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Yoga Therapy Finds Balance for Optimum Wellness

Yoga Therapy often taps into the wisdom of the ancient sages. Thousands of years ago, man lived in sync with nature and had their own healing techniques. Here in the U.S., the Native Americans respected the earth and lived in synchronicity with all that the Creator provided. Ramon J. Vasquez, executive director of American Indians […]

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Yoga Therapy and Traditional Healing Methods

When I studied Ayurveda in Southern India, where about half of the treatments are traditional healing methods (Ayurvedic), versus allopathic (Western medicine), we were warned by the head of our Ayurvedic institute that people are lazy and want a quick fix. This third-generation Ayurvedic doctor acknowledged that many, today, choose Western medicine because they think it’s […]

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Yoga for Men: Yoga and the Y Chromosome

One of my mantras: Yoga is for Everyone. When people who don’t fit the Lululemon mold are in my classes, my heart smiles. Many of us have ingrained images of who does yoga and what yogis look like. I never thought I fit the mold, even though yoga has been a part of my life […]

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Wanderlust: A Yogi's Block Party

As a kid in the ‘60s, I remember block parties around my neighborhood, but never on my street. I thought it was cool how the streets were closed to traffic and people seemed to have fun in the streets, even if I never was a part of one. A Yogi’s Party Just a few years […]

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Keith Mitchell, NFL Yogi, Spreads Yoga and Meditation

The website of the former NFL linebacker, Keith Mitchell, talks about his deep transformation. Unwilling to surrender to the plague of emotional depression and physical defeat he often observed in many NFL peers facing similar traumas, he channeled his energy into the practice of yoga and meditation for healing.   Keith was living his lifelong dream, […]

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Tuning in...with or without music

For many years, my personal practice was silent, and with my eyes closed. My sacred yoga space was sealed around me, along with my eyelids.  The beats and rhythms I heard were those of my breath, and sometimes my heart.  I preferred to do yoga in natural settings. No air conditioning. No props.  Outdoors, or […]

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About Indian Music: The Raga

It was a rainy night on August 15, 1969. Ravi Shankar was on the stage at Woodstock. He made twanging sounds on his long-necked string instrument. The long and slow twangs that reverberated from the stage mesmerized the crowd. After a few minutes, Shankar stopped pulling at the strings and the young Woodstockers went wild […]

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Asteya and Aparigraha -- Waste Not, Want Not

A man dies.  He is not ambushed. He is not the victim of terrorists. He is not in Iraq. He is in Arizona. He is at his place of work: Bullets and Burgers. He is shot by a nine-year-old with an Uzi. If I were a novelist, I couldn’t invent such a crazy plot, nor the […]

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Radhanath Swami at BhaktiFest

Radhanath Swami’s autobiography, “The Journey Home,” reads like a cross between “The Little Buddha” and “The Adventures of Indiana Jones.” His book has been turned into a feature film, with stunning videography and crescendos. Fact is wilder than fiction, and his life story is proof of that. It’s about a Jewish boy with long hair and […]

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Krishna Das, the Kirtan Guru

Krishna Das was a rocker who stumbled upon Kirtan (devotional chanting) in 1970. He sold all his possessions and remained in the Himalayas until 1973. Following his guru’s guidance to find his own way in the world, he returned to the states to spread his love for Kirtan. Today, he has 14 CDs under his […]

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Yoga for Diabetics

The City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District reported, last year, that more than one in seven residents have been diagnosed with diabetes.  Among seniors in Bexar County, the figure skyrockets to one in three. The Centers for Disease Control warns that Hispanics are almost twice as likely as their non-Hispanic white counterparts to be […]

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The Yoga Sutras and Living Off the Grid

Living off the grid. I’d heard the expression, but I wasn’t really sure what it meant. I attended a lecture by a photographer who talked about living off the grid in Canada. I sensed she was fleeing from society. Holed away in the hinterlands. Homeschooling the kids. Tending to the fields to supply their food […]

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