Why We Do Yoga 2

In this chapter of Why we do Yoga, I travel to a few new places to find out the reasons and ways people do yoga. Familiar faces and new encounters lead me through a slew of changes plans but graceful adjustments. Watch as one connection leads to another from Martinique all the way back to Atlanta and a few places in between. Luck and coincidence carried me through this one. Look forward to the next soon enough. Peace 

The list of Yogis keeps growing but you can find most of the people seen in this one on Instagram

@EyeFocus
@SlyviaDESROSES Yogi / Translator 
@TheMartinicianWayOfLife
@PintsizeNurse Yogi
@NakeeshaSmith Yogi 
@MaatPetrova Fitness Wellness Coach 
@Allthingscoyia Yogi Mommy
@ReignGlobal Artist 
@HadiiyaBarbel Lifestyle Empowerment
@Theiridescentgoddess Yogi 
@LittleMsDaisha Yogi 
@Yirser Yogi 
@Quoom Drummer
@Doomzday_1 Drummer 
@Raine.Supreme Yogi 
@BluetreasurePhotography Yogi / Photo
@Yoga_Bay Yogi 
@KindredSpiritCR Equine Therapist / Yogi
Corrine Aulakh Equine Therapist / Yogi
@MovingArtExperience
@TheOmBrunch
@LifeisArt_Films Yogi 

@Aminabina
@By_Elr Yogi
@IamReneeWatkins Yogi  
@YogaPlayground Yogi 
@Dade2Shelby Yogi 
@Bri.Simpson Artist 
Cristian Taxi Costa Rica 

Let me know what you think

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Lightfoot the invisible opponent. Sometimes you have to use whatever you have as motivation to keep pushing forward on a run. We talk about the subtle differences in mental vs physical changes. The similarities between the Sirens Mythology and being in a room full of  women doing fire breaths. Its all about Mind control check this one out.

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Cardboard Art by Monami Ohno

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Artist Monami Ohno is formally trained in 3-D animation, but the Japanese creative has made a name for herself as a sculptor. Instead of clay, wood, or other conventional materials, however, Ohno has opted to specialize in an unusual medium: cardboard. Specifically, Ohno uses discarded Amazon boxes to her create her collection of jaw-dropping and detailed cardboard sculptures.

Using the recycled paper products, Ohno crafts an eclectic array of cardboard art. Some of her most impressive sculptural works of art are high-spirited creatures and monsters (including a miniature Godzilla), realistic representations of food and drink, functioning shoes, and elaborate vehicles. Each piece is composed of multiple parts intricately pieced together, allowing Ohno to impressively achieve various textures, patterns, and features. Given the level of detail apparent in each piece of upcycled art, the simplicity of Ohno’s tools may surprise you. To make her striking sculptures , she uses only a pair of scissors, a standard box cutter, a ruler, glue, and masking tape.

Ohno began working with the uncommon material when she realized that, due to the cost of shop fees, she did not have the resources to animate as frequently as she’d like. As she sought another artistic outlet to take up, she began experimenting with some old Amazon boxes she had been holding on to. “I tried making something out of [the boxes],” she explains, “found out that cardboard is a surprisingly fun medium to work with, and from there I really started getting into creating with it!” Now, she spends most of her time pursuing—and perfecting—the cardboard craft.

See some of Monomi Ohno’s amazing cardboard box art below.

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Avocados Recycled Into Spoons and Forks

Man figures out how to make bioplastic out of food waste, rather than food, making it as cheap as regular plastic

 

With all the single-use plastic bans coming into effect around the world, there is a demand for biodegradable alternatives.

The trouble is some biodegradable plastics are still made from fossil fuel, and 80 percent of biodegradable “bioplastics” are made from food sources, like corn.

And… biodegradable plastics typically cost around 40 percent more than regular plastic.

A Mexican biochemical engineer named Scott Munguia has come up with a solution.

Avocado pits.

His company Biofase is located in the heart of Mexico’s avocado industry, where it turns 15 tons of avocado pits per day into biodegradable straws and cutlery.

The pits, discarded by local companies that process the fruit, would’ve otherwise been headed for a landfill. So not only are his production costs dirt cheap, he’s helping cut back on agricultural waste.

The company is then able to pass that savings along to the consumer, keeping prices equal with conventional plastic.

Avocado seed bioplastic doesn’t cut into our food supply or require any additional land to be dedicated to its production.

And best of all, it’s truly biodegradable unlike many “biodegradable” plastics. fully decomposing in just 240 days, compared to conventional plastic which is estimated to take 500 years to break down and never fully biodegrades.

If kept in a cool, dry place it can last up to a year before it starts degrading.

