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5 Yoga Poses to Fight Seasonal Allergies

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | May 7th, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Yoga for Allergies

It’s allergy season — that time of year when many of us are plagued by itchy or watery eyes, runny noses, and bouts of sneezing and coughing that threaten to knock pictures off the wall. These common allergy symptoms are the body’s way of defending itself against bacteria and viruses. Luckily, yoga can help!

First, we have to figure out where those annoying symptoms are coming from. Allergies are triggered by allergens. Some of the most common seasonal allergens include pollen, dust, mold, food and insect venom. Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution and some strong odors (such as perfumes) also impinge the respiratory system.

The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid what triggers them — such as by staying indoors on days when the pollen count is at its highest and keeping your home free of dust. But yoga can also help with both the prevention and management of allergy symptoms.

Attacking Heart Disease

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | tags: alternative therapies, cardiac arrest, cardiac event, cardiology, chest pain, death, diet, exercise, heart, heart attack, heart disease, inflammation, mortality, natural medicine, pericarditis, Western-Medicine, Yoga

Attacking Heart Disease

Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month may be over, but I’m still thinking a whole lot about hearts. Around the time others were opening up heart-shaped boxes and eating heart-shaped chocolates, my husband’s heart was being examined and analyzed by a team of heart specialists.

UZIT and Gaiam: Adding “Urban Zen” to Patient Care

by guest | April 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: alternative therapies, cancer, clinics, colleen saidman, contemplative care, donna karan, Eastern-Medicine, essential oil therapy, gaiam-yoga-club, healing techniques, holistic medicine, hospitals, learning, New York City, nutrition, NYC, patients, program, Reiki, rodney yee, school, students, teachers, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, UZIT, Western-Medicine, yoga gear, yoga props, yoga-therapy

Urban Zen Yoga Therapy Program

A guest post from Lisa Sunshine of Urban Zen

Anyone who practices yoga regularly knows that it can be a healing experience, both mentally and physically. In addition to the health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice, yoga therapists teach their patients specific ways to use yoga to combat everything from depression to back problems to side effects from cancer treatments.

Recognizing the importance of yoga and other Eastern healing techniques such as Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) in New York trains its students to combine these therapies with traditional Western medicine to create a holistic approach to patient care. During the program, each technique is taught separately, then instruction is given on how to interweave them to create a truly integrative healing session. Graduates of the UZIT program leave with experience working bedside with patients and their loved ones and caregivers in hospitals, as well in yoga studios, private practice, outpatient clinics, cancer support groups and a variety of other settings.

How to Prevent Colds & Flu All Winter Long: 7 Steps + 8 Immunity Supplements

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 2nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: alternative therapies, colds, fighting colds, flu, flu season, health, how to prevent colds, how to prevent flu, immune system, immunity, natural remedies, sick, sickness, staying healthy, supplements, swine flu

hymanblogfeatureSneezing, coughing, fever, aches and pains…

Worried about flu symptoms like these? As winter approaches, most of us are.

In today’s blog, I provide you with a comprehensive seven-step plan for preventing colds and flu and staying healthy this winter.

I also include eight supplements to boost your immune system and help you fight off sickness.

Fight Swine Flu with Food? Why Old Health Secrets Are New Again

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 18th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: alternative therapies, ancient remedies, cures of the past, fighting colds, fighting sickness, fighting the flu, good health, healthy-eating, holistic remedies, how to stay healthy, remedies of the past, swine flu

lesliefeatureI know exactly what my grandmother would say. With all the sturm-und-drang about swine flu vaccinations, she would scoff and mutter, “What they need is a good mustard poultice.”

A mustard poultice could cure anything — from “women’s problems” to a stuffy nose.