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'I Punched A Window Over A Typo'

Posted 07.02.2013 | Books

Excerpted from THE ART OF WAGING PEACE: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World by Paul K. Chappell ($21, Prospecta Press) When I...

Yoga: Taking the Penitentiary to the Mat

Rob Schware | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jackie Sumell, an artist who has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years. Jackie says, "It started when my life went to shi...

Yoga, The How of Now: Working in an Acute Care, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital

Rob Schware | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Joanne Spence, Executive Director of Yoga in Schools. Since the 80s, Joanne has worked in several fields of mental health in...

The Heart Honors the Sacred Feminine

Susanna Bair | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

Recently there has been a surge of reported incidents of gang rape of girls and young women across the globe. I question what the staggering levels of...

It's Not in Your Head, It's in Your Body

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

The 1998 study known as the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study clearly shows with a gigantic amount of evidence that our life stories matter a great deal to our health.

Yoga: How We Teach Children to Find Peace and Stillness Inside Themselves

Rob Schware | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Don Wenig, who, with his wife Marsha Wenig, has been on a mission to help children feel good about themselves since 1989, wh...

One Last Word on Yoga and Trauma

Margaret Howard | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

For all of us who work with human beings, our humility brings us always back to: First, do no harm. Sometimes that's hard. Sometimes we make mistakes, notice things we wish we'd known before, or had been able to handle or perform better.

Trauma in Civilian Clothes

Mindy Utay | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

Without minimizing the horrific trauma of veterans of war, I believe that trauma in subtler forms can still devastate the human psyche.

Part III: Trauma Training Should Be Mandatory for Yoga Teachers

Margaret Howard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

Don't insist a student take a pose s/he doesn't want to do. Don't ask twice. Respect your students' body wisdom. Become unattached to that teacher/student hierarchy. Teach your students to trust themselves. That's how they'll make friends with their bodies. That's how they'll heal.

The World's Children Live Here, Too

Inwood House | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Inwood House

Right now there is a teenager riding the 4 subway train through New York City, wondering where to go. Nestled between you and me on our train home from work, her belly is too small for us to notice. She feels invisible. But she has rights, and she is not alone.

The 5 Stages of Emotional Triage for the Divorced, Betrayed, Broken-Hearted, and Discarded

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 08.13.2013 | Divorce
Dr. Andra Brosh

When the hurt is internal, the tendency is to slip under the radar and "pretend" that everything is okay. However, the level of your hurt runs deep, and it has to heal in the same way cuts, scratches, and bruises would.

Yoga: How We Help People With Disabilities Gain Access to Integrative Therapies

Rob Schware | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Crystal Hinton, who started her yoga service career caring for her younger sister, Chanda, when Chanda moved to Colorado in 2000. A shooting accident at the age of 9 left Chanda paralyzed, a C/6 injury.

Jason Cherkis

'He Was Shot 18 To 21 Times'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March, The Huffington Post set up a voicemail account for readers to share stories about how gun violence had touched their lives. Th...

Secrets Don't Get Better With Age: Why I'm Choosing Leadership Over Secrecy

David M. Gordon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
David M. Gordon

I kept my secret for eight years. For eight years I suffered in silence through the horrors of my own personal Hell. I endured close to a decade of rage, tears and ultimately self-destruction. The memories are nauseating, the shame unparalleled. The trauma didn't stop when my abuse did.

Do You Have a Case of Wanderlust?

Helen Davey | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
Helen Davey

According to Wikipedia, "wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world." I suspect that if you're reading this, you are likely to have at least a mild case of this condition. Did you ever wonder where this feeling comes from?

Powerless to Protect

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.08.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

Yesterday morning, shortly before noon, my wife Julia dropped off our daughter Emily at Santa Monica College to take her final exam in English. A few ...

She's So Trauma

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The phrase "she's so drama" is used to needle someone who acts too "girly" by expressing more emotion than social conventions allow. But we might ask ourselves whether he (or "she") could be the victim of a social trauma, the trauma of being viewed, treated, and dismissed as "like a girl."

When Missing Teens Return, the Challenge of Reintegration Remains

Tony Loftis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Crime
Tony Loftis

Children and families in the days and weeks after recovery face a new and unique challenge.If the process is hard for families, what about the missing? What will they have to do to reintegrate into their new/old lives?

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

Hit and Run

Amy Oraefo | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Pain is relative and suffering is optional. Do not choose to suffer through anything in silence. Who knows, you could be the driving force responsible for assisting a person in completely recovering or even avoiding their next personal crisis.

Supercharging Medical Assistance in Syria and Libya

Ethan Chorin | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, ...

New Dissertations in the Study of Dreams

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Dreams point the way towards healing, towards potentials for new life and new growth beyond the challenging conditions of the present.

How Yoga Can Become a Game-changer in Combatting Eating Disorders

Rob Schware | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"Downward dog certainly didn't cure my eating disorder, but the practice did teach me how to relate to my body in a more compassionate way."

The Fight After the Fight

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one thing I really was prepared for was the fight during treatment. I knew I was going to have surgery. I knew I was going to get radiation. What I was not fully prepared for was everything that came after.

Teen Suicide and Contagion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

The idea of a teen committing suicide and of a young life being abbreviated is almost too painful to think about. A new study suggests that the phenomenom of "suicide contagion" is sadly alive and well among teens.