Low on energy? Try these easy yoga asanas to open your heart chakras


Lockdown or not, we all have been feeling out of sync of late. Experiencing loss of energy is common, considering how stressful the past few months have been. Luckily, practising a simple yoga posture can drive away your blues.

Bollywood actress Tamanaah is someone who places fitness first and there are a lot of lessons you can learn from the 30-year-old. In a recent post, she performs this yoga asana to open up her heart chakra.


Ashtanga Yoga, Mental Health & the Pandemic

Self Fitness August 12, 2020 By Apple Mandy

How Ashtanga Yoga’s Rigorous Poses Have Helped My Mental Health During the Pandemic

Unsplash – Jane Stephens @jadestephens

I don’t know how I would have made it through the pandemic, and my transition to living in New York City, without Ashtanga yoga. I moved to NYC from Hong Kong in January, two months before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Throughout the 18 months of the immigration process, I found myself riding a wave of emotions—from frustration to anger and sadness. I decided to devote myself to Ashtanga yoga, which I had encountered during a trip to Mysore, India, the birthplace of the practice. The practice has so far given me such emotional stability.

Ashtanga can be an intimidating practice. For one thing, it’s quite physical and athletic, particularly when compared to Hatha yoga (which is the kind of yoga that probably comes to mind when you hear the word yoga). The Primary Series, which I’ve been practicing for eight months now, is the foundation of the Ashtanga method. It’s made up of a variety of asanas (postures) that are done while standing, seated, and twisting, as well as in backbends and inversions. When I first started practicing it, I found myself getting frustrated. I couldn’t touch my toes and balance myself in seated poses like Ubhaya Padangustasana (or Double Toe Hold, which you can see here).


Chair Yoga 101 with Jivana Heyman

If you have different abilities, chair yoga might be a great start for you. Read about this offering from AimHealthyU. There are other options available also.

Chair Yoga 101 with Jivana Heyman

Many folks feel insecure about starting yoga because it can seem like a difficult and even dangerous activity. But there are safe, effective ways of practicing yoga. Join Jivana Heyman, the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, for a four-week live, virtual workshop that will explore how to practice asana safely in a chair. You’ll learn how adapting the practice can offer the same physical—as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual—benefits. The workshop starts in November.


Brooke Shields Shares the Lower-Body Workout That Gives Her Toned Glutes at 55

I was so excited to see this on my timeline. I love my yoga burn band. Remember, a resistance band is included with the Yoga Burn Total Body Challenge 12 week program. 😉

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Photo: IG @brookeshields

Woman’s Day – Nicol Natale August 10, 2020

Brooke Shields is the queen of home workouts, and her latest fitness post proves she isn’t slowing down. Every Wednesday, the model and actress shares new exercises on Instagram Live with trainer Ngo Okafor, and this week the duo focused on glutes and arms.


A 5-minute Yoga routine for sleep

By Stephanie Mansour, CNN
Wed August 12, 2020

PBS host Stephanie Mansour of "Step It Up With Step"; shares a nighttime yoga routine for better sleep. Shown here is pigeon pose.
PBS host Stephanie Mansour of “Step It Up With Step”; shares a nighttime yoga routine for better sleep. Shown here is pigeon pose.

Having a morning routine to boost energy is a great way to start the day, but what if you wake up every morning knowing that your bedtime routine is really to blame for your lack of energy and focus? A good night’s rest isn’t just important for energy and focus; research has shown that it’s especially important for a strong immune system and fighting off infection — something that’s top of mind especially because of the pandemic.

Maybe your sleep has taken a hit amid the uncertainty of our current times. Perhaps you fall asleep easily but have a difficult time staying asleep. Or, you’ve spent countless nights lying awake in bed frustrated because you can’t fall asleep. One study showed a high frequency of insomnia during the pandemic. And some sleep neurologists are even calling it “Covid-somnia.”

Whatever your situation is, this five-minute yoga routine to help you sleep better every single night. 


How To Do A Forearm Plank Correctly, From A Fitness Instructor

MindBodyGreen – By Sarah Regan August 8, 2020

Unsplash – Sarah Cervantes @scervantes82

If you want a move that works your whole body, plank pose is a great place to start. And if you’re looking to kick it up a notch to challenge yourself even more, consider forearm plank.

Forearm plank can be a part of yoga flows, bodyweight workouts, or even a stand-alone exercise whenever you want to get your heart pumping and core shaking.

Learn how to do it—plus why it’s so beneficial—from certified yoga instructor…


73-year-old workout junkie shows off incredible transformation in side-by-side photos

Yahoo Life – By Emerald Pellot August 7, 2020

Joan MacDonald is a 73-year-old fitness fanatic, but she didn’t begin her health journey until 2017.

At the time, MacDonald was on medication for high blood pressure and acid reflux. She suffered from edema, painful arthritis, fatigue and had trouble walking down the stairs. That’s when her daughter Michelle had a heart-to-heart with MacDonald and the 70-year decided it was time to workout and make healthier choices. (continued)


Yoga Supports Heart Health

U.S. News & World Report – Health

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor Aug. 7, 2020

Yoga’s powerful effects can help you avoid and manage heart disease.
Photo: Kike Vega – Unsplash

WE’VE BEEN TOLD FOR years that exercise is good for us and we need to get more of it in order to avoid or manage some of the most common chronic health conditions facing American adults these days including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, offers lots of benefits that can combat these conditions, says Amanda Leone, an exercise physiologist at Riverside University Health System in southern California. (continued)


Online Yoga and Meditation Classes for IBD Patients

Everyday Health – Newsletter

By Kaitlin Sullivan Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD August 6, 2020

black man doing yoga on mat with laptop
Online yoga classes can help you relieve IBD symptoms without leaving the comfort of your home.Marija Mandic/Stocksy

Yoga, breathwork, and meditation can stamp out stress and soothe IBD pain. For people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), staying physically and mentally fit is paramount in order to keep symptoms at bay. But setting foot in a gym during the novel coronavirus pandemic isn’t top of mind for everyone, especially those who are immunocompromised. (continued)