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10 Health Behaviors that Might Not be Healthy for You

10 Health Behaviors that Might Not be Healthy for You

When we do everything we're told to get healthy and it just doesn't work, what do we do next? We eat what we're told to eat, avoid what we're told to avoid, pound the pavement, hit the gym, and nothing. No change. We might start to think, "That's just how I am." We might say defiantly, "That's me, that's fine, and I like it!" It's our reality, and we need to accept it. Even if it's not where we want to be.   It's important to like who you are. You're likable! But it's not as good to give up…
Sages, Scientists, and Change

Sages, Scientists, and Change

I learned some good things at the Sages and Scientists conference, from some of the world's top researchers in neurology, medicine, and well-being. Here's a big one.   If yoga doesn't release tension from your body and mind, support radiantly good health, and put you in creative control of an inspiring life, you're doing it wrong.   Ok that's a strong statement. Is it possible to do yoga wrong? As long as we're taking time to tune in, connect with how we feel, and respond, then I don't think so. But sometimes we get stuck, carrying along the same bad…
How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How to Begin Caring for Trauma

How do you help someone who's in the middle of trauma?  This is a complicated question with a simple beginning. When you're in a caregiver role, remember to care for yourself.   Everything you can do for someone else will come from what you're doing also for you.   And a second simple answer is, there's a good chance you already know the answer. Or at least, you know how to be there for your friend. It might be mostly by listening. It might be very little by solving anything. Of course you have an approach for trauma that exists in the healing…
Cure Chronic Pain, Strengthen Immunity, and Shut the Door on Fibromyalgia

Cure Chronic Pain, Strengthen Immunity, and Shut the Door on Fibromyalgia

Do you know anyone with fibromyalgia? Or maybe just someone who feels tired a lot, has chronic pain, sleep problems, or gets sick pretty often? Yoga can help but the cure might not be a pose prescription. Our lives and our bodies tend to be more complex, and often need something more holistic. What helps here - for pain, energy, sleep, and immunity - is less in what poses you do, and more in moving your body. As a general guide: move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.   Don't worry about poses, correct ways of doing things,…
Hamstring and Whole Body Care

Hamstring and Whole Body Care

There's a simple principle to follow that works equally for healing, and for working at the level of our greatest potential.   If somethings hurts, don't do it.   There's always a way to do what you need to do in your body, without pain, feeling good every step along the way. And the good thing is, it works out that this is the best way for us to do whatever we need to do. Also, please check with your doctor. It's difficult for me to diagnose or make recommendations from an arm chair, without seeing you. And it's always…
Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace.   When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies.   The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move naturally is how you form a positive connection first…
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