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Tue. July 16, 2019
Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of Qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”). Read more
Fri. July 12, 2019
It is summer, school is out, and kids spend a lot of their free time outside.  With time outside, kids tend to forget to stay hydrated yet still come inside for a snack.  One way to ensure kids stay hydrated as well as consume healthy snacks, it to make snack time into project time. Read more
Tue. July 09, 2019
If your gut is not digesting and absorbing then the rest of the body is going to suffer. Just in the United States 60-70 million people are affected by some type of digestive disease. Some of the more common ones include reflux (GERD), ulcers in the stomach, chronic constipation and/or chronic diarrhea which may fall under irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel conditions. Read more
Fri. July 05, 2019
In our research, we have found that yoga decreases pain, improves mood, and bolsters quality of life for adults with arthritis. Less quantified, but perhaps more importantly, we have heard many stories describing how yoga can transform one’s relationship to the disease, to the body, to life with arthritis and even to life overall. Read more
Tue. July 02, 2019
Now that school is out and summer is upon us, many parents are looking for activities to occupy their children in a constructive and meaningful way. Look no further than your backyard, balcony or local plot of land. Read more
Fri. June 28, 2019
June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is more common than many people realize, and it can have debilitating effects on the individual as well as impact their relationships with loved ones. In any given year approximately eight million American adults are suffering from this condition and it is estimated that 7 to 8% of the U.S. population will have PTSD during their lifetime. While anyone may develop PTSD, it is more prevalent in certain populations such as military veterans. Read more
Tue. June 25, 2019
The U.S. is currently spending over 17.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare (CMS, 2019). With this level of investment, which is more than any other country, we would expect to see greater health outcomes for patients in the U.S.. And yet we are seeing higher levels of disease burden in the U.S. compared to other countries in the world (Peterson-Kaiser, 2017). Patients are looking to complementary health approaches like acupuncture, yoga, and mind-body medicine for what they are not finding in conventional medicine. Read more
Fri. June 21, 2019
In 2014 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the UN General Assembly and declared: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." Read more
Tue. June 18, 2019
Watermelon is closely related to cucumber family. It is low in sugar, half the sugar of an apple, and has high water content, thus it is excellent to stay hydrated during the summer month. The seeds can be toasted and enjoyed like pumpkin seeds. Watermelon is high in Vitamin C, A and potassium. It is an excellent cooling food. Read more
Fri. June 07, 2019
Back in 1994 Dr. Rachel Naomi Remens put together an early version of a book that could be said to revolve around the idea of Narrative Health. She asked if her patients would be willing to share their experience and resulting wisdom during their healing process from what medical professionals had told them were incurable diseases. She discovered that when these people had the space to be heard and to shape and share their stories with others a certain wholeness began to return to each of them, and with that wholeness came a bit of wisdom about our shared lives together. Read more