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  • idrial
    Published 36 minutes ago
    Stardew Valley And How it Relieves My Chronic Pain

    Stardew Valley And How it Relieves My Chronic Pain

    I experience chronic pain, and there's actually nothing particularly unique about that.
  • LC Douglass
    Published about an hour ago
    Novel Coronavirus: A Shift in the Narrative

    Novel Coronavirus: A Shift in the Narrative

    The mainstream narrative about the origin of the 2019 coronavirus is shifting. There are reports circulating that a non-peer-reviewed pre-print paper has been published by a mainland China scientist, indicating that the virus was lab-created in Wuhan. To give an idea of how sensitive, challenging, and disputed this information is, the pre-print disappeared off its Research Gate link over twenty-four hours in North America between 15 February and 16 February 2020. The abstract ran as follows:
  • Bang Ab
    Published about 2 hours ago
    9 Causes of Lackiness without Strength, Drowsiness and Trembling

    9 Causes of Lackiness without Strength, Drowsiness and Trembling

    Start writing...The cause of the weak limp body is very diverse. Some are caused by minor problems, such as lack of rest and nutritional intake, until some are caused by serious problems, such as asthenia health problems.
  • Basil&Clover
    Published about 20 hours ago
    Mindfulness and Empowerment

    Mindfulness and Empowerment

    Mindfulness is explored in the field of positive psychology and is a commonly used practise. Mindfulness is a useful tool that can empower us within our everyday lives. Being mindfully empowered is not something we are born with. It’s a feeling or an experience that develops with accesses to a healthy environment, education and time. Mindfulness has so many benefits such as confidence and self-awareness. This allows us to approach life with openness, courage, and interest. In this article we explore the importance of mindfulness and how you can feel empowered by using such a valuable tool.
  • Behind Nashville
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Where to Take Adult Dance Classes in Nashville

    Where to Take Adult Dance Classes in Nashville

    Are you one of those people who looks forward to going to weddings just so you can break out on the dance floor? I am. I'm all about some old school '90s beats and hip hop rhythms. I'll tear it up to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "YMCA" any day! Don't even get me started on Outkast and 50 Cent.
  • Zoe (Eats This)
    Published about 22 hours ago
    What we're NOT eating is making us sick!

    What we're NOT eating is making us sick!

    Traditionally the conversation about a healthy diet has been focused on lowering the intake of unhealthy processed foods, but a study published in 2017 in the Lancet shows that low intake of healthy foods is the more important factor, rather than the high intake of unhealthy foods. (Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017). Basically, the lack of fruit and vegetables consumed is greater risk for chronic disease than fat, sugar and salt put together. We’re just not getting enough vitamins and minerals and it’s making us sick!
Staff Picks
  • Alexa Silvaggio
    Published 7 days ago
    Why Ditching Your Old Spring Mattress is the Best Choice for Your Body

    Why Ditching Your Old Spring Mattress is the Best Choice for Your Body

    Our bodies deserve to be treated with respect.
  • HowToFind .com
    Published 8 days ago
    Pandemic? The Coronavirus Terrifies The World
  • Chiara Torelli
    Published 10 days ago
    Au Naturel: Lady in Lavender

    Au Naturel: Lady in Lavender

    There's a new trend on the horizon, and this one's a keeper! Many of us are beginning to take sustainability and natural health more seriously in our daily routines. Our awareness of what we put in and on our bodies is evolving, as is our understanding of the social and ecological impacts of the products we use. We're shifting our focus from fads and trends to long-term, ethical and natural solutions.
  • Nathalia Ramos
    Published 18 days ago
    The Morning Routines of Successful People

    The Morning Routines of Successful People

    There are two types of people in the world: the risers, who hit the ground running at the first whisper of their alarm clock, and the snoozers, who prefer to hit their favorite button a few times as they slowly wind themselves up for the day. I am a riser. I always have been. For me, mornings are delightful, the rising sun a source of boundless energy and optimism. My boyfriend on the other hand is a maximum snoozer. He has a tendency to delay the inevitable moment of awakening to the last possible moment, working his alarm to the point of exhaustion, when the whispers become shrieks so loud that I wonder if he is the only one in the neighborhood left to acknowledge them. I often give him a hard time for this lifestyle choice he seems so attached to but, if I’m being honest, mornings can actually be a struggle for me too, albeit in a different way.
  • Mikki Hernandez
    Published 18 days ago
    How to Build Confidence from the Inside Out

