Archive for February, 2012

Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Source: 8 Limbs Yoga Blog

 

Title Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

 

The main intention behind my winter seasonal vinyasa practices is to help you ward off typical Kapha imbalances by raising your core temperature, enhancing your metabolism, and increasing your circulation and spirit by offering you dynamic, invigorating, rhythmic sequences that keep the earth and water from going out of balance.

 

 

Also, try eating less to keep your digestive fire bright, supplementing your diet with vitamin D, omitting sugar and alcohol to reduce mood swings, enjoying a hot bath, sitting by a fire, or spending five to ten minutes in a tanning bed or in front of full-spectrum light bulbs. These are just a few alternative ways to move you towards sukkha, and away from suffering, or dukkha, during this dark season.

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Comments: This author covers more than just the practice of the asanas (exercises) in how yoga can be incorporated into your life. We are especially interested in the discussion of how light is incorporated into a yoga practice over winter.

 

 


5 Tips to Get Your Body Rhythm Back

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Source: MindBodyGreen – your guide to wellness

 

Title: 5 Tips to Get Your Body Rhythm Back

 

Do you feel like you’re out of sync? Here are some tips to help get your rhythm back…

 

Tip 3: Make sure you get natural light. Just as we need darkness to support our sleep cycles, we need light — particularly morning sun- for our day cycles. We need the light of the sun to trigger our metabolism, alertness and overall ability to function and perform. And if you spend most of your day indoors, replace your artificial or fluorescent lights with full-spectrum light bulbs.

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Comments: This article by Dr Frank Lipman covers five different areas you can work on to get your body into it’s unique rhythm. If you have problems sleeping or any other problem that is caused by your circadian rhythm being out of sync, then we recommend you take the time to read the full article and implement some of his tips.

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Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Source: Capital City Weekly

 

Title Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

 

Light therapy has been of medical interest for centuries and many pre-modern hospitals included a solar room for patients. However, only in recent decades is the physiochemical basis of light’s effects on mammals beginning to be understood. Here, we will explore an example of how light affects a biochemical process important for mood and sleep-wake cycles. In doing so, we can gain insight as to how non-light mood enhancers may work through a similar mechanism.

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Comments: This article is an indepth look at the concept of light and what research shows about its effects on us. For those who are interested in the field, this is well-worth reading./i>

 

 

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My New Studio

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Source: Life’s A Sketch

 

My New Studio

 

Whoopie!!!! I’ve just completed moving all my art supplies from our dining room, living room, and spare bed room into my newly renovated basement. The first photo is the finished painted concrete floor. I chose to go this route because having had wall to wall in the past it seemed to be the best choice per reference articles on basement studios. Note the reflective quality which aids in keeping the space bright. I’ve opted instead to lay down smaller area rugs for warmth.

 

The task lighting is using full spectrum light bulbs and the walls are very light grey so as to not cast any colors onto my work.

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Comments: We love reading about people’s lighting design plans. In this case, as an artist, the writer had quite specialised lighting needs. We’re pleased to see that full-spectrum lighting was able to give them what they needed.

 

 

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What Makes Us Happy

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Source: Trans World Network

 

What Makes Us Happy

 

This premise, that humanity has evolved for million of years to live in, thrive in, and enjoy a specific environment (notably the warm, sunny climate of sub-Saharan Africa), logically assumes that when people begin to replicate their instinctive behavior in things like diet (Mostly meat, nuts, and some vegetables) and lifestyle (Active and sun drenched), their happiness should rise as their genetic makeup begins to resonate with their lifestyle.

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Comments: Many of the articles discussing light and how you feel, come at the topic from the point of view of treating sadness or seasonal affective disorder. This article however is about how light is one of the elements that take us from regular living to happiness. Worth a read to get their insight into the conditions required for happiness.

 

 

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