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Book Review The Divine Doctor, by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry

While I love the idea of marrying 2 different kinds of mystical studies to create a practice that helps others achieve well-being, The Divine Doctor also elicited a few eye rolls from me. What you need to know: A combination of Kabbalah and Yogic Sciences The book addresses Why physical illnesses begin How to treat a variety of physical ailments through herbs, food and yoga Addressing the emotional causes of our physical unwellness The Book contains Meditations Prescriptive Asana practices Herbal Formulas Nutritional Advice What I liked: It’s important for people to understand that all physical diseases, ailments and conditions Read more…

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Actual Anti-aging Information: Telomeres and Cellular Age

The internet is, unfortunately, full of misinformation regarding the aging process. We all want to know how to age gracefully or, ideally, not at all. Let’s just get that out of the way. *Deep breath* We will all age. We will all die. *Deep breath* That being said, we do, as conscious human beings, have the ability to influence our physical aging experience. Let’s start by understanding telomere length as a potential marker of health. (All information in this post comes from the book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Read more…

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Book Review: The Vital Psoas Muscle by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones

The Vital Psoas Muscle: Connecting Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being promises to help readers see the link between the anatomy of the psoas and its influence on some of the esoteric aspects of the human-movement experience. Tall order for such a small book, only 128 pages. Ms. Staugaard-Jones deserves applause for bringing readers reference material about a largely unmarked territory. Well, it’s territory that many have explored and continue to attempt make more clear: the melding of the physical and emotional body. This work is useful for healing (as reported by many seeking help from pain or difficulties of many Read more…

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Book Review: The Perfect Score Project

We have said before that your emotional state will have an influence over the success of any undertaking. The neuroscience and psychology behind learning are brain-candy to us nerdy women. So, a book like Debbie Stier’s about conquering the SAT and turning it into a positive experience for all those taking it piqued our interest. Debbie’s academic odyssey is both fascinating and healing for those of us who have horrible memories of that damnable test. Check out Mel’s review (below from her GoodReads account) and buy a copy for yourself, as well as for any individual preparing to take the Read more…

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Book Review of Fierce Medicine by Ana T. Forest

First of all, nothing but deep respect for Ana Forrest as she shares her life story and how she triumphed over incredible obstacles including extreme childhood trauma and several addictive, self-destructive behaviors.  In the book you’ll learn techniques for disrupting and breaking physically and emotionally unhealthy habits.  Most of these techniques Ana discovered while facing the negative consequences of a brutal upbringing.  As readers, we observe her personal evolution as she discovers the power of yoga, meditation and Native American spirituality to help refine the methods of self-improvement she uses to sustain her progression to a more-realized being. This really Read more…

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The Book of Yoga Contraindications: Good? Bad?

There is a new e-book on the yoga scene called, The Contraindication Index for Yoga Asanas.  The synopsis goes like this: The Contraindication Index for Yoga Asanas is an essential reference guide to injuries, ailments, and medical conditions that can be exacerbated by certain yoga postures. It’s organized according to the medical condition, rather than the posture and provides guidance as to whether a position should be avoided altogether, or can be modified and practiced with increased safety. It cross-references extensive research on 35 common medical conditions, injuries and ailments and 112 fundamental yoga poses, explaining which ones should be Read more…

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