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What’s all this Chanting About? by Jennifer Schmid

Walk into any yoga center in the middle of a kirtan and there is an evident pulsation of bliss moving throughout the room. Kirtan, understood by most as call and response chanting, is part of bhakti yoga, the living art of devotion. Essentially, bhakti yoga is about love and allowing love in its purest sense to transform everything.

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What is Naturopathy? by Jaynet C. Levitsky

Naturopathy is natural medicine, and operates under the ancient belief that the body has the power to heal itself using resources provided by nature which include whole foods and herbs, fresh air, water and sunlight in combination with a widerange of natural healing modalities.

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Low Thyroid Function by Dr. Barbara Gordon-Cohen

Many people suffer from fatigue, feel cold all the time, experience muscle aches, hair loss, weight gain, chipping nails, depression, constipation, frequent infections and poor healing. People experiencing these symptoms may have been to their doctor and had labs done and were sent home with “a clean bill of health,” but still feeling lousy as well as confused.

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Explaining New Experiences with Books by Sherri Alpert

A first doctor or dental visit, the first day of school or any new situation can be scary for children. It often, however, is not the situation itself but not knowing what to expect that causes the fear. Parents can help to prepare children for new experiences in a stress-free way. Today there are so many informative resources available such as videos, the internet and books. Children’s books are wonderful resource that can be picked up and used again and again until a child is fully familiar with the information that it contains and feels prepared for a new situation.

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Short Term Therapy for Long Term Happiness by Dena Sperling

Turn on the television and within a half hour time period, you likely will see at least two commercials advertising medications for depression. While pills have their place, they do not undo the situations that originally caused the emotional distress.

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Chia Seeds: The New Superfood by Teodora Touzharova

If you’ve visited a health store lately, you’ve probably been exposed to chia seeds. They can be found solo in their own packaging, whipped up in a health drink, added to health bars or in some other combination. These tiny black and white seeds just may be the new super food, claiming numerous health benefits.

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Food and You: Reclaim Your Power and Heal Your Hungry Heart by Andrea Amador

If you've spent any time dieting or watching your weight, you know that handling your hunger is probably the toughest challenge you face. It's those cravings that get hold of you that will get you every time.

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Bioidentical Hormones by Janis L. Enzenbacher

Our body makes a vast array of hormones which then act as chemical messengers so our organs can communicate with each other and create harmony. In terms of the sex hormones, this means estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Both men and women have these hormones. In women, estrogen and progesterone predominate.

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A Woman’s Knees, a Woman’s Life by Jocelyn Jacks Kahn

Renowned physical therapist Pete Egoscue wrote that many experts blame the epidemic of knee and hip problems on the fact that we use them too much. This struck him as absurd. From years of studying the human body, Egoscue knew that our joints are made for decades of continual movement. He believed that joint injuries are not caused by simply moving too much, but by moving when the body is out of alignment. When the body is in proper alignment, moving puts no improper stress on its joints. When a body is out of alignment, moving stresses its joints inappropriately and pain and disability follow.

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Stop, Look and Listen by Diana Underwood

Nature gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own wellbeing, as well as discover how our surroundings help to nurture us. Take time to stop, look and listen. Observe your natural environment. For example, examine a flower using all of your senses. Enjoy the beautiful flower’s characteristics, as you connect with nature, connect with beauty and marvel at what you discover. When you do this you will enhance your connection with nature, beauty and wellness. You will be able to transcend into your own well-being, and have a greater sense of relaxation, calm and wonder of the universe.

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