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Horoscope ♉: 07/30/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Come out of serious mode for a day and let yourself laugh, Taurus. Hold a game night at your home and invite some good friends over to play cards and nibble on snacks until all hours. This is a day to have fun, so let loose and freely express yourself in the best way you see fit. Realize how much power you have in your jovial nature. Spread it generously.:

Today’s Holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

Today’s Holiday:
Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Peter Benenson (1921)

Today’s Birthday:
Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for “prisoners of conscience.” His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More…:

This Day in History: Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

This Day in History:
Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More…:

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

A sudden, bold, and unexpected question, doth many times surprise a man, and lay him open. More…:

Article of the Day: The Book of Enoch

Article of the Day:
The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch is an ancient religious text attributed to Enoch, the Biblical figure said to have been the great-grandfather of Noah. Although it is not considered part of the canon of scripture for Jews or Christians, apart from a few sects, it is quoted in the New Testament, indicating that its authors were familiar with the text. Aramaic fragments of the Book of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, but the only known complete version is written in what ancient language? More…:

Idiom of the Day: bankers’ hours

Idiom of the Day:
bankers’ hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: puckish

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Naughtily or annoyingly playful.

Synonyms: impish, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, arch, wicked

Usage: My puckish new roommate apparently thought it would be funny to hide my car keys in the teapot.:

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Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients’ kidneys

Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients’ kidneys
Diabetes patients are at risk for a wide variety of negative health outcomes during the progression of their disease. One such area of concern is kidney function. New research hopes to spark further investigation into ways to tackle these disorders with dietary potassium.
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New research shows a potential protective role of potassium on kidney function.

Diabetes is a growing problem. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate there are 29.1 million diabetics in America.

Worryingly, the CDC also predict that this number will double or triple over the next few decades. If that forecast is correct, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 5 Americans may be diabetic by 2050.

Although obesity is known to be a major factor, the search is on for other dietary risk factors that might be easier to correct.

Controlling diet in diabetes is an essential part of the treatment plan, and low-sodium and reduced-calorie diets are the most commonly recommended.

The standard diet that clinicians advise for diabetics is essentially a healthy, well-balanced diet with an extra focus on reducing salt.

Renal and cardiovascular problems in diabetes

Type 2 diabetes significantly increases an individual’s chance of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Hyperglycemia (excess blood glucose), hypertension (high blood pressure) and dyslipidemia (excess lipids in the blood) are well-known risk factors for both ESRD and CVD.

In the general population, potassium is recognized as a means to prevent hypertension and stroke. However, its effects on ESRD and CVD onset are not well investigated, especially within a diabetic population with healthy cardiovascular and kidney function.

The role of potassium

Potassium is a vital mineral involved in the normal functioning of all the cells, tissues and organs of the body. Along with sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium, potassium is a charged particle referred to as an electrolyte.

Potassium helps conduct nerve impulses, regulate the rhythm of the heart and control muscle contraction. It also plays a part in maintaining bone health and fluid balance.

One of the kidney’s many roles is to ensure that potassium is maintained at the correct levels. Too much or too little can be equally troublesome.

Research conducted by Dr. Shin-ichi Araki, at Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, hopes to open new avenues of investigation into the relationship between dietary potassium and negative health consequences in diabetic patients.

Diet in diabetes

Dr. Araki’s research, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, claims that diets rich in potassium may help protect the heart and kidney health of patients with type 2 diabetes.

The trial involved 623 Japanese type 2 diabetics, none of whom were currently using diuretic medicines or had any history of CVD. The patients were enrolled between 1996 and 2003 with a median follow-up period of 11 years.

This long-term study measured potassium and sodium excretion through urine sampling. The amount of these elements excreted in urine is an accurate indicator of the amount consumed.

The results showed that higher levels of potassium in the participants’ urine indicated a lower risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular problems. Sodium excretion, on the other hand, showed no correlation.

