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The Yoga Rx: Alternative vs. Modern Medicine

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | June 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: alternative medicine, conventional medicine, eastern, healing, health, holistic, illness, modern medicine, western, Yoga

yoga rxThere is a growing wave of alternative thinking in the world, and most of us are blessed to have a choice between conventional and alternative ways of living. This can include lifestyle choices, food choices, medical decisions, consumerism, spirituality and education, to name a few. What used to be considered radical is now finding its way into the mainstream.

In Boulder, Colo., where I live, there is an abundance of options for natural grocers, alternative health care practitioners and holistic education centers. Even our pets have access to natural foods and medicines. And for a city of only 100,000, there are more than 60 yoga studios in the community. Needless to say, I am at home in this place.

Here, my tendencies toward natural living are fed by the abundant and accessible information about how to integrate even more natural practices into my daily life. For instance, I was thrilled to slowly cut out every toxic product from my routine and replace it with something that wasn’t (in my mind) ruined by processing, chemicals or the like. I felt so proud of myself and my ability to live a sustainable, plant-based, organic existence!

That said, you can only imagine how I must have felt when I was faced with a very unwanted health condition that every doctor — holistic and conventional — seemed unable to diagnose.

3 Yoga Moves to Boost Immunity

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | January 31st, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: acupressure, bridge pose, Chair Pose, cold and flu season, Elegant Mansion, Fierce Pose, germs, illness, immunity, influenza, prevent disease, stress, Thymus Reset, Wall Splits, winter, yoga for detox, yoga poses for immune system

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It seems as if cold and flu season is packing an extra punch this winter. But did you know that yoga can help you fend off these illnesses?

Yoga can help protect you from marauding viral invaders like cold and flu germs because it:

  • Detoxifies and oxygenates your system
  • Balances the hormones you need for a strong immune system
  • Reduces stress and fatigue, two precursors to lowered immunity
  • Triggers acupressure points said to help evict viruses and bacteria from your body

Add these yoga poses to your regular routine and say, “Good riddance, sniffles!”

Miracles and Meows

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: aging, animals, bond, cats, colleen saidman, crying, death, father, HOPE, humans, illness, life, love, miracles, pets, Relationships, resilience, story, tears

Miracles and Meows“Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.” This is what my father said to me yesterday.

My father has been ill for several years. He spent most of the last year bedridden. One day a beautiful calico cat showed up. It was a wild cat. My dad fell in love immediately. It put a light in his eyes that had been dulled by the enormous amount of pain he has been in for years.

Hypothyroidism: Does Your Thyroid Make You Sick, Tired and Overweight?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | September 14th, 2009 | 26 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: exhaustion, fatigue, health, hypothyroidism, illness, Mark Hyman, symptoms of thyroid problems, thyroid gland, thyroid problems, weight gain

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Are you one of the 30 million women and 15 million men who have a chronic medical problem that is both under-diagnosed and under-treated? Are you suffering from vague symptoms that you think are normal parts of life, such as fatigue, feeling sluggish in the morning, and having trouble with your memory, concentration or focus? Do you have dry skin or fluid retention? Is your sex drive not what it used to be?

It’s Picnic Time

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | May 20th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: avoid, bacteria, food, illness, picnic, tips

When the weather’s warm, nothing beats eating outside, preferably on a blanket under a shady tree. My husband’s new job is right near Centennial Park, a vast, verdant park that was built for the 1996 Olympic Games and which reminds me a little of the beautiful city parks in my old home, New York City.