By now, most of the world is well aware that yoga isn’t always a calm, slowly-paced stretch class. Depending on the style you try, an hour-long practice on your mat can torch as many calories as a sweaty HIIT workout.
But there’s something about moving with the breath and cultivating the mind-body connection that makes yoga feel even more satisfying than a gym workout. We see serious results from all those chuttarungas and plank poses, but we also feel mentally clear after a session on our mat. But it doesn’t hurt that a yoga body is lean, sculpted, and svelte. Plus, you can practice asanas almost anywhere—all you need is a flat surface and a little know-how, and you’re good to go.
80 percent of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives thanks to inactivity, injury, and chronic inflammation. But this unfortunate (read: annoying) ache is almost totally preventable. Try this nine stretches daily to release your lower back and find relief.
We bookmarked this story long ago, and these moves from Claire Greive have been on heavy rotation since the holidays kicked into high gear. You don’t need to be an expert to twist, bend, and roll your way to a flat belly—just follow these five simple yoga flows to beat bloating, naturally.
One day, we’ll be as willowy and limber as Instagram star @theSouthernYogi. But until then, we’ll dutifully practice these asanas to create hamstring and inner thigh flexibility. Full splits? We’ll see you in 2017.
If you’ve pulled out all the stops trying to get your circadian rhythms back on track but still find yourself counting sheep on the reg, it may be time to take a different route. Studies suggest that regular (and quality) ZZZs are necessary for far more than just energy levels, affecting everything from your immune system to eating habits.
And if our yoga for insomnia flow doesn’t work for you, grab your partner and get frisky with these seven poses that are incredibly versatile on and off the mat.
Dudes have notoriously tense hips, shoulders, and hamstrings—and all that heavy lifting at the gym isn’t exactly helping. Encourage your man to limber up with these yoga poses; after all, he’ll need a bit more flexibility in his hips if he really wants to see gains in his squat.
We’re obsessed with Nike Master Yoga Ambassador Leah Kim—she’s a straight-up yogi goddess now, but before she took her journey to yoga heaven she had an office desk job … So she gets what it’s like to sit all day long. Her six simple poses? Pure bliss.
We saved the best for last! Our go-to girl—and #armgoals leader—Kate Kendall demonstrates seven moves you can do with dumbells that take the burn up a notch and seriously tone your arms.