The authors agree with recommendations to restrict energy intake, as is standard practice with diabetic patients, but Dr. Araki warns that a low-calorie, low-sodium diet may also be deficient in potassium.

He is well aware of the difficulties surrounding a diabetic’s dietary choices:

For many individuals with diabetes, the most challenging part of a treatment plan is to determine what to eat.”

Dr. Araki believes that raising potassium in diabetes diet plans might prevent ESRD and CVD from developing in individuals, or at least slow its advance.

These results are in line with other recent research that has linked higher dietary potassium intake with lower incidence of kidney dysfunction and CVD in non-diabetic patients.

Dr. Araki warns, however, that the present study is not conclusive evidence of potassium’s protective effects on diabetic kidneys. The aim of the study was to spur on further investigation into novel targets for future dietary recommendations, and in that regard, the trial was a success.

It is also worth noting that hyperkalemia – elevated levels of potassium in the blood – is a dangerous condition that affects some diabetics. Medical News Todayrecently reported on a new drug that might help improve potassium levels in diabetic kidneys.


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The environment today is very different from the environment of our ancestors. Over the last 200 years, a host of chemicals has been introduced to our food, air, and water. Many of these chemicals have not been tested for safety, or are assumed to be safe since they are present in low concentrations. However, if many low-concentration pollutants are present, they may work together to have bad effects on our health. Some chemicals, such as the endocrine disruptors dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have been banned in the United States for years, but persist in the environment and food chains. Exposure to pollutants is associated with chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease and diabetes.(Hoffman, Petriello, & Hennig, 2017)

A number of “detoxification” procedures have been developed that are thought to help eliminate these substances from the body. These protocols are critically important for patients as they embark on our program of intensive nutritional supplementation. Patients may develop “flu-like” symptoms that we believe result from the body’s repair mechanisms leading to the release of stored toxins and large amounts of biologically active waste materials. Procedures such as coffee enemas, liver-gallbladder flushes, and saunas may help stimulate the body to rid itself of these waste materials and pollutants.

Coffee Enemas

Enemas have been used for centuries to relieve constipation and improve general health and well-being, appearing in medical writings as far back as ancient Egypt. More recently, directions for administration of various types of enemas, including coffee enemas, were included in medical and nursing textbooks. (McClain, 1950; A General Practitioner, 1934) Coffee enemas were mentioned in the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, a compendium of orthodox medical treatment, through the Twelfth Edition, published in 1972.

Coffee enemas have long been in use. In a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal in December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning. (Cachot, 1866) Articles from the late 1800s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care. (Allison, 1896; “The Medicinal Employment of Coffee,” 1897) At a medical meeting in 1896, Dr. W.J. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, mentioned coffee enemas as a routine part of care for patients after abdominal surgery. (“Mississippi Valley Medical Association Society Proceedings,” 1896) In an extensive 1941 article in the Uruguayan Medical, Surgical and Specialization Archives, Dr. Carlos Stajano described immediate improvement in near-terminal patients after coffee enemas, including a patient with cocaine intoxication and a patient with post-operative shock. (Stajano, 1941) His extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management made him plead for their continued use.

How do they work? Most likely by stimulating the liver and gallbladder to increase the flow of bile, aiding the liver in its detoxification efforts. In support of this, drinking coffee causes gallbladder contraction and elevates levels of cholecystokinin, a hormone that stimulates bile flow. (Douglas et al., 1990) In a 1929 paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine, investigators at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York reported that rectal installations of several different liquids caused an increase of bile flow from the liver. (Garbat & Jacobi, 1929) In a 2014 study, a group of gastroenterologists used coffee enemas as part of the preparation for video capsule endoscopy (swallowing a capsule with a small camera to photograph the insides of the small intestine). (Kim et al., 2014) They theorized that coffee enemas would stimulate bile flow, exhausting the supply so that bile would not be present in the intestinal tract to blur the images from the camera. They found that patients who had the coffee enema had better quality images than those who did not, suggesting that the enemas had indeed stimulated the release of bile stored in the gallbladder and bile ducts.

