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DESIDERATA

DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.


Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.


Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. Bet let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.


Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.


 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be and whatever your labours and assimilations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all it’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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Essential Oils

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Essential oils are essential to any yoga practitioner.

Anyone who practices yoga sweats, and this can be a detrimental issue with how long you can wear your favorite pricey Lululemon pants. Essential oils have been known to calm, balance, regenerate, and may even have germicidal qualities, which is beneficial when practicing yoga at all your favorite yoga studios.


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Here are the top oils we recommend….

Lavender- The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover the healing properties of lavender when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion.

Lavender can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.


Citrus Bliss- We combine the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla Absolute to form this unique and harmonious blend. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for disinfecting countertops and other surfaces while producing a fresh, sweet scent.


Serenity- is a blend of oils calming properties, which may assist to create a sense of well being and relaxation. Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean. Applied to your pillow or to the bottom of the feet at bedtime, Serenity has been known to promote restful sleep.


Purify – From bug bites to sneezes, protecting yourself is more important than ever. Purify is formidable blend of essential oils designed to eliminate odors and other contaminates naturally, without toxic additives. Its refreshing aroma quickly eradicates unpleasant odors and purifies the air and environment with the essential oils of lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca and cilantro.


 

Stress Away- an essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.


 

On Guard- Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. Good for hand washing, adding to soaps, and is just perfect for cleaning yoga mats.


 

Elevation- Elevation is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood blended together to enhance positive energy & meditation.


 

Frankincense- is a tree resin used for centuries to improve one’s spiritual connection. It has centering and comforting properties. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is used as an ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin.


 

Yoga Mat spray- With an aromatherapy yoga mat spray, your favorite yogi can spritz their mat, yoga towel, yoga clothing, and can even help create more ease in savasana with a spritz of lavender, citrus bliss, or elevation oil blends. Affordable and Available at Yoga Oasis. In store or at www.yoga-oasis.com

Visit our online store at http://www.mydoterra.com/yogaoasis/

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift guide- for the Yogi Mind…..
by Mary Grace

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Since yoga has become a way of life for so many people lately, it has become commonly known that yoga may also totally change people. It may transform someone you know into someone who now practices non-attachment, leaving you to have no idea what gift to get for them anymore. As they shed things that no longer serve them and they cleanse their bodies, you may observe your yogi friends talking about not needing tangible things. As they let go, you are now totally confused as to what to get them for the holidays.


We are here to help. We have created this guide to help you make your yogi friends happy. Plus, buying local from a small business, you will be supporting sustainability and helping to make the world a better place, bringing in the true spirit of the holidays.


So here it is, the Yogi gift guide for the yogi in your life.


1. Yoga Mat spray- With an aromatherapy enhanced yoga mat spray, your favorite yogi can spritz their mat, yoga towel, yoga clothing, and can even help create more ease in savasana with a spritz of lavender, citrus bliss, or elevation oil blends. Affordable and Available at Yoga Oasis. In store or at www.yoga-oasis.com

 


2. Pure essential oils- Anyone who practices yoga sweats, and this can be a detrimental issue with how long you can wear your favorite pricey Lululemon pants. Essential oils have been known to calm, balance, regenerate, and may even have germicidal qualities, which is beneficial when practicing yoga at all your favorite yoga studios.

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Here are the top oils we recommend….

Lavender- The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover the healing properties of lavender when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion.


Lavender can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.


Citrus Bliss- We combine the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla Absolute to form this unique and harmonious blend. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for disinfecting countertops and other surfaces while producing a fresh, sweet scent.


Serenity- is a blend of oils calming properties, which may assist to create a sense of well being and relaxation. Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean. Applied to your pillow or to the bottom of the feet at bedtime, Serenity has been known to promote restful sleep.


Purify – From bug bites to sneezes, protecting yourself is more important than ever. Purify is formidable blend of essential oils designed to eliminate odors and other contaminates naturally, without toxic additives. Its refreshing aroma quickly eradicates unpleasant odors and purifies the air and environment with the essential oils of lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca and cilantro.


Stress Away- an essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.


On Guard- Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. Good for hand washing, adding to soaps, and is just perfect for cleaning yoga mats.


Elevation- Elevation is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood blended together to enhance positive energy & meditation.

Elevation


Frankincense- is a tree resin used for centuries to improve one’s spiritual connection. It has centering and comforting properties. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is used as an ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin.


Visit our online store at http://www.mydoterra.com/yogaoasis/


3. Edible body butters- Made from organic cocoa butter, coconut oil & pure vanilla extract, these butters keep a sweaty yogis skin juicy and revitalized. Made of totally edible ingredients, this is the perfect thing to smooth onto your lips. Available at Yoga Oasis or online at Yoga-Oasis.com


4. Hand made beaded bracelet- Bead Here Now created by hand by local artists at Yoga Oasis. With names like Buddha bead, Om Zone, and created with stones for clarity, strength and courage. These one of a kind bracelets are made out of gemstones, fire blown glass, with Buddha’s and other various yoga inspired symbols. With a $20 price point and a one-size fits all design, these make perfect gifts for anyone in your life. Available at Yoga Oasis or online at Yoga-Oasis.com

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5. Upgrade your yoga mat- A yoga mat is a sacred space. This is a place where the practitioner sweats, cries, and has the best moments of their lives. The yoga mat is a magic carpet; any yogi can always use another one. Manduka is causing attachments within our yoga lifestyle by making us want every single new color they have. Take a look at these new metallic yoga mats. The only problem is that these mats last forever and never wear out, so technically, you never, ever need to purchase a new one. But these new colors will captivate any non-attached yogis attention.

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6. Yoga Mat towels- Who wants to wash towels all day? Not this yogi. In this age of technology, there have been amazing technical advances in being able to sweat responsibly during your hot yoga practice. We want to introduce to you these new microfiber yoga towels that absorb your sweat as well as help to save your washing machine. Companies like Manduka, Yogi Toes, and our custom made designs now available for order & design at Yoga Oasis.

