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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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Help for handling stress

August 21, 2013

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by Ada Porat — Are you getting your seven hours of free time a day? According to new research from Direct Line Insurance, seven hours — or six hours 59 minutes to be precise — is the minimum we need for a perfect work/life balance. The reality, of course, is a different matter. On average, […]

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Helping kids help themselves by using yoga

August 11, 2013

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by Jennifer Schaecher —  There has been lots of talk lately about yoga and its myriad benefits. Strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation and energy — you can experience all of them through the practice of yoga. But, you can get even more out of it if you invite the kids to participate, too. A few schools […]

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Establishing a regular yoga practice

July 22, 2013

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by Kathleen Bryant —  You arrive home from your weekly yoga class, feeling blissful. The next morning, the alarm rings, you jump out of bed and it is off to work. You are a little sore from class the night before, but you still feel great. By the end of the day, you are plain […]

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Attaining an authentic connection through yoga

May 13, 2013

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by Preeti Wanage —  To practice yoga in the classical sense is to practice an authentic connection with God. Yoga, a Sanskrit term, means yoke or union — a union with the divine. While people have been trying for thousands of years to achieve a spiritual state in many different ways, their efforts do not […]

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Laughter and Haha Yoga

May 10, 2013

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by Wayne H. Purdin —  Scientists have found that laughter decreases the level of immunosuppressive hormones in the blood, while boosting the number of white blood cells that fight free radicals and tumor cells. Laughter also increases serotonin, which produces a natural high, provides a mini-aerobic workout, massages muscles, decreases pain and diverts the mind […]

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The unique benefits of prenatal yoga

May 8, 2013

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by Karen L. Glick —  As the practice of yoga in the United States continues to grow in popularity, we learn more about its many benefits. Most of us begin our interest in yoga as a supplementary approach to physical fitness. However, as we continue to practice, we experience the mind-body-spirit connection so often referenced […]

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Eat your way to a healthy heart

March 31, 2013

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by Dr. Toni Vaughan —  It is a fact that the foods we eat can significantly influence our heart health. The problem is that everyday we are bombarded with new information about what constitutes a heart-healthy diet. The following steps offer a simple and practical approach to achieving a heart-healthy lifestyle. • Increase healthy fats […]

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Excessive stress can make you sick

March 8, 2013

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by Dr. Nicholas Warner —  It is no big secret that stress can affect a person’s immune system, but can excessive stress literally make you sick? Based on recently published animal research, Australian scientists believe the answer to that question is a definite “yes,” and they have discovered the substance responsible for causing stress-related illness. […]

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Helpful hints for a healthier lifestyle

March 4, 2013

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by Cory Lemberger —  Have fun! Really enjoy what you do, because stress is dangerous to your fragile, healthy cells. The following hints are general health recommendations. Your own health requirements may differ, so make sure to consult your health care provider to determine what is right for you. • Keep your energetic pathways clear […]

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A yogic view of the chakras

February 28, 2013

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by Kathleen Bryant —  An 11th-century Islamic mystic said, “The body should be studied, not only by those who wish to be doctors, but by those who wish to attain a more intimate knowledge of God.” We can study the body via books and lectures, but it is through yoga practices that the body becomes […]

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Establishing a daily sadhana

January 31, 2013

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by Kathleen Bryant —  Many yoga practitioners begin with asana, the physical postures of Hatha Yoga. Gradually, as asana opens the physical body, a person’s mind and heart open and there is a desire to expand “the yoga zone” into other areas of life. Philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings […]

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Falling off the balance beam

January 17, 2013

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by Dr. Tom Stempel —  We often hear people say, “I feel out of balance.” Usually they are referring to spiritual or emotional feelings, but if you observe them closely, you can often see that the emotional or spiritual imbalance also causes them to be out of balance physically. Tight neck or shoulder muscles may […]

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