It's back-to-school time for children, adolescents, and young adults in many countries all over the world. Once these students have returned to their classrooms, however, it’s unlikely that they’ll be learning about food and nutrition...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: The food scene is changing. Keep up with these wonderful heart-felt initiatives on changing the system of our food.
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!
by Danielle Ofri
Toxic sock syndrome. That’s the first thing we noticed when we entered the hospital room. For those gentle readers who are not familiar with such sensory assault, toxic sock syndrome is the clinical term for the rank odor that accompanies damp, fetid feet that have seen more street time than shower time...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Doctor, Writer, Professor of Medicine - Danielle Ofri dispenses poetry to her patients and medical students to remind them that 'medicine (and life) consists of far more' than can be learned in school.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Kimaya Singh
The practice of yoga allows not only allows ourselves, but our students to take time out from their busy chaotic lifestyles to recover and revitalize both body and mind...
Editor's Note: Although asana (yoga poses) practice is one of the best forms of physical fitness, separating yoga from its holistic origins dilutes the effectiveness of a complete yogic practice. Looking to get more into "real" yoga..beyond the physical practice? Read more to understand how and why.
by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
For almost 40 years I have personally done Autogenic Training daily. It has, by far, the greatest scientific proof of efficacy of any self-regulation approach. Developed originally in 1912 by J. H. Schultz, by 1969, the first of 6 volumes was published, with 2600 scientific references. That is even before it became part of autogenic feedback training—later biofeedback! Athletes, students and business people all improve. Eighty percent of STRESS illnesses can be managed just with autogenic training...
by Kimaya Singh
With the recent spate of mass shootings, people have begun to ask what it will take to reduce violence, especially among kids or in places where they spend time. We know that violence does not just occur in random places sparked by uncertain things. It also takes place daily in schools or on street corners...
Editor's Note: Violence is a result of many things, including mental illness and feelings of loss, anger, loneliness, and powerlessness. Fortunately, these feelings are something that a yoga practice can address, especially when meditation is guided by someone who intentionally wants to empower and encourage students who are dealing with these types of emotions. The author states that, in addressing these negative feelings, yoga gives its practitioners, especially young people, an internal locus of control.
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Beautiful! … I'm an Artist, tells the story of the often hidden children of our times-students with learning disabilities. The film follows several junior and high school students with autism, Down syndrome, behavioral issues and other learning disabilities who collaborate with their dedicated art teacher to create artwork for their first big, professional art gallery exhibition. The documentary also offers an inside view into the lives of children with special needs by following them to their prom, field day and senior trip...
Arts & Art Therapy
by Helen Maffini
Keeping a journal is a great way of expressing emotions. The skill of using emotional literacy will be developed as well as better self awareness and self reflection...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Encouraging a child to write in a journal builds self-awareness and emotional literacy. Try these journal ideas with your children or students.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
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