Can yoga make you smarter?

Can yoga make you smarter?

Many people think of yoga as an activity that helps them become more flexible in their bodies. More recently, yoga practices have been associated with the health benefits of stress reduction, especially as we learn how chronic stress contributes to physical and mental...
Yoga therapy and healing with brain cancer

Yoga therapy and healing with brain cancer

By Bren Ohta At the peak of a fulfilling career, my seemingly normal world fell into chaos initiated by a devastating cancer diagnosis and its aftermath. I turned to yoga to put myself back together in a new way. At first, I needed much rest and it was difficult for...
Box breathing—Or boxed in?

Box breathing—Or boxed in?

With the internet—and particularly social media—any idea can become a trend in days or even hours. Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about a yoga technique called box breathing or square breath (which yogis know as sama vritti pranayama). Box breathing, according to...
The safety of yoga therapy

The safety of yoga therapy

Safety, in relation to health, is usually about physical safety: Will I get hurt doing these movements? Will this medication or supplement cause harm? The work of Drs. Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk to understand trauma response and healing has brought the...