Taking a flexible approach to what is yoga

Back Bay Yoga during its hip-hop yoga class.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

From Acro to Broga, niche offshoots have been designed to attract people who might not practice on their own.

Deep Breath

Back to school means extra attention

As school starts again, some parents breathe a sigh of relief. Others find the transition back to school more anxiety-provoking.

Gearing Up

Kick it up a notch for soccer season

Soccer, in New England, is a chief extracurricular activity. Here’s what kids might need to stay safe and work hard on the field.

NUTRITION

New study links iron levels and appetite

A surprising new study has found that iron-rich foods could increase appetite and lead to overeating.

Deep Breath.

First college class: stress 101

A full 50 percent of college students face a mental health problem, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.

Jim Koch kayaked in Apponagansett Bay in South Dartmouth.

My workout: Jim Koch

The chief executive of the Boston Beer Co., which brews Sam Adams, talks about how he avoids the dreaded beer belly.

Health

How clean are your greens? Not very

There’s a booming business in spinach that is pre-washed, according to the packaging. But how clean does that actually make it?

designed by Jane Martin, photo by Pat Greenhouse

Salt vs. sugar, a nutrition battle royale

Many feel somewhat better about grabbing forbidden snacks that are sweet as opposed to those that are salty.

deep breath

On mission to Mars, stress management is key

NASA is particularly concerned about astronaut stress as it begins plans to send a spacecraft to Mars in 2030.

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It’s best to get a doctor’s note

Most patients have the legal right to read a doctor’s notes after an appointment, yet few do so.

gearing up

Games for a little summer fun?

Turn boredom into delightfully leisurely activity with these lawn games to spice up your last days of summer.

Social media helps agencies reach people in crisis

The humanitarian medical agency Doctors Without Borders found itself facing a dual crisis.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.