by Bill Reddy, LAc, DiplAc
You’re sitting comfortably in a restaurant waiting for your appetizers to arrive when it happens. It feels as if someone abruptly set the thermostat 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead and neck and you wonder if your face is getting beet red...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Bill Reddy is a nationally board-certified licensed acupuncturist who studied under graduates and professors from Beijing and Shanghai medical schools. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. He is the former President of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia and professor at the Virginia University of Oriental Medicine. He is the author of over 60 publications, lecturer, an avid practitioner of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and practices at the Pinecrest Wellness Center in Annandale, Virginia.
by Virginia Iversen
Kirtan and swadhaya are both Bhakti Yoga practices. Bhakti Yoga originated thousands of years ago in ancient India...
Editor's Note: There are four traditional schools of Yoga, and these are: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. While a Yogi or Yogini may focus exclusively on one of these approaches to Yoga, that is quite uncommon. For the vast majority of practitioners of Yoga, a blending of the four traditional types of Yoga is most appropriate. One follows his or her own predisposition in balancing these different forms of Yoga. This piece helps to better explain Bhakti Yoga.
by Chandra Moira Beal
The Esalen style of integrated bodywork has roots in sensory awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine, meditation, and gestalt practice. At the core are long, lengthening strokes combined with gentle rocking and stretching...
Editor's Note: Esalen massage is a combination of massage techniques and variations of massage techniques based on multiple schools of bodywork. It has root in ancient Oriental massage, Swedish massage and others...
Massage & Bodywork
Perhaps the most urgent aspect of the United States’ obesity problem is the early age at which many American children begin to develop weight- and nutrition-related conditions. Developing unhealthy eating habits at a young age not only predisposes children to diabetes and other nutrition-related health disorders, but it can make it all the more difficult to maintain a healthful lifestyle later in life...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Schools are learning that nutrition is the basis and foundation to learning. Interesting and innovative ideas are cropping up across the country.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: There is so much more that we can give these kids besides prescriptions, IEP meetings and doctor visits. I am a parent of a special needs child... I speak from experience. Let meditation/mindfulness into your life, your schools... and see the magic that can happen to all kids. And, while you're at it, truly look at the nutritional value of your child's school lunch program (check out an article here about just that). Food, like meditation, is also brain power. Our kids deserve all the brain zing a ding ding they can get.
by Dr. Paul Jarard
Kids live active, stressful lives. They attend school, do homework, participate in competitive sports, play video games, and meet their friends at the mall. In addition, they deal with divorce, new schools, tough neighborhoods, illnesses, bullying, and pressure to get excellent grades...
Editor's Note: Several studies show that children who practice yoga have less stress. This article describes one such students where students learn how to breath their way through difficult situations, how to refocus their thoughts and look at difficult situations differently, how to have better overall health from practicing asanas (poses) as well, and more. This looks like a vialbe alternative/addition to school curriculum. Namaste!
Editor's Note from Julie Lachman: What would it to get this school on the right track? This school receives kids who've been expelled from other schools. Yet, they have no weapons, suicides, or expulsions. Why? It's what the kids are eating. Can school violence be prevented? Appleton school district shows us how.
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: A new virus, unlike any other is infecting schools. It is spread through social media. It is a pandemic that is quickly spreading around the world. Its origins are not known, but individuals with a history of negative and violent home lives are more susceptible to infection. It is highly contagious and no one is immune. Statistics show that 42% of all kids have been bullied online and almost one in four have had it happen more than once. Cyber bullying is a major cause of depression and suicide among teenagers. The Langley Schools Music Department used this artistic medium to illustrate how cyberbullying happens, who does it and what we can be doing about it!
Arts & Art Therapy
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