Clicking Follow Back will add user to your friends list and may allow access to your Social News timeline..

HuffPost Social News

Your Badges and the Badge Module will be removed from your profile

cynthiabaileymd's Comments

View Comments:   Sort:
1 - 25
I Got Cancer. I Asked WTF? I Gathered a Tribe to Make a Movie

I Got Cancer. I Asked WTF? I Gathered a Tribe to Make a Movie

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 12:12:39 in Healthy Living

“Great trailer and I'm looking forward to the release of your film. Yep, seems like lots of us have it - what's up with that?? I too was super healthy leading right up to that lump. I just got my diagnosis this summer and am in the thick of treatment I just finished chemo last week, surgery is in a month and the path reports will determine the next 12 months of my life. Obviously my life changed in an instant when I heard the words "cancer" from my doctor, and it's been an emotional, physical and day-to-day-routine roller coaster. I threw the full scale of my MD training into desperately figuring out what I was going to do and who was going to be on my "team". Once I had my plan I could just give in to it, icky treatments and all.

There are blessings though. In addition to focusing on treatment and getting well, I like to focus on the blessings I heard that from the people you interviewed too. Thank you for that and thank you for doing this important work.”

hp blogger Allison W. Gryphon on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:56:04

“And the thank you goes right back at you Cynthia. I love to focus on the blessings. Congratulations on making to the other side of chemo! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your links here. Support, knowledge and sharing can get us all through the thick of it.”
huffingtonpost entry

Food and Lifestyle Make a Difference

Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 11:14:48 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for putting this study in front of me today. I entirely agree that diet and lifestyle are hugely important for longevity, health and vitality. When I would grocery shop with my parents as a kid I noticed a correlation between what people had in their shopping cart and how healthy they looked. In my 30 years in medicine I continue to see the correlation of lifestyle and health for most of my patients. I've seen that even for those folks dealt an unfair health hand, following the recommendations that you and the study have set forth does hugely improve their quality of life. For skin problems I have added even a few more specific recommendations in my post We're learning that there is a zinc and acne and a milk/carb/bad fats and acne connection, there is a probiotic and acne and rosacea connection and then there's just the beta carotene makes your complexion pretty connection. Psoriasis and diet/lifestyle is a huge subject as well. Food and lifestyle are great medicine!”
huffingtonpost entry

How to Decode Your Seed Catalog

Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 11:24:06 in Healthy Living

“Ahh, what we also need is a translation for those effusive descriptions of promised potential that we gardeners dream about while reading seed catalogs in the dead of winter. My microclimate and gardening habits don't always equate to the lush and prolific plants I'm dreaming of while reading, and thus ordering from the fantastic descriptions in the seed catalogs.”
Why Cooking Can Save Your Life

Why Cooking Can Save Your Life

Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 11:10:20 in Healthy Living

“Amen! The only way to really know what's in your food is to prepare it yourself from simple (aka guaranteed wholesome) ingredients. I've done that for years and it keeps me feeling great - my health problems are controlled and my ideal weight is easier to maintain. I've even made my own lunch for school and work every day for my entire life too because I think this is so important. Conversely, whenever I travel and am forced to eat out for a stretch of time, no matter how specific I try to be when ordering at a restaurant, I start to feel poorly, health problems resurface as does the middle age bulge.

I'm with you, we need a "cooking real food revolution". I tackle it from the healthy skin and beauty perspective but the ramifications are so much deeper Cheers!”
huffingtonpost entry

5 Food Myths Debunked

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 12:26:49 in Healthy Living

“You hit some of my favorite big points about the quality of foods we eat. Great post, thanks!”
Can a Mattress Really Impact Your Sleep?

Can a Mattress Really Impact Your Sleep?

Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 12:33:00 in Healthy Living

“I agree, and luckily I could tell in the store. For me it's the Tempurpedic and a lot of pillows. It's made a huge difference. Waking up constantly from aches and pains that set in from the wrong mattress or pillows make for a difficult next day. When I travel, the hotel's mattress and pillows are really important to getting a good night's sleep, and often, I really miss my Tempurpedic back home.”

dpkjj on Oct 16, 2012 at 00:15:39

“I agree. I have chronice back pain, and my Tempurpedic has made an amazing difference. I also miss is when I travel.”

