Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal
Hollyhock has always believed in the power and effectiveness of learning in the exquisite setting of the natural world.
Here’s 11 reasons you should go outside!
by Lauren F Friedman and Kevin Loria
via Business Insider
With spring finally here after a long and brutal winter, we highly recommend spending some time outside.
Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few potential benefits:
1. Improved short-term memory
In one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups.
One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other half took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent better than the first time. The ones who had taken in city sights instead did not consistently improve.
Another similar study on depressed individuals also found that walks in nature boosted working memory much more than walks in urban environments.
Source: Psychological Science, 2008; Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013 Continue reading Scientifically Proven Reasons To Go Outside
by Quentin Vennie via The Huffington Post
In recent years there has been a large influx of yoga enthusiasts and practitioners nationwide. These days you can find a yoga class almost anywhere, from your classic yoga studios to local libraries and YMCAs. Even fitness chains have started to catch on, with many of them offering a wide range of yoga classes as an added benefit to their members.
The fact is, yoga is everywhere!
There are many benefits in maintaining a consistent yoga practice. Yoga has been shown to relieve stress, enhance mental focus, improve posture, improve mood and increase flexibility. With all of the life changing advantages of yoga, there is one question that remains: Where are all of the male yogis?
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class in America, I’m sure you’ve noticed the undeniable absence of men in the class. You may find one or two if you’re lucky — sometimes three, but that’s pushing it.
Why is it that in this new age, there seems to be an ample amount of men who share no interest in taking part in this amazing practice? A practice that was designed by men, originally intended for men.
There have been many misrepresentations of yoga, especially now that it has been commercialized in pop culture and demonized in many social circles. These misconceptions are very common amongst those who don’t fully understand the practice.
Yoga has seven limbs, with asana (poses) as only one — the most popular one.
For all men out here, let’s be clear — yoga does not make you dainty or feminine. It makes you strong and durable. It provides you with a constant challenge to become a better form of yourself, day in and day out. It teaches you how to find comfort and contentment in some of the most uncomfortable situations.
These lessons stretch far beyond a body position — they transcend into life.
To expound on this idea, some of the best athletes of today incorporate yoga into their everyday lives. For example, LeBron James started doing yoga as a way to help with lower back issues. Ray Lewis integrated yoga into his regular routine as a way to balance out his overall lifestyle. Professional athletic franchises including the New York Giants and L.A. Lakers have also added yoga as a staple in their training routines.
In addition to athletes, celebrities like Adam Levine, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Bon Jovi are all notable yogis.
Read more about Why Men Should do Yoga.
In this video Ed Bastian talks about InterSpirituality, the Spiritual Paths Mandala creating your own spiritual path and contemplative practice, and provides an overview and rationale for both the Mandala Process and InterSpiritual Meditation.
Ed Bastian holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies and is President of Spiritual Paths Foundation. He is an award-winning author, producer of religious programs for the BBC and PBS, director for the Smithsonian Biodiversity Program, internet entrepreneur, and environmentalist.spiritualpaths.net
Join Ed Bastian at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, June 9-14, 2013 for Leading From Within – Creating Your Spiritual Path.
by Maria Sirois
We can right now, in this moment step into a day, step into this day, this time, this life, as if it matters.
Maria Sirois, PhD, leads workshops across the continent and has worked in the intersection of psychology, spirituality and mind/body medicine for more than 20 years. She is the author of Every Day Counts. mariasirois.com
Join Maria for Flourishing No Matter What, at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, July 31 – Aug 4, 2013.