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Body, Mind, Movement
Resilience for Life July 2014 Newsletter
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Why Take a Mind/Body Approach to Health? It Works.

meditationIt’s widely known that the US spends far more on health care per person than any other country in the world. If we’re at all serious about reducing those costs, we could do far worse than adopt a mind/body approach to health.
 
Consider this: Anywhere from 80 to 90% of all visits to doctors are stress-related. Think of the savings from
reducing that number alone.

A mind/body approach can do just that – something I thought about a lot as I listened to renowned heart disease expert Dr. Dean Ornish speak at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco last month.
 

A long-time student and close friend of Integral Yoga founder Sri Swami Satchidananda, Dr. Ornish credits Satchidananda for planting the seeds from which his Program for Reversing Heart Disease grew. While each of its components suggests a “yoga lifestyle” – diet, conditioning and group support – yoga itself is mentioned as a primary component for reducing stress and teaching relaxation.
 
 
Image by Mitchell Joyce, via Flickr
 

 

The Walking Revolution

To be embodied is a gift. But just like a car, if you don’t use your human vehicle, you lose it!  Whether you’re a fan of yoga, Tai Chi, swimming, cycling, cross training, or any other sport, one of the simplest ways to keep physically fit is to include more walking into your day.
 

 
Just 30 minutes – all at once or in smaller chunks – makes a big difference in how you feel physically and mentally. And it reduces your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and several other common diseases and conditions.
           
Take a few minutes to watch the trailer for the excellent 30-minute documentary The Walking Revolution. Or better yet, watch the whole thing!

           
           
 
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Jaymie Meyer

Our New Look...

As you can see, we have a new logo and look for Resilience for Life – which also includes an extensive revamp and upgrade for our website, resilienceforlife.com.
 
Suffice it to say, we’re jazzed about the latest additions, which include
Still to come in the very near future: downloadable podcasts for select past and current blog posts – for those who prefer to listen.
 
Hats off and deep appreciation to Lisa Verigin, Laura Rinaldi and Stand Tall Media for bringing this latest incarnation of our site to light!

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It’s a joy and privilege to co-teach the Stress Management Teacher Training each year – based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda – with Swamis Ramananda and Vidyananda. To date, hundreds of students have graduated from this program. This year, we had students from Finland, Japan, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Brazil, Japan, China and the US. The graduating class is pictured below.

stress management teacher training 2014 class
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The same stream of life
that runs through my veins
runs through the world
and dances in rhythmic measure.
 
It is the same life
that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
into numberless blades of grass,
and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.
 
It is the same life that is rocked
in the ocean cradle
of birth and death,
in ebb and in flow.
 
My limbs are made glorious
by the touch of this world of life;
and my pride is from
the life throb of ages
dancing in my blood this moment.

 

- Tagore

Image by Denis Collette, via Flickr
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