yogainpark1. Yoga creates inner peace and promotes balanced living.
Yoga creates balance. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning union. From diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship, yoga is a very supportive practice that can help to bring your mind and body into alignment to create balance in your life.

2. Yoga can be practiced anywhere – anytime!
More than an exercise routine, yoga is a complete science of balanced living and a path to higher knowledge and joyful abundance. Yoga does not have to be practiced in a studio or gym, but can be done in the comfort of your own home, or even during the course of your treatment.

3. Yoga is something to look forward to.
Even if your yoga practice is ten minutes long, this is time out for yourself to help restore your energy and calm your mind.

4. Yoga allows you to become part of a community.
Many cancer centers offer yoga programs for their patients. They are often smaller and more intimate classes with others who are going through treatment.

5. Yoga can help you to feel in control of your body, mind and spirit.
Linking breath and movement through the practice of yoga allows you to let go of negativity and reduce stress. It is your very own gift to yourself!

Fern Nibauer-Cohen



What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a complete system of health care. It doesn’t just focus on one aspect of a human life. It doesn’t look to just treat the disease but sets out to discover the cause of the disease. It looks to heal not just the body; but also the mind and the spirit; that includes our emotions and the environment that we live in. It’s a consciousness based system of healing. Paying attention to the signals of our bodies allows us to make more conscious choices in life. And in Ayurveda the choices that we make determine our experiences in life. It is through those experiences that we are ultimately able to create a healthy, happy and full life. There is an ancient saying: “if you want to know what your experiences were like in the past; then examine your body now. If you want to know what your body will look like in the future; examine your experiences now.” Because we metabolize every little wisp of experience that comes our way and we make a body out of it. So our body is our experiences that we have metabolized into physical molecules. So being conscious and paying attention is primary because it opens up new possibilities for health become available to us. In the same way that you probably aren’t aware of your wrist watch until you direct your attention to it, the possibilities for health, happiness and inner peace exist within our own consciousness and are enlivened through our attention and intention.

How is proper digestion essential to health?
We metabolize everything from our environment so a strong digestion is essential to our overall health and wellbeing. Building a healthy and strong digestion is more important than the foods we choose. Our digestion is what allows us to extract information from our environment, break it down into its necessary parts and then take those fundamental parts to build up healthy cells and healthy tissues in our physiology. So making certain that we maximize digestion so that our Agnis are functioning at their optimal levels is an essential component of Ayurveda. Whatever information and energy that we take in from the environment that is not properly digested is stored in our physiology as toxic residue; which in turn causes disease. There are many techniques available to us to assist us in maintaining a healthy digestion. There are simple steps of making certain that when we are taking in information and energy into our physiology that we are having the most likelihood of getting all of the nourishment that we need to maintain health.

Why do we include all six tastes at every meal?
The six tastes carry the same five elements that are found in nature. Each taste is made up of two of the five elements. So when we take in a taste we are taking that element into our bodies. These six tastes are basically the description of every nutrient and major food group that we can put into our physiology through our mouth. Having the correct balance of food with these six tastes is an essential feature of Ayurveda. For us to feel completely satisfied after we eat it is important that we have all six tastes represented at each meal. If all six tastes are not represented at each meal we end up walking away from the table still craving something. The craving is not due to lack of quantity but rather the lack of quality. What tends to happen when we don’t feel satisfied is we will continue to eat in an effort to satisfy that craving which leads to over eating and unnecessary weight gain.

Why should we eat a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables?
Nature gives us fruits and vegetables willingly. She packaged essential life enhancing vitamins in beautiful colors and shapes like apples and oranges and lettuce and broccoli so we would be attracted to the vitamins that we need for our bodies to function properly. Eating these vitamins from their original natural source is more beneficial to our physiology because they are full of the life force that created it. Eating a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables will ensure that our bodies are receiving the nutritional support that it needs to sustain a full life. Each fruit and vegetable carries the life supporting phytochemicals that cannot be found anywhere else. The idea is to take these life enhancing phytochemicals in their full form the way nature intended. Natures wisdom is incased in each and every fruit and vegetable so we can be assured that it contains all that our bodies need to flourish.

