Three Cleansing Exercises to Start Your Day Like a Yogi

Article Found on Daily Cup of Yoga

As the fast pace of modern life continues to accelerate, many people in the Western world have turned to yoga for their much-needed self-care. But the typical yoga practice in the West is often distilled down to only asana, the posture-focused yoga that you see in most classes. While asana practice is an essential part of the yogic tradition, yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path that contains a slew of practices to help cultivate a balanced life.

Lucky for us, some of these exercises are simple, much quicker than asana practice, and can easily be incorporated into your morning routine. Below are three ayurvedic cleansing exercises, called kriyas, to help start your morning in a mindful, healthy way. Continue reading Three Cleansing Exercises to Start Your Day Like a Yogi

11 Things Mentally Strong People Always Do

Article by Amy Morin | Found on MindBodyGreen

While most people know what exercises will make them physically strong, few people understand how to grow mentally strong. In fact, many people aren’t even sure what mental strength is.

Mental strength consists of three parts—thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Becoming mentally strong involves regulating your thoughts, managing your emotions, and behaving productively.

And while I spend most of my career talking about how to give up the bad habits that rob you of mental strength, it’s important to know what healthy habits will build your mental muscle. Here are 11 things […]

Simplest Health Tip Ever: How Drinking Kombucha Can Change Your Health

Article by Lauren Felts | Found on Chalkboard Mag

IS THERE ANYTHING that kombucha can’t fix? It’s one of our favorite cure-alls: from a sour stomach and an “I-partied-too-hard” headache to a lull in energy and chronic skin conditions, we’re convinced kombucha is the answer. Sounds crazy at first, but the nutritional breakdown of this bubbly fermented drink more than validates our position.

If kombucha has yet to make it into your vernacular, here’s a quick 101: kombucha is a lightly effervescent beverage that is made through the fermentation process, much like hard cider, kefir or kvass. It is produced […]

Exactly How To Look Forward To Your Workout Every Single Time

Article by Daniella Momo | Found on MindBodyGreen

It’s really easy to get stuck in the same patterns and habits without truly recognizing how we got there. What starts to happen when we repeat these actions is that we develop a series of habits that we understand as routine. How we get ourselves to work every day or reaching for that piece of chocolate after our meal even though we feel satisfied—these are routines—unconscious actions that can ultimately leave us stuck in our ways.

This mindlessness can even cause us to feel stuck in things that are good for us, […]

7 Easy Ways To Do Self-Care When You're Too Exhausted To Think About It

Article by Dr. Mary Bove | Found on MindBodyGreen

Most of us spend our days working, whether in a traditional workplace, at home, or at school. When we end our work for the day, it’s increasingly more common to not be able to “shut off.” Some of this has to do with the expectations demanded of us, but other parts are simply habit. We go, go, go, then expect to be able to stop—but we’re out of practice.

Think about your own afternoon and early evening: Maybe you leave work, sit in traffic, listen to the news or make a phone […]

The Best Foods to Eat Before and After Your Workout

Article by Nora Tobin | Found on Shape

When it comes to fitness, there are certain universal questions that experts hear almost every day: How can I get the most out of my workouts? How can I lose weight faster, burn the most calories, and feel energized enough to power through every training session? While there are other elements that may affect your unique situation, there’s one simple answer that applies to all of these questions: Eat! More specifically, eat the right foods at the right time.

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New Insights Into How The Mind Influences The Body

Article Featured on ScienceDaily

Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings, reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection.

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A New Study Explains the Psychology of the Worry Spiral

By Cari Romm | Found on NY Mag

Raise your hand if this scenario sounds familiar at all: You’re supposed to meet a friend for coffee at one, let’s say. It’s now 1:10 and she’s not there, and she hasn’t answered your text, either. You know, objectively, that she’s probably just stuck on the subway or something, but you still can’t help running through all the other possibilities: She’s gotten into some terrible accident. She’s been abducted. She choked on a piece of food in her apartment and no one’s found her yet. As the minutes […]

10 Simple and Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

By Linda B. White | Found on Everyday Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza viruses continue to wreak misery in 41 states. Got your flu shot? Good, do it again next year.

However, keep in mind that other viruses cause respiratory illness: parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses, coronaviruses, rhinoviruses….not to mention bacteria such as Streptococcus.

Despite the fact that your world teams with infectious microorganisms, most of the time, you’re reasonable healthy, right? Thank your immune system, which defends you from disease-causing microbes. Now, step beyond gratitude to optimize the function of that system.

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Mindfulness Training Cools Inflammation, Study Shows

Article Featured on Knowridge.com

There’s evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve how we age and even fight disease. Yet, little is known about the brain changes behind the effects.

A new study may offer clues. The results suggest this type of meditation lowers levels of interleukin-6, which is involved in inflammation.

“We’ve now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and this new work sheds light into what mindfulness training is doing to the brain to produce these inflammatory health benefits,” says David Creswell, associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

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