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4 Gentle Yoga Poses That Will Help Balance Your Hormones | Prevention

We all know that chronic stress can do a number on our bodies because it causes our hormones—specifically, adrenaline and cortisol—to go haywire. Among other not-so-fun symptoms, too much cortisol can cause weight gain and suppress the immune system. But never fear: Yoga might help keep these hormones in check. Read More...

The Life Changing Practice of Softening into Your Authentic Self | The Divine Feminine Yoga Telesummit

In February 2016, I was one of 25 featured experts in women’s empowerment and yoga for The Divine Feminine Yoga Conference. Judith Lasater, Angela Farmer, Sally Kempton, Amy Weintraub, Nischala Joy Devi and many other amazing teachers shared their personal stories and encouragement to live more authentically even in the face of self-doubt or fear. Read More...

Yoga to Harmonize with the Season | Kripalu Thrive Blog

Winter is nature’s time of hibernation, retreat, and contraction. As winter’s cold, wet, dark, and heavy qualities increase around us, they grow within us as well. Winter demands that we move inward for rest and replenishment, just as the earth stops producing in order to build a new reserve and be bountiful again in spring. Read More...

Can you eat 'smart' and boost your brain power? | Fox News

When it comes to brain health, it seems nothing is more confusing than advice about what we eat and drink. The media’s obsessional reporting of every new finding on diet and memory (no matter how small or obscure the study) merely reflects our own anxieties about how the food on our table may literally turn the tables on our long-term vitality. Strident statements and specific instructions are increasingly made. Read More...

How To Dodge A Binge Before It Sucks You In | Women's Health Magazine

We've all been there. Despite that green smoothie you managed to get down this morning, it takes just one snarky e-mail/bad customer service experience/inconsiderate neighbor for you to end up knuckle deep in a jar of chunky peanut butter. The good news: Bingeing doesn't have to be your go-to coping method. Here are nine ways to gain control of your emotional eating for good.
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How To Lose 23 Pounds | Prevention

After a recent move from New Orleans to New York, Brandie Hopstein found herself 30 pounds heavier, unhappy, and ready for a change. So when she met our 28-Day Challenge leaders at the photo shoot for the May issueof Prevention—Hopstein was in charge of making personal trainer Chris Freytag and best-selling author Chris Karr look their best—she knew she had to join. Read More... 

Oh, So This Is Why Yogis Are So Zen | Prevention

Doing yoga regularly not only keeps you calm, but it may also help you recover faster following a stressful situation, according to a new study published in BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Researchers found that those who practiced yoga for 90 minutes or more a day were more resilient to stress than those who did yoga infrequently or not at all. Read More... 

How To Prevent A Binge Before It Starts | Prevention

We've all been there. Despite that green smoothie you managed to get down this morning, it takes just one snarky email/very unfriendly customer service run-in/inconsiderate neighbor to park in your spot and—the next thing you know—you're knuckle deep in a jar of chunky peanut butter and you don't know what happened to that block of sharp cheddar. The good news: bingeing doesn't have to be your go-to coping method. Here are 11 ways to gain control of your emotional eating for good. Read More...

Beat Stress in the New Year with Yoga | Yahoo beauty

40 million American adults are affected by an anxiety disorder, but most of us are so busy we inevitably drop any self-care routine we’re already forced to squeeze in, leaving even the best of us exhausted.  Financial pressure, an overscheduled calendar, and exceedingly expectations from your office, family, and friends all need to be offset with something healthier than post-work cocktails. Read More...

Skip the 'Quick Fix', resolve to pause more | Yoga dork

For many, the drop of the ball has long been an alarm bell to “fix” what we don’t like about ourselves so we will feel better. We resolve to be thinner, healthier, wealthier, more ambitious, more confident, etc. However, our urge to “change” ourselves, or our conditions, is often driven by a deeper unconscious desire to avoid, cover up, or numb out what we are really feeling. For instance, let me tell you a little bit about my annual urge to cut bangs. Read More...

Sleepasana: Yoga Can Help You Sleep | Yahoo Beauty

You’ve tried chamomile tea and melatonin, you’ve even sprayed your pillow with lavender oil, but you still can’t sleep. Believe it or not, yoga can help. A Harvard study on insomnia found that people who consistently practiced yoga for just eight weeks enjoyed significantly better sleep—both their length of slumber and its quality improved. Read More...

Gentle Yoga for Serious weight loss | the daily hIIT

I’m a big fan of my power yoga, a good ol’ hot vinyasa flow that’s a workout and a half and leaves you in a puddle of your own sweat, unsure of your legs’ ability to get you to your car. BUT, there’s something to be said for restorative yoga too, and New Jersey-based yoga teacher Jillian Pransky can definitely attest to that. Read More...

