Neuroscience catches up with yoga

Neuroscience catches up with yoga

When I discovered Kundalini yoga a couple of years ago I found a lot to love. It immediately felt like the right practice for me – the perfect combination of physical activity and meditation. There were also aspects that made me glad I was doing it in the privacy of my own home. I’m not naturally a chanting kind of person, for example, and some of the hand and arm movements that accompany the...

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Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh didn’t start running till he was 89 and, since then, he has run nine full marathons. Recently retired from competitive running, he still jogs every day. Obviously, few people of any age could, or would want to, run a full marathon. I can’t think of anything worse. But I do like his message about taking responsibility for your own health and well-being. In this Guardian article...

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Standing On One Leg

Standing On One Leg

In America it’s National Falls Prevention Day so I thought I’d launch my new blog with an update of  something I wrote about falls on my old, steam-powered blog last year. A couple of years ago I read a study claiming that one of the most accurate indicators of a person’s age was how long he or she could stand on one leg. It sounds like a joke but, in fact, this diminishing...

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