East coast on Oct 14, 2012 at 22:22:14

“Same here. My Tempurpedic was the best purchase. I never thought I could love a mattress so much but I also miss mine when I travel.”
Laughing at Change

Laughing at Change

Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 12:27:03 in Healthy Living

“I love it! Making humor and laughter an intentional act for disappointments that you can't escape. It's a great response. In my line of work I try to help people do that because the price for survival in life is a variety of cutaneous misadventures, all of which you can see! The folks that suffer them better emotionally find a way to laugh about them WHILE we also take them seriously by crafting good therapeutic strategies.

It's a fact of life that we're not going to get out of here without wrinkles, barnacles, other age spots, skin tags, rosacea, dandruff, a variety of embarrassing rashes, scaly feet, dry itchy skin etc. I help my patients look at the problems as" decorative cutaneous misadventures" that we're going to work hard to fix. Skin mites for example, I mean, you've just got to chuckle because - yuck! By the time we're elderly 100% of us will have them camping out in our pores, stuffed in there head first with their little bottoms sticking out. They cause facial inflammation, scale and possible some of the common age related rashes. They venture out at night to mate with their neighbors, scramble back home and lay their eggs - on our faces. You just have to find the humor in it because.....”
Eat Healthy (And Lose Weight) on Only $8 Per Day!

Eat Healthy (And Lose Weight) on Only $8 Per Day!

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 11:06:01 in Healthy Living

“What an empowering post! You give an excellent example of daily meals and help readers understand that it's not a budget buster to eat well. Cheap fast food isn't cheep monetarily, when you factor in the health consequences and especially when you also factor in the detrimental emotional expense of obesity and poor health. I stress diet with my dermatology patients who suffer from inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis etc. You've made it simple by laying it out for the day. You've also dispelled one fear that it's expensive to eat right. The directness of your article gives readers an alternate path to what's the norm in our country, and it's a path that's do-able. Beautiful.”
The Magic of Three Ingredients

The Magic of Three Ingredients

Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 11:29:13 in Home

“Somehow I missed this brilliant movement and yet it's right up my alley. With a simple 3 ingredients a dish can be ambrosia if the ingredients are ambrosia themselves; you taste their wonder. There is a restaurant in the Napa Valley that opened with that concept. They've since gotten more complex and their food isn't as wondrous to my taste-buds but I've adopted the idea in my own cooking.

I love seeing your book because I'm sure it would take me places my imagination hasn't. I'm always looking for simple ways to make my garden produce savory because that's mostly what I eat (like my kitchen picture in this post is a rainbow of meals just waiting ). My solutions are dishes like kale, olive oil, lemon zest and/or garlic; tomatoes, cucs, feta and olive oil; green beans, earth balance, lemon juice. Some of my combos are 4, hmmmm. Ribs and ice 'cream' I would never have guessed could be so simple though. Brilliant! Thanks.”
Why Do We Stop Saying 'Yes' to New Experiences?

Why Do We Stop Saying 'Yes' to New Experiences?

Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 11:17:57 in Healthy Living

“Hello Linda, I just submitted a comment but with my old login. Anyway to switch it to this one?

Here is a generally similar repeat:

I'm just about to have a mid 50's birthday and this is a timely and provocative idea. I have noticed that I'm more inclined to decline opportunities for getting spontaneously mess, agreeing to be uncomfortable and definitely camping. I like being made aware of this age related phenomenon. I certainly don't want to miss reasonable new opportunities for adventure based on a this tendency. Heck, I've probably only got another 30 years or so to pack it all in. Thanks!”

hp blogger Linda Durnell on Aug 22, 2012 at 13:00:06

“So many things change as we age--and when they change so slowly, we don't even recognize how we are changing. Although I believe we can age gracefully in some areas, perhaps we need to fight the aging process in other areas. Happy birthday and thanks for the comment!”
Meatless Monday: Cheap Eats For Tough Times

Meatless Monday: Cheap Eats For Tough Times

Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 10:48:19 in Green

“Going meatless is cheaper and better for us. We eat very little meat. I love the lentil and brown rice combo. Chop some fresh veggies like carrots, tomatoes or cucumber to top the dish and you've got a great meal full of antioxidants, fiber etc. It's also more filling than fast food, simple carbs etc because of the fiber so you'll feel fuller and you will be full longer. Farmers markets have local produce at good prices this time of year so it's a great time to find deals on local bumper crops. Eating fresh produce and whole foods is better for health and can be done on a budget. It can even be fast when you prepare enough for leftovers - throw them in a container and you have lunch, that's what I'm eating today, and have eaten everyday for the past 30 years!”
huffingtonpost entry

Quick Tips For Handling A Stressful Work Day

Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 12:06:26 in Healthy Living

“Ahh, yes, the human being inside of the workhorse. It's so easy to forget about her in service to the task and the stresses of job and career. These are great points you make, and they help flex the muscle of self care and provide reminders to check in with what that human in there needs.

