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Balance

What is on your Christmas wish list? My top picks for 2017, aside from yoga (ha, ha) are: Walton Art Center tickets, massages, board games for family night, clean and decluttered house (Santa where are you?), meditation garden, and a karaoke machine (I am determined to overcome being tone deaf). While the holiday season can be a time of joy,

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Hands on with Atom

by Julianne Lewis “Atom’s massage’s are healing, restorative, and uplifting. I left feeling more educated about my body and confident I had done something positive for my health and well-being. Also, knowing that I would be coming back to see him again. ” Is that tennis elbow flaring up again? Your neck sore from that unfluffy pillow? Sore from that

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Yoga Nidra

by Julianne Lewis Yoga nidra is an ancient yogic practice that is used as a type of relaxation and a mind-body therapy. It literally means yogic sleep. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation that typically is done for 35 to 40 minutes at a time. Practitioners say it can bring immediate physical benefits like reduced stress, better sleep, and

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Prana theory: Embodying scientific evidence

Prana has been described as “the flow of energy” (Khalsa, Cohen, McCall & Telles, 2016) and has been one of the longest held aspects in yoga tradition.   The way the people have intended to use pranayama techniques has transitioned over the course of thousands of years.  In classical yoga, pranayama techniques were mostly used contemplatively, however, since then they have been used therapeutically as yoga philosophy has

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It takes a Community

One day I was working with my seven-year-old son Nate on math and asked him, “If I have three cookies and you have five, who has more?”   Nate answered, “I do; I have two more than you.”  I then asked, “What will you do with your two extra cookies?”   He said, “Eat them.”  That’s an option, I told him, but

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Observe the Intention of Yoga

Artifacts, stories and art suggest that yoga was a prehistoric practice prior to being described in texts like the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The practice has evolved over time. It emerged from a spiritual environment in ancient India and was originally used to cultivate self-realization, liberation from suffering and as means for fostering integrative relationships. It was

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Yoga Research Review:  Evidence of How Yoga Practice Can Affect Sleep Disturbances and Other Outcome Variables.  

The National Health Statistics Reports (NHSR) released an article last year (2015) that described results from the National Health Interview Survey.  The report stated that 94% of respondents who practiced yoga, did so for wellness reasons and 59% of those respondents experienced better sleep after practicing yoga.  In addition, Innes and Selfe (2012) reported that there is a growing body

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Things Fall Apart

This blog will be an occasional piece on a subject no one talks about—how our bodies change as we get older—and a few pluses of age. If you are under forty, you may not want to read it because you will either be terrified or you will go into a deep state of denial: this will not happen to me!

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