24 Aug

Yoga Ladies of Group at Crow Lake

Yoga Ladies of Group at Crow Lake

“Satellite ” Group at Crow Lake, Ontario, Canada

School House - Group at Crow Lake 2Four of Elin’s acolytes who have experienced the wonders of Yoga on the Beach in Venice, and who spend summers at their cottages in Crow Lake, Canada, have been enjoying morning yoga sessions with Elin at the local schoolhouse via her DVD’s. The old schoolhouse, which now serves as a community center, has been defunct as a rural, one-room school for many years. Keeping it maintained and upgraded, with taxes paid is a difficult task in this tiny village. But true to the socially conscious spirit that is Elin, we the “yoga ladies” as we are affectionately known, leave a donation each morning and contribute the accumulated funds to the schoolhouse “executive” to keep it alive and well. With only a handful of participants, anywhere from 4 to 8 members, we have collected as much as $600.00 in a summer season!

Yoga Ladies of Group at Crow LakeRecently, we received the gift of Elin’s latest DVD from her. That newest DVD, featuring the “witches cauldron” and the “pendulum” has certainly added to the fun and camaraderie that we enjoy every morning. This is currently season 4 for our meeting as Elin’s “satellite” group and experiencing the awesome benefits of yoga while away from the real thing at Venice Beach.

We miss you but love your DVD.
Best from,
Helen and Anne-Marie
20 Jun

Yoga May Be Equal To Physical Therapy

For Relieving Lower Back Pain, Study Indicates.

ABC World News Tonight (6/19, story 12, 0:15, Muir) reported on a new study “revealing that yoga is equal to physical therapy when it comes to relieving pain in your lower back.” The findings Share to FacebookShare to Twitter were published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

On the CBS Evening News (6/19, story 10, 1:55, Mason), medical correspondent Jon LaPook, MD, was shown saying, “In the study, 320 adults with moderate-to-severe back pain received one of three approaches over 12 weeks – weekly yoga classes, 15 physical therapy visits, or education about how to cope with back pain.” The study found that not only was yoga “just as effective as physical therapy,” but also that “both groups were about 20 percent less likely to use pain medication than patients receiving education alone.”

In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/19, Searing) reports on some caveats pertaining to the study. For example, “data on pain and functioning came from the participants’ responses on questionnaires.” The majority of “participants were women.” What’s more, “the yoga classes were designed for people with low back pain, so results may not be the same for people taking a regular yoga class.” Also covering the story are Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/19, Seaman), the CBS News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(6/19, LaPook) website, CNBC Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/19, Ferris), and HealthDay  (6/19, Norton).

02 Aug

Venice Beach Yoga Group Photo

This photo is this morning on the beach after class.  I am holding the 2 plaques from the ‘Top 40 Business Professionals in Venice’.  We got the most votes (no surprise) than any other ‘business’.  The best part was Christine Robinson was there and I got to walk by her and stare her down (for those that don’t know about lovely Christine, she is the County P & Rec. Dept head that went to war with the yoga class when she decided to charge us $7,000/year to teach free yoga on Read More

14 Jan

New message from DiAnna Hudson

This is what we saw on the beach this morning as we were beginning our 9 am class. NEVER have I seen anything like it! Woa!!!! 10:34am Jan 14 Cover Photos View Conversation on Facebook· Reply to this email to message DiAnna Hudson. This message was sent to elin@yogawithelin.us. If you don’t want to receive these emails from Facebook in the future, please unsubscribe . Facebook, Inc., Attention: Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303

31 Dec

NYTimes.com: Stanford’s Distinct Training Regimen Redefines Strength

Real men do Yoga! Sent by jlvaingat@gmail.com: Stanford’s Distinct Training Regimen Redefines Strength By GREG BISHOP Shannon Turley, Stanford’s director of football sports performance, stresses function, balance and flexibility, and his program has helped prevent injuries. Or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://nyti.ms/1kXe0VL To ensure delivery to your inbox, please add nytdirect@nytimes.com to your address book. Advertisement Copyright 2013 | The New York Times Company | NYTimes.com 620 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10018

