by Rhonda O’Cana
Call me an optimistic nerd, but I love January and the promise of the new year ahead. It’s a blank canvas, a clean slate. I take great care in picking out my new planner each year. It must be one I won’t tire of easily, that will be tough enough to handle the weight of 12 months of hopes and dreams. The pages must have plenty of space for appointments and reminders, as well as room for lists of projects and intentions. I like to take the week off between Christmas and New Years to create my plans for the year.
by Ashley Stone
Silent, invisible and sometimes deadly viruses invade your body in a way that is often out of your control. The modern medical approach to viruses is to promote protection from viruses (like the flu) with a vaccine or to treat viral symptoms with a variety of medications, which can ultimately suppress or undermine your immune system. Once you understand what a virus is, what its goal is and how it mutates in the body, you will recognize that you have more options to effectively eliminate viruses from your body.
Our own San Antonio Botanical Garden hosts one of the oldest youth gardening programs in the nation, and a new season is about to begin! The multi-week program begins Saturday, Feb. 21, and offers children ages 8-13 the opportunity to have a true hands-on experience growing vegetables and ornamental plants in their own plot at the beautiful botanical garden.
by Kenny McClendon
With the start of a new year, you may have decided that 2015 is the year you will put your health first and start your new exercise routine. Some questions you might have are:
Where do I start?
What is the best exercise routine for me?
Feb. 22 Half Marathon Course Includes 4 Miles Through Fort Sam Houston
Anyone with a new resolution to run needs to register for the 2015 Alamo Run Fest, which is shaping up to be one of the best local events in the new year. Alamo Run Fest is San Antonio’s signature local running event, and with run distances from 5K, 10K to a half marathon, there’s plenty of challenge and fun for runners at all levels. This year’s half marathon includes a couple of exciting elements.
by Kai-Chang Chan
At one time or another, you’ve probably experienced the quick, sharp pain that accompanies a crick in the neck. These cricks happen suddenly, causing sharp pain when you turn your head to one side. The pain might even extend along the shoulder blade, making it painful to move your arm on the affected side. In my practice, I turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine can help identify the cause and fix the problem.
by S. Alison Chabonais
A renowned leader of the selfhelp movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life— how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group.
Researchers from Brazil’s University of São Paulo have found that hatha yoga breathing exercises can significantly improve lung function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that often ends in premature death from respiratory failure.
The average age of the 26 children that completed the study was 9-and-a-half years old. Participants were taught how to perform hatha yoga breathing exercises and instructed to perform them three times a day for 10 months.
by Patricia Wickman
The term for intention in yoga and Ayurveda is Sankalpa. Sankalpa is more than a casual goal. The definition of Sankalpa is “heart vow.” This is a promise that you make to yourself and it comes from, takes root and flourishes in the emotional heart center. When you set a Sankalpa, you prepare the soil in your heart, plant the seed, give birth to it and love it as a mother loves her newborn baby. You set up daily routines and baby-step goals that will serve to water, nourish and offer your heart vow the energy of sunlight and the rest of moonlight.
by Renee Trudeau
It’s 1976 and my mom and dad are sitting quietly with their eyes closed, hands resting upward, thumb and index finger touching, while my younger siblings crawl on their backs and shoulders. My two older brothers and I sit nearby, holding our own meditation poses, bored and counting the minutes until this ritual will end. Growing up, my parents would regularly pull all five of their children into our library for a family meditation. As much as I complained, a part of me yearned for this spiritual practice.