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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Art of Living Faculty

A Breathing Practice to Calm, Soothe, & Relax

For the last 35 years, the Art of Living has taught over 30 million people how to use breathing exercises to quiet the mind, reduce stress and make meditation easier – and Alternate Nostril Breathing is one of our favorites. In Sanskrit, Alternate Nostril Breathing is called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, which translates to “subtle energy …

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Stress

What is Chronic Stress?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress may be defined as any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Stress can produce and contribute to negative health and quality-of-life outcomes. Prolonged or chronic stress can be particularly detrimental and has been linked to serious illness and disease. The Mayo Clinic has …

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Is Yoga Trapeze the Answer to Your Back Pain?

When dealing with back pain, swinging around like a circus performer is probably the last thing on your mind. However, you may be surprised to learn that a yoga trapeze can offer your back immense relief with fewer side effects than conventional treatments. If you spend as much time around yogis as we do, or …

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Cream of Broccoli Soup - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Recipe: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Broccoli is chock full of beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc, which makes it a powerful immune system booster that helps protect the body against illness. This broccoli soup is one of our favorite vegetarian recipes. It’s a creamy, indulgent, and healthy comfort food that requires very little prep time. Even better—it’s gluten- and dairy-free!  Ingredients 2 …

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Sleep Better With Ayurveda

Ever wondered how to sleep better? Ask just about anyone if they get enough sleep, and the answer you are likely to get is “no.” According to the CDC, a estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Not only is the quality of sleep we get not up to snuff, we are …

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Natural and Holistic Treatments for Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress

Almost all of us know someone who struggles with some form of mental illness, be it anxiety, depression, or chronic stress. In fact, 46.6 million people in the United States suffer from some kind of mental health issue. Unfortunately, despite how widespread such conditions are, modern treatments fail to help 40% of people recover from …

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Ayurveda: An Ancient Healing System

Ayurveda: An Overview of One of the World’s Most Ancient Healing Systems

Together with the high costs of conventional medicine, this oversight is increasingly driving people towards alternative health care. One such practice is Ayurvedic medicine, a complete healthcare system that originated in ancient India. In general, rather than focusing on curing an illness, like Western medicine, Ayurveda takes a preventative approach, prescribing diets and activities that …

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Is There a Cure for Anxiety and Depression?

One of the most searched phrases on Google about anxiety is this: is anxiety treatable? And similarly, one of the top searches related to depression is can depression be cured?  If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, these questions are incredibly important. It can feel like there’s no hope. Unfortunately, there is no single reliable …

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What Causes Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress? An Ayurvedic Explanation

Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of health care, has been addressing many of the diseases that we still deal with today for thousands of years, including diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. However, Ayurvedic medicine doesn’t only deal with issues of the body, but also the mind and spirit. For that reason, it has an excellent perspective to …

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Know Yourself: Your Ayurvedic Body Type

Your Ayurvedic body type, or constitution, is at the heart of Ayurveda’s approach to well-being. Knowing your constitution allows you to maximize your quality of life, health and happiness by following the recommendations for food and lifestyle for each constitution. An Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis with an expert is the best way to recognize one’s constitution. …

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