Monthly Archives: December 2013

Poetry of Downward Facing Dog

The poetry of downward-facing dog
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press on December 24, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

A daily downward-facing dog practice builds strength, balance and flexibility. You’ll also cultivate a bold serenity.

With practice.

Try down dog as a morning routine or bedtime ritual or even when work gets absurd. This yoga asana assimilates the back, front body, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, legs and feet. No wonder it is an entire yoga class in one pose.

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Oil pulling… At first I thought it was disgusting.

Swish the oil
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on December 17, 2013.  Posted with permission. 


At first I thought it was disgusting. But, at 6 one morning last week, I gave it my first try.

I lumbered to the kitchen and pressed a tablespoon into a jar of organic coconut oil. I stared at the lump of hardened, waxy oil and raised an eyebrow before I slurped it off the spoon.

I set my meditation timer for 20 minutes.

At first I gagged. Coconut oil isn’t my favorite, and the texture was unexpected. The I Can’t Believe I Just Put a Blob of Crisco in My Mouth Panic subsided after 20 seconds. As I began to work the oil around my mouth, the lump liquefied. I winced at the flavor, nominal as it was, and began to swish it between my teeth.

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Opening the hips and moving forward

Hips, hips, hips
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on December 12, 2013.  Posted with Permission

There are approximately 285,000 hip replacements per year in the United States. And they could be avoided.

“Energetically, the hips are the point of locomotion in the body. Hip problems are rooted in the fear of moving forward in life,” said yogi Aadil Palkhivala.

They don’t require answers, but ask these questions daily: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?

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Salad for breakfast?

The breakfast salad meditation
By Nancy B. Loughlin
(Published in News Press on December 3, 2013.  Posted with permission.)

I started eating salad for breakfast after I threw up on Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

Forgive the TMI.

It was spring 2010, and I wasn’t enjoying my run. The sweet energy bar I had gobbled was a brick in my belly. I was feeling aggressive and angry, and my body was dead weight.

Two miles in, that energy bar was in a puddle on the pavement, and I was rethinking breakfast.

Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, became a breakfast salad convert. Why? “Because a monster salad is loaded with nutrient-rich carbs and low in fat, I could stuff myself and not feel hungry – or queasy – when it came time to work out,” he wrote.

I was sold, and salad is now my pre-workout choice.

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Touch your toes meditation

The yogic toe touch meditation
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on December 2, 2013.  Posted with permission.

You’re past Thanksgiving, but the rest of the holiday season can pack a punch.

Just bend over. It’s one of the most grounding moves to make. But it’s not necessarily easy.

Can you touch your toes? I’ve been doing yoga for nine years, and, even for me, it takes some time.

I am, however, very good at sitting, slouching over my computer, standing with tilted posture and dropping my torso into my pelvis. I’m like other people — compressed.

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