Category Archives: GENERAL

Yoga Counteracts Stress & Anxiety


27 March 2014

(GAD) affects 6.8 million adults, (3.1% of the U.S. population), in any given year, with women being twice as likely to be affected; this, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA). The exact cause of GAD is elusive but there is plenty of evidence that both biological factors and life experiences, especially … READ MORE

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Ayurveda – The Basics


20 March 2014

The Sanskrit word Ayurveda comes from two root words which mean life principle and knowledge. It is a tatpurusha word (a compound of two words in the Sanskrit language  ”ayus” and “veda”). “Ayus” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science, so when the two words are combined they translate to, “Knowledge of Life” … READ MORE

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Finding Peace in Today’s World


13 March 2014

Finding peace in today’s world can be a challenge for most of us due to our work schedules, hectic lifestyles and daily responsibilities, so here are a few tips based on yoga science and philosophy that may help… First, try getting back in touch with your body. Generally when we’re not feeling peace, it’s … READ MORE

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The Importance of the Breath in Yoga


12 March 2014

              Why is proper breathing stressed so much in yoga? Other than the fact that it keeps us alive, why is the link between yoga and breathing so important? During a typical yoga class, we are instructed to practice pranayama, which means we breathe consciously, remaining connected to … READ MORE

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Listening to Your Heart


10 March 2014

If we take a moment and look deeply, most of us will realize that in our heart we feel a desire to be more in harmony with our true nature, to recognize the inherent ability to rest in who and what we really are. Plants don’t feel this desire. They cannot create an image … READ MORE

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Yoga Practice for Improved Lung Function


24 February 2014

A recent study has shown yoga practice to be beneficial for patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), an incurable, often progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe normally. COPD can include Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, or a combination of both. The participants in this study showed improvement in lung function, reduced shortness … READ MORE

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How Well is Your Head and Heart Aligned?


15 February 2014

One of our greatest strengths as humans lies in our unique ability to operate from either our head or our heart. Both our brain (with the ability to think) and our heart (with the ability to feel) are powerful organs that not only sustain life, but they are tools that can help us experience … READ MORE

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Is Ashtanga Yoga a Religion?


12 February 2014

For those who have never practiced Ashtanga Yoga, you may be wondering about this practice since it was the basis of a recent (July 2013) trial about a school yoga program in Encinitas, CA. California Judge Joe Meyer ruled that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice … READ MORE

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Meditation on the “Feeling” of Being


8 February 2014

A quick Google search of the WWW will quickly reveal just how many types of meditation there are available to practice, each with its own disciplines and techniques. The ultimate goal of each one of them is to go beyond practice and make them “seamless,” then they become your natural state. Seamless meditation is … READ MORE

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More About Vairagya (Non-Attachment)


6 February 2014

To continue where the last article (Abhyasa & Vairagya – the Two Pillars) left off… *To review – Patanjali’s definition of non-attachment (vairagya) Sutra 1.15 – drista anushravika vishaya vitrishnasya vashikara sanjna vairagyam – “When the mind is free from the desire even for objects seen, heard or described in a tradition (or in … READ MORE

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Abhyasa & Vairagya – the Two Pillars


3 February 2014

Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, gives us this definition of Yoga: Yoga Sutra 1.2 – Yogash-chitta-vritti-nirodhah – “Yoga is the mastery (or control) of the modifications (fluctuations) of the mind-field.” For practical purposes, this sutra can be translated as; “yoga is the ability to remain calm in all situations in life”. When considering “all … READ MORE

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Yoga as Science


1 February 2014

The ancient view of where yoga and science meet has been considered “yoga as science,” what does this mean to you? It is common for people when they talk about yoga to speak of it as something to do with the physical body only. But yoga is much more, it’s a science that serves the body, … READ MORE

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Jnana or Bhakti – Which Are You?


