by Erin Piccola, LAc
How many people do you know who suffer from occasional (or frequent) sleeplessness? How many colleagues have you overheard in the break room, pouring that third cup of coffee, and recounting the way they just lay there, staring at the ceiling...
Editor’s Note: Acupuncture is highly effective for stress relief. This may be one of the major reasons why it is so versatile. So many conditions, including insomnia are caused or aggravated by unmanaged stress.
by Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, 500-RYT
Have you ever heard the word ama before? It’s an important word in the Ayurvedic system to describe the toxic waste, sticky gooey sludge that builds up in the channels of the body when your digestive fire (agni) becomes weak due to overeating, improper food combining, too many cold liquids mixed with your meals, stress, or a compromised immune system...
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: According to Ayurvedic systems, most of us carry toxic build up in our bodies. This is called Ama - which is when the digestive fire (agni) becomes weak, due to our lifestyle of unhealthy eating and stress. Melina Meza shares with us the symptoms of Ama and ways to clean out your body for spring time.
by Arthur Rosenfeld
Folks have been asking lately why they continue to catch cold or come down with a flu now and then even when they're really doing their best to live properly. They watch their diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly, monitor their stress levels, try not to worry too much, even practice meditation or a mind/body discipline. Some may imagine, I suppose, that the human's natural state of being is eternal optimal health...
Editor’s Note from Bess Coble: Sometimes I think I shouldn't get sick or become injured if I do everything right and try to live in a healthy way....and if I do become sick or injured, what did I do wrong? Arthur's article is a wonderful reminder that life is plastic and in a continual flow. It's the overall quality of life that living in a healthy way provides that gives the joy in living.
Exercise & Fitness
by Diane Cesa
I love Headstand. In fact, I used to hang out in Headstand just about every day. The more I studied yoga therapy and worked with clients, the more I realized that the majority of the population is unfit to do Headstand -- and yes, I'm included in the majority...
Editor's Note: A review of Carol Krucoff's book of practical suggestions for yoga postures and practices for neck and shoulder pain due to injury and stress. ~Nicole
by Robert Pendergrast, MD
Adrenal fatigue is frequently the problem when a patient comes to me with a chronic sense of exhaustion, need for more than the usual amount of sleep, anxiety, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Sometimes eating is disordered so that foods are overused in an attempt to regain energy or feel an elusive sense of wellness...
Editor's Note: Stress is a fact of life in many people’s lives. Here are a few tips on medicinal herbs that are good stress protectants. Of course simplifying your activities, diet and relationships are also key components to a less stressful lifestyle.
by Coach Cary Bayer
People want to work with you because of the work that you do with your hands. That much is obvious. What's less obvious, however, is that they also want to work with you because of the work that you've done on yourself emotionally and spiritually. That's because many clients tend to see their massage therapist as a healer who helps them relieve their own stress...
Massage & Bodywork
from The Chopra Center
According to Ayurveda, sleep is the nursemaid to humanity. During deep, restful sleep, our body recovers from stress and we wake up feeling refreshed, clear-minded, and energized. Unfortunately, with the turbulence in people’s personal lives and in the world at large, many of us suffer from insomnia and a lack of adequate rest...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all struggle with obtaining a sound sleep on occasion. Ayurveda recognizes most sleep interruptions as a product of aggitated Vata. As we enter deeper into Vata season, getting a restful night's sleep may call for some Vata pacifying tips. A soothing evening routine, sleep mantra or essential oil massage may serve to sooth a Vata body and ease a Vata mind. Check out these 5 tips from The Chopra Center that are bound to send you into sweet slumber.
by Greg LoBiondo
If you are reading this, chances are you practice yoga or have at least thought about it. Think of what initially brought you to the mat and how that may have changed as you read today. In the event that you have never taken a yoga class and are reading this article out of pure curiosity, think of what sparked this interest. Perhaps yoga was doctor recommended – or better yet, friend suggested and mother approved. Whether you seek stress relief or pain relief, understanding your yoga teachers’ intentions is critical for a fulfilling appreciation of the practice...
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