I actively use all these tricks because I'm habituated to that workhorse pattern. When the going gets really tough, I wear something like a bracelet that I've designated as a reminder to ask myself 'what do I need right now to take care of myself?'. I've also transitioned my fitness regimen to exercise w/ inherent stress reliever benefit like yoga , swimming laps and power walking in nature.”
Can Food Labels Be Misleading?

Can Food Labels Be Misleading?

Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 12:43:20 in Canada Living

“That's why you just have to avoid the middle aisles of the supermarket or become a pro at reading the ingredients list! Stores stock what sells and what sells usually has cleaver 'come ons'. Circle the periphery of the store, fill your cart from there and only dash down the center aisles for specific items you know you can trust. Not only is is healthier but you'll save a ton of money too - all that seductive processed food is expensive and should not form the foundation of your diet. Great 'head up' post, we need to keep talking about this.”
huffingtonpost entry

How to Buy Healthy Foods, Without Breaking the Bank

Commented Mar 1, 2012 at 11:44:30 in Home

“It's actually easy to buy healthy foods on a budget because so many of the unhealthy foods are actually more expensive. Prepared foods, processed foods and all that stuff in the middle of the store has to feed it's big advertising budget using your money. Buy fresh produce, lean protein, beans and whole grains and prepare your own simple meals. And, don't overbuy! Waste is expensive and in this country we're so accustomed to seeing food thrown away that we don't think twice about it.

When you're buying high quality, nutrition rich foods, get just what you know you'll use. Don't supplement with prepared empty calorie foods, start brown bagging your lunch and making your meals. I promise you, it's cheaper in the end. I learned this in med school when I was living on borrowed money and kept a budget on my fridge of every penny I spent. That soda, coffee, sandwich etc that you buy out is way more expensive than a weekly grocery bill of healthy foods.

Oh yea, about those canned tomatoes, look for cans that say bpa free or buy tomatoes packaged in glass jars. With tomatoes, I think it matters. Another idea, buy them summer ripe, stem them and freeze them whole in zip lock bags. I always have months of them stocked in my freezer to use during the winter. Inspiring post, thanks!”
Blood Sugar Solution Challenge, Day 3: How to Kick the Sugar Habit

Blood Sugar Solution Challenge, Day 3: How to Kick the Sugar Habit

Commented Mar 1, 2012 at 10:46:57 in Healthy Living

“I agree 100%! I cut out sugar and gluten and poof, like magic, I can make it through my afternoon work time without sweets - and the rest of the day too. Holy cow, 53 years old, a doctor, years committed to eating only a healthy, organic diet , but still with this craving monkey around my neck. Now I'm free of the cravings that kept me struggling to 'control' my tendency for weight gain (a byproduct of a metabolism perfectly designed to survive a famine). Like you said, I just had to go cold turkey off the sugar and flour.

Of course, my afternoon sweets were always homemade or vegan/health food types, but I didn't always eat just one because one lead to two lead to three etc. Plus, I always wanted sweets and had to exercise control - a pastry between breakfast and lunch if they were around, a little ice cream after dinner, a couple pieces of chocolate to 'pick me up' - it'd sneak in there. Now, it's fantastic, I'm not even tempted because the cravings stopped. And you're so right, it only took a few days off gluten and all sugar to tame this beast. It's actually easy and so liberating! Great message. You're going to really help folks!”
huffingtonpost entry

Suzie Moldavon: 8 Easy Steps to Revamping Your Beauty Routine

Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 13:20:38 in Style

“I love your actionable recommendations. In my dermatology practice I see folks that have fallen into complacency and let things go. It feels insurmountable to them to ever find a path back to liking their looks. They need to choose something that gives them results that they see in the mirror almost instantly - and that's the motivation they need to keep on reclaiming their looks. Exfoliation and a brow shaping are my 'go to' recommendations that give folks the biggest transformation. Everybody can use them and the impact on their looks is huge!”
huffingtonpost entry

Taking Breakfast Back (... And Keeping The Weight Off)

Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04:26 in Healthy Living

“I agree 100%. If I don't eat breakfast I'm famished and my energy is depleted by 10 & I will eat anything not nailed down - especially if I had coffee. I eat one of the same two things everyday to start the day right, not for eating entertainment, and my hunger and energy are controlled all morning. Keeping it redundant makes it easy.