Here are ten life changing tips inspired from quotes by Deepak Chopra

1. Let Go

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

2. Nothing Is Impossible

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”

3. Embrace the Unknown.

“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.”

4. Go with the Flow

“Don’t try to steer the river.”

5. Embrace Stillness

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

6. Live a Conscious Life

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.”

7. Find Your Purpose

“There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”

8. Let Go of Your Ego

“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. ”

9. Embrace Your Current Relationships

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”

10. Be Open To All Possibilities

“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.”

by David Simon, MD

Community is a union of networks of bodies, minds, and souls. Members of any community share core beliefs, a common vocabulary, and rules of engagement in support of collective intentions. Core to our Chopra Center community is the intention to expand awareness, for through awareness we can see beyond the limitations that activate fear and awaken the deep unity that generates love.
The core ingredient of every community is relationships. When the forces and elements in our minds and bodies are in harmony with each other and with our environment, we experience well-being and vitality. Healthy families and communities flourish in the soil of loving relationships.

Every relationship is a sacred dance. There are moments when people are so aligned that they move as one. At other times, we may struggle over who is leading and step on each other’s toes. Peace and success in life require us to be masters of relationships. Although we can rely on the patterns we learned when we were young, the conditioned responses we used to navigate our youth may not enable us to create the deeply nourishing and harmonious interactions we crave as adults.
There are several essential principles that support healthy relationships. If you are able to integrate these basic tenets into your view of yourself and the people in your life, you will experience a renewed sense of freedom and optimism in your relationship with yourself, your family, and your community.

1. We are responsible for our own emotional life.
If we are to experience comfortable, nourishing relationships, we have to relinquish the idea that someone else can make us feel a certain way. If we hold another person responsible when we are upset, we surrender our power, which makes us less capable of creating the outcome we seek. If there is something that is lacking in one of your core relationships, cast off the role of victim and commit to creating the love you deserve. For those who are struggling to let go of painful memories, conditioned thought-patterns, and emotional turbulence, the Healing the Heart workshop offers an effective process for identifying, releasing, and healing the pain of the past.

2. Healthy relationships are based upon equality.
Ego-rooted relationships reinforce insecurities. When one person criticizes, demeans, or asserts authority over another, it may temporarily improve the self-esteem of one by lowering another’s, but this assumption of power is always vulnerable. Relationships based upon mutual respect liberate energy that becomes available for creativity.

3. Conscious communication is the most important tool for creating nurturing relationships.
Determine what you need and ask for it. Young children rely upon their caregivers to figure out why they are uncomfortable and what will make them feel better. As adults, we are much more likely to meet a need if we are able to identify it for ourselves and then express it as a request for a specific behavior. As a teacher, you have the skills to teach your family members, students, and co-workers how to identify their needs and express them in ways that increase the likelihood that their needs will be met. I encourage you to explore the work of psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, who has written succinctly about the tools of conscious communication. You can also find an effective 4-step conscious communication process in the Chopra Center’s online library.

4. Look for opportunities to give what you are seeking.
Human beings have four basic needs in a relationship: attention, affection, appreciation, and acceptance. We give attention by making eye contact. We express affection by connecting physically with sensitivity and permission. We demonstrate appreciation by telling and showing people that they add value to our lives. We provide acceptance by cultivating an internal conversation of recognizing ourselves in the other and the other in ourselves. Since each of us craves these expressions of love, be generous with the people in your life and you will spontaneously see these returning to you in kind.

5. Remember that life is short.
Enjoy what you have. Don’t waste time indulging in petty grievances. We sometimes avoid healing our relationships because we anticipate there will be plenty of time in the future or because we actually get some limited benefit from withholding our unconditional love or forgiveness. Do what you can from your side to create peace now. Free your heart from grievances and regrets now. Do not allow your present to be trapped in the past.