Calm in the Flow with Jillian Pransky | YogaCity

'Tis the season of holiday hype that garners all types of imbalances. To stay centered amidst the buzz, Sleuth relies on the practice more than ever, and class with Jillian Pransky seemed like a great way to get grounded. Well-known for her “chill-out” teachings, I was excited to experience a Vinyasa Flow with Yoga Work’s director of restorative teacher training. Read More... 

The Best Type Of Exercise To Instantly Feel Better About Your Body | Prevention

If you’ve ever relished in the triumphant walk to the shower after a really good workout, you don’t need science (or us) to tell you that exercise feels just as good on the inside as it makes you look on the outside. But now, a new study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine finds the feel-good effect can differ depending on the exercise. Read More...

The Craziest Thing I Have Done For Love | Mantra Magazine

I learned to forgive, to relax, to keep my heart open when I wanted to close it, and mostly to love myself. All this, for me, was pretty crazy stuff. Read More...

Lose Weight, Boost Energy, Find Serenity: The Power of Yoga | Family Circle

With the popularity of yoga continuing to soar, we asked three yogis to help you discover some of the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Baron Baptiste, founder of the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows how a dynamic sequence can burn fat and build lean muscle. Lilias Folan, who introduced yoga to the masses in the '70s with her TV series Lillias! Yoga and You, shares fatigue-fighting poses that can be done anytime of day. And Jillian Pransky, a senior instructor at Be Yoga in New York City, teaches gentle poses for tight muscles and a busy mind. Read More...

Restorative Yoga for Fitness Professionals | ACE 

Stressed out? Exhausted from hardcore workouts? Having trouble bouncing back? For many clients (and fitness pros!) these are day-to-day realities. Immersed in a fast-paced world crammed with high-intensity training and high-pressure demands, many of us find regular psychological and physical renewal all but impossible. Read More... 

Do This. Lose Weight. | Prevention

Despite not knowing exactly how sweating so little can work so well, scientists are piecing together a compelling story about gentle yoga. Its basic outlines will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a self-help book. Changes in the body change the mind, which changes behavior, which reinforces changes in the both mind and body. In this case, what's profound is what this virtuous loop ultimately changes: the body's very shape and size. Read More...

How Yoga Makes You A Nicer Person | Prevention

As if a toned body and calmer mind weren’t enough, practicing yoga also makes you a nicer person—who just happens to have better sex, according to two new studies. According to a Journal of Holistic Nursing study, yogis credit their practice for making them nicer, kinder, and more patient. And just two hours of yoga a week is enough for a boost in the bedroom, finds a study from the International Society For Sexual Medicine. Read More...

Metta Meditation: A Blend of Imagery, Intention, and Observation That Can Change Your Life | Yoga Dork

If you are human, like me, then you probably have some people in your life that the mere thought of them can instantaneously agitate you. Maybe make you feel angry or hurt. And you know that if only they would change, then you could finally have a more loving relationship with them. If only they would change. Read More...

The Surprising Way Gentle Yoga Can Help You Lose Serious Weight | Prevention

Jillian Pransky wasn't always the calming, glowing presence she is today. Twenty years ago, the New Jersey-based yogi was as fired up by the corporate ladder as she was by the step classes and rigorous marathon training she subjected her body to. If it was hard, she was into it, and as a natural result, she was sometimes as stressed as the students who now flock to her slow-flow vinyasa and restorative classes. Read More...

The 10 Minute Gentle Yoga Routine That Can Help You Lose Weight | Prevention 

We rise in the morning with the best of intentions, but without actually setting an intention, it can be hard to stick with even the simplest plan. This 10-minute series, created by yoga teacher Jillian Pransky, helps you get laser-focused on your own breath—something you can go back to (instead of that bag of salty chips) no matter how hairy things get.  Read More...

On Solid Ground | Yoga Journal

It's been a long week, so you sign up for a Friday evening restorative yoga class. Unwinding with some rejuvenating supported postures for an hour and a half sounds perfect—almost like a minivacation. But moments after you close your eyes and immerse yourself in the first pose, an unexpected visitor arrives: anxiety. Read More...

The Art of Escape | Yoga Journal  

One of my favorite vacations ever began with a nasty fight over my laptop. It was mid—June, and my then—fiancé and I were packing for a road trip that would take us on a wide and wiggly circle through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Read More...

