Balance Yoga

balance yogaBalance yoga is about much more than being able to stand up straight or keep your equilibrium intact. The art of yoga is all about creating balance both physically and mentally. Yoga enhances all that we are capable of doing. The practice of yoga can strengthen our bodies and minds. It can bring harmony to our chaotic lives. It creates self awareness like no other form of exercise or meditation alone can accomplish.

Most people go through daily life without realizing they are not in balance. This can be the result of repeated strain on the body or injury. You can be unbalanced by unconsciously favoring one side over another. You may naturally be stronger on one side and not even know it. Inactivity can lead to being unbalanced as well. Being imbalanced can cause strain on the joints and general discomfort. This can also cause pain. Your hips, feet, back and neck may suffer needlessly due to being unbalanced. Balance yoga techniques and poses can correct this.

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St. John’s Wort: A Possible Treatment for Mild Depression

st johnsThere have been a wide variety of alternative treatments for all that ails us over the years, but few have demonstrated the popularity or longevity of the herb known as St. John’s Wort. This plant, which is native to Europe, has been used to treat various illnesses throughout the western world for hundreds of years. The first recorded mention of the plant was in around 290 BC, when a Greek doctor wrote of using it to treat his patients. One of Greece’s most noteworthy herbalists recorded four different subspecies, which he recommended as a treatment for sciatica and as a topical treatment for burns. Others used it to accelerate wound healing, relieve gout, and even exorcise demons.

Today, the plant has fallen out of use in mainstream medicine, but it remains a popular herbal remedy among those interested in alternative or complementary medicine. It is most commonly recommended as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, either on its own (mild) or in conjunction with prescribed antidepressants (moderate). Most of the evidence in favor of St. John’s Wort as a stand-alone treatment for moderate to severe depression is anecdotal, and though there are a handful studies that have demonstrated the drug’s potential, two of the biggest and most well-known experiments found that it did not perform any better than the placebo. It should also be noted that the pharmaceutical drugs in the experiment had the same results– they were equal to the placebo when it came to alleviating depressive symptoms.

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