Editor's Note: Sitting in a chair all day can tighten your hips. Kino shows us an easy switch of position that will help keep your hips open and your core muscles strong. She shows twotypes of sitting crossed legged and explains why they are actually good for your hips. Happy Hips!
by Marianella Medrano-Marra
After morning yoga I walk to my car, conscious of every step. I look down at the muddy path, my clogs stepping firmly, yet gently, on the soft ground, knowing that the moment is precious and feeling the interconnection of breath and step. The rain falls discretely on my curls, and the scent of lavender rising from my wet hair awakens me even more...
Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry Therapist Medrano-Marra talks about her experience using poetry in counseling.
Writings and Poetry Therapy
by Thomas Hobson
Have you ever seen one of those prepubescent beauty queens? You know, the ones whose moms dress them up like adult women, bouffant their hair, and give them make-up to make it look like they have 18-year-old heads on 5-year-old bodies? We're appalled...
Editor's Note: Why do we label young children with terms like "aggressive" or "violent" when they're simply exploring their world? Teacher Tom examines this topic in depth and I agree, let's stop labeling young boys as "violent" and allow them a healthy exploration of their power.
Family & Parenting
by David Thorsteinsson
The image shows an elderly man sitting in a formal chair decorated with horned animal heads. He holds a scepter in one hand and a golden ball in the other. According to Wikipedia the Emperor may stand for Fathering, Stability, Authority, Power, Status quo, Egocentrism, Tradition, Inflexibility, and Conservative ways...
Editor's Note from Michael Santangelo: Continuing with Tarot as popular media art, The Big Lebowski weighs in with another few cards in this on-going series. See The Tarot as a Frame of Reference in “The Big Lebowski”, The Tarot as a Frame of Reference in The Big Lebowski – Justice, The Star, and The Chariot, and The Tarot as a Frame of Reference in “The Big Lebowski” – The Magician and The World.
by Sylvia Carlson
Human beings need touch - to grow, to develop, to mature, to survive, to thrive...The reality is that it can be very alienating not to be touched. Perhaps this is why we, particularly in the West, seek out what Diane Ackerman (1990) calls professional touchers such as hairdressers, cosmeticians, estheticians and massage therapists...
Massage & Bodywork
Editor's Note: Massage Master Kam Thye Chow shares his technique for Chair Massage.
Massage & Bodywork
by Sabine Green
I am sure you have heard comments such as 'Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis' or 'Watching too much TV will damage your eyes'. Old wives' tales are like that, some have might have been useful at some point, some are just superstition and others actually are very useful and efficient. After all, many of the 'Old wives' tales' have been handed down by midwives and healers that were valued medical practitioners...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: A few tricks of the trade we've all heard over and over again. Does going out in the cold with wet hair make you sick? Read on to see what you think.
Editor’s Note from Andrea D’Amore: For those of you who are new to juicing, carrot juice is one of the easiest and best places to start experimenting, as it will introduce your body to some of the wonderful benefits juicing has to offer. First, carrots are full of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, and very, very beneficial to the health of your eyes, skin, bones, teeth, hair and nails...
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