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Ah, the sweet smell of burning herbs and sandalwood. It’s how you know the yoga’s nigh. But what if we told you that smoky aroma isn’t helping your pranayama, it may be causing respiratory issues and maybe even cancer? Yikes! We recently spotted this blog post warning us all about the hazards of inhaling the holy smokes that are prominent not just in yoga studios but in other sacred or religious institutions.

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“Yoga used as therapy for Fort Gordon soldiers with brain injuries” is the kind of headline that can make our day. In a world where peaceful warrior is still just a nice stretchy yoga pose, we’re happy to see that yoga can still play its role in establishing a state of peace, and in this case rehabilitation.

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Finally! Kids yoga has received growing attention lately for the benefits it’s been shown to have on the youngins such as boosted self-esteem, better focus and even improved cognitive skills. And yoga for adults, well we’ve seen the benefits on and off our own mats as well as in scientific journals where studies have explored the positive effects of yoga on pain relief, stress, dis-ease (osteoporosis, stroke, cancer, the list goes on) and yes even your eating and potty habits.

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Superbrain yoga, a no-brainer? Suppose there was a yoga that wouldn’t just give you Deepak’s calm, Gaga’s bod or DDP’s pluck, it would actually make you smarter. No, it’s not math! (Though you may want to brush up on the ‘rithmatic from time to time there.) That’s what this technique called Superbrain Yoga promises, in just [...]

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Stressed in yoga class? You’re doing it right. Sort of. This article from Alex Korb, Ph.D. at Psychology Today stresses the importance of finding the calm in stressful situations, like twisted triangle and dealing with squares (see what we did there?).

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Attention all you mini watering can nasal swiffers, there are brain-eating amoebas on the loose! But don’t go smashing your neti pot in a stuffed-nose huff quite yet, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent the nasty and potentially deadly critters.

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Got back pain? Get yoga. Or at least get to stretching. News this week is that the stretching aspect of yoga is helping folks relieve chronic lower back pain. The study conducted at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle involved 228 adults with persistant back pain, split up into 3 groups: one group had yoga weekly, [...]

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It’s a “scientific conference grant” from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and it enables scientists from all over the world to attend the Symposium on Yoga Research at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health coming up September 23-25. Science and Yoga, kissing in a tree! This news closely follows the [...]

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Them bones, them bones… Self-care. Now that’s something you don’t hear often in the medical world. Just when you thought yoga was only for nimble-bodied hula hoopers and fire twirlers, there’s news that the practice can help folks with an old pain the bones: osteporosis. The New York Times reports that yoga therapy can actually prevent [...]

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