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10 Natural Ways To Manage Chronic Pain

Berkeley Wellness | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Berkeley Wellness

Chronic pain can be tough to live with, but these 10 daily habits may help you ease your discomfort and enjoy your life.

5 Lessons DeNiro's "Intern" Can Teach You

Simin Nikbin Meydani | Posted 10.09.2015 | Fifty
Simin Nikbin Meydani

I was glad to see that while the "senior" intern brings wisdom, experience and balance into the frenetic workplace of an Internet startup, the movie also honors the energy and creativity of the Millennials who are driving today's tech economy.

My Resilient State -- Resilience Is the Answer to Our Increasingly Stressful Lives

Pioneers for Change | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I think it's fair to say that I've had my share of knocks over the years. Falling out with my boss despite being recognised as a talented individual in my field, started the ball rolling. But what then followed was a cascade of life-changing heartbreaks.

Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

Can I say for sure that it has worked for me? Not with a double blind study, but I do believe that my investigations have led me to a plan which has helped me and maybe could help you, too.

My Father's Oasis of Tranquility

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jorge Newbery

When I was little and growing up in Los Angeles, my parents would take me and my four siblings to the beach. These were significant outings: pails,...

8 Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Olivia Rosewood

Being asthmatic, I spent a large portion of my life catching whatever sinus infection or flu was floating around. Why is it that I wouldn't miss the ...

"Sit Up Straight!" The Mental Health Benefits of Good Posture

Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Science
Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin

Remember when your mother told you to "sit up straight?" Apart from what your mother may have considered proper decorum, good posture appears to have many surprising mental health benefits.

A Solution to Street Violence Can Be Found in Martial Arts, Yoga and Meditation

Gary Snyder | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Snyder

Every few weeks, it seems, there's a new example of street violence that jumps to front and center of the national media and sparks another round of c...

50 Years Later, Berkeley Still An Oasis

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Nancy Graham Holm

It's Wednesday morning at the North Berkeley Senior Center and twangs of country music might make you think you're in a friendly down-home bar in Texas.

3 Simple Ways to Relieve Holiday Tension With Tai Chi

Karl Romain | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Karl Romain

The three main components of a tai chi practice -- movement, meditation, and breathing -- can help you shake off stress this season. So, when you catch yourself tensing up, try these instant soothers borrowed from the ancient martial art.

We Are Our Shadows

Karri Jinkins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Karri Jinkins

It's now been 20 years since I've had a panic attack. Although the depression continues, I work through it daily on my yoga mat -- most days that works. My mother takes her daily dose of anti-depressant pills, and for the last 10 years I can't remember seeing her so content.

Mind-Body Therapies To Ease Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Recent research shows that mind-body practices can be one effective way to treat insomnia and some of its symptoms.

How I Went From Veterinarian to Yoga Teacher and Launched My Own Desk Yoga App

Fiona Patterson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Patterson

Guilt was a factor that stopped me changing my career. New people I met would often say, "You're so lucky, I always wanted to be a vet!" Those to whom I vocalized my discontent would remark "Really? But you studied for so long!"

Faux Pas: Good for the Soul

Mackenzie Long | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Mackenzie Long

We make mistakes, and with time they become our special stories that we lean on to teach us future lessons or even to have a future chuckle. But what about those moments, those mishaps, that give us nothing but a funny story and a smile?

Astoria Characters: The Shaman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's a piano tucked into the corner like a baby in a bassinet. It's guarded by a pair of guitars. But these instruments play second fiddle to the incense. There is none burning, yet the living room is filled with the memory of its sweet, seductive scent.

Lessons From Opera Camp

Karl Romain | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
Karl Romain

The art of tai chi and the art of singing share many things -- discipline, regular practice, and an emphasis on the breath. But, what may surprise you, as it did me, is that the breath, as a vehicle for directing energy to the singer's stage presence, was paramount in the success of any stage production.

5 Ways To Give Dad The Gift Of Health This Father's Day

Dr. Daniel Hsu | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Hsu

Father's Day is the occasion to show your appreciation. It's also an opportunity to help your father get some balance and feel better. Here are five ways to give him the day he deserves and kick start some habits that will keep on giving!

3 Ways Tai Chi Trains Your Brain

Karl Romain | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Karl Romain

In the beginning, strive for consistency and habit, practicing at the same time each day or committing to a weekly or bi-weekly class. You'll feel better -- more focused, less stressed -- almost immediately, and the effects will only continue with a consistent practice.

Weight Loss for Summer: How Traditional Eastern Medicine Could Help

Dr. Daniel Hsu | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Hsu

If you adopt an Asian diet and avoid sugary, nutrient-free foods, you could see the pounds melt off and look forward to looking great in a swimsuit this summer.

A New Way of Thinking About Autoimmune Disease

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

We don't have to choose Eastern or Western -- just what is effective. Now we have a demonstrated scientific underpinning linking the two.

Can Tai Chi Really Slow Aging? A New Study Has The Answer

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.29.2014 | Fifty

Seeking to roll back the clock? Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, may be the answer. A new study published in Cell Transplantation found tha...

Tai Chi, Part 1 (VIDEO)

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Olivia Rosewood

Tai Chi is for everyone, and you can do Tai Chi wherever you happen to be in your life and your location. You don't need special clothes, and you don't need a special place. Every place is special when you practice Tai Chi there.

12 Reasons to Try Tai Chi

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Olivia Rosewood

Taking five minutes to practice Tai Chi out of the 1,440 minutes given to you in each day is truly not that much. And when you consider the mountain of scientific evidence supporting health benefits from Tai Chi, it seems like a great deal.

Ann Brenoff

7 Things We Can Learn From The East About Aging | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.18.2014 | Fifty

The world's largest population of older healthy adults is on the Japanese island of Okinawa. And the last two people who held the title of world's old...

3 Ways to Clear Your Mind

Karl Romain | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Karl Romain

The beauty of practicing ancient martial arts, such as tai chi and qigong, is that you can cultivate stillness without standing still. Tai chi and qigong clear those blockages and restore the body's natural energy back to balance.