Restful Sleep: On Caffeine and Yoga

By
Olga Kabel
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About 70 years ago a zoologist who studied spiders got tired of waking up at 5:00 am to watch them build their webs, so he asked his pharmacologist friend if he could drug the spiders to change their construction time. Dr. Witt, the pharmacologist, had no trouble giving spiders sugar water spiked with marijuana, Benzedrine, caffeine, Chloral Hydrate, and LSD.

The Vagus Nerve in the Light of Yoga Philosophy - Polyvagal Theory and the 3 Gunas

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011 (1). Based on brain science, the theory describes how information... Read more
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The Yoga of Embodied Presence: Coming Home to the Body in a Stressed-Out World

As I wrap my attention around the breath moving in and moving out, I’m here right now. So simple to feel my abdomen rise on the inhalation and descend on the exhalation. So fresh to sense the coolness of in-... Read more
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Embodiment Is the New Xanax: 4 Reasons to Tune in Instead of Zoning Out

Everyone knows it’s important to get some downtime. But if your primary relaxation strategy is Netflix and/or alcohol, you may need an upgrade. Here are four reasons why kicking back with a bottle to binge... Read more

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Yoga and Positive Psychology: Calm the Complaining Mind

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The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more

Sleep is a Superfood: How a Little Intention—and Some Yoga—Can Help You Get More

When it comes to dramatically improving health, reducing stress, and impacting the quality of life, sleep is a superfood! You can eat bowls and bowls of kale salad and speak to yourself kindly, but until you’... Read more