Monthly Archives: October 2015

IT band relief

Soothing the complaining IT band
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on October 27, 2015

If you run, cycle or squat, that outside-the-knee pain may be familiar.

It’s often an IT band thing.

The Iliotibial band is thick connective tissue running from knee to hip that supports knee flexion.

But, if you have a weak butt and hips, your pelvis will be destabilized and put too much pressure on the IT band.

For those with this painful syndrome, the common relief go-to is a foam roller right on the IT band.  Unfortunately, this is ineffective.

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Soothing the hot flash inferno

Soothing the hot flash inferno
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on October 13, 2015

1 aja reeser block shoulder stand

Aja Reeser of Yoga Bird demonstrates the cooling supported shoulder stand.

Hot flashes occur before and during menopause due to the decline of estrogen in the body.

For many, there are fireworks.

Yes, hormonal treatments can be helpful for managing hot flashes, but don’t ignore the power of the mind to help cool the furnace.

Dr. Gary Elkins is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University.  Elkins firmly believes there is mind-body connection when it comes to soothing hot flashes.

He is the author of “Relief from Hot Flashes: The Natural, Drug-Free Program to Reduce Hot Flashes, Improve Sleep, and Ease Stress” published by Demos Health Publishing.

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Five yogic rules for criticizing others

Five yogic rules for criticizing others
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on October 6, 2015

When we say, “It’s not your place to judge people,” it’s an amusing paradox.

We just judged someone for judging other people. Claiming refuge in the fact this person judged first doesn’t solve the conundrum.

Judging is not a sin.  We judge when we choose our closest confidants, marry, hire and fire employees and vote.

Judging others is inevitable, and it can be valuable self-study.

One. Our criticisms are our festering sores.

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