Category: Yoga

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The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

Picture this. Fifteen grown men and women, with seemingly nothing in common, wiggle and giggle around a textile design office on a spring evening. They have ants in their pants. Not literally, of course; this is a pantomimic segment in a long list of charade-like playacting that kick start Vishwa...

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The Happy List

The Happy List

Take a moment to think about 3 things that make you the happiest. It is likely that the simple act of thinking about these things have brought a smile to your face. There are so many opportunities to learn from this simple exercise. However, perhaps the greatest lesson is that you can control...

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When Your Mind Makes You Face-Plant

When Your Mind Makes You Face-Plant

Today, while teaching one of my great groups of yogis, I got to see observe one of the students have a very tangible, funny, and all too familiar encounter with the wonderful mind. The theme of class was focusing on establishing steadiness and cultivating a deeper focus on the navel center. The...

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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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