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Take Back Your Core

Row Your Boat<p>Shutterstock<p><b>What it tests:</b><p>This exercise assesses stability and fluidity of movement, as well as muscular imbalances between the various core muscles.<p><b>How to:</b><br>Lie down on the floor, face up. Keeping your pelvis on the floor, and lift your torso and legs into a "V" shape. Return slowly to …

Stretching

Essential Yoga Stretches for Lower Back Pain

If you have occasional or chronic pain in your lower back, you're not alone. Low back pain is very common, especially as you age. Having a job where …

10 Podcasts That’ll Help You Be Your Healthiest Self

Whether you’re trying to take more steps, max out your ClassPass membership with majorly helpful insider hacks or eat better by bringing healthy lunches to work, a lack of motivation is bound to happen. So what’s a girl to do when it’s a struggle to summon some willpower? Phone a friend, turn to …

5 Effective Exercises for Weight Loss and Fitness

What do you want from your workouts? If you really think about it, you probably want a workout that's short, effective, easy to follow, and fun. Or …

7 Things That Will Happen When You Start Doing Planks Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

This Move Is a Gamechanger for Your Gams

So get on your feet and get started!<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!</i><p><b>Single-leg bench getup</b><b>:</b> With the help of a bench, your butt, …

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get …

Breathe better to move better: Train to breathe like a pro athlete

Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga Conditioning, a yoga style designed to help athletes move, breathe and focus better. She's the yoga trainer for the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic and dozens of pros in the National Football …

Yoga

6 Trainers Share Their Favorite Exercises for a Tighter, Sexier Butt

Show your booty some (tough) love with these serious strengthening moves.

6 Trainers' Favorite Exercises for Stronger, Sculpted Arms

Get seriously impressive guns with these six smart moves.

How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running

Build a runner's body — and bragging rights — in weeks.<p>Non-runners tend to share one distinct talent: They're brilliant at making excuses. But unless you're legitimately injured, there's no good reason to write off one of the simplest physical activities — regardless of your current fitness …

Hungry for that 6-pack? 3 simple exercises to try during your lunch break

<i>If you have just a few minutes to fire up that core, you’re in luck! We’re giving you three simple exercises that work your core, target your obliques and define your midsection for this week's edition of Tone Up Tuesdays.</i><p>Sneaking in fitness moves throughout the day is one of our favorite ways to …

Workouts

4 Standing Moves for a Super-Flat Stomach

Pooch, be gone.<p>You can get a stronger center without unfurling an exercise mat. In fact, the standing abdominals routine below hits all of the muscles that make up your core, from your abs to your hips, your pelvis to your lower back.<p>Check out the four exercises in our handy video and pin-able …

Who Needs a Yoga Studio? 5 Key Pointers to Practice Yoga All By Yourself

You don't need to belong to a yoga studio to reap the awesome rewards of a dedicated yoga practice. Here’s how to find your own way<p>Here's a secret: it's hard for everyone to establish a home yoga practice—even for me! We become reliant on the guidance and voice of a knowledgeable teacher to lead us …

9-Step Yoga Sun Salutation -- To Find Balance on the Autumnal Equinox

The seasons are in that awkward phase again -- I can tell from the way my sundress reproaches me for pairing her with suede boots. To loosely paraphrase the philosopher Britney Spears, "it's not summer, not yet autumn." But it's nothing I can't deal with by engaging in my seasonal yoga ritual: The …

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

Yoga Poses You Can Do Without Leaving Your Bed

Good news for yogis and sleep enthusiasts alike: You can take your practice to bed.<p>And there is good reason to do so. The ancient practice of yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength and flexibility, stress relief and even a sunnier disposition -- benefits …

Yoga for an Immune System 'Boost Up'

<i>by Holly Walck, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher</i><p>There are countless studies that show that yoga improves immune functioning, most recently the one mentioned in a post here by Dr. Eliaz that describes "how yoga is actually working to benefit us on the genetic level."<p>The online Oxford English …

5 Yoga Myths Debunked

<i>After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Managing teacher Terrence Monte already told us how to find our yoga match, now</i> …

Have You Tried AcroYoga?

Here’s what you need to know about the newest yoga craze<p>Tired of your same-old Vinyasa? It might be time to mix up your yoga routine. A new kind of partner-based practice called AcroYoga is trending right now. The restorative yoga practice combines yoga and acrobatics, using gravity and your own …

Heart-Pumping Yoga

Burn major calories with this vinyasa flow yoga routine<p>Cardio Yoga<p>Vinyasa flow is specifically designed to build heat and keep your heart rate up with a series of demanding standing poses, twists, and inversions held for long periods. I've burned up to 400 calories during a 90-minute class! And the …

There Are So Many Kinds Of Yoga. This Chart Can Help.

You and yoga have a complicated relationship. Sometimes you want it to kick your butt and leave you recharged, dripping in sweat, and other times, you just want it to help you wind down.<p>Lucky for you, there are so many types to choose from. Having trouble deciding? This chart from YogaTrail.com …

The Life Out Loud: Yoga for Eating Disorders

When she was my editor at Intent.com, a "spiritual Twitter" (as I fondly call it) and blogging platform founded by Deepak Chopra's extraordinary daughter Mallika, I had no idea that Chelsea Roff was only 20 years old. She inspired me with her depth, wisdom, and compassion in writing her own posts, …

Muscle-Sculpting Yoga

Build long, lean muscles with this yoga routine<p>Yoga Strong<p>"How did you get those arms? Do you lift weights?" Yogis hear these questions all the time and smile knowingly as they respond, "Nope. Just yoga." Yoga requires nothing but ourselves—no weights, no machines, just the ability to lift and hold …

Yoga for Bedtime

Need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep?<p>Short Meditation<p>Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close your eyes and rest your hands on …

Yoga Therapy, Krishnamacharya and Desikachar: An Interview With Sonia Nelson

<i>I recently interviewed Sonia Nelson by email. I had the good fortune of having Sonia as my first yoga teacher. She is one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world today, and is looked to as an authoritative source in the fields of yoga therapy and Vedic Chant. She founded the Vedic Chant Center</i> …

The 5 Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Morning

Morning time: The birds are singing, you haven’t checked your e-mail yet, and you have a moment of peace before the day attacks. This is your opportunity to start the day off right. Like the common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning exercise routine is one of …