April Workshops & Offerings

April 4, Friday 5:00-7:00 The Tools of The Secret/Law of Attraction

Jasmin Ali, (Bachelor’s Degree in Metaphysical Science), will show us how to use the tools of the Secret and Law of Attraction in our lives by keeping them simple!  Would you like more joy, abundance, adventure, or simply focus on your highest good? It’s all available!  $35  RSVP @ The Center of Holistic Wellness, 360 420 2630

April 5, 10:30-4:30, Qigong with Art Baner, Author: The Heart of Qigong

This month’s Qigong class will review the previous Neigong and introduce a moving set called 8 Pieces of Brocade.  With this we will have both a stillness and a moving Qigong that will provide a format for a monthly practice.  $55 RSVP please. @ The Center of Holistic Wellness, Sedro Woolley, 360 420 2630

April 9th, Introduction to Herbs for Self Care,  5:30 -8:00pm $25

Master Herbalist, Erin Groh, will be presenting two workshops this month.  In this first one you will learn how to use herbs to enhance health and well being, to gain increased energy, stamina and overall wellness. Class will provide you with a clear understanding of how to use herbs for food and tonics, as well as when and how to use herbs for an acute illness.  RSVP please @ The Center of Holistic Wellness, 360 420 2630

April 12, Saturday 12:30 to 3:00.  Chakra Alignment & Clearing with Teresa Campbell, Shamanic Practitioner

Teresa has compiled an enormous amount of information for this workshop that can help us all, such as: Auric relationships, hierarchy, petals & stems, what happens when Chakras spin, the element of each Chakra and glandular connection. At the end of this class you will be able to detect when you are out of alignment, clear & bring the Chakras into alignment and much much more.  RSVP please @ The Center of Holistic Wellness, 360 420 2630

April 16, Herbal Spring Tonics, 5:30-8:00pm $25.00 with Master Herbalist, Erin Groh

A meet and greet demonstration of how to use plants to clear out the winter energy and embrace spring to its fullest. Class will include some samples of spring edibles so if you are allergic of have food sensitivities, please be aware of your risks.  RSVP please @ The Center of Holistic Wellness 360 420 2630

April 18th, Friday “Quantum Leaping” 5:00-7:00 $35

We’ve all read about the possibility of parallel lives; in this workshop Jasmin Ali, (Bachelor’s Degree, Metaphysical Science) will lead us in exploring those parallel Lives, enabling us to bring forth knowledge and information that can help in the present.
RSCVP please @ The Center of Holistic Wellness 360 420 2630

April 26, 12:30-3:30, “Our Beliefs: Our Greatest Tool, Our Greatest enemy”
Explore the magical and fascinating world of Beliefs; how do they affect our lives, health, potential; do we control them or do they control us; can we break free from all the subconscious layers?   Come join this interactive workshop and be prepared to bring change into your life!   Hosted by Kathleen Sweeney, $20.  The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley, 360 420 2630

Date to be Announced:  Empower your Healing Journey through Education

Please join us for a free interactive talk/question/answer afternoon about the Path of Alternative Healing.  Is it for you? What are the benefits?  Can you follow both Traditional Medicine and an Alternative path?  There are so many questions.  We’d like to be able to answer them for you and help create a more informative way to heal.  RSVP please @ The Center of Holistic Wellness, Sedro Woolley, 360 420 2630

March Offerings

Bonsai Yoga Virabhadrasana by artist Rodger Schultz

Bonsai Yoga Virabhadrasana by artist Rodger Schultz

March Workshops & Offerings

Below is the list of workshops for March.   Also — don’t forget our two Drum Circles … Wednesday the 5th, Healing Drum Circle around the Medicine Wheel and Friday the 28th, 4th Friday Drum Circle.  Both start @ 6:00 p.m., Medicine Wheel Drumming $10 and 4th Friday by Donation.  Yoga is 5-6 and 7-8 PM every Tuesday and 7-8 PM every Thursday.