Tranquil Tummy | Yoga Journal

Soothe a troubled digestive system with these natural remedies. According to Ayurveda, gas and constipation are signs of disturbed vata and low agni . Vata, meaning "wind" governs our body's internal and external motion. Read More...

Learn to Stay Quiet | Yoga Journal

To learn what true relaxation feels like for you—and to extend this feeling beyond your yoga practice  so it stays with you throughout your vacation and afterward—try this exercise, created by New York yoga teacher Jillian Pransky, called Eye Open Savasana. Read More...

Season of Change | Yoga Journal

 "I look at autumn as a transition into a new year," she says. "I look at nature: The harvest is over, and it's time to clear out. It's an opportunity to till the soil and plant the seeds for next year's harvest. Once we do this for ourselves, we can recommit to what is working for us and set ourselves up to get more of what nourishes us in our lives." Read More...

Beyond the Studio: Retreats Part 1 | Yoga Journal

What could possibly go wrong while leading a yoga retreat at an exotic locale? Lots. Learn from the experience of other teachers before you choose the location. Zack Kurland's first retreat to Kerala, India last year sounded amazing: 10 days in the country, learning about Ayurveda  from a master who makes his own oils from jungle plants, and receiving treatments and massages. Read More...

Yoga Retreats Part II | Yoga Journal

Once you've chosen your setting and decided how to organize your students' time, there's still a consideration that, in the eyes of many, looms above the rest: the meals. Ask yoga teachers who have led retreats to name the most important factor outside of the retreat location, and they will invariably say it's the food. "Bad food can make or break the weekend," says Jillian Pransky. Read More...

Yoga Retreats Part III | Yoga Journal

In Part III of our Yoga Retreats series, we'll take a look at three key considerations: attracting students, making them feel well cared for, and dealing with the inevitable legal considerations protecting both them and you.

Expanding Into The Heart Of Winter + 10 Minute Restorative Goddess Practice (VIDEO) | YogaDork Ed

Winter is nature’s time of hibernation, retreat, and contraction. As winter’s cold, wet, dark, and heavy qualities increase around us, they grow within us as well. Nature demands that we insulate more as winter encourages us to wear more layers, stay inside, and do fewer activities outdoors. Read More...

Flowing into Spring's Rigor and Renewal | YogaDork Ed

This past weekend I led a spring yoga retreat at Mohonk Mountain in New Paltz, NY. With morning temperatures at a frigid 29 degrees, the only sign of spring was no snow on the ground and a radiant, but teasing sun. Because spring alleviates the heaviness of winter with its fresh, effervescent energy, we tend to forget that it also comes with a rigorous intensity. It’s like nature’s way of *‘Rolfing’ the environment (and us.) Read More...

Time to Spring Up: Lighten Your Mind to Brighten Your Life | YogaDork Ed

For as long as I can remember, I have loved spring. It is a joyful season. Nature’s regeneration ignites our faith and happiness; with the buds bursting and birds singing our hearts organically bloom open. Optimism flows more effortlessly. Read More...

From Tight to Tender: Opening the Heart in Loving-Kindness | YogaDork Ed

February 14, 2011, was the most heart opening Valentine’s Day to date… As the sun rose my father passed on. And forever now, Valentines Day will be truly a day that takes me deep into the heart. Amazingly, if you asked me a few years before what it would be like for me to go through this loss, and through the three months of his illness, my answer would have included words like “anxious, scared, frozen, tight, angry, etc…” Read More...

Learning to Receive and Restore: The Benefits and Significance of Restorative Yoga  | YogaDork Ed

I was originally drawn to yoga in the early 90s as an athlete and a typical over achiever.  I played sports all my life, was a collegiate soccer player, a marathon runner, and an avid 7-day a week aerobics junkie.  In my business career I held a fast paced position as a Mass Market, Marketing Director for a Major Publishing house. After work, and every day between 1986-1994, I taught 5 fitness classes a week. That was until I discovered yoga. Read More...

Lessons of Impermanence: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind  | YogaDork Ed

Tragedy, disaster, our deepest challenges, leave us feeling strangely present. They force us to stop, immediately. Seizing our attention. Convincing us, instantly, to open our eyes, ears, mind and eventually our hearts. Oddly, this is very similar to the type of presence we are practicing cultivating on our yoga mats and meditation cushions. To show up most fully. Read More...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Training for Meditation | YogaDork Ed

Let’s be straight, sometimes our life circumstances just plain suck. This is often the very heart of the teachings I have received from the masters I study with. What I learn from them, what I also know to be true from my own practice and life experience, is that while my situation sucks, I don’t have to. How I respond is up to me. Read More...