My breakfast: either 1/4 cup of granola or oatmeal (sometimes w/ quinoa - I cook a big pot a micorwave a serving each morning), 1/4 cup plain goat yogurt, 1 cup fresh fruit or thawed frozen berries, 1/4 cup freshly ground flax seeds (done in a coffee grinder reserved just for flax), soy milk to wet everything. If I'm not that hungry, I eat some right away and take the rest to work for mid morning (in a plastic container).

Key points: low glycemic/sugar content, super high fiber, soothing, filling, omega 3s and antioxidant rich, low fat. In general, I aim for a 90% veggie/plant diet that's nutrient rich. I easily gain weight and have figured out what works for me, and most importantly it's to plod along surrounded by healthy food that doesn't send my blood sugar on roller coaster rides. I also avoid gluten because it sets up cravings (cookies!) and cow dairy because it fuels arthritis for me.”

DrP on Feb 28, 2012 at 23:23:21

“Have you read "Wheat Bell?" You might find some interesting information about eating oats if you are avoiding gluten and the difficulty of staying low-glycemic on a plant-based diet.”

DrP on Feb 28, 2012 at 23:20:34

“Granola and oatmeal are quite high-glycemic.”

toochie50 on Feb 28, 2012 at 14:17:26

“Except for soy milk is NOT good for us - destroys the thyroid.”
9 Things You've Never Heard About America's Food

9 Things You've Never Heard About America's Food

Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 11:17:13 in Books

“Veggies, brown rice, chicken, bagged apples are all cheap. Hamburger helper, boxed mac and cheese and a McDonald's meal are actually expensive and provide calories but are pretty well devoid of phytonutrients. Waste is expensive too and we waste a ton of food in this country. Money spent on sodas and juice drinks, donuts or candy is money down the drain.

My husband and I lived on an austerity budget for the many years we were in graduate school, and we sure did not buy sodas, coffee or eat out everyday. We packed healthy brown bag meals, ate veggies and brown rice, whole grain bread, fresh fruit with some meat (which was a treat because it was expensive). I taught myself to cook out of necessity. Eating healthy foods is not elitist, it's intelligent. To this day I grind my own flax seeds each morning (cheaper and fresher that way), make my own kefir (same idea). Yes I need to own a fridge and small coffee grinder for that, but garage/moving/tag sales are cheap places to pick those up It's a matter of priority and I see the reflection of our physical vitality mirrored in our diet so it's been my priority to eat a healthy diet and make it fit my budget.”

NJLiberalMom on Feb 25, 2012 at 20:47:59

“I get what you're saying - and I agree with you - but after standing for 8 hours at your $7.50/hour grocery store job, the McDonalds dollar menu looks pretty good to feed your kids. It IS a different world when you're the working poor - and exhausted. Taking the bus home, picking up your kids and standing in front of the stove does not sound appetizing. And you can't get veggies and a bag of apples for a dollar. And an apple isn't going to fill your kid up but 2 $1 hamburgers will. It's a lose/lose situation.”

godipo on Feb 25, 2012 at 17:54:25

“Good post. You are right, I think; it's more the concept of cooking that's hard than actually doing it. That being said, the constant pressure to just buy a frozen pizza and relax at the end of an over long, dull day is huge. It will take a vast amount of counter pressure and 'propaganda' and community efforts, changing the school diet, the way Oliver is trying to, in order to start changing habits.”

robertsandimas on Feb 25, 2012 at 17:39:09

“I LOVE kefir but after my second failed attempt to make it at home, I gave up. What's your secret? I get mine at Trader Joe's but I'd still like to make my own. (I do make tofu at home).”
huffingtonpost entry

Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat

Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 11:53:01 in Healthy Living

“This is a really thorough and excellent overview of the insidious addiction we develop to wheat products. I gave up wheat on a hunch that it was causing some of my 'middle age' aches, pains & 'issues'. I was thrilled when my food cravings went away along with some of the other unwanted 'issues'. I've now also almost entirely eliminated sugar and am flabbergasted at how my appetite is so much more even - no more desperately 'famished' times when I need to race and get my blood sugar up after it drops precipitously from a high carb/sugar snack.

