By Deborah Metzger, Founder and Director of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health of Skillman, NJ
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work – in fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at one point or another in their lives and that Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain – and that’s just for the most easily identified costs.
Yoga can be a great way to address back pain. It is a system which balances strength and flexibility and addresses the whole body. Most people are tight in key areas affecting the spine, for example in the hips and shoulders, hamstrings and psoas. The spine may be compressed and back muscles tight or weak. For these considerations, yoga can be ideal for back pain sufferers.
by Deborah Metzger, correspondent
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, October 27, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
With memories of mortifying class discussions led by a high school gym teacher, what adult would sign up another round of sex education? As it turns out, lots of them — especially when the lesson is about more than physical aspect of sex and focuses on the complexity of intimacy.
Sexuality is a very important, very complex part of the human experience. In yoga, we are taught about the power of uniting mind, body and spirit. This translates into intimacy; there is a depth to intimacy that we can all benefit from learning about.
I’m sure many of you reading this are wondering, “How can yoga teach me about intimacy?”
by Deborah Metzger,
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, July 7, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
It seems like every day there’s a new drink introduced that promises hours of endless energy — but also inundates our bodies with tons of sugar, caffeine and chemicals and guarantees a crash once the sugar and caffeine wears off.
Drinkers of these energy beverages be warned: in the United States, these energy drinks have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and even emergency room visits.
‘Visionary’ to Offer Therapy through ‘The Song of the Singing Crystal Bowls’
By Susan Van Dongen Special Writer
MyCentralJersey.com, July 7, 2009
What key is the universe in?
Musician, healer and visionary Jay Schwed has read that Albert Einstein felt the key of the universe was G- flat, which ties in well with a collection of crystal bowls Mr. Schwed has accumulated, the most delightful of which plays the note F-sharp — or G-flat.
It’s called a “Faience Bowl” and is a replica of an ancient Egyptian bowl which was used to “tune people up,” help them achieve a light, “high” heart.
by Deborah Metzger
The Courier News and Home News Tribune May 12th, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
Breathing is the most basic function of human life. The body can live without solid food for 3 to 4 weeks, 2 days without water, but only 3 to 5 minutes without air.
What we call life begins with our first breath in and ends with our last breath out and is the process of all the breaths in between. Most of us don’t realize that we are not getting the most out of the breath of life.