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7. Groovy Yoga Music- remember when you wanted to hear a song you had to keep rewinding? OMG how far we have come. Today the array of options for awesome yoga music is a yogis dream. Music databases like Pandora, and Spotify allowyou to follow your favorite yoga teachers playlists. We are grateful that there is no more time wasted on a boring song. If you want help finding great yoga music simply follow us, or pick up some awesome yoga inspired CD’s today at Yoga Oasis.


8. Hydroflask water bottle-

Every “health nut” is serious about hydration, and rightfully so! It is imperative to stay well hydrated before, during and after hot yoga practice. With a determined effort to avoid dehydration, they may be known to always be carrying a water bottle around. With this 40 oz bottle that stays cold for 24 hours, the health nut in your life will be a more hydrated and therefore will be a happier health nut. Available at Yoga Oasis boutique and on our website.

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9. Fancy pants- This year there has been such an explosion in the world of yoga fashion. With Kate Hudson coming up with her own line, to these amazing graphic designers that are promoted by sleuth yogini models with thousands of followers on Instagram. Spandex is here to stay. With companies like Om Shanti Clothing and Teeki, the yoga world has just gotten a little bit more color. Now available at Yoga Oasis or online at www.omshanticlothing.com

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10. Yoga Private- Any yogi has come to terms with the reality that yoga is a learning experience, but unfortunately many people who don’t practice yoga are afraid of this terrifying learning curve. A yoga private is a great way to assist someone to receive the education, as well as the attention they need to begin their healing journey. A yoga private is a wonderful gift and it could really enhance someone along on the healing path.

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11. Yoga Gift Cards- This holiday season consider a gift that is so incredibly good for the receiver, it is great for the environment, and it supports a local business. Yoga gift card are always a welcomed gift for friends, co workers, family members and why not bring your spouse to help achieve your health goals together. Any yogi would love a gift of some classes, a week pass, a class card or a membership at their favorite yoga studio.

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12. Book a yoga teacher training/vacation- Every yogi dreams of a yoga vacation in paradise. Why not come to the beautiful island of Maui and get certified in hot yoga? Imagine waking up, walking to the beach, meditating & greeting the day. Then walk to the yoga studio for two different styles of yoga and a detoxifying sweat, and walk out on a cloud. Enjoy a three hour lunch break where you san snorkel with turtles in the beautiful pacific ocean. We are offering early bird discounts & gift cards to use towards yoga teacher trainings. Contact me at mary@mauihotyoga.com for details. Click here for Maui Hot Yoga.

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13. Dharma Yoga Wheel

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The Dharma Yoga wheel is a fun new yoga prop that was first seen at the studio of Dharma Mittra. Dharma Mittra’s son Dov and his girlfriend Raquel Vamos decided it was such a great tool and they built the Dharma Yoga Wheel enterprise.

The Dharma Yoga Wheel is perfectly sized circle that can be used to assist one developing a deeper way of accessing opening up of the spine. This helps to allow one to move deeper into discovering the range of motion in ones own body. The wheel works by being a tremendously supportive and stable tool to relax into. We all know that by relaxing into yoga postures, one will develop a deeper opening. Available in store at Yoga Oasis and at www.dharmayogawheel.com


I hope all of these great gift giving ideas helped you bring your yoga practice into your gift giving and have made it effortlessly flow like your favorite vinyasa class. All the best, see you and your friends on the mat. Mary Grace. 

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Pain, according to Yoga

Lets face it, Pain is real. And nobody likes it. Nobody wants it, but it continues to perpetuate in our daily lives. Yoga philosophy has methods for understanding, and working with pain, and even has methods for allowing your pain to become alleviated by admitting that pain can become a valuable teacher on the path of self realization. Nobody wants to suffer. But our means for going about NON suffering, aren’t working. Most people try to avoid pain by utilizing methods which create much more pain and suffering. This leads to addiction & disease. Looking at whats happening in our society today, it is evident that we need new methods for true pain management. Here is what the Yoga Sutras states about pain. 1.Yoga sutras of Patanjali “The pain (dukha) which is yet to come is to be avoided.” (2.16)
Building a Better Future Through Present Moment Awareness The crisp statement quoted above is simple enough. It
is however, loaded with profound philosophical import,
encapsulating within itself, the entire karma theory and its subtle
nuances. This sutra implies that the fruits of our former deeds
have been exhausted by the suffering we have already undergone.
Therefore, nothing can be gained by thinking about it. The pain
we are experiencing at the present moment has already passed
into the past, even as we are reading this. Hence, it is only
the sorrow which is to come in the future that we can avoid, by
ensuring the ethical purity of the karma we are performing now. Patanjali’s scripture not only provides yoga with a
thorough and consistent philosophical basis, but in the process,
also clarifies many important esoteric concepts (like
karma), common to all traditions of Indian thought. Patanjali himself is believed to be an incarnation of
the serpent Ananta (Skt: endless), well known in Indian mythology
as the thousand-headed naga who serves as a couch for Lord
Vishnu and is also the guardian of the world’s treasures. Pain is real. Suffering is optional. If you feel pain, perhaps life is suggesting that you adjust something. Maybe how you are sitting, or adjust something in your life, but to feel pain and do nothing about it, that is true suffering. Evaluate your pain. Is it self inflicted? Can the environment shift? Can you avoid it? or do you have to embrace it, learn from it, and use it as your teacher on the path of yoga.

What are Mantras?

If you have been to a yoga class, I’m sure you have heard songs with the words Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. I am sure the thought has crossed your mind. What is all this chanting about?

Mantras are vibrational words brought together with intention for the power of training the mind.

Think of the word Mantra as Mind Train.

Mantras are ways of training the mind to direct the train of thought.

This brings forth new, more desirable, more spiritual, more healthful, actions.
Mantras are used not only by the mere words themselves, but also the vibrations these words instill within the body.

Mantras are usually done three times, and may be done up to 108 times while someone is performing Japa, or the path of yoga in which one uses beads to keep count of the amount of rounds of the mantras. Some yogis may spend their entire waking state performing many rounds of their mantras.