    How to Build Confidence from the Inside Out

    Are there any other women approaching thirty who are starting to feel insecure about aging? You begin to wonder if you’re no longer the young and fun one, and your mind goes down the rabbit hole of the ticking time bomb that warns you not to plateau physically, emotionally, sexually or spiritually.
  • María López Ramos
    Published about a month ago
    So you say dance exists yet nobody created it?
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Advice
  • Carlos Fox
    Published 2 days ago
    Endometriosis: Life Hacks for Coping With Chronic Illness in a Big City

    Endometriosis: Life Hacks for Coping With Chronic Illness in a Big City

    Endometriosis, or "endo," is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. Dealing with the symptoms of endometriosis can be mentally and physically draining, especially if you're living in a big city. However, learning how to cope with endo can improve your quality of life, manage your symptoms, and help you function in day-to-day life. Here are some of the best life hacks for coping with endo.
  • David Wyld
    Published 8 days ago
    Urgency or Emergency?

    Urgency or Emergency?

    Something happens. An accident. A sudden onset of seemingly serious symptoms. Whether that something happens to you, to one of your children, to an elderly parent, or even to a coworker or customer where you work, you need to make an important medical decision either with them - or in many cases, for them. You are the first line of triage, and you have to decide what the first response should be to their medical condition. Should you call 911? Should you take them to the Emergency Room, or to an urgent care clinic? The decision you make could have wide-ranging - and long-standing - impact on their physical and their financial health.
  • Manjeet Kumar
    Published 11 days ago
    Tips To Stay Healthy And Active During Holidays

    Tips To Stay Healthy And Active During Holidays

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Aging
  • Sam AG
    Published 6 days ago
    Healthy Eating When You’re Older
  • Emily Christyson
    Published 26 days ago
    What Do You Mean I Can't Have Chocolate For Breakfast?!
  • Mariela Corella
    Published 26 days ago
    Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care for Seniors

    Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care for Seniors

    Choosing the best type of living situation for your loved one is a decision that should involve both parties, if possible. Talk with your loved one about how they prefer to live, either in their home or at an assisted living home with other people. Consider any medical treatment they need and how much help they need on a day to day basis, if they have a cognitive impairment, and if they have enough mobility to live on their own or not. Think about the costs of each arrangement and thoroughly investigate the staff that will be taking care of your loved one. Look for reviews and comments from other people who have used these services. Making an informed decision that is the best for both parties is important to prevent any unfortunate elderly abuse or accidents.
Athletics
  • Dom ZT
    Published about a month ago
    Coffee and Heavy Weights

    Coffee and Heavy Weights

    Many people, be they nine-to-fivers’ or top tier athletes, utilise caffeine in their day to day schedules. Whether you opt for a standard espresso shot or like a pre-workout with ingredients that could power a lightsabre, many lifters can testify to the perceived increase in endurance and power when consuming the divine stimulant before a workout.
  • Jord Tury
    Published 4 months ago
    No Excuses, Tury!

    No Excuses, Tury!

    Growing up, I had to learn to be singled out in certain things and be alright with it. Say, sports, for example. That was something I never knew I'd be awful at, but had to learn to accept that being picked last for the team would eventually become the norm someday. And, by accepting that, it could eventually be something I'd shrug off and laugh about in later years.
  • Jade Pulman
    Published 7 months ago
    5 Tips for Post Workout Recovery

    5 Tips for Post Workout Recovery

    Getting a workout in always feels good and makes you want to keep going, but it's important to know how to properly recover from those tough workouts in order to stay healthy and keep your body in good shape without injury. Five tips for staying healthy and keeping your body in good shape after a workout include: drinking milk or a protein based shake, ice your knees, legs and ankles, get plenty of sleep, take chlorella supplements, and eat a healthy yet hearty meal.
Body
Diet
Fact Or Fiction
  • Zoe Sewell
    Published 6 months ago
    What Are the Frequently Asked Questions About Prescription Glasses?

