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The Secrets of a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

The Secrets of a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

Studies by Dr. Valter Longo have found that a three-day low caloric cleanse will reset your entire immune system. Another study from Harvard University showed benefits in heart disease markers after the same kind of cleanse.  Studies have also shown other benefits,...

A Vegan Diet for an Alkaline Body

A Vegan Diet for an Alkaline Body

All non-starchy vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids. That means that potatoes and bananas are slightly more acidic than most other vegetables and fruits. For that reason, non-starchy fruits, berries, and vegetables should be the...

The World’s 3 Worst Foods

The World’s 3 Worst Foods

What are the 3 worst types of foods? 1. SUGAR Refined sugar increases glucose levels in the blood and may cause diabetes and heart disease. Americans consume on average 30 teaspoons of sugar per day. Sugar + refined carbs= increased triglycerides = heart disease. 2....

Six Reasons Why a Keto Diet May Not Be Good for You

Six Reasons Why a Keto Diet May Not Be Good for You

The keto diet has become very popular. How does it work and what are the potential risks?  When juice fasting, intermittent fasting, or severely restricting carbohydrates, the body's glucose reserves become depleted. This triggers the liver to increase production of...

Type 2 Diabetes: Why It’s Not About Too Much Sugar

Type 2 Diabetes: Why It’s Not About Too Much Sugar

When I first experienced it, I was shocked to see that some people with type 2 diabetes can faston juice for 3-6 days or eat a very low-calorie plant-based diet and literally eliminate their insulinmedications. How is that possible? Type 2 diabetes is not caused by...

Eight Reasons Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Juice Cleanse

Eight Reasons Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Juice Cleanse

Spring has finally sprung! The flowers are out, the rain is pouring down, and when the sun peaks through the clouds, it is warming and bright. Since spring is generally wet and damp, which, in Ayurveda (the yogic system of health) is characteristic of Kapha season, it...

Cleanse At Home With This Delicious Spinach-Carrot Juice

Cleanse At Home With This Delicious Spinach-Carrot Juice

Spinach has loads of iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals and juicing it is one of the best ways to get its benefits. Here is a simple and delicious recipe using apples or pears with carrots and ginger to make spinach most palatable.  It's really delicious...

Juicing Without A Juicer?  Yes, Here’s How!

Juicing Without A Juicer? Yes, Here’s How!

You want to juice, but you don’t have a juicer—so what to do? It’s simple.  All you need is a blender and some cheese cloth. Start by making a smoothie in your blender of whatever ingredients you have or by using a specific recipe. You may want to add a little more...

The Benefits of Silent Meditation

The Benefits of Silent Meditation

EXPANDING CREATIVE POTENTIAL AND PEACEFUL MOMENTS Whether you are an experienced or beginning meditator you can benefit from a more intensive period of silent meditation to quiet the mind and reset your heart-felt priorities.  We need to remember that silent...

South African Peanut Stew Recipe (VEGAN)

South African Peanut Stew Recipe (VEGAN)

As we’re almost through this Winter season, comfort your body and wake up your palette at the same time with this rich and lightly spicy stew that offers loads of delicious, vital nutrition - including protein!   SOUTH AFRICAN VEGAN PEANUT STEW Prep time: 15...

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The Secrets of a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

The Secrets of a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

Studies by Dr. Valter Longo have found that a three-day low caloric cleanse will reset your entire immune system. Another study from Harvard University showed benefits in heart disease markers after the same kind of cleanse.  Studies have also shown other benefits,...

A Vegan Diet for an Alkaline Body

A Vegan Diet for an Alkaline Body

All non-starchy vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids. That means that potatoes and bananas are slightly more acidic than most other vegetables and fruits. For that reason, non-starchy fruits, berries, and vegetables should be the...

The World’s 3 Worst Foods

The World’s 3 Worst Foods

What are the 3 worst types of foods? 1. SUGAR Refined sugar increases glucose levels in the blood and may cause diabetes and heart disease. Americans consume on average 30 teaspoons of sugar per day. Sugar + refined carbs= increased triglycerides = heart disease. 2....

Six Reasons Why a Keto Diet May Not Be Good for You

Six Reasons Why a Keto Diet May Not Be Good for You

The keto diet has become very popular. How does it work and what are the potential risks?  When juice fasting, intermittent fasting, or severely restricting carbohydrates, the body's glucose reserves become depleted. This triggers the liver to increase production of...

Type 2 Diabetes: Why It’s Not About Too Much Sugar

Type 2 Diabetes: Why It’s Not About Too Much Sugar

When I first experienced it, I was shocked to see that some people with type 2 diabetes can faston juice for 3-6 days or eat a very low-calorie plant-based diet and literally eliminate their insulinmedications. How is that possible? Type 2 diabetes is not caused by...

