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It can make many people feel uncomfortable when I ask, “Would you like me to massage your abdomen?” All the fears and insecurities arise about the shape of our bellies and what people will think of us.

For years there was not a chance you’d get anywhere near my belly. It was definitely one of my least favorite parts of my body, and carrying extra weight added into that insecurity. I have worked on this over the years and I now adore abdominal massage. In fact, I always feel a little disappointed when it is missed in a massage.

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Tantrum Yoga: A Two-Minute Recipe for Inner Peace

I’ve been doing one of those intense, year-long spiritual programs, where meditating on a daily lesson will, I hope, bring me bit by bit closer to the divine. It’s been hard—really hard—but also amazing. I... Read more
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Magnesium Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes and Dietary Sources

When I think of magnesium deficiency, I don’t aim for supplements or blame poor diet alone. Currently, 70 to 80 percent of the population is magnesium deficient and, given how easy it is to obtain magnesium... Read more
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Book Review: Timothy McCall's Saving My Neck: A Doctor's East/West Journey Through Cancer

There is much talk these days of integrative medicine , complementary approaches to disease, and allopathic vs. “alternative” medicine. As both a board-certified medical doctor and yoga therapist, Timothy... Read more

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Tom Myers on Spatial Medicine: Change the Body to Change the Mind

How do we foster health, well-being and healing? Medicine has one approach, primarily using antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, and surgery to cure disease. Traditional types of medicine apply another approach,... Read more
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Yoga and Self-Compassion: Balancing the Dark Side of Self-Care

Self-care is a popular term these days. I believe the meaning has been watered-down or misinterpreted to the point that when we say ‘I’m going to take some time for some self-care’ it often implies a time-out... Read more
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And Now What? Living Life Here and Now

I watched a wonderful docufilm called Planetary last night and was blown away by the sheer beauty of our Earth and how interconnected we all are. The scenes of canyons, oceans, glaciers, forests—oh, I could go... Read more

Our Ever-Changing Bodies: How We Adapt to Habits, Life Events and the Environment

In life, it nearly always seems so much more satisfying to deal with the tangible rather than the abstract. As an ex-carpenter, I know the psychological rewards of replacing a drawer runner so that it slides... Read more
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Shed Those Shoes: Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development and More

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. Still does, because I’m in stocking feet in the fall and winter and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long... Read more
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Overcoming Family Rejection: How to Find Strength in Pain

“I don’t like being too looked up at or too looked down on. I prefer meeting in the middle to being worshipped or spat out.” ~ Joni Mitchell Growing up, there were two sides of the kitchen table. On side A,... Read more

White Bean, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Get cozy with a big pot of nutrient-dense and colorful winter soup! Filled with healing spices, plant-based protein, antioxidants, lemon, and our favorite leafy green too, there’s nothing like a warming bowl... Read more