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Yoga & Weight Lose

YogaCan Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

In general, physical activity is better for preventing weight gain than it is for promoting weight loss, and it appears this also applies to yoga.

Most types of yoga don’t have the same level of calorie-burning power as aerobic exercise does. Consider that a person who weighs 150 pounds (68 kilograms) will burn 170 calories in an hour of doing basic (hatha) yoga, compared with 340 calories for an hour of low-impact aerobics.

But any physical activity is good activity. Yoga will get you moving, after all, and it can provide health benefits such as improved blood lipid levels and enhanced mood. Read More


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Transforming Lives & Healing Communities

Transforming Lives & Healing Communities

Highlights of the Niroga Institute’s work teaching Transformative Life Skills — a multi-modality practice involving mindful movement, breathing and meditation — to young people at three Bay Area schools: Lincoln Elementary in Richmond, Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland, and the Job Corps campus in San Jose. Some of the benefits mentioned by students are improvements in confidence, self-control, self-awareness, the ability to express oneself, the ability to focus and pay attention in school, and stress reduction. Produced by Schecter Films for the Niroga Institute. Partially funded by a grant from the Full Circle Fund. For more information, please visit


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Yoga Mats

Yoga MatsThe Best Yoga Mats?

Get the right amount of traction for your downward dog

We did the work to find the best

We put in over 50 hours of research, surveyed over 100 yoga professionals, and consulted with “Boston’s 2014 Best Yoga Instructor” to bring you the best.

As an instructor and student who rolls out the mat quite regularly, I know what features I prefer to support my practice. However, considering the many styles of yoga and workout routines that involve mats, I wanted to see what other yoga professionals thought, including those that have been at it practically since the time mats debuted (despite the practice of yoga dating back over 5,000 years, the yoga mat hasn’t been around all that long).

In the end, my top choices were pretty easy to grip. There is no perfect yoga mat, and no single mat fits everyone. If you’re looking for the best yoga mat that will support your asanas and be your new place to call OM for a lifetime, the Manduka PROlite is the way to go. It gets my top pick because its durability and versatility are unmatched. However, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, the Jade Harmony Professional Mat is made of 100 percent rubber, and offers great traction and support.

With over 50 hours of research on dozens of yoga mats, I focused on the properties and composition of the mat and how this applies to the various styles of yoga. I surveyed the masses, consulted with over 10 yoga professionals with years of experience on mats, and personally put many mats through hours of testing.

The process was sweaty, and reconfirmed that choosing a yoga mat is akin to choosing your wine — some get better with age, and it all comes down to personal taste. To help find the best yoga mat for you, I’ve also recommended top picks for specific formats, some of which include my top choices and others which do not. Read More


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Yoga Exercise with Brooks Holland

Yoga Exercise with Brooks Holland

Beginning yoga exercise with several poses demonstrated and narrated by Brooks. Beginning in Table Pose, exhale back to Downward Facing Dog Pose… Arms spread for Warrior Two Pose. Feel pulse of breath through body. Clasp hands behind back, bend down, release neck. Lie down, clasp leg, foot up to sky, stretch toes. Sivasana – final resting pose – lying down, release into floor for full relaxation.


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Animals Who Love Yoga

Yoga5 Animals Who Love Yoga As Much As You Do

Readers share proof that animals love yoga, too.

“Any time I practice yoga, my dog, Nahla, tries to join in. She loves to jump on the mat to stretch.” —Jeremy Huckins Portland, Oregon
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