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If you have a canine companion who holds a special place in your heart, it’s especially interesting and helpful to understand how the summer season affects their health and well-being as well. When you practice intentional choice-making on behalf of your beloved dog, you can support them to have a comfortable, safe, and long life.
Within the cornucopia of medicinal plants, few possess such a wide spectrum of qualities and medicinal uses as turmeric. For countless centuries, many different cultures have used this wonderful, versatile herb to treat a myriad of diseases and ailments. The most well known medicinal action of turmeric is its use as a powerful anti-inflammatory, the […]
Qigong, pronounced “chee gung,” means literally the skill (gong) of regulating life energy (qi) to improve health. It is an ancient Chinese system of posture, exercise, respiratory techniques, and meditation. Qigong has three major applications: spiritual, athletics, and healing.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs), such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, don’t just relax us. According to a new study, they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that cause ill health and depression. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews over a decade of studies analyzing how the behavior of our […]
Do you ever feel like your mind is a computer browser with 100 tabs open all at once? You flick through them, a million thoughts swirling around your mind, pulling you down through different ideas, stories, memories, and possibilities. Let me teach you some tools to create a day that’s both productive and fun.
What do Gisele Bundchen, Jerry Seinfeld, and David Lynch have in common? At first glance, almost nearly nothing, but a deeper dive reveals they are all hardcore advocates for Transcendental Meditation, an ancient practice—with statistically proven benefits—that first gained popularity when the Beatles tapped into their Eastern side in the late ’60s, and George Harrison […]
For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga. I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit. I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym. […]
The word “boundary” means something that establishes a limit. But healthy emotional boundaries can do just the opposite—they can give us a sense of freedom, personal space, and empowerment. Like that old saying, “Good fences make good neighbors,” good boundaries can lay the foundation for positive relationships in all areas—with self, friends, colleagues, and family.
Does power yoga really help in making you shed those extra pounds? The answer is yes! Power yoga includes some cardiovascular exercises that definitely promote weight loss. Did you know that yoga is considered to be much more effective in making you lose weight when compared to other forms of exercise?
But what is it? Think of qigong as the grandmother of tai chi, an ancient Asian practice — and one of the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine — that combines gentle breathing, flowing movements and mindfulness meditation. Followers like the simple practice for a variety of reasons, including its purported ability to restore wellness, […]
“Yoga” means union that brings an incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective state for communion of the human soul with divinity. It ensures optimal condition of every aspect of life, be it body, mind, energy or soul.
If you can barely keep your eyes open during the work day or have a tough time making it through that dreaded afternoon slump, it might me time to rethink your diet. Instead of popping open a sugary, belly-fattening energy drink or pouring yet another cup of coffee, load up on these nutrient-rich, energy-sustaining foods […]
The latest wellness trend spreading throughout the U.S has nothing to do with exercise or nutrition. Instead, people are heading to studios to sit with their breath and their thoughts. Yes, meditation is drawing crowds, according to this Washington Post piece. In Washington D.C. alone, three new meditation centers have opened in the last few […]
Being overweight is stressful on the body, and stress can worsen obesity-related health issues and make it harder to shed pounds—throwing people into a vicious cycle that seems impossible to escape. Now, a new study published in the journal Obesity offers a strategy that may help.
The living room is a place for gathering with loved ones, relaxing and enjoying socializing and leisure time. But a poorly arranged living room can cause stress and anxiety, while a carefully designed living room that respects the guidelines of Feng Shui can provide a calming and productive energy.
If you had a cold, you might decide to power through your workday. But if you had the flu, you’d likely need to stay home and rest.And no one would call you weak for getting the flu. In fact, your co-workers would likely thank you for not coming into the office when you’re sick.
While many studies have focused on how mindfulness meditation affects newcomers to the practice, a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh examined the brains of long-time meditators specifically when they were not meditating. “MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s ‘fight or flight’ center, the amygdala, appears […]
People order larger portions, eat more and feel less full when they’re consuming food that’s been portrayed as “healthy” in its packaging, according to a report published recently in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs), such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, don’t just relax us. According to a new study, they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that cause ill health and depression.
