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Balancing Act: Staying Healthy as an Active Woman

For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents — it’s a balancing act just to get through the day. Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career. “Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside […]

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Stress and Immunity: The Microbiome Connection

An interview with Gut Crisis co-author Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D. Life has its ups and downs, and stress is a natural part of human existence. These days, though, American stress levels are at a record high, according to the American Psychological Association. We discussed the stress-microbiome connection with Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who—along with his wife and co-author Samantha Wallace—wrote Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Dr. Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness and the mind/body connection as […]

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Overcome Emotional Stress featuring Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf

Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, an integrative physician and recognized Ayurvedic expert, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) explains the effects of emotional stress and recommends Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Emotional stress — we all have it, whether every day or some days; it’s just an inevitable part of life. Did you know that 13% of Americans, however, are taking an antidepressant, and one out of four women between 50 and 64 are taking an antidepressant medication? In my informal survey of many women, often they’re taking an antidepressant not because […]

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7 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on beauty products to prevent their skin from aging. Yet keeping your skin youthful takes much more than applying a moisturizer. Knowing your skin type, eating the right diet, and daily cleansing are essential for fresh and young-looking skin. Protect yourself from the sun In our world of ozone holes and 30+ sunscreens, many people have come to think of the sun as an enemy to the skin. Yet the sun, besides being the source of energy for mind and body, also […]

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Understanding Trauma: Yoga for Recovery, Restoration, Reintegration, Resilience

The holistic healing that comes from a regular yoga practice can be profound. Subsequently, the body of research in the yoga arena continued to grow exponentially; the field is now looking at yoga as a therapeutic modality and yoga in our communities. Accordingly, the most dedicated yoga teachers and healthcare professionals need additional trauma-based training, or resilience training, to adequately serve within these areas. Thus, Jai Yoga Integrative Therapy and Yoga2Sleep have collaborated to offer a comprehensive Resilience Yoga Therapy Training for Yoga Teachers like no other. Understanding Trauma: […]

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Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions An interview with Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — except when those fiery Pitta emotions flare up as a result of too much heat. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers easy, natural remedies to keep you cool as a cucumber this summer. In the interview below, we delve into the topic with top integrative physician and Ayurvedic expert, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. Dr. Lonsdorf was named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by The Chicago Tribune. vpk: Could you explain why, from the perspective of Ayurveda, we might tend to feel more irritable or short-tempered […]

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Priming Your Microbiome for a Healthier, Happier Life: An Interview with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

People often say, “go with your gut.” But if the microorganisms that live in your intestines are out of whack, it might lead you to make unhealthy choices, according to integrative neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. A pioneer in integrative neurology and the author of The Prime, Dr. Chaudhary draws from both Ayurvedic knowledge and Western medicine to treat her patients. In this interview, we talk with Dr. Chaudhary about the microbiome and how it affects our mind, body, and emotions. vpk: The microbiome seems to be making quite the […]

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An Ayurvedic Path to Heartbreak Recovery

Heartbreak and Healing A devastating breakup clouded my days, which stretched to months and longer. The stressful situation couldn’t be avoided – I was spending the summer working in the same small company with my ex’s new partner. I skirted deep sadness for months and kept working hard, then exercising harder to stay sane. On most weekdays, I woke early for a short, brisk walk, returned home for a full, fresh lunch and a light cardio workout. After work, yoga classes helped release the day’s struggles. What I didn’t […]

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Seven Common Sense Ayurvedic Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

The statistics are frightening: Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Every 20 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. One in four Americans has some form of heart disease. Every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Heart disease takes more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined. Yet, both modern medicine and ayurveda concur that there are things you can do every day to keep your heart healthy. […]

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