-knuckles

Cracking joints. We all do it. Sometimes unintentionally, sometimes out of habit, and sometimes to annoy our squeamish friend who equates popping knuckles to nails on a chalkboard. As yogis, you may find your joints crack even more or less than usual. But what's really happening when we do it? And, maybe more importantly, is [...]

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sitting-is-bad

If this doesn't get you out of your seat we don't know what will. OK maybe this (the greatest dance flash mob of all time). This fascinating and downright sobering video from Murat Dalkilinç, via TEDEd, digs into the effects and risks of sitting for long periods of time. The spine in particular really gets the shaft when we [...]

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brain-scan-MRI

Grey or gray matter. However you spell it, if you meditate, oh, it's a-changin'. And that's what a team of Harvard researchers is telling us. The most astounding part? Our brain's gray matter can change in shape and size (for the better, mind you) in just eight weeks of practicing meditation. Signs of improvement showed [...]

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meditation-brain-science-brain-workout

This is just about the coolest, yogadorkiest meditation video we've had the pleasure of discovering on the interwebs. Sure, meditation helps us relax, focus, and feel good, but did you know about all the fascinating science stuff? In just 3 minutes there are more juicy science-y tidbits in this cute video than you could possibly remember [...]

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2015-yoga-resolutions-infographic

We know that health is typically a biggie when it comes to New Year's resolutions, but this infographic shows how yoga, specifically, was a buzzworthy topic this year. Through the very group therapy-sounding method of "social listening" - basically crunching social media chatter -  online marketing agency Meltwater was able to deduce that health and better [...]

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yoga-props

Sound the trumpets and ring the bells, yoga has won! Tell 'em what they've won, Johnny. As it turns out, in the superlatives of the grand yearbook of modern exercise, yoga is the least likely to become a fizzle away fad when it comes to fitness trends. As in, plenty of exercise methods come and go [...]

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yoga-mat-sandwich

Would you eat your yoga mat? Not on purpose! Though some of us have gotten pretty dang close on occasion when attempting a tricky arm balance. Ahem. That's just a little friendly yoga ribbing (and foreshadowing and maybe some deja vu). Here's the real question: Do you eat Subway sandwiches? Then you might want to [...]

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Physiology of stress

A Harvard psychiatrist is working on getting to the bottom of this meditation thing with a new study on the effects it, and yoga, have on our actual genes, brain activity and overall health. So, we don't need a scientist to tell us how good we feel after practicing yoga or taking time out to meditate, [...]

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