Some mantras are passed from teacher to student, and some are traditional in the culture of yoga.

 


Mantra for Teaching Yoga

Om Sa-Ha-Na Va-Va-Tu

Sa-Ha-Nau Bhu-Nat-Tu

Sa-Ha Vir-Yam Kara-Wav-a-Hai

Tejas-Vina-Vadi-Tamas-Tu

Ma Vid-Vish-Ava-Hai

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om


 

Let us together be protected

Let us together be nourished by Gods Blessings
Together may we join our mental forces and

our strengths for the benefit of humanity
May we work with great energy and be endowed with a sense of purpose

May our efforts at learning together be
luminous and effective

Let us never be poisoned by the feelings of hatred or dispute with each other

May there be peace and serenity in all of
the three universes

Peace, peace, peace

 

21 days to make a change

21 day transformation challenge

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science)
by James Clear —


Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.


These experiences prompted Maltz to think about his own adjustment period to changes and new behaviors, and he noticed that it also took himself about 21 days to form a new habit. Maltz wrote about these experiences and said, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.”


The “21 days to form a habit idea” seems to have come from a 1960 self-help book by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Maxwell Maltz, called “Psycho Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life,” says Wendy Wood, a University of Southern California psychologist who studies the way habits guide our behavior. “He recommended that people practice self-affirmations and positive behaviors for 21 days to make them habitual,” Wood says. “He thought that it would take about 21 days of practice for an old mental image of ourselves to dissolve and a new one to ‘gel’ (in his words).”


The 21 day challenge is-

Daily;

Sankalpa
Sweat
Smoothie
Salad


Sankalpa is a state created by meditating on your hearts true desire

Sweat every day. At least once.

Smoothie- pack in a pinch of superfoods with a daily smoothie

Salad- get as many raw organic greens into you as possible


Yoga Oasis in invites you to our collective community 21 day transformation challenge.

contact us at info@yoga-oasis.com for more information

Pain: according to the Yoga Sutras

Lets face it, Pain is real. And nobody likes it. Nobody wants it, but it continues to perpetuate in our daily lives.

Yoga philosophy has methods for understanding, and working with pain, and even has methods for allowing your pain to become alleviated by admitting that pain can become a valuable teacher on the path of self realization.

Nobody wants to suffer. But our means for going about NON suffering, aren’t working. Most people try to avoid pain by utilizing methods which create much more pain and suffering. This leads to addiction & disease. Looking at whats happening in our society today, it is evident that we need new methods for true pain management.

Here is what the Yoga Sutras states about pain.

 

1.Yoga sutras of Patanjali

“The pain (dukha) which is yet to come is to be avoided.” (2.16)
Building a Better Future Through Present Moment Awareness

The crisp statement quoted above is simple enough. It
is however, loaded with profound philosophical import,
encapsulating within itself, the entire karma theory and its subtle
nuances.

This sutra implies that the fruits of our former deeds
have been exhausted by the suffering we have already undergone.
Therefore, nothing can be gained by thinking about it. The pain
we are experiencing at the present moment has already passed
into the past, even as we are reading this. Hence, it is only
the sorrow which is to come in the future that we can avoid, by
ensuring the ethical purity of the karma we are performing now.

Patanjali’s scripture not only provides yoga with a
thorough and consistent philosophical basis, but in the process,
also clarifies many important esoteric concepts (like
karma), common to all traditions of Indian thought.

Patanjali himself is believed to be an incarnation of
the serpent Ananta (Skt: endless), well known in Indian mythology
as the thousand-headed naga who serves as a couch for Lord
Vishnu and is also the guardian of the world’s treasures.

Pain is real. Suffering is optional. If you feel pain, perhaps life is suggesting that you adjust something. Maybe how you are sitting, or adjust something in your life, but to feel pain and do nothing about it, that is true suffering.

Evaluate your pain. Is it self inflicted? Can the environment shift? Can you avoid it? or do you have to embrace it, learn from it, and use it as your teacher on the path of yoga.

Eating for Flexibility

Eating for flexibility

Eating for flexibility. By Mary Grace 8/21/2010

My yoga teacher said in one of my first yoga classes, if you want to bend like a string bean, then eat the string bean.
This got me thinking. Can you eat for flexibility?


You are what you eat is something everyone has heard sometime in their life.
You really are what you eat, do we ever really think about the real importance of the foods we eat and how those very foods become who we truly are?


Every part of your body is created by the food you eat. It makes sense that you can eat for flexibility. We have all eaten too much and felt stuffed. What exactly is happening when you over eat? Your body becomes saturated with the food you eat. Another great example is how you feel when you are fasting. Most people I know who have fasted and continued to practice yoga felt amazingly more flexible the more empty they become. Somehow, by not eating, your body can deeply open up as the body becomes clean and clear.


Lets talk about key foods to avoid if you want to feel flexible. The most important thing to avoid is overeating of anything at all. Being full simple congests your body. Lighten up if you want to feel lighter.


The next most important thing is to be fully hydrated with purified, mineral rich water. Dehydration can cause the muscles to dry out any your body feels tighter.

Simply drinking more water can help your body feel more flexible. There are a lot of foods to avoid if you want to feel more flexible. The main food to avoid is flour products. This includes bread, pasta, cereal, cookies, cakes, muffins, bagels and all types of flour containing products. It seems like most of us eat these foods at almost every meal. The reason flour is such a flexibility challenge is because of its main ingredient, Gluten. They sure named this substance correctly. Gluten acts just like glue. Just imagine making paper mache, mixing white flour and water and making very effective and strong glue. I found this on the internet about glue


How to Make Your Own Glue
Basic Flour Paste
Blend whole wheat flour with cold water to make a liquid paste (about the consistency of pancake batter). Beat until the mixture is free of lumps, and then gently heat until boiling, while constantly stirring. Allow to cool before using. Store in an air-tight container. If the paste hardens, soften by mixing in small amounts of warm water as needed.


