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July/August 2007
Volume 6/Number 6

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empowering youth — the yoga of empowerment
By Rebecca Joly

Kali Lakshmi Matlock has the most intense gaze I’ve ever seen in a two-year-old. Surrounded by the bustling exuberance of Westwood, Los Angeles, on a Sunday afternoon, she observes our gathering with calm inscrutability, taking in the world one drishti (focal point) at a time. Kali is the youngest of a group of Yoga Angels; Radha Ruiz, 16, and Philip Otto, 19, are old-timers who have been involved with Yoga Angels since it began in 1997. Radha and Philip run the organization’s online publication, YAP, and have invited me to join them as they conduct interviews for their magazine. With Kali as our muse, we set off in search of our respective stories, reminded that focus and penetrating curiosity make great investigative tools. Read article...

 

empowering youth — schoolwork as sadhana —india’s miri piri academy embodies spiritual education
By Laura S. Marcove

“When the children are in their teenage years, there comes a little window that opens in their psyche. They can walk through that window and explore their own soul’s journey and purpose on this planet, or they can shut the window and go to sleep.”
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OP ED: OPINION — Problem Solving is NOT the Solution — Actually, nothing has done more harm than trying to solve our most pressing problems.
By Bob Belinoff

I think problem solving is highly overrated. And I would like to launch a social issue advertising campaign to help see this dangerous behavior brought under control and drastically reduced before any more precious time is wasted or people are hurt.
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Research Review: Anxiety
By Felicia M. Tomasko

Anxiety is a heightened response of the nervous system that can affect all aspects of the bodymind. Excessive worry, rumination, inability to concentrate, a racing heartbeat, overwhelming feelings of fear, sleep disturbances, immune system suppression and disruption of the digestive system ranging from lack of hunger to overeating are only a few of the potential symptoms people experience. Since the sympathetic nervous system, or fight or flight response is overactive, anxiety can affect all systems and take many forms with varying intensities.
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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'm a 20-year-old male. Every time that I use gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), I get great results from it including increased feeling of well-being, more frequent erections, heightened libido and better lifts/gains in the gym. However, these results only last a few days. Then, I loose my libido completely, become impotent and the opposite effects begin to happen. Do you have any idea what might be causing this and what I might be able to do to keep gokshura working continuously? Read article...

Sitting Down With: John Douillard
By FELICIA M. TOMASKO

Chiropractor, Ayurvedic physician, author of four books and father, John Douillard has been practicing Ayurveda full-time for 20 years; the practice influences his entire life. He says, “You can’t do this every day and not get it.” Dr. Douillard has plenty of opportunities to incorporate Ayurvedic remedies and routines in his daily life, since he and Ginger, his wife of 20 years, have six children, ranging in age from three to 18. He attributes the closeness of his family and success of his marriage to Ayurveda.

John’s mother inspired his journey as a seeker; for his seventeenth birthday, she registered him for a course in Transcendental Meditation. He continues the journey of discovering his soul and his capacity for unconditional love, through Ayurveda.

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Is Shoulderstand Safe? Architecture and Energy Create a Pose
By Dr. Jeremy Brook

Evaluating the benefit of any asana (posture) is best done with holistic eyes. With correct alignment, or the use of appropriate variations, the inversion of the body in sarvangasana, or shoulderstand, can be energetically profound, even generating a shift in consciousness, which is why this asana is so beloved. While venerated, it is also hotly debated regarding its safety.

Too many injuries occur as a result of people practicing asana (posture) incongruent with their physical architecture and body-mind type. When assessing the suitability of any asana, it is important to consider the individual yogi’s makeup as well as the pose itself from the interrelated energetic and biomechanical viewpoints.

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empowering youth — talking ’bout my generation — teens teach yoga to teens
By Lori Denman

Three teenaged Santa Barbara sisters lure other teenagers through the doors of their home yoga studio to introduce them to the practice. Students walk in with some hesitation then walk out armed with a sense of empowerment.

The desire to give teens the tools to gain confidence and strength for their journey into adulthood inspired the sisters to create specialty yoga classes aimed at their age group. The teachers, Lauren and Emily Parsons, accompanied by their sister Jessica, have been leading classes for their peers in their parents’ Santa Barbara home studio since the release of their DVD Yoga by Teens. The girls starred in the family-produced video released last year, featuring a 40-minute hatha yoga class promoting the message that yoga can be practiced by all ages at any ability, with a focus on teens.

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