Group Psychic Readings with Clairvoyant, Tarah Houston.  Saturday 3/1, 1:00 to 3:00p.m.
Join Tarah for an afternoon of messages, inspiration, and guidance from Angels, Spirit and the Animal/Nature kingdome. This special event is limited to 6 people so everyone can receive their own messages. Please RSVP as soon as possible to secure your place. $20 donation.  360 420 2630
Spring Soups with Nutritionist Dawn Lee, Sunday 3/2, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., $12 donation
If you missed Dawn’s last workshop, you won’t want to miss this one! Dawn is a certified Nutritionist and wellness coach and will be bringing recipees and 5 easy spring soups made with dandelion, nettles, chickweed and kale…all available for free in your front yard! Come join us.  RSVP 360 420 2630
SoulCollage Workshop with Deborah Moskowitz, Saturday, March 15, 11:00 to 3:00, $45, All Material Included
This exciting workshop is being repeated again this month, so if you missed it here’s your 2nd chance! There is an inner collage of wisdom floating around inside each one of us revealing itself in pictures, symbols, urges, intuition. Deborah will lead us on a beautiful and creative journey to bring that wisdom forth and use those pictures and symbols to create our own Soul’s Collage Card of inspiration. Participants from the previous workshop were so pleased that they will be forming a core group to continue the process. Come join us for the day, you’ll love it!  call to RSVP, 360 420 2630
Monday, 3/10, 5:00 to 7:00, The Affordable Wellness Project, All Treatments $5.00 each

Each month there are different treatments available, this month we have Reflexology, Reiki, Massage, Life Coach Counseling, and Intuiitive Readings and Chakra Alignment, Balance. Pick one, or treat yourself to all!  Tell a friend about this one, especially those who are unsure about Alternative Methods of Wellness, its a great way to get familiar!

New: Yoga Therapy at the Center!

The Center for Holistic Wellness is excited to welcome Suzy Cornell, who offers Yoga Therapy for Beginners, starting this week! on Tuesday, February 25th!
Every Tuesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
$10/class if you sign up for 10 sessions
$12/class to drop in
Note: punch cards purchased with Jessie can be used in both Jessie & Suzy’s classes!

Yoga Therapy for Beginners Drop-Ins Welcome!
Suzy’s Yoga Therapy for Beginners class is a powerful healing practice that uses breath and gentle movements to increase range of motion in all the major joints of the body.  This gentle form of yoga is ideal for anyone wanting to increase flexibility, deepen breath capacity, or to deeply de-stress at the end of the day.  All postures are modified to fit your body, and  classes are catered to the  needs of each student.  If you have never practiced yoga before, if you have specific concerns in your body, if you want to learn how to better care for your body, this is the class for you!

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Classes with Suzy start Tuesday February 25th! 
Suzy was born and raised in Seattle, WA and received her BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University in 1985.  She has over 20 years experience in the field of Adult Fitness and has taught Yoga and Pilates for over 10 years.  She received her yoga certification from Pacific Yoga at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, and has continued her education through YogaFit, Inc, obtaining certifications in Levels 1-5, Prenatal Yoga and YogaFit for Seniors.  She was certified in Pilates through Balance Within in Redmond.  Learn more about Suzy at SkagitValleyBodyFree.wordpress.com, contact her via phone 206.669.0857 or email her from her site.

This Weekend: Shamanic Hypnosis & Soul Collage

Center-of-Holistic-Wellness-sqFrom Kathleen:

I want to remind you of the workshops coming this weekend.  They are going to be very special in that they have the potential to re-connect  us with our forgotten wisdom.

Have you ever wondered why you keep bumping up against the same old issues, the same kind of people; or maybe you get stuck over and over again in the same set of problems … you know the answer is inside, but you just can’t seem to access it.

Both our workshops this weekend are spiritually focused  on opening the doors to those answers, to finding the key to access our inner wisdom.  Its a journey that never seems to be finished, but every time we set foot on that path some greater knowledge pours thru, and what’s even better is with that greater knowledge comes a greater opening of our heart space!  It’s what makes me love stepping on this path!

