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)


You Can Do This Yoga Flow for Strength in 20 Minutes

 Well+Good By Tehrene Firman

Photo: Jared Rice – Unsplash

When you’re trying to improve your strength, your first thought is probably to add a bunch of weight training or bodyweight sweat sessions to your weekly workout schedule. How can you not build strong muscles with the help of deadlifts and jump squats? One thing you might not realize, though, is that a yoga flow is an incredibly effective way to increase your strength, too.

Nike Master trainer Traci Copeland shared a yoga flow for strength that increases your muscle strength and offers relaxation all at the same time. (continued)


What It’s Like to Teach Yoga Over Zoom

Photo: @andreapiacquadio_

The Cut – By Charlotte Cowles mytwocents@nymag.com

The Cut asked readers to share what they’re doing with their money — or lack thereof — in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Amanda Gloria Valdes is a 38-year-old yoga instructor who spent eight years building her niche in New York’s competitive industry. In March, she was suddenly unemployed for the first time in her life, and found herself jockeying for clients online. She spoke with The Cut about what it’s like teaching from her parents’ living room in New Jersey, and why the yoga studio business model was never sustainable in the first place. 👇


Here are 5 simple hacks to burn fat while you sleep


It is known to all that to lose weight, dieting and exercising are crucial. But what if we say that you can shed weight even while sleeping, provided you follow some easy tricks.

Yes, the idea might seem far-fetched but it is possible. Your sleeping routine has a major impact on your mood as well as your body weight. Disruptive sleep pattern may force the body to hold onto fat when it really should not, thereby causing weight gain. So, if you think that you are burning more calories by staying awake late at night, then you might need to reconsider your decision. We will tell you 5 hacks to torch more calories while sleeping.