Wallpaper / Papier Mache Paste

* 1 1/2 cups white flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tbsp alum
* 1 cup cold water
* 2 cups boiling water
Combine flour and sugar. Slowly add cold water and beat/mix out any lumps. Put mixture in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the boiling water, and stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. When stiff, remove from heat and add alum. Store in air-tight container. Should keep several weeks. If the paste hardens, soften by mixing in small amounts of warm water as needed.
And some people eat these ingredients at each and every meal. It is no wonder why so many people feel stuck and are in pain. They don’t know that they are eating glue.


Next time you are thinking a flour product will be good to eat, just imagine wallpaper glue being inside of you. You might just decide to eat something else.


Recent research has determined that as many as 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease, and many don’t know it. An expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health last month estimated that some 3 million Americans may suffer from the illness–10 times as many as doctors once thought. The disease is not just discomforting; gluten from wheat, rye, barley and several other grains triggers an immune response that attacks the lining of the intestines, cutting down on the absorption of calcium, iron and other nutrients. There are many reasons to cut wheat out of your diet, and there are too many alternatives to choose from.


Common symptoms of a wheat allergy include:
* Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
* hives (urticaria)
* Asthma
* “Hay fever” (allergic rhinitis)
* Angioedema (swelling)
* Abdominal cramps
Other wheat allergy symptoms may include:
* Anaphylactic shock
* Arthritis
* Bloated stomach
* Chest pains
* Depression or mood swings
* Diarrhea
* Feeling dizzy or faint
* Headache
* Joint and muscle aches and pains
* Nausea or vomiting
* Palpitations
* Psoriasis
* Rashes
* Sneezing
* Suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or similar effects
* Swollen throat or tongue
* Tiredness and lethargy
* Unexplained cough
* Unexplained runny nose


And don’t forget wheat’s main ingredient. GLUE! You don’t want glue inside of you. Don’t be a dough girl or a dough do.


The next food to drop from your diet if you want to increase your flexibility is Dairy and especially the biggest flexibility thief, cheese. Cheese is glue also. Casein, the main protein in milk is glue.
Let’s investigate the most abundant milk protein, casein. The following paragraphs are from my good friend Robert Cohen in his book, Milk-The deadly poison.


CASEIN is a tenacious glue. Eighty-seven percent of milk is water.
Four percent of the remaining thirteen percent is CASEIN. The furniture
in your home is held together by this powerful glue. So too is the label affixed to a bottle of beer. If you are a beer drinker, try scraping that label off this weekend. That will be no easy task and quite a learning experience!


Food manufacturers have long understood that glue holds foods together
giving them a firmer and more concrete appearance. It is no coincidence
that each of the major tuna fish manufacturers have elected to put
nature’s perfect glue in their little cans. Open that tin and expect to
eat tuna? Got milk? Got glue! Starkist Tuna (Sorry, Charlie), Bumble
Bee Tuna and even Chicken of the Sea all use this tenacious glue. Why
do they put milk in our tuna fish? It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!
Can we ever look at Hostess Twinkies the same way after learning that
CASEIN is used as the binding agent? American’s munchie cravings are
satisfied by Ring Dings and Yankee Doodles…all containing this most
powerful bovine glue. Why do they do that to us? – Thank You Robert!


Between 30 million and 50 million people in the United States suffer from lactose intolerance. That means at least 1 out of every 10 Americans is lactose intolerant. Maybe these allergies to these substances are a warning sign that these products are not healthy for us. Most people think something is wrong with them, and they need medication to get relief. Only to keep eating the product the body is clearly telling them it’s not right for them.


If your body is trying to reject something, don’t eat it. And if you are not feeling any one of these symptoms, this doesn’t mean you can handle it. It could mean that you just got used to it. Think of an allergy as the immune systems defenses working overtime to eject something that does not belong.
Rather then suppress your allergies, thank your body for responding the right way, and telling you to not put the harmful substances back in.


In one of my first yoga classes with the yoga master, Sri Dharma Mittra he said, you bend like the string bean, are you eating string beans? That made me think. You really are what you eat. In another class, Dharma said to the class, “If you eat cooked, dead, fried, toasted foods, you will feel cooked, dead, fried and toasted. If you eat live foods you will feel live”.


This sounds so simple, we have to laugh when we hear it for the first time.
It just makes sense. And if you really pay attention to the relationship between food and your mood, al lot about your dietary effects will be revealed to you. The way you feel is directly caused by your food. You will simply feel better when you eat better. You have the power in your hand to control what you put into your mouth.


Most people think they don’t feel good because of something else. They constantly rationalize why they don’t feel good. Some people blame their job, their kids, their age, maybe even their past injuries why they are in pain. And if staying in pain is working for them, then they are defiantly correct in these rationalizations. But this is not true. Once you make real dietary changes, you will feel very different. It is a relief that the power is on your plate. What you eat is something you CAN control. You work every day to earn the money, you go out and buy the food, prepare it, and eat it. Then you have to clean up afterwards and repeat the cycle. These are conscious choices you are making. No one is forcing you unhealthy foods. You are making the choice. If you are making all these choices, then it is easy to make different choices. As you make one healthy choice, it is easier to make the next healthy choice and the next healthy choice, and this new cycle begins to be created. Every little bit helps. Have one day a week that is your healthy day, the day where you omit all dairy, wheat, and try to eat raw, fresh organic foods. One day can turn into two days, and three, and then it becomes second nature. As you give your body what it is really craving, your body will ask for more healthy foods.


Its only natural.
What are the foods to eat that will make your more flexible?
I believe it is the elements in the food that you are eating that makes you feel better, or feel worse. I recommend eating foods with a very high mineral content, as well as a very high water content. Juicy cucumbers, crisp celery, the abundance of greens, kale, salads, sprouts, the elements in these foods will make you feel more flexible. The main element that aids in flexibility in these foods is minerals. Minerals are essential to life. Its what we are made of. You are what minerals you eat, and metabolize.


Specific minerals and what they do
In addition to vitamins your body also needs 15 minerals that help regulate cell function and provide structure for cells. Major minerals, in terms of amount present, include calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. In addition, your body needs smaller amounts of chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, chloride, potassium and sodium.