17 Dec

Remembering Bryan

Dear Elin, > We would like to extend our sympathy to Bryan’s family and at the same > time share a smile or two remembering him. Please send this to yoga email > list so folks can mention how they met Bryan and send them along to his > son’s. He was so special and one of the many pleasures we loved about > coming to yoga. The Two Euds. > > > We met Bryan, a very nice gentleman, > Waiting on Venice Beach > For those who came to morning yoga > He had something more to teach. > > He drew a rectangle every morning > In the sand, and to be sure > Drawn with perfect, straight lines > He had a knack for his procedure. > > It was to save Elin’s yoga spot > So no one would lay their blanket there > He watched out for all of us > Because he simply seemed to care. > > So how did we meet Bryan? > This lanky, lovable guy, > Elin, our yoga instructor, > Told him to introduce himself and say “Hi”. > The task of him remembering > Everybody’s name > Came to be very important > It was more than just a game. > > He’d walk across the sand > If you failed to come to say hello, > He’d asked about your childhood, > Past job or anything else he should know. > > He remembered all the details > But what we knew of him > Was maybe very little > So we asked Elin our friend > To send out this poem > To yoga friends Bryan knew > To let you know how special he was > Now that his day is through. > > We know he’s finally happy > And not in any pain, > Now when he walks into a room > Everyone will know his name. >

08 Dec

Benefits of Freezing Lemons…CANCER

Benefits of Freezing Lemons…CANCER Read this – it may save your life or the life of a friend or loved one. The more you read, the more you want to know… it’s not long so, read it. It’s amazing! Amazing frozen lemons All it is…..is a frozen lemon Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple.. Place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky…. The list is endless. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles. What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting. But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier. It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret! Better late than never, right? The surprising benefits of lemon! Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders. The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas… The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normall used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!! Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly. No virus found in this message.

07 Dec

add 6-8 years to your life?

