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  • A Muslim woman talking on her cellphone with a water bottle in hand, sitting on a gray yoga mat in the living room after her workout.
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    Is Yoga Haram?

    “That’s haram,” comments someone on a friend’s Facebook photo wherein she was doing a yoga pose with me. As a yoga teacher whose studio is near a Muslim community, I’ve had many Islamic people who are interested in trying yoga ask me this question: “Is yoga haram?”  At first, I didn’t know what to answer. […] More

  • A woman practicing yoga outdoors using two orange blocks.
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    What Are Yoga Blocks Made of? (Everything You Need to Know)

    “I can’t reach my toes,” said no yogi ever since he discovered yoga blocks. Yoga blocks are excellent props to use for your yoga practice. This article will explain what yoga blocks are made of, their benefits and uses, and my top three recommended yoga blocks. Yoga Blocks and Their History Yoga blocks, or as […] More

  • A woman doing yoga and preparing to do Side Plank Pose at an indoor gym with free weights and other exercise equipment around her.
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    Yoga vs. Gym (Find What’s Best for You)

    Yoga and gym are often talked about as if they are opposites of one another. For some people, the gym ticks all the boxes. Others argue that yoga is superior.  I have had plenty of gym memberships and attended hundreds of yoga classes. As a certified yoga teacher, I taught at studios, community halls, gyms, […] More

  • A woman doing her yoga routine at home beside a large window by the dining area.
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    What Happens If You Do Yoga Twice a Week?

    When you practice yoga twice a week, many physical, mental, and emotional health changes could happen. In this article, I’ll explain these changes and give you tips on how to find ways to fit yoga into your busy schedule  This is what happens. You Will Feel Fewer Aches and Pains There is no doubt yoga […] More

  • A close-up shot of a woman's well-defined abs while doing Side Plank Pose in a white sports top and gray yoga pants.
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    Does Yoga Give You Abs? Here’s the Rock-Hard Truth

    “I want to have abs,” says most of my yoga students when I ask them why they practice yoga. In almost every yoga class I have ever taught, there is always at least one student who comes to me and asks, “Does yoga give abs?” Of course, their goal is to have the ever-elusive six-pack […] More

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    Do Nose Exercises Work? (Our Verdict: Potent or Fake?)

    Do you want to change the shape of your nose? If so, you are not alone. A “nose job” is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 207,000 people had a nose job in 2019 alone.  Unfortunately, while it is an […] More

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    How Long to Hold a Yoga Pose (Move with Your Breath)

    When it comes to yoga, no one size fits all. Yoga poses can look different in each individual doing the pose. It’s also the same when it comes to holding a pose.  Many of my students who do a home yoga practice ask me how long to hold a yoga pose, and the simple answer […] More

  • A woman demonstrating flexibility while doing a yoga pose on a yellow mat outdoors.
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    What is Forrest Yoga? (You Should Try It)

    Do you spend many days complaining about back pain like me? Or are you one of those people who have carpal tunnel syndrome? These physical ailments are so common today.  But what if I tell you you’re just a yoga class away (really a few) from saying goodbye to these modern-day pains? Plus, you get […] More

  • A plus-size woman doing Warrior 2 pose on a bright yellow yoga mat indoors.
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    13 Practical Tips: Yoga for Plus Size Beginners

    “I’m too fat for yoga,” said many of my friends.  There’s a misconception that you have to be thin to do yoga. I can’t blame them because I’ve been in their shoes before. At some point in my life, I was overweight. I wanted to try pole fitness. But I didn’t go to the studio […] More

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    Is Yoga Aerobic or Anaerobic?

    As a yoga teacher, students often ask me if yoga is an aerobic or an anaerobic exercise. So, is yoga aerobic or anaerobic? To answer this question, let’s first understand what aerobic and anaerobic exercises are and to which group yoga belongs. What is an Aerobic Exercise? An aerobic exercise is any activity that provides […] More

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    Slow is the New Fast: Slow Flow Yoga and Its Benefits

    Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power Yoga—these are some of the most popular styles of yoga. Admittedly, these styles live the purpose of yoga asanas (postures), preparing the body for sitting in meditation for long periods. However, with the prevalence of injuries caused by yoga, I think it’s time we consider slowing down and practicing Slow Flow Yoga […] More

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