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 Benefits The Mind

Considering the many known yoga meditation benefits for the body, the ultimate beneficiary may well be the mind. While increased strength and flexibility result from yoga, the mind is brought into a state of calm and focus through the practice of specific asanas and breathing techniques. Here writer and yoga instructor Jai Lyles contributes her […]

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 Benefits Health: September Is National Yoga Month

Well, here we are and it’s fall again. I just found out the Department of Health and Human Services has designated September as National Yoga Month. What a great way to make everyone aware that yoga meditation benefits health. Events are being planned throughout the month, and they aren’t limited to just us here in […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits For Heart Health

Are you just a little bit middle-aged? Do you ever worry about your heart health? Recent studies have suggested that yoga meditation benefits for your heart health may improve parameters like blood pressure and some of the ill effects related to chronic stress and poor lifestyle. A recent article by Kelli Cooper at Medical Daily […]

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 […]

Top Ten Yoga Meditation Questions Answered: First, What Is Yoga?

Sometimes I’m asked, “What is yoga meditation, anyway?” I have to answer in a way that doesn’t over simplify the topic and yet still conveys its true meaning. I intend to begin some more in depth discussions around teaching what yoga is all about in the near future.  I thought I’d get you all going […]

Top Four Most Common Yoga Meditation Excuses Debunked

Let’s face it, there are plenty of excuses not to try yoga meditation. In fact, there are plenty of excuses not to do anything that’s good for you but isn’t easy. Here’s an article I ran across that takes what are probably the four most commonly heard excuses not to start a yoga routine and […]

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 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 […]

Best Ways To Keep Your Yoga Meditation Routine Fresh

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes even my own yoga meditation routine can seem a bit stale, day after day. Now, I recently ran across this piece by Lizzie Fuhr over at FitSugar where she reminds us about seven ways that we can introduce some variety into our yoga practices. Best Ways To […]

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 […]

Mantra Vibration And Yoga Meditation

Do you chant a mantra when you’re practicing yoga meditation? I know that when I first began I wondered what that was all about, but I did it anyway. Now I understand why. The highlighted article by Sohan Kaur at Spirit Voyage does a very nice job of explaining what’s happening and how it affects […]

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 Benefits Indian Olympic Hockey Team

It looks as if there can be some yoga meditation benefits for the Indian Hockey Olympic Team, too.  After experiencing an eight year absence from the games, they’ll be pushing to make a strong come back in the upcoming London Olympic Games this year. Team members are attributing their mental preparation in no small part […]

Unexpected Yoga Meditation Benefits By Yogi Joschi Schwarz

While you might be aware of several of the more well known yoga meditation benefits, there happen to be a surprising number of lesser known yet significant health and wellness benefits to be had. Featured in a recent press release, Joschi Schwarz, the owner of a yoga club in New York City, has come forward […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Everyone

If you stop and think about it, there are a lot of yoga meditation benefits to be gained from regular practice. I mean, not counting all of the health and fitness gains that you can achieve, there are also the increases in mental and spiritual well being. Rosie Acosta, who is here writing for Fox […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Balance, Strength And Peace of Mind

There are many yoga meditation benefits that are less obvious than physical health. Sometimes life just deals us a particularly difficult hand of cards to play. Having a sense of being centered within ones spiritual and physical person can help us play that hand of cards best. Ellie Chamberlain found yoga meditation to be a […]