Fuzz, the Magic of Cadaver Dissection, and the Boston Marathon

Last week I was immersed in an Integral Anatomy course for 6 days with Gil Hedley.  From 9 until 5 we dissected 4 human forms layer by layer, unwrapping gifts of philosophical marvel, anatomical wonder and spiritual enlightenment.  How did all of this come from a dissection lab? Being present with death and exploring the … More Fuzz, the Magic of Cadaver Dissection, and the Boston Marathon

Boundaries of the Body (and beyond) Lie within the Brain…

  I am intrigued by the power of our brains, so much so that I often discuss it in class and frequently blog about it. I have previously posted about neuroplasticity and the brain’s remarkable ability to actually change, adapting itself to situations that are presented to it. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s experience supports my beliefs … More Boundaries of the Body (and beyond) Lie within the Brain…

The Trials and Tribulations (and sometimes Tears) of Yoga

Om Shanti! These Sanskrit words are sometimes used as an incantation at the beginning of a yoga practice.  The sounds of ‘Om’ resonate and soothe the nervous system.  Shanti is the Sanskrit word for peace, calmness & tranquility. Many hear the word “yoga” and think of Om and Shanti; gentle stretches, sitar and melodic chants … More The Trials and Tribulations (and sometimes Tears) of Yoga

The Puzzle of Back Pain

On April 4th, the LA Times posted a decent article discussing one of medicine’s most confounding problems. The Puzzle of Back Pain – Los Angeles Times Article  I really appreciate the comment made by Dr. Alok Sharan, chief of spinal surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., regarding spinal surgery as a last resort. … More The Puzzle of Back Pain

Body Toolbox

tool·box (tlbks) n. 1. A case for carrying or storing tools. 2. Computer Science – A set of precompiled routines for use in writing new programs (www.thefreedictionary.com)   A body toolbox is much the same…  An [imaginary] case for storing body tools and precompiled routines for use in healing the body. It is wonderful that … More Body Toolbox