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June 2012

Find Your Inner Zen with Candlelight Yin

By Melita Mollohan Opposing forces in Taoist thought, the terms yin and yang can describe any phenomenon. Yin is the stable, unmoving, feminine, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, masculine, revealing aspect. Most forms of Hatha Yoga, such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Power Yoga practiced today emphasize muscular movement and contraction (yang). Instead of the rhythmic contraction and release that best stretches muscle, yin yoga works to stretch connective tissue using a slow, gentle stretch. This allows the overlying muscles in the area being worked on to fully relax. The yin practice generally focuses on the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Postures are held anywhere from three to ten minutes at a time. An ideal practice...

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Spot Light on Essential Oils: Peppermint (Did you say Peppermint Fudge?)

Some facts about Peppermint: Studies show that when students breathe this oil during studying and testing they see an increase in mental accuracy up to 28%. Soothes digestion, freshens breath and relieves colic, heartburn, gas, headaches and indigestion. Is an Analgesic & anti-inflammatory (works on headaches caused by nervous tension). Some tips to use Apply directly on the skin (works great to cool a sunburn) or mixed with a carrier oil. Diffuse in the air to help stimulate the mind (perfect for office or study area!). Add 4-6 drops per 1/2 cup of Epsom salts to bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes (this is very cooling - athletes YOU will love this after your workout! If you are using a pure, therapeutic grade brand, add...

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Why Spring and Summer Are Supportive Times for Spiritual Growth

By: Ryan Kurczak According to the book Cosmic Consciousness, by Dr. Maurice Bucke, most spiritual awakening, or cosmic consciousness, experiences happen in the Spring and early Summer. Yoga texts say that if a person dies in the Spring or early Summer it indicates an auspicious transition and a clearer state of consciousness after death. Spiritual growth potential, and the capacity to experience expanded states of consciousness are also heightened during the Spring and Summer as the Sun makes its ascension northward. More attention to prayer and meditation is good for the soul during the brightest half of the year. The nervous system, and the innate life force, of our bodies are intimately connected to the earth and the solar system. During...

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