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Living the yogic life: Taking yoga off the mat

March 15, 2014

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by Kathleen Bryant —  The body is our physical vehicle, the means by which we move through life. According to the yoga sutras, purifying the body is the first step in preparing for higher consciousness. That is why it is so important to establish a daily routine that combines yoga and Ayurveda, a pairing that […]

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Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga

February 17, 2014

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Pick Your Yoga Practice

Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga by Meagan McCrary — On the surface, it may appear that yoga is yoga, but take a closer look and you will discover myriad different yoga systems and lineages. Dozens of yoga styles are available to choose from and, while yoga is for everyone, […]

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Health facts — Current health updates

January 25, 2014

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by  Dr. Nicholas Warner —  This article reports on the effects of exercise on depression, the affect of bed rest on low back pain, and caffeine and chronic daily headaches.   Exercise may help reduce depression A 1997 study found that mild to moderate major depressive disorder (MDD) ranked second behind heart disease in terms of […]

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Uptight? Try stretching

January 23, 2014

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by Mimi Solaire —  Stretching not only relaxes the body but also has a calming effect on the mind and emotions. Some of the benefits of stretching include mental and physical relaxation; body awareness; reduction of muscular tension and soreness; production of chemicals that lubricate connective tissues and joints, helping reduce injury to joints, ligaments, […]

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Feeling and living better with arthritis

January 15, 2014

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by Jennifer Schaecher —  If you are one of the 20 to 40 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, you may wonder what you can do to alleviate the pain. Have you tried exercise? Numerous medical studies demonstrate that exercise improves — even relieves — arthritis pain. People who choose […]

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Rolfing and chronic pain

January 14, 2014

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by Deanna Melnychuk —  When chronic pain envelops you, it is hard to be a concerned parent, a loving spouse or a dedicated employee. Your whole life becomes wrapped up in the next tablet to ease the pain. Rolfing can help alleviate certain kinds of chronic pain. These are pains caused by the shortening, tightening […]

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Why are our favorite foods making us fat?

January 11, 2014

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  by Scott White —  Why is it that we crave coffee, candy, cookies and all the goodies that are so bad for us? A visit to any location of the world’s most successful coffeehouse chain provides a clear glimpse into the American food addiction. As a nation, we’re now experiencing more disease, obesity, depression, […]

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How running has made me a better mother

December 31, 2013

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by Sophie Walker —  When my daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 8, we were both in trouble. No one seemed to understand how to help, and I felt overwhelmed by the task of finding the support Grace needed. I felt as though I was failing her. I decided to train […]

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Choosing the best yoga style for you

December 23, 2013

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by Meagan McCrary —  We are heading into the darkest days of winter with the promise of a new year on the not-so-distant horizon. As we make the transition, we have the opportunity to reflect on the closing year and set intentions for the upcoming one. Whether you want to become lithe and toned, address […]

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Can you pass the breath test?

October 21, 2013

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by Mimi Solaire —  To take the breath test, place your right hand on your chest, your left hand on your abdomen and take a deep breath. As you inhale, do you feel your chest or your abdomen rise? If your felt your chest rise, you are breathing backwards. Most people do not breathe efficiently. […]

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Healing shame, fear and the addictive mind

October 15, 2013

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by Paul Stiles Randak —  The journey toward healing and personal freedom requires one to address the nature and origin of past wounds. These wounds, which formed at a very early age, are the result of events and relationships in one’s life where the authentic or artistic self was abandoned or injured. Releasing oneself from […]

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The nature of yoga

October 1, 2013

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by Kathleen Bryant —  Like its symbol, the lotus, the practice of yoga unfolds a petal at a time. Asana, the physical posture of yoga, comprises only one of eight limbs or aspects of yoga. The others include ethical behavior, personal disciplines, breath and energy work, and progressive levels of concentration and meditation. Many Westerners […]

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Self-help for irritable bowel syndrome

September 28, 2013

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by Julia Busch —  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also called spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach or irritable colon, is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. It affects approximately 10 to 20 percent of the general population. Considered a “functional” disorder that does not damage the bowel, the condition is caused by […]

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