Some physicians claim that coffee enemas are dangerous, based on case reports of patients who reportedly developed electrolyte imbalances or infections after coffee enemas. (Eisele & Reay, 1980; Margolin & Green, 1984) Close review of these cases shows that the patients in question were seriously, even terminally ill, and that the infections or electrolyte disturbances blamed on the coffee enemas could have come about simply because of the patients’ underlying disease. Only a few such cases have been reported; to put this in perspective, every year in the United States, thousands of people die from the side effects of medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, all available without a prescription. We have instructed thousands of patients to perform coffee enemas and none have had any significant problems from them. However, we would also recommend that coffee enemas only be done after consultation with a qualified medical professional. Reference List

Liver-Gallbladder Flushes

The liver is the primary detoxification organ in the body, and many of the wastes it processes are eliminated in bile, which travels from the liver through the bile duct to the small intestine. In addition, bile contains bile salts, necessary for the digestion of fat. Bile is stored in the gallbladder, an organ connected to the bile duct in between the liver and the small intestine; when a fatty meal is eaten, the stomach and intestine send a signal to the gallbladder to contract, expelling bile into the intestinal tract to aid in digestion.

Illustration of liver and gallbladder

Stones or sludge can form within the gallbladder, which may then block the opening through which bile flows. This can cause nausea and abdominal pain after eating a fatty meal, as the gallbladder tries unsuccessfully to squeeze out its contents. Gallstones can also travel into the bile duct and become stuck, leading to infection, or migrate into the pancreatic duct (which connects to the bile duct) and cause acute pancreatitis. Either of these conditions can be life-threatening. The most common treatment for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder; 750,000 Americans undergo this operation each year.

The liver-gallbladder flush is an old technique to help stimulate and cleanse the bile ducts and gallbladder, and relieve the nausea and abdominal pain experienced by patients with symptomatic gallstones. There are several variations, but all include drinking oil, usually olive oil, which induces vigorous contraction of the gallbladder. Typically, round green objects pass in the stool the next day, traditionally believed to be passed gallstones. (Dekkers, 1999) However, in a letter to the journal Lancet, doctors in New Zealand reported that chemical examination of such objects brought in by a patient after a liver-gallbladder flush revealed that the “stones” were most likely created from the olive oil that she drank to do the procedure. (Sies & Brooker, 2005) The authors claimed that this proved the procedure doesn’t work, but identifying the green objects that passed in this individual patient as olive oil derivatives doesn’t answer the question of whether the procedure can be successful in stimulating stones or sludge to pass or in relieving symptoms from gallstones.

In a small study presented at the 1997 meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group and subsequently described in American Family Physician, Richard L. Garrison, MD, studied the effect of a “traditional home remedy for inducing gallstone expulsion using lemon juice, olive oil, cascara sagrada and garlic/castile enemas” in 6 patients with symptomatic gallstones which had been confirmed by ultrasound. (Garrison, 1998) An ultrasound after the procedure assessed clearing of stones. Alter completing the liver flush, five of six patients were asymptomatic for periods ranging from two to 27 months. At least one woman cleared all her stones, but she proceeded with an operation anyway at the advice of her surgeon. The investigators concluded that the procedure could potentially eliminate the need for surgery in many patients. Reference List


Many traditional cultures utilized some form of cleansing in hot environments such as steam baths, sweat lodges, and saunas. In Finland, saunas are regularly used by much of the population, and researchers there have investigated the health benefits of saunas. An article in the journal Neurology reported that those who take frequent saunas have a reduced risk of stroke. (Kunutsor et al., 2018) The researchers established baseline habits of sauna bathing in a group of Finnish men and women aged 53-74, then followed them for nearly 15 years. Those who were classified as “frequent” sauna users were much less likely to have a stroke than those who did not use them at all; the association was still seen even after correction for other known risk factors for stroke, and after adjustment for socioeconomic status and for physical activity levels. The same group of researchers found that sauna use was associated with a reduced risk of respiratory conditions. (Kunutsor et al., 2017)

While at one time it was rare for Americans to have saunas in their homes, infrared saunas have become more affordable. Spas and gyms may also have them; in Manhattan, DTXoffers sessions in a private setting with a sauna cabin and shower. Reference List

Do they work?