Calcium: Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids). Calcium is required for muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion and contraction, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the nervous system. The body strives to maintain constant concentrations of calcium in blood, muscle, and intercellular fluids, though less than <1% of total body calcium is needed to support these functions. The remaining 99% of the body’s calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports their structure. Bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone. The balance between bone resorption and deposition changes with age. Bone formation exceeds resorption in growing children, whereas in early and middle adulthood both processes are relatively equal. In aging adults, particularly among postmenopausal women, bone breakdown exceeds formation, resulting in bone loss that increases the risk of osteoporosis over time.
It is common to believe that calcium comes from dairy products, but since dairy products lack magnesium, its calcium can not be absorbed by the body.
Dr. Fuhrman points out that despite its reputation, milk’s calcium-absorption rate is lower than what you might think:
“Many green vegetables have calcium-absorption rates of over 50 percent, compared with about 32 percent for milk. Additionally since animal protein induces calcium excretion in the urine, the calcium retention from vegetables is higher. All green vegetables are high in calcium. It is also noted that the countries with the highest rate of dairy consumption, also have the highest rates of osteoporosis (Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark & the US)
Turnip greens have 100 mg of absorbable calcium with the highest rentention. Go for the greens.
Sources-Kale, bok choy, turnip and mustard greens, tofu, almonds and broccoli.


Chloride: A mineral that regulates body fluid volume, concentration and acid-base balance. Balance intertwined with that of sodium. Chloride: The major anion (negatively charged substance) in the blood and extracellular fluid (the body fluid that lies outside cells). Blood and other body fluids have almost the same concentration of chloride ion as sea water. The balance of chloride ion (Cl-) is closely regulated by the body. Significant increases or decreases in chloride can have deleterious and even fatal consequences:
* Hypochloremia: Abnormally low blood chloride. Chloride is normally lost in the urine, sweat, and stomach secretions. Excessive loss can occur from heavy sweating, vomiting, and adrenal gland and kidney disease. Something we need to make sure we are properly replacing while doing hot yoga.
The normal serum range for chloride is 98 – 108 mmol/L.
Most of the chloride in your body comes from the salt (sodium chloride) you eat. Chloride is absorbed by your intestines when you digest food. Extra chloride leaves your body in your urine.
sources: Sea vegetables are a great source of chloride.
Chromium: A mineral important in regulating blood glucose.
Chromium is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body. In 1957, a compound in brewers’ yeast was found to prevent an age-related decline in the ability of rats to maintain normal levels of sugar (glucose) in their blood. Chromium was identified as the active ingredient in this so-called “glucose tolerance factor” in 1959. Chromium also appears to be directly involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, but more research is needed to determine the full range of its roles in the body.


The challenges to meeting this goal include:
sources: some spices, fruits & vegetables, brewer’s yeast, & whole grains
½ cup of broccoli may have 11 mcg of chromium. 3 oz of turkey breast has only around 2 mcg of chromium, so again, the vegetables are better, and easily absorbed. It is recommended that we get around 35mcg per day.

Copper: Is a mineral that is important for nerve function, bone maintenance, growth, blood formation and utilization of glucose. Copper comes in two forms, copper gluconate and copper sulfate. Copper is a trace element that is found in virtually every cell of the human body. It is a primary element in the production of melanin in the human body. Melanin is responsible for pigmentation in the eyes, hair and skin. Copper is active in many ways in the human body. It is a powerful antioxidant which acts on the body to remove free radicals and help prevent cell structure damage. It is also thought to have anticarcinogenic properties, and unlike the copper bracelets sold as an arthritis cure, copper inside the body can help to alleviate some arthritis pain. In the human body, copper assists the utilization of iron. The copper balance is the body can be upset by extremely high intakes of high fiber diets, iron or vitamin C, all of which interfere with the way the body metabolizes the copper. Prolonged intake of zinc which is at a ratio greater than ten to one of intake of copper can also interfere with absorption and metabolism in the body. You can also get your dietary copper from many forms of nuts such as brazil nuts and hazelnuts. Cocoa also contains copper, as does honey, dried beans and whole wheat products. ratio of zinc.
Recommended intakes of copper vary, but the common agreement among professionals seems to be between 2 to 3 milligrams daily, most of which is obtained from dietary sources. Of course, before starting any form of supplementation you should consult your health care practitioner.
sources: sea foods, nuts and seeds.