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Shamanic Hypnosis-Trance Journey into our Past Lives and our Soul’s Plans for this Lifetime

Saturday the 15th
1:00 to 4:30 pm 
$35
Sandarah Amun will lead this past life regression workshop, giving you the Experiential Clarity of witnessing yourself in the major intersections, relationships and intentions that helped form your greater plan for this lifetime.  I think it is exactly that experiential clarity that has brought major changes into my life, I’m hoping the same for you with this workshop!
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SoulCollage Workshop with Deborah Moskowitz

Sunday the 16th
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
$45, All Materials Included

There is an inner collage of wisdom floating around inside that Sacred Space we each hold; it reveals itself in pictures, symbols, urges, intuition.  Deborah will lead us on a beautiful and creative journey to bring that wisdom forth and use those pictures and symbols to create our own Soul’s Collage Card that will be there when we need it.   Perhaps she will inspire us to create our own deck (similar to tarot cards) in time…I’m hoping she’ll be here each month to do just that!
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Both these workshops have limited space available…please let me know by phone 360 420 2630 or e-mail if you plan to join us.   I really hope you do!
Don’t forget……It’s Qigong Workshop with Art Baner next weekend!
Blessings & Abundance to all of you
Kathleen
The Center of Holistic Wellness
609 Murdock Street, Sedro Woolley

Februrary Offerings

Bonsai Yoga Uktasana by Roger Schultz

February Events & Workshops

From Kathleen:
First of all, I should let you know that Suzy Cornell, Massage Therapy and Structural Medicine, will be available here both Tuesdays & Thursdays from now on.   Yeah!
 
February is going to be an incredibly busy month with so many workshops and each and every one of them a definite must.  It will be hard to choose, but I know you can do it!  If not, come to all of them….I’ll certainly be there!

February 1st, 2:00 to 4:00 – Spend a Day With The Angels  $20
Tarah Houston, Clairvoyant, Author, Artist will host a Group Reading with messages from Loved Ones, Spirit Guides and Angels.  Check out her website www.angelwisdomhealing.com  for more information.  In the past, everyone within the group has received an individual message.   It should be a truly wonderful day!

February 8th, Saturday, 1:00 to 3:30 – Herbs for Beginners  $25
Erin Groh, LMP, with over 20 years experience with herbal medicine will be teaching this class for all those who have ever said “darn, I wish I knew more about how to use all these herbs…”  If you’d like to know and use the local wild plants, create a kitchen herb garden, or integrate them into your food & medicine, this is a class you will definitely want to attend.
We will need an RSVP, call me @ 360 420 2630

Sunday Feb. 9th, 11:00 – 4:00 – Herbs for Practitioners, and those wishing to empower their Health  $65
This 2nd class with Erin Groh focuses on “The Six Steps of Healing” inspired by Susan Weed’s book “Healing Wise” … making and using herbal tinctures, herbal infusions, medicinal decoctions, dosage recommendations.  You’ll discuss case histories and outcomes, as well as when to step back and refer clients to physicians.  If you want to take a huge step forward in Herbal use, you’ll want to take this class.   You will need to RSVP for this class.

