Joe Palese took his first yoga class in the 1990s, right as the practice began gaining in popularity in the United States.
The New York Times excerpt, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body," was enough to knock the zen out of the yoga community.
People who suffer from chronic back pain may find some relief in yoga or intensive stretching, but neither form of exercise appears to be more effective than the other, a new study suggests.
For millions of Americans, yoga and Pilates keep the body toned and the mind on an even keel. For some, yoga and Pilates are also great business.
Rebuilding your confidence after a job loss can be difficult. It's easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself, which can cause you to doubt your ability to land a new position. If that happens, make bouncing back your top priority.
When Dr. Carolyn LaFleur was in a car accident six years ago, she couldn't move her neck for a year and a half, she had terrible pain in her hip, and she would get headaches at her temples.
Famed Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev broke his hunger strike Sunday, nine days after it started to protest government corruption.
Riot police broke up an anti-corruption hunger strike led by India's most famous guru in an overnight night raid in New Delhi, giving fresh impetus to the nation's Hindu nationalist opposition to target the federal government for its handling of graft.
The actor opens up about his addictions and says he'd "love for it to work out" between him and Courteney Cox
The actress brought more than 15 people, including Chelsea Handler, on vacation
If you've ever wanted to run away and join the circus, Beverly Sobelman -- intrepid aerial artist and midlife career changer -- can show you how.
With restaurants, salons and yoga studios from coast to coast using the services of flash-sale websites to offer deep discounts to customers, paying full price seems downright silly.
Fibromyalgia patients who aren't getting relief from prescription drugs and are in too much pain to exercise may want to try yoga, a new study suggests.
HLN's Showbiz Tonight panel weighs in on whether or not the crowd booed at Sarah Palin on "Dancing with the Stars."
Adventurer Reid Stowe is due to set foot on dry land Thursday for the first time in over three years.
Sarah McLachlan talks about the return of Lilith and the breakup of her marriage.
As the female-powered Lilith Fair hits the road this summer for the first time in 11 years, only one artist will be performing at all 36 dates: festival co-founder Sarah McLachlan.
Plus: Jessica Biel cools down after a yoga class and more star sightings
Can yoga replace strength training? I switched from doing two 40-minute full-body strength training routines to doing two hourlong power yoga classes each week. I'm concerned about losing muscle (and gaining weight). I don't necessarily feel the need to GAIN muscle, but don't want to lose the "toned" look and don't want my metabolism to slow due to muscle loss. I'm in my late 20s.
Three weeks into his personal search for his daughter in Nepal, Colorado lawyer Paul Sacco keeps running into this: The last trace of 23-year-old Aubrey Sacco was at a hotel a day after she began hiking in the Asian country in April.
Cancer survivors often feel fatigued and have trouble sleeping for months -- or even years -- after their last chemotherapy or radiation session. Now, a new study shows that yoga can help them sleep better, feel more energized, and cut back on sleeping medications.
A Colorado man and his son began flying to Nepal on Monday evening to help search for his 23-year-old daughter, who he says failed to contact her family after hiking there alone last month.
â¢ With wife Gisele BÃ¼ndchen busy promoting her line of Ipanema flip-flops in Paris, hubby Tom Brady focused on his personal fitness. The football star was spotted stretching and doing yoga with a trainer next to the rooftop pool at the Hotel Le Bristol. Says an admirer, "He's very blonde and beautiful in person."
When I moved from New York City to Chicago to live with my boyfriend, now husband, I knew I was making sacrifices.
About a decade ago, I dated a guy who every time his name was mentioned, inspired my girlfriends to sing the theme song to Batman.
Gigi reaches up into her sun salutation. She steps back into her high lunge and kicks her legs straight into plank pose, a push-up she holds without wobbling for 10 seconds before looking up impatiently at her yoga teacher.
Once an oddity in the fitness world, yoga for kids is being taught around the world from Decatur, Georgia to Moscow.
Fashion isn't an industry typically known for its commitment to selflessness (or, for that matter, sitting quietly). But for more than 20 years, Jacalyn Bennett has been building a booming lingerie business on the unlikely principles of spirituality, benevolence and meditation.
I don't do dogs and I don't do yoga.
CNN's Lola Ogunnaike reports on a new trend that combines yoga and man's best friend.
It's an industry that continues to thrive amid the recession. Kareen Wynter exlpores the success of video games.
When Christopher Moore isn't jumping rope, shooting baskets or playing the board game Chutes and Ladders, the 8-year-old can often be found at home using his ninja fighting skills, protecting the world from would-be enemies.
Brendan Kenney has seen enough bad news about the economy.
Business owners and workers in Boston talk about the economic downturn. CNN's Bob Crowley reports.
The post-baby weight mom, returning to 90210, admits she's winning at "poo"
There's the cobra, the cat and the downward-facing dog.
The goal of yoga is to achieve inner peace. The class is a dream with beluga whales as instructors. CNN's Felipe Barral reports.
As recession-rattled Americans look to stretch their dollars, it looks like yoga is a little luxury they're holding on to -- or adding to -- their schedules in the hopes of shedding some stress.
A middle-aged woman arrives at yoga class, a guide dog beside her wheelchair. She slides onto a mat on the floor and begins warming up with help from the instructor, stretching her knee and leg muscles to the side.
