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A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Service: The Quest for Building Community
I met Henry Cross at the 3rd Annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute. Henry is the Assistant Executive Director of Hosh Yoga , a donation-based, not-for-profit yoga studio that promotes health and wellness as a right of life rather than a luxury. Henry is also the executive director of Hosh Kids , a nonprofit that offers yoga-based enrichment education for kids. This interview is his offering to help others successfully navigate the rewards a ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
4 Ways to Get Firm and Cute by Lowering Firmicutes
In The Big Lie of Obesity I showed weight gain was not from laziness or indulgence, but from your body reacting to stressors. In response to stress, your body will store food to prepare for famine, thus causing weight gain. Some stressors are obvious, but many are as silent and invisible as the bacteria in our intestines. In a startling study , Dr. Gewirtz at Cornell University showed that the weight of mice could be changed by over 15 percent just by shif ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Culturally-Inclusive and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Addiction and Recovery
This is an interview with Dena Samuels, who I met through the social justice work she has been doing as an educator and activist for about 15 years. Her new book on the topic is called The Culturally Inclusive Educator Preparing for a Multicultural World Columbia University s Teachers College Press . It was written for any educator teaching any subject including yoga who wishes to serve diverse clients. It asks readers educators to delve deeply to understa ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year
Patients come to me seeking detox at this time of year when they feel groggy, tired, congested, fed up, sun deprived, and have reached for one too many glasses of wine or cookies over the holidays. They ask what products they should take, what foods to eat and if a liquid diet is the answer to get rid of the yucky feeling and the holiday bloat. Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or no ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
The State of Yoga Service: Looking Forward Through 2015
A Vision for the Future Voices From Our Yoga Service Community In my Huffington Post blog series Yoga How We Serve, a number of yoga teachers on the front lines of outreach to underserved and unserved populations have offered valuable answers to the question, What are some of your ideas about, or hopes for, the future of service yoga in America Here are some of the insights that are helping to shape the ongoing growth of yoga service My hope is that yoga w ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga: How We Serve First Responders And Emergency Personnel
I first met Olivia Kvitne while she was offering free yoga classes for veterans, as well as continuing education workshops on yoga and the neurological system at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center and the Los Angeles Police Department. She is now the Give Back Yoga Training Director for the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Resiliency Training to Benefit First Responders hosted by the Sedona Yoga Festival in February 2015. Olivia writes for and is Ass ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga for Youth
This is an interview with Kelly Wood, who opened Karuna Yoga studio in Los Angeles in 2002. Since the opening of the studio, she has taught kids yoga classes with consistent attendance. Parents who were taking her adult yoga classes asked if she would consider going into their child s public school classroom to teach kids yoga. In 2002, she began teaching weekly 20-minute classes in LAUSD elementary schools, continuing to this day with a strong network of ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Sleep Your Way to Slim: 10 Ways to Improve Sleep for Wellness and Weight Loss
Did you know that a good night s sleep is the secret ingredient to slimming down your waistline and boosting overall health Lack of sleep causes hormone imbalances , specifically the hormones that manage hunger, appetite, and blood sugar levels. So when you don t get enough sleep, your hunger and appetite increases, leading you to eat more. But your body will also be less able to manage your blood sugar, making weight gain, inflammation, and diabetes more ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Two Ways Yoga Can Help Benefit Multiple Sclerosis
March has been proclaimed Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month , spotlighting MS awareness, support and resources. Multiple sclerosis MS is a chronic disease of the nervous system that affects different parts of the brain and spinal cord. In honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, here are two ways that yoga can help benefit people with MS. Yoga Can Help Improve Mind and Body People with MS have a wide range of physical and mental symptoms including pro ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
3 Natural Ingredients That Clean (Almost) Anything in Your House
What includes a sprig of mint, a twist of citrus, and packs a real punch in every room of the house Here s a hint It s better suited to a spray bottle than a cocktail glass. We re talking about DIY all-natural household cleaners, of course -- the kind that side-step harsh fumes and chemicals in favor of kitchen staples. If your home is on the market, you might want to be careful to avoid offending a potential buyer s sensitivities ahem, please put down tha ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28