March 29, 2011

Green tip: Rain Water Harvesting

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:56 am by DivineShantiYoga

The Carolinas have a recent history of droughts and water shortages.  According to the NCDMAC there is currently a moderate drought in several counties in North Carolina including Mecklenburg County.  As our population continues to grow, we will need to adopt new strategies to meet our water demands.  Fortunately, we do not need to re-invent the wheel.

Rainwater harvesting has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years. It is a safe and reliable way to keep your garden green, while reducing your ecological footprint. Continuing to water your lawn or garden with drinking water is not the solution.


North Carolina receives an average of 42 inches of rain per year. Consider this: a 1,000 square foot roof can capture 600 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall. That’s about 25,200 gallons in an average year! Capturing a portion of this rainfall will leave you with a surplus of water. Saving water also means saving energy.

Plants are autotrophs or obtain all the nutrients they need from the environment around them. Rainwater plays an important role is this function. Rainwater is the most natural way for plants to obtain moisture. Tap water often has added chemicals as it’s treated and recycled for human consumption. Rainwater has a higher level of oxygen and is free from harmful minerals and additives found in tap water.

Less chemicals means less toxins. Using less tap water means less energy being wasted. Using less energy means saving our Mother Earth.

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March 23, 2011

Bronchial Mudra

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:23 pm by DivineShantiYoga

Practicing this bronchial mudra (energetic seal or bond) is wonderful for strengthening the breath within the body. It can help with combating acute asthma attacks, dealing with seasonal allergies, and with strengthening the throat chakra (energy center for communication/listening).

Both hands: Place the little finger at the base of the thumb, the ring finger on the upper thumb joint, and the middle finger on the pad of the thumb. Extend the index finger. Sit upright and hold your hands about four inches away from your body. When your hands get tired, place the hands on your thighs.

Affirmation: “Every breath gives me strength. It strengthens my body, mind and soul.”

March 1, 2011

Anticancer A New Way Of Life (Book Review)

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:18 pm by DivineShantiYoga

Every single person needs to read this book! All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer.

David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, has written an international bestseller and updated this newest edition with the latest research with how our lives have changed since the World War II, thus explaining the drastic increase in the percentages of cancer particularly in our Western world.

This book is a beautiful story of how this doctor’s life was changed when diagnosed with brain cancer and how he confronts research with how our environment, lifestyle, and trauma plays a direct role in our health and in the growth in cancer cells  in our bodies.

He shares with us proven, statistical information about how to structure our diets around cancer-fighting foods, what new chemicals and harmful substances are in our environment and maps out an easy way of living to avoid nurturing cancer cells, including mind-body balancing techniques.

Choosing to avoid nurturing cancer cells in our bodies also equates to making better choices for our earth, as it means replacing chemicals with natural ingredients, choosing organic over non-organic, etc. So, this lifestyle is a win-win plan and this book belongs in everyone’s life. I think it is super cool that the author has also revised this several times with the latest cancer research, with the latest edition published in 2009. Based on my personal experiences, there is so much in our medical world and about the human body that we still do not know. There is no “cancer blood test”. It’s not that simple to detect.

As stated so well by B.K.S. Iyengar “The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”