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  • Can Birth Be a Spiritual Experience?

    By The Chopra Well angel..i love angel..i love you...Pain, bloating, and nausea aside, birth can be a truly spiritual experience. For those who have witnessed the phenomenon, or been present in the precious moments after, the experience may rank in the holiest, most magical moments of their lives. Sure, for some it may include fear, anxiety, pain and adrenaline, but the cry of new life can usually dispel even the sharpest of concerns.

    In this week's episode of "Holy Facts" on The Chopra Well, Gotham Chopra explores the spiritual sides to birthing, from fertility rituals, to belly dancing, to placenta burial. With fertility rites and deities dating back to ancient times, reproduction has likely played a prominent role in religious traditions throughout human history.

    Before the wisdom of midwives and modern science became the mainstream, pregnancy and birth were nothing short of miracles, explained only by the mystery of the universe. This same mystery made the sun rise, the rain fall, and the earth bear food

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  • The Working Parent: How to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Family

    Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 3.04.30 PMScreen Shot 2013-02-19 at 3.04.30 PMBy The Chopra Well

    In this week's episode of "Perfectly Imperfect Parents" on The Chopra Well, hosts Mallika Chopra, Dr. Cara Natterson and Dani Modisett discuss balance. Many parents, no matter how organized, find themselves constantly stretched, juggling kids, jobs, housework and more. We interviewed Mallika on her personal approach to achieving balance and the things that get in the way.

    The Chopra Well: Describe your daily struggle for balance - between family and work and personal projects. Any specific practices that help you get through the day?

    Mallika Chopra: I do struggle for balance between my kids and work. (No time right now really for personal projects!) I'm pretty clear my #1 priority is my girls, so I think people who work with me understand and appreciate that. Hmm. As for practices, truly even 10 minutes of meditation halfway through the day helps anchor me. I try to set an intent for each day, too. That helps me stayed focused.

    CW: Is there

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  • 5 Yoga Poses that Combat Depression

    By Monique Minahan

    One of the chapters in my life included a 10-year bout with deep depression. This depression became compounded when I was confronted with loss and grief.

    I took antidepressants of varying kinds for many years and attempted talk therapy. For me, none of these approaches worked.

    This is not to say antidepressant medications and psychotherapy aren't appropriate for some people. They just weren't appropriate or helpful for me.

    It was only when I began practicing yoga that I started to see and feel concrete, sustained shifts in my mental patterns, emotions, and internal state of being.

    Anxiety disorders, including depression, are the most common mental illness in the United States.

    Many people suffer in silence, not realizing anything is wrong. Thoughts such as, "This is just how I am," that feeling depressed is normal, or that nothing can make things better can keep people from seeking help.

    While it's normal for everyone to get the blues or

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  • We Are What We Eat: Why Protein Matters

    By Monique Minahan

    Calories, calories, calories. This is a concept we all know far too well, especially when trying to lose weight.

    Our cultural obsession with cutting and counting calories makes it seem controlling caloric intake is a necessary evil to maintain a healthy body. This isn't the case.

    Calories are simply a measure of energy. They represent the energy our bodies need to grow, function, and work optimally.It's easy to get fixated on calories alone when you're trying to lose weight, but it's important to remember that the type of calorie you're eating is just as important as the number of calories you're eating.

    Why Protein is Important

    So why are calories from protein so important? First, a short review of basic nutrition. We get caloric energy from our food. All food contains three macronutrients:

    • Protein - 4 calories per gram
    • Carbohydrates - 4 calories per gram
    • Fats - 9 calories per gram

    These are the only substances that provide

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  • The Most Powerful Aphrodisiac Is…

    "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Wolf

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    Love and love-making are in the air with Valentine's Day fast approaching, and foods with aphrodisiac properties are a unique way to spice up your date night.

    Natural aphrodisiacs have been used for centuries in European, Asiatic, and Arabic cultures. Everything from chocolate to honey to vanilla have been said to increase sexual desire.

    Taste and smell are powerful senses that can affect our hormones, which are at the heart of our libido. Stress and tension can also diminish libido. Finding a balance between simultaneously relaxed and stimulated mental and physical states creates the perfect backdrop for romance.

