But when kids move, it does far more than just “tire them out” – although if you’re a parent, that may very well be one of your top priorities in getting your kids to a playground, group hang, or friend’s house. After all, their battery can only last so long, right? If your child could read this, they are undoubtedly snickering. Movement changes their brain.
By Dr. Lucy Connor, MBChB
There is an impressive and ever-growing body of evidence that regular yoga practice confers numerous health benefits. I, like many practitioners, need little convincing of its psychological benefits. But when it comes to some of the medical claims made about yoga made by practitioners, teachers, and self-proclaimed gurus, you’d be right to find them suspect.
At the end of the day we have to make a choice. Do we engage in an activity that is going to temporarily make us feel relaxed, but ultimately is exacerbating our strained nervous system’s inclination to function sympathetically – or do we choose an activity that will help our nervous system to truly restore, and recharge. At the end of a long day, we desire to feel rested – and so choosing carefully is important.
There’s a growing metabolic health crisis sweeping the globe. But Tyler Lesher believes that the real issue isn’t what you think. In this new MAPS Scholarship, he explores that while the western diet is the culprit, the underlying issue is the inflammatory cycle — and how nutrition and exercise can serve as interventions.
By Dr. Maritza Bollain y Goytia, DACM, L.Ac.
Tai chi and qigong have recently gained popularity as more and more clinical research has validated their effectiveness and as more people have sought out alternatives to traditional Western approaches to supporting mental health.
Many remain doubtful about the benefits of cold water exposure on fat reduction despite its growing number of believers, Let’s dive in!