30 January 2014

The term jnani in Sanskrit literally means “one who knows things as they are” (a seer), and most often refers to someone who has pursued spiritual growth through the path of wisdom (or insight). It’ meaning is also twofold since it can be used as a noun to describe a type of person, or … READ MORE

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Five Ancient Yoga Secrets for the ULTIMATE Beauty Treatment


28 January 2014

Everyone wants to look and feel their best and this is only natural. The secret yoga has to offer is…You don’t have to spend a lot of time and/or money or subject yourself to painful cosmetic procedures to radiate your inherent, natural beauty. Here are five well-kept yoga secrets to help you to enjoy … READ MORE

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Mindfulness: Benefits & Cultivation…


22 January 2014

Mindfulness benefits… As hinted at by the definitions in the previous post, “Mindfulness – What’s the Buzz”, increasing mindfulness helps one to become more focused, more creative, happier, healthier, more relaxed, and in control, and obviously, it can also help you more fully appreciate each precious “now” moment (which is all we have in … READ MORE

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Mindfulness – What’s the Buzz?


19 January 2014

It seems as if the word “mindfulness” is seen and heard just about everywhere today, used to promote everything from weight loss regimes to being more productive at home and on the job. Being the hot topic that it is, mindfulness (like meditation) is getting more attention as more and more  studies reveal its … READ MORE

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Aids to Discovering Spiritual Truth


15 January 2014

It is often said that the ultimate truth cannot be spoken or put into words, so “indicators” are used to get the seeker to look (and experience) that truth directly. Most of us have heard the analogy that a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself. Things that point to the … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 7: Effort & Commitment)


9 December 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Effort & Commitment; Sutras 1.19 – 20) Yoga Sutras 1.19 and 1.20 describe two kinds of aspirants, both of whom can attain the goals of Yoga: 1. Advanced, born with true insight: These aspirants are those who have made tremendous advancement in previous lives and find samadhi easy to … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 6: Types of Concentration)


8 December 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Types of Concentration; Sutras 1.17 – 18) Yoga Sutras 1.17 and 1.18 describe the entire process of samadhi, the higher tool of meditation. Therefore, the whole process of yoga is summarized in these two and the preceding sutras. The remaining yoga sutras give more expanded explanations, including the … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 5: Practice & Non-Attachment, cont.)


29 November 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Practice & Non-Attachment; Sutras 1.15 – 16) Yoga Sutra (1.15) – drista anushravika vishaya vitrishnasya vashikara sanjna vairagyam. Drista means seen or perceived. Anushravika means revealed, heard (from others). Vishaya is objects, subjects or entities. Vitrishnasya is of one who is free from desire or craving. Vashikara means … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 4: Practice & Non-Attachment)


28 November 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Practice & Non-Attachment; Sutras 1.12 thru 1.14) Practice (abhyasa) and non-attachment (vairagya) are the two foundational principles on which the entire system of Yoga rests. Through the cultivation of these two principles, all other Yoga practices evolve and eventually mastery over the mind field (chitta) occurs, and allows … READ MORE

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Karma, Self-determination and Free Will


27 November 2013

Karma: this frequently heard word has entered most Western languages including English. The word karma comes from the Sanskrit root kri meaning “to do.” Karma translated is action, plain and simple, whether involuntary or voluntary, although as a religious term, karma often refers to intentional (usually moral) actions that affect our condition (or level … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 3: Un-coloring Your Thoughts – Cont.)


20 November 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Un-coloring Your Thoughts; Sutras 1.6 thru 1.11) Yoga Sutra (1.6) – pramana viparyaya vikalpa nidra smritayah. The five types of thought patterns to witness are: 1. Correct knowing (pramana) 2. Incorrect knowing (viparyaya) 3. Fantasy or imagination (vikalpa) 4. The void-ness that is deep sleep (nidra) 5. Recollection … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 2: Un-coloring Your Thoughts)


18 November 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: (Un-coloring Your Thoughts; Sutra 1.5) Part 1 (*link below) in this series ended with the forth Yoga Sutra (1.4) – vritti sarupyam itaratra, which says: “At other times, when one is not in self-realization, the Seer appears to take on the form of the modifications of the mind field, thereby … READ MORE