    What Are the Frequently Asked Questions About Prescription Glasses?

    Before focusing on the frequently asked questions, let's know more about the importance of prescription glasses and how beneficial they can be in correcting your vision and that too in a seamless way.
  • Ann King
    Published 7 months ago
    526 Teeth Removed from Seven-Year-Old Boy's Mouth

    526 Teeth Removed from Seven-Year-Old Boy's Mouth

    There are millions of people in the world who fear the dentist, but this seven-year-old boy from India needs a reward for what he has gone through! A little boy from India began complaining of jaw pain and swelling in his mouth in July. Like most concerned parents do, they took their son to the dentist and what was found is absolutely insane.
  • Lisa LaRue-Baker
    Published 7 months ago
    This Article Won't Be Popular

    This Article Won't Be Popular

    Coffee has many good uses. There have been studies that have shown coffee plays a role in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, depression, cirrhosis of the liver, and gallstones, and it is also full of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Fitness
  • Behind Nashville
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Where to Take Adult Dance Classes in Nashville

    Where to Take Adult Dance Classes in Nashville

    Are you one of those people who looks forward to going to weddings just so you can break out on the dance floor? I am. I'm all about some old school '90s beats and hip hop rhythms. I'll tear it up to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "YMCA" any day! Don't even get me started on Outkast and 50 Cent.
  • Chris Haris
    Published 6 days ago
    Treadmill for Running Or Walking: What You Need to Know

    Treadmill for Running Or Walking: What You Need to Know

    Being time-starved has also meant that most people in modern societies are less fit because of their busy schedules and itineraries. Due to busy schedule, finding time to workout at home, hit the gym or even spend some time daily on hobbies, exercises and fitness has become a daunting task. In cities, it is also not easy to find a track for the daily jog or walk because of the traffic and pollution. A treadmill solves all these problems for those who want to keep fit.
  • John Tasci
    Published 7 days ago
    Top 8 Best Workouts to Get Shredded Arms

    Top 8 Best Workouts to Get Shredded Arms

    The exercises that I'm about to present are the best ways to improve your arms. Not only will your arms get bigger, but you will get much stronger. Unlike many writing found online, this won't only show you to get bigger biceps, but also improve your triceps and forearms. So, let's begin.
Health
  • Zoe (Eats This)
    Published about 22 hours ago
    What we're NOT eating is making us sick!

    What we're NOT eating is making us sick!

    Traditionally the conversation about a healthy diet has been focused on lowering the intake of unhealthy processed foods, but a study published in 2017 in the Lancet shows that low intake of healthy foods is the more important factor, rather than the high intake of unhealthy foods. (Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017). Basically, the lack of fruit and vegetables consumed is greater risk for chronic disease than fat, sugar and salt put together. We’re just not getting enough vitamins and minerals and it’s making us sick!
  • Lauren Rose
    Published about 22 hours ago
    Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    This is my story of how I live with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS for short)
  • John Robinson
    Published 2 days ago
    My Life's Story

