Bikram Yoga Is A Hot Mashup!

Bikram yoga is really getting to be hot these days! No kidding.  While the term “Bikram” is actually copyrighted, it’s used together with several other related styles and sequence variations. A number of articles on the web recently appeared that made me want to bring them together for your consideration. First up is the Mother […]

Are Yoga Meditation Techniques Better Than Going To The Gym?

Many yoga meditation techniques can improve our health and well being. Are they really better than going to the gym? I always thought they were two different things. Heidi Kristoffer gives us her take on the subject with 8 reasons she recently gave Shape magazine. Are Yoga Meditation Techniques Better Than Going To The Gym? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meeting The Challenges Of Yoga Meditation

There is much to challenge us in our yoga meditation. It can be more difficult than we might expect, although it doesn’t have to be. How hard you push yourself can be a function of both your instructor and your own expectations of what you think you’re capable of doing. A recent short article at […]

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 […]

Yoga Meditation Benefits Brain Neuroplasticity

There are many yoga meditation benefits to our bodies and our spirits, but our minds and, in particular, our brains also benefit. In this Huffington Post interview, writer and interviewer Dr. Eva Norlyk Smith interviews author Dr. Timothy McCall on the ins and outs of your brain’s wiring and how it affects what you do […]

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 […]

Studies Show Yoga Meditation Benefits Mental Health

More studies continue to roll in which support the concept that yoga meditation benefits mental health, while at the same time also improving our neurological health. Disorders such as MS (multiple sclerosis), migraine headaches, and psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder seem to benefit from regular practice of yoga and meditation. Author Tara Haelle writing […]

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 […]

Heal Yourself With Ayurvedic Diet And Yoga Meditation

Yoga meditation can become the centerpiece to your ability to heal from the toxicity of daily living. Our modern-day diet is chock full of toxins that simply accumulate in our bodies and cause us harm over time. Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle can counteract this. It is nothing new, since it’s almost 5,000 years old. It […]

Beginning Yoga Meditation At Home — Best Yoga Video Series

Here is a short but very basic video on beginning yoga meditation. The sound, I admit, could be better. The two presenters do a very nice job of introducing some basic yoga practices to the viewer. The pace is very measured and not hard to keep up with. Try this routing and see. Beginning Yoga […]

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 […]

Basic Yoga Meditation Techniques — Best Yoga Video Series

I thought this particular video on yoga meditation techniques for the beginner would add something useful to the quiver of skills we’re developing in our yoga practice. It’s short, clear and useful, just the way I like to learn. Enjoy! Basic Yoga Meditation Techniques — Best Yoga Video Series   While there are some basic […]

Ashtanga Yoga Meditation Techniques — Best Yoga Video Series

I was looking for a good demonstration video to highlight Ashtanga yoga meditation techniques and just thought I’d bring you this video clip of Steve Green filmed while in India. Really impressive stuff. However, the warning about “Kids, don’t try this at home” should go without saying. Clearly, the people are accomplished at this and […]