The American Heart Association (AHA) adds meditation to the list of strategies to reduce cardiovascular (CVD) risk

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By Lorrie Jacobsohn According to Dr Glenn N Levine (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX), chair of the writing group of the AHA scientific statement, told Cardiology, “meditation, which is becoming increasingly popular and recognized for its benefits, may be an inexpensive and widely available adjunct to standard therapies for reduction of cardiovascular risk.”[1] The Center for Disease Control and … Read More

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

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Recovering from shoulder surgery seemed like a perfect time to explore the difference between pain and suffering. My current sankalpa (a deep intention or promise made to myself) is to not suffer. Of all the sankalpas I’ve had over the years, this is proving to be powerful. For example, on a several hours long telephone call with tech support, I … Read More

Breathing Practices to Alleviate Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Research has shown that lengthening the exhale slows the heart rate and triggers a parasympathetic nervous system response known as the relaxation response or rest and digest (Jerath et al., 2006). A study by Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Feb 2005) showed that slow rhythmic yoga breathing can “alleviate anxiety, … Read More

Food as Medicine – Diet for environmental sustainability, human and animal health

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The plain fact of the matter is, the omnivore diet is not healthy for humans, animals or the environment.  It is becoming more and more evident that meat production in the US is not environmentally sustainable. Fortune Magazine, NPR, and others have reported on Bill Gates’ investment in Beyond Meat, a company creating a vegan meat substitute. The market apparently is … Read More

Snow Day Practice

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Snow day practice. Lots of time for flows, pranayama, meditation. Take the time and space to become present, quiet the thought waves, reconnect with the center of your being – Anandamaya Kosa – the body of bliss. The investment of your time will pay off with more clarity, focus, and inspiration. Off to practice! Please let us know your experience. … Read More

Yoga for Snow Shoveling

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A state of emergency has just been declared and we’re all hunkering down waiting for a potentially “historic blizzard” to hit.  It’s safe to assume there’s going to be a whole lot of shoveling going on.  And where’s there’s shoveling there’s the potential for sore shoulders and backs.  So even though the yoga center will remain closed through the storm, it doesn’t … Read More

Samkhya Yoga – Complete Knowledge

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 (click to view larger) Over 40 people from around the world tuned into Part 2 of Yogini Kaliji’s live online course on Samkhya Yoga. Samkhya was founded by Sage Kapila approximately 600 BC and contains the complete knowledge of evolution and involution of consciousness. Kaliji said that the knowledge of Samkhya can be found in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the … Read More

Research Shows Forgiveness is Good for Your Health

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Last weekend was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. While it is usually a day of fasting and deep reflection for me when I am seeking forgiveness, this year what came up was my need to forgive some important people in my life who really hurt me, and that my health and wellbeing was dependent on it. As I … Read More

Changes in Healthcare Models Offer an Opportunity for Yoga Therapy

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Brahmi and Lorrie had an article published in the IAYT journal Yoga Therapy today.  The article discusses how changes in payment models in healthcare make this a particularly opportune time for Yoga Therapists to get involved in the healthcare system. Yoga has already been proven to been an effective mode of treatment for over 72 diseases. Yoga has the potential … Read More

Retreat to Frenchman’s Cove

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Frenchman’s Cove is a unique property developed in the 1960’s as an all inclusive, extremely high end exclusive resort.  It was envisioned as a retreat center for the movers and shakers of the world.  The concept was that you pay a flat free for 2 weeks and that included EVERYTHING, including a cook who cleans and does laundry, a bartender, … Read More

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