This was a fascinating article by a woman who went to Paris to study with Noelle Perez-Christiaens in hope of relieving her back pain. There is a lot here that reminds me of my own visit to Paris! Whether Noelle would consider herself a "yoga witch" is another story... http://www.racked.com/2015/7/22/9005869/yoga-back-pain-paris
While yoga originated in India, some Americans were especially responsible for its spread in the early 1900s. One of them, Pierre Bernard, had an exciting life worthy of blockbuster film! He was involved with scandals, the police raided his yoga schools periodically, and he was viewed with suspicion by many in the cities where he lived and taught (including San Francisco, Seattle and Nyack, New York). I just finished reading a fascinating book about him called The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America by Robert Love. (New York: Viking, 2010). Love writes: â€œPierre Bernard may have been [...]
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Do you suffer from leg cramps, back or neck pain, fatigue, or tension headaches? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms include muscle twitches, constipation, and even â€œnumbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasmsâ€(1). Some health practitioners believe that 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium. Doctors generally donâ€™t test for levels of magnesium, so you arenâ€™t likely to know if you are deficient. Why is it important? Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that magnesium is the most important mineral in the body(2). [...]
A recent study that appeared in the journal Surgical Technology International showed that the common use of cell phones can be damaging to your upper spine. Itâ€™s how you use the phones that is the problem here â€“ in other words, your posture. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. When the head sits right on top of the spine, thereâ€™s no problem. Yet whose head is in that position today? Itâ€™s rare in industrialized countries to find that kind of healthy alignment, except in young children and immigrants from less industrialized parts of the world. When you tilt your [...]
You probably know how important I believe posture is in preventing or eliminating back and joint pain. It makes a huge difference and is something that you have control over, so practicing Balanced posture can dramatically affect your levels of pain and tension. […]