Monday, Feb. 10, 5:00 to 7:00 - $5.00 Affordable Wellness Project each treatment  
This month there will be Reflexology, Massage, Reiki and Intuitive Readings.  Bring a friend!  These are becoming incredibly popular!
Saturday, Feb. 15th, 1:00- 4:00  Shamanic Hypnosis Journey  $35
Sandarah Amun, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Shamanic Practitioner will lead us on this Journey into past lives, in between lives or to any time or place that may unravel a current mystery, patterns, or bring a healing.  This is an interactive workshop with like souls so there will be plenty of time for discussion and to go deeper.  Bring pen and paper to record what you have found. You will need to RSVP for this class. – Click for the Past Life Workshop Flier!
Sunday, Feb. 16th, SoulCollage Worshop with Deborah Moskowitz, CPC   $45  11:00 – 3:00
This promises to be a creative, playful & magical day of self-discovery.  These beautiful Collage cards are like Tarot Cards EXCEPT that they come from within you.  Deborah will lead you in the process and help unleash your intuition & creativity as well as guide you to reveal your own wisdom & insight.  All materials are included.  Bring a journal..there will be much to jot down!  RSVP needed  – Click for the SoulCollage Flier!
Saturday, Feb . 22nd, Qigong Workshop with Art Baner, LMP, CSP,  www.fullcirclearts.net 
This much anticipated workshop is finally back.  From 10:30 to 4:30 with a break in between.  Qigong is an approach to health and personal development that combines gentle movement with breathing and awareness.   For those who don’t know, Qigong is easy to learn, its benefits include greater health and energy, stronger core muscfles, improved breathing and a heigthtened sense of calm and focus.  suggested cost is $55, but for those who really wish to come and cannot afford it, there will be a “pay what you can” sliding scale.   We must have at least 4 people for the class.    RSVP
NEW weekly yoga class: Yoga Therapy for Beginners with Suzy Cornell every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.  Starting February 25th! ~ More information coming soon.
Sum Fhat Meditation with Amy Colvin every Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join any time!  Click for more.
And remember!  First Wednesday is the Medicine Wheel Drum circle and 4th Friday another Drum Circle!  Hope to see you all this coming month!
Blessings,
Kathleen

March Workshops & Offerings

Below is the list of workshops for March.   There might be another added later next week, if so, I’ll let you know about it.
Also, don’t forget our two Drum Circles…Wednesday the 5th, Healing Drum Circle around the Medicine Wheel and Friday the 28th, 4th Friday Drum Circle.  Both start @ 6:00 p.m., Medicine Wheel Drumming $10 and 4th Friday by Donation.  Yoga is 5-6 and 7-8 PM every Tuesday and 7-8 PM every Thursday.

Group Psychic Readings with Clairvoyant, Tarah Houston. Saturday 3/1, 1:00 to 3:00p.m.
Join Tarah for an afternoon of messages, inspiration, and guidance from Angels, Spirit and the Animal/Nature kingdome. This special event is limited to 6 people so everyone can receive their own messages. Please RSVP as soon as possible to secure your place. $20 donation.  360 420 2630
Spring Soups with Nutritionist Dawn Lee, Sunday 3/2, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., $12 donation
If you missed Dawn’s last workshop, you won’t want to miss this one! Dawn is a certified Nutritionist and wellness coach and will be bringing recipees and 5 easy spring soups made with dandelion, nettles, chickweed and kale…all available for free in your front yard! Come join us.  RSVP 360 420 2630
SoulCollage Workshop with Deborah Moskowitz, Saturday, March 15, 11:00 to 3:00, $45, All Material Included
This exciting workshop is being repeated again this month, so if you missed it here’s your 2nd chance! There is an inner collage of wisdom floating around inside each one of us revealing itself in pictures, symbols, urges, intuition. Deborah will lead us on a beautiful and creative journey to bring that wisdom forth and use those pictures and symbols to create our own Soul’s Collage Card of inspiration. Participants from the previous workshop were so pleased that they will be forming a core group to continue the process. Come join us for the day, you’ll love it!  call to RSVP, 360 420 2630
Monday, 3/10, 5:00 to 7:00, The Affordable Wellness Project, All Treatments $5.00 each

Each month there are different treatments available, this month we have Reflexology, Reiki, Massage, Life Coach Counseling, and Intuiitive Readings and Chakra Alignment, Balance. Pick one, or treat yourself to all!  Tell a friend about this one, especially those who are unsure about Alternative Methods of Wellness, its a great way to get familiar!