    My Life's Story

    Growing up in a small town of Alabama, Didnt have much growing at the time, however my parents did give me life and structure of how to be a person of like and admiration. I am a blessed person, my mom carried me for 6 months and life for me being born was very fatal. As time went on I suffered an head injury where I have to revieve 6 stitches. You may be saying Thats all? But when it comes to a merry go round with no gaurd or covering on it is plucking you in the back of your head, it would be a diffeent senario, but anyways, It was a miracle as I was out there on the school playground playing with my so call friends but really they were just class mates for that grade. As I pushed them around and around on that merry go around I went faster and faster and faster! Until all of a sudden I slipped! I fell right up on that merry go round and Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang! All i remember is getting up off of the ground and holding the spot where my head was hit, I cried and hollered and screamed,, and my friends (Classmates) screaming and running from me like it was a horror, which it probably was to them! I remember sitting in my class waiting for some to come and take me to the office and call my mother. This one girl that would try to always bully me, (Key word try). Walked up to me with her friends looking at the back of my head, she said yep his egg broke. Yep you heard me egg! She use to call me egg head. MMM> I wonder what shes like these days. Any way my child hood story unfolded to the next level in my life. I am a miracle chlild. Fast forwarding. In 2009 after I had a beautiful wedding with my lovely wife, 3 months later I was diagnosed with Kidney faliure, I was placed on dialysis to undergo 3 day a week treatment. It was the worst my wife and I could ever recieved. But we went with it hoping that it would help me to sumerge the thought off of it getting worse that it already was. I did every dialysis treatment that you could think off. Pd which is Home Peritoneal dialysis manually, Home Peritoneal dialysis night cycle machine, Treatment center hemo dialysis, and then there was a Big break! A new program was introduced to the patients that were compliant with their treaments, Thankfully I was one those people!! Its call the nocturnal program, whcih provide hemo dialysis treament at night in center 3 nights a week for 8 hours a day. It was great time managment and convient for myself and my wife and children. I did this for several months. One day I was at work at a clothing store, one of the Largest retail stores in the world for men. I REMEMBER CLEARLY BECAUSE IS WAS NEW YEAR EVE OF 2013 The work phone rang, me ironically answered, I did the store greeting and said my name, it was the clinic calling me, that day I left my phone my wifes car. They said thery were trying to reach me about the results for me being a possible canidate for a new Kidney, and that there were 3 canidates and 2 kidneys availible. So I ran across the street to tell my wife so we could both call them together, we went to my wifes office to call the person back, and thats when they told us what was going on... We had high expectations the rest of that day!
How To
  • Mark Todd
    Published 6 days ago
    How To Enjoy Your Favourite Sport Without Having A Knee Pain

    How To Enjoy Your Favourite Sport Without Having A Knee Pain

    Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a more seasoned athlete, experiencing knee pain can take a serious toll on your everyday practice. It typically comes about as a result of an injury when you’ve pushed yourself too hard, or as a consequence of aging with osteoarthritis, a disease that causes inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Since we’re all potentially at risk, sportsman or not, thankfully, there are several proven methods to prevent and alleviate pain in your knees.
  • Sustainable Scott
    Published 8 days ago
    The Many Jobs of Sustainable Scott

    The Many Jobs of Sustainable Scott

    Joined the army at 17 years old , and found myself serving a year in Iraq in 2005 as a Infantryman .
  • Divine Dynasty
    Published 27 days ago
    How To Activate Your Subconscious Mind

    How To Activate Your Subconscious Mind

    Did you know that visualization techniques have been used by successful people to visualize their desired outcomes for ages?
Humanity
  • Frank Racioppi
    Published 14 days ago
    The Five Worst Types of People at your Gym

    The Five Worst Types of People at your Gym

    The fitness center industry has been in a growth cycle the last decade, with more than 61 million people a member of a fitness center. There are more than 36,000 fitness centers in the U.S. and they gross more than $26 billion annually. In those 36,000 fitness centers there is a melting pot of exercisers – from Yoga enthusiasts to body builders, cardio fanatics to no-body-fat HIIT acolytes. However, accompanying these fitness fans, there are those workout wannabes that constitute the worst five types of people you can see at your gym.
  • Sydney Lovell
    Published 17 days ago
    The Opioid Crisis Is Punishing Those with Real and Serious Conditions

    The Opioid Crisis Is Punishing Those with Real and Serious Conditions

    She’s experienced this since her high school days in the 1980’s. And even then she started seeing a chiropractor on a frequent basis. This proved for quite some time to be an effective way of helping her with most of the pain she experiences. But as she got older, pain management became an even trickier task. Now, as her pain has gotten significantly worse and most other forms of relief have shown to be useless, medication has become a necessary factor in her life. However, due to the recent opioid crisis, obtaining the medication found proven to keep her living a productive and normal life has taken jumping through hoops and a lot of judgement from doctors and society altogether to receive. It’s imperative that we take the necessary steps to keep the number of opioid addictions and opioid related deaths down. But I’ve attended enough doctors appointments and emergency room visits by my mothers side to know that treating people with chronic pain like drug addicts is neglectful.
  • Patricia Stone
    Published 24 days ago
    VoiceForVoiceless

