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How Yoga Practice Can Transform Your Relationship To Food
by Melissa Grabau, PhD - June 2014

A good yoga class feeds both our bodies and our minds, and carries over into our everyday life. What might yoga practice have to teach us about our relationship to food and our bodies? Melissa Grabau, PhD, author of The Yoga of Food, explains.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - June 2014

by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is called The Yoga of Food. Most people think of yoga as a physical practice—how does yoga apply to food?

The word yoga means "to yoke" or "unite;" yoga can be thought of as a method to unite the mind with the body. For my purposes, the yoga of food means to yoke the purpose of eating, nourishment of the body, with the act of eating. In other words, the physical practice of yoga aims toward more embodied living. The yoga of food aims toward more embodied eating.

2. What inspired you to write The Yoga of Food?

I've struggled with my own relationship to food and my body, so that provides the visceral backdrop for the book. On top of that, many of my clients struggle with their bodies as well. That may not be why they seek out therapy, but it often comes up. Years into therapy, a client may say, "You know, I haven't mentioned this before, but I think about my weight everyday and beat myself up about it all the time."

3. What are some examples of such a negative self-body relationship?

Often, it's very subtle. It may be a backdrop buzz of self-criticism. Sometimes it is an unconscious girdle of holding around the belly and shallow breathing of which you are not even aware. The incessant preoccupation with looks or the need to exert control over the flesh, for example, by losing weight or getting a prescribed amount of exercise. These all reflect an outside-in relationship to the body rather than allowing the body to be the guide. On the extreme side are instances of bingeing and purging, or even starvation.

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - June 2014

Leaves and Caps: 5 Ways to Honor The Sacred Remains of Plants and Fungi
by Lupa

In our daily and spiritual lives, we often neglect the plants and fungi around us—uprooting carrots and radishes for food, destroying the reproductive organs of flowers for bouquets, and deliberately stunting the bushes in our lawns. It is possible, however, to provide these plants with the respect and honor they deserve. Lupa, author of the new Plant and Fungus Totems, presents five ways we can honor our plant and fungi friends while still interacting with them.

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Planetary Meridians: 10 Gateways to Empowered Intuition
by Bernie Ashman

Qi (or Chi) is the life force that travels through the human body along pathways known as meridians. While we can't see them, they connect to all of our major body organs. No wonder we can feel out of sync at times! Bernie Ashman, author of Intuition and Your Sun Sign, describes the benefits we receive when we work with our intuition and our meridians.

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High Magick & Initiatic Order
by Jean-Louis deBiasi

For centuries, the ancient Western Mysteries have been transmitted through rituals called initiations. What are magical initiations? Do we necessarily need to be part of a magical order to be initiated? Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of the new Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses, explains.

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