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Restoring Homeostasis

Our bodies, our psyches and the ecosystems we inhabit have an innate ability to return to a balanced state. Change, upheaval, extreme conditions and the pull of various forces on our systems test their ability to return to center, to return home, to homeostasis. Here's a definition of homeostasis as applied to the body:

The tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes. A simple example of homeostasis is the body's ability to maintain an internal temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, whatever the temperature outside. (

When you think about your own naturally healthy tendencies, you realize that balance is integral to a state of good health: we don't want too much or too little of any given quality, and all qualities working in harmony make up the whole of a healthy individual. There are many little actions we perform which have equal and opposite cou…

Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The undisputed ubiquity of arthritis does not soften the blow of this crippling disease when it hits. Who hasn’t seen the toll arthritis takes on a loved one or a colleague, relentlessly chipping away at vitality sometimes in the prime of one’s life? As a registered yoga teacher (RYT), I can vouch for the prevalence of arthritis in the population where I live; fully one half of the students I teach have come to class reporting some form of arthritis, either doctor or self-diagnosed. A quick look at national statistics bears it out much better than anecdotal evidence could: ·An estimated 52.5 million adults in the United States were told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.·One in five (22.7%) adults in the United States report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis.·By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. (Arthritis-Related Statistics. (2016). Retriev…