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Digestive health is crucial to the body’s overall wellbeing. The digestive system breaks down foods (solids and liquids) into their chemical components—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins—which the body absorbs as nutrients and uses for energy for growth, maintenance, and repair. Digestion happens in three phases: first in the mouth, then the stomach, and finally in the small intestine. After the last phase, the digested food is absorbed and transported into the bloodstream. 

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You Are Enough: The Yoga of Self Acceptance

There’s something not being spoken about in the countless self-help books, lifestyle blogs, and gazillions of self-proclaimed “health” gurus. Underlying all these mediums is the message “You could be better,... Read more
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Restful Sleep: How Light, Temperature and Yogic Breathing Can Help You Sleep

A decade or so ago, I visited a small surfing town in Costa Rica. It was a great adventure, but one thing I found most surprising was that by 9:00 pm there was nobody around. As soon as the sun set, the... Read more
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Smooth Transitions: 5-Minute Wake-Up and Bedtime Yoga Practices

Waking up and preparing for sleep are arguably the most influential parts of our days, in the lens of holistic wellness. If we “wake up on the wrong side of the bed,” as the saying goes, our whole day can feel... Read more

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Steady as She Goes: Practicing Forbearance and Steadfastness in Yoga

Take a seat. Do your best to make the seat as comfortable as possible. Now, notice that no matter how comfortable the seat is, at some point you will incline to get up from that seat. Some urge will strike you... Read more
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Liberate Yourself: 8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply. Living a simple life is about paring back so that... Read more
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Insomnia Blues: 5 Kinds of Sleep Disturbances and How to Identify Them

Sleep impacts every aspect of our physiology, so it's not surprising that sleep is at the top of the list of questions most health care professionals ask their patients. And it's a topic that is worth... Read more
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Plans Change: Can You Change Along with Them?

Yesterday I was excited about all the things I was going to get done. I had a lot of plans and commitments scheduled for work. So, I woke up early, ready for a super productive day. I made Jack’s lunch and... Read more
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Sleep for Heart Health: Calm Your Nervous System with Yoga for Better Sleep

Did you know that each year heart attacks spike on Mondays following the switch to Daylight Savings time? For example, a study conducted in the state of Michigan demonstrated that “the Monday following... Read more
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Restorative Yoga: A 75-Minute Sequence to Soothe the Nervous System and Initiate the Relaxation Response

Restorative yoga is magical. It’s a simple practice of self-care that stimulates the relaxation response within the brain and the body. The relaxation response activates the parasympathetic nervous system, our... Read more
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Tame Your Mind: How to Be Mindful All the Time

I often get asked about how to remember to be mindful more of the time. How can we remember not only to be present more but to be compassionate, to drop into our bodies when we’re feeling difficult emotions,... Read more