We have the ability to create communities in consciousness that fulfill our need to connect internally in awareness and externally in the world. Through our communal bonds, we fulfill our need to expand as our hearts and minds flow and merge with others of our tribe. Sharing nourishing energy and information, our sense of self expands and our lives flow in the fullness of love.

With love, 

In the past few decades, there has been a revolution in how we perceive the body. What appears to be an object, a three-dimensional anatomical structure, is actually a process, a constant flow of energy and information.

Consider that in this very moment, your body is changing as it reshuffles and exchanges its atoms and molecules with the rest of the universe – and you’re doing it faster than you can change your clothes. In fact, the body you’re using right now as you read this article is not the same body you woke up with or even the same body that you had a few minutes ago.

The fifty trillion cells in your body are constantly talking to each other as they keep your heart beating, digest your food, eliminate toxins, protect you from infection and disease, and carry out the countless other functions that keep you alive. While these processes may seem out of your conscious control, hundreds of studies have shown that nothing holds more power over the body than the mind.

To think is to practice brain chemistry. Every thought, feeling, and emotion creates a molecule known as a neuropeptide. Neuropeptides travel throughout your body and hook onto receptor sites of cells and neurons. Your brain takes in the information, converts it into chemicals, and lets your whole body know if there’s trouble in the world or cause for celebration. Your body is directly influenced as these molecules course through the bloodstream, delivering the energetic effect of whatever your brain is thinking and feeling.

When you say, “I have a sad heart,” then you literally have a sad heart. If we looked inside your heart, we would find it affected by molecules that cause stress and damage, such as excessive amounts of adrenaline and cortisol. If you say, “I’m bursting with joy,” a scientist could analyze your skin and find it loaded with neuropeptides that may have antidepressant effects and that may modulate the immune system. If you say, “I feel exhilarated, unbounded, and joyful,” and I were to examine your blood, I would find high levels of interleukin and interferon, which are powerful anticancer drugs.

Expanding Self-Awareness
One of the keys to harnessing this potentially unlimited power of the mind is to expand your level of self-awareness. When your awareness is contracted, the flow of energy and information throughout your bodymind is hampered. You tend to stay stuck in toxic emotions such as regret, resentment, and self-pity. Non-nurturing habits such as overeating and not exercising take hold. The feedback loop between your mind and your body turns negative, and stress can hit you instantaneously or grind away at you day after day.

On the other hand, when you expand your awareness, your energy flows freely. You’re more flexible, balanced, and creative. You view yourself and the world with more compassion and understanding. You have more energy and are open to new possibilities. At this level of awareness, you have all the power you could possibly need to create a new reality — a reality of vibrant health and wellbeing.
There are many practical tools that can help you expand your awareness, including meditation and mindfulness. In addition, a self-aware approach to life would include the following prescriptions, which I developed with Dr. Rudy Tanzi when we co-wrote our new book, Super Brain:

-Be passionate about your life and the experiences you fill it with.
-Remain open to as much input as possible.
-Don’t shut down the feedback loop with judgment, rigid beliefs, and prejudices.
-Don’t censor incoming data through denial.
-Examine other points of view as if they were your own.
-Take responsibility for making conscious choices
-Work on psychological blocks like shame and guilt – they falsely color your reality.
-Free yourself emotionally – to be emotionally resilient is the best defense against growing rigid.
-Harbor no secrets – they create dark places in the psyche.
-Be willing to redefine yourself every day.

Don’t regret the past or fear the future. Both bring misery through self-doubt.
Awareness isn’t passive. It directly leads to action (or inaction). As you take steps to expand your awareness, you will naturally find yourself harnessing your mind’s infinite power to create greater health, happiness, and love in your life.

About the Author
Deepak Chopra, M.D. is a best-selling author and the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California.

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