    VoiceForVoiceless

    ALZ caregiving is not about the caregiver. Inside of each patient with cognitive brain disorder is a beautiful individual with a good heart wondering what’s going on in their heads. My husband was diagnosed in 2009 with Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve been his 24/7 voice and caregiver since that date. From the onset of my husband’s ALZ attack, I had to learn by trial and error. It soon became very clear, in our situation, that this was our journey. I had to figure out so much about something I knew so little about. However, I knew without a doubt that I needed to learn, “How do I become what he needs when his reality is not real and is not mine.
List
  • Bang Ab
    Published about 2 hours ago
    9 Causes of Lackiness without Strength, Drowsiness and Trembling

    9 Causes of Lackiness without Strength, Drowsiness and Trembling

    Start writing...The cause of the weak limp body is very diverse. Some are caused by minor problems, such as lack of rest and nutritional intake, until some are caused by serious problems, such as asthenia health problems.
  • Usama Kamra
    Published 2 months ago
    Stay Fit: 7 Best Fitness Apps In A Smartwatch

    Stay Fit: 7 Best Fitness Apps In A Smartwatch

    Data, progress tracking, and metrics are a great help to keep us healthy and fit. With the help of a smartwatch, people who are eager to lose weight can now achieve their goals quickly. With plenty of fitness apps to choose from, you can use this small device as a means of getting the body that you always dream of having.
  • Colton Hunter
    Published 2 months ago
    5 Ways To Get A Good Night’s Rest

    5 Ways To Get A Good Night’s Rest

    Whether it’s down to anxiety, stress, a poor sleeping pattern or you’re just very unlucky finding yourself staring at the ceiling as the clock ticks by is something no one will enjoy. Everyone needs a goodnight’s sleep but achieving that isn’t always easy.
Meditation
  • Shahin Negahban
    Published 11 days ago
    Your Brain on Meditation
  • Raven Wade
    Published 15 days ago
    I Meditated Every Day for a Month

    I Meditated Every Day for a Month

    This year, I really wanted to get a handle on my anxiety. So I set out to try the most popular remedies and I noticed a reoccurring theme. Meditation made the top of most lists. I had tried it here and there but never consistently. It was hard for me to focus and my mind would wander. Part of me was always skeptical of the process and would never commit to the idea.
  • Sierra Vandervort
    Published 18 days ago
    A Beginner's Dive into Yoga + Meditation

    A Beginner's Dive into Yoga + Meditation

    The yoga world can appear really intimidating. Modern media depicts thin, fit practitioners with their ankles behind their ears and balancing on their heads. I get why a lot of people feel like they “can’t” do yoga! But that’s unfortunate, because the physical strength is such a small part of this greater lineage of practices for your body and your mind. I’ve been practicing for over five years and I still struggle with headstands! That doesn’t mean you can’t try yoga.
Mental Health
Yoga
  • Ethan Auxiliary
    Published about a month ago
    Kundalini Free fall

