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  • Surrendering to Healing...In The Arms of a Stranger

    NatalieNatalieBy Bristol Baughan

    I spent most of my life thinking that being tough, requiring little sleep, working 24/7 and being unemotional were bad-ass signs of being evolved. Until, of course, that way of thinking stopped working and my will and ambition-flavored energy dried up. I have had to dig deep through a ton of layers of conditioning to re-frame the idea of nurturing as fundamental to thriving.

    It is pretty incredible how "nurturing" ourselves as adults, as opposed to nurturing someone else or a child, is considered self-indulgent or selfish, as we grow older. Watsu massage was one of the first experiences I had on my healing journey that helped me experience the value of self-nurturing. The third episode of 30 DAYS OF INTENT, on The Chopra Well, surprises Natalie and Iman with their own Watsu sessions, and it was my hope that Natalie and Iman would have a similar experience as I did. All they were told was to bring a swimsuit, nothing more.

    Watsu massage was created by

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  • Go on a Spiritual Journey This Fall with Deepak Chopra and Friends

    Screen Shot from Screen Shot from The Chopra Well, is proud to announce the launch of three new shows this Fall! 30 DAYS OF INTENT, URBAN YOGIS, and THE RABBIT HOLE are unprecedented shows targeted to engage the critical mass on a journey of exploration, transformation, wellness, and growth. Our unique position as a YouTube channel allows us to harness the communicative power of technology to share uplifting, inspiring stories - entirely free of cost, as they should be!

    Deepak's thoughts on technology and social media…

    Social Media is a powerful tool that connects people from around the world, and gives them practical ways to improve their lives. Technology allows us to build a critical mass of people dedicated to personal transformation for global transformation.

    The channel draws on Deepak, Gotham and Mallika's collective experiences, inter-generational wisdom and life journeys to help fulfill their mission to inspire 100 million people to change the world, one personal transformation at a

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  • What Gets in the Way of Your Fitness Routine?

    By The Chopra Well

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    To kick off their journey on 30 DAYS OF INTENT, Natalie and Iman visit celebrity trainer Holly Perkins for a lesson on fitness. They're joined by YouTube star ExoticJess, and the whole gang goes for a hike in the Topanga Canyon. We interviewed Holly on her favorite fitness techniques and ways of maintaining an exercise routine.

    The Chopra Well: It looks like you, Natalie, Iman, and Jess had a lot of fun hiking! What do you think usually gets in the way for people regarding exercise?

    Holly Perkins: I find the number one reason why people don't exercise is lack of time. In truth, no one has the time to exercise; you have to make the time. Interestingly, I believe that a person's motivation goes even deeper than scheduling. I believe that many people perceive a workout as something that will be tiring and therefore, don't feel they have the energy for it. In some ways, that person doesn't really want to workout.

    Therefore, a tight schedule

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  • What Yoga Can Do for Cancer Survivors, Inner-City Youth, and YOU!

    By The Chopra Well

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    Yoga changes lives. We see it again and again.
    People suffering from illness, struggling with self-esteem or weight or imbalance, looking for purpose and avenues to change the world… Every story in its distinct way reflects the transformative power of yoga. And, of course, human beings' own capacity to change and thrive.

    It is this very power we aim to capture on our new show, URBAN YOGIS, launching October 8 on The Chopra Well. Beautifully shot, inspiring, and heartfelt - the series delves into the lives of cancer survivors,Eddie Stern and Moby practicing their Eddie Stern and Moby practicing their inner-city youth dealing with violence in their communities, recovering addicts, artists, youth in detention facilities, and more. Interspersed with these stories of yoga transformation, episodes feature interviews between yoga instructor Eddie Stern and comedian Russell Brand, Grammy-nominated musician Moby (pictured right in "happy baby pose"), and "yogi" businessman Russell Simmons. (Didn't know these guys were die-hard yogis? Yeah,

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  • How One Man Went from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to the Epitome of Health

    By Michelle Cowden

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    As someone who believes in the connection between food and disease, I am so excited that a film like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead attempts to show the masses how a healthy diet can cure an illness. It's a must see movie!!!

    Suffering from a rare autoimmune disease disorder, Joe Cross, was tired of taking prescription pills and feeling miserable. Looking at himself in the mirror, his 300+ pound image looked back at him and he longed to be healthy again. Knowing if he kept eating junk food and taking these pills, he was on his way to an early death. Armed with a generator, a juicer, his car, and a desire for a better life, Joe takes an oath to only juice fruits and vegetables for the next 60 days. Unsure if this experiment will work or not, Joe is desperate to feel better.