*The Best Low-Cost, High-Benefit Life-Extension Technique Available Today * By Patrick Cox Tech Free Reports November 26, 2013 The scientific consensus that has held sway for four decades regarding both exposure to the sun and vitamin D has collapsed. What has emerged in place of the old “settled science” is the knowledge that most people in North America are seriously vitamin D deficient or insufficient. The same is true for northern Europe, and the implications are staggering. Simply put, unless you’re one of the few people with optimal serum D levels—such as lifeguards and roofers in South Florida—you can cut your risks from most major diseases by 50 to 80 percent. All you have to do is get enough D. It also means we can significantly reduce both healthcare costs and the staggering national deficit by taking a few simple steps. I advise all my readers to get and keep their vitamin D levels up. This is simply because the economic benefits of doing so are so profound. I’ve come to the conclusions you’ll read below because my job as a tech investment advisor requires that I survey thousands of the most recent scientific studies. In the last few years, an overwhelming flood of new evidence has been produced supporting the view that the medical and nutritional establishments have been fundamentally wrong about vitamin D’s physiological role and optimal dosage. I’ll include a number of links at the end of this report to researchers and organizations with enormous credibility. They have journal articles online with voluminous footnotes. I would encourage you to then verify even their information and act accordingly. If researchers are right, the benefits of raising your serum D levels to about 40 ng/ml are enormous. If they’re wrong, the risks associated with the recommended therapy are trivial, if not nonexistent, especially if done through supplementation. This is simple Bayesian analysis. If you do take my advice and perform further research on this subject, you will still encounter holdouts who assert that unprotected exposure to sunshine is always dangerous and that a normal diet supplemented by a daily multivitamin provides sufficient vitamin D. Behind the scenes, however, even the NIH has moderated its position on vitamin D without taking too much blame for having resisted those who have urged reassessment for decades. Changing Vitamin D Standards and What They Mean Now we know that very few people have optimal serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], the principal form of vitamin D circulating in the blood. Moreover, those with more melanin manufacture less vitamin D in their skin, so they suffer disproportionately from diseases exacerbated by vitamin D deficiencies. Dr. Michael Holick, the researcher most responsible for this radical change in thinking, has described the current state of widespread vitamin D deficiency as a “silent epidemic.” It’s a serious public health problem that affects virtually all diseases. To understand this change in thinking, we need to review briefly the history of vitamin D and our understanding of its functions. In the 1890s, the crippling, bone-softening children’s disease rickets was still widespread in northern states, which has more pollution and a thicker ozone layer than the Northwest. Ozone blocks the invisible component of sunshine, ultraviolet B (UVB), which produces vitamin D in the skin. In the early 1900s, it was demonstrated that summer midday sunshine prevented rickets. As a result, there was an effort to educate the public, and nearly everybody learned that a little sunshine was good for you. If you’re of baby boomer age, your mother undoubtedly told you to go outside and get some sun. That’s why. Ironically, the beginning of the end of this attitude came in 1923 when a means of producing dietary D was found. University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry professor Harry Steenbock discovered that the vitamin D content of milk and other organic substances could be increased with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. This led to the widespread enrichment of milk and the near elimination of rickets. Slowly, the perception of sunshine as healthy began to fade. For the most part, scientists lost interest in the biological role of sunshine for higher animals. Dr. Michael Holick was the notable exception. For the last thirty years, Holick has been gathering data, doing research, and studying the role of sunshine and vitamin D. As a graduate student, Holick first identified the major circulating form of vitamin D in human blood as 25-hydroxyvitamin D. He then isolated and identified the active form of vitamin D as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. He determined the mechanism for how vitamin D is synthesized in the skin, and demonstrated the effects of aging, obesity, latitude, seasonal change, sunscreen use, skin pigmentation, and clothing on this vital cutaneous process. Thanks to his work, we now know that D is not actually a vitamin. It is a “prohormone,” meaning that it’s a precursor form of a steroid hormone created by conversion in various organs. This active hormone regulates multiple important biological functions. Every single cell in the body has a D receptor—even stem cells. When I asked Holick what the source of his epiphany was so long ago, he explained that it was the simple fact that D is a critical nutrient without a natural food source. It is so important biologically that early humans could manufacture D even during famines. For that reason, he questioned the conventional zero-tolerance approach to sun exposure that has held sway with dermatologists since the 1970s. Holick, a professor of dermatology himself, lost his teaching position when he published his findings. When he wrote a book on the subject, he was targeted by a well-funded PR campaign aimed at debunking him by the leading dermatological organization. Supposedly objective journals refused to publish his exhaustively documented research—research now accepted as both accurate and pioneering. An Emerging Scientific Consensus About five years ago, the vitamin D climate began to change. Of late, Holick has finally received the recognition he deserves, and he now serves on multiple prestigious boards as well as advises the NIH. He is, incidentally, professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Holick explains that new breakthroughs in other areas have helped him make his case. With advances in computer processing and the decoding of the human genome, for example, it now appears that a remarkable 