    Ginger has been valued over cultures and centuries as a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. Called "The Universal Medicine" in Ayurveda, lovers have long relied on ginger's internal fire-enhancing properties to heat things up.

    Using ginger in foods,

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  • How Ginger Can Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions

    Now that the hype of New Year's resolutions has faded, the real work begins. Avoid injury and burnout bybeach workout keeping your muscles rested and recovered. Keep your metabolism working at its full potential naturally, and your body healthy and fit well into the new year.

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has long been used in Ayurveda to stoke the digestive system. Due to its yang properties of warming and stimulating, it's thought to enhance the fire in the body. Everything from the digestive system to blood circulation to energizing the body internally.

    Ginger for Sore Muscles:

    If you don't have time for a long Epsom salt bath to soothe your muscles and mind, consider a hot cup of ginger tea after dinner or a refreshing ginger lemonade after your daily workout.

    In two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, subjects were tested for muscle pain after exercising and taking 2 grams of ginger versus a placebo. The study concluded that daily supplementation with ginger reduced muscle

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  • How Yoga Makes You Happy

    By Monique Minahan

    When I first started practicing yoga, I was still digging my way out of a deep cavern of grief.

    Something about this unusual method of twists, turns, and upside-downs kept calling me back. I didn't know what it was initially, but as I began to settle into my body, things began to shift in my life.

    I think of it as going from a paralyzed life to a walking life. If you are already able to walk and then begin to run, that's liberating. If you are paralyzed and then begin to walk, that's a miracle.

    This was my experience with the power and patience of yoga. Learning how to walk into my life, transition from grief to peace, and eventually to happiness.

    The peace and happiness we access on our mats is no accident. Although many write it off as just another exercise-induced dopamine high, yoga goes deeper than that.

    The mind-body connection created in yoga facilitates change at a cellular level. Cellular memory is the idea that our bodies hold our

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  • The Best Natural Home Remedy for the Flu

    fluHere in the U.S., we've entered an early and unexpected flu season, with most of the country experiencing high levels of flu-like illness.

    Influenza is a virus, and once contracted you may experience a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. Common symptoms are a dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, and headache.

    While the flu can often go away on its own within 7 to 10 days, there are two choices for speeding up recovery. Antiviral medicine targets the virus itself, while over the counter and complementary treatments can offer relief for the symptoms while the body's immune system heals itself.

    But the best defense to the flu is a strong immune system.

    Our immune systems are a perfectly integrated network of cells and organs that together defend against disease. The human body naturally manufactures antibodies as part of our immune systems that assist in destroying abnormal or foreign cells. If your immune system is weak, however, it will not be able to

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  • MUST-SEE: A Review of the Movie “Happy”

    By Monique Minahan

    "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." - Benjamin Franklin

    This is the intro line from the movie, Happy.

    happyHappiness and how to achieve it are becoming increasingly popular, interesting, and relevant topics. And for good reason.

    Statistical, scientific information and research on happiness, why it matters, and how to attain it are becoming hard to ignore, dismiss, or write off as soft science.

    Ask yourself this: Are you happy?

    It's a rhetorical question, so you can answer honestly.

    Whether your answer is yes or no, ask yourself, Why? Why are you happy? Why aren't you happy? There's no right or wrong answer. There's just your answer.

    This compelling picture is for anyone who thinks they're happy; anyone who's ever been depressed; anyone who's tasted happiness and then watched it slip out of their fingers; anyone who feels like they've spent their whole life chasing

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  • Science Suggests Drinking Green Tea Can Prevent Cancer

    By Monique Minahan

    hot honey lemonHerbal remedies are at the root of modern-day medicine. For example, aspirin originated from willow bark and morphine from the opium poppy.

    Although modern medicine continues to take leaps and strides in significant areas of disease and illness, there are many simple remedies we can implement into our lifestyle that may ward off future diseases.

    One of the easiest (and delicious) natural remedies available to us is green tea.

    Here's a few significant ways green tea can impact your health, inside and out:

    The polyphenols present in green tea may help prevent and repair damage from sun exposure by fighting free radicals that damage cells.

    This is significant because of the domino effect that starts with UV radiation. UV radiation can damage DNA, which can then cause immune system suppression, which may create a risk for developing skin cancer.

    Many studies are producing convincing evidence that the major polyphenol in green tea, EGCG (

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