I've also given up cow dairy (thought the casein might be causing arthritis) and what a difference it makes to pain. Sounds like I have nothing wonderful left to eat but quite the contrary, there's ton's of savory, satisfying foods that I fill myself with - and weight management is so much easier. I still have occasional 'treats' of wheat, sugar or cow dairy, but they are the exception, not a regular part of my diet. I describe my diet as Alkaline Mediterranean minus gluten and cow dairy and it's made a huge impact on how I feel - and look!”

Cuyahoga on Feb 18, 2012 at 16:25:43

“Thank you Dr Bailey - I just saved your site to read later. Just a comment -- the word "vegie" is getting on a lot of peoples' nerves. Any chance to reduce its use? I realize it's your website. Just sayin. Thanks!”
Health Washing: How to Avoid Supermarket Cover-Ups

Health Washing: How to Avoid Supermarket Cover-Ups

Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 11:33:00 in Canada Living

“I love this subject! We all really need to read those labels. The summary data is interesting but so are the ingredients. If it sounds like it took a chemist to make or bake something I steer clear. I also steer clear of refined grains, heavy dairy or oil too. We are what we eat, there's just no bypassing the fact, and grocery stores are in the biz of selling us stuff so 'buyer beware'. Great to put the 'health washing' of junk food on everyone's radar, thanks!”
huffingtonpost entry

Day Twelve: Oatmeal -- Breakfast Recipe of Contented Valentines

Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 11:26:43 in Healthy Living

“I'm eating my morning bowl of oatmeal while reading this and just had to comment. I love oatmeal! I boil it with some millet (or sometimes quinoa or amaranth), top it with berries, banana, applesauce or other fruit, toss on some freshly ground flax seeds, a spoonful of yogurt, occasionally slivered almonds add soy milk and presto, super healthy breakfast that holds-off hunger for hours. I boil a large batch, keep it in the fridge and just microwave a serving in the morning. The flax ramp up the health points because of the omega 3 content and even MORE fiber! We are what we eat and those boxed cereals don't cut it for health or beauty. Thanks for an inspiring post!”

hp blogger Suzanne O'Malley on Feb 13, 2012 at 13:57:48

“Dear Cynthia Bailey, MD,

Ah, quinoa, my favorite word! Combining with steel cut oats--what a brilliant idea! And thanks for the link! --SO”
Has Yoga Lost Its Soul? Part II: Capitalism & Opportunity

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul? Part II: Capitalism & Opportunity

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 11:33:52 in Healthy Living

“Yoga has transformed my body from fragile and riddled with pain to comfortable, functional and at peace. Really! The meditation in the yoga I practice has helped quiet my 'monkey mind' too. Yoga can bring dramatic changes , but, the commercialization has copy cats that are riding on the coat tails; 'fake yoga' as I call it. Teachers with their certificate but that are teaching it like it's just another exercise class, products implying the benefits of yoga will come if you buy a 'thing'.

Like everything else, it's an opportunity for us to think and notice. Pick the right teacher, don't fall for the ad campaign. The consequences are potential injury in a poorly taught yoga class and, well more stuff we don't need.”

john222 on Feb 4, 2012 at 03:58:31

“Dear cynthiabaileymd , I like your comment ! My comment was a little humorous ? But , you understand what yoga really is ! Maybe , you would like to be my family doctor ! Thank you .”
6 Healthy Carbs To Keep In Your Diet

6 Healthy Carbs To Keep In Your Diet

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 11:13:46 in Healthy Living

“I'm a big believer in 'you are what you eat'. I have, for 38 of my 53 years limited my carbs to only complex carbs, except for an occasional 'treat' of refined grain foods. Complex carbs are full of nutrients we need for healthy skin and bodies, refined carbs have had their nutrients 'refined' away. Yes some are put back, but that idea is nonsensical.

