Russell Brand Contemplating Yoga Studio Startup

The famed comedian Russell brand is back in the news again. This time he’s announced he’s considering whether to open his own yoga studio in Los Angeles. One focus of the new studio is to make yoga available for free to people suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. Russell Brand credits his personal yoga instructor […]

Yoga And Meditation: There’s One Style Just For You

With so many different styles of both yoga and meditation to choose from, which one should you follow? It’s a good question to ask yourself if you’ve never done either one. Friends are often a deciding influence if they have made their own commitment to a particular style or practice philosophy. What if you don’t […]

Yoga Meditation Reduces Stress And Inflammation — A Mashup

Yoga meditation keeps popping up in the news regarding its benefits to our health by letting us all reduce our stress. The human body was not designed to withstand constant stress on a continuous basis. The fight or flight response was designed to ramp us up for brief periods in order to preserve us. This […]

Yoga Meditation Helps Calm The Minds Of Students

Yoga meditation can improve the physical body as well as expand the mind and spirit. More college students are dealing with their stress by using yoga and meditation as a part of their daily routine. At Illinois State University, Lauren DeSalvo writing for the Daily Vidette prepared an article highlighting yoga and meditation techniques being […]

Is Yoga Meditation In America Yoga Or Meditation?

I think the title of this post says it all for me. I think that yoga meditation in America is largely viewed as a form of exercise for purposes of weight loss, strength building, keeping flexible and in shape. Yet, when you dig into yoga’s history, it becomes immediately apparent that it was never intended […]

Yoga Meditation Techniques Calm The Present Moment

There are many well established yoga meditation techniques that will improve our health and spirituality. What about how we view the world and our place in it? After all, moment to moment is how ee live our daily lives, isn’t it? We either tend to focus our attention on the future (because we hope it’s […]

Yoga Meditation Techniques — More Than Just An Exercise

The popularity of so many different yoga meditation techniques has prompted some to question whether they are simply an exercise routine or something more. Most people I have met who practice yoga have sought to emphasize the exercise and weight control benefits, while placing far less emphasis on pursuing its meditative and spiritual development aspects. […]

Yoga Meditation And The Teachings Of Paramahansa Yogananda

I first read about yoga meditation years ago when I was in graduate school at Cornell. I still have Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, Autobiography of a Yogi, in my clinic office. It was a very moving and inspirational story. When I read about the recent week long convocation of devotees of his teachings, I realized that […]

Yoga Meditation Techniques Can Reduce Depression In Pregnancy

Several yoga meditation techniques have the ability to improve our mental well being. Yoga meditation, particularly mindfulness meditation focused yoga, can benefit our mental health in general. These techniques help us to ward off chronic stress related illnesses because they help us to dissipate daily stress in a very healthy way. Without regular yoga, however, […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Mental Health In Recovering Drug Abusers

There are numerous ways in which yoga meditation benefits mental health, especially in relation to anxiety and mood regulation. The development of improved mental and psychological patterns through the guided practice of yoga and meditation help create an environment conducive to recovery. This also helps to lessen the need for the individual to self medicate […]

Merging Mindfulness Meditation And Movement

Incorporating mindfulness meditation with movement is an active meditation option that I’m convinced many of you would find appealing. There are so many different ways to meditate. While it’s easy to think of meditation as a sedentary activity, you’re not limited to sitting still. I know personally that meditating while running is extremely relaxing and […]

Are Yoga Meditation Benefits For Both The Spirit And The Body?

When I originally set up this blog, I explained why I named it “yoga meditation benefits“. Yoga and meditation were never intended to be separated from one another. Instead, the practice of yoga was meant to prepare the body for meditation and to enhance the experience. Only recently in western culture have we conceived of […]

Yoga Meditation And The Art Of Being Content

Yesterday I did a piece on happiness through yoga meditation that featured Ira Israel. Today I’d like to follow up on that with the idea of being content and satisfied with one’s situation and surroundings. Some might argue that they are one and the same, and perhaps they are. I would suppose it’s hard to […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Happiness — Ira Israel Mashup

Yoga meditation benefits many facets of our lives, with the most important one being that of enabling us to achieve a state of happiness. Now, I often find myself saying to patients who are presenting to me with complaints of depression that I can make them “not-depressed” — but I can’t make them happy. That’s […]

Yoga Meditation Techniques Promote Healing

We all know that yoga meditation techniques can promote spiritual and physical wellness, but what about actual physical healing. Author and athlete Alexandra Muller Arboleda writes for MindBodyGreen about her own transformational journey with yoga and her overcoming the limitations of her osteoarthritis. Yoga Meditation Techniques Promote Healing Yoga can heal our minds, bodies and […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Improved Concentration

With regular practice you can achieve many yoga meditation benefits, but among them one stands out. It’s an improvement in the ability to concentrate. I’ve personally found that with all of the demands put onto my brain by others, my improved focus is really turning out to be something truly valuable. Now, as we get […]

Can You Achieve True Happiness With Yoga Meditation Techniques?

I often tell my patients that I can treat their depression, but I can’t make them happy. It seems obvious, yet most people commonly think that if they aren’t happy, then they’re depressed. Not so simple. While medications, for example, can relieve symptoms of depression, attaining a state of true happiness requires quite a bit […]

Yoga Meditation Makes You Stop And Smell The Roses – Huffington Post

I’m a huge advocate of yoga meditation, simply for no other reason that it forces us to slow down and focus on ourselves and what is truly important in our lives. The times we are living in right now are simply more stressful than us little humans were designed for. In my own practice, I […]

Motherhood, Apple Pie and Meditation – Huffington Post

With the demands of parenting these days, you sometimes don’t know if you’re coming or going. To prevent themselves from burnout, more and more single moms are squeezing in some time for meditation to center themselves. Jeanne Ball writes at the Huffington Post about a new social movement taking place at the grass roots level. […]

Managing Your Stress With Mindfulness Meditation Techniques

When I started this blog, I wanted it to be about more than just yoga and meditation. There are so many related aspects to our health that I didn’t want to limit what I wrote about. This is why I’m bringing you this article I found on mindfulness meditation. Being a health care professional in […]