Fluoride: Is a mineral that is important to dental and bone health. Greatly improves resistance to cavitites. Fluoride also plays a role in the remineralization process. Remineralization, which is the process of restoring minerals that have been lost due to use or elimination, is especially important to bones. In the case of the bones, fluoride actually helps prevent mineral loss from occurring in the first place. Fluoride actually helps bones hold on to minerals more effectively. It’s believed that this function plays a big role in protecting a person against the onset of osteoporosis. No recommended daily intake has yet been established for fluoride. The general consensus is that 1.5 mg/day for adults and no more than 2.5 mg/day for children is adequate. Any canned or botteled drink has fluoride, including beer & wine, from the water added and the chemicals used (Cryolite) for growing of wine grapes. Teflon cookware puts fluoride in our body. Only cook with cast iron, glass or stainless steel. It really matters!
I am actually shocked at all the placed we are getting fluoride in out food chain, infant formulas, sodas, wines, beers, tea, mechanically de-boned chicken, toothpastes, fluoridated salt, and of course, our tap water.
I am starting to wonder about the fluoride conspiracy.
sources: Everything, Toothpaste, anything containing fluoridated water, any packed, canned or glass liquid, foods cooked in or containing fluoridated water, fish with bones that are eaten, and tea.
Iodine: A mineral essential for the production of thyroid hormones. The way this mineral works is that when the iodine is ingested, seventy-five percent of this mineral makes its way to the thyroid gland. At that point, iodine combines with two important hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland: thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These two hormones are required by every part of the body. Their most important role is supporting the body’s ability to produce energy. It is these hormones that control and regulate basal metabolic rates. In simple terms, they determine how fast and how efficiently the body is able to burn calories. Very importantly, thyroid hormones help control a child’s mental development and their overall growth rate. A major risk for pregnant women is if they develop an iodine deficiency, they increase their risk of their newborn babies developing some degree of mental retardation. Iodine is also a proven and effective antiseptic. In addition to helping clean and heal wounds, it will discolor the skin.
Another role of iodine is for times when secretions build up in the lungs, iodine is used to thin them. Thus, making these secretions much easier to expel.
sources: Seaweeds, iodized salt and foods containing iodized salt.
Source of iodine is seafood and sea plants, such as, kelp and seaweed. Fruits and vegetables grown in coastal regions are other good sources of iodine. Processed foods are not a good source of iodine as they typically are not made with iodized salt (interesting iodine facts #2).
Iron: A mineral that is an essential constituent of blood and muscle and important for the transport of oxygen. Certain groups can be at risk of having low iron levels. These include young children and early teens, women with heavy menses, women with multiple pregnancies, and people with conditions that cause internal bleeding, such as ulcers or intestinal diseases. But for healthy men and postmenopausal women, iron deficiency is rare. In fact, one study suggested that high iron levels may increase risk of heart attack and atherosclerosis, although a link hasn’t been proven. In addition, if you have the uncommon — but not rare — genetic disease hemochromatosis, iron supplements could cause a hazardous iron buildup in your body. sources: legumes, whole or enriched grains and dark green vegetables.
Magnesium: A mineral found mainly inside muscles, soft tissues and bone.It functions in many enzyme processes. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.
Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources of magnesium because the center of the chlorophyll molecule (which gives green vegetables their color) contains magnesium. Some legumes (beans and peas), nuts and seeds, and whole, unrefined grains are also good sources of magnesium. Refined grains are generally low in magnesium. When white flour is refined and processed, the magnesium-rich germ and bran are removed. Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium than bread made from white refined flour. Tap water can be a source of magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. Water that naturally contains more minerals is described as “hard”. “Hard” water contains more magnesium than “soft” water. Eating a wide variety of legumes, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables will help you meet your daily dietary need for magnesium. sources: nuts, legumes, whole grains and green vegetables. ½ cup of spinach has 75 absorbable milligrams of magnesium.
Manganese: A mineral that is important for growth, reproduction, formation of bone, and carbohydrate metabolism. Health benefits of manganese ensure healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, helping in building essential enzymes for building bones. It acts as a coenzyme to assist metabolic progression in the human body. Apart from these, there are other health benefits of manganese actively involved in forming connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of thyroid, sex hormones, regulating blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
Manganese is a mineral form, found in our human body in very minimal amount. Manganese is an actual component of manganese super oxide dismutase enzyme. It is a powerful antioxidant that searches the free radicals in human body and manages to neutralize these damaging particles and prevent any potential danger they may cause. The body may contain at the most 20 mg of manganese concentrated in our kidneys, pancreas, liver and most importantly in our bones. Manganese is very important for normal functioning of the brain and nerve areas of our body. Important Sources: The most important sources of manganese, rich in this mineral, include names like raspberries, pineapple, garlic, grapes, beetroot, green beans, rice, peppermint, oats, nuts, watercress, mustard greens, strawberries, blackberries, tropical fruits, lettuce, spinach, molasses, cloves, turmeric, leeks, tofu, whole wheat, banana, cucumber, kiwifruit, figs and carrots. The best sources of naturally abundant manganese trace mineral like green veggies, brown rice, coconuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc are excellent absorption helpers.
Molybdenum: A mineral involved in many enzyme processes, nerve function and protein metabolism.
Molybdenum is a component of three different enzymes, which is involved in the metabolism of nucleic acids – DNA and RNA – iron as well as food into energy. These three enzymes are sulfite oxidase, xanthine oxidase and aldehyde oxidase. Molybdenum assists in the breaking down of sulfite toxin build-ups in the body, and may prevent cavities. With these qualities, there might be evidence of antioxidant properties in this nutrient. It assists the body by fighting the nitrosamines, which are associated with cancer, and may help to prevent anemia. It is needed for normal cell function and nitrogen metabolism. Molybdenum deficiencies in older males have also been linked to impotence and may be of value in fighting mouth and gum disorders. Molybdenum is part of sulfite oxidase, an enzyme that breaks down sulfites. Sulfites are found in protein food as well as chemical preservatives in certain foods and drugs. Should your body not be able to break down these sulfites, a toxic build-up results, and your body may react with an allergic reaction.Lima beans, spinach, grain, peas and other dark green leafy vegetables contain molybdenum.
Phosphorus: A mineral essential to bone formation and maintenance, energy metabolism, nerve function and acid balance. Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. These two important nutrients work closely together to build strong bones and teeth. About 85% of phosphorus in the body can be found in bones and teeth, but it is also present in cells and tissues throughout the body. Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys and plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy. It also helps reduce muscle pain after a hard workout. Phosphorus is needed for the growth, maintenance, and repair of all tissues and cells, and for the production of the genetic building blocks, DNA and RNA. Phosphorus is also needed to help balance and use other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, iodine, magnesium, and zinc.
Sources include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, hard potatoes, dried fruit, garlic cloves, and carbonated beverages.
Potassium: A mineral that is essential for nerve function, muscle contraction and maintenance of normal blood pressure. Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function, too. Many foods contain potassium, including all meats, some types of fish (such as salmon, cod, and flounder), and many fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Dairy products are also good sources of potassium. Sources: fruits and vegetables.
Selenium: A mineral associated with antioxidant properties and fat metabolism. It has been claimed to help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. One recent study did suggest that selenium supplements may decrease cancer risk. However, more research is needed. Taking excessive amounts of selenium may cause hair and nail loss. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxygen metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Other selenoproteins help regulate thyroid function and play a role in the immune system. Sources: all plant foods contain selenium.
Sodium: A mineral that regulates body fluid volume, concentration and acid-base. Sodium is an absolutely necessary mineral for the human body. Without it, nerves and muscles would cease to function, the absorption of major nutrients would be impaired, and the body would not be able to maintain adequate water and mineral balance. Sources: table salt (sodium chloride), foods processed with table salt, celery and other watery greens.
Zinc: A mineral involved in wound healing, taste sensation, growth and sexual maturation and part of many enzymes regulating metabolism. Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.
Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system. Some studies have also shown that taking a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement containing zinc may increase immune response in older people. However, other studies have shown just the opposite — that zinc may weaken the immune status of older people.
Add a little flax oil to your diet, and you can actually lubricate your joints and counteract the toxicity of cooked oils stored in our body. Although the body readily makes most of the fat that it needs from dietary starch or sugar, humans lack the ability to make EFAs and must get them in food. EFAs are found in all foods but are most abundant in certain oils. They come in two distinct families, based upon their chemical structure. The two EFA families are not interchangeable and, in fact, tend to compete with each other in the body’s metabolic pathways. The larger family, called omega-six EFAs, is abundant in many vegetable seed oils, including corn, sunflower, and safflower. Deficiencies of omega six EFAs causes impairment of growth and fertility, hormonal disturbances, and immunologic abnormalities. People living in North America and Europe have relatively high levels of omega-six EFAs in their diets, because of the increasing consumption of vegetable oil during the twentieth century. The smaller family, called omega-three EFAs, is most concentrated in fish oils and in flaxseed (linseed oil). It is also found in green, leafy vegetables and in the flesh of animals that feed on grass and leaves. The human brain is rich in omega-three EFAs; their deficiency causes abnormalities in the development and function of the nervous system, as well as immune defects. Omega-three EFAs formed an important part of the diet of Stone Age humans, who relied heavily on wild game and leafy plants for nourishment. Consumption of fish, flaxseed meal, and soybeans supplied omega-threes for our more recent ancestors. The past century has witnessed a systematic depletion of omega-three EFAs from the Western diet because of changes in food choice and in techniques of animal husbandry and food processing. Most of the fat we eat is simply burned or stored. A special fate awaits dietary EFAs. First, they are incorporated into the membranes that surrounding cells, giving cell membranes the degree of flexibility needed for each cell to respond properly to signals from other cells. Second, EFAs are plucked from the cell membrane and transformed into chemical messengers called Prostaglandins and leukotrienes (as a group, these substances are known as prostanoids). Altered production of prostanoids and abnormal regulation of free intracellular calcium levels are universal companions to sickness of any type, from heart disease to cancer, from diseases of the skin like psoriasis and eczema, to diseases of the mind, like depression and schizophrenia.
Now that you understand the complexity of minerals and how necessary they are, I hope you can realize more now then ever the importance of choosing the right foods for your body. You can eat for flexibility. Simply eating more fresh, organic vegetables will make you more flexible.
Without the correct ratio of these complex minerals, the body becomes fatigued, rigid, and there is an extreme loss of flexibility.
This article is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope this inspires you to look deeper into the complexity of your body, and you can discover even deeper how you are what you eat.
Nutrients and the Vegetables they come from
Calcium- Beet root, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, kale, leek, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip,
apple, pear, currant, corn, wheat
Copper- Cabbage, carrot, celeriac, leek, lentil, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, turnip, apple, pear, currant,
barley, brown rice, corn, wheat
Iron- Cabbage, carrot, celeriac, leek, lentil, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip, apple, pear,
currant, barley, brown rice, corn, wheat
Magnesium- Beet root, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, kale, leek, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip,
apple, pear, currant, corn, wheat
Manganese- Cabbage, carrot, celeriac, leek, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, turnip, apple, pear, corn, wheat
Phosphorus- Beet root, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, kale, leek, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip,
apple, pear, currant, corn, wheat
Potassium- Beet root, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, kale, leek, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip,
apple, pear, corn, wheat
Sodium- Beet root, cabbage, carrot, kale, leek, lettuce, potato, spinach, tomato, turnip, apple, pear, corn,
wheat
Zinc- Cabbage, carrot, celeriac, lentil, lettuce, pepper, potato, spinach, tomato, apple, pear, barley, brown
rice, corn, wheat
b-carotene- Beet leaf, carrot, lettuce, spinach, tomato, corn
Vitamin C- Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, corn salad, endive, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mango, pepper, potato, snap beans, spinach, tomato, turnip, currant
Your nutrient absorption all depends on weather you eat


