Sūryanamaskāra (Sun Salutation) 5-minute Morning Yoga

Start your morning with a salute to the sun through the Sūryanamaskāra, सूर्यनमस्कार, an ashtanga yoga flow sequence fit for five minutes of your morning. According to the Shastras (Epics), the practise of the Suryanamaskara is important for spiritual development. It helps keep the physical body fit and strong, maintain a good level of health,…

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Pathogenesis or Salutogenesis?

Health is beyond the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. It’s a basic human right, essential for a long and happy life, and something we should all strive for. Traditionally in medicine and health studies, pathogenesis works retrospectively from disease to determine how individuals can…

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Book Review: The Upside of Stress

The first time I heard of Kelly McGonigal was her TedTalk on how to make stress your friend published in 2013 and then around September of last year, I was recommended her 2015 publication, the Upside of Stress. Where McGonigal reveals an important truth based on science: True excellence is only achieved under great adversity.…

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The Drive to Study

When life is comfortable and everything is going swimmingly, it is easy to be motivated to do the hard things but when you finally face challenges that truly push your buttons, motivation is not going to work. That is where you have to rely on drive. What is drive? Is your desire to succeed. This…

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Our brain and food poisoning

In most Asian practises, if you are invited over for food then it is customary to accept the food prepared and served on the table. Of course, allergens should be mentioned beforehand, but it is best to keep personal preferences to yourself. After a recent dining experience trying monjayaki (prepared with fish eggs, cheese and…

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Kick-start better habits and choices here

I once read a story about a woman named, Amanda Malcolm-Brown, who bartended in nightclubs where drinks were $17 each and a majority of people would pay-up, with a tip, no questions asked, and then return for more (or spend thousands on bottle service). She also manages a cold press juice shop in West Hollywood,…

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Training leads to an organized and less lazy life!

This title will be expounded on later, so be sure to stick around after I explain a few technical terms with you first. Such as, physical activity, is what the American Heart Association wants you to get each week. In their words (found on their website), “physical activity is anything that makes you move your…

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The important distinction between exercise and training

“Why working out will help you become less lazy and get your life in order,” is the original title of the video to this article. You will find out why at the end of this article, but for now, I must explain the technical difference between exercising and fitness. There is an overload on information…

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