Induced sweating, such as provided by saunas, may be a valuable way of ridding the body of some types of toxins. The “Blood, Urine and Sweat” studies by Dr. Stephen Genuis and colleagues have demonstrated that significant amounts of flame retardants (S. K. Genuis, Birkholz, & Genuis, 2017), organochlorine pesticides (S. J. Genuis, Lane, & Birkholz, 2016), PCBs (S. J. Genuis, Beesoon, & Birkholz, 2013), phthalates (S.J. Genuis, Beesoon, Lobo, & Birkholz, 2012), and BPA (bisphenol A) (S. J. Genuis, Beesoon, Birkholz, & Lobo, 2012) can be excreted in sweat.

There are various pragmatic difficulties in formal studies on detoxification, because toxins can be stored in bone, muscle or fat, tissues that are harder to sample and analyze than blood, urine, or sweat. However, a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine looked at the efficacy of Ayurvedic cleansing procedures for removal of fat-soluble toxins such as PCBs. (Herron & Fagan, 2002) In study participants who performed the cleansing procedures (which included herbal enemas and ingestion of oil), blood levels of PCBs showed a substantial decrease.

Our patients report that they feel better as a result of doing these detoxification procedures, and for almost all of them, once they try them they are sure of their benefits. However, anyone interested in pursuing these techniques should consult with a knowledgeable medical professional for direction.

Reference List

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A General Practitioner. The Illustrated Family Doctor. Dunstable: Waterlow and Sons; 1934.

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Cachot MA. Case of Poisoning by Aconite; Enema of Coffee in the Treatment. Pac Med Surg J. 1866;9:239-240. Full text available at

Dekkers R. Apple juice and the chemical-contact softening of gallstones. Lancet. 1999;354:2171. PMID 10609857

Douglas BR, Jansen JB, Tham RT, Lamers CB. Coffee stimulation of cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction in humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 1990;52:553-556. Abstract available at

Eisele JW, Reay DT. Deaths related to coffee enemas. J Am Med Assoc. 1980;244:1608-1609. PMID 7420666

Garbat AL, Jacobi HG. Secretion of bile in response to rectal installations. Arch Intern Med. 1929;44:455-462. Abstract available at

Garrison RL. Home Remedy May Help Prevent Surgery in Some Patients with Gallstones. In: Rose VL. Conference Highlights. Am Fam Physician. 1998;57:785-786. Full text available at

Genuis SJ, Beesoon S, Birkholz D. (2013). Biomonitoring and Elimination of Perfluorinated Compounds and Polychlorinated Biphenyls through Perspiration: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study. ISRN Toxicol. 2013:2013:483832. Full text available at

Genuis SJ, Beesoon S, Birkholz D, Lobo RA. Human excretion of bisphenol A: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:185731. Full text available at

Genuis SJ, Beesoon S, Lobo RA, Birkholz D. Human elimination of phthalate compounds: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. Scient World J. 2012;2012:615068. Full text available at

Genuis SJ, Lane K, Birkholz D. Human Elimination of Organochlorine Pesticides: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:1624643. Full text available at

Genuis SK, Birkholz D, Genuis SJ. Human Excretion of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Flame Retardants: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study. Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:3676089. Full text available at

Herron RE, Fagan JB. Lipophil-mediated reduction of toxicants in humans: an evaluation of an ayurvedic detoxification procedure. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002;8:40-51. Abstract available at