Munguia figured out how to extract a molecular compound from a pit to obtain a biopolymer that could be molded into any shape, Mexico Daily News reports.

“Our family of biodegradable resins can be processed by all conventional methods of plastic molding,” the company tweeted.

 

Source – ReturnToTheNow

 

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In this quick cast we discuss a few movies, the art of re using an idea over and over to make greatness within Terminator. How the genius of Slow motion in Enter the dragon will make you drool. An old classic 187 from Samuel Jackson. The challenge of finding Yogi Selects  and patiently awaiting the return of questionnaires.  Know the game

Duration 20:21

Book Select – Nei kung The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages

Explains the science behind the practice of nei kung, the elemental nature of yin and yang energy–the two components of ch’i, and how learning to control the yang energy in our ch’i can result in the release of dynamic energy.

• Establishes the existence and understanding of nei kung in the practices of many of the world’s ancient cultures.

• Includes a step-by-step guide to the meditation that forms the basis of the practice of nei kung.

• By Kosta Danaos, author of The Magus of Java and apprentice to an immortal of the Mo-Pai tradition.

In 1994 Kosta Danaos was accepted as a student by John Chang, a Chinese-Javanese Taoist in the Mo-Pai tradition and a master of nei kung, the practice of harnessing and controlling our body’s bioenergy, or ch’iNei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages describes the practice of nei kung and how learning to control our ch’i can result in the release of dynamic energy that can be used for healing, pyrogenesis, telekinesis, levitation, telepathy, and more.

Danaos suggests that both components of ch’i–yin and yang energy–are fundamental to the earth and to life and were recognized and used in many of the world’s ancient cultures. Though we have forgotten how to access them, these components are in fact elemental parts of us. The author explains that we first must open our minds to the fact that the power of ch’i is real. Next, in learning to control our ch’i as a whole, we must learn to channel our yang energy in productive ways–a potential we all possess. To help readers understand their capacity to connect with this inner elemental power, the author offers a fascinating blend of teachings that include sound scientific theories explaining much of the “magic” of nei kung. He also offers historical, linguistic, artistic, and literary proof of the presence and understanding of nei kung throughout the ages and a step-by-step introduction to several types of simple meditation–fundamental to directing one’s ch’i.

With his engaging storytelling and disarming humor, his physics-based explanations for seemingly mystical phenomena, and his reassurances that he’s really no different from the rest of us, Kosta Danaos shows us that once we remember our capacity to harness our yang energy, we can change ourselves and our world.

PDF below and the physical copy can be purchased at Amazon

Spores as Nuclei for Raindrops

Abstract

Millions of tons of fungal spores are dispersed in the atmosphere every year. These living cells, along with plant spores and pollen grains, may act as nuclei for condensation of water in clouds. Basidiospores released by mushrooms form a significant proportion of these aerosols, particularly above tropical forests. Mushroom spores are discharged from gills by the rapid displacement of a droplet of fluid on the cell surface. This droplet is formed by the condensation of water on the spore surface stimulated by the secretion of mannitol and other hygroscopic sugars. This fluid is carried with the spore during discharge, but evaporates once the spore is airborne. Using environmental electron microscopy, we have demonstrated that droplets reform on spores in humid air. The kinetics of this process suggest that basidiospores are especially effective as nuclei for the formation of large water drops in clouds. Through this mechanism, mushroom spores may promote rainfall in ecosystems that support large populations of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic basidiomycetes. Our research heightens interest in the global significance of the fungi and raises additional concerns about the sustainability of forests that depend on heavy precipitation.

Introduction

Health Benefits of Eating Guava

The Guava is an extremely healthy, vitamin-filled tropical fruit. The Guava fruits, with edible seeds and rind, are round, oval or pear-shaped. So they also can be white, pink, yellow and even red in different varieties.

For centuries, these incredible fruits have also been known for even their own sweet and tangy flavour, and they can be used in many various ways and are even deemed “magical” because of the variety of vitamins and nutrients.

This fruit is extremely rich in vitamin C, Contains ten times more vitamin A than one lemon and four times more vitamin C than a normal orange. Also, the high content of vitamin C completely destroys free radicals and avoids oxidation, reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer.

In addition, this fruit is indeed rich in magnesium, potassium, folate, iron, B2 and E vitamins, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and contains nearly 70 times more fiber compared to a normal-size orange.