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The Teachings of Yoga (Part 1 – Yoga Defined)


17 November 2013

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Chapter 1: Defining – What is Yoga? (Concentration/Samadhi Pada; Yoga Sutras 1.1 thru 1.4) The first Yoga Sutra (1.1) – Atha yoga anushasanam. Atha is a most auspicious word. It is generally translated from the Sanskrit as “now.” Its purpose is to call our attention to the fact that a … READ MORE

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Yoga Provides Relief for PTSD Sufferers


14 November 2013

The number of military and veteran suicides is rising, and experts fear it will continue to increase despite aggressive suicide prevention campaigns by the government and private organizations. Some 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, a toll of about 22 per day, according to a 2012 VA study. The VA … READ MORE

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Navarasa – the 9 Rasas or Emotional Essences


13 November 2013

In Sanskrit Nava means nine and Rasa has many translations in English, and the main ones are: essence, juice, nectar, taste, or sap, but Rasa is commonly used to denote the sense of an “emotional state.” The nine Rasas were (and are) the backbone of Indian aesthetics ever since they were codified in the … READ MORE

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Yoga, Sensitivity and Intention


12 November 2013

As we fast approach the Holiday Season, it seems as though no matter how much we try to avoid it, stress inevitably will rear its ugly head.  With awareness and sensitivity it will be obvious when it is happening to you.  Once its onset is recognized we can employ the proper tools to handle … READ MORE

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Using Bandhas to “Lock-In” Your Life-Force


7 November 2013

Prana (Life-Force or Energy) flows through us continually, keeping us alive. It is this flow of Prana, which regulates the functions of our body and mind. However, when this flow or pattern becomes irregular it routinely leads to various physical and mental ailments and tensions. Our Prana, or Life-Force is much like water; it … READ MORE

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Yoga and a Grateful Heart


31 October 2013

The most natural state of the human heart is that of gratitude. And a grateful, open heart receives everything that impacts it in life, moment by moment, just like the ocean receives raindrops. There’s never any rejection or coveting of any individual drop; just each drop, each part dissolving into the whole. Similarly, our … READ MORE

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Is It Important To Be “Spiritual?”


30 October 2013

Before we examine whether someone should strive to be “spiritual” or not, we should try to reach an understanding of what is meant by being spiritual. Spirituality (being spiritual) implies different things to different people. For some people it may mean becoming more religious (religion generally referring to the worship of “God” and/or the … READ MORE

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Meditation – It’s Not What You Think!


28 October 2013

It’s also not just something you do. Meditation (Dhyāna) is a process, and may best be described as a continuous, unbroken, conscious awareness of the mind’s activities when in its raw state. Meditation, as a process, involves overcoming the distractions and dissipation of energies which then allows blissful awareness to arise. When observing the … READ MORE

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Just What is a Guru Anyway?


25 October 2013

In yesterday’s article “Looking For a Guru?” we focused on the student or aspirant’s search for a guru without fully defining exactly what a Guru is. Today we’ll try to arrive at a clearer picture of the Guru. For many people, the (overused) term guru has become a real turn-off. Immediately they imagine a … READ MORE

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Looking for a Guru?


23 October 2013

Do you wonder where to start, where to look to find a guru? You’ll find there are all kinds and types of gurus; often “guru” indicates a title for a teacher or a guide in most any subject, such as music, dance, art and sculpture, but especially religion and spirituality. We may find gurus’ … READ MORE

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Yoga, Ayurveda and Whole-Foods


21 October 2013

Both yoga and Ayurveda (the Indian Science of Healing) were inspired and developed by the great sages of ancient India, well over 5000 years ago. They were also both created to keep the body and mind strong, allowing students and practitioners to focus on what they considered their most important function, that of discovering … READ MORE

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Yoga’s Perspective on Fear & Guilt