    Kundalini Free fall

    I remember hearing once from a seasononed older gent, that we live in different stages of our development constantly, unconsciously. One decision could be ruled by our pre pubescent mind, another controlled by our adult self. I took it to heart and ask myself that question at least twice daily. I suppose it is my way of holding myself accountable for my sporadic nature. Most often the answer is obvious, other times the lines warp, like a ship on the horizon. Such was the case when I found myself working at a skydiving school in the middle of the Nevada desert. Living out my own misplaced sense of adventure that first gripped me in my late teens. At that point in my life, I was headed for special operations selection, with the urgency of purpose only a raging teen could feel or understand. There was a war on, and my older brother, was cutting his teeth in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. He had been my surrogate father growing up, not because we were orphans, because our real father either couldn’t articulate child rearing, or was torn between cultures. Our father had been born in Tehran and immgrated to the United States a few years before the Revolution. He married a American woman, had American kids, and never really indoctrinated us into his version of manhood. So we found it our own way. We stayed up nights as kids and reveled in war documentaries. From antiquity, to modernity, our refuge was war. The savagery that built empires became our standard for manhood. It made sense to my brother, and he spoon fed his younger not as competent brother the life blood that would give our lives meaning. I can remember one occasion vividly, we were watching a documentary on the A-12. The A-12 was the test spy plane that would eventually evolve into the SR-71. That night our parents had a blowout fight, and the police had been called. It was a routine occurrence. But the effects at such a young age were always the same, traumatic. My brother, who was 4 years older, always delt with it in a more spartan manner than I. He had been alone for 4 years before I came along, and had formulated a strategy early. One might say he was a student of it, the domestic unrest. That night, after the feathers had settled, we retreated into his room which was catty cornered in the basement. As we watched the documentary, we became transfixed by the shape and pure power of the mysterious craft. For someone seeing the A-12 for the first time, it might as well been the millennium falcon cast into vivid reality. It was mean, it was black, and it flew faster than everything. Nothing in our little lives seemed more transcendent. At that moment nothing in our fractured existence mattered, time had frozen and we sat transfixed. A old test pilot appeared on the screen and unwrapped his rarified experiences flying the plane. He recalled one instance the plane malfunctioned at 90,000 feet, at more than 2.5 Mach speed. The powerful J58 engines got stuck at max power, and the stick jammed in one place. “We were along for the ride after that” The pilot said. The plane broke apart at the edge of space, and the next thing the pilot remembered, was free falling. At that height, the free fall lasted for minutes, and the rush of the wind awakened the pilots senses back to consciousness. “Sometimes your just along for the ride” my brother echoed the pilots words. He would later translate his boyhood dreams into a career in military aviation. I attempted to follow, but came up short, returning home after a brief stint attempting to join the military elite. After that, I shot off to California to transform my former self into a film actor. I mean I was unconventionally handsome, emotionally violatile, and could do a laundry list of cheesy falafel stand accents. It was the perfect fit, or so I thought. A life of divided purpose is not a life that becomes exceptional. I spent my time in the city of angels divided into four categories, physical training, bartending, buying expensive supplements, and occasionally doing something acting related. Not exactly what I would call suffering for art. I would articulate it more as being pathologically hellbent on appearing successful. There were 50 replicas of me on every street corner, well maybe not 50 but you get the idea. I did find some redeeming qualities in that mercurial city. At night after I got off my shift, and effectively fried my brain and body, I would walk. The night air in my neighborhood smelled like jasmine, and on occasion I would come across that same feeling my brother and I shared as kids. As adults we had grown apart, and he had found new bonds with elite warfighters who he shared blood, sweat, and mutual experiences. I understood. He spent his 20s inserting covert troops under night vision goggles, I spent mine bartending for LA socialites. For what it’s worth, he had found a sense of home, and so had I. Los Angeles had gifted me a new understanding of the world, more progressive, and more open. I explored different yoga practices, diets, miracle super foods and all of the new age window dressing. It helped me reinforce my own idea of uniqueness, and I wore it like armor. Then I got sick. I can’t say it happened overnight, but it slowly robbed me of life’s ease. It was neurological in nature, and most doctors rebeoffed my claims as anxiety or depression. After fighting through it for 2-3 years, I retreated 250 miles into the Nevada desert. I had some loose family connections there that offered me support, and possibly a fresh start. That’s when things got worse. Nothing really prepares you for losing your cognitive faculties in your 20s. You just deal with it. Was it MS, Lyme disease, I didn’t know nor did I care after a certain point. It was fucking up my universe and all my relationships. I tried going on and working, taking bartending and serving jobs in the greater Vegas area. That shit didn’t last for very long. After a few days I was smoked in every sense, and I wasn’t inclined to make bosses understand. It wasn’t in my nature. I continued to work out and do yoga to try to do damage control. It helped to an extent, but was by no means a cure. I tried out tai chi, chi gung, and other sorts of esoteric diciplines. Nothing really stood out, but one yogic discipline showed promise. Kundalini yoga was one sort of practice I never attempted in LA.I discovered it in the middle of a terrible neurological episode. I stumbled into a kundalini studio in hopes of finding a clean bathroom. I can recall being miffed that I had to remove my shoes. After leaving with a flyer, I realized that this was something I should try. I attended class after class, feeling invigorated while I did the practice, not after. But that momentary window of clarity was enough, I got hooked. After a little bit of time and dilligent practice, I started to hear faint footfalls of my former self. I wanted to prove something to myself again. So of course, given my nature, I thought skydiving. Luckily for me, Vegas is a experience oriented tourist town. I screened the few skydiving schools in town and landed a gig where skydiving lessons were included. Not exactly the best recovery for someone in my condition, but I didn’t care. I pushed through the fog, and eventually found myself ready to start jump training. I would do kundalini yoga in the morning, work at the skydiving school in the afternoon, and drive a limo at night. It was the epitome of drinking water from a firehose. I had told my AFF (accelerated freefall) instructor that I had done two tandems on the east coast. I was lying, but I wanted him to think I had some idea of what I was doing. He put me through ground school, which consisted of him mostly chain smoking and making grim comments while staring off into the distance. He was a retired special operator, who functioned on a fast paced get it,got it,good rhythm. It was something I wasn’t unaccustomed to. My attention span waxed and waned. I had to put my ego in check routinely, instilling in it that everything was at sacrifice to the experience. Learning to stifle my newfound sense of inadequacy was my new daily meditation. I liked my instructor, he recognized the itch I had, and decided to like me, he didn’t have to. Even though I appeared as fit as a new squared away military type, anyone with a more discerning eye could spot my issues. He never mentioned anything. On the day before my first jump I found a tree to sit under and do some deep yogic breathing. The look my instructor gave me when he saw me was priceless. The plane had fueled up faster than expected and I had less than 10 minutes to get my shit on and board the plane. It was a sort of victory I suppose, not being dead, in a hospital bed, or in some other hard up circumstance. I was boarding a plane, parachute attached, ready to get reacquainted with the sky. The yogic deep breathing gave me a little extra kick, but at that point in wasn’t necessary. My mind raced, my body pulsed with fear and adrenaline. I remembered my brother and I peering at the television. My spine felt like a aboreal python coiling up the trunk of a tree. It’s body rippling with sinew and muscle. By the time we got to 12,000 feet, I was floating. The light flipped from red to green. It was time to jump and I was first. My two AFF instructors gripping onto each side of my parachute straps. At the door now, I hesitated. No matter, they pull me out and the blast of cold air steals by breathe away. “Sometimes your along for the ride.” My brothers words pinballed between my ears at Mach speed, time froze. Then I was freefalling. It really wasn’t how I would have imagined. The time dillaltion. I wasn’t beamed back into my childhood. But I was there in a sense, remembering that old grizzled test pilot’s words. My life had broken up around me, distengrated. Now I was being awakened again, baptized by the fall and the fear. Primordial fear, the kind you can’t imagine, you have to just feel. For the first time in many years, I felt close to my brother again, and ultimately myself.
  • Rajat Purwal
    Published 2 months ago
    Seven Things to Keep in Mind While Practicing Yoga

