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Six Super-herbs (Adaptogens) for Body, Mind and Soul

Have you ever heard of the term adaptogen? An adaptogen is an herb which helps the body adapt to stress in a more balanced way. These herbs have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. But it is only recently, however, that scientists have begun to study these potent plants.

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The Benefits of Stretching

Stretching is a relatively simple form of exercise. It can be included in your daily routine to provide many important health and fitness benefits. When done the right way, the benefits of daily stretching can help you boost your flexibility, improve blood flow,...

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Top Seven Reasons Why Fresh Water is Essential To Good Health

I never realized how important fresh and clean water was to my life before I, as a young man, spent time in poor and dry parts of India, where fresh water was not always easy to come by. Especially not clean water. One day, in the sweltering heat of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I sank to my knees of exhaustion due to dehydration. Water is indeed essential for keeping us energized and alive.

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Alkaline vs Acidic Foods: Dispelling the Main Myths

Are you confused about all the hoopla about whether an alkaline diet is good for you or not? Have you started to think that drinking lots of water and juice to become alkaline is just another diet hype? Then you are not alone.
Just Google the concepts, or go on youtube, and you will hear from various experts claiming to tell the truth. Vegan and raw food proponents will tell you that alkaline food is important, because an acidic body is an unhealthy and toxic body. While experts who adhere to the paleo or the ketogenic diets, which are high in animal protein, will claim that the need for alkaline food is just a myth. So who is telling the truth?

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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.

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Health & Wellness

Six Super-herbs (Adaptogens) for Body, Mind and Soul

Have you ever heard of the term adaptogen? An adaptogen is an herb which helps the body adapt to stress in a more balanced way. These herbs have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. But it is only recently, however, that scientists have begun to study these potent plants.

12 Scientific Reasons Why a Spring Juice Fast is Healthy

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.

Whole Foods CEO Says Fruit Juices Contain Too Much Sugar! True or False?

Many plant-based food experts claim that fresh fruit juices contain too much sugar and are therefore unhealthy. One of the latest of these anti-fruit-juicing messages comes from the book, The Whole Foods Diet by John Mackey, the CEO and founder of Whole Foods Market. What are the facts?

Top Seven Reasons Why Fresh Water is Essential To Good Health

I never realized how important fresh and clean water was to my life before I, as a young man, spent time in poor and dry parts of India, where fresh water was not always easy to come by. Especially not clean water. One day, in the sweltering heat of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I sank to my knees of exhaustion due to dehydration. Water is indeed essential for keeping us energized and alive.

Alkaline vs Acidic Foods: Dispelling the Main Myths

Are you confused about all the hoopla about whether an alkaline diet is good for you or not? Have you started to think that drinking lots of water and juice to become alkaline is just another diet hype? Then you are not alone.
Just Google the concepts, or go on youtube, and you will hear from various experts claiming to tell the truth. Vegan and raw food proponents will tell you that alkaline food is important, because an acidic body is an unhealthy and toxic body. While experts who adhere to the paleo or the ketogenic diets, which are high in animal protein, will claim that the need for alkaline food is just a myth. So who is telling the truth?

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.

Lifestyle as Medicine: A New Approach to an Ancient Healing System

If your body is acidic due to poor digestion caused by a diet of too much refined flours, processed foods, sugar (including honey and agave), dairy and meat, combined with stress, your immune system can eventually break down and your digestive tract can become imbalanced and inflamed.

Live Longer and Happier by Healing Your Digestive System

The body’s digestive system has two main functions: to bring nutrients in and toxins out. When we digest food and liquids, the nutrients in the food and liquids is absorbed into the blood stream to be utilized by the cells in the body for fuel. What is not used by the blood to keep our cells, muscles, nerves and bones energized and healthy is excreted through the urine, the skin and the stool in the form of toxins.

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”.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Humans are Wired for Meditation and Compassion

When we meditate we approach the true nature of what it means to be human. Our true nature is to become one with our most compassionate Self. Meditation is a science of intuition that leads the ego to compassionate expressions that serve the common welfare.

Mantra and Mindfulness: Supporting Your Meditation Practice

Mantra (man=mind; tra=liberate) is a Sanskrit word whose repetition helps us free ourselves ourselves from all the attachments of our physical and mental lives. Mantra meditation is based on the subtle nature of sound vibrations that help with concentration on a positive idea and enhancing our intuition.

Nurturing a Meditation Practice: A Birthright

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.

The Neuroscience of Meditation and Yoga

For over 50 years, advances in western science have been validating the wisdom of eastern mysticism. Today, vibrant interest and research in the neuroscience community is demonstrating that the practices of meditation and yoga are profoundly transforming our bodies and minds.

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)”.

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.

Meditation Enhances Brain Function & Grey Matter

A review of neuroscience studies of meditation reveals the positive effects of meditation on brain activity and structure. This research shows short term and long term improvement in brain functions related to attention, regulation of emotions and increases in grey matter.

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12 Scientific Reasons Why a Spring Juice Fast is Healthy

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.

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.

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.

History of Prama Institute & Wellness Center

This series will begin with the early history and move to the present expression of the PI and PWC to convey the intent of the founders and the relationship with the broader community that has come to appreciate the special nauture of what the PI and PWC offers to those seeking personal and social transformation.

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