16 October 2013

Like many other things in life, fear and guilt (in themselves) are neither good nor bad, they simply are. In any given instance, they can serve to further our goals and needs or just the opposite, they can push us further away from them. In any event, they are not to be ignored, but … READ MORE

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Develop a Positive Attitude with Yoga


14 October 2013

The essence of all yoga practice is to remain positive in any situation that we find ourselves in. By remaining positive, our interactions with ourselves, others and the world at large become brighter, more productive and perpetuate a feeling of self-satisfaction, often referred to as the “feel good factor.” As a result we become … READ MORE

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Break the Stranglehold of Thought!


10 October 2013

Can you become the master of thought? Thought can become the master of us all, and as we all probably already assume, a good thought can be a good master and a bad thought can be a bad master. Good thoughts uplift us, making our mood brighter, and making us feel like we’re “on … READ MORE

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The Siddhis – What Are They & How Should We View Them?


4 October 2013

Siddhis are the development of super natural powers by a student or aspirant of yoga when they reach the initial level or stage of samadhi called samprajnata samadhi (aka savikalpa samadhi). In this state, we are not fully immersed in the Universal (or Divine) Self. We are connected to it only from the outside … READ MORE

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The Problem of Thoughts & Yoga’s Solution


2 October 2013

To quote Eckhart Tolle, “Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it’s considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from being. It also creates a false … READ MORE

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Locating the Source of Stress & the Way of Yoga


30 September 2013

Do you ever wonder why we wake up some days and seem to breeze through the entire day without sensing any stress, frustration or anxiety, when on another day stress and anxiety seem to be inescapable? Is it something we ate or drank? Is it possible we’re the victims of random events that launch … READ MORE

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The Ego According to Yoga Philosophy


26 September 2013

Sooner or later everyone asks the question “what is the ego?”, and the general definition is usually something like this: “the ‘I’ or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.” But yoga goes a little further … READ MORE

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Principles of Health and Natural Healing


25 September 2013

Our health is determined by factors that are created (in part) from our environment. Imagine a spinning wheel in which we are the center or hub; at the outer rim (or periphery) is our natural environment and all its associated energies, e.g.; the sun, the air, water, soil etc. Within this are the spokes, … READ MORE

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Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Advaita Vedanta


23 September 2013

Basic differences and similarities of the two Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Raja Yoga) posit the Purusha and Prakriti which basically categorize the sutras as a dualistic philosophy, representing both the manifest (Purusha) and the un-manifest (Prakriti). Whereas the philosophy of Advaita (literally non-dualism), is the premier and oldest of the Vedanta schools of Indian philosophy … READ MORE

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The Wisdom of Patanjali


19 September 2013

Most students of yoga have heard of Patanjali, but if they haven’t, then it’s only a matter of time before they do. Patanjali was an Indian sage who distilled the essence of India’s spiritual/philosophical traditions, which included centuries of philosophies and practices, and condensed this knowledge into 196 “Yoga Sutras”. With these concise sutras … READ MORE

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Yoga, Love and “Connection”


18 September 2013

Yoga is “Connection” There’s numerous ways to define yoga, but each of the definitions are ultimately all about connection. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is literally translated as “to join” or “to unite” and is used to signify any form of connection. So yoga means “union,” and the purpose of yoga practice is to … READ MORE

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Common Household Toxins: Are They In Your Home?


16 September 2013

Most people are not aware that there are well over 50 toxic chemicals found in the average home in the US.  Toxins that can, over time, raise havoc with your body! It’s no wonder why more and more people are beginning to suffer from asthma, hormonal problems, headaches, depression and frequent illnesses, fatigue, etc. … READ MORE

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High Blood Pressure – Yoga Lowers the Numbers!


