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  • Is Yoga in Extreme Heat Dangerous?

    Ron Sombilon GalleryRon Sombilon Gallery"You're crawling through the desert in search of the oasis of a better body."

    Those are the words of Loren Bassett, a 41-year old yoga instructor in Manhattan who teaches yoga in a room so hot it might as well be a sauna. Bassett's approach reflects a growing trend in the fitness industry to crank up the heat on traditional work-outs. Gone 75-degree gyms and large fans in aerobics classes. According to New York Times, fitness junkies in New York and Los Angeles increasingly want to do their yoga, pilates, cycling, and other types of work-out in extreme heat... no matter what the risk.

    via the New York Times:

    For these religious exercisers, based mostly in New York and Los Angeles, only sweltering temperatures produce adequate workouts: a jackhammering heart rate, pliable muscles and a psychologically satisfying sweat that devotees describe as "detoxing." So gyms and studios are trying to lure them with ever hotter, harder yoga classes, in addition to roasted versions

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  • 7 Reasons to Eat More Beets


    People either love beets or they hate them, mostly because they haven't discovered all the wonderful ways to enjoy beets. I, personally, am in the LOVE BEETS camp. I still remember the first time I ate them as a child. I wanted them every day after that. Whether you already love them, or just haven't discovered their marvels, here are 7 reasons to eat more beets.

    1. Beets are high in nutrients such as folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C, making them an excellent source of nutrients, and a particularly good choice for pregnant women who have higher folate needs during pregnancy.

    2. In their uncooked state, beets also contain an important compound called betaine, which research has shown reduces several compounds linked to inflammation in the body. In other words, it's a great anti-inflammatory food that helps protect us from the effects of aging and disease.

    3. Beets are one of Nature's miracles in the prevention of cancer. The fiber found in beets seems to

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  • Love: Is it All in the Brain?

    BrainBrainBy Intent Blogger Betsy Chasse

    Have you ever looked up LOVE in the dictionary? I did tonight. How interesting one 4 letter word can have so many meanings. There are at least 9 different definitions of LOVE. My favorite being a score in tennis, by the way. I also find it interesting that it's firstly, a noun, when often it feels like a verb or an adjective. It can be considered all of the above, which seems sort of fitting for this particular word, don't you think.

    Such a powerful word, love, yet we throw it around like a football on Thanksgiving. I love that sweater, I love sushi, I love you. It's used for so many things it seems to me to have lost all it's power.

    It's so easily purrs from our lips, "I looooovvvve youuu". It's so easily posted in our Facebook status. I'm starting to notice that there is a direct correlation to the number of times a husband or wife posts about their love for their companion in their Facebook status and divorce, I'm not kidding. This week alone I've

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  • Why You Should Ask Your Boss for Naptime

    Napping is good for your brain.Napping is good for your brain.In a recent TED talk, University of California Psychology and Neuroscience Professor, Matthew Walker, gives three good reasons to believe we all become psychotic when we sleep:

    1. You see things that simply were not there (you hallucinate).

    2. You believe things that could not possibly be true (you become delusional).

    3. When you wake up, you probably forget most if not all of what happened (you experience amnesia).

    Watch the complete video here.

    Matthew Walker is one of my scientific heroes. The man has literally it his mission to prove that midday naps are a vital to learning and that dreams aid in emotional processing. How cool is that? I was talking to a friend yesterday about how in America (and much of the "modernized" world), we really devalue the importance of sleep in an effort to be more productive. In most cultures throughout history, there has been time set aside -- usually right after lunch -- for people to rest, digest, have a little siesta before getting back to

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  • 5 Steps to Detox from Divorce

    Healing from a break up takes time and patience. Two things I never seem to have, but am learning, thanks to, well, a break up!

    A little over a year ago my marriage ended. After the shock wore off, which for me lasted about 3 weeks, I did what I usually do- research.

    I like instructions. I like to do lists. I like to have a plan and I didn't seem to have any of those for dealing with the hurt and betrayal caused by my divorce. I wasn't surprised that I got divorced. I think I saw that coming. But even so, it didn't hurt any less.

    There were plenty of books and I read a couple, but who has time to read every book! I felt overwhelmed by all the information and advice coming my way. I was angry with God, I was angry at anything " spiritual". I didn't want to hear another person tell me to mediate on it. I just wanted someone to take my hand and lead me out of the tunnel of darkness I found myself in. When everyone around you thinks you're the leader, it's hard to find

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  • Is There Poison in Your Lipstick?

