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Healthy eating lowers your risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, but it’s not yet clear if that’s true for Alzheimer’s disease as well. “I can’t write a prescription for broccoli and say this will help—yet,” says Sam Gandy MD, PhD, the associate director of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in […]
As a feng shui master, I get this question so often I’ve almost come to expect it. When I first got started designing people’s homes, I wondered if my practice could actually make a difference in people’s money and abundance. I approached it with a healthy amount of skepticism, but I was excited to experiment.
The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi is often overlooked as a form of exercise even though the practice has countless health benefits that include stress reduction, increased flexibility, and now, according to a new study, an improvement in depression symptoms.
Garrison Institute looks a little like Hogwarts. The retreat center is housed in a former monastery amid tranquil green hills overlooking the Hudson River, 60 miles north and a world away from New York City. Inside the airy chapel on a recent summer afternoon, about 35 educators from the U.S. and at least five foreign […]
Missy Hart grew up in Redwood City, Calif. — in gangs, on the street, in the foster care system and in institutions. “Where I’m from,” the 26-year-old says, “you’re constantly in alert mode, like fight or flight.” But at age 13, when she was incarcerated in juvenile hall for using marijuana, she found herself closing […]
Have you ever found yourself driving mindlessly home and when you arrive home you can’t recall how you got there? You were so wrapped up in your thoughts that one part of the mind acted out of habit to get you home safely without your awareness of what path you took. Our habits are pretty […]
When was the last time you sat quietly at your desk and did nothing but think? How would you react if you observed a peer, employee, or manager doing so? Encouraging employees to slow down to focus on the present can seem at odds with a corporate culture of speed and goal attainment.
When it comes to managing stress, the Eastern traditions may be especially effective. The Western health model is based on diagnosing the underlying cause of a problem and then finding an active medical or behavioral intervention to remove it. People with chronic illness are often urged to “stay strong,” or to have “a fighting spirit.”
This school year, my younger daughter’s teacher started doing yoga with her students every morning. The kids love it because it’s fun, and the teacher has seen huge improvements in the students’ behavior, attitudes, and moods. I’m amazed at the benefits these blossoming yogis gain! Seven particularly helpful benefits illustrate why yoga is wonderful for […]
Over the past year or so I’ve become increasingly meditation curious. “Do you meditate?” I ask friends and new acquaintances. (I’m always surprised by who says “yes.”) My interest was sparked last July when I spent a weekend with two close college friends. We had a gray-shingled beach house to ourselves—no husbands, no kids, no […]
It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight […]
The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.
A good bedroom form can enhance our positive energy and act as a conducive environment to boost our health. Your bedroom may be lavishly designed with dedicated theme, imported material and expensive furniture, but try to think about this: if you still find yourselves waking up feeling tired and restless than ever, the luxuries of […]
If you’re pregnant, chances are you’re more than a little bit anxious about childbirth. But according to a new study, a simple practice could make both your experience in the delivery room and your early days as a mother more pleasant.
Your heart is a muscle, and just like any other, you have to work it out to keep it strong. (And by that, we don’t mean heart rate-boosting cardio, though that helps too.) Whether you’re “training” your heart for romantic love, self love, or food love, the best way to flex those heart-warming muscles is […]
Most women believe that they are likely to suffer from breast cancer, but did you know that heart disease claims the lives of 6 times as many women world over as breast cancer?! Hypertension or high blood pressure affects almost 35% of all adults and almost 60% of those over the age of 60.
Aging has been around for as long as we have—so you’d think we might have accepted it by now. By the same token, you’d think we’d also had enough of cats on the internet, but they’re just so darn cute. The past 20 years has given birth to a booming “anti-aging” industry, replete with creams, […]
The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests.
In our first installment of the Meditation How-Tos marriage advice series, the Kundalini guide behind Benshen, Desiree Pais, gives you the step-by-step methods you need to practice to stay focused and calm before, during, and after you tie the knot. I’m about to tell you the secret to planning the best wedding of your life.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal formula composed of the powder of three fruits: amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. The word ‘phala’ in Sanskrit means fruit. Fruit is the essence of the tree itself and these three fruits have different healing properties in part due to its five different tastes.
Some people have no problem bringing in the abundance they need… but find it more challenging to actually keep what they make. It comes in, and flows out, in and out… And after a while, even if you’re super grateful that it keeps coming in, it’s demoralizing that after making so much money you have […]
Last year, I underwent surgery, intended to repair an incisional hernia stemming from a cesarean section when I had my youngest son. In my career as a mobility coach in professional sports, I’ve helped numerous athletes rehabilitate from sports hernia surgeries, so I was familiar with the recovery process and had set my expectations accordingly.
It is no secret or surprise that practicing yoga can yield tremendous benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Luckily, the explosion of research supporting mindfulness-based therapies in the healthcare field has meant that more investigators are also looking into the specific benefits of yoga.
Although I teach and study mindfulness — we all have our moments. I just gave the biggest speech of my life, for TEDx Athens, and… I procrastinated on writing it. I procrastinated so much I finished a 33-page book proposal instead of writing the talk!
Spirituality is the way you find meaning, hope, comfort, and inner peace in your life. Many people find spirituality through religion. Some people find it through music, art, or a connection with nature. Others find it in their values and principles.
While I’m tending to the soreness, stiffness, and pain with self-care and doctor’s visits, as a yoga practitioner, I find it somewhat amusing that I don’t have a more extraordinary story to tell. It’s not like I hurt myself attempting a one-handed handstand or anything; I just tripped and fell.
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If you have ever experienced itchy, watery eyes, dry cough or nasal symptoms of seasonal allergies, then you are well aware of how uncomfortable, and at times, physically limiting they can be. Can you beat allergies by balancing your dosha? Allergic responses are our body’s way of defending against and trying to eliminate foreign substances […]
When Rob Stephens, a 22-year-old senior, walks into the Mindfulness Room at Carnegie Mellon University, he leaves his homework and stress at the door. He is surrounded by a waterfall wall, plants, lots of natural light and an open space with cushions on the floor — a 24/7 space is set aside for meditation or […]
There are some things that don’t just metaphorically change your brain, but physically change it, too. Mindfulness (along with narcotics) is one of them, but it changes it for the better. You’ve probably heard all the buzz about mindfulness, and if you practice yoga in a studio on a regular basis, you might even be […]
If your closets have no more space, and the kitchen drawers are stuffed to the brim with stir sticks from Starbucks and soy sauce packets from the Chinese takeout, it’s time to take action. “We often begin a new year with renewed intentions for positive shifts in various aspects of our lives,” says California-based certified […]
In the West, we often look to our bodies as indicators of health and beauty. If someone has a flat stomach or bulging biceps, they’re perceived to be healthy. But what about the impact our mind has on our well-being and overall appearance? Someone could spend hours in the gym, yet hate their body and […]
To a world raised on conventional foods and thinking, scientists and consumers alike have been touting the nutritional value and overall healthfulness of organics. And as a new study reveals more insight into the value of organics, those who before avoided the truth are once again forced to as the question: Is organic food really […]
Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want. Yet again and again our experiences show us that nothing external can completely fulfill the deep longing within for “something more.”