Hoffman JB, Petriello MC, Hennig B. Impact of nutrition on pollutant toxicity: an update with new insights into epigenetic regulation. Rev Environ Health. 2017;32(1-2),65-72. Full text available at

Kim ES, Chun HJ, Keum B, et al. Coffee enema for preparation for small bowel video capsule endoscopy: a pilot study. Clin Nutr Res. 2014;3(2):134-141. Full text available at

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Margolin KA, Green MR. Polymicrobial enteric septicemia from coffee enemas. West J Med. 1984;140:460. Full text available at

McClain ME. The patient’s needs: Enemas. Scientific Principles in Nursing. St. Louis, MO: The C.V. Mosby Company; 1950:168.

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Wheel Pose (CHAKRĀSANA): right and wrong

Wheel Pose (Chakrāsana): right and wrong

Wheel Pose (Chakrāsana): right and wrong

Main Asanas of Yoga

Main Asanas of Yoga

Main Asanas of Yoga

Horoscope ♉: 07/29/2019

Horoscope ♉:

There’s little comfort in your emotions today, Taurus. You may want to stick to business. Concentrate on getting things done in your regular routine. Create a plan and stick to it. This isn’t a day to deviate from the norm, nor is it a time in which you will find much sympathy from others. Stick close to home and take care of your personal business. Time is precious. Don’t waste it.:

Today’s Holiday: National Balloon Classic

Today’s Holiday:
National Balloon Classic

The National Balloon Classic takes place from a launch field just outside Indianola, Iowa. When the event was first held in 1970, only 11 balloonists participated, but by 2001 there were close to 100 pilots and as many as 250,000 spectators. There are several flights or “tasks” involved in each race, designed to test the pilot’s skill in handling their balloon. New tasks are added regularly to make the sport more demanding. As a result of the races, Indianola has come to be known as the Balloon Capital of the nation. The city is also the home of the National Balloon Museum. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Emily Brontë (1818)

Today’s Birthday:
Emily Brontë (1818)

Sister of writers Charlotte and Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë was an English author who is most famous for her novel Wuthering Heights, a highly imaginative story of passion and hatred set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily’s unusual character and intellect seem to have been unrecognized by her family until quite late in her short life—she died at 30 of tuberculosis—but Charlotte was astonished by her poetry and regarded her work as unparalleled. Emily originally published under what pen name? More…:

This Day in History: WWI: Black Tom Explosion (1916)

This Day in History:
WWI: Black Tom Explosion (1916)

In the midst of WWI, German saboteurs demolished a US munitions stockpile in the Black Tom section of Jersey City, New Jersey. The series of massive explosions killed a few, injured hundreds, damaged all sorts of structures, including the Statue of Liberty, and was heard hundreds of miles away. Sued by the US government in 1922 but vindicated in 1930 by an international claims commission, the German government was ultimately ordered to pay $50 million in damages. When was the final payment made? More…:

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Backbite, v.t.: To speak of a man as you find him when he can’t find you. More…:

Article of the Day: The He Shi Bi

Article of the Day:
The He Shi Bi

The He Shi Bi is a piece of jade that features prominently in Chinese history. According to legend, a man named Bian He found a large stone that he believed contained jade in the hills of Chu. He presented it to the king and later to his successor, but they disbelieved the man’s claims and had his legs cut off as punishment. Finally, he presented it to a third king, who recognized the stone’s potential and had it sculpted into an incomparable disk of jade. What was the disk made into in 221 BCE? More…:

Idiom of the Day: bald-faced lie

Idiom of the Day:
bald-faced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise his or her mendacity. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: hullabaloo

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Disturbance usually in protest.

