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by David Pratt, LMT, BA
You know you need to get away.
Work, family, the hectic schedules and constant “to do” lists. You’re ready to trade it all for a temporary “do nothing” list ...
Author's Note: There are several key questions that will help you design the best getaway or retreat possible. This article helps guide you to the perfect experience for you, and reveals the transformative effect of adding massage therapy and yoga to your final decision.
Massage & Bodywork
Editor’s Note from Bess Coble: This 15 minute video is a gift from Kathy Smith. Kathy says “I’ve used yoga as a part of my practice for more than 30 years. Early on, I learned that yoga is a practice of discovery. What got me excited was not only did it challenge my flexibility, but it also left me feeling energized and relaxed. Even a short yoga routine can turn a bad day around and leave negative thoughts behind. Today, choose to make a positive impact on the world with your thoughts, words, and actions. Re-energize with this complimentary 15-minute yoga video.”
Exercise & Fitness
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Tara Stiles shares with us a simple 5 minute yoga core routine. If you practice this on a daily basis, you'll surely get your way to firmer and more defined abs. Perfect for summer.
by Cathy Wong, ND, CNS
One of the largest existing studies on yoga and weight, a 2005 report indicates that yoga may help protect against weight gain in middle age. The study involved 15,550 participants (ages 53 to 57), all of whom reported their physical activity over the previous ten years...
Editor's Note: Cathy Wong, ND, CNS, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and an American College of Nutrition-certified nutrition specialist.
by Brooke Nisbet, MA, RYT
When wild elephants are domesticated as babies, they are chained to a huge tree or to a thick iron stake driven deep into the ground. This stake/tree is physically able to hold the young elephant, despite the elephant’s repeated attempts to pull free and escape...
Editor's Note: Yoga is a full-time life. Yoga happens beyond the yoga mat. It happens as you close your eyes at night, while you're driving, when you're interacting with others, when you're silently sitting with yourself. One of the ideas in yoga is to practice non-attachment. Not being stuck to a fear,anger, sadness, joy, excitement, expectation and so on. That takes you away from living in the present moment. Being tied down to your past fears and memories can also become debilitating and depressing. Don't allow yourself to be tied down to old beliefs like an elephant tied to a simple stake in the ground. He has the strength to easily pull free at any moment, but his mind keeps him bound. How about you? What's tying you down?
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 Lexi Yoga: Unbelievable Acro Yoga - A must see!! Amazing grace and skillfulness made in Tel Aviv, Israel with Hagar Tsabar and Elad Sadeh.
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