by Jillian Pransky
If you're new to a daily practice, the idea of doing something every day may seem daunting. But these steps will make it easier.
We all know that chronic stress can do a number on our bodies because it causes our hormones—specifically, adrenaline and cortisol—to go haywire. Among other not-so-fun symptoms, too much cortisol can cause weight gain and suppress the immune system. But never fear: Yoga might help keep these hormones in check.
Doing yoga regularly not only keeps you calm, but it may also help you recover faster following a stressful situation, according to a new study published in BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Researchers found that those who practiced yoga for 90 minutes or more a day were more resilient to stress than those who did yoga infrequently or not at all.
We've all been there. Despite that green smoothie you managed to get down this morning, it takes just one snarky email/very unfriendly customer service run-in/inconsiderate neighbor to park in your spot and—the next thing you know—you're knuckle deep in a jar of chunky peanut butter and you don't know what happened to that block of sharp cheddar. The good news: bingeing doesn't have to be your go-to coping method. Here are 11 ways to gain control of your emotional eating for good.
By Victoria Wolk
If you’ve ever relished in the triumphant walk to the shower after a really good workout, you don’t need science (or us) to tell you that exercise feels just as good on the inside as it makes you look on the outside. But now, a new study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine finds the feel-good effect can differ depending on the exercise.
Despite not knowing exactly how sweating so little can work so well, scientists are piecing together a compelling story about gentle yoga. Its basic outlines will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a self-help book. Changes in the body change the mind, which changes behavior, which reinforces changes in the both mind and body. In this case, what's profound is what this virtuous loop ultimately changes: the body's very shape and size.
Jillian Pransky wasn't always the calming, glowing presence she is today. Twenty years ago, the New Jersey-based yogi was as fired up by the corporate ladder as she was by the step classes and rigorous marathon training she subjected her body to. If it was hard, she was into it, and as a natural result, she was sometimes as stressed as the students who now flock to her slow-flow vinyasa and restorative classes.Read More
Mar 14, 2014
As if a toned body and calmer mind weren’t enough, practicing yoga also makes you a nicer person—who just happens to have better sex, according to two new studies. According to a Journal of Holistic Nursing study, yogis credit their practice for making them nicer, kinder, and more patient. And just two hours of yoga a week is enough for a boost in the bedroom, finds a study from the International Society For Sexual Medicine.