Yoga and the Placebo Effect

Mind Over Matter

Recent studies are calling into question what we really know about a wide range of health conditions. Placebo is often found to be as effective as conventional treatments. The tendency to gloss over these findings with merely a warning against "fake medicine" overlooks more important implications.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Yoga as a Way of Getting Rid of Bad Habits

Whether it’s low self-esteem, drinking, smoking, or a lack of control, we all have bad habits that we want to change. There are a lot of techniques to accomplish this feat but, the truth is, the majority of them don’t work. We may refrain from engaging in the habit or tackle it head-on, but habits are habits for a reason. And, if we are not diligent, they often come back to haunt us.

Thankfully, there’s a way to effectively remove these unhealthy habits from your life. How? It’s quite simple really - employ a more holistic approach (like yoga) to the problem.

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The Unbearable Sweetness of Yoga

Most people who practice yoga with any consistency over time begin to recognize that the benefits extend well beyond having a strong and flexible body. But unlocking the keys to the real power of yoga often requires a fearless embrace of vulnerability that runs contrary to the image we have of yoga's fruition.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Joy in School Communities

In 2011, our community yoga studio, Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, partnered with a local public school to start an afterschool yoga club for students. Six years later, Hosh Kids has shared yoga with over 15,000 children in Brooklyn School District 14 and every child at that region's PS 196 benefits from yoga today.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Gentle is the New Advanced

Everything Old is New Again

Now that yoga class attendees who were never really into the yoga have largely migrated to Crossfit, and the once freely-given pass on safety has expired, grassroots practitioners are reclaiming the terms of their trade. The old school of yoga is resurgent, offering an antidote to a cultural infatuation with youth and body image.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Where Is Your Peak Yoga Experience?

On the Mat. Off the Mat

Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga detracts from the real draw and glory of yoga, which actually takes place outside the practice ritual.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

How to Use Every Yoga Prop and Which Ones to Try

Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is hard. Luckily, a plethora of yoga props help bring balance and stability to any yogi’s practice, whether you’re a true beginner or a seasoned professional.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

When Yoga Empowers

There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common assumptions, they do not all lead to the same conclusions or results. For purposes here, these perspectives will be referred to as:

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Yoga for Posture and Digestion - Backbends for All

Neck pain, back pain, slouched shoulders, and fatigue will all slowly and easily disappear with this supported backbend which really really is for everyone. And yes, that means you. Whether you have never tried yoga at all or are an expert yogi, these easy, supported poses are an addition to any regular or burgeoning practice. The elongation of the front of the torso, with support, counters the hunched over office/class/home spine crunch that contemporary living induces. Let full cleansing breath and increased circulation help your systems find balance and ease.

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Kiki Flynn is a Natural Lifestyle YouTuber, blogger, and podcaster. She has 33 years experience in natural and organic health and beauty as well as yoga. She works as a Wellness Coach/Consulant and Yoga Educator creating programs for thought leaders, rockstars, disability communities, and yoga teachers. Learn more about her on her website (www.kikiflynn.com), follow her blog, her YouTube Channel, and sign up for the Kiki Weekly here.

You Don't Need to Meditate

Hype surrounding meditation abounds. Wherever you look, someone is extolling the virtues of meditation while unwittingly sabotaging its occurrence. The intent is to help people better manage stress and enjoy more fulfilling lives. But what many refer to as meditation is often nothing of the sort and, with all the grandiose claims being bandied about, easily engenders more problems than it solves.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

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Doctor in lab coat holding our prescription pill bottle.
07/21/2017
Mind Over Matter Recent studies are calling into question what we really know about a wide range of health conditions. Placebo is often found to be as effective as conventional treatments.... read more
Young woman in yoga side stretch on floor in front of wooden wall
06/09/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Whether it’s low self-esteem, drinking, smoking, or a lack of control, we all have bad habits that we want to change. There are a lot of techniques to accomplish this feat but, the truth is, the... read more
Man staring intently at his reflection in mirrored window.
05/12/2017
Most people who practice yoga with any consistency over time begin to recognize that the benefits extend well beyond having a strong and flexible body. But unlocking the keys to the real power of... read more
School staff appreciation day sign over library door.
05/10/2017
In 2011, our community yoga studio, Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, partnered with a local public school to start an afterschool yoga club for students. Six years later, Hosh Kids... read more
Fit woman posing for selfie while flexing muscle.
04/28/2017
Everything Old is New Again Now that yoga class attendees who were never really into the yoga have largely migrated to Crossfit, and the once freely-given pass on safety has expired, grassroots... read more
woman in arm balance yoga pose on lake shore.
03/24/2017
On the Mat. Off the Mat Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga... read more
Woman using bolster and yoga props in seated forward bend.
03/17/2017
Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is... read more
Woman in difficult yoga arm balance pose on beach.
03/10/2017
There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common... read more
Clay sculpture of woman sitting and desk with computer.
02/10/2017
Neck pain, back pain, slouched shoulders, and fatigue will all slowly and easily disappear with this supported backbend which really really is for everyone. And yes, that means you. Whether you have... read more

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Doctor in lab coat holding our prescription pill bottle.
07/21/2017
Mind Over Matter Recent studies are calling into question what we really know about a wide range of health conditions. Placebo is often found to be as effective as conventional treatments.... read more
Young woman in yoga side stretch on floor in front of wooden wall
06/09/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Whether it’s low self-esteem, drinking, smoking, or a lack of control, we all have bad habits that we want to change. There are a lot of techniques to accomplish this feat but, the truth is, the... read more
Man staring intently at his reflection in mirrored window.
05/12/2017
Most people who practice yoga with any consistency over time begin to recognize that the benefits extend well beyond having a strong and flexible body. But unlocking the keys to the real power of... read more
School staff appreciation day sign over library door.
05/10/2017
In 2011, our community yoga studio, Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, partnered with a local public school to start an afterschool yoga club for students. Six years later, Hosh Kids... read more
Fit woman posing for selfie while flexing muscle.
04/28/2017
Everything Old is New Again Now that yoga class attendees who were never really into the yoga have largely migrated to Crossfit, and the once freely-given pass on safety has expired, grassroots... read more
woman in arm balance yoga pose on lake shore.
03/24/2017
On the Mat. Off the Mat Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga... read more
Woman using bolster and yoga props in seated forward bend.
03/17/2017
Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is... read more
Woman in difficult yoga arm balance pose on beach.
03/10/2017
There are three general sensibilities that shape the process by which someone comes to an understanding of yoga and its capacity to empower. Each approach offers benefits but, contrary to common... read more
Clay sculpture of woman sitting and desk with computer.
02/10/2017
Neck pain, back pain, slouched shoulders, and fatigue will all slowly and easily disappear with this supported backbend which really really is for everyone. And yes, that means you. Whether you have... read more

Pages