Eight Reasons Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Juice Cleanse

Eight Reasons Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Juice Cleanse

Spring has finally sprung! The flowers are out, the rain is pouring down, and when the sun peaks through the clouds, it is warming and bright. Since spring is generally wet and damp, which, in Ayurveda (the yogic system of health) is characteristic of Kapha season, it...

Cleanse At Home With This Delicious Spinach-Carrot Juice

Cleanse At Home With This Delicious Spinach-Carrot Juice

Spinach has loads of iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals and juicing it is one of the best ways to get its benefits. Here is a simple and delicious recipe using apples or pears with carrots and ginger to make spinach most palatable.  It's really delicious...

Juicing Without A Juicer?  Yes, Here’s How!

Juicing Without A Juicer? Yes, Here’s How!

You want to juice, but you don’t have a juicer—so what to do? It’s simple.  All you need is a blender and some cheese cloth. Start by making a smoothie in your blender of whatever ingredients you have or by using a specific recipe. You may want to add a little more...

The Benefits of Silent Meditation

The Benefits of Silent Meditation

EXPANDING CREATIVE POTENTIAL AND PEACEFUL MOMENTS Whether you are an experienced or beginning meditator you can benefit from a more intensive period of silent meditation to quiet the mind and reset your heart-felt priorities.  We need to remember that silent...

South African Peanut Stew Recipe (VEGAN)

South African Peanut Stew Recipe (VEGAN)

As we’re almost through this Winter season, comfort your body and wake up your palette at the same time with this rich and lightly spicy stew that offers loads of delicious, vital nutrition - including protein!   SOUTH AFRICAN VEGAN PEANUT STEW Prep time: 15...

Health & Wellness

The Secrets of a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

Studies by Dr. Valter Longo have found that a three-day low caloric cleanse will reset your entire immune system. Another study from Harvard University showed benefits in heart disease markers after the same kind of cleanse.  Studies have also shown other benefits,...

A Vegan Diet for an Alkaline Body

All non-starchy vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids. That means that potatoes and bananas are slightly more acidic than most other vegetables and fruits. For that reason, non-starchy fruits, berries, and vegetables should be the...

The World’s 3 Worst Foods

What are the 3 worst types of foods? 1. SUGAR Refined sugar increases glucose levels in the blood and may cause diabetes and heart disease. Americans consume on average 30 teaspoons of sugar per day. Sugar + refined carbs= increased triglycerides = heart disease. 2....

Six Reasons Why a Keto Diet May Not Be Good for You

The keto diet has become very popular. How does it work and what are the potential risks?  When juice fasting, intermittent fasting, or severely restricting carbohydrates, the body's glucose reserves become depleted. This triggers the liver to increase production of...

Type 2 Diabetes: Why It’s Not About Too Much Sugar

When I first experienced it, I was shocked to see that some people with type 2 diabetes can faston juice for 3-6 days or eat a very low-calorie plant-based diet and literally eliminate their insulinmedications. How is that possible? Type 2 diabetes is not caused by...

Eight Reasons Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Juice Cleanse

Spring has finally sprung! The flowers are out, the rain is pouring down, and when the sun peaks through the clouds, it is warming and bright. Since spring is generally wet and damp, which, in Ayurveda (the yogic system of health) is characteristic of Kapha season, it is common for people to cough and sneeze. In fact, the English word “cough” comes for the Sanskrit word “kapha”.

Juicing Without A Juicer? Yes, Here’s How!

You want to juice, but you don’t have a juicer—so what to do? It’s simple.  All you need is a blender and some cheese cloth. Start by making a smoothie in your blender of whatever ingredients you have or by using a specific recipe. You may want to add a little more...

12 Scientific Reasons Why A Spring Juice Fast Is Good For You!

Spring is here. It’s the time of the year when I tell people it’s good to do a juice cleanse. But then some of them will ask: is there any scientific evidence that a juice cleanse is effective? They may also ask me what actually happens to the body when we practice intermittent fasting.

It’s a New Year And The Perfect Time To Start Fasting

By Ramesh Bjonnes When the feasting is over, it’s time for fasting. Especially if you feel a bit heavy and sluggishfrom all the good food and drinks you enjoyed during the holidays. Even if you were able to eatand drink in moderation this time, fasting is always great...

Meditation & Mindfulness

The Benefits of Silent Meditation

Whether you are an experienced or beginning meditator your can benefit from a more intensive period of silent meditation to quiet the mind and reset your heart felt priorities.

