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Back To Basics: Fitness with Charlotte Ord
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By Charlotte Ord
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 10th 2017.
Back To Basics: Fitness with Charlotte Ord by Charlotte OrdCharlotte Ord, who has a London accent, guides her viewers through 6 short exercises that use free weights, a yoga mat, and a chair at one point. There is also a Warm Up, which she recommends that be done before any set of exercises. You can program your workout from ·         Warm Up ·         Arms and Core ·         Butt and Back ·         Cardio ·        
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Mindfulness
By Kaite Witkiewitz, Corey R. Roos, Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Sarah Bowen
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Sep 19th 2017.
This slim manual (80 pp. with references and appendices) is packed with information.  It is Volume 37 of the series Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practices.  As this title would suggest, Mindfulness centers around the most up-to-date research in this field and its application to the practice of psychotherapy.  In the opening pages, the authors start with an overview of mindfulness.  They review the particular elements common to all mindfulness practices (personal awareness, attentional allocation, and qualities of awareness).  A brief discussion of
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Mindfulness by Kaite Witkiewitz, Corey R. Roos, Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Sarah Bowen

The Sense of Self
Perspectives from Science and Zen Buddhism
By Richard W. Sear
Review by Joseph Higgins on Tue, Sep 19th 2017.
The Sense of Self by Richard W. SearThroughout The Sense of Self, Richard Sears writes with the assurance of someone who is a true expert in their field. In this instance, the 'field' in question is the profound and timeless musing, 'who am I? – a question that plagues both scientists and philosophers. Rather than taking the typical approach to answering this multifarious question, which is to parse it down to an esoteric perspective, Sears is content to embrace the matter from all angles, resulting in a richly multi-disciplinary monograph that breaches diverse insights from empirical research and principles of Eastern wis
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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga
8 Weeks to Strength, Awareness, and Flexibility
By Marlynn Wei and James E. Groves
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Aug 15th 2017.
In The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, authors Marlynn Wei, a psychiatrist and certified yoga teacher, and James E. Groves, a psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, have created a manual that is both impressively comprehensive and completely accessible.  The writers open their guide with a disclaimer and a brief section on cautions.  Throughout the book, they are candid about the risks, although minor, associated with the practice of yoga, and they are clear about the situations in which these are more relevant. The authors then move
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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga by Marlynn Wei and James E. Groves

Brightening Our Inner Skies
Yin & Yoga
By Norman Blair
Review by Beth T. Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 25th 2017.
Brightening Our Inner Skies by Norman BlairAccording to author, yoga practitioner, and yoga teacher Norman Blair, Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga has been a book in the making for more than ten years.  In his introduction, he shares briefly the lightening--the brightening--that his practice of Yin yoga has brought him.  By offering elements of his own personal story, Blair describes both the history and the benefits of Yin yoga, eventually going on to detail specifics of a Yin yoga practice. Blair structures the main body of the book around what he believes to be nine of the most important Yin yoga postures. 
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Altruism
The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the WorldMatthieu Ricard
By Matthieu Ricard
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 4th 2017.
Matthieu Ricard argues that altruism is possible and that it helps both the individual and the rest of society. He also recommends some ideas connected with Zen Buddhism such as meditation and mindfulness. He collects a lot of scientific evidence and philosophical discussion to support his case. He casts his net wide and addresses many issues connected with altruism, and he gives a fair assessment of the views of other people. The writing, sentence by sentence, is clear and approachable. Each chapter is divided into sections that make it easier to engage with. There is a good deal of overlap b
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Altruism by Matthieu Ricard

Yoga
From the Ganges to Wall Street
By Radhika Khanna
Review by Beth Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 28th 2017.
Yoga by Radhika KhannaAuthor Radhika Khanna, a New York fashion designer who was born and raised in India, has a unique relationship with yoga.  While working in the fashion industry, she was diagnosed with lupus.  In search of a means to manage this chronic illness, she returned to her home country, where she studied various types of yoga; she eventually trained as a yoga teacher in Canada.  Khanna released a previous work, Pose: Yoga for Working Professionals, a guidebook of short, simple yogic techniques providing benefits in the workplace. On its back cover, Khanna's second book Yoga: From the G
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Chakra Meditations
DVD
By James Philip
Review by Beth T. Cholette, Ph.D. on Tue, Mar 21st 2017.
Chakras are considered to be centers of energy in the body.  In this DVD, UK-based healer James Philip provides a variety of short meditations designed to "purify" the chakras.  There are a total of nine meditations, one for each of the seven chakras, plus "Chakra Express," a brief meditation for all seven chakras, and "Chakra Meditations," a longer journey through these seven energy centers.          The Main Menu of the DVD offers a brief Introduction by Philip, the opportunity to Play All (this plays the individual chakra meditations only),
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Chakra Meditations by James Philip

 
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