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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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5 Ways Sleep Heals the Brain

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:08 AM

In our busy, modern lives, we've lost touch with our physicality, our connection to the Earth and our natural cycles -- including sleep. But spring is coming --a welcome reminder of the rhythms of nature. Just as the earth comes back to...

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Four Simple Steps to Live in Balance -- With No Limits

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:54 AM

How does it feel to truly live in balance? It's a compelling question, especially in this election year of high-stakes, below-the-belt campaigning. But the more out of balance the world seems, the more important it is to find balance within ourselves. The...

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6 Tips for Staying Balanced in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:02 PM

Running a marathon, learning a spiritual practice, improving our emotional lives: We often use the New Year to make new resolutions. But the usual stresses of the New Year, and the pressure of sticking to new goals, can tip us off balance,...

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race: 4 Keys to Your Own Victories

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:06 PM


There are lots of recent examples of slow and steady. When the Chicago Cubs beat the powerful but streaky Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game 4-0 on October 7, it showed the value of that "five-year rebuilding program" that...

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6 Tips for Being Fearless in the Face of Fear

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 4:58 PM


Mark: Back in 1992, I was competing in the Nice Triathlon in France. I was running along a beautiful route by the Mediterranean Sea with less than ten miles to go, and I was a dismal seven minutes behind the leader. I wanted...

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4 Ways You Can Translate Self-Love Into Motivation

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:31 PM

Sometimes our desire to change ourselves stems from a deeper place than the need to be healthier or wealthier. We want to change because we don't like ourselves. Often, we want to become someone we feel is more worthy of being honored -- by ourselves and by others. But to...

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4 Ways to Be the Leader of Your Own Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:23 AM


A Seattle CEO drastically cuts his own salary to give his staff a raise, and triggers newfound success for the firm. A legendary airline founder announces the largest parental leave package in history. In politics, the long and arduous...

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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

(5) 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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