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Conquering Cancer
The cornflower-blue sleeper sofa. The formica closet. The tea cart clanking by. Jaymee Jiao will never forget the eight months she spent living in this hospital room with her son Savior-Makani Jiao as he underwent around-the-clock treatment for acute
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Get Up the Nerve
With all of the new and emerging information on pain science, yoga students and teachers have the opportunity to apply modern research to their practices and help alleviate and prevent pain. Preliminary research suggests that gentle movement of your
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Yoga for Diabetes
Resting is hard for me. I would rather be on the go, overcoming hurdles or realizing my life vision. However, it’s difficult to achieve creative goals without rest, introspection, and relaxation. The same is true in diabetes care. If you have diabete
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Brave Face
Do you ever find yourself clenching your jaw waiting for something bad to happen? Or waking up in the morning with a sense of dread? Whether they come in small doses or huge heart-stopping moments of panic, these feelings can be traced back to fear,
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Ready, Aim, Fire
Ancient sages understood that the true path to bliss is the journey inward. That way, established in who you are, you can take aim at your duties and desires from an embodied space of pure intentions. Connected to this place, you are secure, purposef
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Yoga Transformed Me
As a child, Ebony Smith survived sexual assault but didn’t have the tools to cope with the trauma until years later, when she found yoga. Now, she’s bringing the practice to her community, and others in crisis. Exactly 247 people came to practice yog
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Om On The Road
Late last July, a small group of yoga practitioners roamed the bustling hallways of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center looking for a vacant room adequate for a quick asana practice. It was Friday after lunch, and the indoor arena was swarming with cre
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Feeling Whole
I learned about “release valves” in a teacher training a couple of years ago. We were working in groups, observing other students’ mobility and looking for dysfunctional movement patterns. For example, when one of my classmates shifted into Uttanasan
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Practice Safely
We asked this question of our social followers, and your response was immediate—within six hours, more than 400 readers responded, many with stories describing injury and healing. Your experiences offered clues about how and why injuries happen in as
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The Yoga Teacher Supplement Guide
Rich in iron, protein, and B-12, spirulina has earned a glittering reputation among yoga teachers for boosting immune systems and aiding in detoxification. Founder, Prana Yoga “I take it in powder-form first thing in the morning, an hour prior to my
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The Truth about Trauma
Yoga Journal: Can you summarize your work? Gail Parker: I'm a psychologist, a certified yoga therapist, and a yoga therapist educator. I am a lifelong practitioner of yoga. 50 years. As a practicing psychotherapist of 40 years, I pioneered efforts to
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Ayurvedic Bliss
I dipped a teaspoon into an oversized jar of grass-fed, organic ghee and filled it to the brim, just as I was instructed. Yet as I held it to my mouth and caught a whiff of the pungent, good-for-me fat, I had a strong urge to abandon this Ayurvedic c
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Vegan Comfort Food
SERVES 3 AS AN APPETIZER OR 1 AS A MEAL “I eat a plant-based diet and I like to let the natural flavor of the plants shine through. I love that the edamame cakes at Soul Tavern are a fresh update to standard breadcrumb-coated fried foods. Plus, befor
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Tools for Change
In 2009, Mike Huggins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for the off-label promotion of a medical device at a division of the company he worked for. As he awaited sentencing, he turned to his yoga practice—which he’d started years earlier—to mentally pr
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Hard Healings
Four years into dating, Robert and I were walking to the movies to see Inglourious Basterds when he nudged me to the other side of the sidewalk. He always insists (still) on walking on the side closer to the street. I wasn’t expecting it, so when he
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Back Care Basics
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people, according to the National Institutes of Health. The good news? Yoga-based therapeutics are affordable and accessible ways to alleviate and prevent back pain—acute or
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Gary Kraftsow
We use the term Viniyoga—an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application—to refer to an approach that adapts yoga practice to the unique conditions, needs, and interests of each individual. This traditio
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Quantum Leap
During a meditation, Doug, a long-time yoga student of mine, had a profound spiritual awakening, accompanied by the recognition that there was something inauthentic about the life he was leading. Among other things, he saw that his medical practice h
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Lessons from Ancient Temples
Two years ago, as I was nearing 30, I found myself completely lost, out of a job after nearly 10 years in an industry that I had (for the most part) loved. I’d been bullied out of my corporate job by my boss, a man who told me I was a distraction whe
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Places You’ll Go
You know that feeling the night before a big trip? Excitement and anticipation, maybe tinged with a little anxiety. You have an itinerary, but you can't plan everything that will happen along the way. That's what it felt like making this issue, and t
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A Yoga Guide To India
I started practicing yoga in a crowded New York City gym, my mat so close to the student’s next to mine that I couldn’t tell whose sweat droplets were whose. Like many Americans, I was introduced to yoga as a physical activity—I considered it a compl
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Meet Our New Ambassadors Home Free
After college I was successful, in a sense, working in pro-duction in Hollywood. But I wasn’t mature enough to handle the money. I was going through a breakup, had lost friends, and I was out of work. I ended up losing every-thing. I was so devastate
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On the FLY
Find an empty-ish space near your gate and practice these postures: Easy Pose If you’re anxious before flying, it might be because you’re not in the moment: You’re worrying about what’s going to happen. Practice this simple seated posture to anchor y
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Trust Your Truth
The simple act of asking “What is my purpose?” on the Internet has the power to elicit nearly one billion responses. That’s a staggering commentary on the way so many people feel about who they are and how much they long for an existence that matters
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Ancient Elements
Before I started working with alchemy, a forerunner of chemistry based on the transformation of matter, I was trying to juggle mind, body, and soul practices separately. I was following different programs and driving myself a bit crazy in the process
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The Sound of Silence
I’ve been meditating for a long time, but as I arrived in North Fork, California, just outside of Yosemite National Park, for my first 10-day vipassana retreat, I was terrified. What have I gotten myself into? I wondered as I drove down the dirt path
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To Go or Not to Go
When I was 24, I traveled to volunteer in Guatemala, arriving with many good intentions, and radical anti-globalization politics. But I soon found that, due to the economic, race, and gender dynamics that preceded me, I was often viewed as wealthy an
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Creative Caesar
SERVES 4 “I love when a salad comes together in all the right ways. Oberlin’s kohlrabi caesar is deliciously dressed and has great texture. Kohlrabi, also called a German turnip, is sweet-but-peppery and crunchy until the last bite. The cured fish an
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Honoring The Roots Of Yoga
From self-realization centers and asana apps to T-shirts featuring Ganesh or puns on namaste, the Western world is full of yoga consumerism. We have a lot to gain from this ancient practice, but we also risk losing sight of, and appropriating, the cu
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