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Shaman-healer Brant Secunda and six-time world champion Ironman Mark Allen are body-soul fitness experts and seminar leaders known for blending ancient shamanic wisdom with the latest scientific findings on nutrition, fitness, mood, and stress. They teach seminars worldwide, and offer fresh tips and advice for improving health and well-being. Secunda was recently nominated for a MacArthur Award, and Allen was named "the fittest man in America" by Outside magazine. Their new book is Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to Healthier, Happier You (BenBella Books).

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Recharge Mind and Body With a Spring Camping Trip

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 10:59 AM

For many of us, it's been a long winter cooped up indoors. We feel out of shape, out of sync, and stressed. To rebalance, take a cue from the Huichol, who live in harmony with nature. You can replicate that feeling for a weekend by just heading outdoors for a...

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4 Tips for Getting a Nourishing Night's Sleep

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Sleep, nourishing sleep! It's natural medicine, pure and simple. The spirit of regeneration works upon each and every person during sleep, rejuvenating every cell in the body, as well as the mind and soul. The Huichols say that when sleeping, you die a little death: You go to the Great...

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Walk Those Blues Away

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Walking is on everyone's radar these days, and for good reason. This year's blockbuster movie, Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's book of her arduous personal journey on foot, won actress Reese Witherspoon an Oscar nomination. While you don't need to take an 1,100-mile hike, walking is universally understood as a...

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No One Stands Alone: The Power of Community

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Earlier this year, nearly 2 million people gathered together in Paris to honor the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and the days that followed saw a global outpouring of support. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flew to Paris to represent not only the other City of...

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3 Ways to Make Positive, Lasting Changes in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:20 PM

If you want to change your behavior, make a resolution to do so. Recent research from University of Scranton psychology professor John Norcross, Ph.D., suggests that it's better to make resolutions than not to, if you're wanting to effect real behavioral change. In fact, his study found that...

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Giving Thanks: Practicing Gratitude Like the Huichols

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Fall gives us an opportunity to go inside, to reflect, to harvest the light of the summer. It is also a perfect time to take stock of how we practice gratitude. A look at the Huichols, an indigenous people of Mexico, is a good place to start.

The Huichols give...

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How Athletes Like Derek Jeter Stay Competitive As They Age

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The millions of fans who watched Derek Jeter drive in the winning run in his last hometown at-bat -- after 20 record-breaking years on the diamond -- will not soon forget this 40-year-old Yankee. Why do some great athletes reach their potential early, then fizzle out, while others inspire us...

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For Huichol Shamans, Laughter Is Strong Medicine for Stress

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Laughter is an important part of Huichol life and tradition. They say it is a key element to healing, living, and being a whole person. No situation is beyond the bounds of humor for the Huichol -- NOTHING! They love to laugh and tease each other and joke around. They...

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Overcoming Limitations: 10 Huichol Secrets for Finding Hidden Strength

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Huichol elders often seem to exude an aura of inner strength and serenity, and know ancient secrets for cultivating that power. Based on Huichol wisdom, here are 10 tips you can use in business, sports, or any performance activity for finding hidden sources of inner strength.

Consistency: There is strength...

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Ist Ihr Leben aus der Balance geraten? Mit diesen sechs Tricks kommt das Gleichgewicht zurück

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Wenn Ihr Leben in Balance ist, sind sie fitter, insgesamt gesünder und können eine positivere Lebenseinstellung haben. Die richtige Balance hilft uns, ausgeglichener zu sein und uns geborgener zu fühlen - in jeder Situation.

Wir vergessen oft, auf unseren Körper zu achten und erst recht, uns zu...

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Is Your Life in Balance? 6 Ways to Find Out

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Maintaining balance in your life enables you to be more fit, have better overall health and embrace a better attitude toward life. Balance helps us feel more peaceful and at home in just about any situation.

We often forget to notice and give thanks when our body and soul...

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5 Truths We Can Draw From the Natural World

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:43 PM

The indigenous Huichol people of Mexico still live by ancient shamanic teachings. Shamanism originates from the universal relationship with the earth that all people have. From living among the Huichols and learning their ways, Brant discovered a completely new, but actually very old, way to live in balance with the...

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When Self-Improvement Gets Boring, Try These 6 Motivational Strategies

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 8:13 AM

As human beings, we're always striving to be better. The most common self-improvement goals people set, particularly this time of year, are things like losing weight, improving our cholesterol numbers or blood pressure, or getting in shape for a marathon. These are body goals. They are concrete and easy to...

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3 Life Lessons We Can Learn from the Natural World

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:01 PM

We learn by observing others, receiving formal instruction, and reading and exploring on our own. The mere act of living and interacting with others provides experiences that challenge us and encourage us to think, grow, and ask questions.

But there's another very powerful entity that can teach us how to...

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Three Elements of Body-Soul Fitness

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 11:44 AM

When most people think of "fitness," they think of big muscles, speed and agility, or ideal body weight. But plenty of physically fit people are unhappy, pessimistic, and drained of spirit. Fitness needs a makeover. True fitness needs to include emotional and spiritual well-being, which provide the foundation for attaining...

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Seven Ways to Spring Clean Your Soul

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 7:49 AM

When magnolias, forsythias, and daffodils colour the landscape after a long winter, one can't help but feel a sense of hope. As birds migrate back up to their homes in North America and animals come out of hibernation, we see and hear a lot of busy creatures preparing their nests,...

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Six Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:08 AM

February is American Heart Month. It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to focus on the organ that beats around three billion times, nonstop, in the average human lifetime. Your heart keeps you alive. It sends life-giving oxygen, nutrients, and natural medicine through your bloodstream to all parts of your...

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How to Gain Ironman-like Endurance

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 7:01 AM

We were excited when Mark, a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, was recently named ESPN's "Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time." But when the two of us first met, Mark was a triathlete who just couldn't win.

Mark began his career as a triathlete in 1982. By...

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Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:06 AM

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Once a person internalizes what it means to be grateful, fresh opportunities pop up, barriers to change disappear, and new relationships become possible. Here are five ways to learn and practice gratitude.

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Appreciate daily events.
Too often we...

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14 Ways to Get Kids Exercising -- and Off the Couch

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 2:13 PM

If one parent is obese, there's a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. But when exercise is a regular part of the family's activities, everyone wins.

A few things to keep in mind when...

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