Esalen's First Yoga Teacher
— Teaching yoga since 1968
Five Keys to Health
Are you alarming yourself?
BY PAM WALATKA
SLEEP. You know you are getting enough sleep if you routinely wake up before
your alarm goes off. Extra credit if you don't even set it. Extra credit if
you take a nap in the afternoon. You may think you need to hurry up to get to
somewhere else, but maybe you could be healthier being where you are. Are you
on pace for a long healthy life? Or are you alarming yourself every morning?
HUMOR. If you can laugh at yourself and all the slap-stick things that happen
to you, you can avoid a lot of killer stress.
FRUIT. Fresh whole fruit may be nature's most perfect food: sweetness, vitamins,
water, fiber, goodness. Daily doses recommended.
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BREATHING. By taking more oxygen into your lungs, you could help to purify your
system and supply more fuel for personal energy. Breathing lessons such as yoga
and mindfulness meditation can help you learn how to breathe to your full potential.
Breathing is tied to consciousnessthe more deeply you breathe,
the deeper your awareness.
EXERCISE. Daily vigorous exercise gets your juices flowing. Oddly, pouring energy
into exercise results in having more energy, as though the energy needs to flow
through you like a river through a canyon. That flow of energy enhances your health.