I am surprised that women are technically still not allowed to take part in direct combat; in my opinion nobody knows how to fight better. Sure, we might be missing some of the brawn, but I think we more than make up for it with two equally essential war-fighting attributes: patience and pain tolerance.
CNN's Judy Fortin looks at a new way to combat signs of facial aging.
I call my friend Betsy "Besty" for two reasons: first, because she's one of the best-beloved people in my life, and second, because anything she tries, she does better than anyone else in the world.
Two years ago on labor day I stumbled onto Bikram yoga in a studio on West 72nd Street in New York City and was hooked within a week. Now it's an integral part of how I run my business.
Are you truly happy? Where you live, what you do and how much sex you have just might be the answer! The biggest complainer Oprah knows is her makeup artist Reggie Wells. After a recent "Oprah Show," he agreed to take Pastor Will Bowen's complaint-free challenge. Reggie wears a purple wristband, and every time he utters a complaint, he has to change the wrist he wears it on.
Scrubs star John C. McGinley and his wife Nichole welcomed a daughter, Billie Grace, on Saturday, the actor tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Joel Vetsch of Colstrip, Montana, describes how the death of actor Heath Ledger has affected him.
CNN.com reader Kristy O'Connor took a prenatal yoga class with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams and says she was "in awe of his devotion and attention to Michelle." Reader Dena Michnowih says she came across Ledger in Brooklyn, New York, teaching his young daughter Matilda her right from her left, and was enchanted.
As Angela Kinsey settles into her pregnancy, she's getting much more experimental with the snack food than she is with the baby names.
CNN's Anjali Rao interviews Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar on his history of yoga
A 1938 yoga instruction video, the first of its kind. If yoga is a worldwide cultural phenomenon today, it is thanks to one man -- the grandmaster of yoga, BKS Iyengar. From a previously complex discipline only passed down from master to student, Iyengar -- or Guru ji, as he is respectfully called -- took yoga to the masses.
Yoga enthusiasts say the routine practice of making funny faces can take years off your appearance.
Yoga is being used to reduce stress and anxiety in an Atlanta area school. CNN's Judy Fortin has more.
Fourth-grade teacher Elisabeth Beckwith wants her students at Fernbank Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, to pay attention to a lesson on Greek mythology.
In recent years, this fishing town -- and next-wave surf spot -- has turned into a popular rest stop for Inca Trail hikers.
A loving family, A-list friends and a new TV show: Brooke Shields seems to have her hands full. But the actress says she's ready for another baby.
Six years ago, you probably didn't know Rachael Ray from Ray Liotta, Billy Ray Cyrus, or a manta ray. But unless you've been swimming with the manta rays ever since, you know who she is now. So how, in less time than it takes most of us to change our hairstyles, did she go from buyer at a gourmet grocery in upstate New York to nationally known TV star, magazine editor, and purveyor of kitchen tools? By marketing herself and her ideas as shrewdly as any multibillion-dollar corporation pitching its latest widget. On the following pages, Ray and four other name-brand entrepreneurs share the secrets they used to build their eponymous empires. Even if you don't aspire to have your name stamped on anodized cookware, you'll learn valuable lessons about selling your most valuable asset: yourself.
Living on Bondi Beach last summer I used to walk past a strange group who gathered by the skateboard ramps each Saturday morning. They were in a semi circle -- bent double trying to quake with a weird, fake sounding laughter.
Veteran movie-goers have learned the lesson many times before, but it can't be repeated too often: when it comes to hunting, the most dangerous prey of all is man.
Here are the fitness offerings from a sampling of major hotel chains:
Between his day job as a venture capitalist and as a father of 10 and 12-year-old children, Ravi Ugale fits the odd yoga class into his schedule when he can.
When Chip Wilson took his first yoga class in 1997, the fashions on the mats around him were abysmal. Everyone wore Lycra because it stretched, but it was hardly flattering. As Wilson points out, "...
The kitchen-products queen first picked up yoga while with the Peace Corps in Fiji. Now she practices it daily, gaining strength and flexibility that makes her a better runner, golfer, and traveler...
For Susan Nichols, success really was a combination of inspiration and perspiration. During a yoga class in New York in May 2000, her sweaty left foot slipped during the chaturanga pose, causing Ni...
Where are the best values in spa vacation? Budget Travel magazine picked their favorites in different regions around the nation.
FORGET OBSESSIVE PUTTING AND MONSTER graphite drivers: A growing number of luxury resorts are touting yoga as the newest way to hone your handicap. California's famed Pebble Beach had such a strong...
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Not long ago, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia seemed eager to put as much distance as possible between itself and its famous founder.
Like her four fellow "New You Revolution" participants, Thekla Fischer is recording regular journal entries documenting her efforts to break bad habits over the program's eight-week run.
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Stability balls have been used for decades in physical rehabilitation clinics around the world. But these days, stability balls have gone mainstream as personal trainers, group fitness classes and home exercise videos have all embraced this versatile and economical piece of training equipment.
Yoga has been around for more than 5000 years, and thanks to celebrities like Madonna, it has quickly become one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the United States. But buff arms and a yoga-booty aren't the only reasons Americans are flocking to yoga.
Yogi Bikram Choudhury, 57, is going to the mat for his empire.
Rudyard Kipling once pointed out San Francisco's one drawback: 'Tis hard to leave. That's still true today, even after the Internet bust that hit the Northern California economy so hard.
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