    Seven Things to Keep in Mind While Practicing Yoga

    When we hear yoga, we picture someone calmly sitting somewhere close to nature and practicing or enjoying the ancient art. Yoga is truly an exciting practice with hundreds of body, mind, and soul benefits. This ancient practice is rapidly witnessing an increase in popularity in the western world, and today more and more people are switching to this incredible fitness regime. Some are even traveling to far off places to achieve their certification like, yoga teacher training in Goa, Rishikesh, Nepal, etc.
  • Amanda
    Published 2 months ago
    The Benefits of Yoga

    The Benefits of Yoga

    Are you getting tired of your workout routine? Are you feeling more stressed than usual? Trust me, I've been there. When I was seventeenI hurt my elbow in a baton twirling incident. And now whenever I do bodyweight exercises like push ups, and planks, and even mountain climbers, I would get this stinging pain in my elbow. So I decided to switch to weight lifting. Which did amazing things for my body, I'm not even going to lie to you. But I had somethings happen in life and I no longer could afford a gym membership, I had a lot going on and I was super stressed. I started losing all of my motivation to get out of bed. Someone told me to try out Yoga. So one day when I was feeling more motivated than most days, I forced myself out of bed, went on Youtube, and followed along with a "stress relieving yoga routine." It was super basic, definitely would recommend for beginners, I can include a link to the video at the end of this post. :) Anyway, I followed along with the video, and I found myself wanting to do another one, because I felt so relaxed, but motivated afterwards. It was amazing. And it's helped me tremendously in giving my elbow some conditioning. I very rarely feel that stinging pain when I workout now.