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A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

Pain When we laugh our brain produces endorphins, which are up to 500 times more effective at eliminating pain than morphine. In one study, a group of college kids who watched a comedy before an experiment were able to keep their hands submerged in freezing cold ice water 40 per cent longer than...

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Learning to Laugh

Learning to Laugh

When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know, the kind where you laugh so hard you need to take a moment to catch your breath! April is National Humor Month and in my research on the benefits of laughter, I found them strikingly similar to the touted benefits of yoga (for example: soothing...

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Life is a Bowl

Life is a Bowl

As a busy yogini and a nutrition junkie, I am always looking for easy and quick meals to keep my energy up and my stomach and taste buds satisfied. Lately, I have been chowing down on recipes that incorporate necessary and tasty proteins, veggies and grains all mixed together. This cuts down on...

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Happy Twisting

Happy Twisting

In the Hatha Yoga tradition, asanas (the sanskrit name for the yoga poses we practice) fall into one of six different categories: forward bends, backbends, extensions, laterals, inversions and twists. Each has it’s own set of physical, mental and spiritual benefits based upon the part of the body...

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Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

Before I began my yoga practice, I never thought about the importance of my internal organs or a digestive system that works optimally. I learned that the system of yoga, along with it’s sister science Ayurveda [this word translates to “life knowledge”] offer very practical ways to bring...

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Be Nourished

Be Nourished

In my life as an architect I developed the saying that the last 10% of any project took 90% of the effort. As a building was getting the final details completed or an exhibit was about to open, the tension built. In these last few weeks of winter the tension builds underground as spring gains...

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

Being a vegetarian for most of my life, I’ve struggled with finding balance in my diet and my health. When I was younger and not too motivated to cook, I usually took the easy way out, eating mostly cereal and cheese sandwiches. This was fine when I was a teen-ager but not sustaining enough to...

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Muscle Message: Drinking Lots of Soda Can Make Your Muscles Weak, According To New Study

Muscle Message: Drinking Lots of Soda Can Make Your Muscles Weak, According To New Study

"A steady, litres-per-day diet of colas can cause serious muscle problems, doctors warned in a study Tuesday. A review of clinical cases showed that super-sized doses of soft drinks loaded with processed sugars and caffeine can cause potassium levels in the blood to plummet, giving rise to a...

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RESEARCH: Guess where 11 percent of your calories come from? FAST FOOD

RESEARCH: Guess where 11 percent of your calories come from? FAST FOOD

A new study tracked where our calories come from each day. Warning: This isn't going to be good. Put down that Whopper Jr.: New data released by the CDC found that adults in the U.S. get 11 percent of their daily calories from fast food. The good news is, this is down (slightly) from 13 percent in...

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Eat Well Recipe: Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

Eat Well Recipe: Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 large eggs 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried) 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried oregano Pizza sauce for...

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