Synonyms: turmoil, upheaval, agitation, excitement

Usage: In the morning Joan was roused by a great row and hullabaloo.:

Horoscope ♉: 07/28/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Act on your instincts and you won’t go wrong, Taurus. You may need to give up control and put logical thinking aside. Let the wind take you where it will. Explore your feelings and how others influence them. It will be just about impossible to solidify any plans today. You’re better off exploring options and comparing notes with others. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one way of thinking.:

Today’s Holiday: Fête des Vignerons

Today’s Holiday:
Fête des Vignerons

Held only five times during each of the 19th and 20th centuries in Vevey, Switzerland, the Fête des Vignerons is a pageant of music, dance, and song depicting the passage of the seasons in winegrowing country and honoring the most talented workers in the vineyards. It lasts more than two weeks and has a cast of thousands, drawn from the local population. The pageant takes place in an open-air theater, specially constructed each time the festival is held, with Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond as a backdrop. The festival was last held in 1999. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)

Today’s Birthday:
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)

Tocqueville was a French political scientist, historian, and politician. Born into an aristocratic family with ties to the king, his future in government was jeopardized by a revolution in 1830. To distance himself from the trying political situation at home, he embarked on a government-sanctioned mission to the US. Out of it came his best-known work, Democracy in America—the first analytical study of the strengths and weaknesses of US society. What conclusions did Tocqueville draw in it? More…:

This Day in History: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Established (1958)

This Day in History:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Established (1958)

NASA is an agency of the US government charged with aeronautics research and the nation’s civilian space program. During its history, it has been responsible for manned trips to the Moon, orbiting observatories, and unmanned programs that explored other planets and interplanetary space. Today, its goals include improving human understanding of the universe and establishing a permanent human presence in space. NASA was created by an act of Congress passed largely in response to what 1957 event? More…:

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man’s present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity. More…:

Article of the Day: Josephus

Article of the Day:

Josephus was a Jewish historian and soldier whose historical works are among the most valuable sources for the study of early Judaism and early Christianity. At the beginning of the war between the Romans and Jews, he was made commander of Galilee. After surrendering to the Romans, he won the favor of the Roman general Vespasian and lived in Rome under imperial patronage, where he wrote his Greek-language historical works. Why is his surrender to the Romans still controversial? More…:

Idiom of the Day: bad omen

Idiom of the Day:
bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: obstinacy

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) The trait of being difficult to handle or overcome.

Synonyms: mulishness, stubbornness

Usage: If any tribe shall refuse to recognize the authority of the French, by bowing down to the laced chapeau of Mowanna, let them abide the consequences of their obstinacy.:




Mindful music for yoga practitioners

Yin Yoga Sequence Low and Slow

Yin Yoga Sequence Low and Slow

Yin Yoga Sequence Low and Slow





Choose wisely: Different Types of Yoga to Help Chose the One Suits – Fitso

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10 Types of Yoga – Choose One That Fits Your Need

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The aims of yoga have traditionally been the same – physical siddhis (special physical powers) and spiritual liberation (moksha).

Bhagvat Gita introduced three types of yoga – Karma Yoga (The yoga of action), Bhakti Yoga (The yoga of devotion), and JnanaYoga (The yoga of knowledge).

Over the years many different forms of Yoga have emerged. Let’s have a look at the some of major ones:


Different Types of Yoga

This type of Yoga is derived from ancient yoga teachings; this is a sequence-style of yoga that relations each movement to a breath. Exact in practice, ashtanga carry out poses in an exact order, nonstop. The inhalation method in ashtanga is designed to center the mind and manage breath flow all through the body while attractive flexibility and power.

Bikram/Hot Yoga

Different Types of Yoga

Both animated up in rooms 95 100 degrees, these kinds of yoga will surely obtain you sweaty and challenged. Bikram takes you all through a series of 26 poses, while hot yoga may be more varied up. The heat aids in suppleness and detoxification – classes are well-liked and vastly expanding.


