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Yoga: Twisting Our Way to Health

Yoga is an optimal way of keeping our body limber, strong and healthy.  Practicing yoga twisting poses can play a role in maintaining the health of our bodies.  Twists require the work of the abdominal muscles, spine, neck, shoulders and pelvis they help to bring movement to the spine, release tension along the spinal column, stimulate our organs, improve digestion, and help to strengthen the musculature of the upper back and spine.  Each twist improves the strength and flexibility in all of these areas but also while compressing and stretching the mid-torso, where the adrenals, kidneys, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen and

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Acupuncture, Digestion, Health, Meditation, Nutrition

Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned

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Fitness

Yoga: Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) is one of the fundamentals of a solid yoga practice, and can actually be a complete practice in and of itself. There are about 12 poses linked in a flowing series that lengthens and strengthens the body.  There are many sun salutation variations, but the important common denominator between each one is that they all help gather the strength of the mind and aids in mental focus. Without bringing the mind to a state in which it can push the body through the various stages of yoga practice, say texts of old, yogi practitioners are more

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Health

Osteoarthritis and Seven Natural Remedies for Pain Relief

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder, a result of natural aging in the joints. It is a form of arthritis that features the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. Affecting over 25 million people in the United States, osteoarthritis commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. Osteoarthritis usually has no known cause and is referred to as primary osteoarthritis. When the cause of the osteoarthritis is known,

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Fitness

Releasing Tight Muscles: 5 Simple Yoga Stretches

Stretching is probably one of the best things you can do for your body.  Stiff muscles can eventually turn into injured ligaments, bones, back pain, shoulder pain, etc.  I think it’s just one of those things we normally leave out of our regular exercise routine.  We think after we have a great workout that we’ll just go home after the gym or run and do some stretches when we get home, but by the time we get there we forget about it.  Well, I am here to tell you that there are some great simple yoga stretches that can really

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Fitness

Ujjayi BreathTo Optimize Your Yoga Practice

One of the most important elements in yoga practice is the breath. Ujjayi means "victory" in Sanskrit, so this is the breath of victory.  Ujjayi warms the breath as it enters the lungs, helping to build heat in the body so that stretching is safer and the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated. Through this heat, the internal agni or ‘fire' is stoked, and a powerful healing process is unlocked. Benefits of Ujjayi breathing: - Calms the mind and the body - The breath becomes a focal point which increases concentration - Meditation practice becomes

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