Tonight! Free Holistic Wellness Talks

Free Interactive Talk on Holistic Wellness & Alternative Treatments

Center of Holsitic Wellness Front

3:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday January 25th

This will be the first of many free lecture/talks with regard to the Alternative Path to Healing.
Many people have wondered about the alternative methods that are available – What do they have to do with me?  Can it really help?  Is it any better than traditional medicine?  Is it woo-woo stuff?
Please bring your questions, concerns and thoughts: we will try to answer them and hopefully give you the information you need to make a wise choice, in a supportive atmosphere.
The Center of Holistic Wellness
609 Murdock St.
Sedro Woolley
360 420 2630

3:00 to 5:00 PM

If you have any friends who are interested, but still nervous about the alternative path, please bring them to this interactive talk.  A lot of it will be based on answering questions and concerns!

Affordable Wellness Project ~ TONIGHT!

Join us tonight! 
Wednesday, January 22nd
from 2-5 pm

at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness
609 Murdock Street
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
for our Community Wellness Evening.

Local Practitioners offer $5 treatments of Acupuncture, Reiki, and Reflexology as a part of the Affordable Wellness Project (click for more info!).

Here’s this month’s calendar:

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New Faces & Offerings at the Center!

From Kathleen:  I’d like to pass on to all of you the new practitioners and events that will be available at the Center.  I’m really excited about them and hope you will be too!   Feel free to pass this information on to whomever you feel would benefit!
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Meditation     (right before Yoga - great way to set the tone for your practice!)
  • Fran Fraser will be leading a half hour guided meditation every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:00 beginning January 21, with the Tibetan Bell & Crystal Bowls.   Fran has requested (very firmly) that this be a free class!
  • Amy Colvin will be leading a one hour Sum Faht meditation every Thursday beginning Thursday Januray 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm.  In case you missed her workshop on this Tibetan Meditation technique, it involves integrating moudras and free body movement with stillness.  It was an incredible workshop and I really loved the integration of movement.  It feels very balanced and inclusive, left brain/right brain – God/Goddess.  I hope you give it a try!   $12 drop in, $10 for 10 visits
  • Dawn Lee of Expressive Fit is going to be here on the first Friday of each month starting in February.   She’ll be passing on her invaluable knowledge of nutrition, foods, exercise, etc., along with evaluating any pharmaceuticals you may be taking for positive/negative effects on your health and well being.  These sessions will be by appointment, so either call Kathleen @ 360 420 2630, or Dawn @ 360 618 3791
  Intuitive Readings
  • Tara, an intuitive reader, will be here every Tuesday to give readings.  (She takes drop-ins, but it would probably be better for you to call first):  30 minutes for $30;  60 minutes for $60.
  • Steve Watson, who’s been with the Center from the beginning as an intuitive Healer has also decided to do readings now for any of you who would love to see him.   Call the center, 360 420 2630 for an appointment!
Life Coach Sessions
  • Deborah Moskowitz, who many of you know as an incredible artist and SoulCollage Teacher has come on board with us to coach & counsel on many different life paths, some of which are grief/loss, creativity, personal growth, blockages, career and purpose just to name a few.  This is very exciting news for us.  For a session call the Center, 360 420 2630
 Reiki plus
  • Felicia Minto-Rodman is joining us as another Reiki provider.  I took Reiki Level II with Felicia and can tell you that she is extrememly infectious with her enthusiasm and energy.   The one thing that occurs during her sessions which is not always the case, is Felicia receives messages while in the Reiki space and will pass them on to you as they come in!  She will be here Saturdays & Mondays…you can just pop in, but it might be better to call for an appointment, 360 420 2630
Notes:   Both Deborah and Tara will be giving workshops next month!  Along with workshops from Erin Groh on Herbal Use (how many thousands of us know her name!), Sandarah will guide a past/life Trance Shamanic Journey, and, yeah oh yeah Art Banner will be back with a Qigong workshop!!!  All this, along with our Affordable Wellness Day & a free lecture on the advantages of Alternative Healing!
Shine your light everyone …  Emoji Healing Happens!
blessings,
Kathleen

New Moon ~ New Year ~ re-New Yoga!