12 September 2013

When most people think of yoga asana (poses) flexibility, relaxation and perhaps meditation come to mind. Using yoga practice for a system of healing the body seldom enters the mind of those living in the Western hemisphere. In spite of today’s prevailing reliance on prescription medicines here in the US, yoga has been practiced … READ MORE

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Therapeutic Yoga Asana for Diabetics


11 September 2013

There are two major types of Diabetes:. Type 1 Diabetes, (aka juvenile Diabetes or insulin-dependent Diabetes), is a disorder of the body’s immune system where there is no production of insulin, and Type 2 is where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. The practice of yoga is effective as a preventive measure and … READ MORE

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Yoga Eases the Weariness


9 September 2013

Although Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can be debilitating, people who suffer from it report, first and foremost, that they experience profound fatigue that no amount of sleep or rest can relieve. It causes an assortment of non-specific symptoms including weakness, impaired memory, and fatigue (for no apparent reason), often accompanied by loss of concentration, … READ MORE

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Obstacles to Spiritual Awakening (Self-realization)


6 September 2013

“Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves.” is a famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote urging everyone to aim high and have lofty aspirations. But suppose we actually raise the level of … READ MORE

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Measuring Spiritual Growth


4 September 2013

Could you be a Saint, a Guru, a Yogi or a Zen Master?  Or maybe you’re just an ordinary decent, moral human being. How would you know for sure? Are there qualifications, or maybe some tests you can take to determine your spiritual growth?  Well, yes there are!  And “Life” is constantly giving you … READ MORE

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Yoga Helps Manage IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)


2 September 2013

Let’s start with what irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) actually is and what causes it? Contrary to common opinion IBS is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that occur together. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, meaning it is a problem caused by changes in how the GI tract … READ MORE

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Hatha or Ashtanga Yoga? A Beginning Student’s Dilemma


30 August 2013

It is often quite confusing for those interested in beginning a regular yoga practice to choose from all the yoga studios online. Which style of yoga would be best suited for them, can be a major concern. Before they figure out which class they’d be most interested in taking, they need to know what … READ MORE

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Nooch – Excellent Source of B12 for Vegan’s and Vegetarians


28 August 2013

    First, what is “Nooch?” Nooch is slang for “good tasting nutritional yeast”, a yeast that is deactivated (meaning it has no fermenting ability). It is produced by culturing pure strains of yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, it’s then dried, and packaged as flakes, both large and small. Despite … READ MORE

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The Advantages of a Plant-Based Diet (Pt. 3)


21 August 2013

Part 3 of this series continues with “Some unexpected benefits of eating a plant-based diet.” First, A lot of people who claim to be vegetarian eat more than simple plant-based foods and a little research will show that there are many different types of vegetarian diets and the four most common ones are: 1.    … READ MORE

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The Advantages of a Plant-Based Diet (Pt. 2)


19 August 2013

Part 2 of this series continues with “Reasons why you should eat plant-based diet.” Ever since the introduction of documentaries such as “Forks Over Knives” (click on – trailer), “Vegucated” (trailer), and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” (full documentary), American’s are being exposed to the ever growing list of benefits of eating a plant-based diet. … READ MORE

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The Advantages of a Plant-Based Diet (Pt. 1)


18 August 2013

This post begins a three part series discussing the advantages and benefits of a plant-based diet: Part 1 – The philosophical and ethical reasons to eat a plant-based diet instead of consuming animal products. Part 2 – Reasons why everyone should consider eating a plant-based diet. Part 3 – Some unexpected benefits of eating … READ MORE

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Brain Function – Yoga VS Aerobic Exercise…


14 August 2013

It’s time to give a little support to the yogis in the age old “yoga versus exercise” debate. A recent study shows 20 minutes of yoga beats out 20 minutes of aerobic exercise for overall positive effect on the brain’s cognitive abilities. Studies conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are … READ MORE

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Stories the Breath Can Tell


12 August 2013

Just Breathe! Well, now that sounds easy enough. After all, breathing is always there, but most people don’t realize it’s also a reliable guide for how we are feeling and how we’re doing. However, sometimes the breath gets “stuck.” We’ve all been in a situation where we are a bit tense and all of … READ MORE

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