Yoga Helps Stroke Survivors — Even Skeptical Ones

“Yoga is for girls, yoga is for hippies,” is what a group of older male veterans — and stroke survivors — told researchers who wanted to see if doing some basic yoga movements would help improve the veterans’ balance. But then the group tried yoga anyway, and boy, were they surprised. They discovered that even long after having a stroke, working on basic, easy yoga poses helped them improve their balance, as well as boost their confidence and ability to …

Do You Mind? A Stress-buster That’ll Make You Think

For dementia caregivers, it seems that daily meditation can lower depression, improve cognitive functioning-yes, we’re talking about the caregiver here-and even reduce cellular aging caused by stress. According to a recent UCLA study reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, meditation did a better job of keeping the blues at bay than a relaxation CD given to caregivers. This study may be small, but compelling because: 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s More than 15 million Americans …

Impressive Women: 93-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon Lynch

She’ll be inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records today, for Mother’s Day, as the oldest living yoga instructor ever.  And if that isn’t neat enough, the woman can turn a sharp boogie: Check out these photos of this amazing yogi in Central Park this week. What’s your Mother’s Day inspiration? Is there someone we should write about? Tell us in the comments!

The Takeaway: U.S. Retirement Assets Declining Again; Payroll Tax Deadlock Ends; World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

Americans’ retirement assets lost a total value of $1.4 trillion last quarter, the first decline since the depths of the recession three years ago, according to a new report … After initially rejecting the measure, House Republican leaders yesterday agreed to a two-month payroll tax cut extension””and, with it, an extension of federal unemployment benefits and a temporary ‘doc fix’ … And Bernice Bates, 91, has been named the world’s oldest yoga teacher by Guinness World Records.

Relajarse es muy difí­cil

Respire. Exhale. No, así­ no; respire desde el estómago. Ahora pruebe la posición del perro mirando hacia abajo (Downward Facing Dog). ¿Suena simple? Simple no significa fácil.

Relaxing Is Hard Work

Breathe in. Breathe out. No, not like that, breathe, from your stomach. Now try a Downward Facing Dog. Sound simple? Simple doesn’t mean easy. As Segunda and I have discovered, relaxing is hard work. How do you quiet the world long enough to hear your own breath when your smartphone keeps vibrating? Lady Piola and her spiritually attuned friend, Yogi Bean, make it look simple, but what about those of us who aren’t yogis or dogs, those who seem to …