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Can I practice yoga if I have a bad back?

Jason Brown, New York, NY
“There are many possible issues that could constitute a "bad back." If you have a recently herniated disc, you should consult your doctor or PT to determine the direction of the herniation. Generally speaking, be mindful to not overly flex your lower spine during any kind of forward bending....” Read more
Stephanie Culen, New York, NY
“Yes, yoga postures can be extremely beneficial for hurting backs and bad backs. It is always good to work with a certified yoga instructor to assist you with the correct positioning of the postures so you don't exacerbate an existing condition. Some of the best strengtheners for back issues...” Read more
Kim-Lien Kendall, New York, NY
“There is no such thing as a "bad" back, and that kind of thinking can lead one to resent and limit their own bodies. There are certainly physical limitations and pain that we can have that cause us to feel as if our back is not as healthy as we want it to be, but ultimately our backs are good...” Read more
Melissa Gutierrez, New York, NY
“Yes, and you probably should. It has been proven time and again that yoga helps many back problems. The key is to practice under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher that: 1) Has a strong knowledge of anatomy. When you describe your back pain, your teacher will be able to tailor your yoga...” Read more
Megan Ridge, Bethlehem, PA
“Absolutely. Seek out a gentle yoga class at first and see how your back feels afterwards. If anything hurts, come out of the pose.” Read more
Deborah Caruana, New York, NY
“If the pain is sharp, get it checked out right away. If its dull and achy, practice restorative yoga. Listen to your body. If it hurts ease up. Gently stretch your hamstrings. Do gentle cobras with breath. Work your core for support (gently). If the pain lasts more than a few days, get it...” Read more
Archarya Girish Jha, Marlboro, NJ
“why not but it all depends on the teacher what and how he helps you in introducing groups of practices . yoga is much more than the practices of poses alone if you ask Buddha - how many poses he practiced. he will smile and keep silent as yoga is consciousness based approach that applies...” Read more

I want to boost my sex drive.

Ancient Greeks worshipped Eros, the god of lust, whose arrows aroused passion in whomever they struck. Hindus? They had the Kama Sutra, the Sanskrit text with step-by-step instructions for 64 sexual positions. And the Babylonians believed that all sexual activity in the world ceased when Ishtar, the goddess of love, war and sex, descended to the underworld.

As for us—well, most of us are not copulating in 64 positions. In fact, 44 percent of women reported having sexual problems, with low libido the most common one, according to a 2008 study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Men aren't the sex-mad, testosterone-driven animals we see in movies either. Actually, low desire in men might just be America's best-kept secret; some experts say it affects a quarter of all men.

Everything from stress to hormonal changes can prevent us from getting our groove on. For women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, hormonal birth control and menopause can all contribute to a lagging libido.…

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Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are the superstars of healthy fatty acids, improving the health of the heart, brain, skin and other internal organs and enhancing quality of life in myriad ways.

A fundamental building block for the body, this essential nutrient is part of the cell membrane and plays a role in the function of cell receptors. Omega-3 fatty acids work wonders for healthy bodies, making brains smarter and hearts stronger. For bodies fighting illness, this fatty acid is one of the most powerful nutrients, able to battle conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to cancer to depression.

There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Scientists have not determined whether one type is healthier than the other. At any rate, most Americans lack both types.

Among the many health benefits of omega-3 fats, evidence is strongest for heart health. Omega-3's lower blood…

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Bikram yoga

Bikram Yoga—or "hot yoga"—is a version of yoga that takes place in a room heated to 105 degrees. Twenty-six hatha yoga-inspired poses and two breathing exercises are repeated twice during a typical Bikram yoga session.

Bikram yoga practitioners believe the body is something akin to wax—the hotter it gets, the more malleable it becomes. According to this theory, heat prevents injuries and allows more flexibility.

The inevitable sweat is also said to flush impurities out of the body (along with the usual benefits of yoga exercise).

This is not to say that the experience is entirely pleasant; the founder, Bikram Choudhury, has called the studios "torture chambers." Inversions (upside down poses) are not performed in standard Bikram practice.

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