2,000 genes are influenced by vitamin D. In retrospect, it’s odd that the lessons learned from the rickets epidemic were not applied sooner to osteomalacia, which is essentially rickets of the aged. In fact, Dr. Holick and others have demonstrated that osteomalacia is preventable and treatable using vitamin D. Osteoporosis, for example, is also related to lack of vitamin D. That discovery alone is legitimately worthy of a Nobel prize. In Holick’s words, though, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Though Holick began documenting the connection between vitamin D insufficiencies or deficiencies and health problems thirty years ago, the scientific floodgates have opened only in the past few years. Optimal vitamin D serum blood levels, attained through sunlight or supplementation, dramatically reduce the risk of many diseases other than bone maladies. Many of the most serious are ameliorated by an astonishing 50 to 85 percent. These diseases include cancers, from breast and colon to deadly melanoma skin cancers. Yes, that’s right. The really nasty skin cancers can be prevented by getting moderate, sensible sunshine or through vitamin D supplementation. Non-melanoma skin cancers do increase somewhat with sun exposure, especially with sunburns. These skin cancers, however, are relatively benign, as they don’t tend to spread to other parts of the body. They’re easily detected and removed because they appear on skin exposed to the sun. Melanoma, on the other hand, is the deadly skin cancer that most people erroneously relate to sunshine. Melanomas, however, do not tend to occur on parts of the body that get direct sunlight. This not only argues against the notion that sunshine directly causes them, it makes them less likely to be detected. The bottom line, which is worth repeating, is that the incidence of truly nasty melanoma skin cancer goes down significantly with sensible exposure to UVB-containing sunshine or with vitamin D3 supplementation. Other effects of vitamin D include improved skin tone in general. Wider Potential Benefits to Vitamin D Supplementation This is not the end of the list, though. The big killers and most expensive diseases respond similarly to adequate D. I’m talking about hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. So do type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes (to a lesser extent), rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, autoimmune diseases, and apparently even viral diseases such as H1N1 and AIDS. It takes about 100 international units (IU) to raise serum blood levels by 1 ng/ml in a healthy adult. To get into the optimal range— 40 to 60 ng/ml—one would therefore have to take 4,000 IU daily. It would take even more if you were obese, are taking certain medications, or have one of a number of medical conditions that degrade or prevent the creation of usable D. The evidence, incidentally, is that 10,000IU is entirely safe. Consider this projection: Once the requisite low-cost vitamin D therapies are fully adopted, Americans could save $50 billion annually in direct and indirect costs of disease. This in turn would have a real impact on our total healthcare spending. My opinion, based on discussions with experts, is that adults who treat the big killers with sufficient vitamin D could see average increases in life expectancies of six to eight years. Pertaining to UVB and latitude, Holick says that from Los Angeles south, UVB is present in sunshine year round, though it can be blocked by clouds. Even the palest among us will be unable to get sufficient UVB from sunshine in more northern latitudes. In Boston, for example, UVB is blocked by the angle of the sun from November through February. Edmonton, Canada has no UVB from mid-October through mid-April. Young people can store enough D during summer months to make it through the winter. Older people cannot. Many of the benefits of D appear rapidly. Holick and others who prescribe D in clinical situations report that patients often experience dramatic improvements in quality of life within months. Not only do hypertension and bone density respond quickly, the neuromuscular impact of D is such that many of those who experience body pains and muscular weakness are quickly relieved when their serum blood levels are adjusted. Depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and various other maladies can respond extremely quickly to the sunshine vitamin. The Future of Vitamin D Research and What to Do Now Before giving you the links I promised, I’d like to make a few general observations. One is that in every age, much of the mainstream scientific establishment has considered itself to have achieved a final understanding of core scientific issues. It is also true that, in retrospect, it has never been the case. Science is rightly a process of discovery, not a set of established facts. Recall one recent example of this authoritarian fatuousness: the US government dietary establishment’s long insistence that fats are bad. My nutritional scientist wife told me decades ago that this was untrue. It took many years, however, before the importance of omega-3 fats was generally recognized. Remember when eggs, coffee, and chocolate were bad for you? Moreover, change and scientific progress continue to accelerate at an unbelievable pace. The next decade will see accelerating breakthroughs in world-changing technologies. They include stem cell sciences, as well as RNA interference, cellular engineering, and other life-extending technologies. The single best source for information about vitamin D and sunshine is Holick’s book, *The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem*. In keeping with the conventions of my profession, I should tell you that I have no personal financial interest in promoting Dr. Holick’s book. In the meantime, his website will provide you with far more information than is included in this article. Another useful site is Grassroots Health . This activist group includes leading scientists dedicated to increasing understanding of vitamin D. While sunshine and vitamin D supplements do not have a direct “invest in this” recommendation I can give you, I can ask you to consider the bigger picture. If optimal levels of vitamin D can help you avoid disease, as the research suggests, vitamin D could be considered nature’s easiest, most direct life-extension technique. This investment in your health is just as important as any market-based investment you could ever make. [image: Patrick Cox]

29 Nov


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