Letting Go of Stress in Our Bodies by Retraining the Brain

Stress accumulates in our bodies in the form of chronic muscle contractions often out of the range of our awareness until we experience chronic soreness and pain. Thomas Hanna in his classic book, Somatics, points out that these chronic muscle contractions in our bodies result in “sensory and motor amnesia (SMA)”.

Choosing Joy & Letting Go of Stress

For many working at home these days the boundaries between the office and home fades and there is no escaping getting our jobs done. The pressure to get work done is internal and external, exemplified by the falling leaves in our yard and our feeling of responsibility to rake the leaves. How we perceive these perennial tasks can define them as stressful or not.

Meditation Enhances Brain Function & Grey Matter

We have been nurturing a meditation or contemplative practice for our entire life span.  As babies we started with repeating sounds in a singsong fashion.  In a recent NPR interview on Krista Tippet’s On Being program Alice Parker, a renowned chorale leader, commented on singing- “It’s one of the things that we’re born with.

Benefits of Silent Meditation

Whether you are an experienced or beginning meditator your can benefit from a more intensive period of silent meditation to quiet the mind and reset your heart felt priorities.

Intermittent Fasting and the Longevity Diet

Ramesh Bjonnes From August 23-27, we will feature a retreat about the practice of intermittent fasting here at Prama. There are a variety of intermittent fasting techniques, since not all forms work for all types of people. At the retreat, you will learn about all of...

The Yoga of Flow

Ramesh Bjonnes We often think of yoga as a set of physical exercises only. But yoga also has a deep spiritual heart, especially found in its meditation practices. When we hear that yoga means union and that the practice of yoga will lead us to experience this union,...

4 Ways to Get into a Higher Gear

Howard Nemon Last week, I wrote about a different way to think about rationalization. In the summer of 1990, my Teacher explained it as a specific faculty or ability of the mind. It is a mental process that can help the mind become more efficient and effective by...

Let’s get the Mind into high(er) Gear

In one of the last major lectures by my Teacher in 1990, he emphasized the importance of rationalization. He was speaking about developing the mind and how rationalization would help in this effort. Many of us were confused to say the least. We usually think of...

Meditation and the Better Brain

Howard Nemon You sit down to meditate. You close your eyes and try to practice your technique. You have heard of the many benefits attributed to meditation and maybe have experienced some. After you finish the meditation, you feel different—maybe more relaxed,...

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12 Scientific Reasons Why A Spring Juice Fast Is Good For You!

Spring is here. It’s the time of the year when I tell people it’s good to do a juice cleanse. But then some of them will ask: is there any scientific evidence that a juice cleanse is effective? They may also ask me what actually happens to the body when we practice intermittent fasting.

How COVID Healed My Body

In this program you will gain new ways to think through the facts and the mis- and dis-information about yoga philosophy and its historical roots.

4 Ways to Get into a Higher Gear

Howard Nemon Last week, I wrote about a different way to think about rationalization. In the summer of 1990, my Teacher explained it as a specific faculty or ability of the mind. It is a mental process that can help the mind become more efficient and effective by...

Let’s get the Mind into high(er) Gear

In one of the last major lectures by my Teacher in 1990, he emphasized the importance of rationalization. He was speaking about developing the mind and how rationalization would help in this effort. Many of us were confused to say the least. We usually think of...

Meditation and the Better Brain

Howard Nemon You sit down to meditate. You close your eyes and try to practice your technique. You have heard of the many benefits attributed to meditation and maybe have experienced some. After you finish the meditation, you feel different—maybe more relaxed,...

Diet for a Healthy Planet

Howard Nemon Over fifty years ago, when Frances Lappé wrote her ground-breaking book, Diet for a Small Planet, the idea that the food we eat was significantly affecting our health and that of the earth was a novel, if not radical, idea. Not only did Lappé’s book...

You Are Worth It! – 5 min Self-Care Routines To Include In Your Day

You are an amazing human being doing amazing things all day.  If you are like me, you want to keep doing those amazing things.  I know it sounds like a cliche but, to keep moving you have to take care of yourself.  I must admit, self-care did not come easy to me, I can give easier to everyone except myself.  Although, through burnout and stress, I realized just how important self-care is.

3 Steps for Finding Your “Inner Voter”

It’s voting season again and it’s often a trying experience. Repetitive political ads of questionable validity, additional junk mail, polling phone calls, and more and more of your mental space taken up by politics. Then the decisions – who or what to vote for. For...

The Yogic Path to Truthfulness

There are facts, there are truths, and there is what we believe. And they can vary greatly. For one thing, there are many ways to understand these concepts. Some people consider facts as verifiable pieces of information which are determined by research or some kind of...

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