Meditation is just as effective as painkillers in alleviating discomfort in the human body, a new study has found.
Most people have the desire to maintain a youthful appearance as the years pass by. However, there are factors that usually make our youthful appearance disappear or diminish as we age.
We all want to be happy. We want a new car, a bigger house, or a promotion at work. But what we really want is what we think these things will bring us: happiness. How come we’ve got it so wrong? What is it that “happy people” do that makes the difference?
Hair loss is an issue that both men and women are concerned about. It can affect the way you look and feel about yourself. In some cases, it can even weigh your self-confidence down. Hair loss can occur for many reasons, such as stress, frequent use of chemicals, heat tools, diseases and hormonal changes. However, […]
According to one feng shui expert, there’s one design mistake that many people make when it comes to designing their bedroom and it’s wreaking havoc on their sleep and health.
Walking can be another wonderful opportunity to cultivate mindfulness. Movement can strengthen our awareness and sometimes is a more accessible object for meditation than the breath.
We’re not always fans of the health practices Gwyneth Paltrow endorses (remember that whole jade egg thing?!). But last weekend at her Goop Health Summit, Paltrow and her friends did discuss some pretty interesting topics. Among them? Orgasmic meditation.
Life offers many blessings and joys but along with those happy moments are times of disappointment and chaos. These moments can deliver unwanted stress into our lives. Finding ways to relieve stress and feelings of anxiety from daily routine can help with battling these hurdles. Many turn to yoga in hopes to find peace during […]
You can head off a lot of your most common beauty concerns simply by downing the right foods. That’s right—eating well not only does wonders for your waistline and bolsters your immune system but can also provide some very real get-gorg benefits, such as smoothing wrinkles, giving hair a glossy shine and strengthening flimsy nails.
Next time you’re dragging, put down the coffee and pick up one of these foods as an alternative way to get a healthy, natural energy boost.
In Ayurveda we place a strong emphasis on digestion. In fact, when treating illness, correcting the digestion is almost always the first line of treatment. Digestion is said to be the work of fire element in the body (called agni in Sanskrit). It is this fire that digests our food, provides us with warmth and […]
The typical American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms. All this, combined with a plethora of other challenging environmental factors (such as lack of rest, psychological stress, and pharmaceutical drugs), mean it’s […]
Zen, mindfulness, and meditation in general are believed to promote psychological and physical well-being. But why? An emerging generation of neuroscientists is fast unveiling the hidden workings of meditation.
Color is the essence of every room design. When you first set out to plan your room, the first thought is usually the color. However many apartment renters overlook the importance of using color to improve the living space, or as we like to call it the color feng shui. If you look at the […]
“Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo You’ve probably noticed that talk about mindfulness meditation is much more common today than it was just a few years ago. Nowadays, I hear about mindfulness meditation from a variety of different sources: on the news, television talk […]
Oral health means more than just ‘good teeth’ – it is integral to general health, essential for our well-being, and is a determinant of quality of life. It allows us to speak, smile, kiss, touch, taste, chew, swallow and cry. If oral health is not maintained it may lead to significant time lost from school, […]
Can we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate. We may not yet understand the mechanism through which body postures influence our psychological states, but our recent […]
Who doesn’t love picnics and barbecues? Thing is, if you don’t practice safe food preparation, outdoor eating can also set the stage for foodborne illness. Every year approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick, and 128,000 are hospitalized from foodborne diseases, according to the CDC.
It was impossible not to enjoy my first Tai Chi practice. Our guide and instructor, Bud, led a hike through glorious red mountains outside St. George, Utah, to a ridge with a breathtaking view. The sky was blue and still. He led us through a series of gentle, flowing movements, and finished by playing mystical […]
For many years I practiced and taught meditation and Mindfulness as a part of a wider program of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology. Some years ago I began to distance myself from a system that I was starting to feel was too narrowly sectarian to be widely beneficial. It was not that there was anything fundamentally […]