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A new study found that yoga can be just as beneficial to your heart as your jazzerfitcyclezumbathon or any other aerobic activity you put yourself through. The study found that practicing yoga "lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise." And our hearts grew three [...]

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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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Just about everyone's heard the saying "fake it til you make it." But can you fake feeling powerful and confident? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says yes you can, and in her TED Talk, she explains how "power posing," as in standing strong in your body and taking up space, even when you feel weak and [...]

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YogaStudiesPerYear

When we're not writing about wacky yoga style mashups or the yoga pants biz, we tend to post a lot about yoga-related scientific studies. And there seems to be a lot more to write about lately, which is a good thing. But it's not just us, there actually are more scientific studies involving yoga now [...]

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A little bone for the yogis in the age old yoga versus exercise debate? A small new study shows 20 minutes of yoga beats out 20 minutes of aerobic exercise for the old thinking noodle. (That's your brain!) Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied "The Acute Effects of Yoga on Executive Function", or as [...]

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Move over jeggings, we're talking yoga genes. So here's something interesting. Scientists are peering into the benefits of yoga with a finer lens these days and what they're finding is really some fascinating and nerdy stuff you might just want to know about. For instance, science says yoga can immediately affect you on a genetic and [...]

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Now there may finally be some scientific grounds for the "hippie liberal" label slung at us yogis by non-practitioners. Hooray? In the never ending search to make sense of our gray noodle bowl, a new research study found that people actually became more liberally minded after meditation or another spiritually oriented exercise. That's spiritual, not religious. How's that difference [...]

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Science is a science. Yoga is... A review of more than one hundred studies looking at 16 different different high-quality controlled studies focusing on the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems has concluded with positive results. Yay. Yoga gets a lot of hype. Can it live up to it? [...]

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Now, we take pride for being total yogadorks here, and sometimes we even find ourselves sitting in a proper geek meditation. But, while many of us are familiar with the effect meditation has on our mood, temper and attitude from our own experience with the practice, do you know what actually happens in the waves of your noggin?

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