ORGANIC VEGETABLES.
Modern farming methods have severely depressed our mineral intake, and have also depressed our health. The same foods are grown in the same soil year after year, and with little regard to the quality of the soil. When the plants get weaker due to the lack of minerals, these plants become more susceptible to pests. Then they get dumped with toxic pesticides, and the further degration of the plants mineral content continues. The biggest challenge of non-organic vegetables is the abundance of genetically engineered foods in our food chain. Some foods are grown with pesticides already in the seed before its even grown, This is only a simple example. Please look more into genetically engineered foods.


I surprisingly found a study online that showed the percent more minerals in organic crops as compared to conventional crops. If you don’t eat organic you are being robbed, and poisoned.
Here are the findings.
Boron 40% more minerals
Calcium 30% more minerals
Chromium 86%
Copper 10%
Iodine 498%
Iron 20%
Magnesium 30%
Manganese 50%
Molybdenum 152%
Phosphorus 12%
Potassium 10%
Selenium 372%
Sodium 20%
Vanadium 10%
Zinc 8%


The nutrient content of the vegetable portion of a daily menu was estimated for both
an organic and a conventional diet. It was assumed that both diets met the current recommended dietary intake for vegetables and provided 5 servings of vegetables of the recommended size (U. S. Department of Agri- culture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, 1995): 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables and 1/2 cup of other vegetables. It was also assumed that the five most frequently studied vegetables, as listed above, were consumed. U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient composition data (U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service,1999) were used to estimate the nutrient content of vegetables produced with agricultural chemicals because nearly all crops in the United States are produced with these chem-
icals. The amount of each nutrient in each organic vegetable was estimated, using the percent difference numbers calculated for vegetables in this analysis, as follows:tent was statistically significant. In order to produce a coherent visual display, average per-
cent difference was calculated by study for these nutrients, and these results were plotted for each of these frequently studied nutrients. Data were analyzed using SAS (SAS Institute Inc. , Cary, NC) and plots were produced using NCSS (NCSS Inc., Kaysville, UT).
Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains VIRGINIA WORTHINGTON, M.S. , Sc. D. , C.N. S.
THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
Vol ume 7, Number 2, 2001, pp. 161– 173
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

 

What are Mantras?

