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Say No to N2O and Yes to OM

In the first 30 years of my life, I probably had 30 cavities filled, all without Novocain. While many dread a root canal, to me it is just another procedure.  However, my last one was complicated. The oral surgeon did several sets of X-rays and announced that there was a 40 percent chance that he […]

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My Yoga Therapy Derived from Acupuncture and Ayurveda

Yoga Therapy: Acupuncture and Ayurveda. They are both 5,000-year-old practices. The first is from China, the second from India. Thousands of miles apart. Different races. Different languages. Different geographies. Different native plants. Different religions. And yet, there are so many similarities, both of which are crucial for a yoga therapist to understand and incorporate in […]

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The Roots of Yoga: From India to China

I’m a yoga teacher. So not surprisingly, I was drawn to everything Indian and studied at an ashram in India. Now, I’m completing my yoga therapist training. I still love everything Indian. I can wrap myself in a sari, have several sets of bindi, and know how to make some mean cauliflower pakoras with cilantro chutney. But as […]

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What's Yoga Therapy?

It took The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IATY) more than 20 years to craft an official definition. “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” OMK (Oh My Krishna!). That sounds like the verbiage my marketing colleagues (and I) […]

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Sirsasana: Stand on Your Crown Without Breaking the Jewels

David Ben Gurion was a short and stocky Polish immigrant with long wiry white hair. Ben Gurion means son of a lion, and he became Israel’s first Prime Minister. Beyond the lion-hearted leadership he possessed to create the State of Israel, he needed a sharp mind, focus, unswerving steadiness, patience, and energy. So it shouldn’t be […]

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Taking Your Dog for a Walk

Dog lovers will relate. When Poochy stretches her front paws forward, and her back limbs back, she looks so comfy. Relaxed and energized at the same time. It’s a position she favors many times a day. It’s an instinct when Fido gently arches and lengthens his back and limbs, yet modern man hangs out hunchbacked. There’s […]

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Who's Got Milk and Where's the Beef?

In the days when a screen was either in your windows, at the movie theater, or on the TV, there was a popular commercial featuring an old woman yelling “where’s the beef?” that went “viral.” Today, people often associate beef with the best source for protein, even though there are repeated studies showing healthier and less […]

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Healthier, More Humane Meals

Shawn is a 25-year-old male who is enjoying his first vegetarian meal. He expected vegetarian food to be “more or less bland.” As he cleans his plate, he talks about how pleasantly surprised he was with the texture and taste of the food that filled him up without any meat.  “I can’t think of the […]

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The Colors of Nature: Prescribing Produce the Best Rx

The San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council recently conducted a nutrition summit to tackle the poor state of health among many of our residents.  One of the two primary goals was to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables using the slogan Prescribing Produce to Prevent Disease. The second goal was to encourage the community to […]

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Got Water? Drink Only the Best.

The earth’s surface is 71 percent water. Our bodies are 60 percent water. So it is logical that we need to nourish ourselves with water. Not soda. Not juice. Not ‘energy’ drinks. And, no, not milk from other mammals. At a Mayor’s Fitness Council food summit held recently at the San Antonio Food Bank, experts […]

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Krishna Das: The Long Island Kirtan Wallah

His first concert attracted only four people in a New York City yoga studio. Since then, he’s made Kirtan (devotional music) a bestseller, moving millions with his heartfelt vocals and harmonium playing.  He’s performed on the Grammys and was the subject of a documentary that was released in 2013. He’s the Kirtan Wallah (maker) aka […]

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More to Yoga Than Pretzels

Growing up in Dallas and Hawaii, fitness and meditation was the last thing on Jared McCann’s mind.  He was a party boy and indulged in far too many illegal drugs. He got a degree from UT and moved to New York City. At the age of 26, he got on a yoga mat and his […]

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Somehow, in the I me mine world that we live, emotional and physical well being has escaped the vast majority. The Namaste Counsel encourages simple proven practices to live a healthier and happier life. Any time. Any where. By anyone.
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