What Is . . . Laughter Yoga? Eeva Miller

A few years ago we received our monthly Spiritual Cinema Circle movie DVD that contained a documentary about Laughter Yoga.  What could be better than sharing laughter with others!  But there were no clubs within five hours of Marquette.  Drat!  Then on March 18th, 2010, I read an article titled, “Laughter yoga enriches body, soul, …

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Gifts From Nature: Reflections of Water, Roslyn Elena McGrath

The language of water is very still and rushing, flowing and waiting, trickling and gushing, endless and ever-present, transparent and reflective, ever-changing and renewing, births the birthing and ensuing cycles of momentum and rest, refreshment and source, ever-changing course, cutting through any stones and muck, giving all to its function of love and peace and …

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Bodies In Motion: Aquatic Exercise—What’s It Good For? Heidi Stevenson

A common misconception about aquatic exercise, (such as swimming and aquatic aerobics), is that it is only appropriate for people with medical conditions that keep them from engaging in other, “better” kinds of activity. Far from being a “lesser” option, aquatic exercise can be beneficial to anyone. It is indeed appropriate for those who may …

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Holistic Animal Care: Critter Fitness Basics, Jenny Magli

Exercise can keep your pet healthy and extend his or her lifespan. It’s also a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, build confidence, enhance socialization skills, and bond with your pet. Young and healthy adult pets need lots of exercise. It is also fun and a way to incorporate obedience training. Even senior pets …

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Inner Nutrition: Mindfulness, Lee Goodwin

There is a movement afoot these days.  It is not a political movement, but it has implications for the lives of countless people every day.  It is a movement deeply rooted in religious traditions, but it is not the property of any church or synagogue, mosque or temple. It is a movement that is accessible …

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Why Sounds Are Part of Sound Health, Roslyn McGrath

“Vroom-vroom-vrOOM” roars the motorcycle below my open bedroom window, followed by silence, intermittent bird song and eventually far-off mowing sounds. Each elicits a response from my body and mind, as I tense or relax with my perception of each. Every day, every moment, we hear, make and respond to sounds. We can close our eyes …

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Bodies In Motion: Yoga—Body & Mind, Heidi Stevenson

Yoga is a discipline that asks us to join, or yoke our bodies and our minds. Traditionally, yoga poses were practiced as a part of a holistic approach to life. Here in our Western society, we’ve taken the physical poses, or asanas, and practiced them separately. Sometimes this attention to the physical movement of yogic …

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Herbal Options: Support For Your Strength, Victoria Jungwirth

No matter where your ancestors were from, they all shared something in common: they were all fit, and we have inherited their genes. Hunter-gatherers and then farmers worked herds and were free from many of the health problems that plague current generations. The concept of an “exercise program” would have been foreign to even our …

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Healthy Cooking: Strong & Cool for Summer, Valerie Wilson

Summer is a time of heat, sunshine and high energy. We need to fuel our bodies with strong energy foods to keep us going as we head out for long hikes, bike rides and rock collecting.  Because of its hardiness, the perfect grain for this time of year is quinoa. It grows high in the …

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Bodies In Motion: Summer Cross Training, Heidi Stevenson

With the onset of summer weather, many of us will be engaging in activities our bodies have not experienced in a little while. While getting outdoors and moving around is undeniably enjoyable, we must remember that much of it constitutes exercise, and like any other forms of exercise, we will want to approach it in …

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