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Yoga for Everyone
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness. One does not need to be a yoga master to get the benefits a yoga workout brings. This article presents ten yoga poses that every beginner must learn. The first pose is the child’s pose, a calming pose that is used for resting and refocusing before going to another pose. It works to stretch the lower back and the lower extremities while relaxing the spine. There is also the downward-facing dog which relieves back pain, the plank pose which strengthens the core, and the four-limbed staff pose that makes the arms and wrists stronger. Aside from the poses, the article also states when not to do these poses, in case of injuries or specific medical conditions.

Bastyr University for Natural Health Education
Bastyr University is recognized worldwide and the leading educational institution in the natural health arts and sciences. It was founded in 1978 as a naturopathic medicine college, but has since expanded to offer undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in a rance of disciplines, including acupuncture, exercise science, midwifery, nutrition, psychology and more. Bastyr is know for it research in complementary and alternative medicine, and receives multi-million-dollar grants from the US. National Institutes of Health. With campuses near Seattle and also in San Diego, it also offers affordable natural healthcare services in its local communities.

How to Choose a Chiropractor
Chiropractors have integrated themselves into U.S. culture and are often seen as medical doctors, though their roots are holistic. This Web site offers tips for those interested in seeing a chiropractor. It includes what questions to ask the chiropractor, and makes potential patients aware of what to ask to find out what chiropractic methods the chiropractor employs.

History of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Take a step back into history to learn briefly about Traditional Chinese Medicine. This site gives a brief history of it, and says that it was developed over the past 5,000 years. Chinese medicine is based on the Taoist view of the universe where everything is interrelated. While Acupuncture is perhaps the most recognized area of TCM; herbal therapy, nutritional guidance, exercise, breath and meditation techniques, hydrotherapy, Chinese massage (Tui Na manipulations), and lifestyle counseling are all employed with herbal therapy actually comprising the most widely used modality of TCM.

Acupuncture: In Depth
What is the nitty-gritty on acupuncture? This resource from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the treatment. It explains that although many studies have been done on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and headache, the evidence of its effectiveness is still inconclusive. The resource also provides summaries of studies where acupuncture was seen to work, the side effects and the safety of acupuncture as a treatment. It also gives people who are interested in acupuncture some points to consider about the treatment.

Meditation: In Depth
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a type of complementary therapy that originated in Japan. Proponents of Reiki believe that this type of healing balances the energy fields in and around the body, therefore helping a person receive physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits. Cancer patients who are given Reiki therapy after their treatment experience deep relaxation, stress relief and an overall feeling of wellbeing. This resource from the Cancer Research UK provides information for cancer patients who are interested in Reiki. In this page one can find research about the complementary therapy, how the therapy is done, and different Reiki organizations that can provide further knowledge about the therapy.

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Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of—a blessing that money cannot buy.

—Izaak Walton (1593–1683)

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