    Traveling cross-country from New York to California, Joe set off on a journey to juice, talk to people about juicing and the negative effects of junk and fast foods on the body. Out of

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  • 9/11: What WILL You Do for Humanity on This Day?

    By Mallika Chopra

    Today, on 9/11, I will remember to honor my role as a mom to nurture my children, the global citizens of tomorrow.

    What will you do on 9/11?

    I was 5 months pregnant on 9/11.

    When the first plane crashed, my mother, my father and my brother were on all different airplanes. I was awoken by a phone call that morning from my father, who was crying, panicked that my brother could be on one of the planes that crashed. As we watched the 2nd plane crash, we still did not know where he was. It was with immense relief that I wept after he called to say his plane had made an emergency landing in Detroit.

    And then I was overwhelmed with grief and sadness as I realized that so many in our global family - our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, neighbors, teachers, nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, children - had died in this terrible attack on humanity. A day later, while going for a walk, I fainted and ended up in the hospital. The stress from all the

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  • Love Your Body: Yoga, Motherhood, & Healing

    By Chelsea Roff

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    Next up for Intent Blog's YOU interview series, meet Melanie Klein!

    Thanks for taking the time to speak with me about your yoga journey, Melanie. I wanted to start by learning a bit more about how you came to it to begin with? What was your first yoga experience like?

    I took my first class in 1996, back when yoga had not become the cultural phenomenon it is now. Studios were very few and far between and you didn't see copies of Yoga Journal or the equivalent in your local stores. My younger sister, Natascha, asked me if I wanted to sign up for a yoga class with her through the local community college's extension program.

    As it turned out, our weekly yoga class was a Kundalini class and we did a lot of, what seemed to me, odd physical movements accompanied by chants. I was intrigued. My sister and I giggled through much of the class and surely exacerbated our teacher, but we didn't stop and we signed up time and time again.

    But Kundalini

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  • Back to School Bliss!

    ccccBy Mallika Chopra

    Have to admit - the happiest person in my house right now may just be me. Just the thought of school starting next week brings a smile to my face - oh, how wonderful it will be!

    Yes, it has been a great summer for my kids. A variety of camps and life experiences - from theater to lego robotics to writing camp, a wonderful trip to Italy and a lot of play dates, swimming and relaxation. I have to admit that we had a very special summer. And, I had a great summer hanging out with my girls, watching them grow, making some wonderful memories that will last our life time.

    But… It has also been a summer of driving 2 kids to different activities at different times on different sides of town, trying to work in between pick ups and drop offs, and realizing that the idea of those wonderful lazy days at home are actually full of questions like "Can we do something?", "I'm bored," "Can someone come over?" My attempt at getting my girls to regularly do some math homework or

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  • Break-up Depression: A Spiritual Solution

    Creative CommonsCreative CommonsBy The Chopra Well

    Have you ever experienced a bad break-up?
    We've all been there. The tears, arguments, silence, and regret. Even if the break-up isn't particularly "bad," it can still feel awful to part ways with someone who has been close to your heart.

    And how many of us have watched friends endure painful break-ups? For them it might feel like the world is falling apart. You just want to grab them, open their eyes, and say, "Look! The sun is still shining! Life goes on!" But only the passing of time brings this truth to light.

    Justin poses this predicament to Deepak Chopra in this week's episode of Spiritual Solutions (a series on The Chopra Well YouTube channel). Compounding his post-break-up depression is the fact that Justin also just graduated from school. He is navigating new territory and feels alone in his struggle. Justin asks, how do you find happiness in a negative situation when it feels like there is no one at your side? Deepak responds with compassion and a

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  • Deepak Chopra and Perez Hilton Talk Sex, Spirituality, and Bullying
    Perez Hilton. Celebrity gossip guru turned spokesman for holistic wellbeing? There is a lot more to this internet sensation than meets the eye.

    In the recent episodes of The Chopra Well show, WHO ARE YOU, Deepak interviews Perez Hilton on consciousness, life purpose, and personal transformation. First on the agenda, though, is Perez's dramatic weight loss. Many of Perez's followers undoubtedly noticed his incredible body transformation in the past few years. With exercise and portion control, he lost between 70 and 80 pounds, surgery free!

    "Was your motivation spiritual?" Deepak asks. Well, to be honest, it wasn't. Perez wanted to "get laid." This isn't the first time someone hit the gym to look hot on date night, and it probably won't be the last. But the process soon assumed spiritual dimensions, as well. More than a weight-loss, before-and-after story, Perez relates how the journey expanded his mind and made him aware of a universal source of energy.

    Screen Shot 2012-07-27 at 4.55.08 PMScreen Shot 2012-07-27 at 4.55.08 PMAlright, be honest.

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