Originally posted on YogAscent: Heighten Your Practice:

Tomorrow evening—Wednesday, January 1, 2014—marks the first new moon of 2014 … And how appropriate!  The new moon phase corresponds to a fresh slate, a clearing out, a cleansing, a final detoxification and an opportunity to let go of what no longer serves us to make space for what does.

From http://www.buzzle.com/articles/8-phases-of-the-moon.html

This is the perfect time for reflection, to look back over the past and celebrate our growth.  It is the perfect time for a practice called Surrender, where we can reflectively observe what we may be grasping onto that is no longer needed.  I invite you, before the new year, to take some moments to make a list, or paint a picture, or write a poem ~ use any form of your own creative expression that helps you get out of your intellectual mind and into a less inhibited mental space ~ and surrender what no longer serves.  You may…

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Restorative Yoga Study

Hosted by the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness

Jessie, our resident Yoga Instructor, conducted a workshop to study the effects of Restorative Yoga on stress and physiological responses in participants.  Here is her report and results!

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In my Biology course at Western Washington University, we were assigned a 2-hour service project of our choosing: we were to make a video documenting our service and at least 3 points of connection to topics we covered in class over the course of the quarter. I was excited to integrate yoga into this project, and nearly as soon as I designed the study, a Free Restorative Yoga Workshop, I all 7 participants had signed up. Please enjoy my final video or peruse the details of the study below.

As a service project in my Biology course at Western Washington University, I chose to offer a Free Restorative Yoga Workshop to my community. Within the workshop, I conducted a simple physiology study measuring the effects of Restorative Yoga on Stress. Here are the results.

More at http://yogascent.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/restorative-yoga-study-results/

Hypothesis

“If you practice Restorative Yoga (passive yoga with an emphasis on breathing and meditation), stress will decrease, pain will decrease, pulse will decrease and oxygen saturation will increase.”

Methods

RESTORATIVE YOGA
Restorative Yoga is a gentle and passive practice designed to promote healing on deep emotional and physical levels. Taught with an emphasis on breathing, meditation, and with precise attention to body alignment in the carefully-planned and sequenced postures, this practice is accessible to nearly anyone.

MEASUREMENTS
I used a questionnaire for participants to rate their pain and stress levels on a 0-10 scale before and after the workshop. I also used a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen saturation and heart rate.

Results

The graph below shows oxygen levels at the start of the workshop (the 0 hour), halfway through the workshop (the 1 hour) and at the end of the workshop (the 2 hour). 6 participants’ oxygen saturation levels did not support my hypothesis: instead of increasing, as I was predicting because of the emphasis on slow, deep breathing, their levels decreased during the workshop and then increased again once they sat upright at the end and I took the readings one last time. One possible confound for my study of oxygen saturation: it is possible that participants got so relaxed that they forgot to engage in the deep, diaphragmatic breathing.

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Heart rate results supported my hypothesis: rates declined to their lowest level at the middle of the study, then increased again but not to the level of the start.

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Here is a graph of the average level of pain and stress for all participants for before and after the workshop. Both stress and pain decreased significantly from the start to the end of the workshop.

StressPainThis final graph outlines the average percent change from the start to the end of class. Oxygen Saturation showed a zero percent change. Heart rate decreased 19%. Pain decreased 32%. Stress decreased 63%.

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Discussion

My results showing that yoga is correlated to a reduction in pain are supported by studies measuring yoga’s impact on issues from fibromyalgia to chronic low back pain. One of the participants in this study reported to me that she walked in with a migraine, and it was nearly gone by the end of the workshop.

Yoga is becoming widely known in the medical community as an antidote to stress, and the results of my study reflect this finding. For these reasons, yoga is being used increasingly in clinical settings for anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.

Restorative yoga appears to be correlated with a reduced heart rate, which may be why we see the reduction in stress and pain: the parasympathetic nervous system is activated through deep, slow, controlled breathing, causing the stress hormone cortisol to lower and the relaxation response to activate. This can be an empowering realization for an individual who deals with stress and learns tools for helping to control this response.