    Safecosmetics.orgSafecosmetics.orgAll morning, my Facebook feed has been inundated with links to a disturbing new infographic about the toxic ingredients in our personal care products. Lead. Aluminum. Heavy metals. In baby shampoo.

    FACT: Adults are exposed to an average 126 chemical ingredients daily through the use of personal care products. 61% of top-brand lipsticks contain cancer-causing heavy metals, 82% of children's shampoos contain formaldehyde, and 89% of ingredients in products currently sold on the market have never been tested for safety.

    Surprised? Not me. I stumbled into this information on the web a couple years ago, on a blog called No More Dirty Looks. I was so aghast at the findings of those clinical studies when I read them that I tossed out every make-up product I owned. I wondered why it wasn't being talked about on Good Morning America, in the New York Times, on Capitol Hill for heaven's sake. I thought of all the women in my family who had died of cancer. I felt betrayed. Why hadn't I

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  • How Yoga Reduces Menopause Symptoms and Improves Sleep

    [CC] Helga Weber[CC] Helga WeberIt's been 20 years since I enrolled in my first yoga class. I was running a center for reproduction and women's health and was looking for a means of reducing my stress. I enrolled with a yogini named Hari Khar Khalsa and took classes from her over a period of time. One day I approached her to see if she would have interest in helping some of my patients lower their stress. We began a series of yoga classes with the first hour consisting of us sitting on the floor on mats and discussion a health topic. I called them Mat Chats. The second hour was devoted to yoga with a focus on the medical topic we had just covered.

    Over time, I not only received the benefit of lowering my own stress level through yoga, but also the benefit of her friendship and ultimately collaboration on A Woman's Book of Yoga, a book that combines Eastern and Western medicine to help women at different stages of their lives. Since that book came out, I've suggested yoga to many of my patients. One group that I

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  • 12 Sex and Intimacy Tips from Deepak Chopra

    Dear Friends,

    via Deepak Chopravia Deepak Chopra
    As part of the release of my new digital E-Book and App, "Kama Sutra & The Seven Spiritual Laws of Love," (see below for an exclusive peak at the first chapter of the book), this Valentine's Day I would like to once again share the following insights on Sex and Spirituality:

    1. Sexual energy is the primal and creative energy of the universe. All things that are alive come from sexual energy. In animals and other life forms, sexual energy expresses itself as biological creativity. In humans, sexual energy can be creative at all levels - physical, emotional and spiritual. In any situation, where we feel attraction, arousal, awakening, alertness, passion, interest, inspiration, excitement, creativity, enthusiasm, in each of these situations, sexual energy is at work. Whenever we feel these states of awareness, we must put our attention on the energy that we are experiencing, nourishing it with our attention, experiencing it with joy and keeping it alive in our

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  • Deepak Chopra on Higher Health

    In Part 1 of The Higher Health we discussed the possibility that higher health was possible, reaching beyond our current conception of wellness. Such an advance depends on two things. The first, which isn't new, is to comply with current prevention measures that too many people ignore. The words "diet, exercise, and stress management" roll off the tongue so easily that many have learned to ignore them. Yet recent research confirms just how crucial these lifestyle choices are.

    For much of the recent past, prevention has been focused on recognized lifestyle disorders like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is now it is becoming clear, however, that the body as a whole is being affected. For example, inflammation, which has long been known to be damaging to our tissues and organs, is now believed to be linked far more broadly to all kinds of possible disorders, including cancer. If you are not complying with prevention, there is mounting evidence that your choice to avoid exercise,

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  • Is it possible to watch your weight and still eat dessert this holiday season? Amaze your holiday party guests this year with these winter dessert recipes that are health-conscious but still taste indulgent. This year, have your cake and eat it, too.

    Angel Food Layer Cake From Heaven

    Low-fat, easy to make and loaded with fresh fruit--not to mention beautiful to look at before it inevitably disappears once served to your guests.

    Ginger-Cranberry Loaf
    Not crazy of super-sweet things? Enjoy flavors of ginger and cranberry in this winter loaf that would be perfect with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

    Super-Healthy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies
    These cookies taste delicious, and your guests won't suspect that they are full of heart-healthy, thyroid-balancing coconut oil instead of the butter and hydrogenated fats usually used in chocolate chip cookie recipes.

    Decadent Apple Crumble
    Wintertime is the perfect time to use all the apples in season in abundance at your supermarket, local

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