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So you can file this one under "No Good News." When you think of ahimsa—non-harming—it's not usually your yoga pants you're worried about. But now a new study is telling us that our cozy stretch pants are actually doing more harm to the planet than good. The problem? Microscopic plastics that shed from your yoga [...]

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brain-memory

This is some much-needed fantastic news you can share with all your friends and family...and, no, it has nothing to do with putting your feet over your head, Uncle Charlie. A recent study found that yoga, yes yoga, is better at keeping your memory sharp than all those puzzles and brain training apps you download [...]

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Awesome and creepy brain pool | illustration by Anna Parini via NYT

Can meditation change your brain longterm? Can anyone prove it? A recent study found out what happens when you teach one group of people mindfulness practices and give the other group a totally fake program. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study involved 35 men and women who were unemployed and stressed out looking for jobs. Half [...]

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microbiome

Continuing our YD Holiday Giveaway series! What's in your gut? Wouldn't you like to know! Now you can and it may even change your life. The science is in - what's happening in our microbiome, basically the tiny ecosystem of trillions of microbes living in our gut, has a major affect on our every day [...]

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science-formula-cartoon

Yoga injuries: a hot to trot topic lately. And it's for good reason. No one wants to get hurt. One could say it's especially counterproductive and counterintuitive in yoga class. Body destruction is not one of the eight limbs, doncha know. But, believe it or not, we are human and we do have destructible bodies [...]

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Yoga teacher Dui Mora teaches veterans and active duty men and women at the Pentagon. | image credit: Mindful Yoga Therapy

There's a new group of yogis and they're already veterans. Actually, they're quite literally veterans, of the armed forces. Members of the military, both veterans and active duty men and women, are embracing yoga and meditation as a way to cope with physical wounds and the wounds that maybe aren't so easy to see. To [...]

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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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