Love Is In the Air – Reduce Stress, Get More Air Time with Your Own Oxygen Mask | YogaDork Ed

Mohonk Mountain House is a three-mile drive up a beautiful, winding, narrow and sometimes heart rate inducing, mountain road. I visit several times a year and while it’s one of my favorite places, I often wondered how an emergency is handled when you’re three miles up a mountain. I found out in April. Read More...

Jillian Pransky on the Key Ingredient to Digestive Health This Season  | YogaDork Ed

In Yoga and Ayurveda we believe that digestion is the cornerstone of good health; everything that is taken in must be chewed and broken down. We must be able to assimilate that which will contribute to our well being and release that which would become toxic if built up. Read More...

Yoga to Harmonize with the Season | Kripalu Thrive

Winter is nature’s time of hibernation, retreat, and contraction. As winter’s cold, wet, dark, and heavy qualities increase around us, they grow within us as well. Winter demands that we move inward for rest and replenishment, just as the earth stops producing in order to build a new reserve and be bountiful again in spring. While it’s natural to slow down at this time, we also need to keep winter’s heavier qualities in balance. Read More...

The Language of Yoga: Prana | YogaGlo

Prana comes from the prefix “pra,” and the root word, “an,” which means to breathe. The word translates as “to breathe forth,” or often even more simply, “life.” Jillian Pransky, director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga teacher training for YogaWorks, and a founding Director of Bright Spirit Yoga Trainings, says that the concept goes back thousands of years, to the ancient writings known as the Vedas. Read More...

Om Baby | Kiwi Magazine

Hoping for a(nother) baby? Yoga can help. To boost your fertility try the Reclining Goddess (or Supta Baddha Konasana) pose, suggests Jillian Pransky, Yoga Works director of restorative yoga teacher training. It encourages relaxation while opening the flow of energy and increasing circulation to the reproductive organs. Read more...

 Surrender to Serenity : Restorative Yoga | Family Circle

The demands of daily life build tension in our bodies. Restorative yoga counters tightness by allowing us to be completely still and let go. Jillian Pransky, creator of relaxmore, guides you through this serene series. Read More...

Reaching Toward Serenity | BE 

Even the most skilled multitaskers among us--while we'd hate to admit it--find it difficult to balance the demands of a career and household and still have energy in the reserve supply for friends and family. Fortunately here's one surefire way to regain our balance when the stress level heats up. Read More...

Profiting from Fitness Retreats | Fitness Journal

Have you ever dreamed of taking your clients on a fitness retreat to Mexico.? Or a weekend of hiking in your local mountains? Maybe you've imagined leading an introspective Pilates retreat, a five star motivational weekend or an energizing boot-camp getaway?  Read More...

Yoga Simplified | Simplicity Magazine

 Yoga is everywhere these days: it is in health clubs, movies, magazines, fashion, television, and even the work place. The reason for yoga’s growing popularity is it provides tangible physical benefits but also helps people gain a deeper awareness and acceptance of themselves. The list of Yoga’s benefits are endless. It balances, strengthens, opens, purifies, and relaxes the body, nervous system and mind. Read More...

Please Walk on the Grass | New Jersey Life & Leisure

Most likely you or someone you know does or has done yoga. It's everywhere these days: in health clubs, movies, magazines, fashion, television, even the work place. The reason for yoga's growing popularity is not only that it provides tangible physical health benefits but it also help people gain a deeper awareness of themselves and a feeling of peace with the world around them. Read More...

The Guest Blog: Turn, Turn, Turn | YogaCity

My 6 year old, William has been asking a lot of questions these past few weeks. With a bit of anxiety he asks, “When will I die?… How old will I be when you die?… Will you be alive when I’m 40?… I don’t want to live with out you!… I want to live forever.” Etc. Etc. Etc. Read More...

On Tension, Trauma, and Healing | Molly O'Neill Yoga Blog

“You are a walking summary of everything you’ve come into contact with, digested and undigested.” Jillian Pransky spoke those words, rooted in Ayurvedic wisdom, in a restorative workshop I took earlier this year. It was an eight-hour training day that changed the way I look at restoratives, relaxation, and the yoga practice as a whole. Read More...

Legs Up The Wall | myYogaWorks Videos

This 5 minute video features a guided gentle supported inversion that can refresh and cleanse the body and mind! It's the perfect way to end or take a break from your work day. See the full video.

Relax and Rejuvenate | myYogaWorks Videos

Slow down and refresh your energy with this short restorative video practice. It's perfect for spring-time renewal, during any cleansing period, or whenever you need more ease, quiet and nourishment. See the full video.