Different Types of Yoga

Hatha means force in Sanskrit. This yoga form challenges your body and emphasises physical exercises to master the body along with mind exercises to withdraw it from external objects. This is most widely practiced form of yoga. Surya Namaskar is one essential part of this yoga.


Different Types of Yoga

With a religious and philosophical move toward, kundalini will improve your mind and body consciousness. Energy flow is directed towards the poses while meditation, breathing method, and chanting are included to keep you grounded. Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Melanie Griffith, and musicians Sting and Melissa Etheridge have done Kundalini yoga.


Different Types of Yoga

Gentle in nature, kripalu center on self empowerment in a three part practice. Making kripalu a customary part of your routine will put you in feel with your body as you permit it to teach you, leading you to self discovery.


Different Types of Yoga

Featuring a variety of props, Iyengar is a careful style of yoga focused on nailing the right alignment in each pose. Be ready to maintain form the pace is slow and pretences are frequently held for a minute or longer. For a lighter hearted version, try Anusara. Fast growing and welcoming to beginners, its classes are positive and accepting to those out of shape. Shilpa Shetty’s completely toned body is jealousy for many. Considered as one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood and a fitness icon, she credits it all to Anusara Yoga.


Different Types of Yoga

Calming and relaxing, restorative yoga will revitalize you more than a nap or night on the settee. With as few as five poses in one class, this class is perfect for injury or stress rehab. Head to the studio for restorative yoga next time you require a psychological cleanse.


Different Types of Yoga

Alike to ashtanga and hatha, vinyasa centralize poses around the sun salutation while uphold a synchronised breath matched to 12 poses. Welcoming to beginners and advanced yogis, vinyasa will make stronger your core and make connection between movement and breath. Look forward to the concluding relaxation pose, savasana, at the end of each class. Vinyasa Yoga is a powerful form of yoga that is said to break you into a sweat just as much as you would if you were in a sauna.

Power Yoga

Different Types of Yoga

Taking you from one pretense to the next, power yoga workers every muscle in the body, revving up your metabolism and resultant in higher calorie burn. Even though it is deemed the most fit yoga style, power yoga is rough even for athletes. You may also hear it referred to as vinyasa flow due to its variability in movement. Latino pop star Ricky Martin has also embraced Yoga, using it as a technique to restore inner peace and relaxation, practicing a calmer type of Yoga


Different Types of Yoga

Ideal for moms to be, this practice get better posture, core power, and breathing method while ease pregnancy pain. It is a secure and smart form of work out to stay in shape while pregnant, and a magnificent chance to share parenting tips.

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What Makes Ashtanga Yoga Different? | Coach Yoga

What Makes Ashtanga Yoga Different?

Ashtanga Yoga is the type of yoga which was created and established by a master named K. Pattabhi Jois. Due to it’s theory containing eight different limbs, or components, it is also known as “Eight-Limb Yoga”. It doesn’t imply that the practitioner has a double set of limbs, but master Pattabhi Jois showed that the optimum path of purification is made up of the eight spiritual practices.


The first four limbs that symbolize Ashtanga Yoga, and are considered externally correctable are (original names within double quotes):

  • – Moral codes or “yama”
  • – Self-purification or “niyama”
  • – Posture or “asana”
  • – Breath control or “pranayama”

Then there is the other set of limbs which are the internal practices:

  • – Sense control or “pratyahara”
  • – Meditation or “dhyana”
  • – Concentration or “dharana”
  • – Contemplation or “samadhi”

K. Pattabhi Jois declared that practicing these Eight Limbs as well as its sub-limbs of the external practices which contain the niyama and yama is impossible. In doing so, the body should be strong so that it can technically perform the methods well enough. If the body is weak, and the sense organs are not functioning well, practicing will never be productive at all.

This is a primary philosophy that K. Pattabhi Jois has applied, it is of prime importance for the Asthanga practitioner to learn and understand this way of thinking. This will make you confident in that the body will significantly improve and become stronger and healthier.