I encourage my dermatology patients to include their diet in any treatment plan. We know: 1. acne improves on a fruit & veggie rich diet low on junk, sugars, meats & dairy, 2. psoriasis in now linked to the same diet risk factors as heart disease and diabetes, 3. beauty is rated more highly when a person has beta carotene rich skin (which comes from eating orange veggies & green leafys), 4. UV skin damage is lessened when skin is loaded w/ dietary antioxidants etc... In general, I recommend a healthy diet be largely plant based and include whole foods only. The usual refined/processed foods are 'treats', not the basis of a healthy diet.

I want to add 2 of my favorite carbs to your list, brown rice and whole oats. Along with quinoa they give a great range of options for meals and they're so filling it's hard to over-eat them.

Great post!”

FaunaAndFlora on Feb 1, 2012 at 00:14:04

“Psoriasis is also linked to gluten.”

Brianna Leigh on Jan 31, 2012 at 14:46:38

“I've been suffering from horrible acne since I was 12...and every book I read and doctor I talked to said diet had nothing to do with it. 7 years later I know better. Thanks for spreading FACTS.”

Chas53 on Jan 31, 2012 at 14:10:44

“You are making great recommendations to your patients. I hope that they are listening. As an internist who treats patients with arthritis, I also recommend a plant-based diet. I have seen both RA and Psoriatic Arthritis resolve when folks eat this way. Amazing stuff.
huffingtonpost entry

12 Reasons To Avoid GMOs

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 10:56:49 in Healthy Living

“I think for every person, 'you are what you eat'. I encourage my dermatology patients to include their diet in any treatment plan. We know: 1. acne improves on a fruit & veggie rich diet low on junk, sugars, meats & dairy, 2. psoriasis in now linked to the same diet risk factors as heart disease and diabetes, 3. beauty is rated more highly when a person has beta carotene rich skin (which comes from eating orange veggies & green leafys), 4. UV skin damage is lessened when skin is loaded w/ dietary antioxidants etc...

Plant based food 'are what they eat' too and organic matters (which also means no GMO); there is a broader range of micro-nutrients in organic produce so that's what I always recommend Yes it's more expensive, but we waste so much food in modern society and I know that if we buy organic, careful not to overbuy more than we can eat, then it's not a budget buster.

Great post!”

Lawson Gary on Feb 1, 2012 at 22:49:25

“Hi Cynthia,

Since you are a doctor, maybe you can explain to us how your body can recognize the difference in a GMO, hybrid, or heirloom vegetable? Dont dumb it down, Im specifically speaking on a molecular level.

Or maybe you could point us to a valid peer-reviewed journal entry that shows GMO is correlated with mammalian toxicity.

Surely you are basing your claims on science as a Doctor. I feel it would be irresponsible to denigrate such an important technology without scientific understanding of the subject.

Also, GMO crops are fertilized with natural fertilizers on a massive scale. Many crops are topically applied with micronutrients to encourage strong root systems, So, why would you think GMO's have no micronutrients in them?”
Has Yoga Lost Its Soul? Part I: Selling Out and Innovating

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul? Part I: Selling Out and Innovating

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 10:43:20 in Healthy Living

“I think it's not where you do the yoga but who you study from. I study from a teacher for whom yoga is her spiritual practice and full time 'job'. She insists on proper form for each pose or flow & focusing our breath and mind on the yoga. She also prepares us for more advanced poses by first insisting we mastering the easier ones. My benefits are 360' around my health. I've never had this degree of benefit in yoga before and this is my first yogi yoga teacher. Yoga has so many health benefits, I think it's good to find the very best teacher in your area and give it a sustained try,

Pratitya on Jan 9, 2012 at 21:09:47

“Where is the understanding that leads to moksha?

Has your teacher revealed her mind to you?

Have you opened yourself to her?

Has your teacher brought you closer to the divine source?

What grounding in scripture do you have (e.g. Upanishads)?

Is your practice integrated with a form of bhakti (devotion)?

Does your teacher perform darshan (offering to her teacher) before she commences her session?

Are you giving to charity or helping in a soup kitchen or helping a child to read?

Are you more responsive to your children, spouse, parents, and any other family members?

Has your occupation become a means for this Karma Yoga (commitment to action)?

This is a way of life and not merely the freezing of a bodily position (asana).”

ZenSufi on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:29:37

“Do you mean to say that "hatha yoga is her spiritual practice"?”
1 - 25