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5 Yoga Poses to Fight Seasonal Allergies

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | May 7th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: air pollution, allergens, allergic reaction, allery symptoms, alternative medicine, alternative therapies, asthma, backbends, breath, breathe, breathing, bronchitis, cigarette smoke, coughing, doctor, dust, expert, Fish Pose, food, Gwen Lawrence, health, holistic healing, immune system, insect venom, instructor, inversions, itchy eyes, mold, perfume, plow pose, pollen, respiratory system, runny nose, seasonal allergies, shoulder stand, sneezing, stress, strong odors, teacher, Three-Part Yogic Breath, watery eyes, well-being, wellness, yoga for allergies, yoga poses

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.

The Ethics of Teaching Yoga

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 18th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: adhering to a high standard of ethics, Big Happy Day, blogging, chiropractor, class safety, confidentiality, Darren Main, doctor, ethical standards, ethics, ethics to live by, GaiamTV, harmful ethics, healing, hippy, industry ethics, lift up the profession, massage therapist, niyamas, off the mat, on the mat, professionalism, safe space, speak honestly, spirituality, students, wholeness, yamas, yoga teacher, yoga teacher ethics

Yogi Darren Main asks yoga teachers to reflect on the ethics of being a yoga teacher. Main views ethics as a foundational necessity for any yoga teacher so that they can create a safe space for students to flourish and grow. He believes teachers must root themselves in the Yamas and the Niyamas in order to be a good example for students both on and off the mat.

10 Reasons to Quit Your Coffee

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | July 6th, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 5-HIA, acidity, addiction, antioxidants, blood sugar, caffeine, cardiovascular disease, catecholamines, cholesterol, chronic disease, coffee habit, cortisol, detox, diabesity, diet, diterpenes, doctor, dysbiosis, energy, GERD, glucose levels, glycemic index, health, healthy, heart burn, heart disease, Huffington Post, indigestion, inflammation, insomnia, insulin resistance, Mark Hyman, nutrition, serotonin, sleep, stress, triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, withdrawal

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee

Coffee: Is it good or bad for us? You might get media whiplash trying to figure that out. The truth is, I find this subject to be as confusing as you probably do.

After all, the media certainly doesn’t help clarify whether America’s favorite morning beverage is going to land you in the doc’s office or set you free with a clean bill of health. It’s no wonder so many of you shrug your shoulders in utter confusion as you refill your morning mug and get on with your day!

I know all about this adoration of coffee. I, too, was smitten and enamored with Coffea Arabica. We had our courtship during the 1990s, when I worked more than 80 hours in the emergency room and saw 30 to 40 patients a day.

I traded sleep for espresso, authentic energy for Haagen Daz coffee ice cream and normal circadian rhythms for high-speed, caffeinated adrenaline rushes.

But then, my body began to communicate to me what I had been attempting to ignore — that I needed to slow down and let the natural systems assume their proper course. You can read more about how I successfully turned my health around here.

As I began to tune into my body and provide it with what it really wanted — fresh, whole, real, unprocessed foods; sleep; relaxation; and the time to enjoy the life I had created for myself and my family — I was able to break up with coffee and make up with my health.

You can too, and I’m going to tell you how. But first, let’s discuss what makes coffee such a hot topic widely disputed in today’s health circles.

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: aches, American Viniyoga Institute, back-pain, body, breathing, chronic, core, doctor, donna karan, emotion, Gary Kraftsow, healing, instructors, Jill Miller, Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount, medical conditions, medicine, meditation practice, mind, nerves, neurological, New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, pain medicine, physical therapist, physical therapy, postural assessment, pranayama, psychological, reduce stress, rehabilitation, rodney yee, spirit, students, teachers, therapist, training, UZIT, wellness, yoga nidra, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy, yogic sleep

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

What’s Missing from the New Vitamin D Recommendations?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | January 26th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: autoimmune disease, bone density, calcium, cancer, dairy, dark leafy greens, depression, diabetes, diet, Dietary Reference Intakes, doctor, DRIs, fibromyalgia, fish, genetics, health, heart disease, immune system, influenza, Institute of Medicine, intake, IOM, IU, medicine, milk, nutrition, physician, science, skeletal systems, studies, sun, sunlight, the flu, thyroid, Vitamin D

Vitamin D capsulesOne day, vitamin D seems like the cure for everything, and the next, we are inundated with warnings about dangers and lack of science. Confusion is rampant about the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Calcium and Vitamin D recently released from the Institute of Medicine.

Tales from the Vet’s Office

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | July 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness | tags: animal hospital, anxiety, cats, doctor, dog park, dogs, exam, health, muzzle, pet health, stress, treats, Valerie Gleaton, vet's office, veterinarian, walk

Female veterinarian examining a dog's ear

My furry family and I have been making a lot of trips to the veterinarian’s office lately.

A few weeks ago I took my cat, Bucky, in for a check-up. Confession: It had been four years since I last took him to the vet. But in my defense, the last time I took him in he hissed, bit and clawed at the vet tech and got a dreaded “flag” in his record. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the sequel.