Vinsaya and Tristhana are performed in Ashtanga Yoga.

The Vinsaya is a style that makes Ashtanga and its fundamental principles different from the others. Vinsaya basically means the movement and breathing which is used effectively together in order to cleanse the body. Each movement done is accompanied by only one breath.

Sweat is the most important product of Vinsaya. When you produce sweat, it only indicates that you are successfully applying the method. When you perform the Asanas, or postures, the body produces heat which causes your blood to “boil” and excrete the toxins outside of your body.

The contaminations are found in your sweat. So the more sweat you produce, the more toxins are released. This is the natural way for the body to get rid of unwanted substances.

The poses are used to fully develop the physical strength and health of the body. It is the sequence of practices that make this possible. There are three postures used in Ashtaga Yoga.

The three are grouped on different levels:

  • – The first is the Primary Series which aims on aligning the body and also detoxifying it.
  • – The second is the Intermediate Series opening and cleansing the energy channels which comes to the process of purifying the Nervous System.
  • – The last series would be the Advanced Series from A to D. In this set, the grace and strength are assessed.

The Tristhana is another yoga principle which symbolizes the close union of the three places of action and attention. First is the posture, second is the breathing technique ad last is the Dristhi of the Looking Place. All these three should work altogether to perform a function.

The breathing is always controlled and synchronized with the movements, in such a way that each movement is accompanied by breath. Ujjayi Breathing is the Yoga Breathing Technique used in the implementation of Ashtanga Yoga. Applying this ancient technique is something that you should work on gradually in your daily practise.

What you need to master is holding your pose longer at the same time hold your breath. This is an amazing breathing exercise that will intensify your internal fire and will toughen the Nervous System.

Both Ashtanga and Tristhana deal with the series of Dristhi. The Dristhi is defined as the point on which you acquire your focus or concentration while doing the Asana. This allows your mind to be purified and stabilized clearly.

Clearing your mind (that is sometimes compared to an over active monkey) and cleansing it is the ultimate goal in the Eight-Limb Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga.


One yoga under many a school: SURYA NAMASKAR

One yoga under many a school: SURYA NAMASKAR

One yoga under many a school: SURYA NAMASKAR

Yoga Poses: Half Moon

Yoga Poses: Half Moon

Yoga Poses: Half Moon

Horoscope ♉: 07/27/2019

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Your philanthropic side may want to come out and do good works today, Taurus. Your default mode is to care for others. This is fine, but make sure it doesn’t deplete your vital life force. The key is to offer advice and then walk away from the situation. You aren’t responsible for other people’s actions. Offer information, but leave the final decision up to the person you’re trying to help.:

Today’s Holiday: Crom Dubh Sunday

Today’s Holiday:
Crom Dubh Sunday

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Today’s Birthday: Beatrix Potter (1866)

Today’s Birthday:
Beatrix Potter (1866)

Potter was an English author and illustrator whose 23 children’s books, featuring her delicate drawings and watercolor paintings, are considered classics today. When she was 27, she sent an illustrated story to a sick boy whose mother, Potter’s former governess, encouraged her to publish it. This became her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Now one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, it was initially rejected by how many publishers? More…:

This Day in History: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (1973)

This Day in History:
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen (1973)

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Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

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Article of the Day: Jeffrey Hudson, the “Queen’s Dwarf”

Article of the Day:
Jeffrey Hudson, the “Queen’s Dwarf”

Known as the “Queen’s Dwarf” and “Lord Minimus,” Hudson was a member of the court of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England. The rare combination of extreme short stature—Hudson was less than 20 in (50 cm) tall—and normal body proportions made him quite the novelty in the courts of Europe. Expelled from the court after killing a man in a duel, Hudson was captured by pirates and enslaved in Africa for 25 years before being freed. How much did he reportedly grow during his captivity? More…

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Idiom of the Day:

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. Watch the video…: