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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. (dictionary.com)

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…