I hypothesized that a yoga class with emphasis on deep breathing would increase blood oxygen saturation–especially given what we learned in class about slow oxidative and fast glycolygic muscle fibers. In this case, the intensity of exercise was quite low, so participants were obtaining energy in the form of ATP by way of Oxidative Phosphorylation–the slow oxidative process. However, deep breathing does not appear to impact oxygen saturation in this case. There is a possible confound in my study: Perhaps participants were so relaxed that they stopped deep breathing altogether.

Beyond this Study

Yoga as a life strategy has been around for over 5000 years. The practices of yoga have been perfected, replicated, and repeated uncountable times since then. In the most ancient texts, before our time of mathematics and measurements, there were accurate recordings of things like the speed of light by ancient yogis. One could think of yoga as the greatest body of empirical evidence in the world, due to so many trails over such a vast period of time. Western science is now investigating yogic principles, and many of these teachings are being supported by scientific studies. It is my goal to help further this work.

I personally resonated with the idea of the Scientific Method as Life Strategy because it encourages curiosity, awareness, and mindfulness–as does yoga. Through observation, a clearer and clearer picture of life emerges.

For example, in science, as we learn that eutrophication destroys the very life systems that sustain us–by polluting our water, killing our fish and creating huge dead zones on our oceans–we can use these facts to inform our decisions about things like whether to use synthetic fertilizer or compost in our gardens. We can come to a way of seeing the world that is most true, and then derive action from that vision.

What yoga offers beyond the purely objective realm of science is something that I think can help us to navigate through the biggest crisis of our time: Climate Change. Science shows us that we must act now.

“If we start this year–2013–and if we achieve a 6% global reduction in carbon emissions this year and every subsequent year, and if we begin a massive global reforestation and soil sequestration campaign, we can keep the temperature rise on Earth below 2 degrees centigrade. If we wait until 2020, it’s 15% reduction a year. If we wait until 2030, we have run out of time.” -James Hanson, NASA Climate Scientist

Like Kathleen Dean-Moore said in her Vanishing Ice Talk (and in the incredible book, On Moral Ground), Climate Change is a moral dilemma. And I’m posing that Yoga offers us a system combining the scientific approach with mindfulness and a framework for action: a way to navigate that dilemma, and create a world that is supportive of life’s systems.

Yoga teaches us that our inner reality becomes manifest in our lives, and that our outer world is reflected within. This suggests that as we purify our outer worlds, we will enjoy reduced rates of stress, cancer, hypertension, even diabetes. And as we purify our thoughts, emotions, and actions, our outer world will become more beautiful, diverse, and life-sustaining. We live in a time of transition, and the gifts of yoga coupled with science provide us with the tools we need to shape the future of our species and the planet.

Thank you and Namaste.

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There are a thousand ways
to kneel and kiss the earth.

~Rumi

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Sources

Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Natural Patterns of Sleep.” http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/science/what/sleep-patterns-rem-nrem accessed 11/25/13.

Raub, James A. “Psychophysiologic Effects of Hatha Yoga on Musculoskeletal and Cardiopulmonary Function: A Literature Review” Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. December 2002, 8(6): 797-812.

Satyapriya, Maharana, et. al. “Effect off integrated yoga on stress and heart rate variability in pregnant women.” Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2009 March; 104(3): 218-22.

Sovik, Rolf. “The Science of Breathing – The Yogic View.” Progress in Brain Research. 1999; Vol 122: 491-505.

Wren, Anava A., et al. “Yoga for Persistent Pain: New Findings and Directions for an Ancient Practice.” Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. 2011 March; 152(3): 447-80.

“Restorative Yoga My Way” Photo on MeghanTelpner.com

“Yogi Seal” Photo from http://www.harappa.com/indus/33.html

“Eutrophication” Image from http://www.pewtrusts.org