Why Dudes Dig Broga

Although yoga has exploded in popularity, a lot of men are still wary of walking into a yoga class. They worry about competing with super-flexible women who contort their bodies as if auditioning for a circus act or having to chant in a strange foreign language. “I’ve heard so many…

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Riding the Wave of Emotions

You might feel it in a long, deep hip opener like Pigeon pose or in an energizing backbend like Upward-Facing Bow or in a soothing Child’s pose; unexpected emotions start to percolate to the surface as you open up blocked energy in your body. Sometimes the feelings flow through you…

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NFL Players Build Flexibility and Focus on the Field

When you think of yoga, 300-pound linebackers balancing in dancer’s pose is probably not the first image that comes to mind. But today you will find a number of NFL football players, along with many other pro athletes, rolling out their yoga mats with the goal of increasing their flexibility,…

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As Stereotypes Fall, More Men Are Falling for Yoga

When Mike Lee first started training as a professional fighter, he had no interest in doing yoga. In a sport like boxing – known for its brute force, speed and explosive power – yoga didn’t seem to fit. “I never thought that yoga would be a part of my training.…

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Why Meditating Can Change Your Life Forever

Now that 2016 is in full swing, many people are adding meditation to their New Year’s resolutions. The reasons for meditating are as varied as the people who do it – CEOs looking to boost productivity and get an edge on the competition, athletes trying to improve their game, patients…

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Growing Old with Yoga

Janet Rae Humphrey had serious reservations about doing yoga. The 58-year-old had excruciating pain and stiffness from fibromyalgia, she couldn’t kneel because one of her kneecaps had been surgically removed and she became dizzy when she put her head below her waist. “I’d been wanting to do yoga for years,…

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Beating the Holiday Blues with Yoga

If you’re suffering from depression, the demands of the holiday season can be overwhelming – from fighting the crowds at the shopping malls to attending obligatory work parties and big family gatherings. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, a job or are struggling with a serious health condition, the holidays…

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Addiction

Jennifer White* was a 36-year-old avid runner. At first, she started running to maintain a healthy weight, but as time went on, she started increasing the number of miles and days she ran until she was running every day of the year, through rain, sleet and snow and through painful…

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Balance and Competition

Twenty or thirty years ago, playing sports meant running around with the kids in the neighborhood and playing catch, shooting hoops or riding bikes. Usually the only restriction you had was getting home before the streetlights turned on. Today, having hours of free, unstructured playtime is a rare treat. Instead,…

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Body Image

“My thighs are too fat. My abs aren’t ripped enough. My body is too hairy. My face has too many zits.” Comments like these are typical of kids who are going through puberty and worried about fitting in. Body dissatisfaction among America’s youth has become so widespread that researchers now…

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Communication and Conflict

Establishing a trusting, loving relationship between you and your child is the foundation of good communication and paves the way for problem solving. “You want to let kids know that they’re important and what they say is important by listening, by stopping what you’re doing and giving them your full…

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Destress Toolbox

Digital Downtime Helps Kids and Parents Destress The constant vibrating and ringing of your smartphone may be stressing you out, according to research presented at this year’s British Psychological Society meeting in Chester, England. The study showed a relationship between people’s stress levels and the number of times they check…

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Divorce Resources

Call child’s school and ask if they have support groups for children. If want to start one in their area, go to www.childrensinstitute.net – Children of Divorce Intervention Program – also known as changing families groups – Social support, Developed a school based support group program “It’s used worldwide now…

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Final Exam – Anorexia

When Jordan moved from the ski town of Telluride, Colo., to Phoenix, Ariz., she noticed everyone was decked out in skimpy shorts and tops, showing a lot of skin. “The actual climate change didn’t bother me as much as seeing all these skinny girls in tight tank tops and swimsuits,…

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Final Exam – Drugs

Erinn Pushor remembers the beginning of 2007 as one of the most exciting times of her life. She began dating Danny Pasenella, a boy she had befriended and had a crush on since eighth grade. Their relationship began their sophomore year in high school. “He was the most charismatic, wonderful…

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Hope and Healing

Each day an average of 12 young people commit suicide in the United States, leaving behind devastated family and friends. Most youth show clear signs of their intention to attempt suicide, but too often those signs go unnoticed, or loved ones don’t know how to respond. “It’s easy to miss…

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