Wellness

The Sacredness of Daily Practice

Authored By: 
Douchka Lecot

We were all born yogis, we just forgot who we are.

About the Author: 

Douchka is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance E-RYT and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with over a 10-year experience in yoga science. With a vast knowledge on Ayurveda, nutrition and aromatherapy, she considers herself an “eternal” student. She constantly questions, explores and researches on therapies, systems and techniques that could enhance her life experience and support a deeper and better understanding of the Self. She’s committed to her true mission of sharing her experiential and universal yoga and tools with others. In 2011, she co-founded Yana Shala with the mission of developing a community-based platform providing education and resources through workshops, seminars, lectures, trainings and retreats for self-development and personal growth. on March 27th 2015, Yana Shala is launching 'Manifest Your Inner Teacher', a 200-hr certified teacher training and advanced yoga study in Dallas/Fort Worth. 

The Absolute Necessity of Doing Nothing

Authored By: 
Judith Hanson Lasater

We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less.

But we don’t.

So every day do these three things instead.

One, a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.

Two, do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.

About the Author: 

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., Physical Therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971.
She trains students and teachers throughout the United States as well as abroad,
is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine,
and is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association.
She has written eight books.

Let's Think Differently about the New Year!

Authored By: 
David Romanelli

I will save you the mumbo jumbo about New Years Resolutions.

On New Years Day, I looked in the mirror, 1 newborn baby, 2 bloody-marys and 3 football bowl games deep into the day...and thought:

“My wife is the one breastfeeding but my manboobs might just do the trick!”

“These moose-knuckle-high-waisted-dad-jeans are not going to further my image.”

“Dave! Yoga Journal is on the phone. They want you for their new cover,” said no one...ever!

Yeah, I got a little down on myself. It happens!

About the Author: 

Dave Romanelli is a leading health and wellness innovator. He has pioneered the art of fusing ancient Eastern practices with modern sensibilities.  His unique wellness projects such as Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and O, the Oprah Magazine.  His first book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment, reached #1 on Amazon's Self-Help List. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com. David lives in New York City.

Boost your Immunity For Winter By Optimizing your Vitamin D Level Now!

Authored By: 
David C. Morcom, PharmD.

There’s been lots of buzz about vitamin D in the last decade and is regarded by some as a “Super Nutrient” with a multitude of broad benefits. Is this all just media hype? In my opinion, vitamin D is the real deal and its prime importance in health is supported by loads of literature & the evidence continues to grow. This article will shed some light on the importance of optimizing your vitamin D level, how to most effectively do this, which form of vitamin D is best, how to get your vitamin D level checked & much more.

Are you Vitamin D Deficient?

About the Author: 

David C. Morcom, PharmD. Doctor of Pharmacy & Certified Herbal Specialist Dr. Morcom is a practitioner of Functional Medicine fusing traditional herbalism with his knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology & the newest research in herbs & nutrition Dr. Morcom is certified in Medication Therapy Management (MTM), is a Certified Herbal Specialist & has specialized knowledge in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. With an integrative approach, he enjoys assisting patients achieve optimal health using a range of herbs and nutritional supplements as his medicinal allies. He has a strong dedication to patient care and is driven by the fulfillment he receives from helping others.
DCMorcom [at] integrativewellnessrx [dot] com

The Beauty in Stepping Off the Mat

Authored By: 
Noel Crane

     We’ve all been there. Sitting on our mats in an open room surrounded by yogis with jars of green goodness, lotus tattoos, and exuding inner peace. They stinkin’ glow with the “inner light” we’ve been trying to harness for years by juicing, sweating, and pushing ourselves harder. It’s discouraging, it’s shaming, but if met with a dose of self-compassion and awareness, it’s a beautiful part of our process.

    We as yoga teachers and practitioners are called to be seekers, not saints.
  

About the Author: 

   Noel Crane is a 200-hour RYT trained under Shanon Buffington and the Tantric Hatha philosophy. Her focus is on energetics and incorporating Ayurvedic principles of balance into practice. Noel lives in Carrollton, TX, where she enjoys teaching at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve or fire-side at her home. Check out www.noelcraneyoga.com for more groovy info!

Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Authored By: 
Mallory Trumpfheller, RYT200

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and celebration, right? But so often it can be tough to get in the spirit as you juggle a mile-long To-Do List and a full activity calendar, all while fighting the threat of getting sick. Here are 6 things you can do to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday season:

About the Author: 

Mallory Trumpfheller is a RYT200 yoga teacher, graphic designer, and Embody Love Movement ™ Inner Beauty Shop Facilitator. Mallory stumbled upon yoga 2 years ago at the gym and decided to give it a try. After discovering the many benefits it had for her mentally, spiritually and physically, she decided to become a RYT 200 yoga teacher in 2014 to share the gift of yoga with others. Mallory studied under Shanon Buffington’s 9-month In-Depth Studies & Yoga Teacher Training program, being trained in Anatomy & Physiology, Vinyasa Krama, Pranayama, Yoga History & Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mantra & Meditation, and Yoga for Special Populations. She is also training under Sadie Nardini to become a ‘Total Transformation/Core Strength Vinyasa’ Yoga Instructor. She is especially passionate about teaching yoga to the average person, using simple but powerful techniques to help them relieve stress and improve mental and physical health.

Why Retreat? Who Needs a Retreat? When to Retreat

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

Why Retreat? Who needs to retreat? When to retreat?
One word~ HEALTH... physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and beyond!

Yes, because when you take the time to care for yourself you rebuild your health and well being. We generally do not slow down and care for ourselves in a meaningful way until we start to show symptoms of fatigue, a cold, skin rash... the list of subtle and not so subtle symptoms is loooong!

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT and NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical theraputic techniques. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, teaching courses on the Three Wisdom Traditions and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with other yoga teacher training programs around the country and is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

The Only Real Yoga

Authored By: 
Alex Hamby

I'm holding a grudge. That's bad for a yoga teacher, right? But I can't seem to help myself as I walk through a class of women (and a lone, older gentleman) moving and sweating in time with the fast beat and thrumming base playing during their nightly Zumba class. Each of their faces look bright and happy, but concentrated and present as they follow the movements of the teacher.

I hear a buzzer, loud and sharp, and I look through a window down onto a basketball court. Below me teenage boys scurry back and forth chasing that orange sphere, working team against team to score points.

About the Author: 

Alex didn't grow up a competitive athlete. He didn't exercise or eat right or meditate. He lived like most Westerners on a diet of television and McDonalds. Then one day he looked in the mirror and saw reflected there a man he didn't recognize and that guy looked sick and unhappy.

He made a series of changes that led to dramatic weight loss opened his eyes to what is going on around America and the world. After finding yoga Alex realized there was a tool, a practice that could help him and others make positive change and so chose the path to bring it to others. Now he celebrates and shares movement through yoga with whomever he can get onto a mat.

Trust Yourself First

Authored By: 
Judith Hanson Lasater

One of the most important things I have learned from teaching yoga is very hard to do but of incalculable value.

Trust yourself first.

Please notice I did not say "trust yourself only". Listen to others' wisdom but do not lose
your rootedness in your own.

It has taken me a long time to consistently do this.

I am definitely make mistakes in my life.

About the Author: 

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D. and PT, has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a senior teaching certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar and has taught in almost every state of the union and on six continents. She is the author of eight books and the mother of three children.

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