“100 grams of guava fruit, according to Dr. Axe, contains the following:

  • Vitamin A 624.00 IU 12 %
  • Vitamin B 6 0.110 mg6 %
  • Vitamin C 228.3 mg 380 %
  • Vitamin E 0.73 mg 2 %
  • Vitamin K 2.6 mcg 3 %
  • Vitamin K 2.6 mcg 3 %
  • Iron, Fe 0.26 mg 1 %
  • Magnesium, Mg 22.00 mg 6 %
  • Manganese, Mn 0.150 mg 8 %
  • Phosphorus, P 40.00 mg 4 %
  • Potassium, K 417.00 mg 9 %
  • Protein 2.55 g 5 %

Some of its health benefits are:

The immune system: Vitamin C combats pathogens, also strengthens the immune system and protects cells against damage.

Vitamin C helps absorb vitamin E and therefore reduces cholesterol (LDL) and actually increases cholesterol (good HDL).

Also, the high content of vitamin C helps to absorb iron in the blood, thereby preventing the onset of anemia.

It helps in digestion, and can prevent digestive infections such as diarrhea.

This fruit improves the health of the heart because it contains a large amount of potassium.

It prevents premature aging and skin damage, and also with the help of vitamins C and A increases the elasticity of the skin.

Guava improves eye health and prevents the onset of cataracts.

The Calcium, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus contained in Guava contribute to better bone health.

Eat regularly Guava to use these natural benefits.

Source: healthyfoodhouse.com

Wild World of Fungi Captured by Steve Axford

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Photographer Steve Axford (previously) continues his quest to document some of the world’s most obscure fungi found in locations around Australia. Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he often has to travel no further than his own back yard to make some of the discoveries you see here. The forms of fungi, slime molds, and lichens he prefers to document seem to have no limit in their diverse characteristics. Axford explained when we first featured his work last year that he suspects many of the tropical species he stumbles onto are often completely undocumented. You can follow more of Axford’s discoveries on Flickr and SmugMug.

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Yoni Steams The Answer to Fibroids?

When it comes to natural alternatives to fibroid treatment vaginal steaming is an ancient practice that has been gaining a lot of attention. A gentle therapy that involves sitting over herbal steam and letting it ascend up the vaginal canal, could vaginal steaming actually work?

I set up a little experiment to find out.

I imagine fibroids are about the same consistency as hardened glue (basing this on the Traditional Chinese Medicine concept that fibroids are congealed phlegm) so I took shoe goo and spread it all over the sides of a glass jar and added a big glob at the bottom. I let it dry for 48 hours and then placed the jar on a metal rack with a pot of boiling water underneath. In a matter of two minutes all of the glue had entirely melted and the jar was perfectly clean. Pretty quick results. Actually, way faster than I had anticipated. So we know that steam can melt glue really quick. But how would this work in the uterus?

When doing a vaginal steam, steam rises up the vaginal canal and touches the cervix. Though the cervix has an opening it is closed tight most of the time so the steam cannot directly touch the inside of the uterus (and fibroid) as it had the glue in the jar. So that left me with the question could the steam get through the cervical barrier? I created a second experiment to try to find out.

This time I repeated the experiment as before but added a piece of pleather with a tiny slit (1/8 of an inch) over the metal rack. I placed the jar with dried glue over the slit. Doing the experiment in this way a lot less steam was able to get into the jar. After a couple minutes I saw signs of condensation on the side of the jar and that was the only way I knew that some steam was making its way through the slit. After about five minutes the glue was clearly melting and passing back out through the slit. But very slowly. I continued the experiment for 30 minutes (the average amount of time for a vaginal steam session). At the end of 30 minutes about 1/2 of the glue in the jar had melted and drained out through the slit. Definitely a lot slower but still pretty impressive. Steam, apparently, knows how to get a job done.

Although this isn’t a perfect experiment to emulate a fibroid in the uterus, it shows the process and the potential of using steam to liquidize fibroids. It appears that they might be able to melt right out.

Midwife Bianca Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth Services has seen first hand the benefits of vaginal steaming for one of her clients. After three steam sessions within one months time the cleint’s fibroid shrank from five centimeters to two and a half centimeters. Astonishingly quick results.

Colon hydrotherapist Monisha Garner has also seen such success. After nine weeks treating a client with two fibroids the size of an apple, Garner’s client went to the gynecologist for a checkup and was pleasantly surprised to find out that both fibroids were entirely gone.

Antoinette C. of San Diego treated her fibroids by steaming at home. She reports that two of her fibroids actually fell out in the toilet. “Bitches,” she addressed them, “it has been a long journey, lessons have been learned, it’s time for you to go your own way,” she said as she flushed them gone forever.

Read the full article at SteamyChick 

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In this installment we take it nice and easy. A quick tale from the good book of life. There was a day I was walking in Miami and wanted to find a crystal shop and within seconds my wish was granted but it didn’t play out like normal. Tune in and listen to how the story unwinds.

Quote of the evening

“Riches are like prespiration, if you rest they dry up” 

“People who share with others seldom go hungry” 

“Relax”

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