If you have been to a yoga class, I’m sure you have heard songs with the words Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. I am sure the thought has crossed your mind. What is all this chanting about?

Mantras are vibrational words brought together with intention for the power of training the mind.

Think of the word Mantra as Mind Train.

Mantras are ways of training the mind to direct the train of thought.

This brings forth new, more desirable, more spiritual, more healthful, actions.
Mantras are used not only by the mere words themselves, but also the vibrations these words instill within the body.

Mantras are usually done three times, and may be done up to 108 times while someone is performing Japa, or the path of yoga in which one uses beads to keep count of the amount of rounds of the mantras. Some yogis may spend their entire waking state performing many rounds of their mantras.

Some mantras are passed from teacher to student, and some are traditional in the culture of yoga.

Mantra for Teaching Yoga

Om Sa-Ha-Na Va-Va-Tu

Sa-Ha-Nau Bhu-Nat-Tu

Sa-Ha Vir-Yam Kara-Wav-a-Hai

Tejas-Vina-Vadi-Tamas-Tu

Ma Vid-Vish-Ava-Hai

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Let us together be protected

Let us together be nourished by Gods Blessings
Together may we join our mental forces and

our strengths for the benefit of humanity
May we work with great energy and be endowed with a sense of purpose

May our efforts at learning together be
luminous and effective

Let us never be poisoned by the feelings of hatred or dispute with each other

May there be peace and serenity in all of
the three universes

Peace, peace, peace

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Why Hot Yoga?

WHY HOT YOGA?

 


“Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease,” said the great ancient physician Parmenides. Many modern giants of biological medicine in Europe, such as the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. A. Lwoff, a famous German cancer specialist, Prof. Werner Zabel, and the director of the most successful cancer clinic in the world, the Ringberg-Klinik, Dr. Josef Issels, use artificially induced fever in their battle against cancer. Hyperthermia in general means a body temperature that is higher than normal. High body temperatures are often caused by illness such as fever or heat stroke. But hyperthermia can also refer to heat treatment – the carefully controlled use of heat for medical purposes. Here, we will focus on how heat is used to treat cancer.


How can hyperthermia be used to treat cancer and other disease?
There are 2 main ways in which hyperthermia can be used:

(from the American Cancer Institutes website)


* Very high temperatures can be used to destroy a small area of cells,
such as a tumor. This is commonly referred to as local hyperthermia or thermal ablation.

 


* The temperature of a part of the body (or even the whole body) can be raised to a higher than normal level. Although it isn’t hot enough to kill the cells directly, it can allow other types of cancer treatments such as radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy to work better. This is known as either regional hyperthermia or whole body hyperthermia.

 


A few studies take the body temperature higher, around 107° F, for short periods of time. At least one human study suggests that this may cause certain immune cells to become more active for the next few hours. Other studies are testing hyperthermia and chemotherapy along with other treatments that are designed to boost the activity of the person’s immune system.
Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (104-113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells, hyperthermia may shrink tumors. Whole-body hyperthermia is used to treat metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body. This can be accomplished by several techniques that raise the body temperature to 104-108°F, including the use of thermal chambers (similar to large incubators) or hot water blankets. And HOT YOGA.


In Our Hot Yoga classes the room is heated to 95-107’ to ensure the greatest benefits to all who attend.

 


The use of heat to treat disease goes back to ancient times.

Application of fire to cure a breast tumor is recorded in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, and the therapeutic value of elevated body temperature in the form of fever was appreciated by ancient Greek physicians.


Hippocrates wrote,

‘‘What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will,’’

 


While Parmenides stated,

‘‘Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease.’’

 


In the first century AD, Rufus (also written as Refus or Ruphos) of Ephesus advocated fever therapy for a variety of diseases. Hot baths were considered therapeutic in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India as they still are in many aboriginal cultures today, along with burying diseased individuals in hot sand or mud. Hot baths and saunas are an integral part of health traditions throughout the Orient, in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, as well as in Eastern European and Scandinavian countries. Following several earlier anecdotal reports, several nineteenth century German physicians observed regression or cure of sarcoma in patients who suffered prolonged, high fevers due to infectious diseases. This led to efforts to induce infectious fevers in cancer patients, for example, by applying soiled bandages or the blood of malaria patients to wounds. At around the same time, treatment of syphilis by placing the patient in a stove-heated room, or a heat box, became commonplace. Successful hyperthermic treatment of other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, and neurological conditions, such as chorea minor, dementia paralytica, and multiple sclerosis along with arthritis, and asthma were widely reported.


Interestingly, it was noted by Italian physicians that upon completion of the draining of the Pontine Swamps near Rome by Mussolini in the 1930s. Not only was malaria eradicated, but the prevalence of cancer in the area was the same as in the rest of Italy, whereas earlier the whole malaria infected region was noted for its absence of cancer. It was concluded that the frequent fever attacks common in malaria stimulated the immune system to prevent the development of cancers. The science of hyperthermia became grounded in the first few decades of the twentieth century when some of the biological effects of elevated body temperature were elucidated and attempts were made to understand and control the therapeutic application of heat. Numerous devices were developed to produce elevated temperatures of the body, by a variety of physical means. After a shift in focus to local and regional hyperthermia, there is now a resurgence of interest in systemic hyperthermia for treatment of cancer, as well as other systemic diseases. Whole-body hyperthermia treatment is now carried out at several university centers in the United States, and Europe, where controlled clinical trials are being carried out. Sweat every day.

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