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April 2007
Volume 6/Number 3

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Healing our Warriors: Yoga Supports the Troops.
By FELICIA M. TOMASKO
Tonia Sargent knows first-hand the stress and strain military personnel and their families experience upon their return from areas on conflict, especially if they are wounded. Tonia’s husband Master Sergeant Kenneth Sargent suffered a head wound from a bullet in Iraq in 2004, barely survived and with Tonia’s assistance, went through the process of rehabilitation. When she was preparing to travel to meet him at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, she packed two things: her yoga mat and running shoes. According to Tonia, “fitness and wellness has got us where we are.” Not only that, when everything else she had identified with disappeared during her husband’s devastating injury, it was her connection to health, fitness and wellness, to relaxation and meditation, that gave her the fortitude she needed for her family, her husband and her activist efforts working with other military families.
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American Yogi: In Thoreau, Mr. Emerson and “The Origins of American Nature Literature.”
By Christopher Key Chapple, PhD
We realize our connection to nature while meandering along the beach, hiking in the mountains, wandering fields and forests and exploring streams and ponds, experiences which can create feelings of revelation. Emotions brought forth by nature encounters engender moments of spiritual connection. These glimpses into the divine through the lens of nature have inspired writers for thousands of years across continents and spiritual traditions from America to India. Writers praise nature in words ranging from poetry and essays to texts elucidating yogic philosophy. In turn, reading literature extolling nature further shapes our attitudes of appreciation for nature.
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OP ED: OPINION
A Life Fully Lived

By BOB BELINOFF
Powers of the mind are no secret. Given these powers, one can’t help but feel burdened by all the activity a responsible use of these powers entails. The idea – fact, really – that thoughts are things has added considerably to the already cluttered life of my mind – not to mention the opportunity to experience guilt on a whole other level.
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Ayurveda Q&A:
By DR. JAY APTE
Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. only about 25 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.comom

Q: I have two questions. One is, I had a home birth and it turns out that the midwife didn’t do a very thorough job stitching me up; there’s still a hole in my perineum. I plan to have another baby and my doctor said it won’t cause problems, but I feel like I have more vaginal gas since I had the baby. Do you know of anything that I could use to make the vaginal wall stronger? I would love to heal it naturally. Also, if it is still botched up after my second baby, can they repair it right after the birth if I get a professional stitcher?

Two, I had a polyp in my uterus seven years ago, that I healed naturally and is now fine. If there are any preventive measures or uterine strengtheners, I would love to hear about them. Thank you. Read article...

Sitting Down With: Dr. Sunil Joshi
By JULIE DEIFE

Several years ago when I took panchakarma at a purely Ayurvedic hospital in India, the doctors kept dropping by my room to read portions of Ayurveda and Panchakarma by Dr. Sunil Joshi. The book is now in the hands of the medical librarian at that hospital. Later, I found out that my Ayurvedic doctor stateside in New Mexico, the author of the aforementioned book, is one of the world’s foremost panchakarma specialists. His seminal work is now translated into Italian, German and Russian.

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Gimme Shelter: Habitat for Humanity does more than provide shelter. It helps make dreams come true.
By MARIE BLACK

Affordable housing is a crisis not only in this country but throughout the world. Former President Jimmy Carter, in Los Angeles at the beginning of April, led thousands of volunteers to help build and repair over 100 Habitat for Humanity Homes in the Los Angeles area. Carter announced Los Angeles as the host city for Habitat for Humanity’s 2007 ‘Jimmy Carter Work Project.’ “The first step to solving the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles,” Mr. Carter said, “is to shine a spotlight on the problem and implore all Americans to confront the issue…We hope our efforts and those of the thousands of Habitat volunteers who join us, will raise not only walls, but awareness of the power we each have to create significant and substantive changes.”

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Rumi Houses: Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise. – Rumi
By SAM SLOVICK

Nader Khalili is a world- renowned California architect and author from Iran. In simple terms, he builds houses using domes and vaults and other ancient design techniques from existing on-site earth using a system he developed over the last 30-plus years called Earth Architecture. He has created and teaches several innovative methods of eco-building. One method is called the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire System known as Ceramic Houses, another the Superblock construction system utilizing SuperAdobe.

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