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My Yoga Journal     March 1, 2005 — Issue 141
Your weekly dose of yoga tips, information, and advice.


The Meditation Method
One of my friends spent several years studying to become an acupuncturist. During this time, he developed a debilitating health condition. When he went to visit his teachers in the clinic to see whether acupuncture could help him, they told him something surprising. Yes, consistent acupuncture would help. But only meditation would really heal him.

My friend’s teachers believe that meditation has a deep power to heal the body and boost the immune system. Until recently, such claims have been proposed by practitioners and questioned by others. But as alternative therapies like yoga and meditation move further into the mainstream, we’re seeing data that supports this and other conclusions about the power of meditation.

This week we look at some of that data. Some of you may be considering its relevance for the first time. Others of you might see it as the inspiration you need to make time in your life to sit still and breathe.

Namaste,

Leila Easa

In This Issue:


Featured Pose: Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal)
Practicing Anjali Mudra is an excellent way to induce a meditative state of awareness.
http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/484_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Inspired Minds: Mind Your Meditation
Richard Davidson's research shows that meditation really works.
http://www.yogajournal.com/views/1464_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Mending Mindfully
A recent study suggests that practicing meditation can produce lasting positive changes in both the brain and the immune system.
http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/1050_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

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A Pause That Refreshes
A new study shows what we knew all along: Meditation can boost immunity.
http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/1229_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Everyday Enlightenment
Research suggests that more time on the meditation cushion means a longer enlightened state when you get off it.
http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/1015_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Practical Wisdom
What keeps a meditation practice going for 25 years? Renowned author Natalie Goldberg offers some insight.
http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/620_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Meditation 101
In the classical yoga tradition, hatha yoga is practiced as preparation for seated meditation. So over time, you might naturally find yourself drawn inward toward more contemplative practices.
http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/1307_1.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

Newsletter Archives
Accidentally deleted a past issue of My Yoga Journal? Never fear. Now you can browse our archives of past newsletters online.
http://www.yogajournal.com/newsletter_archives.cfm?ctsrc=nlv141

CURRENT ISSUE: MARCH/APRIL 2005

Here's a preview of what you'll find in the latest issue of Yoga Journal:

ALLERGY RELIEF, NATURALLY
If allergies are making you miserable, you may find relief with Ayurvedic remedies.
By Niika Quistgaard-DeVivo

CALM DOWN, SIT DOWN
Yoga can help you lose weight in surprising ways. Our expert tells you how.
By Timothy McCall, M.D.

SOY: SUPER FOOD OR SUPER HYPE?
Soy is being marketed as new and improved when combined with flaxseed. We look at the research and give you the straight story.
By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

COBRA POSE: CURE FOR COMPUTER SLOUCH
Cobra Pose is one of the best cures for shoulders hunched by hours in front of a computer.
By Jason Crandell

CHANGE FOR GOOD
Free yourself from bad habits with these six strategies.
By Sally Kempton

STRESS LESS
Five "stress masters" share their secrets for daily serenity.
By Janelle Brown

ENERGIZE NOW
Follow our springtime Ayurvedic prescription for a total yoga makeover.
By Scott Blossom

FREE-MARKET YOGA
Yoga Works is becoming the first major nonfranchised studio chain. Find out what its expansion means for you and your town.
By Laura Shin


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